Tag Archives: CHILDREN’S ART

Spark’s Piano Gets All Dressed Up

A couple of years ago,  when Spark moved into its current home,  it put out the call for a piano. Elaine Williams came to the rescue with an upright piano that turned out to be broken beyond repair.

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L-R: Tati Weaks, Elaine Williams, Mike Chapman, Jennie Wenker, David Weaks.

A working piano was found and the question became what to do with the broken one. A couple of the members gutted it and re-purposed many of the parts for other creations. Until saner heads prevailed many of us thought it would make a perfect sign hanging above our front entrance. Finally realizing it was still to heavy for that and none of us was an engineer that idea was abandoned.

The answer came the Friday of the annual festival when the piano was sprayed with a coat of beige paint and the next day wheeled up to Spark’s booth space. A variety of acrylic paint colors and brushes were provided and passing children were invited to play a part in making art.

The end product was fantastic and the piano will now be mounted on casters and wheeled out onto the sidewalk as our official “OPEN” sign for Spark activities.

Here's the piano before and the mother of the young girl said this was her daughter's favorite part of the festival. Spark just got a big "attaboy!"
Here’s the piano before and the mother of the young girl said this was her daughter’s favorite part of the festival. Spark just got a big “attaboy!”

Greenfield is now Faerie Friendly!

Due to Spark’s recent Faerie Door workshop there are now several new entrance routes into our fair village for wee folk to come and go. We had a nice turnout and everyone seemed to have had a great time. So nice to see people meet their creative selves.


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On February 20th, 2016 Spark’s Tom Schluep and Molly Jordan held their first American Sign Language class for children. Language plays a major part of a child developing their communication skills and exposure to any language is invaluable.

The kids who attended this class quickly became engrossed in the learning of a new language. They left Spark with armed with something they hadn’t arrived with and most clamored for more.

We’re sure Tom and Molly will be fertilizing the seeds they planted today so stay tuned for news of another such class.


The McClain Band Boosters is teaming up with Spark on Sunday afternoon, March 6th for a fundraiser to help earn money for the band’s trip to New York City. Spark’s Cathy Rivas will be the instructor and the event will take place between 2 and 4 pm at 251 Jefferson St. in Greenfield.

This field of flowers will be the subject of the canvas event.
This field of flowers will be the subject of the canvas event.

Costs will be $35 a person and includes a stretched canvas, all paints and brushes, use of Spark’s equipment, professional assistance and instructions, a good cup of coffee and something to nibble on. Coffee and Canvas is opened to high school students in 9th through 12 grades and all adults. It would be a wonderful mother/daughter event.  Size is limited to thirty-five students and everyone will leave the building with their own artistic masterpiece.

Reservations may be made in two ways:

  1. Submit the CONTACT FORM below to make reservation and to pay sent a personal check to: Spark Creative Artspace, PO Box 325, Greenfield, OH 45123.
  2. Register and pay online using Spark’s Eventbrite Page. All major credit cards are accepted.
Click button to register and pay with credit card.
Click button to register and pay with credit card.


Spark’s Open Studio & Free Workshop


On Saturday, February 6, 2016 Spark will have another of its bimonthly Open Studios. The time will be noon till 3:00 pm and is open to folks of all ages. Activities will include:

  • Demonstrations by Spark artists.
  • Free workshop for children and adults focused on Tom Schluep’s technique of making decorative bowls utilizing recycled paper and paper mache.
  • A variety of sweet treats and hot beverages.
  • And who knows what else?

The event is being sponsored, in part, by Buck’s Tire Services of Greenfield.

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Example of Tom Schluep’s designs using recycled magazine pages, newspaper & such.


still lifeOn Sunday, January 10, 2016 Spark Creative Artspace will be hosting another in its popular canvas events. Spark artist Sofia Burgess will be leading the event and for something different she has chosen a classical still life.

The event will run from 2-4 pm at Spark’s studios, 251 Jefferson St. in Greenfield and will be open to all ages.  This would be an excellent opportunity for a mother-daughter experience.  The fee is $30 for adults 18 and over and $25 for younger participants and will include a stretched canvas, use of all Spark supplies, refreshments and professional guidance and assistance.

Advanced reservations and payment may be made in two ways.

  • By mailing a check for the total amount to Spark Creative Artspace, PO Box 325, Greenfield, OH 45123. Please include your name, phone number, and email address. Checks must be received by January 8th. You might also email details of your order to sparkcreativearts@gmail.com.
  • Register and pay online by using Eventbrite and a major credit card. Just click the Eventbrite button below.

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 Spark is a non-profit and totally volunteer organization and all proceeds go towards helping Spark Creative Artspace meet its monthly expenses.

Spark may be contacted at 937 763 ART1 (leave a message).


With the help of Sitterle Insurance Agency and McDonald’s of Greenfield the first annual Spark Creative Artspace Christmas Open Studio and Children’s Christmas Decorations Craft Workshop went wonderfully. Our doors were open for four hours and we saw a steady stream of kids and their parents join us for the many activities. Spark had five project stations setup with the necessary materials at each to creative an individualized tree ornament. Not only did the children make things to take home for their own tree they also made ornaments to help decorate Spark’s Christmas tree.

We want to thank all who took part and a special thanks to Sofia Burgess, Nate Cockerill and Tonya Roberts who worked side by side with the kids.

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