Are you or your kids blue from cabin fever? Come to the Winona Arts Center, 228 East Fifth Street, on Saturday, January 26, and make the winter blues fly away! Discover the artistic side of kites while learning about the hobby of kite flying by making a sled kite in the gallery where the “Sky Art” kite exhibit is on display. Register for one of three kite-making workshops from 9-11 a.m., noon to 2 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Participants ages six and older will create a kite that will be able to be flown at the Kites Over Winona festival on February 9 or in the summer around the lake.
Kites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Fees for a small kite (18˝x21˝) are $10 and for a large kite (24˝x30˝) are $18. Pre-registration is advised to assure a place in one of the workshops. There will be an additional $5 fee for non-WAC members. New members are welcome. Some scholarships are available for children — please inquire. Register by calling Mary at 608-525-0050 or emailing WinonaArtsCenter@gmail.com. Name, size of the kite, and contact information are needed.
The workshops will be led by Barbara Freiberg Meyer, a Minnesota kite flyer, maker and workshop teacher who has given numerous kite classes for all ages.
All materials needed to make, decorate and fly the kites will be provided. A white sail will be the support for each participant to decorate their kite with their own unique design. Allow one and a half to two hours to complete the kite. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. It is suggested that younger children have an adult or older teen to assist them or work together on their kites.
A sled kite has one of the more simple and traditional kite designs, which many people recognize. They are super easy to build, easy to fly, and very stable. Sled kites are composed of a simple flat sail with at least two spars. Spars can be solid or be inflated fabric spars. Generally, the spars run parallel to one another from the leading edge of the kite to the trailing edge (sometimes they taper toward one another at the tail). They have a simple bridle that attaches to the winged portion of the sail past the spars. Most sleds have some form of tail to help give the kite stability.