Welcome to Tessera!

Tessera Arts

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.

Glittering Goo Or Sparkling Slime

Friday, January 26th (Edmonds Schools off)
Price(USD): $75.00

Monday, Janurary 29th (Shoreline Schools off)
Price(USD): $75.00

Wednesday , Janurary 31st (Seattle Schools off)
Price(USD): $75.00

9:00 – 3:00
We’ll be creating a collaborative creature, a massive glittering gelatinous mass to play with and manipulate. A bit of chemistry and a lot of fun create a multisensory experience that makes a great way add some sparkle to the depths of winter.

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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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Studying Mammals

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Bear, Coyote and Racoon Skulls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Collaborative Dog Sculpture part 1

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

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.

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)

Working the clay and scoring it to be sure the contact points will seal (and won’t fail during firing)

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New Year, New Art!

Happy New Year!

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.

 

 

 

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Clay Date Workshop Wonders

Make Monday special with Kathryn from Clay Date! Sculpting and shaping my clay with friends and fun Ian the best way to start the week.

Clay Play with Clay Date

Monday, December 4th
(Shoreline schools off)
9:00 – 3:00
 Play with, or study skills with a variety of techniques for manipulating clay. Spend the day having fun and crating handmade, unfired clay art.
Price(USD): $75.00

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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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