Families Create!

Are you looking for a family-friendly, free local art event? MacRostie Art Center (MAC) has something for you. Every second Saturday of the month, MAC hosts an event called Families Create! Second Saturday. During this event, families can join in on unique kid-friendly art activities with no registration, fees, or materials required. Each month has a new theme.

The theme for our July class is butterfly art! This interactive lesson will engage families in the process of painting their own make-and-take butterflies, courtesy of local artist Danny Root. MacRostie Art Center will provide the space, materials and instruction at the 2019 Downtown Art Fair from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. Families are invited to join at any time during the class. 

In order to paint and take home handmade butterfly sculptures by Danny Root, families will have to attend the July 13 event. However, we have found a lesson that will allow kids and their families to create similarly themed artwork at home.

Origami Butterflies

You will need: 

  • 1 Ruler

  • 1 Pair of scissors

  • At least 1 piece of paper


1. Gather your materials and make a clear space where you can create. If you are working indoors, you can use this newspaper as a placemat to protect your table or floor.

2. If your paper isn’t already shaped like a square, make sure you measure (make all sides equal length) and ask an adult to cut it accordingly – the bigger the paper square, the easier the folding process will be,

3. After the paper is cut, you can begin the folding process by following the diagram above or the written directions below:

Fold the paper twice in half and then turn it over.

Fold both diagonals.

Bring two opposite sides together and fold the shape into a triangle.

Fold the two upper wings up to the center line and turn the shape around, tip down.

Now fold this tip up so that it looks out over the edge. Where the wings do not flatten (circles).

Fold back the protruding tip and turn the shape over.

Fold the butterfly in half by placing the two upper wings on top of each other.

Fold paper in half both ways and turn over.

Fold diagonally both ways.

Push two opposite sides together and flatten to a triangle.

Fold both upper layers to the midline above and turn over with top down.

Fold the top over the bottom edge, so the tip sticks out a little bit. Do not flatten the raised edges (circle).

Fold the tip over the side and turn the form over.

Fold in along the centerline, bringing both wings together.

4. Once the butterfly has been created, feel free to add your own embellishments with markers, paint, glue and glitter!

The July Families Create! Second Saturday class will feature a more intensive, open-ended painting project and design. This class is open to all families with children ages four and up. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. MacRostie Art Center’s event is sponsored by Children First! and the Blandin Foundation.  


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