Nature Fun: Symmetrical Pressed Flower and Leaf Designs

Ages 5+ (Adult needed for help with ironing!) Symmetry is the quality of being made up of exactly similar parts facing each other or around an axis.Think butterfly wings! For today’s project, you and your family will collect nature items and use them as shapes to create a symmetrical design. Then...

On the Road: 3 Kids crafts that are good for travel

Whether you’re driving to the shore or going on a cross-country vacation, if you’re traveling with kids, you’re going to need some help keeping them busy. Here are a few analog art projects to make traveling fun, creative, and engaging for kids. Plus, you get to keep your sanity! 1....

Messy Moments, and Why They’re Helping Your Child Grow

For over a decade, it’s fair to say that Philly Art Center has dealt with more than a few messy moments. Oil pastels have been crushed under chair legs, marker tips have gone off the edge of the mirror board (this is so easy to clean!) and onto the floor board (this is not!),...

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...

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...