A Sprout’s Story of Reconnection

By Amber Norman The Sprouts as a collective group, have a deep interest in repurposing discarded loose parts and turning them into toys, functional art, and so much more. Our name for repurposing these items is, “Magic Trash.” The Sprouts community are also deep thinkers and have so many thoughts to share on any subject [...]

four heARTbeats

By Vanessa Sanchez What is it about me that attracts children with big emotions? Is it the energy I put off? The necessity to understand their feelings. Maybe, I am just a sensitive person. I gain fulfillment in helping children acquire skills that will help them work through challenging situations that cause big feelings. This [...]

Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Photographer

By Carroll Scott-McIntyre Earlier in the year I had introduced the Acorn room to photography. We used a Nikon camera and went out in front of Little Owl and took pictures. Each of them had taken around 30 pictures each just to get used to using a real camera. We revisited photography the last couple [...]

Discovering Art Through Community Collaboration

By Carroll Scott-McIntyre Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.- Pablo Picasso One of my favorite forms of artistic expression is a collage. Through my first few years at Little Owl, it has been my favorite thing to do with the children. This year, being [...]

The Stuff of Childhood

By Sara Zacuto "Trust yourself, yes, but also trust children. They know what they need to do." ~Bev Bos

Self-Portraits

By Lilly Green

“When we invite children to create self-portraits, we offer them mirrors and encourage long, sustained study of their faces from [an] unfamiliar perspective. Then we ask them to re-create themselves on paper, weaving together the image that they see in the mirror with the person they experience themselves to be. Their portraits are eloquent statements of self.” ~Ann Pelo

The Power of Black and White

By Lilly Green

“Before launching into the full spectrum of color, stand at its edge with white and black, the beginning and the end. Black and white provide a frame though which we more clearly see and understand color. Side by side on paper, the contrast between black and white calls each more fully to life.”
~ Ann Pelo

Creativity is Limitless

by Kelsie Castro

“Children need the freedom to appreciate the infinite resources of their hands, their eyes and their ears, the resources of forms, materials, sounds and colors.” - Loris Malaguzzi

An Open Invitation

By Kelsie Castro

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”

~Pablo Picasso

Intimately Connecting with Paint Tools

by Michelle Ramirez

"In our work with these materials, we strive to honor the ways in which children live in their bodies, growing relationships with materials through their physical encounters with them."

~Ann Pelo