Art at Home: Play with Paper- Quilling Fun!

Ages 4+ What you'll need: Paper: any kind, any color -- as long as it’s easy to cut! ScissorsRulerPen/PencilGlue or tapeAny kind of container: cardboard box, tupperware, etc Create Paper Strips: Use a ruler and pencil to draw straight lines about 1”-2” apart across your whole paperCut paper along lines to...

Art at Home: Giacometti-Inspired Foil Sculptures

Ages 5+ (toddlers can try the foil sculpting - working those hand muscles to twist, pinch & build!) Let out your inner artist with materials you can find right in your home! What you'll need: tin foil pieces (about 8" x 12")paperdrawing tools - pencils, pens, markers, crayons How to...

Art Project at Home: Coffee or Tea Dyed Paper Collage!

Let out your inner artist with materials you can find right in your home! What you'll need: strong coffee or teapaper towels, qtips, cotton ballspaperdrawing tools - pencils, pens, markers, crayonsscissorsglue or tapeold magazines or flyers, optional For Dyed Background Paper:1. Prepare an overly strong pot of coffee (nice and...

Is My Child A Good Artist?

As art educators, we often get asked by parents and caregivers to comment on the artistic capability of their child. Time and time again, we hear questions like, ‘how are my child’s drawings compared to the other kids’? ‘Why won’t my child draw more realistically?’ ‘Is my child a good...

The Importance of Process Driven Art for Children

At the Philly Art Center we talk a lot about process driven art. What this means is that we believe there are no right or wrong answers in art, but that the experience of creative engagement is first and foremost. We believe children have a natural curiosity and drive to...

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!),...

Expert Contributor: It’s Not Just Scribble Scrabble!

A gallery wall at Philly Art Center features works created by 1-2 year olds in our Art Start Parent/Child Class Scribbling is a fascinating phenomenon in children’s artistic development. New firsts and discoveries are being made with each mark! As children scribble, they learn cause and effect, develop artistic expressiveness, practice...

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...

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,...