May 20, 2014

Craft Shop offers summer activities, workshops

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill.  – Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Student Center Craft Shop is the place to find a multitude of arts and craft activities and workshops for children and adults this summer. 

The summer workshops are open to students, faculty and the community. 

Students and adults will have the opportunity to create stained glass stepping stones, stamped spoon garden/plant markers, fused glass, wheel-thrown ceramics, silkscreened hankies or bandanas, stained glass and slumped wine bottles.  They can also learn to “upcycle” jewelry by repairing or repurposing it as a new item, create a small woodworking project or learn beginning or intermediate sewing as they make a pillow or a pair of shorts. 

Children can enjoy drawing or making pottery, creating fiber projects including a flag or wall hanging, paint pottery or building water bottle rockets.  They can also learn to crochet, sew, do woodworking or be part of a puppet show production.  

The Craft Shop will offer two sessions of the popular Kids Art Summer School. The five-day sessions each feature favorite activities that include making wax hands, sculpture, pottery, woodworking and a trip to the University Museum. 

There are multiple sessions of many of the events, allowing participants to choose what works best for their summer schedules.  The costs, age eligibility and registration deadlines vary.  Advance registration is suggested as some workshops fill up quickly.  

In addition, the Craft Shop offers group activities and party packages, walk-in craft opportunities and even private lessons for those desiring one-on-one instruction.  The Craft Shop’s summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.  The woodshop is open 2-5:45 p.m. Monday and Friday and from 2 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 

For the complete schedule and details, visit the Craft Shop website, email, call 618/453-3636 or stop by the shop, which is located on the lower level of the Student Center.