Children's Art Garden

Saturday, May 14th, 11am - 4pm
Sunday, May 15th, 12 Noon to 4pm
Make It Take It Projects

Associated Bank
“Piggy Bank” Add special touches to create your own piggy bank and then watch your savings grow!

Masterworks Chorale and Children's Choruses 
“You’ve Got Rhythm”: Create an instrument and make your own music!

Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC)
“Caterpillar Cuties” Recycled art made with egg cartons. Create and design your egg carton into a colorful caterpillar using markers and pipe cleaners.

Presbyterian Community Preschool
“Hats On” Make your own unique hat! Use newspapers for the hat and add a variety of fun decorations to show-off your own style.

Hands On Painting

The Tourism Bureau ILLINOISouth
A large blank mural will be available for children to design and color. This artwork will be showcased at a spot and time to be chosen later.

Splatter Mania (a Kids & Family version of Sips n Splatters)
Join Belleville artist Zach Weinman in creating a Canvas Mosaic. On site, fairgoers will paint individual canvas squares to be joined with others to create a giant flower, creating the mosaic.

Sugar DoodlesJoin “Sugar Artist” Jessie Bostick and color a cookie that you can eat! There will be several designs to choose from including flowers, kites, animals, and more! This special activity will be open from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Group Project

Saint Louis Zoo
Join staff of the Saint Louis Zoo and help create a larger than life “stained glass” monarch butterfly. The piece will then be displayed at the Zoo when complete! While helping with this fun art project, you’ll also learn more about milkweed for monarchs and how you can help these beautiful insects. Information about how to help other native animals in creative ways will also be provided.

Faces in the Crowd – Fun Picture Opportunities

In partnership with Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC), area schools are invited to create stand-up paintings that allow children as well as adults to insert their own faces and become their favorite character for a photo opportunity. Paintings reflect favorite children’s characters from popular culture. This year’s themes include Fred Bird, Finding Nemo, Doc McStuffins, the Little Mermaid, and the Hungry Caterpillar. Six area schools constructed the fun artwork: Belleville East High School, West Junior High School, Emge School, Smithton Elementary, Freeburg Elementary, and High Mount School.