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 Seattle, to Shoreline, Edmonds, and Bothell.
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.
Spring Break 2-D & 3-D Creation Stations:
Monday – Friday, April 9th – 13th PaperMaking Workshop:
Monday – Wednesday, April, 16th – 18th
9:00 – 3:00 Ages 3 – 8+ Don’t take a breather from art while you’re taking a break from school! We’ll be doing it all, pulling in all of our media and supplies to bring dreams to life. Creation Stations will focus on sculptural work, while the Paper Making workshop will teach the skills for making your own art from the bottom up. per child per day
per three days
One child is pouring pulp over cheese cloth set into a wire mesh in a wood frame. The other is using a curved tool to smooth their’s into paper.
Our latest adventure into wilderness lore with Hawkeye taught us about the marks different kinds of animal feet make, including handling some preserved paws and hooves, as well as plaster casts of tracks. We also learned how plaster casts are made.
Here are some examples of animal ‘feet’ and the tracks they make in plaster cast form.
A close look at a raccoon’s track reveals the long thing fingers they use to so dexterously open garbage cans and even doors.
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Hawkeye was with us to teach us about Mammals! We talked about what it means to be warm blooded, live birth (as opposed to laying eggs, with a nod to the platypus), and nursing babies. We learned that giraffes have tongues as long as our arms, and that the smallest is the hummingbird bat and the largest is the blue whale. We also talked about reptiles and marsupials and what makes them different from mammals.
The best part was that we had the chance to study skulls and pelts of mammals up close and personal!
We ready ‘Time for Sleep’ to study how and when different mammals take their rest.
Coming face to face with a black bear (pelt)
Studying the way the jaw fits into the upper portion of the skull. We discussed how jaw bones are not attached so we can eat and talk.
Kathryn from Clay Date was here to help us start into our Year of the Dog (which starts February 16th) art projects. We studied source material, did independent design sketches, then worked together to combine our visions.
Getting all the materials ready and preparing research and reference images is important most art projects
Making sure everyone has a voice in our design process is the most important part of teaching collaborative effort. Every child’s drawings and ideas are unique and significat and bringing them to life as a team shows that all visions are valid.
A stuffed dog (one of our reference models) watches carefully as we begin crafting his image.
Working the clay and scoring it to be sure the contact points will seal (and won’t fail during firing)
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We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and that the new year was born with fun and joy. The kids are already cranking out new art in the new year (though Winter is certainly still hanging around!)
Make sure to keep an eye out for the blizzard or paper snowflakes that’s taking over our display board outside the classroom.
Snowfolks and start skies are in the future of these papers.
Magnetic ponies frolicking sideways adds a whole new dimension to play.
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 Tuesday Wednesday