Frequently Asked Questions
Why Music, Movement, and Making: Process Art?
My background is in music, so I am naturally lead in that direction. After years of practicing different styles of yoga and years of trying to find meaningful ways to move my body, I realize there is also creativity to be found in movement. As far as process art, my girls are expert level makers and in watching them I realize that creativity is more than drawing or painting. It’s using whatever materials you can find to make something out of nothing, and the end product isn’t nearly as important as the journey to get there.
There is an accessibility in music, movement, and process art. You don’t have to be elite in any of these things to participate. And while there are many creative modalities out there, these three resonate with me the most.
What Does A Class Look Like?
As a general guideline, I separate our classes into thirds: a third of the time is spent with music, a third with movement, and a third with process art. Our classes are built around a theme (ie. holidays, shapes, books, specific materials, animals, weather, etc.). BUT my desire is for our classes to be open-ended and child led. I provide the framework or the skeleton so to speak of the classes and your child provides the magic.
So Is This An Art Class? Or A Music Class? Or What?
Yes! It is a child led, open-ended creative arts experience using music, movement, and process art. For clarity, I’m not necessarily instructing on the “right” or “appropriate” way to engage in these modalities. Think about this more in the framework of a journey. There’s no right or wrong way to get creative. All I am doing is providing your child with the materials, the space, and some structure to get us pointed in the right direction.
What Will My Child Get Out Of A Class With You?
First and foremost, your child will be presented with opportunities to embrace their own innate creativity. They will problem solve. They will engage their imaginations. Your child will become the leaders of the experience as we walk through our time together. They will find their bravery as they realize there is no right or wrong way to create. I fully believe the future belongs to the creative and we are practicing for the future in my classes.
Why Should I Do This Instead Of An Art or Music or Dance Class?
Great question! The Kids Creative Space loves all teachers and if you are desiring direct instruction in a specific domain, I encourage you to seek that out! There are educators out there killing the game in those areas. In fact, I have a list of them that I would love to share with you if you are looking!
But I also hope you’ll give me a shot too. I think you will find it’s worth your time and resources.
Where Are Your Classes and Camps Located?
Our studio: 12045 Johnson Drive Shawnee, KS 66216
Do You Partner With Other Professionals?
Someday that is the goal. I would love to bring on other educators, therapists, and professionals who are on top of their creativity game. (I’m looking at you Art Therapists, Children’s Yoga Instructors, Early Childhood Music Teachers, etc.! Get yourselves ready! I’m gonna need you soon!)
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