Who isn’t looking for a fun retreat from the heat as we head into August, one of our least favorite months? Thank heavens for the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), which has offered wonderful programs in both the visual and performing arts in their beautiful, cool environment, all summer.
Take for instance the free Walk-in Family Art Workshops that take place every Saturday from noon-2 p.m. These workshops feature artists and Tempe Center for the Arts staff who show participants how to create works of art from a variety of methods and materials.
Michelle Dock, who usually works behind the scenes overseeing the Gallery at the TCA, will conduct this Saturday’s steampunk owl workshop. Michelle enjoys combing second-hand stores and antique shops for vintage treasures that can be repurposed into works of art. In this workshop she’ll show how materials like CD cases, bottle caps and nuts and bolts as well as vintage buttons, jewelry and watch parts can be transformed into fun self-standing artworks.
The Walk-in Family Workshops take place in the Gallery at TCA, so you’re surrounded by beautiful and inspirational works of art to help set your creative gears into motion. All materials are provided and you don’t need to register in advance. As the name suggests, you just walk in and start creating.
- July 28-August 3: Jersey Boys, ASU Gammage
- July 29: Stryper With While She Waits, Romeos Sin, Hands and Feet, Marquee Theatre
- July 31-August 2: Hal Sparks, Tempe Improv
- August 1: 38 Special with While She Waits, Marquee Theatre
- August 1: Finally Friday: Chloe Tang, Tempe Center for the Arts
- August 1: Class Clowns, Tempe Center for the Arts
- August 1: The Persuaders; August 2: Los Guys featuring Mark Zubia, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- August 1: Janelle Loes; August 2: Matt Kahler, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- August 1: Keltick Cowboys, Irish Rock; August 2 & 3: Trevor Jones, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- August 2: Summer of Love Family Art Workshop: Steampunk Owls with Michelle Dock, Tempe Center for the Arts
- August 3: New Faces of Comedy Open Mic, Tempe Improv
- August 3: Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble: European Vacation, Tempe Center for the Arts
- August 3: Tempe Community Market, Under the 202 Bridge at 620 N. Mill