Children of all ages will have the opportunity to create
mini masterpieces at the City of Richardson’s Cottonwood Art Festival, to be held October 7-8,
2017. Festival organizers of the semi-annual, prestigious show will once again host ArtStop, a
place for kids and families to let imaginations run wild and watch the world of art come to life.
Nestled in the center of the festival, ArtStop is an area decorated with colorful life-sized paint
brushes, chalkboard easels and pottery wheels. Staffed by more than 200 volunteers, children
can create and decorate a sculpture hat, paint a canvas masterpiece, add to an enormous
woven web or practice their hand at sculpting clay on a real potter’s wheel.
Additional activities will include:
- Crazy Cool Caps- Kids can create their own colorful, over-the- top hat using ribbons,
glitter, feathers, pompoms, foam shapes and more.
- Throwin’ Mud - It’s OK for children to play in the mud at this activity station guided by
ArtStop’s own master potters as kids learn to throw a pot or form a vase on an electric
- Canvas Classics – Kids are welcome to paint on a real canvas propped on an easel
guided by an art instructor.
- Clay Play – A new activity will teach children how to form polymer clay into colorful
“straws” that they will cut and roll into beads and other shapes that they can string into
a necklace, keychain or whatever else they can imagine.
- Tile Treasures – Mosaics made from trinkets and tissue are as unique and creative as
the children who make them and the tiles make wonderful keepsakes.
- Wee Weavers – ArtStop will include tutorials on weaving yarn art. With fallen twigs
gathered from the park, kids will build a base to create their own unique weaving from
colorful yarns and strings. Children can add a feather or a few beads to personalize their
- Rollin’ and Recyclin’- The “Green Team” is back with more ideas and ways kids and
families can recycle or be creative with the stuff we usually throw in the trash. This “Art
from the Park” activity is free.
ArtStop will also feature chalkboard easels and large blocks of plaster to chip and sculpt.
Objects will also be placed on large magnetic boards so that masterpieces can be created at any
Considered a part of Richardson life for over 40 years, the festival features something for
everyone. In addition to ArtStop activities, attendees can view hundreds of museum-quality art
exhibits, listen to live music, and sample a variety of festival-favorite eats and treats. Food and
spirits are available for purchase in the Lakeside Courtyard.
About Cottonwood Art Festival
Now in its 48 th year, the semi-annual Cottonwood Art Festival is a juried show. Jurors have
selected more than 240 artists to exhibit their museum-quality work at the festival. The artists
compete in 14 categories: 2D Mixed Media, 3D Mixed Media, Ceramics, Digital,
Drawings/Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metalwork, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
and Wood. The artists’ works are available for purchase, as are food and beverages.
- The festival will be held Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday, October 8, 10
Cottonwood Park is located at 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., one block east of Coit Road in
- Parking and admission are free.
Whether shopping for art, listening to music, enjoying the outdoors, or making art of your own
– Cottonwood has something for everyone. For more information, go to: