Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fall and Winter Upcoming Events

Hello everyone,
We hope everyone is having a cheerful and healthy autumn. It has been a busy Fall term, and we are into our second week of our second session. It's too late to join most of our weekly classes, but we do have our weekly Family Drop-In and Workshops if you are looking for a weekend activity the entire family can do together, and School's Out camps for the Veteran's Day holiday.

We have begun offering classes for teens on Friday nights from 7-9pm. I am very pleased that we have a large group of young adults learning to make their own comic books from Andrew Campbell. We look forward to seeing some of their work and hope to post some soon. We will continue to offer multiple classes on Friday nights for teens. We are excited to provide a place for creative young adults have a place to connect with each other and exchange ideas and develop friendships.

We have begun registration for our Early Winter mini-term, which runs from Nov. 29th through the week of Dec. 13th. There are weekly classes for all ages, family workshops, and school's out camps to accommodate busy holiday schedules. There are some exciting winter-themed classes and workshops offered:

Print and Paint with your toddler to create one-of-a-kind gift wrap and cards!
Your 5-8 year old can make a ceramic snow village that will light up!
Come as a family and make Ornaments or Menorahs at one of our Family Workshops.
You can see the complete listing for classes here:

Looking to get into the holiday spirit? Come to our Open House from 12-5pm on Dec. 4th and walk through our gallery and artists studios, take one of our free workshops for children and adults, and maybe even pick up a special hand made gift from a local artist.

We hope to see you soon!

Melanie and the Kidstreet Staff

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

All Things Messy!!

Kids got a little crazy with paint, clay, and plaster in the All Things Messy camp at Lillstreet earlier in June. We had a ton of fun experimenting with baking soda and vinegar, shaving cream, and finger painting. At the end of the week we had a body paint parade with the plaster puppets we made!!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Exciting creations from the young designers of Lillstreet!

The first session of Lillstreet Chic has ended.In one short week we learned the basics of fashion illustration and pattern-making, and made bags, bracelets, skirts and screen-prints. It was a lot to get through, but with such dedicated and creative students the results were impressive! Lillstreet Chic runs again in August, so there's still plenty of time to sign up!

Sunday, May 30, 2010


Hello everyone! I hope you have all been at the beach making sandcastles or riding your bicycles in the wonderful sunshine. Summer's here! School is not out for all of us, but this Memorial Day weekend starts what I think will be an amazing Summer.
Camps start next week! Get very excited :)
And it's not too late to register for camp! So if you are thinking of signing up for a summer camp, call or stop into Lillstreet sometime soon and sign up! It's going to be a wonderful and creative summer. We are building new cabinets in our classrooms to make it easier to navigate and fit more materials to make more and more beautiful things!
Hope everyone is keeping cool!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

In full swing!

Things have been going great here at Kidstreet. We are getting ready for our summer camps, starting the week of June 7th. So if you are thinking of signing up, come on in because the camps are filling up fast!
We've been having a great time so far, making beautiful things, and can't wait for the summer!
Our second 5-week Spring session started this week, and I'm really excited to see what everybody makes :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Season, New Session!

Hi everybody!
The Winter session just ended last week and the Spring starts up next week! I hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful weather. I know we can all use some sun.
The last few classes were full of some beautiful creativity, and this upcoming session sounds like it's going to be wonderful. There are still openings for classes, so sign up if you can!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Keeping Warm

Hello everyone!
A couple weeks ago we had the Schools Out camps at Kidstreet, where we made some really amazing clay and multimedia projects.
We also have our schedule out for the next Spring session and the Summer Camps at Kidstreet! Looking at the schedule, it looks like there will be some really diverse things going on. For those who like to get messy and have fun just playing around and being creative, I'll be having a Messy camp this summer. And I saw that there's a Movie Making camp, which I'd like to sign up for if I could...too bad I'm not a kid anymore.
Sign up soon for classes and camps!

Monday, January 25, 2010

January Creativity!

This month has been going great here at Kidstreet, everybody has their hands into some kind of creative work.
In Sue's Wednesday Toddler Multimedia class this past week, students made nests by pushing their thumbs into a ball of clay to make a little bowl, then using the garlic press to make texture for the nests. If you turn the bowl over, you can make a birthday cake! It was messy, but as you can see, they turned out pretty well.

The multimedia classes are really fun because we learn how to create with many different media, not just clay. Roz's Thursday multimedia class gets to pick which weeks they want to work with clay and what other media they want to use. We talked about doing mosaics one week, painting, collage, and even shrinky-dink! It should be fun, I'll let everyone know what we end up doing!

The Kidstreet blog will be updated more frequently now that classes are in full swing, and I think I will start posting ideas for creative projects that everybody - kids, parents, teachers, the dog - can do at home. Because creativity doesn't just happen in classroom!! It's everywhere!

Keep warm!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Winter Classes Have Begun

Hello everyone,

Winter session has begun and some classes are still open if you'd like to register your child for the remaining weeks. We also offer School's Out Camps that run from 9-3:30 during selected holidays. (MLK Day still has space!) Can't commit to a class? We have Family Drop-In every Saturday and Family Workshops on selected weekends.

There are some new classes, and I have had the pleasure of beginning one for our youngest students yet: Colored Textures for ages 18 to 30 months. It has been a complete joy to get to know these wee artists as well as the friends and family members who accompany them. In these adult/child classes it is so important that the adults guide the children in their exploration, and they have been doing a really wonderful job of allowing their children to explore and create for themselves. I will be posting photos soon! We have also begun some new classes for teens and starting in Spring we will be offering multiple classes on Friday evenings. If you have a teen that wants a class sooner than the Spring you can start a custom class with 5 or more students.
Call the front desk for more information: 773.769.4226

I am happy to announce that Lillstreet has begun sponsoring a Meetup Group for the Lillstreet and neighborhood community. It is absolutely free to join and we've already scheduled two art playgroups here at Lillstreet for group members. There is a message board where you can post and read threads regarding ways to bring art and creativity into your home. I'm personally very excited about this because I have had such a great experience with my neighborhood's Meetup Group. It really is a wonderful way to connect with other parents with similar interests- I hope you'll join us!

Best wishes,
Melanie Brown
Kidstreet Program Director
4401 N. Ravenswood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

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