Paws and painting

What do you get when you mix budding animal activists like Jane Goodall combined with Bob Ross painting wannabes? The Dumb Friends League Acryl-Licks! workshop, of course!

The League’s new paint and pets workshop is created for kids ages 8-11 years old and includes a DFL 101 lesson, which helps groups understand how the League fits into animal welfare, as well as why animals end up in shelters, how we help them find new homes and how people can help homeless pets and horses in our care. Participants then receive a shelter tour and choose an animal to paint in an effort to highlight the animals in our care and help them get adopted in a fun, creative way. All artwork will be kept by the League and given to each animals’ adoptive family. A Polaroid photo (yes, a Polaroid!) will be taken of each artist along with their masterpiece to take home as a reminder of the day.

The Acryl-Licks! program began as a way to expand the League’s programs for this age group outside of Pawsitive Service Days. “We wanted to do more and in different ways to help the shelter,” said Lauren Pipis, humane educator. “We hope that kids get creative and show an animal’s spirit and energy, whether it’s an abstract, portrait or whatever they choose.”

The first Acryl-Licks program was a success! “My favorite part was learning about the animals and why we have them,” said Aracel. “I loved sketching out Maci and getting to paint her my own way.”

Workshops are scheduled once a month at the Leslie A. Malone Center through May and are 90 minutes. All materials are provided, but participants should know this is not a “learn to paint” program. If artists finish early, they can complete an additional service project, such as a cat or small mammal toy. With a limit of 10 kids per workshop, register today to reserve your child’s spot at ddfl.org/youth-volunteering!

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