Want to take a peek into a really beautiful, colourful and vibrant children's art studio? Before the COVID restrictions came into place Otto and I loved attending the process art toddler class at the Little Ginger Studio in Sydney (Randwick). All of these pictures were taken in March (2020), a week before the studio closed due to COVID. The studio has now reopened but they are only running drop off classes (no parents allowed) for children over the age of three. You can see all of their classes listed here.
Danielle Falk is the founder of Little Ginger Studio. Danielle is a qualified Primary teacher (BEd from Sydney University) with experience in teaching K-6 and also has a degree in Fine Arts (Printmaking) from the Victorian Collage of the Arts (Melbourne). I love talking to Danielle as she is full of energy, passion and all of the creative wonderfulness that art teachers often display. Her studio is a dream space, let's take a look!
I found the studio inspiring, there are so many ideas to take away from this space including the way the activities are presented, the way the materials are stored to the colours and paint combinations used.
This child-led and process art approach is absolutely compatible with Montessori parenting. The toddler class is set up so that the toddlers are free to roam and try what ever activity calls to them. The activities are set up in little stations around the room.
This painting wall is a favourite and has inspired us to try more vertical and large scale painting at home!
The studio allows for big and messy activities and lots of experimentation. Otto always goes home with paint in his hair.
He loves running cars through paint. I think it's the wheels that toddlers are often attracted to.
Felt work, perhaps Matisse inspired? I haven't tried this at home but it's a good one to prepare and have on hand as it's a quiet and a mostly calming activity.
Coloured vinegar and baking soda. I love to see how others present this. I've never thought of using coloured vinegar before, there were around 3-4 different colours out for the children to use, so they could also do some colour mixing.
Painting a car.
Who wouldn't want to take a peek at Danielle's art book collection? While I had most of these I ordered Wonder Art Workshop by Sally Haughey later that day!
- Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley.
- Wonder Art Workshop: Creative Child-Led Experiences for Nurturing Imagination, Curiosity, and a Love of Learning by Sally Haughey.
- Art Workshop for Children: How to Foster Original Thinking with more than 25 Process Art Experiences by Barbara Rucci & Betsy McKenna.
- Build It!: 25 creative STEM projects for budding engineers by Caroline Alliston.
- Science Lab Fantastic Projects for Young Scientists by DK.
- Play, Make, Create, A Process-Art Handbook: With over 40 Art Invitations for Kids * Creative Activities and Projects that Inspire Confidence, Creativity, and Connection by Meri Cherry.
- Art Making with MoMA: 20 Activities for Kids Inspired by Artists at The Museum of Modern Art
by Cari Frisch & Elizabeth Margulies.
- STEAM Kids: 50+ Science / Technology / Engineering / Art / Math Hands-On Projects for Kids by Anne Carey , Ana Dziengel , et al.
- The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity by Jean Van't Hul.
- Collage Workshop for Kids: Rip, snip, cut, and create with inspiration from The Eric Carle Museum by Shannon Merenstein.
- Cardboard Creations: Open-Ended Exploration with Recycled Materials by Barbara Rucci.
- Art Workshops for Children by Hervé Tullet.
- Kid Made Modern by Todd Oldham.
- Teaching Children to Paint by Karla Cikanova.
This is such a wonderful open and bright space, surely an inspiration to others dreaming of setting up their own children's art studio.
It looks so clean and tidy but by the end of the class there is play dough everywhere. The activities at the Little Ginger Studio vary from week to week so this is just a snapshot of what is offered. You can see more photos from this space and activities Otto tried in an earlier class here.
You can discover more about Danielle and the Little Ginger Studio online and @littlegingerstudio. Danielle also writes at The Artful Parent here. Thank you to Danielle for having us, we hope to see you again soon!
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