No joke, my tot is the next Picasso. Well, that is what I think anyway! All silliness aside, she loves art. Give her a marker, shredded color paper, a glue stick and stickers and she is in heaven. Since art has become a passion of hers, I decided to do some research into where she could take an art class on our “mommy/daughter” day. And boy did I find the perfect spot! It is called Kidcasso Art Studio.
Our art educator and owner Miss Laura, as my toddler calls her, is exceptional. She is so patient and engaging with the students. The classes are small, about 8 children, so she really makes each student feel individually special.
The class begins with all the tots taking a seat on their stools with chairs set up for mommy/daddy next to them. They put on their smocks and Miss Laura usually has some creation ready for them to play with. One week it was a giant kitchen that they all participated in painting. Another week, it was containers filled with colored ice and plastic animals. Miss Laura would walk around and sprinkle coconut and squeeze shaving cream in order to represent snow. All the tots would swirl around the mixture with a spoon and transport it from one container to the next. As the kids are finishing up their first project, Miss Laura usually reads them a book pertaining to what the main art project of the day is going to be. Last week she read a book on polar bears and then the tots got their own polar bear cut outs to paint, color and glue many different items to, such as colored paper, flowers, foam tubes and let’s not forget the glitter! The class usually ends with the tots solving different puzzles, or like last week, a bit of yoga stretching. At the end while everyone is participating in clean up, Miss Laura always offers a healthy snack to you on your way out.
The classes are offered as either semester classes, or one time classes. There are even adult classes.
The best part, once a year there is a Kidcasso Annual Golden Paint Brush Gala. This is where the art created, at least one piece per student, is displayed for family and friends to come and see and admire.
It has been proven that art education is so beneficial for children. It stimulates and develops their imagination and strengthens their problem-solving and team building skills. Creative activity is an amazing source of happiness and wonder!
Please check out Kidcasso Art Studio at http://kidcassoart.com.
“I dream my painting and then paint my dream.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh