Kids and teens can explore their creative side with several workshops hosted by University of Illinois Extension this June in Yorkville.
Needle Felting Basics: Friday, June 10, 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn the basics of needle felting, including how to use basic tools, forms and bases. They will create a shape with a cookie cutter, and then will decorate wool balls and learn about detailing, “coloring,” and finishing their felting project. Cost is $15, supplies included.
Paper Flowers: Friday, June 10, 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will create paper peonies or wild rose flowers in different colors and sizes. They can learn with a cutting machine or by hand. Cost is $10.
Clay Coil Pot: Monday, June 13, 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn basic clay hand-building techniques, as well as learn to build a coil pot out of air-dry clay. Youth will get to know design skills and different types of clay while creating a one-of-a-kind coil pot pencil holder. Cost is $15.
Self-care Creations: Monday, June 13, 1 to 3 p.m. Create a glitter stress toy, build and decorate a calming jar, or make some homemade bath fizzes for some self-care. The participants also will work on a vision board for identifying stress and distinguishing individual support systems. Cost is $10.
Photography 1: Tuesday, June 14, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participants will learn photography basics and learn how to take a great photo. Cost is $5.
Beginner Sewing: June 21, 23, 27 and 29, 10 a.m. to noon. During this four-part workshop, participants will learn how to use their own sewing machine and practice threading their machine, making a bobbin, sewing consistent seams and sewing a straight seam. Participants also will learn other skills as they make small practice projects, such as a tissue box or book cover and a pillowcase. Cost is $20 for four-part workshop.
Each of these creative classes will be taught by 4-H teen teachers with programs supervised by 4-H staff. They are designed for ages 8 to 18. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate, but class registration is required and space may be limited. Learn about each at go.illinois.edu/KendallCounty4H.