The Benefits and Pleasures of Early Music Classes are Endless!

Having taught early music classes to young children and babies for over ten years, I can attest to the amazing joys and value in each lesson. Children light up with happiness and learn important social and cognitive skills earlier than they would have otherwise. According to a 2012 study conducted by McMaster University, in...

Babies Can be Artists, Too!

If you've ever thought your infant or toddler was too young to be interested in art... think again! By the time they're able to move those tiny fingers and get a good grip on your fingers, they're curious about all types of sensory stimulation. They're curious about the way things feel, on...

Books and Art Supplies You’ll Find at Our Store

This past week, as one of our After School kids was heading home, he stopped at my desk and looked me in the eye, pointing to our shelf of art supplies for sale. He said very seriously, “Does anyone even know we have a store??!” Good point, Matthew. Hey, everybody,...

Tweens and Art: Transformative Talents!

They’re not little ones. They’re not teens. Kids from about nine years old to the edge of their freshman year of high school find themselves “in between”. They’ve got the exuberance of childhood still bubbling, and over that comes the new found smarts and dawning ability, the feeling that they...

What Can Preschoolers Learn Through Art Classes?

A toddler in art class will amaze you. They will amaze you with what they make. Imagine, a paint splattered sheet as a planet, marked by a fleck of red, a rocket’s landing pad. But the art is just the beginning. They will amaze you in how they made it: working with focus,...

Summer Camps for Kids + Tweens

Think back to those last moments of the school year. The classroom falls silent, the second hand climbs, and at long last, the bell rings. The kids, as if spring-loaded, rush out into the summer. They’re in the yard, on the stoop, in the kitchen. They are looking for something...

Cooking up Art at Home: Recipes for Homemade Art Projects

As an art educator, I use a pretty awesome variety of materials. Paint sure, glue, but I often get the most enjoyment from making something brand new with the kids; mixing, pouring and experimenting with a variety of ingredients. It always takes me back to some of the favorite things...

What to Do With All That Artwork Your Child Brings Home From Art Class

All of us teachers have seen the look on parents' faces, when at the end of a long camp/class day (or week, or session!) your young blooming artist proudly hands you a HUGE bag of their artwork. Of course you're proud, but you're also thinking, "what am I going to...

How To Talk To Kids About Their Art

After a class at Philly Art Center, your child has done a whole lot of creating! Now is the time to chat about their art and art-making process. It can often be difficult to figure out how to start or continue a conversation with your child about their art. While some...

Development of Fine Motor Skills Through Art

Each time you pick up your child from Philly Art Center, you've probably observed us getting “down and dirty” and having a lot of fun. It might appear like that's all we're doing (which is a good thing), however, everything that we plan for your child(ren) has a much greater...

When it Comes to Art, Messy is Good!

The tables are covered, the smocks are on, and the brush is loaded and ready to go. What happens next? Even with all the precautions, within seconds there is more paint on the ground than on the paper. We’ve all been there! Our instincts are to clean up the mess...