Do the Mu

2023 Do the Mu Activities

UPCOMING DO THE MU:

October 7, 2023: Masks with Diane Boslett

Join the Massillon Museum on Saturday, October 7, for Do the Mu! Instructor Diane Boslett will teach program participants how to make their own masks. All ages and ability levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Boslett is a licensed visual arts teacher with a bachelor of arts degree from Ashland College and a master of education in integrated arts from the University of Rio Grande. A member of the Ohio Art Education Association, she teaches private lessons and workshops at Massillon Museum and Massillon Public Library, and she works as an activities assistant at the Canton Christian Home.  

 


 

Previous 2023 Do the Mu Activities

January 7: Cartooning with Character with Douglas Laubacher

Join the Massillon Museum and instructor Douglas Laubacher on Saturday, January 7, for the first Do the Mu of 2023! Have you ever had trouble coming up with your own cartoon characters? No more! Use powerful prompts to come up with your own original ideas. Learn from a pro and have fun with others as you use an assortment of specially designed prompts to spur your creativity forward in drawing cartoon characters from your own imagination. All ages are welcome. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. Pencils and paper will be provided but attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite sketchbook.

Douglas Laubacher is a cartoonist and art educator from Northeast Ohio. His comic strip, Unbound, can be read in the Tuscarawas County Bargain Hunter. When Doug isn’t drawing, he can be found traversing the land, teaching the mysterious craft of cartooning in art centers and libraries throughout the region. He is a member of the National Cartoonist Society.

 


February 4: I Am...About Me with Ke'Aunte Harris

Join the Massillon Museum and instructor Ke'Aunte Harris on Saturday, February 4, for an "I Am...About Me" Do the Mu. This activity will help those participating speak positively about themselves. On the canvas, each participant will create a sun and on the sun's rays they will find words that describe who they are. Everyone will color their canvas with markers, being as creative as they choose to be! All ages are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Ke'Aunte Harris, mom to a little prince named La'Bryant, is the executive director and founder of BeYoutiful Weirdo mentoring program, serving over 100 girls in Stark County. She currently runs a program called "Art & Conversation." She taught for fifteen years as a preschool teacher and now works in the Massillon City School District. Ke'Aunte is the author of A Positive Life Is a Happy Life: Motivation For You and Me and the One Girl One Woman One Goal: One Can Change the World in One Day workbook. She is the 2019 Ruby Award Winner and a 2019 Twenty Under 40 candidate. When Ke'Aunte is not busy trying to make the world a better place, she enjoys reading, journal writing, and meditating.

 


March 4, 2023: Introduction to Origami with Susan Scheetz

Join the Massillon Museum and instructor Susan Scheetz on Saturday, March 4, for an Introduction to Origami Do the Mu. Origami is a Japanese word meaning “paper folding”; however, the art of creating sculptures from paper has its roots in many ancient cultures. Traditional Origami uses a square sheet of paper and a series of folds to create the finished design. Modern Origami also utilizes rectangular sheets of paper, the most popular being dollar bills. Participants will learn the basic folds and notations used in Origami and leave with several examples that they created themselves. All ages are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Susan Scheetz is a retired educator who taught 35 years at Fairless Local Schools, the last 22 in fourth grade. She received her bachelor’s and master's degrees from Kent State University

 


April 1, 2023: Introduction to Weaving with Allison Smith

Join the Massillon Museum and instructor Allison Smith on Saturday, April 1, for a Weaving Do the Mu. Participants will learn the basics of weaving on a small frame loom and will learn how to build simple patterns such as stripes and basketweave. Participants are encouraged to bring additional alternative materials to explore weaving with, such as fabric strips, paper, and plastic bags! All ages are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. T´╗┐his program is held in conjunction with the NEA Big Read in Massillon. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information about programs in Massillon, Stark County, and beyond celebrating the 2023 NEA Big Read selection, Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, visit www.MassillonMuseum.org/BigRead.

Allison Hope Smith Hernandez (b. 1991) is an Ohio native artist and arts administrator. Smith is a double alumnus of Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, holding a BFA (2014) and MFA (2018) in studio art with a concentration in textiles. Smith works as the Operations & Digital Media Manager for FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio. Smith previously served as the Graduate Assistant to the Director of the Kent State University School of Art Collection & Galleries, and as Museum Assistant for Massillon Museum. Smith has exhibited in Ohio, as well as in Milwaukee, WI; Muncie, IN; Savannah, GA; and in New York City. One of Smith’s weavings was displayed from 2021–2023 in the US Ambassador to Burkina Faso’s residence in Ouagadougou.

 

 


May 6, 2023: Introduction to Watercolor with Kathleen Kettler

Join the Massillon Museum on Saturday, May 6, for a Watercolor Do the Mu! Instructor Kathleen Kettler will guide participants through making their own watercolor featuring a kindness saying. Participants can choose a size and will make a creation they can keep, give to others, or leave around the community. Kettler will teach attendees about wet and dry painting and will show them strokes and simple designs. All ages and ability levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Kathleen Kettler is a retired elementary school principal. She has been painting, sewing, and crafting all her life. Her mission in retirement is to share kindness through artistic expression.

 


June 3, 2023: Ojos de Dios with Diane Boslett

Join the Massillon Museum on Saturday, June 3, for Do the Mu! Instructor Diane Boslett will teach attendees how to make their own God's eyes, or Ojos de Dios. Originally created by the Huichol people of Mexico, they are sometimes used as gifts for wishes of health, long life, and protection. All ages and ability levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Boslett is a licensed visual arts teacher with a bachelor of arts degree from Ashland College and a master of education in integrated arts from the University of Rio Grande. A member of the Ohio Art Education Association, she teaches private lessons and workshops at Massillon Museum and Massillon Public Library, and she works as an activities assistant at the Canton Christian Home.  


July 1, 2023: Paper Koi Fish with Kat Francis

Join the Massillon Museum on Saturday, July 1, for Do the Mu! Instructor Kat Francis will teach attendees how to make paper koi fish. All ages and ability levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Kat Francis, a mixed media artist, earned an MFA at Columbus College of Art and a BFA at The Ohio State University. In her work, she honestly, yet playfully, illustrates American history and daily life. She observes and creates in a collage-like manner to illustrate reflections on modern life. Moving frequently and learning to adapt to new places, Francis has a deep appreciation for unique surroundings and storytelling.

 


 August 5, 2023: Painting Garden Rocks with Kathleen Kettler

Join the Massillon Museum on Saturday, August 5, for Do the Mu! Instructor Kathy Kettler will teach a program in which participants will paint garden rocks. This program will be held in partnership with Massillon City Health Department. The rocks painted during the program will be used in the new Community Health Garden! All ages and ability levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Kathleen Kettler is a retired elementary school principal. She has been painting, sewing, and crafting all her life. Her mission in retirement is to share kindness through artistic expression.

 


 September 2, 2023: Monsters with Mandy Altimus Stahl

Join the Massillon Museum on Saturday, September 2, for Do the Mu. MassMu Archivist Mandy Altimus Stahl will teach participants how to make their own monsters! All ages and ability levels are welcome and all supplies will be provided. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

Archivist Mandy Altimus Stahl began her Massillon Museum career in 2004. She graduated from Kent State University with a BA in history, summa cum laude. Stahl has produced documentary works for the Museum such as Massillon in the Great War: Voices from the ArchivesThe Legacy of Steel, The Greatest Generation, and Faces of Rural America. She was the 2016 plenary speaker for the Society of Ohio Archivists, and in 2015 appeared on Travel Channel’s Mysteries at the Museum, retelling the tale of Jacob Coxey’s 1894 protest march. In 2015, Stahl and her family published her grandfather’s World War II prisoner of war memoirs, Forced March: From the Bulge to Berchtesgaden by Major John J. Mohn. Her book, Early Massillon and Lost Kendal, was published in 2017. Stahl serves on the Massillon Historic Preservation Commission, as secretary of the Spring Hill Historic Home board of trustees, and as treasurer for the Charity School of Kendal Foundation. In 2018, she was inducted into the YWCA Canton Women’s Hall of Fame. An award-winning photographer, she has produced photo series such as A Long Time Ago: The Fairytales of Mandy Altimus Pond (2014); Face of Hunger in Stark County (2015); and a middle school student project, Images of World War I (2014). Stahl and her husband, Bryan, have one son, Donovan.

 

 



 
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