Traci Ores helps Aidan Bevan, 9, of Hammond create Gringott’s Bank coins based on those used in the Harry Potter series at The Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Ind., on Oct. 25, 2012. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
If you go
What: Winter art sessions
Where: South Shore Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster; Crown Point Branch, 123 N. Main St.; Substation No. 9, 435 Fayette St., Hammond
When: Starts Jan. 7
Cost: Prices vary, visit www.southshoreartsonline.org.
More information: Call Kim McKinley at 836-1839, Ext. 103.
Updated: November 23, 2012 4:10PM
Several amateur “counterfeiters” gathered recently in Munster, where they created currency of various denominations.
Production of the gold, copper and silver coins was part of a Muggles Making Art workshop at South Shore Arts in The Center for Visual and Performing Arts. Traci Ores instructed the class, which was based on the Harry Potter book series.
“I try to offer classes that I think children will want to take,” Ores said. “Harry Potter is really popular. The kids were really excited about it and are having a ball with it. I’m having a lot of fun with this. I’m glad I had the opportunity to teach it.”
The students flattened polymer clay by rolling it through a pasta machine. Afterward, they used miniature round cookie cutters to cut coin shapes from the clay. Abstract shapes, words and other decorations were stamped into the clay to resemble the coins from Gringott’s Bank in Harry Potter’s fictional world.
On a nearby table, manila paper was rolled into thin, elongated tubular shapes, which were stuffed with newspaper strips. Hot glue formed drips on one end. They were later painted brown and metallic gold to look like magic wands.
Aidan Bevan, 9, of Hammond attended the workshop with his sister, Ellie, 7. They donned Harry Potter-looking floor-length black robes and colored neckwear.
“Having a homemade wand is a lot of fun,” Aidan said. “I was Harry Potter for Halloween four times in a row.”
Other artwork included papier mache “dragon eggs,” powdered candy-filled “potion bottles” and construction paper hats with glow-in-the-dark stars. Miniature broomsticks and golden snitches were among other projects created.
Luke Baczkowski, 7, of Hobart worked on the crafts with his sister, Olivia, 9. He wore a small, dark-brown fabric pouch, which hung from a yarn necklace around his neck. The pouches were hand-sewn by the students during a previous workshop.
“I never sewed before; I liked it,” Luke said. “You can put anything inside of (the pouch), but it’s a secret what I’m going to put inside of it.”
Added Olivia, “I like doing crafts and learning new ways to make new things so I can do it at home.”
The next art series will start in January. Workshops will include the Polar Express, Little Traveler’s Passport to Art, Winter Fun Art Camp, Valentine Celebration and more.