Spring session begins April 9.
Registration is now open!
10 Week Spring Session $280, siblings $150.
Ages 2-4 years
Tuesdays 3:15-4:00 and Thursdays 10:00-10:45
This class for the preschool-aged set values freedom to explore, open ended materials, and intriguing art invitations. Taking an approach that values the creative process over the finished product, project ideas are given while the children are encouraged to experiment and discover. We will balance guided projects with open painting while your little one is kept engaged by unexpected materials and a new individual project each week, as well as collaborative work. An art project is often followed by a sensory activity combining art with play. Children in this class are accompanied by a caregiver however you are encouraged to sit back and let the child engage in the projects independently. Parent and caregivers participate by helping children achieve their ideas, without doing the work for them.
Some projects and themes we will explore:
-Collaborate & Make: on canvas, fabric, branches, paper-covered tables, murals, etc
-Exploring Self Portraits: ink self portraits, self portraits using clay and wood rounds with nature materials, painting on mirrors and painting friends through plexiglass
-Tinker Trays: we regularly flex our imaginations using these trays filled with assorted nature and craft materials combined with clay and other support structures. Each child can expect to take home a Spring-themed salt dough "small world" that they have created with homemade playdough and loose parts.
-Introduction to sewing using embroidery floss and plastic needles - yes, even at this age!
-Exploring different painting methods using squeeze bottles, spray bottles, pipettes and kitchen utensils
-Sensory activities including various homemade playdoughs and bins filled with materials such as colored sand with funnels and strainers, cotton balls with colored water squeeze bottles, rocks and shells with toy animals, etc.
Tuesdays 3:15-4:00 FULL
Thursdays 10:00-10:45 FULL
Hooten-Art for Big Kids!
Tuesdays 4:15-5:00, years
Our big kid art class combines instructed projects with child-led creative exploration. Craft blends with process allowing children to experiment and make their own creative decisions while also focusing on instructed projects and gaining new skills. For example, in the winter session we created cardboard collage faces (each one unique); the children decided it would be fun to turn them into puppets and created a collaborative puppet theatre which guided us through several classes. So if you value freedom to explore, open ended materials, and intriguing art invitations, then this is the perfect after-school art class for your child. The importance of communicating with one another is encouraged while respecting each child's own perspective. Let's allow these children to seek their own answers to creative challenges while supporting them in a nurturing environment! This is a drop-off optional class.
Some projects and themes we will explore:
-Gratitude & Gifts: making art to give away
-Decorate your space: creating some fun objects for your bedroom like a nameplate or painted pillow
-Nontraditional color theory: making color wheels from paint chip swatches and collage materials
-Cardboard creations: art from recycled materials
Toddler Art Play
Ages 15 months-2 years
Toddler Art Play provides an open ended art experience where walking toddlers ages 15 months through young 2’s are invited to engage in artful play at their own pace. Creative prompts will be set up as stations around the room where children are free to roam from one activity to another, encouraging exploration and fun with art making! Hannah supports and facilitates these investigations in a nurturing environment.
Toddler Art Play is about having artful fun with a range of interesting materials. It's about enjoying the freedom to create without an expected outcome. Caretakers are present in this class and since this may be the first art experience for many of the children, grown ups are encouraged to give these budding artists the space to explore at their own pace and to focus on the process of creation rather than the finished product. Prepare for mess and rest assured all materials will be non-toxic and inspiring!
Some projects & themes we will explore:
- small worlds
- water play
- shaving cream
-contact paper collage murals
-layered canvases added to over the session, a beautiful memento to take home
-“creative tables" - tabletop playscapes with art materials
-Painting with flowers and other nature materials
Full, please call to join a waitlist 718-369-0528.
Add a sibling to any Art Class:
In Hannah's class the child is free to create, explore materials, and make her own decisions in a nurturing environment. Follow @thisgreatforest on Instagram for examples of Hannah's art practice for kids. Be prepared to get messy and have a blast making art this Fall!
Hannah Kasper Levinson
Hannah grew up in Ossining, NY and received a BFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and an MFA from Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Her paintings have been exhibited all around the world and she has created artwork for Cabinet Magazine and the band Yo La Tengo. She is building momentum as an independent art teacher following her beloved Los Angeles-based "Paint and Play" class. Featuring a process-based approach, Hannah's art classes for kids are inspired by nature, science, art history, and her own two beautiful children. See Hannah's paintings at hannahkasper.com and follow @thisgreatforest on Instagram for her art practice for kids.