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Mar 11, 2016

Summer 2016 Camps

by Bridget Alexander — last modified Mar 11, 2016 11:50 PM

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.

Session Times: 9 am to 2 pm

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

Pricing: $180 a week.  Additional siblings enrolled the same week receive a 15% discount.  $75 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space.

To Register: Complete the online form here   or call the studio at 916-441-1233 between 9 am and 6 pm.

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 11-15  Story 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

Club Beast: Drop Off Sessions for Children 3 to 7 Years Old

by Bridget Alexander — last modified Dec 30, 2015 07:50 PM

Club BEAST runs September to May. You can attend one session or every session!

Club BEAST is a drop off session designed for children 3 to 7 years old. We create a space that honors children by offering activities and environments suited to their age range and led by experienced teachers.

Each session fills at 12 children and maintains a ratio no higher than 6 children to 1 teacher. Club BEAST offers a blend of structured arts exploration and free play within the building, always under close supervision of teachers. Children must be potty trained to attend.

Club BEAST is about exploring art and self-expression. Children dig into an array of mediums and arts in their own way. We promise arts integration with movement, song, story, and art.

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.

Session Times: Wednesdays, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and Thursdays, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Please Bring: A bottle of water. A snack will be provided. Wear clothes that can get messy!

Pricing: Club Beast prices:
$25 Single Session

$20 Sibling Single Session Rate

$75 Five Session Punch Card

 

 

Space will be limited! We HIGHLY recommend early registration. A punch card does not guarantee a spot. You will want to call in and let us know you plan to attend and use a punch.

Children must be out of diapers and pull ups to attend. This is not a series. Though many children attend weekly, you can attend a single session, weekly, or twice a week.

 The sessions are designed and led by Leslie Stair, one of our Art Beast teachers. Leslie Stair 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 both a Children's Librarian and as a Coordinator for a story reader training program. With an undergraduate degree in Photography, Leslie has been a life long lover of the arts who has dabbled in many mediums. She loves sharing books and stories with children and families and finding ways to use art and activities as a means to bring them to life. She also defies all stereotypes about librarians with her joyful energy and spunk.

Register at this link or by calling the studio at 916-441-1233.
Space will be limited. Payment required (non refundable) upon sign up and same day drop-in spaces available only as space permits.  We will offer a schedule of activities and provide a simple snack. Children will also have lots of time for self-directed play in the studio under the careful watch of Club Beast staff.

Dec 21, 2015

Camp Winter Wonderland

by Bridget Alexander — last modified Dec 21, 2015 08:54 PM

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.

To register: Call us at 916-441-1233 or follow this link: http://wakingthevillage.formstack.com/forms/camp_registration_form

Mar 04, 2015

Summer Camps of Art, Play, and Adventure

by Bridget Alexander — last modified Mar 04, 2015 11:00 PM

 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.
Session Times: 9 am to 2 pm
Please Bring: Lunch, snack, and a bottle of water. Wear clothes that can get messy!
Pricing: $180 a week.  Additional siblings enrolled the same week receive a 15% discount.  $75 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space.

To Register: Follow this link or call the studio at 916-441-1233 between 9 am and 6 pm.

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 10  African 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 24  Rocket 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 31  Mad 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, create  rainbow 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)

Dec 01, 2014

Club BEAST: A Drop-off Program for Kids 3 to 7 Years Old

by Bridget Alexander — last modified Dec 01, 2014 08:00 PM

Launched in September, caregivers can drop-off their 3-7 year olds for two and a half hours of supervised Art Beast fun while they run errands or just enjoy a couple of hours kid free.
Club BEAST offers time for group activities and art experiences as well as free play within the studio under a teacher's close eye. Sessions include stories, movement games, art, and lots of play. The sessions will be designed and led by Leslie Stair, one of our Art Beast teachers. Leslie Stair 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 both a Children's Librarian and as a Coordinator for a story reader training program. With an undergraduate degree in Photography, Leslie has been a life long lover of the arts who has dabbled in many mediums. She loves sharing books and stories with children and families and finding ways to use art and activities as a means to bring them to life. She also defies all stereotypes about librarians with her joyful energy and spunk.
Club Beast is currently offered Mondays from 10-12:30 and Wednesday from 9 to 11:30 for ages 3-7. Children must be out of diapers and pull ups to attend. This is not a series. Each Monday or Wednesday is a stand alone session.
Club Beast prices:
$20 Advance registration (completed by Friday)
$25 Regular registration (completed after Friday)
$15 Sibling of a child registered for the same session
Monthly discount rate:  You can sign up your child for an entire month at a reduced rate for either one day a week or two. $65 for 4 weeks one day a week or $110 for two days a week. Siblings are $50/$90 each for the same date range. Please sign up for a full calendar month as themes change monthly.  Months with 5 weeks are $80 for one day a week and $135 for two days a week. This special monthly rate reserves your child’s spot for the month so no make-ups are permitted.
Register at this link or by calling the studio at 916-441-1233.
Space will be limited. Payment required (non refundable) upon sign up and same day drop-in spaces available only as space permits.  We will offer a schedule of activities and provide a simple snack. Children will also have lots of time for self-directed play in the studio under the careful watch of Club Beast staff.

Mar 20, 2014

Camp BEAST: Summer Camps of Arts and Adventure

by Bridget Alexander — last modified Mar 20, 2014 08:30 PM

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.
Session Times: 9 am to 2 pm
Please Bring: Lunch, snack, and a bottle of water. Wear clothes that can get messy!
Pricing: $180 a week.  Additional siblings enrolled the same week receive a 15% discount.  $75 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space. 


To Register: Call the studio anytime to register over the phone at 916-441-1233 or online at http://www.formstack.com/forms/?944583-2ddj6s8Xgc.

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

Nov 08, 2013

Winter Workshops

by Bridget Alexander — last modified Nov 08, 2013 12:15 AM

WinterCraft Workshops: Drop off Crafting Sessions for Elementary Children 4 to 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. 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.
Ready to register? Please register online at http://www.formstack.com/forms/?762869-MO30K16Kno or by calling the studio at 916-441-1233.

 

Aug 12, 2013

New Fall Elementary Series!

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

Classes begin September 17 and run until November 8th. Classes are designed for children between 7 and 10 and sessions are limited to 12 students. Call Art Beast at 916-441-1233 to register! If using homeschool funds, please call to reserve your spot and ask you Education Specialist to send a purchase order. Sidekick passes are available for $35 that allow younger siblings to play throughout the building the 8 weeks when class is in session.

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.

Poetry  Every 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.

Mar 15, 2013

Camp Beast: A Summer of Arts and Adventure

by Bridget Alexander — last modified Mar 15, 2013 06:45 PM

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.

Session Times: 9 am to 2 pm

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

Pricing: $180 a week.  Additional siblings enrolled the same week receive a 15% discount.  $75 non-refundable deposit to reserve a space.

Ready to register?   Click here!

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 teaching  to 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

Ready to register?   Click here!

 

Feb 18, 2013

NEW Elementary Series. Starting in March!

by Erin — last modified Feb 18, 2013 11:25 PM

Class begins March 4, unless otherwise noted.  Registration is OPEN!  Call the studio today to sign up!  These classes are suited for children 7-10 years old.

Mondays:
Theater 1:30-3pm
Ceramics 3:15-4:15pm

Tuesdays:
Art Through Myths 3:15-4:15pm
Wildlife Drawing Techniques 4:15-5:15pm

Wednesdays:
Yoga & Mindfulness 3:15-4:15pm

Thursdays:
Ukulele Club 4:30-5:30pm

Fridays:
Sign Language 2-3pm

Theater: $85+ $5Lab Fee.  1:30-3pm.  Mondays.

Step into the imaginative world of theater! Come experience a thrilling introduction to different aspects of theater, including voices, body movements, costumes, masks, cross-cultural drama, play writing and creative expression. Each week, your child will have the opportunity to develop their own characters and play fun improv games, allowing kids to become comfortable with self-expression and using their imagination. Each class ends with mini performances and encouragement from their classmates to build their confidence and enjoyment. At the end of the course, your young performers will showcase what they've enjoyed the most. The environment is fun and playful; after all, there are no wrong moves in theater!  . Teacher: Zoe Carlson. No class on March 25. Class will run until April 29.

 

Ceramics: $75 + $10 Lab Fee.  3:15-4:15pm.  Mondays.

Discover the magic of ceramic work as children learn to transform clay into a variety of creatures and creations. During this course, the teacher will introduce the basic methods of hand building using the pinch, coil and slab techniques. Teacher: Andre Gayet.  No class on April 8.  Class will run until April 29.

 

Art Through Myth: $75 + $8 Lab Fee.  3:15-4:15pm.  Tuesdays.

This exciting art class will explore the famous creatures of the world’s mythological adventures. The stories will be brought to life with a creative use of drawing and painting styles. As we learn about drawing we will learn about some of the earliest beasts of land and sea. Teacher: Monart trained, Courtney Tice. Classes will be held on March 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & May 7 


Wildlife Drawing Techniques: $75 + $8 Lab Fee.  4:15-5:15pm.  Tuesdays.

Rainforests of the world will be our focus for this 8 week session. We will draw and paint the weird and wonderful creatures hidden in the canopy of our most treasured and unknown resource. Teacher: Monart trained, Courtney TiceClasses will be held on March 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & May 7


Yoga & Mindfulness: $65 + $5 Lab Fee.  3:15-4:15pm.  Wednesdays.

Children gather for a session of yoga that welcomes wiggles and giggles while introducing the poses, breathing, and peacefulness that yoga brings. Each class will also include lessons on mindfulness, meditation & reflection. Teacher: Erin Tinney & Christine de Guzman.

 

Ukulele Club: $65 + $10-$45 Lab Fee.  4:30-5:30pm.  Thursdays.

The ukulele has taken the world by storm!  Start making music right away with this accessible instrument.  Students will need a Ukulele and a clip-on chromatic digital tuner.  All other materials provided.  Instructor can provide an instrument and tuner for a $45 lab fee.  If student already has an instrument, lab fee is $10. Teacher: Liz Barton.

 

Sign Language: $65 + $5 Lab Fee.  2-3pm.  Fridays.

Learn the basics of American Sign Language. Learn how to finger spell, sign a full song, explore Deaf art & history, play plenty of ASL games and more! Teacher: Michael Benton.