Kids get their turn at PAINTING

Dennis McGeary leads his group of young artists during one of the fi rst Cookies and Canvas sessions at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Arts and Crafts Center.
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Reid Tokeshi

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Now kids on base get to have their own painting party, just like the ones their parents and other grownups do. Cookies and Canvas is a new activity at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Arts and Crafts Center and it’s geared strictly to youth.

This single session at the center guides the kids through the process of creating their own painted masterpiece on canvas, while enjoying a sweet treat. Held every other Wednesday, each session features a different subject. The intent is to create a fun learning experience revolving around art.

Dennis McGeary, the instructor for Cookies and Canvas, describes it as similar to the Paint and Sip held every Wednesday evening. Both are two-hour long sessions where an experienced artist guides customers through the painting of the day. While Paint and Sip is for adults, Cookies and Canvas is held at the Arts and Crafts Center in the afternoon and is for kids ages 7 to 14.

McGeary said the children enjoy the two-hour sessions.

“Painting in two hours goes by fast,” he said, adding that the kids really get into the painting. The inclusion of treats and music also helps make the time pass quickly.

The activity has just started taking place this month.

McGeary is hopeful that it will grow as more parents learn about it.

“The first one was pretty good,” he said. He added that “word will get around” and the after-school, single session format makes it affordable and time-friendly.

Cookies and Canvas is held every other Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with the next one scheduled for March 21. The cost is $30 and includes all art supplies.

Aprons are provided but it’s recommended that the kids wear clothes that it’s okay to get paint on. Registration can be done online at

For more information, visit or call the Arts and Crafts Center at 448-9907.

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