Welcome to Sofia’s Workshop
After School Arts & Crafts Classes for Elementary Students
At Sofia’s Workshop we love all Arts and Crafts. We do art and we do crafts! We love paint brushes and hardware tools. We love it all! Exposing children to arts and crafts allows them to find something they can be passionate about while exploring their creativity. Arts and crafts call on our creativity, helps us become better problem solvers, see the world through a different lense, and helps us socially stay connected to our community.
We encourage a child’s individual unique creativity, like a thumbprint. Exposure to new mediums and basic art concepts allows creativity and imagination to open up and builds confidence. Kids who are confident in their art skills do better in school. Through a combination directed-projects and process-art, our workshops offer young artists to explore different mediums in a positive and encouraging environment.
Art is necessary for healthy cognitive development, creative problem solving and social development. There is no debate that art is essential to early childhood development, art allows children to practice a wide range of skills that are useful for learning and later in life (Michigan State University Extension).
We foster the Growth Mindset when working with kids. Art skills take time to develop, and all kids need a creative and fun environment to practice different skills. A Growth Mindset in art helps a child focus on process and effort more than result. Creativity is fostered through taking chances and expanding on new ideas, making a mess and seeing it through. By trying new ideas and mediums, children expand their personal understanding of their skills. Building skills builds confidence, and confidence builds competence. A supportive environment allows kids to take risks that would otherwise be intimidating. There are no mistakes, only opportunities to see it a different way!
Although in-person instruction is our preferred way to interact, we can continue the art experience online. We were a little unsure at first, but the kids have adapted so well! This is not a lecture class, this is an interactive class. Connection is an important part of development for learning new skills and just being a kid. Classes are for ages Kindergarten through 6th grade.
In class, we usually read a story, chat a little and then jump into making. Kids get to chat back and forth during the class, it can get a little noisy, but they love it! Allowing the kids to have input in the creation process lets their ideas come to life and get validated by other children.
Sofia is online Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 pm. You can sign up for classes here. Class size is limited in order for everyone to get the attention they deserve and need to learn.
Wednesdays we are drawing. We do a guided drawing of a subject kids find exciting and want to draw. This is a directed drawing, however kids are encouraged to make it their own by adding their ideas to their work. Open to Kinder through 6th grade.
Fridays we paint. We start with a guided sketch and then use watercolor or acrylic paints to bring the painting to life. This simple beginning painting class is open to Kinder to 6th grade.
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