WINTER IS HERE

WINTER IS HERE

FAIRY TALES

FAIRY TALES

FAIRY PARTIES

FAIRY PARTIES

FAIRY PARTIES

Fairy Parties feature partially preassembled fairies that young children can put together in about 6 steps with some assistance. All materials are provided and they have a choice of hair and bodice color. Assembly time is about 45 minutes.

For small groups of children ages 5+, adults need to be in attendance only. For larger groups, some adults will need to actively participate, depending on group size (it's fun!) 4 1/2 year olds need active one-on-one adult participation.

Fairy parties are an enchanting way to celebrate a birthday or special occasion, and they're not just limited to children. I also give grownup fairy parties!

FAIRY WORKSHOPS

Fairy Workshops: Add a twinkle to your day and come make a fairy. The Fairy Workshops feature partially pre-assembled fairies of my own special design. The hard part is done - you have all the fun!

All materials are provided including hand-painted head,

wings and plenty of sparkles. There are lots of colors to choose from and time to create accessories for the fashionable fairy.

1 1/2 - 2 hr workshop suitable for ages 5 and up (5 yr olds may require adult participation.)

MANCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY

MANCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY
"There was magic in the air when Elizabeth brought her fairy workshop to the Manchester Public Library on a Saturday morning. Families with children ages 6-11 were delighted they could create a fairy every bit as exciting and wonderful as their dreams and the artist's examples." Sara Collins Head of Youth Services Manchester Public Library

MERRIMAC LIBRARY FAIRY WORKSHOP

MERRIMAC LIBRARY FAIRY WORKSHOP
"Elizabeth's fairy workshop was a big hit at our library. So much fun and everyone took home their own beautiful unique fairy that they had made. Parents seemed to enjoy it as much as the kids." - Cathy Fowler, Children's Librarian, Merrimac Public Library

GRANMA AND ME

GRANMA AND ME
Marjory made a princess fairy with a little help from her grandmother Carol

KELLEY SCHOOL FAIRY CLASS

KELLEY SCHOOL FAIRY CLASS
Fairy Classes: Fairy classes offer children and adults the opportunity to make a fairy from start to finish. For children, we do this in stages and add in other fairy related activities. It's a chance to learn new skills - like cutting out a pattern or painting a face. It's "fairy" fun and we generally sprinkle a bit of glitter and fairy dust around...
Cut & Assemble Fairy Kits: My fairies have been developed primarily for my workshops and parties. However, occasionally I do make up a small number of kits which are available upon request.

Each kits contain a hand-painted head, pre-assembled bodice and shoes, wings, hair, instructions and all the necessary materials to dress a fashionable fairy. You provide scissors and glue.

For more information, please contact me.

SMALL HANDS FASHION GOSSAMER WINGS

Artist brings fairy creation to kids

NEWBURYPORT CURRENT - AMESBURY NEWS

By Carol Feingold, Correspondent

“Who knows where our imaginations may lead us?” asked Elizabeth Golz Rush. “Mine has taken flight to fairyland.”

With her guidance, youngsters will take wing and create their own fairies at February Vacation Flower Fairies, a three-day class sponsored by Newburyport Youth Services at the Kelley School Youth Center on High Street.

“Students make all aspects of a fairy from start to finish,” Rush said. “We give wings to our imaginations.”

A professional artist and designer, Rush also has extensive experience teaching children’s art. When she lived in Amesbury in the 1980s and 1990s, she taught a wide variety of art classes, including puppet-making and animation. Then she moved to her native California for several years where she worked full-time as an in-house artist and art director. Three years ago she and her husband Richard Rush moved to Newburyport.

“This offered me a chance to get back into teaching,” she said, “and be part of the community. This is a nice way to get to know a lot of people and give a little to the community, too.
Last summer I gave children's art classes. Closest to my heart were the fairy classes where groups of little ladies crafted fairies using wooden beads for heads, chenille stems for arms and legs, and felt and silk flower petals for dresses. And what fashionable fairies they were, too.”
Since then she has been working on fairy prototypes and developing workshops.

“I wanted to develop a fairy that children could put together,” she said. “I feel very strongly that kids benefit from using their hands. It’s an educational experience but it’s also celebrating their imaginations. They make their own fairies entirely themselves.”

Over the past year, Rush has refined the process, adjusting it to meet the skills of the youngsters. The fairy is made up of a felt bodice that the child cuts out from a pattern. The head is a wooden bead. The child paints the face on the bead and attaches a little wig made of fluffy yarn. The body of the fairy is made of chenille stems (formerly known as pipe cleaners), and the skirt is made of silk flower petals. Glittery iridescent wings made of net complete the fairy ensemble.

“Part of the challenge for me has been the design,” she said, “to see what techniques work and don’t work for kids, what parts they can do on their own and when they need adult help.”

For example, the fairies are not sewn, so they can be put together by little hands and Rush adheres the felt for the fairy bodice to a pattern to make it easier to cut with child-safe scissors. Much of the gluing is done with child-safe glue by the children, but there are things Rush must glue herself.

“They choose the colors of hair, bodice and petals,” Rush said. “They paint the faces. Then they can add jewels and make hats if they want. They are creating their own fairies within the format that I designed. They have a finished product they can show off and be proud of. They have a real sense of accomplishment.”

Rush has fun herself shopping for fairy materials in crafts and fabric stores.

“I wander down the aisles and get swept up in all the glitter and the jewels and the fairy dust,” she said. “The glitter and jewels are certainly adding lots of sparkle to my studio.”

In January, Rush held a Fairy Workshop at the Merrimac Public Library, and has another scheduled for the Wenham Museum, in Wenham on Sunday, March 20. She also has given demonstrations at the Topsfield Fair, and just recently at Newburyport’s Winter Carnival.

“The children come because they are excited about fairies,” she said. “That’s what draws them in. Fairies are a flight of imagination, and I think developing your imagination is an important thinking tool. That’s the serious side under the fun of fairies. Developing your imagination helps to solve problems and deal with life’s challenges. They also develop their fine motor skills and learn to work on a sustained project.

“Going through a step-by-step process can be challenging, as there are often new skills to be learned, but it's also very rewarding and a good learning experience. And, as you can see, there is no holding back on creativity. I’ve gotten totally hooked. Add a twinkle to your day and come make a fairy.”