Winter Wonderland

Our winter landscape collaboration came together over several classes and our huge winter break workshop.

The papier-mâché hills build up as kids work together to grow the mountains high enough to touch the sky!

The papier-mâché hills build up as kids work together to grow the mountains high enough to touch the sky! Now to get the winter scene set…

Luckily we had some great reference material right outside!

A gentle fall of snowy shite paper transmogrified the newspaper hills into great snowy peaks.

A gentle fall of snowy shite paper transmogrified the newspaper hills into great snowy peaks.

The only thing about this post I didn't like was the lack of sources. This Guarfian article says that up to March 1st it cost $.5 million a day so $183 mil seems reasonable. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/04/donald-trump-travel-costs-mar-a-lago-taxpayers $148 mil is confirmed here: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/24/trump-national-endowment-arts-funding-battle-looming/98326712/

Of course, there *had* to be a snow monster! This guy looks like he’s big enough to have a bath in the lake.

The ice for our lake had to melt and refreeze before anyone was going to do any skating. Hopefully it's liquid long enough for that monster to take a dip!

The ice for our lake had to melt and refreeze before anyone was going to do any skating. Hopefully it’s liquid long enough for that monster to take a dip!

 

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Year of the Rooster

With the Chinese calendar turning over, we welcomed the Year of the Rooster the Tessera way:

with stories and art

We studied a lot of sources material before starting on own rooster project design

We studied a lot of sources material before starting on own rooster project design

 

From design to sculpting we’ve been working for a long while now, but the final touches will take place on Monday, Jan 30th at our Clay and Feathers Workshop

 

The children all had a chance to add their own ideas to the design of our rooster, with adult assistance when necessary.

The children all had a chance to add their own ideas to the design of our rooster, with adult assistance when necessary.

The kids named him Chocladoodledoo! once they'd helped finish up the design.

The kids named him Chocladoodledoo! once they’d helped finish up the design.

The structure of our rooster was built piece by piece by the kids, and then assembled with adult assistance.

The structure of our rooster was built piece by piece by the kids, and then assembled with adult assistance.

From raw clay to the finished product will slowly arise. Even the youngest loves rolling out clay to soften it up though!

From raw clay to the finished product will slowly arise. Even the youngest loves rolling out clay to soften it up though!

From the base grows the neck, with a lot of hands to support the body and shape the outside.

From the base grows the neck, with a lot of hands to support the body and shape the outside.

Shaping the tail and sculpting details of the head was work for older kids, while younger sculptors focused on textures and softening more clay.

Shaping the tail and sculpting details of the head was work for older kids, while younger sculptors focused on textures and softening more clay.

Having a look at his portrait here, the rooster seems pleased with the sight (considering his eyes are still coming together)

Having a look at his portrait here, the rooster seems pleased with the sight (considering his eyes are still coming together)

 

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Treats for kids and birds

This week at Tessera we’ve been making bird feeders out of oranges.  The best part is that we get to juice the oranges first.  With a few holes in the rind, they are easy to hang with yarn.  Make sure to grab a bag of seed at pickup so your child’s feeder can attracting migrating birds.

Everything we need to make a natural bird feeder (as well as some yummy juice!)

Everything we need to make a natural bird feeder (as well as some yummy juice!)

Some kids come for the bird feeder. Some are in it for the juice.  It's a fun way to start the day however you do it.

Some kids come for the bird feeder. Some are in it for the juice. It’s a fun way to start the day however you do it.

Hollowing out oranges to make a seed cup is the most delicious (for humans) part of making this kind of bird feeder.

Hollowing out oranges to make a seed cup is the most delicious (for humans) part of making this kind of bird feeder.

 

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Winter Break Gift Making Workshop

Spaces are filling up fast in Tessera’s winter break workshop!

Reserve your spot by Thursday, 12/15 and your child can stay until 3:30 at no additional cost!

Guarantee a your child has the chance to make unique handmade gifts for this holiday season.
Sign up today!

Hand made gifts wrapped by the kids themsleves are the best kind of present anyone can ask for.

Hand made gifts wrapped by the kids themselves are the best kind of present anyone can ask for.

Winter Break- Gift Making
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
December 21,22, 23
9:30am-2:30pm
Children will make and take two quality, wrapped gifts, as well as unique items of their own design!Bring a lunch and be ready to get messy!
Price(USD): $225.00
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Exploring Fall with Hawkeye

Hawkeye’s lesson this month focused on harvest time and the growth and kinds of pumpkins. We started off discussing the season. Fall.

 The kids has a lot of great answers to Hawkeye’s pumpkin questions, like:

“Where to pumpkins come from?”

“From the pumpkin patch!”

“how do they get there?”

“they grow from the vines!”

“and they put water on it!

we read several books to learn more about pumpkins including:

“pumpkin pumpkin” and ‘Too Many pumpkins”

which taught us that pumpkins and a winter squash and that squash is a type of fruit.

Studying the colors of fall.

Studying the colors of fall.

Stickers, stamps and markers bring the colors of the harvest to life!

Stickers, stamps and markers bring the colors of the harvest to life!

Hawkeye brought a wide variety of winter plants to create a multisensory experience

Hawkeye brought a wide variety of winter plants to create a multisensory experience

 


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Saturday Workshop 11/19

Sifting the fibers from the water allows layers to be added slowly to control weight.

Sifting the fibers from the water allows layers to be added slowly to control weight.

Join us this Saturday (11/19) for a weekend workshop where we’live learn to make paper that can be used to make original art or cards. Perfect holiday gifts or treasured master piece to keep, each page will be as unique as your child.

Price(USD): $60.00
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Halloween prep at our first Spooky Stuff Creation Station!

Our first Spooky Stuff Creation Station was a monstrous success, with all kinds of creepy crawly art and objects created to evoke the spirit of the season.  Don’t miss our next Spooky Workshops coming up Saturday Oct 29 and Monday Oct. 31.

 

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We worked together to build an autumn tree decorated with the colors and shapes of the world changing all around us.

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We used a variety of media to create works of art to strike terror in the hearts of all who dare to look upon them. (Though actually, most of their work was really cute)

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We had a multi-sensory creature hunt when a nest of horrors was discovered in a bin full of shaving cream!

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The real creature creation kicked into the gear with the creation of molds shaped to creep out guests or trick or treaters this Halloween: Spiders, bats and things that creep and crawl.

 

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Collaboration: Papermache pumpkin in progress.

Our October collaboration is coming along quite nicely!

The kids have been taking turns adding layers of newspaper and then orange stained crepe paper to create a truly gigantic Tessera style jack-o-lantern.  It’s hanging up to dry, and so we can reach the bottom, right now.  Make sure to have a look when you come by the classroom!  Next week we’ll be adding decorations.

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Collaborations

The heart of what Tessera is lies in our collaborative projects.  Each one is the sum of many children working together under adult supervision.  For the children to succeed in making one of these wonders they must learn to communicate their needs and ideas with their cohort in order to complete the work. Some collaborations are more chaotic and complex as varied visions swirl against each other producing dynamic, exciting works.  Others, more typically the clay sculptures, have a singular vision led by our educators in which the children bring their voices in the form of the individual parts and pieces or stages in the process.

Each child’s art is, in these works, the metaphorical tiles from which Tessera takes its name. The whole of each mosaic of visions and talents being far more than the sum of its parts.  The practical and social skills that children learn in these processes is at the heart of what Tessera aims to teach.

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The perfect dresser for the ultimate junk drawer

Our collaborative ‘junk drawer’ project keeps growing, with a sculptural component taking shape in the drawer itself, while the color pallets of the dresser keeps evolving as the week goes on.

Before the kids got their hands on it, this old dresser was definitely in need of some sprucing up!

Before the kids got their hands on it, this old dresser was definitely in need of some sprucing up!

The kids worked hard to lay down a base coat of color.

The kids worked hard to lay down a base coat of color.

With the dresser fully covered the real work is about to begin...

With the dresser fully covered the real work is about to begin…

More details begin to emerge as the second coat of paint goes down.

More details begin to emerge as the second coat of paint goes down.

The longer the kids work the more incredible their collaborations become!

The longer the kids work the more incredible their collaborations become!

A lot of little hands have been working on this project and though the crowd gets thick l, they've been working together beautifully.

A lot of little hands have been working on this project and though the crowd gets thick l, they’ve been working together beautifully.

 

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