Stories, Art and Play
Stories, Art and Play is a preschool/kindergarten program where children use a variety of mixed-media materials to create their individual expressive artwork.
At the beginning of each class students have the opportunity to free draw from their own imagination. Free draw is a way to warm up and get ready for the creative experience. Markers and large white paper are put out so each child can begin drawing as soon as they arrive.
A story is read from a wonderfully illustrated children's book to begin each lesson. Famous artists are also introduced along with materials and the creative process begins. This open ended art curriculum celebrates individuality and free expression.
After School Art Club
The Joy of the Masters.
The afterschool art club is designed with the school age child in mind. Using the ideas and techniques of each artist we will explore our individual style as we learn from the masters! We will discover the playfulness of Picasso, the vision of O'Keeffe and the musicality of Kandinsky's paintings, to name a few. A new artist will be introduced each week.
Build and Create
For, builders, creators and thinkers! This class explores construction in and outside of the box. We will use paper engineering, wood, mixed media, and found objects to build and create small works of art. We'll be inspired by artists David Carter, Alexander Calder, Louis Nevelson, Joseph Cornell and more.
The Art of Play
We will slow down our pace, take a breath, pick up a paintbrush, draw with oil pastels, cut and paste paper collages and more importantly play. Experience the freedom and joy of creativity as you have fun connecting with your creative self. Warm-up exercises to get the creative juices flowing and a new project every week. No experience is necessary, just arrive and be ready to have fun!
The Joy/Vision Board
Start the year with a fresh look into your joys, passions and goals. We will create a Joy board from images gathered from art cards, magazines etc.; collaging on a large board the results will surprise you. Join this one day workshop. All materials are included.
Altered Book Workshops
Experience the new art form of altered books. Beginning with your own book (children's book, coffee-table book etc.) you will alter your book page by page, to create your individual art piece. Be prepared to cut, paste, paint, stamp and alter your book to create your own art piece. A variety of methods will be demonstrated. Many examples will be provided. No experience is necessary! Most materials are included.
Facilitating Creativity in Art Education
In this workshop, educators will explore the methodology of The Joy of Creativity art program. This instructional method utilizes children’s literature as the introduction for each art lesson. Participants will explore how books highlighting engaging and diverse illustrations, text, and ideas are chosen, and will gain an understanding of the importance of supporting individual creativity and problem solving while introducing children to art movements, artists, and art methods.