Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Summer Camp Reunion and Spring Open House!

We are getting ready for Spring and Summer here at Kidstreet! The Spring and Summer class and camp schedules are online and we're very excited about all the new programming we have to offer.

In anticipation of camp, we are hosting a Summer Camp Reunion on March 3rd from 12-3pm with free summer-themed art projects and ice creams. Come in your camp t-shirt or summer themed outfit and enjoy an afternoon with your camp friends and teachers Melanie Brown and Kimberly Pancoast. Never been to camp? No problem! Come and find out what summer at Lillstreet is all about.

We are also hosting a Spring Open House on March 10th from 12-4pm with free workshops for all ages, artist demonstrations, and open studios. You can see the schedule of events here. Come both weekends and make some art with us!

Project of the Week: Exploring Texture with your Toddler

At Kidstreet, even those under the age of 2 have the opportunity to take a class. Today in Colored Textures, students explored soft felt, feathers, and pom poms along with soft shaving cream paint. We mixed and painted on a tray and a piece of felt-covered cardboard. We used our hands, brushes, pom poms, and cars to make our marks. Want to try it at home? Improvise with materials you already have. No felt? Use a piece of old t-shirt or towel to wrap around a piece of cardboard as a soft painting surface.

No cloth? Go shiny and paint on foil. No paint? Use whipped cream, yogurt, or a flour and water paste mixed with food coloring- these are great alternatives for shaving cream for children who are enthusiastic oral explorers. Plastic toy cars, cotton balls, and washable plastic figures are all great tools for making dots and tracks. A highchair tray makes a great place to work! You can also add a little school glue to the mix and your paint will retain some of its puffiness and hold collage elements such as re-purposed magazine clippings, gift wrap, tissue, and string.
Don't wait until you have the perfect materials for the perfect project, just get creative with your kids with what you have!

Lillstreet in the News:

A big thank you to Karen Jordan from ABC7 who filmed a wonderful piece on Lillstreet for "In Your Neighborhood". Roz Adam's "Build It Up" class is featured enthusiastically painting their imaginative wood constructions. You can watch it here.

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