Teeny Tuesdays with Nancy the Book Lady-1st Tuesday of Every Month in Fall Season

September Teeny Tuesday class featuring-

"I'm A Dirty Dinosaur" by Janeen Brian & Ann James

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Today we had our special guest, Nancy the Usborne book lady, read us this fabulous picture book and we had fun making dirty dinosaur prints with brown paint and toy dinosaurs. Be sure to join us each month on the first Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to hear a special Usborne story book, sing songs and do some fun process art with your baby, toddler and preschoolers. As always, when you purchase any books from Nancy either at the studio or online, proceeds benefit Tubman House & Art Beast Development Center. Join us each month to flip through a selection of books at Art Beast or go online to https://h5434.myubam.com and select Art Beast at check out! Ms Leslie will do a regular Teeny Tuesday every Tuesday with her usual routine. Join us!

2018 Summer Camps. So much fun!

Art Beast Summer Camps

ALL K STREET CAMPS ARE FULL. SEE BELOW FOR OUR NEW BELL STREET CAMPS. MOST STILL HAVE SPOTS AVAILABLE

Art Beast camps are designed for children 4 to 7 years old. We create a space that honors children by offering activities and environments suited to their age range. No trying to keep up with the 10 year olds at this camp!  Each session fills at 16 children and is led by two teachers, promising a group that can grow close. The camps offer a blend of structured arts exploration in the classroom and free play within the building, always under close supervision by the camp teachers.

Our camps are about exploring art and self-expression. Children dig into an array of mediums and arts in their own way. No matter the theme, we promise arts integration with movement, song, story, and art. After or before camp each day, you can stay and play at Art Beast with your child as long as you’d like.

And, as always, when you choose Art Beast, your money supports Waking the Village’s communities for young, homeless parents and their children at Tubman House and Audre’s Emporium of New Tomorrows. In 2016, Art Beast generated over $50,000 to sustain Tubman’s child development program for children experiencing homelessness.

K Street Camps 2018

JUNE 11TH-15TH MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD WITH ARIANA

 

JUNE 18TH-22ND OCEAN COMMOTION WITH TARYN AND NANCY

 

JUNE 25TH-29TH SOUND EXPLORERS WITH ARIANA

 

JULY 2ND-6TH MARVELOUS MYTHOLOGY WITH RESHA AND LESLIE

 

JULY 9TH-13TH GARDEN GNOMES AND FAIRY HOMES WITH SONYA

 

JULY 16TH-20TH SUPERHERO ACADEMY WITH ANDREW

 

JULY 23RD-27TH STARRY NIGHT SPACE CAMP WITH NICOLE AND SONYA

 

JULY 30TH-AUG 3RD WEIRD SCIENCE WITH LESLIE AND ANDREW

 

AUG 6TH-10TH JUNGLE SAFARI WITH HANNAH AND NANCY

 

AUG 13TH-17TH ANIMAL TALES WITH LESLIE 

 

 

Camp Beast-Summer Camps from Art Beast on Bell Street (Elementary Age)

WHAT'S BELL STREET? 

Art Beast will be holding full day camps at 1949 Bell Street this Summer. The site occupies nearly an acre of land, allowing for LOTS of outdoor play and community games. Indoor and outdoor spaces are set up with open studio space, building stations, and dramatic play areas. Three goats live on site. Gardens, tree, and dirt trails invite free play and exploration. This site allows us to greatly expand our outside play offerings- a long time dream. It also allows the children attending the camp more space to explore so that a full day can offer plenty of room.

Session Times: 9 am to 5 pm. The camp day will offer both directed activities and free play.

Pricing: $250 a week. Additional siblings enrolled the same week receive a 15% discount.  $75 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space.

Please Bring: Lunch, snack, and a bottle of water. Wear clothes that can get messy!

To Register: Complete the online form or call the studio.

BELL STREET SESSIONS 2018

Though the themes repeat offerings from the K Street sessions, activities will be redesigned to offer more outdoor activities and crafts suited to an older age range.

JULY 9TH TO 13TH JUNGLE SAFARI WITH NANCY

Spend the week building and exploring our very own rainforest! Your child will have a chance to learn about plants, animals, and the ecology of a jungle environment. Campers will help build make their own adventurer’s outfit, terrariums, and become jungle animals as we decorate the classroom throughout the week.

JULY 16TH-20TH GARDEN GNOMES AND FAIRY HOMES WITH SONYA

Come and join us as we explore the nature all around us! Be prepared to get your clothes dirty and those thumbs green as we approach nature with a whimsical perspective and an artist’s mindset. Children will create take-home gardens, fairy houses, garden stones, and a framed, nature watercolor painting. Join us in this magical artistic exploration of art and garden-appreciation to take in the greenery around us!

JULY 23RD-27TH MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD WITH ARIANA

Let's take a trip around the world as we explore songs, dances, stories and art! Each day of camp will be an opportunity for campers to learn about a different region including Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and coming back home! Campers will have many opportunities to sing freely, dance, read stories, imaginative play, and experience process-art activities. We will also have a station for learning basic music concepts such as rhythm and pitch. No previous music experience necessary.

AUGUST 6TH - 10TH SUPERHERO ACADEMY WITH ANDREW

Welcome to the most fun & advanced superhero academy ever! New recruits are invited to come and train with the most intelligent and skilled superheroes in the world. As a part of this elite program, we will create our own superhero names, assemble our own armor (masks, super hero cuffs, shields and capes) using advanced technology, make radioactive slime and create long lasting friendships. By the end of the training we will discover what it takes to become not just a superhero, but someone who can make a difference. 

AUGUST 13TH-17TH OCEAN COMMOTION WITH NANCY

Campers will maneuver the seven seas above and below while we learn about creatures in the deep and the ecosystem that the ocean has to offer. From jellyfish and axolotls to water games and ice excavation, we will submerge ourselves into cool textures and shape-shifting colors with crafts your children can take home each day.

Muck & Wonder Farm School-WTV has a new Parent Participation Program at the former Tiny Tots location on Bell Street! Sign up for the Fall now.

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Check out more info here!

What happens when you combine...

Art Beast Children's Studio

+ an acre of land

+ the legacy of Tiny Tots, Sacramento's longest running parent participation preschool

= Muck and Wonder Farm School

Tiny Tots Parent Participation Preschool, which opened in 1949, was the longest running parent participation preschool in the Sacramento area. Generations of children graduated from their play-based, open air learning environment through the years.

Art Beast Children's Studio, opened in 2009, has been dedicated to providing creative space for children and families to engage with the arts and one another.

In 2018, Art Beast Children's Studio was offered the space. We jumped at this opportunity to imagine Art Beast's values and celebration of play transposed into a space with a huge outdoors.

The property will house a newly remodeled and updated play-based, parent participation preschool focused on child-directed play and building a vibrant community of families.  The environment will continue in the legacy of Tiny Tots and in the tradition of Art Beast,  creating spaces that offer opportunity for inventive, interactive, and child-directed play. 

Art Beast is a program of Waking the Village. As with all Waking the Village programs, the proceeds from Muck & Wonder Farm School help sustain our programs for children and youth overcoming homelessness. The community of families gathering at this school helps build healthy communities for more families in Sacramento.

Our Space

The school features a 1200 square foot building with an art studio, a builders space, dramatic play spaces, a loft, and a library.

The outdoor space includes climbing structures, swings, dirt and asphalt trails for riding bikes, gardens, a playhouse, and lots of room to move and explore.

We are so excited to be building our community of families!  We will begin sessions for the 2018-2019 school year on September 4th, 2018.

If your family is interested in joining, complete the registration below. You can complete your registration now (and secure a spot) or indicate interest on our wait list form so that we ensure you receive updates as we get closer to September.

We will be holding an Open House in August once final renovations are complete to tour the space and meet the directors.

Sessions

Pick your time:

Morning Session  9 to 12

Afternoon Session 1 to 4

Pick your days:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday

Tuesday/Thursday

Monday through Friday

Tuition

Two Days a Week: $215 a month

Three Days a Week: $285 a month

Five Days a Week: $425 a month

Registration

$75 a year

Sign up for waitlist here

Muck & Wonder Farm School

1949 Bell Street
Sacramento, CA 95825                                                                                                                        PO Box 160085                                                                                                                        Sacramento, CA 95816

Email: admin@artbeaststudio.com

Summer School Programs at Our Child Development Center, Ages 6-12

Art Beast Child Development Center

SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAM COMING SUMMER 2018

 

Art Beast Child Development Center is launching its School-Age program for 6-12 year olds this summer! Offerings will include yoga and meditation, drum and song circles, storytelling, hip-hop, ballet, poetry and science.


Local transport from elementary schools will be provided during the school year.

Summer 2018 Hours and Rates

*Full-Day Summer Program 7AM-5PM: $175/week*

Fall 2018 Hours and Rates
* Before and After Care: $650 *
* Before Care Only (Hours TBD): $400 *
* After Care Only (12PM-6PM): $500 *

Visit wakingthevillage.org to sign-up for our waitlist!

If you have questions please email michael@wakingthevillage.org or call 916-896-619

PLEASE NOTE! THIS IS NOT AT OUR MIDTOWN CHILDREN'S ART STUDIO.

 

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Festival of Changemakers 2018-First Annual All Day Workshop

A new tradition! The Festival of Changemakers was truly inspiring. Thanks to all the friends who showed up to share wisdom and make magic. Not only did we raise funds for Waking the Village, we gave a community of girls a chance to work those muscles of raising your voice, pushing past discomfort, doing something ridiculous, making something beautiful, and, most of all, sharing their very hopeful visions for the world we share.

http://www.wakingthevillage.org/festival-of-changemakers/

The Changemakers are here! So many of our girls grow up hearing, "Just wait until she is teenager." Well, after an amazing day spent with 9 to 14 year old girls at the Festival of Changemakers, we can say: We can't wait to see this generation continue to grow. Yesterday, a community of girls gathered at the river to create, sing, dance, and build a community where we sweeten the world by offering up our strengths, our bravery, our love, and our commitments.

Big Day of Giving-May 3rd, 2018

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Please support Waking the Village/Tubman House for the Big Day of Giving!

Messages and updates from one of our founders: Bridget Alexander

May 1st, 2018

"My least favorite part of my job (asking people for money) makes the best part of my job (supporting rockstars like the graduates below) possible. We do a lot to avoid asking folks for donations. We created Art Beast and festivals and child development centers so we can MAKE money to sustain our homeless programs and not have to repel all those we love with constant shake downs. But, the hard fact is, we need you. We have grown so fast and the funds just can't keep up. We have happy endings to manifest- so hope you'll consider helping us out on Big DOG. We have $10,000 match waiting to double the value. You can schedule any time: https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/wakingthevillage"


PS Sharing our posts on Facebook and Instagram or telling others about our organization makes a massive difference in getting seen and spreading the word about all that we do.

May 1st, 2018
Many of the youth Waking the Village serves are pregnant and parenting moms who often don't have a strong support network to raise a child. Waking the Village provides a nurturing home environment for youth and their children, as well as free childcare through our Art Beast Child Development Center. Our intensive-coaching model focuses heavily on supporting our young and often first-time moms so that they can be confident parents and foster healthy relationships with their children.

This means that:

100% of our pregnant residents connect to quality prenatal care within two weeks of entry, attend birthing classes, write birth plans, and have staff support during the birth.

100% of parents participate in Waking the Village’s programs to strengthen parenting skills and report a greater capacity to provide developmentally sound care and environments to children.

Schedule your donation to support Waking the Village's young moms today or give during BDOG on Thursday! https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/wakingthevillage

April 28th, 2018

There's over 75 youth and children on our wait lists right now. Two years ago, they would have been waiting on 8 spots. 68 we would never meet. They would evaporate over time. We would be haunted by the possibilities never offered them. Well, thanks to a team FULL of fight and a community that believes in us, we call those days done. 
In 2016, we launched 12 more units for families. We also launched the Creation District to create a hub for youth in our community to build connections and get help- even while they wait for housing. In 2017, we opened two more houses, launching Sacramento's first transitional housing program for LGBTQ youth and adding 8 more units for youth and families. We also opened a licensed child development center to offer free childcare to the children in our programs. 
In 2018, we created flow in our housing programs by partnering for access to Housing Choice Vouchers that allow out clients to move into subsidized apartments with on-going case management so that they have more years to claim degrees and careers and stability. We also created three new positions. An Employment Specialist will work with the youth in all our programs, building relationships with employers and supporting our youth in getting and keeping jobs. A Housing Specialist will develop tenancy skills and build landlord relationships so that our graduates are leaders within their apartment complexes. A Prevention and Intervention Specialist will work with youth on our wait list to ensure they connect to housing and needed services MUCH faster. 
In fact, we are partnering with Lutheran Social Services and Wind to get all three youth providers into the new youth center so that we greet youth on day one of homelessness with expertise and kindness- and a swift path to housing. The Creation District will center in the space to provide joy and connection- and use the new ArtReach van to get into all corners of the county. 


From 8 units to 55 units in 2 years. From "Sorry, we're full" to "Let's get you housed" when we pick up the phone. Though we are housing 6 times more and offering 6 more programs, our budget has grown less than 3 fold. We need the Big Day of Giving to fill gaps. Dare we dream that we double the funds we raised last year? I promise we put it to good use. You can schedule your donation right now at the link listed below. By the way- see that hot shot in the photo below? Despite having two young children and living in Audre's bustling community, when we told her we could offer her a job if she knocked out 12 no-joke college units, she knocked them out in one semester with great grades. Can't wait to hire her. This is what we do with your money!  https://www.bigdayofgiving.org/wakingthevillage

 

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Art Beast @ The Library-Free community programs sponsored by your local public library and hosted by Art Beast!

Come create with Art Beast at your local library!

 

Library Programs with Art Beast Winter Spring 2018

-North Highlands Library:  Thurs, January 11 @ 4 pm (Upcycled Snow Scene)

-Valley Hi Library:

Fri, February 2 @ 4 pm (Upcycled Snow Scene)

Fri, March 2 @ 4 pm (The art of Louise Mailou Jones, scraffito technique)

Fri, April 6 @ 4 pm (Layered torn paper quilt making in the style of Gee's Bend women's group)

-Elk Grove Library:  Wed, February 21 @ 3:30 pm (Black History theme-Featuring 3 women artists)

Wed, March 14 @ 3:30 pm (Fabric collage story telling)

-Courtland Library:  Wed, March 7 @ 2 pm (Exploring women artists)

-Orangevale Library: Tues, March 13 @ 4 pm (Layered torn paper quilt making in the style of Gee's Bend women's group)

-North Sacramento Library: Fri, March 30 @ 4 pm (Ink tiles and water color drip painting)

-Fair Oaks Library: Spring Art Fest-Sat, April 7 @ 2 pm (Colorful paper quilts and Spring Bloom watercolor painting)

-North Sacramento Library: Día de los niños/El día de los libros celebration-Sat, April 28th 2:00 bilingual storyteller (not Art beast) & 2:30 Mexican Maracas project with Art Beast.

 

CAMP BLOG-PREVIOUS CAMPS & WORKSHOPS

A RECORD OF PREVIOUS CAMPS & SPECIAL WORKSHPS


Camps 2018-K Street & new Bell Street location

 

JUNE 11TH-15TH MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD WITH ARIANA

Let's take a trip around the world as we explore songs, dances, stories and art! Each day of camp will be an opportunity for campers to learn about a different region including Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and coming back home! Campers will have many opportunities to sing freely, dance, read stories, imaginative play, and experience process-art activities. We will also have a station for learning basic music concepts such as rhythm and pitch. No previous music experience necessary.

JUNE 18TH-22ND OCEAN COMMOTION WITH TARYN AND NANCY

Campers will maneuver the seven seas above and below while we learn about creatures in the deep and the ecosystem that the ocean has to offer. From jellyfish and axolotls to water games and ice excavation, we will submerge ourselves into cool textures and shape-shifting colors with crafts your children can take home each day.

JUNE 25TH-29TH SOUND EXPLORERS WITH ARIANA

Join us for a week of exploring art through sound and motion! Campers will be able to participate in activities such as jazz-painting, storybook art, and messy music. We will be dancing, singing, drumming, and playing instruments as we build a bridge between the world of art and the world of music. Let's get ready to explore different musical styles such as Jazz, Classical, R&B, Rock 'n Roll, and World Music. 

JULY 2ND-6TH MARVELOUS MYTHOLOGY WITH RESHA AND LESLIE

Come make new friends and travel the ancient world by exploring mythology! You may already know some stories and characters like Aphrodite and Isis, some may be new to you, but all will inspire our own artwork, stories and costume pieces. We will travel to varying continents including Africa, Europe, and Asia to make amazing creations like a life-size sarcophagus and mythological masks. Together we’ll share stories, play games, and make art! 4-day week – no camp July 4th. Camp balance will be pro-rated.

JULY 9TH-13TH GARDEN GNOMES AND FAIRY HOMES WITH SONYA

Come and join us as we explore the nature all around us! Be prepared to get your clothes dirty and those thumbs green as we approach nature with a whimsical perspective and an artist’s mindset. Children will create take-home gardens, fairy houses, garden stones, and a framed, nature watercolor painting. Join us in this magical artistic exploration of art and garden-appreciation to take in the greenery around us!

JULY 16TH-20TH SUPERHERO ACADEMY WITH ANDREW

Welcome to the most fun & advanced superhero academy ever! New recruits are invited to come and train with the most intelligent and skilled superheroes in the world. As a part of this elite program, we will create our own superhero names, assemble our own armor (masks, super hero cuffs, shields and capes) using advanced technology, make radioactive slime and create long lasting friendships. By the end of the training we will discover what it takes to become not just a superhero, but someone who can make a difference. 

JULY 23RD-27TH STARRY NIGHT SPACE CAMP WITH NICOLE AND SONYA

Our Starry Night Space Camp will revolve around a variety of creative art projects focusing on the wonders and vastness of what is in the night sky. Children will surround themselves in different sensory arts and crafts and learn about different features in space while making friends and exploring what our studio has to offer. Campers will make something new to take home each day including 3D star mobiles, mini telescopes, and space paintings!

JULY 30TH-AUG 3RD WEIRD SCIENCE WITH LESLIE AND ANDREW

Where science meets art, imagination intersects facts, and creativity collides with observation. Put on your science goggles and art aprons and jump in to our weird science camp! Join Andrew and Leslie for a fun-filled week of slime making, sensory experiments, painting rainbows and more! We’ll have a guest visitor lead a special craft: an origami, pom-pom launcher!

AUG 6TH-10TH JUNGLE SAFARI WITH HANNAH AND NANCY

Spend the week building and exploring our very own rainforest! Your child will have a chance to learn about plants, animals, and the ecology of a jungle environment. Campers will help build make their own adventurer’s outfit, terrariums, and become jungle animals as we decorate the classroom throughout the week.

AUG 13TH-17TH ANIMAL TALES WITH LESLIE 

Come meet new friends with hands, claws, and paws while we dig into stories and tales from varying cultures. We will explore fables, illustrations, and elements of story-telling while incorporating animals from all over the world through activities like puppetry, picture stories, and acting. Bring your over-active imaginations and an Art Beast attitude! Campers will take home a story box at the end of the week with all of our creations!


New Location in 2018

WHAT'S BELL STREET? 

Art Beast will be holding full day camps at 1949 Bell Street this Summer. The site occupies nearly an acre of land, allowing for LOTS of outdoor play and community games. Indoor and outdoor spaces are set up with open studio space, building stations, and dramatic play areas. Three goats live on site. Gardens, tree, and dirt trails invite free play and exploration. This site allows us to greatly expand our outside play offerings- a long time dream. It also allows the children attending the camp more space to explore so that a full day can offer plenty of room.

Session Times: 9 am to 5 pm. The camp day will offer both directed activities and free play.

Pricing: $250 a week. Additional siblings enrolled the same week receive a 15% discount.  $75 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space.

Please Bring: Lunch, snack, and a bottle of water. Wear clothes that can get messy!

To Register: Complete the online form or call the studio.

BELL STREET SESSIONS

Though the themes repeat offerings from the K Street sessions, activities will be redesigned to offer more outdoor activities and crafts suited to an older age range.

JULY 9TH TO 13TH JUNGLE SAFARI WITH NANCY

Spend the week building and exploring our very own rainforest! Your child will have a chance to learn about plants, animals, and the ecology of a jungle environment. Campers will help build make their own adventurer’s outfit, terrariums, and become jungle animals as we decorate the classroom throughout the week.

JULY 16TH-20TH GARDEN GNOMES AND FAIRY HOMES WITH SONYA

Come and join us as we explore the nature all around us! Be prepared to get your clothes dirty and those thumbs green as we approach nature with a whimsical perspective and an artist’s mindset. Children will create take-home gardens, fairy houses, garden stones, and a framed, nature watercolor painting. Join us in this magical artistic exploration of art and garden-appreciation to take in the greenery around us!

JULY 23RD-27TH MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD WITH ARIANA

Let's take a trip around the world as we explore songs, dances, stories and art! Each day of camp will be an opportunity for campers to learn about a different region including Latin America, Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and coming back home! Campers will have many opportunities to sing freely, dance, read stories, imaginative play, and experience process-art activities. We will also have a station for learning basic music concepts such as rhythm and pitch. No previous music experience necessary.

AUGUST 6TH - 10TH SUPERHERO ACADEMY WITH ANDREW

Welcome to the most fun & advanced superhero academy ever! New recruits are invited to come and train with the most intelligent and skilled superheroes in the world. As a part of this elite program, we will create our own superhero names, assemble our own armor (masks, super hero cuffs, shields and capes) using advanced technology, make radioactive slime and create long lasting friendships. By the end of the training we will discover what it takes to become not just a superhero, but someone who can make a difference. 

AUGUST 13TH-17TH OCEAN COMMOTION WITH NANCY

Campers will maneuver the seven seas above and below while we learn about creatures in the deep and the ecosystem that the ocean has to offer. From jellyfish and axolotls to water games and ice excavation, we will submerge ourselves into cool textures and shape-shifting colors with crafts your children can take home each day.

 

 

 

2017 SUMMER CAMPS

June 19th-June 23rd : From the Ground Up!

During the week, campers will enjoy building and piecing together resources in imaginative ways! Throughout the camp we'll build our own cardboard forts, tinker trophies, and our own rockin' obstacle course. Children will also work on cooperative games and tasks as they learn to create and reinforce friendships. Bring your builder's brain!

Teacher Biography: Nancy is a student at Sac State, a drum line instructor at local high schools, AND she is the Co-Assistant Director at Art Beast. She has worked and taught several music and art classes at Art Beast since 2013. As an avid creator, she is also the designer of the many whimsical creatures and scenes that fill our front windows and studio. Whatever her pursuit, Nancy brings much originality and fun into the experience of her classes and camps.

June 26th-June 30th: It's a Bird It's a Plane... It's Superhero Training Academy

Welcome to the most joyful and advanced superhero academy ever! New recruits are invited to come and train with the most intelligent and skilled superheroes in the world (you and your camp friends)! As a part of this elite program, we will create our own superhero names, assemble our own armor (super hero cuffs, shields, and capes), decode secrets messages, go through an agility training course, and create long lasting friendships and memories. By the end of the training, we will discover what it takes to become not just a superhero, but someone who can make a difference in the world. 

Teacher Biography: Andrew has been an Art Beast coach and teacher since 2012 and is now the Co-Assistant Director. He studied Fine Arts, graduating from CSUS with a minor in Apparel Marketing and Design. Andrew has done nearly EVERYTHING at Art Beast from keeping the center tidy to managing the piles of paperwork at the front desk, from teaching camps and classes to providing excellent customer service to visitors. Andrew’s gentle spirit, constant smile, and his love of all things Super Hero has made him a favorite among staff and families alike at Art Beast.

July 3rd –July 7th (NO CAMP ON JULY 4th! Reduced camp rate): Super Scientists! A World of Science

Join us for a fun filled science adventure! During this 4 day camp (no camp on Tuesday) we will be exploring various science disciplines and we will “meet” some famous and some lesser known scientists while sampling their various fields of study with an emphasis on under-represented individuals like women and people of color. We will look at fossils, plants, animals, rocks, and crystals- and dabble a bit in chemistry and electronics. In additional to our scientific discoveries, we will also make extraordinary art each day, share books, and play games related to our topics of study. There will be erupting volcanoes, fizzing paint, rainbow clouds, dino dough, journaling and much more!

Teacher Biography: Leslie is a mother, artist, and children’s librarian with a passion for bringing stories to life through art and encouraging families to get messy! Leslie has a Masters of Library Science degree and over 15 years of experience working with children and families in libraries and community centers. With an undergraduate degree in Photography, Leslie has been a lifelong lover of the arts who has dabbled in many mediums. She loves sharing stories and songs with children and finding playful ways to use art and movement to build confidence and creativity.

July 10th-July 14th: Music Around the World!

Let's take a trip around the world as we explore songs, dances, stories and art! Each day of camp will be an opportunity for campers to learn about countries such as Mexico, Ghana, and Ireland. We will explore different art and music styles and play fun music games. Campers will have many opportunities to sing freely! We will also learn basic music notation and how play the glockenspiel (xylophone). No previous music experience necessary.

Teacher Biography: Ariana is a musician and mother and has been a music educator for over 20 years, teaching music and movement classes and piano lessons to students of all ages. She studied classical piano performance at UC Santa Barbara and has specialized training in early childhood education and early childhood music. She has been teaching classes at Art Beast this past year as well as working at a local elementary school. Ariana brings a warm, welcoming vibe to all that she does and she brings the joy of music to children in a playful and highly engaging way.

July 17th –July 21st : Mystical Magic Camp

Campers are invited to bring every bit of imagination and whimsy into creating a whole new world. Each day of camp we will create our own characters and landscapes as we interact with exciting fictional forces. Activities will include plenty of arts and movement as we engage in wand-making, treasure-hunting, and building our very own class pet: a dragon!  Teacher Bio-See Nancy above.

July 24th-July 28th : 5, 4, 3, 2, 1... Blast Off to Outer Space!

From the Earth's atmosphere to the outer reaches of our solar system, we welcome you to join us on a mission to explore outer space. Comets, planets, and stars are all waiting to be discovered in this fun, hands-on camp. During our galactic adventures we will create our own jet packs to travel into outer space, make versions of alien space crafts and aliens, discover the different constellations in the night sky, make our very own moon rocks, build robots to help us navigate on distant worlds, and hold all of space in our hands by making galaxy slime. Let's blast off and discover the universe together!  Teacher Bio-See Andrew above

July 31st-August 4th Stories Alive! Exploring Folktales from Around the Globe

Come meet new friends and travel the world through the reading and telling of fabulous tales. Some stories you will know already and some will be new, but each will inspire us to create our own artwork, storytelling props, and costume pieces to retell each one. Each day of camp will feature a traditional story from countries spanning the continents as well as art, games, and a reenactment of the tale in the form of picture stories, puppetry, acting, and more. Join us for a week of fun and fantasy!  Teacher Bio-See Leslie above

August 7th- August 11th : Sound Explorers!

Join us for a week of exploring art through sound and motion! Campers will be able to participate in activities such as jazz-painting, storybook art, and messy music. We will be dancing, singing, drumming, and playing instruments as we build a bridge between the world of art and the world of music. Let's get ready to explore different musical styles such as Jazz, Classical, R&B, Rock 'n Roll, and World Music. Campers will also learn the basics of music notation and an introduction to the glockenspiel (xylophone). No previous music experience necessary.  Teacher Bio-See Ariana above

August 14th- August 18th It's a Monster Mash!
This camp is for fans of extra limbs, eyes, and teeth - or lack thereof. During this camp, we'll explore what it is that makes a monster and the odd beasts that we hear about in stories. While exploring our best monster behaviors, we'll tap into monster games that help us meet each other and become friends! As the week moves on, our campers will slowly turn into monsters of their own creation - with beast feet, hats, and accessories that they conceptualize through the week. Together, campers will also explore the sensory formations of various monster gucks and goos. Join us at the end in our decorated beast zone for a monster mash dance to meet your new monster! Nancy and Sonya will teach this class together.

Teacher Bio-See Nancy above

Teacher Biography: Sonya has worked as an Art Coach the last three years and has been a birthday party host for 2 years. She debuted as a camp teacher last summer and got rave reviews from the kids in her gardening camp. Her kindness, warmth, and joy in creating with children ensures that a wild and wonderful time will be had by all again this summer. 


Summer 2016 Camps

June 20-24 Wings, Wands & Potions:  A Camp for Wizards, Witches, Fairies, and Elves

Join us on a hunt for all things mythical and magical. Over the course of the week we will explore all sorts of fantastic creatures, including dragons, unicorns, fairies, wizards, and elves! We will use our imaginations and artistic skills to build a mini, make-believe world of fun and adventure. Each day will include stories, games, and science or art activities that reflect our magical theme.  Projects include: magic wands, science inspired potion making (some edible), dragon puppets, golden slime, magical creature companions, fairy gardens, and much more.

Teacher Biography: Leslie is a mother, artist, and children’s librarian with a passion for bringing stories to life through art. Leslie has a Masters of Library Science and over 10 years’ experience working as  a Children's Librarian. With an undergraduate degree in Photography, Leslie has been a lifelong lover of the arts who has dabbled in many mediums. She loves sharing stories with children and finding ways to use art and movement as a means to bring them to life.

June 27-1   Science Adventures: A Camp for the Young Mad Scientist

Join us for an interactive adventure exploring all things science! We will have fun learning and creating as we journey into space and physical sciences, botany and plant growth, and the wonders of the human body. Campers will enjoy identifying constellations and making nebula jars, watching sprouts grow, erupting volcanoes, and understanding how our lungs work. Anticipate an exciting week of experimenting and scientific discovery.

Teacher Biography: Mariah is Assistant Director of Art Beast Children's Studio and a seasoned camp teacher. She is also a baking and pastry chef who enjoys yoga and Nichiren Buddhism. Mariah is inspired by the arts and has a passion for the fostering and development of young, capable minds.

July 5-8   Mix, Mash, and Make: A Camp for Budding Chefs

Join us for a week of flavor and fun as we explore our palates and palettes! Campers will immerse themselves in creating a healthy snack each day out of fruits, flours, and vegetables. We'll be mixing, mashing, and whipping up snacks and crafts- decorating chef's hats, printing with cooking tools, and making our own recipe books. We will also work in a science experiment or two exploring the energy hidden within the deliciousness. This camp is all about playing with your food!

Teacher Biography: Nancy is a college student, a drum line instructor at local high schools, AND an Art Beast teacher and art coach. As an avid creator, Nancy is also the designer of the many whimsical creatures and scenes that fill our front windows and studio. Whatever her pursuit, Nancy brings much originality and fun into the experience.

July 11-15Story Weavers Camp

Join us for a week filled with the art of storytelling. This camp is perfect for the budding novelist, comic enthusiast, shadow puppet master, and anyone who just loves a good story. Camp activities will include exploring settings, characters, and plot, making puppets of all kinds, building shadow puppet theaters, book making, comic stripping, storytelling games, and more. No reading or writing necessary for this camp. Bring your imagination and get ready for an adventure!

Teacher Biography: Diana has experience both as a teacher and as an artist. She has two very artistic young daughters whom she homeschools as well as leading homeschool groups for other families. She works in many mediums and is especially interested in fostering a community of young artists who learn and grow by looking at art throughout history and by creating a dialog in the classroom as well as creating meaningful artwork together.

July 18 - 22: Wheels and World Wandering: A Camp for Young Adventurers                                                                      

Join us as we journey across the world in search of exploration, creativity, and adventure. Everyday we’ll be visiting a new continent on a contraption of our own making. We’ll make cars and planes, learn about the mummies in Egypt, make origami in Japan, head to the Artic zone to learn about polar bears, go on a safari, and use our brains, bodies, and creativity to explore the world around us. As our Beasties travel so will their imaginations. Ready? Set…TAKEOFF!

Teachers’ Biographies: See Mariah’s bio above

Andrew has been an Art Beast coach and teacher for 3 years. He studied Fine Arts, graduating from CSUS with a minor in Apparel Marketing and Design. When he is at Art Beast, you can catch him leading the Messy Science class, teaching kids the hows and whys of slime, bubbles, and an array of chemical reactions.

July 25- 29: Dinosaurs and Dragons: A Week with Giant Creatures

Dive into the past as we study large creatures of worlds real and imagined! Campers will create triceratops masks and see through a brachiosaurus' eyes. We'll investigate the existence of dragons as we create dragon footprints and our very own dragon eggs. We will sculpt and shape dinosaur habitat dioramas and unleash our creations. Campers should be ready to roar and roam!

Teacher Biography: See Nancy’s bio above

August 1 - 5: Garden Gnomes, Fairies, and Butterflies: A Camp for Nature Lovers

How does your garden grow? Come and join us as we explore all that grows around us! Be prepared to get those hands dirty and those thumbs green as we dig for worms in the soil and help the fairies with their gardens. Children will create take-home gardens and fairy houses, mason jar terrariums, garden stones, dragon fly dolls, and butterfly wings in this magical exploration of gardening.

Teacher Biography: Sonya has worked as an Art Coach the last two years and is celebrating her recent graduation from high school. Her kindness, warmth, and joy in creating with children ensures spirits will be blooming in this session.

August 8 – 12: Ocean Commotion Camp

Time to dive into an underwater adventure as we explore the creatures and habitats below the water’s surface.  We will learn about octopus, jellyfish, crabs, fish, and whales as we craft, tell stories, and move like the beings of the sea. We will make glittery octopus ink, jellyfish bottles, and starfish. Each child will also create a canvas of their own underwater habitat with seaweed gardens and coral to invite on-going imaginings of the vast world of the ocean.

Teacher Biography: See Andrew’s bio above

August 15-19: Noise and Mess Makers

Let’s  explore sound, texture, and color in fun and messy ways as we get to know each other. Campers will mix their own puffy paints, tackle pendulum painting, and invent things oozy. We will make our own rattles, shakers, and jingles as we explore sound and timbre. As the week progresses, campers will start to overlap noise and creation with hanging wind-chimes and dance paintings. Come on the last day to pick up your child and take part in our cacophonous beast parade!

Teacher Biography: See Nancy’s bio above

Dec 30, 2015


Camp Winter Wonderland 2015

Camp Winter Wonderland: Camp for Children 4 to 7 Years Old

Explore creativity and the wonders of Winter in this year's Camp Winter Wonderland. Art Beast camps are designed for children 4 to 7 years old. We create a space that honors children by offering activities and environments suited to their age range. No trying to keep up with the 10 year olds at this camp!

Each session fills at 16 children and is led by two teachers, promising a group that can grow close. The camps offer a blend of structured arts exploration in the classroom and free play within the building, always under close supervision by the camp teachers.

Our camps are about exploring art and self-expression. Children dig into an array of mediums and arts in their own way. No matter the theme, we promise arts integration with movement, song, story, and art. After or before camp each day, you can stay and play at Art Beast with your child as long as you’d like.

And, as always, when you choose Art Beast, your money supports Tubman House, a community for young, homeless parents and their children. A portion of your camp fee is tax deductible.

Dates: December 28-31

Session Times: 9 am to 2 pm

Please Bring: Lunch, snack, and a bottle of water. Wear clothes that can get messy!

Pricing: $150. Additional siblings enrolled the same week receive a 15% discount. $50 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space.


Summer Camps 2015

March 30 - April 3: Art Beast Spring Camp: Nature, Art, and Movement

During this interactive camp we will focus on Local Birds. Each day will include movement/yoga, games, storytelling, nature art, bird identification, artful journaling and more! Our camps always include lots of time for supervised free play within the studio as well.  Teacher: Cara Ellen Patton, M.Ed. and RYT(See bio below)

June 15-19: Get Wild! Animal Play and Art
Come share your love of animals with others! In this camp, we will imagine ourselves as animals in the wild, making masks and costumes, telling stories, and learning to move with the stealth and grace of beasts and birds. We will create animal habitats and play team building games that teach us more about animals behavior. Together we will create a play about our animals sharing our new wisdom about life in the forests. We will also focus gently on nature conservation, exploring ways we can take care of our planet so that all animals thrive.

Teacher: Cara Patton: Cara holds a Masters Degree in education and has taught both elementary and preschool students in project based schools. For the past 3 years, she has been leading a program called Nature and Self Discovery that uses nature education, writing, yoga, meditation, and a range of arts to connect children to self, nature, and one another.

June 22-June 26 : Art Everywhere! Creating Art in Nature
Ready to create art using only natural materials? Let's make paint from wild leaves and berries, paint with pine needle brushes, and weave with fronds. We will learn about natural artist Andy Goldsworthy to inspire our art projects. Using nature is a great way to connect to our Planet—the best part, nature will also provide more materials for us to create with. Together we will create group projects as well as individual projects to take home at the end of the week. Class projects include Nature Mobile, Collaborative Nature Mural, Clay and Cob Work, “If I was a Tree” Poem Book, Nature Mosaics, Rock Sculptures, and Fairy Houses.

Teacher: Cara Patton (See above)

June 29 – July 3 Sailors and Divers Camp: A Camp for Exploring the Sea, Above and Below.
In this week long camp, we will learn about the power of water and creatures of the sea: both legend and real. We'll create our very own pirate ship for traveling through oceans and rivers all around the world, build para-scopes for submarine exploration, and enjoy water crafts and water play each day. As camp progresses through the week, our camp room will slowly submerge and we'll learn more about the creatures that inhabit the water around us. We will create, build, and decorate beautiful take-home creations that represent our day's explorations. Eye-Patches and sailor hats welcome!

Teacher: Nancy Hamaker: Nancy is a college student, a drum line instructor at local high schools, AND an Art Beast teacher and art coach. As an avid creator, Nancy is also the designer of the many whimsical creatures and scenes that fill our front window. Whatever her pursuit, Nancy brings much originality and fun into the experience.

July 6 to July 10African Safari: An Adventure through the Habitats of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and South Africa
Join us as we explore the African wilderness and all it has to offer. We will journey through the wild wearing our safari hats and vests, identifying and learning about our animal friends and their habitats. We will make our own binoculars to see the animals far off in the distance and fasten cardboard jeeps to journey many miles on our safari. Campers will jump into crafting, making lion masks and practicing their roars, creating hippo collages, and having fun with zebra marble painting and egg carton crocodiles. We will play silly animal games and learn why "Giraffes Don't Dance!"  Mariah is looking forward to an exciting safari adventure with her campers this summer, so be prepared for fun!

Teacher: Mariah Nall: Mariah is Assistant Director of Art Beast. She has been a camp teacher and art coach at Art Beast for over four years. Whether she’s in the courtyard helping give the babies a bath or at the desk greeting our families, Mariah enjoys working with the children and watching them grow. When not working, you can find her cruising midtown on her bike, hitting up the local café, or spending time with friends. Mariah recently graduated college with a degree in culinary arts. Mariah is super excited to explore and create with the campers this summer!

July 13 to July 17:  From the Ground Up: A Camp for Young Builders and Architects

Campers can tap into their inner builders for a week full of building and creating! Together we'll create larger projects like mazes, houses, cars, planes, and forts.  We’ll also create a variety of take home projects like cities, castles, and frames. We will build will a range of supplies, using cardboard, pipes, and wood to complete projects. During our time together each child will be given time to brainstorm an idea and given the time to continuously create it throughout the week!

Teachers: Nancy Hamaker (bio above)

July 20 to July 24Rocket to Space! For Space Observers and Explorers
3...2...1... Get ready to take off to another world as we explore the marvels of the universe around us! In the beginning of the week, we'll prepare for take off by creating our very own astronaut costumes, topped with paper maché helmets. As we get farther away from our home planet we'll learn about stars and planets by making flashlight constellation projectors, and mix together our very own galaxy dough to feel the presence of the galaxy around us. And what space camp wouldn't be complete without building our very own chemical reaction rockets?

Teacher: Nancy Hamaker (See bio above)

July 27 to July 31Mad Scientist in the Kitchen: SOLD OUT

Culinary Art graduate and cook extraordinaire, Mariah will lead this camp as we discover the science behind cooking. Campers will delve into the world of rising agents, acids, & chemical and heat reaction as they use science to make their snacks. Science chefs will make edible geodes, shake milk into whipping cream, rise doughs, mine iron from their cereal, and use seaweed to make gummy worms. We promise plenty of play and silliness mixed into a good dose of science.

August 3 to August 7    Outrageous Science

Dive into experiments that will amaze while teaching some of the basics of chemical reactions and scientific truths. Young scientists will growing rock candy, createrainbow flowers bouquets from white daisies, shine pennies, use hot chocolate as a solvent, blow up a balloon without using a single breath, and power a boat with baking soda. We will paint with vinegar explosives, use inertia to conduct magic tricks, and attempt to briefly defy gravity as we build hover crafts.

Teacher: Andrew Macaranas: Andrew has been an Art Beast coach for 2 years. He studied Fine Arts at Sacramento City College and transferred into California State University Sacramento where he graduated in Family Consumer Science minoring in Apparel Marketing and Design. When he is at Art Beast, you can catch him leading the Messy Science class, teaching kids the hows and whys of slime, bubbles, and an array of chemical reactions.

August 10 to August 14: Out of the Box Camp: Surprising Ways of Creating

This whimsical camp will center on building, crafting, and making familiar things with unusual supplies. We will create a tinkering lab where children are encourage to get inventive and look at new possibilities for creating. Whether engaging with an instrument making buffet or raising castle walls from milk cartons and dissected electronics, campers will be immersed in the world of invention.

Teachers: Nancy Hamaker and Andrew Macaranas (See above)

August 17 to 21: Art Beast and Monster Creators
This camp is for fans of extra limbs, eyes and teeth - or lack thereof. During this camp, we'll explore what it is that makes a monster and the odd beasts that we hear about in stories. While exploring our best monster behaviors, we'll tap into monster games that help us meet each other and become friends! As the week moves on, our campers will slowly turn into monsters of their own creation - with beast feet, hats and accessories that they conceptualize through the week. Together, campers will also explore the sensory formations of various monster gucks and goos. Join us at the end in our decorated beast zone for a monster mash dance to meet your new monster!

Teacher: Nancy Hamaker (See bio above)


Summer Camp 2014

June 16 to June 20   Vamos en el Mundo: Travel the World in Espanol

Campers will dive into Spanish art and culture on this whirlwind trip to Spanish speaking cultures of the world. Each day will be full of bilingual games and music that will help campers discover the many traditions and cultural crafts of Latin countries.  We will make sugars skulls and learn a traditional folk dance from Mexico. Campers will make enthralling matador vests and fans from Spain, build Aztec pyramids and create feather head-dresses from Central America. They will also explore the sensational drumming from Puerto Rico!  Get ready to have your child come home and greet you in Spanish. Sera fantastico!
Teacher Bio: Maggie Gomez is a lively and fluent Spanish speaker who celebrates her Mexican roots.  In addition to working as an art coach and teacher at Art Beast, Maggie is a devoted mother.  Maggie also comes with years of experience working as a child development teacher at Tubman House.

June 23 to June 27   Camp SHOWTIME

In this song and dance camp, children will create stories and sets, design costumes, sing at the top their lungs, and reinvent themselves each day as they learn the joys of acting. Skits, movement games, improv activities, and song circles will bring story after story to life. A range of art techniques will be introduced to create the props, costumes and special effects that build the imaginary world of the theater.  We will celebrate our week of acting with a lively performance on Friday afternoon.

Teacher Bio:  Tiffany Hannah is a classically trained dancer, and has performed ballet, jazz, tap, and modern throughout California, and Florida. Tiffany grew up taking dance, and spent six years at a performing arts academy, as well as three years teaching dance at Sacramento elementary schools where physical education budgets were cut. In addition to teaching, she has taken workshops from the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Company as well as Stomp!  In these environments she developed a strong love for the art of dance and teaching. Tiffany has spent the past seven years as a preschool teacher and elementary age tutor in Sacramento, CA where she encourages learning through play and discovery. Tiffany is also a dedicated student herself, and will soon finish up her degree in Health Science and Healthcare Administration.

June 30 to July 3   Dance Camp: Dance Around the World

Twirl, jump, bend, pop, glide, tap and explore movement and music of dance around the globe. Group games, songs, daily art, and costume making are just a few highlights of this playful, whimsical, and self-esteem encouraging camp. We will explore traditional dances from each continent while still making plenty of time to explore ballet, tap, hip hop and jazz. Loose fitting clothing and socks are a must. 
Teacher Bio:  See Tiffany Hannah

July 7 to July 11     Science and Art Explosion!

This camp approaches art as a giant experiment. Campers will create and experiment with a range of safe chemicals and awesome reactions.  We explore acids and bases, water and oil, and all sorts of mad scientist combinations to generate unique art. Projects will include: water color canvas using glue and salt, jumping colors, splatter patterns, baking soda and vinegar art, and an array of goo and slime.  
Teacher Bio: Mariah Nall is a culinary arts major and aspiring pastry chef. She has been a camp teacher and art coach at Art Beast for over three years. Whether she’s in the courtyard helping give the babies a bath or at the desk greeting our families, Mariah enjoys working with the children and watching them grow. When not working, you can find her cruising midtown on her bike, hitting up the local café, or spending time with friends. Mariah is super excited to explore and create with the campers this summer!

July 14 to July 18      One Small Step: Space Adventurers

Join us for a week all about space! Everything from planets, stars, aliens, the sun and the moon will be discussed and created.  Starting with planet Earth, we’ll discuss the sky and what lies beyond. Campers can look forward to making astronaut costumes, alien goo, take home clouds, a full space diorama, homemade rockets, and much more! As we continue to deepen our understanding of our planet and space through storytelling, song and movement, we'll let our imaginations lead us. 

Teacher Bio: Michael has been an art coach at Art Beast for over two years. He also recently graduated from Sacramento State with a BA in Family Studies and a minor in Deaf Studies and is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. When at Art Beast you can find Michael putting on a puppet show with children, teaching Messy Science classes, and leading Friday Little Beast and Big Beast Workshops. Michael is thrilled to be able to share his enthusiasm and passion for exploration of the arts and yoga this summer!

July 21 to July 25    From the Ground Up: A Camp for Young Builders and Architects

Campers can tap into their inner builders for a week full of building and creating! Together we'll create larger projects like mazes, houses, cars, planes, forts, and rockets. We’ll also create a variety of take home DIY projects like cities, castles, and frames. During our time together each child will be given time to brainstorm an idea and given the time to continuously create it throughout the week!
Teacher Bio:  See Michael Benton

July 28 to August 1   Art Beast Music Makers and Marching Band

Come follow this band into the world of rhythm and glorious noise.  Make wind and percussion instruments, discover the beats our bodies can make, and discover a range of possibilities in creating sounds and beauty from the everyday.  As always, plenty of art and a range of mediums will be integrated into our instrument building.  Of course, Friday will celebrate our week with a performance of our newly hatched Art Beast Marching Band. 
Teacher Bio:  Deborah Cardoza has been an Art Beast teacher for 3 years.  She studied Percussion Performance under Dr. Daniel Kennedy at Sacramento State where she earned her B.A. in Child Development and has been a member of the Sacramento State Symphonic Orchestra, the Sacramento State Percussion Ensemble and the Bay Area Women's Percussion Troupe. She currently performs with Gamelan Dharma Santi and enjoys teaching to a wide variety of community members including high school students, developmentally-delayed adults and Art Beasties!

August 4 to August 8 Dinosaur Discovery Camp

 

This camp is all about the dinosaurs! Children will create a prehistoric world and explore art and science through dino sculpture, volcano eruptions, and fossil casting. Make dinosaur eggs. Fashion dinosaur tails and feet. Assemble dinosaur skeletons. Make a flying pterodactyl.  Come join the adventuring!
Teacher Bio: See Mariah Nall

August 11 to 15   Glob, Slob, and Goo: A Science Camp for Mad Scientist   

Campers will dive right into the messy part of science as we explore a new theme each day. Working together we'll use our silly ideas, playfulness, and curiosity to hypothesize and experiment. Campers will make and investigate alien goo, rubber bones, water blobs, and all things silly and scientific.
Teacher Bio: See Deborah Cardoza

August 18 to 22   Mindful Sea Monkeys: An Underwater Journey of Yoga and Art

An under the sea meets yoga camp! Each day campers will explore a new fact of the deep sea. Together we’ll learn about the different animals, habitats and creatures that make up the vast ocean along with waves, currents, and tsunamis. Oceans in a jar, flowerpot sharks, life size mermaids and mermen, and aquariums are but a few of the projects campers can create. During our time together we’ll also move and stretch our creativity and bodies as we explore various aspects of yoga that welcome silly ideas, playfulness and spirit. Each day will include yoga poses, circle time, storytelling, art and team building games.  
Teacher Bio: See Michael and Mariah


Winter Craft Workshops: Drop off Crafting Sessions for ages 4-10

Fridays from 5:30 to 8:00: December 6th, 13th and 20th
Dinners: Spaghetti and Salad, Burrito Bar, Homemade Mac and Cheese
Crafts: Each evening, we will have at least 3 different projects. Projects will create gifts for babies, kids, and a range of grown ups. Ages 4-10. Possible projects include:
Wet and Needle Felted Ornaments and Jewelry
Duct Tape Wallets
Dyed Silk Capes
Metal Stamped Pendants
Mosaic Tiles
Polymer Pendants
Negative Space Art Canvasses with Acrylics
Candle Dipping
Clothespin Family Portraits
Limit: 15 Children. Workshops are designed for children between 7 and 11 years old.
Cost: $90 plus $30 supply fee (or $40 for a single session).
Location: Art Beast Children’s Studio at 2226 K Street, Sacramento
Teachers: Bridget Alexander and Blithe Raines, founders of Art Beast Children’s Studio. As moms, teachers and winter holiday enthusiasts, Blithe and Bridget will bring their experiences of creating with kids to this series of workshops.
Ready to register? Please register online here or by calling the studio at 916-441-1233.

Winter Craft Workshops: A Series of 3 Workshops for Children 4 to 6


Fridays from 2:00 to 5:00: December 6th, 13th and 20th
Crafts:
 Each session, we will have at least 3 different projects. Projects will create gifts for babies, kids, and a range of grown ups. Children will also have time for free play in the studio. Projects include:
Wet Felted Ornaments and Jewelry
Porcelain Dough Ornaments
Dyed Silk Capes
Negative Space Art Canvasses with Acrylics
Candle Dipping
Rhythm Sticks
Limit: 15 Children. Workshops are designed for children between 4 and 6 years old.
Cost: $90 plus $20 supply fee (or $40 for a single session)
Location: Art Beast Children’s Studio at 2226 K Street, Sacramento
Teachers: Bridget Alexander and Blithe Raines, founders of Art Beast Children’s Studio. As moms, teachers and winter holiday enthusiasts, Blithe and Bridget will bring their experiences of creating with kids to this series of workshops.


New Fall Elementary Series!

by Erin — last modified Aug 12, 2013 10:02 PM

Tuesdays: 

Greek Myths: 2:30-3:30

Let's Draw Buildings: 4-5

Fridays:

Poetry Every Which Way: 2-3

Greek Myths: $75 + $8 Lab Fee. 2:30-3:30. Tuesdays

This exciting art class will explore the characters of the Greek mythological adventures. Children will draw and paint Medusa, Athena, Hercules, and many more. The stories will be brought to life with a creative use of drawing and painting styles. Courtney is MonArt trained and uses MonArt methods to develop technique. Please join us for this eight week session as we learn to draw and paint our way through these famous stories of ancient times.

Let's Draw Buildings: $75 + $8 Lab Fee. 4-5. Tuesdays

Travel around the world and discover its architectural wonders in this drawing class. Students will draw the Eiffel Tower, Pyramids, and other famous buildings as they develop drawing technique. The children will also learn to design our own buildings using their new found skills.

Teacher Bio: Courtney Tice

Courtney Tice is an artist and Monart trained children’s art teacher. In addition to training with Mona Brooks, Courtney opened a Monart franchise school in 2006. Courtney has taught art throughout the community, putting her degree in art education and her passion for art to work with a range of ages. Courtney has been an artist in residence and implemented over 53 art exhibitions. Her passion is art history, figurative painting, and watercolor. She believes that art can build confidence in a student and raise levels of focus in the classroom.

PoetryEvery Which Way: $75 + $8 Lab Fee. 2-3. Fridays

Where to start? Idioms, metaphors, similes, alliteration, stanzas, phrasing, point of view, rhyme schemes, acrostic, haiku, cinquain, tanka, limerick - the list goes on and on. We will read poems. We will write poems. We will paint poems, sing poems, dissect poems and we will dance poems! Poetry and children are like Sea Monkeys and water as you witness growth right before your eyes. Frameworks will be in place to foment the creative juices in each and every poet involved. Culminating practice will include a poetry slam- black beret optional!

Teacher Bio: Kate Rains

Kate Raines has been in love with the English language as long as she can remember. Her 2001 New Year’s resolution to “read a poem a day” has only been broken a handful of times and she resolutely believes she has a keener perception of the world because of this word-infused diet. Kate has a B.A. in English, an elementary teaching credential and a Master’s in Education. She has spent the last eight years as a preschool teacher and also teaches writing-intensive classes as a full time adjunct professor at Sac State with four sections of Multicultural Children’s Literature upcoming in the Fall.


Summer Camps 2013

Hero Camp: A Camp for Superheroes and Stars of their own Story (June 17-21)  Art, drama and music collide in this celebration of wonder girls and super boys.  In addition to making capes, masks, and hero tools, the children will tell the story of their hero in a range of art styles.  Daily dramatic play and movement games will bring imaginative worlds to life as children create characters and act out their feats of strength and heroism.  Teacher Bio:  Deborah Cardoza has been an Art Beast teacher for 3 years.  She studied Percussion Performance under Dr. Daniel Kennedy at Sacramento State where she earned her B.A. in Child Development and has been a member of the Sacramento State Symphonic Orchestra, the Sacramento State Percussion Ensemble and the Bay Area Women's Percussion Troupe. She currently performs with Gamelan Dharma Santi and enjoys teachingto a wide variety of community members including high school students, developmentally-delayed adults and Art Beasties!

The Sound and Creativity Quest (June 24-28)   Travel into the jungles of inventiveness to find music and art all around.  Children will create one-of-a-kind maps, build a sound wall, make wind and percussion instruments, design graphic music notation art, and discover a range of possibilities in creating sounds and beauty from the everyday.  Teacher Bio: Liz Barton is a musician and educator with a Master's in Horn Performance. She is lead Teaching Artist with VITA Academy and also provides instruction at Esparto Elementary, developing the first music program there in decades. Her career includes private teaching (piano and brass), as well as classroom teaching (recorder and choir). Liz performs in orchestras throughout N. California. Liz loves performing chamber music and is active with Classical Revolution Sacramento. She recently performed classical music with homemade instruments from pvc pipes, hoses, funnels, and balloons.

Yoga and Art Explosion (July 1,2,3,and 5)  Children will move, contort, and stretch their creativity and their bodies!  Each day will include yoga poses, circle time, storytelling, art and team building games. Magic wands, felted hearts, nature crowns, and sun catchers are just a few of the crafts we will explore. Yoga for children welcomes giggles, silly ideas, playfulness, and spirit.  This camp is offered at a reduced rate of $140 as a four day camp.  Teacher Bio: Jenna Maggard is owner of Hand for Humanity massage, a preschool teacher and a long time yoga instructor. Jenna has also practiced ballet throughout her life. Jenna is dedicated to practicing and teaching yoga, raising her son, studying early childhood education, buying local, eating healthy, riding her bike, making art with friends, and being an integral part of her midtown Sacramento community. Jenna’s been working with children for 7 years and sees no end to this journey.

 Up, Up and Away!  (July 8-12)  Come and explore the things that soar in this weeklong camp focusing on the art of flight. From flying fish to rocket ships, campers will blend art and science with a lot of imagination. Through a variety of mediums, campers will create their own two and three dimensional works of art. We will also join together for group projects and creative exploration. Teacher Bio:  Engaging with young people as they explore their creative process is an absolute joy for Lyndsey Roush.  Since 2006, Lyndsey has been working as a teaching artist throughout the San Francisco and Sacramento areas. She holds a BFA in Sculpture from the University of Texas San Antonio and a Masters in Psychology from the Institute of Imaginal Studies – merging both to create a nurturing, collaborative learning environment.

Fairy Gardens and Gnome Homes: SESSION FULL(July 15-19)  How does your garden grow? Come and join us as we explore all that grows around us! Be prepared to get those hands dirty and those thumbs green as we dig for worms in the soil and help the fairies with their gardens. Children will create take-home gardens and fairy houses, mason jar terrariums, garden stones, grass seed dolls and wind chimes in this magical exploration of gardening.  Teacher Bio: Mariah Nall is a culinary arts major and aspiring pastry chef. She has been a camp teacher and art coach at Art Beast for over two years. Whether she’s in the courtyard helping give the babies a bath or at the desk greeting our families, Mariah enjoys working with the children and watching them grow. When not working, you can find her cruising midtown on her bike, hitting up the local café, or spending time with friends. Mariah is super excited to explore and create with the campers this summer!

The World Wanderers: A Camp for Young Adventurers (July 22 - 26)  Join us as we journey across the world in search of exploration, creativity, and adventure. Everyday we’ll be visiting a new continent with homemade briefcases and passports in hand. We’ll learn about the mummies in Egypt, make origami in Japan, head to chilly Antarctica to learn about polar bears, go on a safari, and much more as we use our brains, bodies, and creativity to explore the world around us. Everyday we’ll explore a variety of countries to learn about different cultures, traditions, dances, and folklore. As our Beastie travelers further their exploration, so will their imaginations. Ready? Set…TAKEOFF!  Teacher Bio: Michael Benton is currently an art coach at Art Beast. He’s also a full-time student entering his fourth year at Sacramento State as a double major in Deaf Studies and Family Studies. When at Art Beast you can find Michael putting on a puppet show with children, conducting interactive story times, and leading Friday Little Beast and Big Beast Workshops. Michael is thrilled to be able to share his enthusiasm and passion for exploration of the arts this summer!

Swashbucklers and Space Travelers: A Camp for Actors (July 29 - Aug 2) Make every day a new adventure!  In this theater camp, children will create stories and sets, design costumes, sing at the top their lungs, and reinvent themselves each day as they learn the joys of acting. Skits, movement games, improv activities, and song circles will bring story after story to life. A range of art techniques will be introduced to create the props, costumes and special effects that build the imaginary world of the theater.  Teacher Bio: Zoe Carlson-Meyers truly believes in the magic of theater. She has been in a relationship with acting ever since her imagination came alive as a young child. Since then, she has been in numerous productions, varying from Shakespeare to modern dance. She believes that children are the best actors, as they love to play make-believe, shout, dance, and have fun. Because theater is her life, sharing it with young performers is one of her greatest joys.

Butterfly Ballet Camp  SESSION FULL (Aug 5 -9)  Twirl, jump, bend, glide, and explore movement and music through ballet basics as we break out of our cocoons to fly free and gracefully as butterflies!   We will also make time for art as we create our very own butterfly wings, ribbon sticks, and ankle bells.  Group games, songs, and an end of the week "butterfly performance" are just a few highlights of this playful, whimsical, and self-esteem encouraging camp.  Loose fitting clothing and socks are a must. Leotards, tutus and ballet slippers are encouraged.  Teacher Bio: See Jenna

Art Monsters  (Aug 12 - 16)  Each day campers will explore a different art medium, investigating each with a series of experiences and creations.  Children will experiment with paint, clay, dough, sculpture, and messy arts to learn new ways of using specific materials and expressing themselves. As a community of artists develops, daily circles of song, movement, drum, and storytelling will keep the giggles coming and imaginations keen.  Teacher Bio: See Deborah

Glob, Slob, and Goo: A Science Camp for Mad Scientist SESSION FULL (Aug 19 - 23) Campers will dive right into the messy part of science as we explore a new theme each day. Children will be encouraged to stretch their brains, creativity, bodies, and imagination as we investigate the magic behind science. Working together we'll use our silly ideas, playfulness, and curiosity to hypothesize and experiment. Campers will make and investigate alien goo for out-of-this-world science, make electrical bugs that conduct electricity, explore the spookier side of science with rubber bones, make tornadoes in a jar, and work together to create a unique baking soda volcano all while incorporating the arts. Teacher Bios: See Mariah and Michael


Geocaching Adventures: A 3 week series for ages 6 to 10

 (August 15, 22, and 29th from 10 to 12$50)  Let's hunt for treasure! Throughout the world, small boxes and bottles are hiding filled with tiny treasures. Using a compass and a few small hints, children will learn to locate geocaches throughout our city.  This is a great hobby for families as it makes every hike, urban outing, and trip to the river more exciting.  The children will also make, disguise, and hide their own geocaches.  These workshops will start at Art Beast, but involve journeys out into the surrounding neighborhoods. Grown ups are welcome to join us. Teacher Bio: See Jenna