The Edmond Sun

November 26, 2013

FAI kicks off holiday activities Dec. 1

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Winter is a busy time of the year for the staff at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond as they plan December’s activities including the second year for “Art for the Holidays at FAI.”

“The elves are returning to FAI and have holiday activities planned for children and their families,” said Shannon Price, executive director of FAI.

In addition to holiday art activities, the Children’s Theatre Company will have auditions for “Sarah Plain and Tall,” which will be performed in March.

December FAI activities kick off on Dec. 1 with registration for winter activities that will begin in January.  

Enrollment for holiday art classes is under way with classes beginning Dec. 2 running through Dec. 21.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14, one-hour sessions are planned in Santa’s Art Workshop including two unique holiday art activities, cookies and hot cocoa and story time with Mrs. Claus.

“Parents are urged to bring their cameras as each child will have their own special time with the “REAL” Santa Claus,” Price said.

Sessions of 10 people will begin at 10 a.m. and will continue every 15 minutes. Elves from the North Pole will be assisting and each ticket allows two adults to accompany their child and to come and take photos.

“This is a great photo opportunity for parents,” Price said.

Space is limited so call early to reserve a ticket to Santa’s Art Workshop, 340-4481.

“Our holiday classes are now enrolling and some already have a waiting list,” Price said. “It is very important for individuals interested in a class to sign up for the waiting list. We base our classes on what the community wants. If five or 10 people sign up for a waiting list then we can form an additional class.”  

Price said they do not want to turn anyone away.

“We sold out last year with 80 participants,” Price added. “We have extended our time frame so 130 children and adults can participate.”

Kids “Drop & Shop” for first through fifth-graders will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 7. Jamie Spencer will be instructing the children as they make one-of-a kind art gifts for friends and family. Students will have hot chocolate and candy canes while listening to a holiday story in the theatre room. The cost is $55 and each child is asked to bring a sack lunch.

From 6-7 p.m. on Dec. 9, children from 3-6 years of age will be able to take part in “Winter Wonderland” as they use a variety of materials to paint snow, trees and winter creatures. Jillian Bryant is the instructor and the cost is $18.

“Angels on the Fly” is for second-graders and up as they learn to paint angels on acrylic and canvas. They will learn two new techniques creating beautiful angel wings and go home with a completed painting. Two days are set aside for the class which will be held from 4-6 p.m., Dec. 6 and Dec. 12. The instructor is Tina Laymen and the tuition is $36.

Children from the ages of 5-10 years old can paint a winter wonderland for their homes with pottery they make. They will be creating a one-of-a-kind Christmas platter and ornaments, personalizing a holiday frame and creating a slab-built luminary candle holder to light the house with holiday cheer. The classes are an hour and a half each day and will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Dec. 2, 9 and 16. Participants must attend all three classes.

Must attend three times for an hour and a half each time. The instructor is Andrea Wijkowski and classes are $65.

Children from 5-13 years of age will be able to paint “Santa’s Portrait” from 4:30-6 p.m. on Dec. 4. Becki Collins is the instructor and tuition is $24. Register online for waiting list.

“Fun with Rudolph” is for children from 3-6 years old. Preschoolers will get their own canvas to paint a magical picture of Rudolph from 6-7 p.m. on Dec. 2 with instructor Jillian Bryant for $18. Register for waiting list.

“Beginning Encaustic Painting” is being offered for the first time for teens through adults.

“This is the art of painting with wax,” Price said. “Caustic classes is a new holiday opportunity, and the artist will be on display next September.” The class cost is $55 and will be offered from 10 a.m.-noon on Dec. 14.For the past nine years, Andy Boatman of Blue Sage Studios has designed an original hand-blown glass holiday ornament for FAI. The ornaments are on sale for $25.

Visit the FAI website,, for a complete list of holiday classes for adults and children. The FAI is at 27 E. Edwards in Edmond. For more information, call 340-4481.

Edmond’s non-profit community arts organization offers educational enrichment to adults and children in visual and performing arts.

Other FAI opportunities during December include an art session, “Drawing on Memories,” a partnership with The Alzheimer’s Association, auditions for the spring play “Sarah Plain and Tall” and registration for the 2014 statewide Youth Impressions Juried Art Show.

“Drawing on Memories” is an art therapy session offered to individuals with dementia. Classes provide a means of self expression through painting, drawing and a variety of art mediums. The next class is Dec. 2.

An Audition Workshop for “Sarah Plain and Tall” is scheduled from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17. Students in fifth through 12th grades who are interested in participating in the play are encouraged to attend.

Auditions are at 6:30 on Dec. 19 and call-backs are scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 21. Three performances will be given on March 7-8, and the play is directed by Peggy Hoshall. Register online to participate.

The Youth Impressions Juried Art Show is open to first through 12th-graders. The registration deadline is Jan. 15.

Register online or download a printable registration at