October 5, 2010

Playing: Inspirational Outside Art Ideas at Clementine Studio (for local gals) and Childhood 101

IMG_0028 Last Friday, Raines and I met a friend (and her two little girls) at Boulder's Clementine Studio for some kiddo art classes.  Clementine Studio is a long-time favorite of mine (R and I are both addicted to their play-dough and other non-toxic art supplies), but their classes are truly inspirational.

The classes have "stations" set up all over the room – there might be glitter painting on one table, some kind of toddler-friendly sculpting at another, and typically involve the most creative use of supplies I've seen to date. 

But our very favorite part?  The outside.

Lisa, the Director, had a large wooden window converted into a free-standing, glass easel.  Kiddos can stand on either side and paint.

Then, when the painting slows…Lisa hands out sheets of paper to press onto the painted areas, making cool impressions.

And of course, getting out soapy buckets of water and a squeegy is also part of the fun.  Here are a few more pics:



Lisa also created a painting swing that my little guy couldn't get enough of:





Kate joined him on the swing.  Older kiddos can probably share the swing and paint, but R couldn't quite reach.  He improvised by just painting the swing.



I, of course, was all about their 15 ft easel, set up Jackson Pollock-style with large blobs of paint and flyswatters (!!) for some serious splatter painting (you can see it in the background of the above pic)…but after a very short time, R got distracted by tower-making.  Next time, for sure.


Local gals, a trip up to Boulder to visit Clementine Studio is well worth the time.  I always leave feeling refreshed and completely inspired.

This post is part of Aussie-based, Childhood 101's We Play series, where every Tuesday, Childhood 101 hosts a link-up of play ideas from bloggers around the globe. While their seasons are opposite ours, there's enough ideas generated in their Tuesday We Play link-ups to serve up a healthy dose of play inspiration whether you are stuck indoors or out.  Additionally, the writer of Childhood 101 is an Early Childhood Education Teacher, and her articles on types of play (Creative, Constructing, Physical, and Imaginative) are not to be missed, nor her Invitation to Play ideas. Really, I could go on and on.  This is one of the few blogs that I can spend hours reading. 

We Play

Man, I love this stuff.  It is just so fun being a mom. 





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  • Christie - Childhood 101
    October 6, 2010

    Thank you so much for your kind words and for playing along with We Play this week.
    That painting swing is so awesome! I am green with envy right now 🙂

  • Philippa
    October 6, 2010

    Wow that paint swing looks fantastic!

  • Shana
    October 6, 2010

    I know, RIGHT? The second I get a backyard (Oh….10 years from now, LOL)…I’m going to try to figure out how to set that baby up!!
    Christie — Thank YOU for starting the We Play series. It’s something I look forward to every week.

  • amandab
    October 7, 2010

    I am so bummed that this place is on the other side of the world! It looks like so much fun 🙂

  • Marita
    October 10, 2010

    Wow that looks like so much fun. Painting on the swing looks awesome 🙂

  • Kelly
    October 10, 2010

    This look like SO much fun!!!

  • Shana
    October 10, 2010

    Amandab – It IS so much fun! But it can’t be that hard to re-create…can it? (I am SO not crafty or handy…but if I were…)
    Marita & Kelly – Thanks for the comments! I was tempted to jump on myself (and Lisa did offer)…but at 8 months preggo, I figured I’d save that for another time, LOL!

  • Lauren
    October 11, 2010

    Very cool. I would love to do this! (Am going to ask DH about it NOW!)

  • Tricia at Mom is the Only Girl
    October 12, 2010

    I LOVE the painting swing! And the window…wish I had a place to make my own (and wished I lived closer to check this place out!)

  • Shana
    October 12, 2010

    Lauren – share if you’re able to pull this off at home!
    Thanks for the comment, Tricia! LOVE the name – M and I are the “only girls” at home, too!

  • supra shoes
    March 4, 2011

    yum this looks amazing! It’s raining in LA today so this would be perfect 🙂

  • ClubPenguinCheats
    April 24, 2011

    Wish I had a place to make my own (and wished I lived closer to check this place out!

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