Children inspired by all the colorful and multifaceted artwork at the 2014 Festival of the Arts became artists themselves Thursday at the downtown Oklahoma City event.
They made origami kites.
They created small, biodegradable flower pots.
And they added their own spin to an Oklahoma-themed art sculpture.
The annual Festival of the Arts, featuring art in many forms, has been providing that type of inspirational spark for children for years.
Chad Barnes, of Oklahoma City, said his children, Evan, 4, and Addie, 2, loved making kites and flower pots at the Children’s Art Field in the Youth Plaza section of the festival.
“They usually have something fun for them to do — something for them to take home with them,” Barnes said.
Jackie Moore, a former Oklahoma City resident who now lives in Texas, said she and her husband Eric returned to the metro area just to attend the annual festival. Jackie Moore said her children, Gabi, 5, and Emma, 2, made butterfly-themed art one year and a bracelet another year at the festival.
Thursday, she said both of her daughters have shown that they have green thumbs — an interest in gardening — so the flower pot craft, in particular, drew their attention.
“I love the plant, it’s so cute,” she said. “They’re very into planting flowers so this is perfect for them.”
Alex White, one of the volunteers in charge of the craft station at the Children’s Art Field, said families pay $2 per child for the opportunity to decorate their own origami kite and a biodegradable flower pot.
Thursday, volunteers helped children put flower seeds into their soil-filled flower pots.
White said the crafts are part of the festival’s Go Green initiative.
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The Children’s Art Field and Young-at-Art Mart are located in the Youth Plaza on the southwest corner of the Myriad Gardens. Creation Station is on the southeast portion of the Myriad Gardens.
The festival continues through Sunday.