The Art Center

Innovative Play Program

NEW! Innovative Play Program

What this program is striving to do: Help groups and their individuals unlock the power of art and play to unleash creative problem solving skills, help with stress management, learn and connect with themselves and each other, and so much more. 

This is done through: Getting the group out of their workspace, presenting them with a new task, having questions that have them reflect on the challenges faced, and concluded with a compiling of self and group evaluations, as well as, instructor observations of the process. 

What this program is not: An office work party. There will be no snack or *drinks welcomed or provided as this is a time of creative exploration. However, there will be fun involved in unleashing the inner play we all have inside of us. *Water is welcomed, hydration is an important part of play.

Booking: Contact Director of Education and Community Engagement, Elizabeth Swick at 217.223.5900 or email eswick@quincyartcenter.org. Please book your session at least 2 weeks in advance of the intended session date.

NOTE: Cell phones will be asked to be turned off during the duration of the Play session.

Choose from the following options:

Play with Clay: Wheel Throwing
5-8 people, 2 hours long
$30/person ($15 Non-Profit Rate)

Throwing on the potter’s wheel is a real challenge, but the feeling of accomplishment on making a piece, no matter how wonky it may be, is like no other. This is a great option for groups who won’t be afraid to get their hands, and maybe their clothes, a little dirty. This session is only available in a 2 hour time slot, this accounts for set up, clean up, and all the fun in-between.

Play with Clay: Hand Building
5-12 people, 1-2 hours long
$15/person/hour ($7.50/person/hour Non-Profit Rate)

A challenge of design, form, and function, construct a clay sculpture using hand built clay pieces.  This session is available in a 1 or 2 hour time slots, this accounts for set up, clean up, and all the fun in-between.

Play with Paint: Acrylic
5-12 people, 1-2 hours long
$10/person/hour ($5/person/hour Non-Profit Rate)

If the idea of staring at a blank canvas and having an array of colors at the tip of your brush makes you nervous, this may be the play for you! Overcome self-intimidation by leaning back into wonderment and endless possibilities as you free paint on an 11×14 canvas.

Art Center Instructor: “When was the last time you were given materials and just told to play?”
Play with Paint Participant: “Kindergarten!”

Play with Paint: Watercolor
5-12 people, 1-2 hours long
$10/person/hour ($5/person/hour Non-Profit Rate)

Team Play Activity: Yes, and… Drawing
5-12 people, 1-2 hours long
$10/person/hour ($5/person/hour Non-Profit Rate)

Giving a visually artistic spin on the improv rule “yes, and…”, participants will work as a group to collaborate on a set of drawings. Designed to explore building something as a team, contributing to projects, and letting go of expectations.

Each participant will walk away with an original piece of art create with the help of their teammates.

Team Play Activity: Yes, and… Collage
5-12 people, 1-2 hours long
$10/person/hour ($5/person/hour Non-Profit Rate)

Giving a visually artistic spin on the improv rule “yes, and…”, participants will work as a group to collaborate on a set of collages. Designed to explore building something as a team, contributing to projects, and letting go of expectations.

Each participant will walk away with an original piece of art create with the help of their teammates.