Aimee Ford is a local artist with a her own space – AF Studio – located in downtown Moline, in the LeClaire Apartments building at 421 19th Street. There she has been creating a beautiful assortment of pieces with mediums ranging from oils to acrylics on different canvases and woods, filling out the space she moved into in December of 2016.
Ford has now moved onto her next idea – art classes for kids, in a program she calls “Lil’ Pugcassos”, the name being a combination of two loves – pugs and Picasso.
Continue reading Aimee Ford and her ‘Lil’ Pugcassos’
When I think of India, I think of brilliant colors, beautiful art and deliciously aromatic food. Last month I was reading the newsletter from the University of Illinois Extension Office in Rock Island County located in Milan, Illinois. I was delighted to see that they were offering an Indian cooking class again.
I had taken about 3 or 4 of them in the past because the instructor, Sugandhi, was excellent and the food tasting was a memorable experience. Excited to have a chance to learn more techniques, I signed up for the newest class.
Continue reading Learning To Use The Flavors of India At The University Of Illinois Extension
In a world full of social media savvy students, television, video games and tablets, the interest in school activities and content areas is slowly dropping. Most would rather watch their favorite show or text their friends then engage in team building and essential and engaging learning activities.
Moline Public Library is trying to light that genuine interest learning fire back under local students through their S.T.E.A.M. Exploratorium programs.
Continue reading Learning can be fun: Join MPL’s Kid’s Exploratorium Program!
We all know St. Ambrose to be a well-known university in this town, especially for the sciences. Physical Therapy? The place to be. Nursing? One of the best! But Education? I’d never heard of my major being linked to anywhere but larger state schools. However, the smaller, liberal arts centered, St. Ambrose University (SAU), located in Davenport, IA, holds what I believe to be one of the best, well-trained and personalized Teacher Education programs in the Midwest. It is one of SAU’s best kept secrets – and one of their biggest assets, to date. (And I may be a little biased because I go there.)
Continue reading St. Ambrose and the QC’s best kept secret
Being a professional artist and day tripper, I am always looking for new workshops to enhance my skills. Finding a workshop in an interesting town is a plus! This summer I received an event announcement on Facebook from the Geneseo Art League and Gallery. I was interested in the workshop that was done by a respected working artist, and it was excellent.
Geneseo is growing each year with interesting shops and businesses. The Geneseo Art League has been transformed in the last year and is in a new and larger location with plenty of space for exhibitions and workshops.
Continue reading Take A Walk On The Creative Side: Geneseo Art League
Have you ever had any interest in home brewing? It is a hobby that is booming in popularity right now and the Quad Cities has a plethora of options for those interested, from the novice to the expert.
Continue reading How to Home Brew Beer in the QCA
If you are anything like me, sometimes you need a break from the daily grind.
I recently attended my first Wine & Art at Figge Art Museum, and it was the perfect way to flex my creative muscles, wind down, and learn something new.
Continue reading Flex your creative muscles with the Figge Wine & Art classes
For all the toddler parents out there – I’m letting the cat (or the reptiles and amphibians) out of the bag.
Nahant Marsh, in west Davenport, is a toddler’s dream!
Continue reading Toddler fun at Nahant Marsh
What’s the perfect way to spend a Saturday morning with kids in the Quad Cities?
Hint: It involves hammers, nails and safety goggles.
Continue reading Free kid-friendly building workshops
The Quad Cities is known for its arts community — a community full of life, music, writing, theatre and impeccable talent. And what makes our community more special would be the opportunities we provide for young artists to learn, grow, foster and develop the skills they have.
As a writer, I’ve been granted amazing opportunities to learn–one of which included a Young Emerging Writers Internship & Workshop at age 17 at the Midwest Writing Center.
Continue reading Midwest Writing Center opens new workshop for teens