We are open!
It still feels surreal. If you have been following along in our journey, then you probably have already read the blog posts telling about our story. Its been a long 15 month journey from the vision of the Spoonful Studio being born to now opening our doors and the dream coming to life. We have worked hard to test our theory, develop a foundation, and remodel our space. We are so thrilled to be DONE creating the space so that we can all begin creating in the space!
Last week, we hosted two art workshops in the studio while also going into Jefferson Elementary and completing three art workshops with their sixth grade students. It’s an exciting time. We would love to share with you some of the components of our workshops and let you know what you can expect when you visit us.
The Spoonful Studio exists to foster creativity and grow relationships. Our method to carry out this vision is art. While we love to create and imagine, we believe in art exploration. Art exploration is the technique to walk students through a process of creating rather than following specific guidelines to achieve a specific project. We believe this is an excellent way for children to build self-confidence through discovering and manipulating materials. By focusing on the process and the exploration of materials whether it be paint, recycled objects, fabric, glue or wood, we help kids use their imagination and articulate their ideas. At the Studio, kids are encouraged to be kids!
Through exploring art, children will learn developmentally appropriate skills; such as eye-hand coordination, problem solving, communication, making connections, reflection, and perseverance. So many great things can happen, while encouraging their creative thinking.
We believe that imagination, creativity, and art are essential aspects to life. Our goal is to nurture and inspire as well as develop independent thinking while connecting. It is a priority for us to facilitate an environment for adults and kids to connect. When we feel seen, heard, and loved, our hearts are filled up.
We feel everyone is creative in some way. For some it may be they are creative in the traditional sense of using art supplies. For others, it may look more like cooking and knowing which spices go together. It may look more true on an athletic field or in a office, or as a therapist with the gift of words. Sometimes creativity can even take the shape of organizing a house and schedule which makes your world go around. Whatever type of creativity you or your child may have, we believe when we stretch our creative muscles we are strengthening other aspects of our life too.
We aim to have a little warm up activity in our kids workshops. This allows the child to relax, connect with his/her peers and prepare for the time. In our kids workshops last week, the students colored a wooden puppet that they then used in a game, after all the other students arrived. The game (and a little story time) allowed the students to hear from their teacher, have some fun, and get comfortable in the new environment.
Lisa (the instructor) then led the kids through a painting activity where they got to scrape and explore colors meeting, blending together, and mixing. They then used found objects to stamp and paint through their work.
Next, the students used watercolor paints to watch how wax crayons reacted to paint in creating a little pendant banner.
We saw so much joy and loved getting to create a special time for these kids to have fun and create. While waiting for their parents, the kids got to paint the table with their hands as they moved around shaving creme. Sensory play is as good for the heart as it is for the imagination.
We are so excited to have our doors open! Whenever there is a scheduled workshop, the front lounge area of the studio is available for walk-ins to shop the store front, buy a coffee, and connect with other moms. Our workshops are being added online daily. We also just released our summer camp schedule. You can view the entire camp list here.
Won’t you come in and see us soon?