Islands of History Youth Programs

IOH2The Society knows the past is the key to the future in unlocking our colorful history for generations to come resulting in a stronger community today. As one of the oldest cultural organizations in Key West, KWAHS preserves the cultural heritage of the Florida Keys through education. Central to our mission is the belief that art and history based education is the key to building a solid foundation for community development.

For more information about the below offerings and the Society’s other education programs please contact Adele Williams, Education Specialist, at 305-295-6616, extension 115.

These new educational offerings are made possible in part by the Helmerich Trust, Marion Stevens Fund and the Knight Foundation

Program Schedule

Screenshot 2015-09-17 11.23.14The Art & History of Sugar Skulls

Monday, October 26, 2015
9:00AM-4:00PM – Fort East Martello
$30 Members, $40 Non-Member
Recommended ages: 5 and up
Registration

In this hands-on workshop, the children will learn the story behind the Mexican tradition Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). They will decorate their own Calavera de azúcar (sugar skull). The purpose of this workshop is to enrich and educate the children about the beauty and purpose of sugar skulls and their role in celebrating and memorializing loved ones that have passed on.

TattooThe Art & History of Tattoos: A Workshop in Watercolors

Monday, October 26, 2015
9:00AM-4:00PM – Fort East Martello
$30 Members, $40 Non-Member
Recommended ages: 16 and up
Registration

Tattoos are a cultural phenomenon. In this workshop, teenagers will explore the rich heritage of tattooing. Using pen and ink with watercolor, the students will learn the illustrative techniques used in tattooing. The properties of these mediums complement each other, as the looseness of the watercolor contrasts with the hard lines produced by the pen and ink. Color and expression is added with the paint while the detail and definition are enhanced with pens.

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The Originals. Native American History for Children

Monday, November 23, 2015 to Wednesday, November 25, 2015
9:00AM-4:00PM – Fort East Martello
$90 Members, $120 Non-Member
Recommended ages: 5 and up
Registration

This three-day workshop is designed to celebrate Native American culture. As young archeologists and anthropologists, the children will learn about middens and artifacts, fashion tools from conch shells and work with clay. The Calusa and Tequesta tribes that dominated the shorelines of Southeastern Florida were responsible for starting the wrecking industry; salvaging the crews, cargoes and flotsam of wrecked ships. The only things that changed when the Bahamians and Americans became involved were the methods and means of disposal.

Winter Wonderland Camps

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Miniature Arrangements

Monday, December 21, 2015
9:00AM-4:00PM – Fort East Martello
$30 Members, $40 Non-Member
Recommended ages: 5 and up
Registration

The children will use fresh greens and pinecones to help create mini centerpieces.
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Yule Enjoy the Day

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
9:00AM-4:00PM – Fort East Martello
$30 Members, $40 Non-Member
Recommended ages: 5 and up
Registration

The children will fashion seasonal ornaments, inspired bynature.

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Cool Wool Felting

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
9:00AM-4:00PM – Fort East Martello
$30 Members, $40 Non-Member
Recommended ages: 5 and up
Registration

Using the age-old tradition of ‘wet felting’, youth will create objects such as soaps, balls, and bowls.

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Musical Chairs: Celebrating the Art of Jeff Beal

Monday, December 28, 2015 to Thursday, December 31, 2015
9:00AM-4:00PM – Fort East Martello
$120 Members, $160 Non-Member
Recommended ages: 5 and up

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Jeffery Beal, a talented painter and designer, established a name for himself when he began turning simple furniture into collectable art. His whimsical designs captured the elements of Key West style with splashes of color and irreverent themes. His furniture is featured is prominent homes and luxury hotels throughout the country. In this workshop the children will take inspiration from his designs and create their own art using a wooden chair.

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Calling All Engineers!

Monday, January 4, 2016
9:00AM-4:00PM – Fort East Martello
$30 Members, $40 Non-Member
Recommended ages: 5 and up
Registration

Is your child always creating wonders from the junk drawer? In this workshop, children will work on a collection of project-based engineering lessons. Project-based learning allows students to control the direction and pace of their learning. Activities that promote investigation, critical thinking, and hands-on subject matter are also central to project-based learning. These lessons focus on basic principles of physics, structural and mechanical engineering.

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Grimal Grove Expedition

Monday, January 25, 2016
9:00AM-4:00PM – Fort East Martello/Grimal Grove
$30 Members, $40 Non-Member
Recommended ages: 5 and up
Registration

Children will visit the legendary tropical fruit oasis in Big Pine Key – The Grimal Grove. Here they will experience the world of tropical fruit. They will participate in a tropical fruit tree scavenger hunt, watch on-site blacksmithing and possibly have a chance to try blacksmithing first hand. Also, they will learn the origins of chocolate, how it grows, how to make it and most importantly of all, they will taste it! The children will learn the importance of soil composting and assist the grove in building soil, a much sort after commodity in the Florida Keys.

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KWAHS Science Boot Camp

Monday, March 21, 2016 to Friday, March 25, 2016
9:00AM-4:00PM – Fort East Martello
$185 Members, $200 Non-Member
Recommended ages: 5 and up
Registration

Put on your goggles and break out the test tubes, it’s time to experiment. In this week-long workshop, children will learn simple principles of science through experiential learning. To watch scientists at work, the children will visit the NOAA Weather Station and MOTE Marine Lab.

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Legends of the Lighthouse

Monday, March 28, 2016
9:00AM-4:00PM – Lighthouse & Keeper’s Quarters
$30 Members, $40 Non-Member
Recommended ages: 5 and up
Registration

In the days before radar and other modern technology, navigators on ships depended on the beacons of lighthouses to guide them along the coastlines. In this workshop, children will learn about lighthouses and the dedicated, courageous lighthouse keepers that kept the lights operating through all weather conditions. Each child will create their own lighthouse and a banner of their name using signal flags.