September 7, 2017

Today we kicked off our Whole Child Program with our Wednesday students! We couldn't be more excited to expand Side by Side Studio to include a nature preschool dedicated to child-led learning and exploration!

For our first weeks together, we will be learning about ourselves and each other. We will work with reflections and faces - practicing self portraits and recognizing facial features. Our main focus will be to establish our little community and figure out what interests us. Our daily rhythm will always include ample time for outdoor creative...

July 24, 2017

After a week break, we are back in the swing of our summer camps! This week we have a tenacious group of ALL GIRLS! We are very excited to have a jam packed week full of art and learning about how we can love ourselves and each other!

GIRL POWER!!!

Day 1:

*Mindful Morning*

We began our week by discussing what being "mindful" means. Our campers brainstormed the following: "relaxing, being quiet, concentrating, closing our eyes, and poses!"

Following our idea session, we practiced some yoga poses to stretch out our bodies. We also learned some breathin...

June 28, 2017

Another great day at the studio! Painting, beading, tying, observing,and learning all day!

Day 3:

*Together Time*

We began our day our usual way with coming together as a group. We reviewed the day before and added comments and ideas to our book.

Sketching plants that we noticed earlier while on our nature walk!

Families will able to see our book during our mini art showcase! 

*Prism Catchers*

Today we explored light and rainbows. We learned about prisms from our friend who taught us during our Together Time! (You can see the video on our Facebook page...

June 26, 2017

It's Monday which means the start of a new camp! We were so excited for our friends to arrive at our studio! This week we will explore a variety of sciences and scientists!

 Day 1: 

*Together Time*

We spent our beginning moments coming together. After introducing ourselves we discussed different kinds of scientists and what they study. 

Our friends could either draw or write their responses - or have one of us write it for them. We collected our ideas from our brainstorming session in our Floor Book. Throughout the week, we will be adding to our...

June 13, 2017

Another wonderful day at camp! Today we spent a majority of our time in the sun - walking, playing, sketching, and printing!

Day 2: 

*Mindful Morning*

This morning we closed our eyes and shut ourselves off from the outside world - learning to be truly present in the moment. 

We had a room full of trees - some solid in their roots and some blowing softly in the wind. 

*Sun Printing Tapestries*

Our first step was to paint our fabric with special light sensitive paint in our makeshift bathroom turned *dark room*.

We quickly placed our nature material...

June 12, 2017

Summer Camp Season Has Begun!

This week we kick off our summer camps with Art-Nature-Mindfulness Camp. Each day we will begin with a group welcome in our "relaxing room" where we will learn different breathing exercises and stretch our muscles. The rest of the day will include a variety of process art projects, a mindful nature walk, and a snack!

Day 1: 

*Elephant Breathing*

This morning we introduced Elephant Breathing to our campers! Just as elephants use their trunks to shower themselves with water - we used our arms to shower ourselves with happi...

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