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Events - Workshops and Classes

Art in the Texas State Parks

A series of workshops to promote art activities in state parks by and for visitors with and without disabilities

VSA Texas and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department invite you to get outdoors this January and February and enjoy art among nature. We have free one-day class offerings at parks all across the state for children and adults in music, visual art, storytelling, and more!

Native Fibers
Inks Lake State Park
3630 Park Road 4 West
Burnet, TX 78611
At Campsite 219 & 220
Instructor: Malachi Muncy

Learn the techniques of hand paper making using a portable Hollander beater attached to a bicycle. Learn about native and non-native plants of the region while pedaling your way into the creative arts. Open to children and adults.

Class Offered:
Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 pm
Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 pm
Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 1:00-3:00 pm

Open to the first 30 participants. Register by contacting the park at 512-793-2223 or email Sean Jones at Texas Parks & Wildlife.


Animal Adventures
Purtis Creek State Park
14225 FM 316
Eustace, TX 75124
In the Picnic Pavilion
Instructor: Edie Bakker

What animals live at Purtis Creek State Park? Learn about these animals and their adventures through exploration, discussion, and coloring. Open to children ages 5-10. We request that parents stay in the area for supervision.

Class Offered:
Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 2:00-3:30 pm
Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 2:00-3:30 pm
Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 2:00-3:30 pm

Open to the first 20 participants. Register by contacting Purtis Creek State Park Headquarters at 903-425-2332.


Mandalas in the Park
Government Canyon State Natural Area
12861 Galm Road
San Antonio, TX 78254
In the Pavilion
Instructor: Salina Loriaux

Create a group mandala using found objects from nature in the surrounding environment. The creation of mandalas can be a centering and cathartic activity. Using biodegradable materials allows the artwork to blend into the landscape. Please bring local sticks, branches, rocks, and acorns. Open to children and adults.

Class Offered:
Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Open to the first 20 participants. Register by emailing Niki Lake or calling 210-688-9055 ext 292.


Voice Lessons for Beginning Singers
Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762
Needville, TX 77461
In the Hale Lake Group Picnic Pavilion
Instructor: Una Lau

Get outside and sing with the birds! Feeling inadequate as a singer? Music is therapeutic for all and being a good singer can boost your confidence. Let the great outdoors inspire you. Learn about breathing, pitch, fitness, posture and vocal exercises from a classically trained musician in this fun workshop among nature. Workshop is outdoors so please dress for the weather. Open to children and adults.

Class Offered:
Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm
Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm
Sunday, February 22, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm

No registration required.


When Nature Sings
McKinney Falls State Park
5808 McKinney Falls Parkway
Austin, TX 78744
In the Amphitheater
Instructor: Tekina-eirĂș Maynard

Connect with nature in this interactive workshop! Those connected to an indigenous culture know that - everyday- nature communicates with humanity through expressive performances that bring meaning to life. In this workshop participants will learn about Taino spirituality through inspirational anecdotes, role playing and music making featuring the live native flute. Led by Tekina-eirĂș, a proud blood descendent of the native Tainos of Puerto Rico. Open to children and adults.

Class Offered:
Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm
Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm
Saturday, February 21, 2015 from 2:00-4:00 pm

No registration required.


All workshops are free with regular park admission. Some have space limitations. Please notice if registration is required.

Hosted by VSA Texas, the state organization on arts and disability and The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. For more information on the classes being offered, email April Sullivan or call 512-454-9912.

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