Little Tree Art STUDIOS Program
Little Tree's After-School Art Studio, was created to give children ages 5-13 yrs a place where they can come after their school day to explore different art materials and nourish their creativity in a fun and supportive workspace. We offer classes that explore drawing, painting, sewing, sculpture and mixed media in a more elaborate way. Our lessons are fun, creative and not your everyday craft work. We strive to create cool, fun projects that allow Little Artists to use their own ideas and creativity, while still providing structure to teach design, tool use and art principles. Theres no cookie cutter crafts here! All work leaves the studio ready to be hung and admired-as it should! All Little Artists drawings or paintings are framed in glass or done on canvas.
Artists 2-5 yrs
Our Pre-K, Tinker Tot Studios, taught by Nichole Farnum, a Reggio based preschool teacher of 13 years follows the principles of Reggio based education, “The Hundred Languages of Children”. Which describes children as having one hundred ways of thinking and learning, through work and play, through creativity, through science as well as imagination, fantasy and reality. Having this constant variety of ways for a child to think and learn ensures our children are being fulfilled. Reggio philosophies, believe that the environment also acts as a teacher, which you will see and feel when you come into our studio! For the studio is set up in a warm inviting atmosphere with invitations for children to enter into and explore different materials and learn in a variety of creative way on their own, with the group or with an adult. Each studio runs for a month, so your child will join a familiar group once a week 4-5 times.
Its More Than Art
We believe our art classes should be kept small with only 8-10 Little Artists in each, to better provide a safe community atmosphere to where their individuality can be nurtured, and challenged in a way that builds a strong self-image and cultivates self-esteem through accomplishment and self-recognition. We take time to listen and focus on the inner child and the magic they hold within. We want the “whole child”; heart, mind, spirit and body to grow and shine bright and be proud of their work and individuality.
Art is really an outlet for our personal voice. We want to focus on building a welcoming and supportive environment for our Little Artists and families. Having a safe place to share our individuality makes it easier to learn how to open our hearts and understand one another. Every child needs their voice heard as well as to learn how to hear the voices of their peers, teachers, community and their environment. So sometimes that means pausing our daily activities to talk about feelings that arise and problem solve a situation with one another, together. Through this type of open, and warm classroom the children’s communication skills with one another grow and therefore strengthens their self–worth. With strong self-esteem, kindness for others, and good communication skills a child will enter their life with tools for success!
Once a year we celebrate with the community and share all of our creations we have made throughout the year. The Annual Gallery Party is held usually in the early fall at the start of the new Sessions. Each of our Little Artists who came that year can hang 3-4 pieces of their favorite art work and invite guests to celebrate in their accomplishments. This event is always open to the whole community. Hope to see you there!