Welcome to Tessera!

Tessera Arts LLC

Our goal is to encourage a culture of collaboration, inclusiveness, and creative thinking through arts based early education.

Tessera leverages a curriculum of visual, musical, movement based and multi-sensory arts to incorporate a variety of educational subjects and environmental explorations. We are a secular community linking families from North Seajttle, to Shoreline, Edmonds, and Bothell.

❄️Winter Break Wonders ❄️

Shiny Stuff and Gift Making

Monday-Friday
December 18th-22nd  

(Shoreline Schools off 20th-22nd)
(Edmonds Schools off all week)

9:00 – 3:00
Combine everything that glitters or shines to make the perfect gift just in time for this the holiday season.
Single Day
Price(USD): $80.00

Whole Week
Price(USD): $350.00

Now enrolling

Preschool Program &  Workshops

Sign up for our upcoming workshops while there’s still room, or see the menu above for more information on our selection of programs.

Tessera is a Greek word describing a small tile used to create mosaics. We work to provide children with opportunity for individual exploration, but also emphasize collaborative projects with peers. Every child is both a unique individual, and an integral part of our larger community. We work together to create a supportive, unhurried environment where children can focus on processes, creation and self expression.

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Thanksgiving Arts & Fun

Thanksgiving break is almost here! Celebrate with friends and fun at Tessera where we’ll be sculpting, dancing, playing music and working up a serious appetite for Thursday.

Clayplay and Autumn Creation Stations

Mon, Tues, Wed. November, 20th-22nd
(Seattle Schools off)
(Edmonds Schools off Wed 22nd)
9:00 – 3:00  Fill autumn break with arts and fun with a variety of crafts and activities at Tessera Arts! Kathryn of Clay Date will be with us Monday to teach pottery wheel skills and crating unfired clay art. Tuesday will include an optional music class with Wendy Zieve. Creative Movement and Dance with Jennifer Haywood will round out our Wednesday.
Monday
Price(USD): $75.00

Tuesday
Price(USD): $75.00

Wednesday
Price(USD): $75.00
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Dia de los Muertos

 

Our Dia de los Muertos celebration launched a new month of art, fun, and learning. Everyone made skull masks to parade and dance.

 

 

We set up an altar and learned about how those who came before us, the dead, are honored by this holiday.

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Autumn Arts

From creepy decorations and pumpkin piñatas to spirit art, masks and creatures of Halloween, Tessera has become a paradise for ghosts and goblins made by the kids.

Spirit beings created around stickers that use Intuit designs are haunting our hallway!

Our collaborative project, a huge paper mache jack o lantern.

Creepy bat art also provides a chance to talk about what bats eat and how they fly.

Owl masks or monster mouths, depending on the imagination at work.

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Autumn is Here!

The equinox arrived and a new season is born.  We’re welcome fall with autumn collages and walks through the nearby community garden to see all the plants ready for harvest.

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Tessera’s New Home

Our community’s new home in North Seattle at the United Methodist Church near Haller Lake, is just wonderful. We have plenty of space for indoor and outdoor play, with access to a huge hall and an adjoining fenced playground!

From the door to the classroom you can see how many wonderful options for engagement and enrichment the children have.

From the door to the classroom you can see how many wonderful options for engagement and enrichment the children have.

The community garden next door allows the children an opportunity to see plants grow and food being produced as the seasons pass and the plots are tended.

A small set of stairs leads right out a window and onto the playground!

A small set of stairs leads right out a window and onto the playground!

 

While insulated from the noise and danger of heavy traffic, our new space is easily accessible from I5 via 130th and 145th.

Our indoor play space is large enough for dance classes or to skate, scoot or play ball on rainy days

Our indoor play space is large enough for dance classes or to skate, scoot or play ball on rainy days

We are so grateful to the wonderful community that helped us weather the transitions brought on by the expansion of the Shoreline school district. This new space will be a great opportunity for our community to grow again.

Our very own swings!

Our very own swings!

Heights to climb, swift slides, and a teeter-totter

Heights to climb, swift slides, and a teeter-totter

With room yo make a six or seven person play family.

With room yo make a six or seven person play family.

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Paper Making Camp

We are making bad guy piñatas, starting with You Know Who! Voldemort won't stand a chance!

We are making bad guy piñatas, starting with You Know Who! Voldemort won’t stand a chance!

We've been adding lavender and dried flowers to our paper.

We’ve been adding lavender and dried flowers to our paper.

The pulp needs to be drained before the flowers are sprinkled on top.

The pulp needs to be drained before the flowers are sprinkled on top.

Every parchment has its own unique charm. The texture and color add such lovely highlights.

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🌈Rainbow Volcanoes🌋

Our final collaboration of the year! It would almost be sad if it weren’t so awesome. The multi caldera landscape of glorious technicolor vulcanism is a fantastic finale to a great year of collaborations.

We started with a layer of newspaper to help absorb moisture and map out the placement of the clay so every child would have their own looming volcano to work on in the whole.

It took a lot of little hands to get this much incredible detail into the base landscape.  It was really fun taking turns and working together, sharing our space and making something truly epic

 
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Wetlands Wilderness Lore with Hawkeye

Our our most recent wilderness lore adventure with Hawkeye focused on wetlands.

He told us a thrilling tale of creeping through the mud, camouflaged with duckweed to the edge of a small pond in the wetlands.  Hawkeye nearly touched the foot of a foraging duck.  He told us that it was very fun, but very cold.

Hawkeye showed us a cattail he collected from the wetlands and we talked about all the other living things that can be found right around any given cattail in a wetland. Tadpoles, herons, egrets, dragonflies, crayfish, turtles, ducks, muskrats, snakes, raccoons, beetles and lily pads of all sizes. The kids guessed a lot of them on their own and several said they had seen some really huge lily pads before.

Hawkeye brought a lot of interesting plants and animal traces for us to study. Measuring huge skunk cabbage leaves was almost as popular as breaking their skin to release the stinky sap from inside. We examined scouring rush, which has been growing in wetlands since dinosaurs walked there!

The beaver skull was a favorite, but we also had the chance to study a raccoon pelt and a cast of its tracks as well as models of turtles and frogs. Hawkeye taught us about wetting our hands before handling a frog because it breathes through its skin and the moisture barrier will prevent our hands from drying the frog out. He also taught us how to find the flat spot behind a frogs eyes where it’s ears are, and that if the drog’s ear is larger than it’s eye it’s a male, smaller, a female.

We finished with a book called Frog Girl, by local author Paul Owen lewis, which tells of a First Nation princess who rescues the children from a frog village that have been caught in hunter’s traps.

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Clay Date: Tide Pool collaboration and Rooster feathers!

He's finIshed at last! With a glaze fired by Clay Date and feathers had placed by the kids, this rooster is ready to romp through a fantastic year ahead!

He’s finished at last! With a glaze fired by Clay Date and feathers had placed by the kids, this rooster is ready to romp through a fantastic year ahead!

The basic shapes of our collaboration begin to come together!

The basic shapes of our collaboration begin to come together!

 

When all the details are fleshed out, we add color to really bring the critters and corals alive.

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