Family Picks

Tap your inner artist at parent-child workshops

CorrespondentFebruary 28, 2013 

Orange County artist Emily Reece, who has many years experience teaching art, will lead two sessions this month at J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh that encourage both the parent and child to discover their creativity.


Have you ever worked on a craft project with your children and gotten swept away, watercoloring or glue-sticking with as much enthusiasm as the kids? If so, this month’s parent-and-child art workshops at J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh might be just the thing for your family.

Orange County artist Emily Reece, who has many years’ experience teaching art, will lead two sessions this month that encourage both parent and child to discover their creativity.

The first is Sunday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will explore several different techniques for watercolor painting. The second is March 10 at the same time, and will focus on collage. Parent and child will each create an artwork.

Reece said the class will provide some basic instruction in technique but will be more about experimenting, playing and exploring than about creating a perfect finished product. Reece said the biggest lesson most people need to learn about art is that it has nothing to do with talent or skill. The best art comes from letting go of perfectionism and allowing yourself to try whatever comes naturally.

“You can’t make a mistake; you can’t go wrong,” Reece said. “It’s just about seeing what happens … You can have so much joy just experimenting.”

Reece said this is the first time she has offered a parent-child workshop. She said she hopes it will inspire adults to rediscover the creativity that comes naturally to children.

Registration is required for the workshops. The cost is $54 per parent-child pair. To register, email or call 919-513-7007.

If you have older children, Reece will hold a drawing workshop at the arboretum for kids 12 to 16 on March 15, an early-release day for Wake County schools. The class runs 1-4 p.m., and Reece will help teens observe and draw objects from nature. No drawing experience is needed.

Cost for that session is $44, and registration is required.

• If your children enjoy fairy tales, the Raleigh Little Theatre’s production of “Snow White” begins today and runs through March 10.

The show is based on the original oral folk tale, which differs a bit from the well-known versions, so there will be surprises — including an unexpected ending.

Tickets are $10 for kids and $15 for adults. Go to for tickets.

Send Family Picks suggestions to

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service