May 26, 2010

Craft Shop offers activities for youngsters, adults

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Summer has arrived at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and at the Student Center Craft Shop, that means a whole new lineup of classes for kids and adults starting very soon.

Youngsters can enjoy the new Kids’ Art Summer School during one of the weeklong sessions in July. Participating kids ages 7-12 will create sculpture, pottery, duct tape crafts, wax hands and jewelry, and participate in other craft-making activities. There’s even a field trip to the University Museum included.

Other summer classes for youngsters include: drawing and painting, bowling, knitting, sewing and pottery. Age eligibility, costs and length for the classes vary. Classes don’t start until June 21 with several workshops set for July.

There are numerous adult workshop and activity options available as well. You can create ceramics, glass beads, still-life paintings, fused glass, and even make skateboards. Learn how to recycle a T-shirt into a pillow, make scrapbooks, craft an ice cream bowl, or repair your bicycle. Or, enjoy picking blackberries and eating them with ice cream.

There’s fun for the whole family too during the ‘Walk-in Family Nights” set for late June and early July. Parents and children can enjoy crafting together. In addition, there are special card-making events prior to Father’s Day and Independence Day.

As always, the public as well as the SIUC community is welcome to enjoy the many workshops and activities.

The Craft Shop website offers all the details about times, dates, costs and other pertinent information. Construction is ongoing for the redesigned website, online at View the complete summer workshop and activity schedule in the online Summer 2010 Newsletter at Or, visit the shop’s Facebook page at You can also find out more by calling the Student Center Craft Shop at 618/453-3636 or e-mailing

The Craft Shop is open with limited availability from now until June 11 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The shop will fully reopen for the summer semester on June 14.