INDOOR EDUCATION FOR OUTDOOR LEARNING? What’s wrong with this picture?
Author: Joseph A. Baust, Sr., Emeritus Professor/Director of the Center for Environmental Education at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. This article originally appeared on

For every profession there is a training component that includes providing experiences necessary to be able to know the craft. Surgeons work in the operatory as assistants and are mentored. Plumbers and carpenters spend time as apprentices even after an extensive time learning their crafts in technical schools.
ArtSmart! Art Start!
Offered on 5 separate Saturdays. A first art experience designed to allow the youngest artist to experiment with a variety of expressive materials and enjoy the pleasure of the creative process with simple, open ended projects.
Instructor: K. Vincent
Dates and Workshop Details:
Saturday, October 25: Bean/Seed Mosaics on Burlap Canvas
Saturday, November 8: "Bird Pudding" Feeders
Saturday, November 15: Tear & Tape Texture Exploration
Time: 11am - 12pm
Ages: 2 - 5, with Caregiver
Cost: $15 per Workshop
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

ArtSmart! Explorers - Art Adventures
A workshop series of fine art & cool crafting designed to encourage the exploration of design. Individual interpretation will be encouraged through expressive mixed media projects. Projects will include abstract painting, 3-D construction, acrylic painting on canvas, a variety of printmaking techniques, collage/decoupage.
Instructor: K. Vincent

Tiny Treehouses
Sketch & design the tabletop treehouse of your dreams… then, get ready to construct! 
Add swings, ladders, a secret trap door… even a bunk bed! Miss Kathy will provide the “tree” and all the trimmings, you provide the imagination! AWESOME FUN!
Date: Saturday, October 25
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Ages: 8 - 14
Cost: $25
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

Mini Masterpieces
Paint a collection of small scale masterpieces in acrylic on canvas… abstract designs, still life, landscape & more! Each participant will receive a miniature wooden easel to curate their collections at home. Great holiday gift… perfect for desktop or shelf display!
Date: Saturday, November 8
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Ages: 8 - 14
Cost: $25
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

​Tree of Life Decoupage Canvas
Inspired by Gustav Klimt’s masterwork, artists will use beautiful handmade papers to create a symbolic work celebrating family ties!
Date: Saturday, November 15
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Ages: 8 - 14
Cost: $25
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

Ornament Extravaganza - Christmas Crafting Inspired by Nature
A handmade holiday… inspired by nature!
Young crafters will create a collection of one-of-a-kind ornaments fashioned from natural materials, adorned with some holiday “sparkle”. Make some to keep & some to gift!
Date: Saturday, November 22
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Ages: 8 - 14
Cost: $25
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

Trumbull Days Off From School!
ArtSmart! Art Lab Days at TNAC!
A fun, creative way to spend a morning off with friends!
Join Miss Kathy to explore a variety of media & learn some cool techniques to enhance your artistic skills! Each lab will consist of a main project, time for experimentation in the featured media & the creation of individual collections of ARTIST TRADING CARDS! Seasonal themes & holiday crafting will be included.
Each participant will receive an ATC sized wooden frame to display a favorite piece!
Dates and Workshop Details:
Tuesday, November 4: Printmaking & Collage
Time: 9am - 12pm
Ages: 7 + up
Cost: $43 per Lab Day
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

​Special Event! Christmas Crafting!
"Gingerbread" Birdhouse & Bird Treat Wreaths
No dough here… using paint & natural embellishments, decorate a full size wooden birdhouse “gingerbread style” to adorn your holiday table or mantle for many years to come. A perfect gift for grandparents, friends or teachers! We’ll also prepare some treats for REAL birds to enjoy during the chilly months ahead!
​Instructor: K. Vincent
Date: Saturday, November 22
Time: 10am - 12pm
Ages: 7 + up
Cost: $25
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

NEW!! Art Lab For Adults
Grab a latte & text a friend to meet you at TNAC!
No “paint by numbers” approach here… this fun mid-week workshop for ADULTS will allow for experimentation, individual interpretation and creative thinking… while enjoying lively conversation and relaxation in a welcoming, stress free environment. All levels of experience welcome. Each monthly workshop will feature different media and theme.
Dates and Workshop Details:
Wednesday, 11/5: Autumn Still Life - Oil on Canvas
Wednesday, 12/3: Family Name/Quote - Collage on Canvas
Instructor: K. Vincent
Time: 10am - 12pm
Ages: Adults
Cost: $25 per Workshop
​Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

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ArtSmart! Programs
Join “Miss Kathy” to celebrate the magic of Autumn with all new art & crafting at TNAC! 
Designed for those families seeking a quality, nature-based creative experience for their child…Kathy Vincent’s workshops allow for an interpretive approach to creating art, with projects designed to encourage creative thinking, problem solving, collaboration and self-expression. These open ended projects will challenge the young artist to manipulate materials through the use of professional media, and enable them to make personal connections to the natural world.
STEAM Workshops

In each EmpowerED workshop students will participate in fun, enriching handson challenges focused around Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math concepts. Children will work cooperatively to brainstorm ideas, test hypotheses, develop plans, experiment with materials, and share outcomes. Join us for a morning of learning disguised as fun!!

Gallery of Games
Using Caine’s Arcade as an inspiration, children will design and create a prototype of an arcade game using recycled materials.
Instructors: L. Logan and L. Davis of EmpowerED
Date: Saturday, November 1
Time: 9:30am - 12pm
Ages: 8 -12
Cost: $50
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

iPad Art and Multi-Media Adventures
Where does your imagination want to go today? 
Create exciting, original iPad Art & Multi-media works; such as digital drawing and painting, photo collage, cartooning, digital ibooks, and video. Learn how to easily author an iBook journal that can gather together all your artwork, writing, recorded voice, music, and/or video clips. This program is a fun, imaginative and educational experience for children to be challenged, express themselves and learn how to create and use digital art. Older or more advanced students will be provided the opportunity to explore the new, hot concept of 'SMASHING' iPad apps together and to be introduced to animation. Each student will work at their own level and be challenged to experiment and try new methods. Use of iPads and all art materials included
​Instructor: T. Rieger
Dates: Thursdays: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6
Time: 4pm - 5:30pm
Ages: Grades 3-5
Cost: $137 for the 6 week series
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

Leaves Everywhere
Go on a leaf hunt! Identify your finds, and make some leafy crafts to take home!
Instructor: E. Oster
Date: Sunday, October 26
Time: 12pm - 1:30pm
Ages: 5+
Cost: $5 per child
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.

iPad Art Programs
Nature Programs
Beginner's DSLR Photography Class - Ages 16 - Adult
Do you have a fancy DSLR camera that is stuck in Auto mode? Even if you take most of your photos with a snazzy little point-and-shoot or just your smartphone, come on down! Don't be intimidated by all the scary terminology, buttons and dials. Even if you prefer to shoot in Auto, following the composition tips will immediately make a difference in your photographs. The two-hour class will include a presentation, hands-on with our cameras and a bit of shooting inside/outside. Be sure to have an empty SD card and a charged battery.
We will cover: Aperture (focal length; depth of field), Shutter speed (how long sensor is exposed to light; exposure), ISO (sensitivity of the sensor), Basic camera operation, Easy-to-learn tips for improving photo composition, A little bit about light and flash,  Q&A
Instructor: D. Kubie
Date: Sunday, November 23
Time: 10am - 12pm
Ages: 16+
Cost: $40
Pre-registration required. Click here to register.