Crafty Historian

Crafty Historian: Rock Painting  May 19, 2018 10:30am – 12:30pm  $5 each participant!

Each participant will create their own rock painting using a variety of techniques and possibilities. Whether it be funny faces, emojis, abstract designs, words, names or phrases, our rocks will allow for self-expression and creativity. At least one rock should be a word or phrase encouraging kindness that will be left around the Smith-McDowell House for others to enjoy.

In archaeology, rock art is human-made markings placed on natural stone. A global phenomenon, rock art is found in many culturally diverse regions of the world. Such artworks are often divided into three forms: petroglyphs, which are carved into the rock surface, pictographs, which are painted onto the surface, and earth figures, formed on the ground. The oldest known rock art dates from the Upper Palaeolithic period, having been found in Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Today, there is a movement called Kindness Rocks which encourages rock painting with uplifting and positive quotes or words. The idea is that people will find them and perhaps find an encouragement or motivation to spread kindness wherever they go. Our take on the idea is that each participant will paint at least one kindness rock and leave it somewhere around the Smith-McDowell House where someone might see it. Signage at the parking area and near the entrance will inform visitors to look for the rocks. Rocks may be taken home or left where they are, but directions will direct visitors to take a picture and post it at #SmithMcDowellKindnessRock.



June 16: Craft TBA                   July 14: Craft TBA              August 18: Craft TBA         September 15: Wizard Games

 You can get on the children’s activity email list by emailing [email protected]. You’ll be among the first to know about dates, crafts and reservations!

Crafty Historian events are held on the third Saturday of most months from 10:30 to 12:30.  Reservations are required by Thursday prior to the event so that we will have enough supplies for everyone. $5 each participant.  

Each event includes an educational, art-focused activity that stimulates creativity and interest in traditional crafts.  Children 9 and older are welcome to attend without a parent (although parents are most welcome to stay and assist), and younger children must have an adult to help them.

There is a minimal charge for each program based on the type of craft for the day. These events are wonderful opportunities for both parents/grandparents and children to experience history in a fun and interactive way.

You can get on the children’s activity email list by emailing [email protected].

Crafty Historian participants get to sign the Crafty Historian apron!!