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 Seattle, to Shoreline, Edmonds, and Bothell.

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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.

Price(USD): $200.00
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 
Price(USD): $75.00

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.

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.

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Artful Education

Karen Luke Fildes joined us to teach about bees and pollination of flowers using art and stories. We told the story of a little girl who put flowers in her hair and made friends with some bees.

Such beautiful curls, all dressed in flowers, couldn't help but attract a bee!

Such beautiful curls, all dressed in flowers, couldn’t help but attract a bee!

 

After talking about plant anatomy (stem and pettles, pistil and stamen) and bee bodies (thorax, abdomen, stinger and wings), the kids had a chance to help bees pollinate flowers in thier own art.

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Leprechaun Traps

This year’s leprechaun traps were super effective! Mostly. While we recovered a huge amount of leprechaun gold and treasure, the wee folk themselves have gotten away again!

We began our preparation by sewing special bags to contain our leprechaun gold. Rumor has it the glitter keeps it from turning back into plastic.

 

You can see why a leprechaun would find these traps appealing, with the spring sun shining down on all that glittering artwork.

 

It looks like the glitter didn’t work this year, but we’ll keep experimenting! Next year for sure.

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Making Tracks with Hawkeye

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.

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.

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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Collaborative Dog Sculpture part 2

We’ve moved from plans to clay with our collaborative sculpture project. Everyone has a chance to get their hands dirty in preparing and shaping the clay to create this gigantic work of art.

 

We start by rolling out the clay to warm it up, make it more pliable and sticky

We start by rolling out the clay to warm it up, make it more pliable and sticky

It takes a lot of little hands to bring this much clay together

It takes a lot of little hands to bring this much clay together

The hollow interior keeps our statue from cracking when it’s fired

The hollow interior keeps our statue from cracking when it’s fired

Once the layers are packed, it’s time to smooth them together

Once the layers are packed, it’s time to smooth them together

Our dog collaboration is just a head-top away from the kiln!

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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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