“Cut out the three pink hearts and fit them together to make a three dimensional piece,” instructed Linda King, an art instructor at the Ormond Memorial Art Museum. “If you need help stringing them up, we can assist you. Once that is done you can decorate them with beads!”
King wove herself around the tight group of parents and kids, helping each family make the perfect Valentine’s Day Spinner.
“My kids love coming here and doing the crafts. Whenever they complete a project they are so proud of themselves.” Regina Zicalese
The museum hosts a free themed family art night the first Friday of every month. The arts and crafts draw together parents and their children to create a beautiful piece of art together.
“This is great for the kids, and an awesome bonding experience for us,” said Lauren Karahalios, who was busy helping her nephew, Jordan Guareno, glue glitter onto a paper heart. “It is not often we have the chance to do crafts together.”
Towards the end of the night each child held up their finished decorations with glee. The glittering, interlocked hearts spun easily with the slightest gust of wind, sending the whole string of hearts whirling. The kids were encouraged to make the decorations for someone special.
“I am making mine for Mrs. Shewmaker,” said Ruby O’Keefe. “She is my fourth grade teacher at St. Brendan’s Catholic School, and she is always really nice and polite. She takes the time to challenge us, and teach us things that are beyond our grade level.”
Following her older sister’s example, Ella O’Keefe did not hesitate to share her valentine. “I’m making mine for my grandfather,” she decided with a curt nod and slight smile.