Spiral into Spring with Writing, Art, Nature Science

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crocus Crocuses and hyacinths peek out of the earth. Tulips push up their tiny spears. March winds are still chilly and cool about us but bright sunlight beckons! Let’s welcome Spring with writing, art, and nature science.

This spring, home-schoolers can take their pick of two workshops, an Intro to Lit, Composition, and Creative Writing that takes on from the just-completed Winter workshop, and switches focus from poetry to prose, offering a taste of classic short fiction/drama/memoir from well-known children’s and literary writers; and an Art, Science/Math, and Music workshop which celebrates the Fibonashell2cci Spiral in nature and Solfeggio overtones in music, while exploring other exciting patterns and symmetries in Nature. Please visit the Spring Workshops page for detailed descriptions of workshops.

After-school workshops are on hold this spring, except for Impromptu  French, a beginner’s class for currently-enrolled home-schoolers. If you are interested in after-school writing workshops, please drop a line, for future workshop scheduling.

Registration is open on a rolling basis into the middle of April. Classes start this week! Please email to register.

Note re. Summer: Wishing Well will be closed this summer for teacher travels. Workshops will pick up again in September–stay tuned!

Paint in Vibrant Colors, Sketch Winter Scapes, Write Lyric Poetry/Stories/Essays, & Learn French This Winter

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Make your winter vibrant with art, nature study, literature, and creative writing! Winter workshops (for children aged 8-13) open next week. Please visit the Winter Workshop schedule page for more on all workshops.

snowtreesIntroduction to Literature, Composition, & Creative Writing, a weekday morning workshop, is a new Literature-themed workshop offering children 9-13 deep readings of classic poetry, short fiction, and essays and practice in expository and creative writing. (This will continue as Session II into spring.)

Nature Studies in Art & Natural History, also a weekday morning workshop, is a Natural History, Art, and Nature Writing workshop for children 8-13. Fauvist/Expressionist and Botanical Art.

Evening after-school workshops include a return to the popular Exploring Art in Math and Nature workshop from Spring 2015–where we studied and painted and sketched Fibonacci spirals and fractals in Nature; we’ll continue our explorations there in this season’s Exploring Art, Math, & Music in Nature as we expand into the study of harmonics and crystal symmetries. (This workshop was on offer last fall but didn’t run, based on enrollment; hopefully this time around, it will run–if you sign up!)

Create Your Own Stories, Short and Long is an evening story-writing workshop where we’ll read and write both short storiesDaniella-Leaves and start a longer work. For children who like to write stories and want to hone and deepen their storytelling skills, ages 9-13.

New! Impromptu French is an open/free evening workshop for all current enrollees in these workshops, where the teacher revives and revisits her French as she introduces children 8-13 to basic French grammar, reading, conversation, and writing through books, readers, picture books, music and other videos.

Read more about all workshops here on the Winter Workshops 2016 page, including descriptions and dates.

All workshops are open to a maximum of 8 workshoppers. Please send an email for more information or to register.

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Create a Nature Journal, Write About the Stars, Learn About Harmonics in the Universe

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universeFinally, our Fall workshops are here! We’re excited to announce new daytime workshops in science, art, and writing for home-schoolers this Fall, in addition to evening after-school workshops in art and poetry. Update Nov 5, 2015: Please note, Fall workshops continue into Session II for November and December, new dates on the Fall Workshops page; classes have started but remain open for new registration for 3 weeks.

The Universe Today, a weekday morning workshop, is an Astronomy and Expository Writing workshop for children 8-13.

Nature Study, also a weekday morning cloverworkshop, is a Botany, Art, and Nature Writing workshop for the same age group.

Evening workshops feature a Part II return to the popular Exploring Art in Math and Nature workshop from Spring 2015–where Fibonacci-fractal-art2we studied and painted and sketched Fibonacci spirals and fractals in Nature; we’ll continue our explorations there and expand into the study of harmonics and crystal symmetries.

Also on offer is a Poetry wemoto water crystalorkshop for Wednesday evenings–Reading and Writing Poetry/From Around the World.

Fall workshops will run in two sessions, Sep/Oct and Nov/Dec. Session I workshops are listed currently. Session 2 workshops will be posted shortly.
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Read more about all workshops here on the Fall Workshops 2015 page, including descriptions and dates.

All workshops are open to a maximum of 8 workshoppers. Please send an email for more information or to register.

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Create Art Exploring Patterns and Symmetries in Nature this Spring!

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Join us this Spring as we explore the mysterious patterns and symmetries in Nature, such as the spiral pattern of growth that repeats in sunflowers and shells and spiral galaxies.

A combined Art and Science/Math workshop for children aged 7-13, shell2our art workshop this spring will let you examine hands-on and through articles/videos the beautiful shapes, swirls, and forms evident in Nature, such as in fractal forms, collected here at this site featuring Visual Math or here, where the mathematical patterns in plant growth can be studied.

pine2Explore for yourself some of these fascinating patterns online–then come join us as we create art that celebrates the mysteries and magic of Nature this spring! See more on the workshop at the Spring Workshop page.

Patterns: Math in Nature

NOVA: Describing Nature with Math

Fibonacci Sequence: Numbers of Life, Matrix of Universe (Youtube video)


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Join Us This Winter for Art & Creative Writing

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20141215_095947Winter 2015 Workshops Are Open for Registration!

As the weather gets chilly and the nights seem longer, escape into worlds of magical color and form, create words and rhythms of your own as you explore the writing of poems, stories, and essays.

Join us this winter for a whimsical painting workshop exploring the magical worlds of 20141215_100048primitive art, folk art,  and expressionist art, and a creative writing workshop where we read and write a range of winter poetry, magical stories, and imaginative personal essays.

(Science takes a break this winter, but will return in spring.)

Art workshop will be held on Tuesday evenings starting mid-January, and Winter 2013 to 2014 696run for eight weeks.

Creative Writing workshop will run on Thursday evenings and also run for eight weeks.

For more on both workshops, please visit the Winter Workshops page, and send an email to sign up!

Sketch, print, paint, write, and view the stars all Fall!

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Fall creative workshops are open for registration!

fall01Here on Boston’s South Shore, sunshine, sea-water, beaches are giving way to cooler nights, hints of color in leaves, a slow goldening of sunlight. Summer came and went far too quickly! 

But our early summer workshops were filled with excitement and yielded S2014oceanssome wonderful creative work (some pics here).

Time to settle to long painting and sketching evenings, pull out that old story you promised you would finish soon, or study the changing swirl of constellations in autumn skies.

Join us this term to practice your drawing skills, learn new printing and painting techniques, experiment with mixed-media art, and write about the stars!

S2014seaweedPlease click on the Fall Workshops page for more information. Classes are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings after Fruitsaladschool. Creative Writing is also offered on the weekend.

All workshops are open to 8.

Please send an email if interested!Berry Day

 

 

Join us for Art, Creative Writing, Beading, & Natural Health Camps this Summer!

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S2014starfishYoung artists, writers, creators all –it’s time to sign up for summer camp!

Summer camps this year run mid-June into a couple weeks in July and cover art, poetry, fiction, natural health, and craft. All summer camps are morning camps.

Come read and write lyric nature poems and sketch, color, and paint seashells, starfish, wildgrasses, and flowers in Seashells, Wildflowers, & Grasses/Summer Notebook.

If beading is something you love, drop in for a week of beading in Make Your Own Jewelry.Winter 2013 to 2014 980

If you’re a fiction-lover, come create your own chapter book in Create Your Own Chapter Book.

Or learn how to make delicious green drinks, granolas, fruit drinks, and a soothing face cream for natural health and vitality in Natural Health Fiesta!

For more information on all summer camps, please click on Summer Camps 2015, and drop an email to register and hold your spot. Workshops are limited to 8, and will run with at least 4 participants.

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Let’s Welcome Spring!

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spring blooms 6aWelcome to Spring 2014! even if it does look like winter still! Let’s look forward to snowdropssnowdrops, crocuses, tulips and the myriad delights of birds singing, sun shining, weather brightening as we plant seeds early this March and watch those first sprouts push up, those tiny closed buds on trees swell and burst open. It really is time to scatter thy pearls/upon our lovesick land…O Spring! (William Blake)

The workshop schedule for still-open March and April workshops is posted, please see the Calendar page.

spring blooms 4aSpring Blooms, Art and Poetry, which celebrates buds, blossoms, growing of every kind in botanical sketches and abstract botanical art, and growth, renewal, and change in nature and poetry, runs for eight weeks starting March 7.

This spring in our new Planet Earth series, we’ll study Gems, Crystals, and Minerals, which runs for eight weeks starting March 4.

Amethyst-2aFrom Journal to Essay, the  continuing non-fiction creative writing workshop which helps young writers transition easily to essay-writing from informal journal-writing, also runs for eight weeks, starting March 8.

Also once more we run the new Online Creative Writing workshop, Create a Magical World.

Please go to the Calendar Page for more information on all workshops.

Drop-in Art for recently or currently enrolled families continues, with some changes: Moms, if you’d like to come paint or sketch, with or without your child/ren, Sunday afternoons between 2 pm – 5 pm, please drop by. This term we’ll play with the art ideas from Spring Blooms. Please drop a note any given week if you plan to come–thanks!

Winter 2014 Workshops Are Here

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pansy-smallWelcome to Winter 2014! & Happy New Year–in this so very special and exciting new year, the first (in nineteen) that started with a Capricorn New Moon in this particularly luminous month with 2, not one perigee moons/supermoons!  (See EarthSky for more on Perigee Moons or Supermoons.)

And our workshops will begin around the time of the Wolf Moon or Old Moon the week of January 14. The workshop schedule for upcoming January and February workshops is posted, please see the Calendar page.

This January & February in our Amateur Astronomer series, we’ll study Winter Stars and Planets, which runs for six weeks starting Jan 14. 

Mandala Universe (Circle and Spiral) Art and Poetry, which celebrates circles, spirals, and patterns of repeating in nature and poetry, runs for six weeks starting Jan 16.

From Journal to Essay, the  non-fiction creative writing workshop which helps young writers transition easily to essay-writing from informal journal-writing, also runs for six weeks, starting Jan 18.

Also Launching the New! Online Creative Writing workshop, Create a Magical World.

Please go to the Calendar Page for more information on all workshops.

Drop-in Art for recently or currently enrolled families continues, with some changes: Moms, if you’d like to come paint or sketch, with or without your child/ren, Sunday afternoons between 2 pm – 5 pm, please drop by. This term we’ll play with the art ideas from Mandala Universe. Please drop a note any given week if you plan to come–thanks!

November & December Workshops

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IMG_0510-smallNovember and December workshops listed below are open for registration.IMG_0461-small

The first session of Autumn Constellations, a science and creative writing workshop, continues into the second week of November. The second session will follow, please see below.

October’s Nature Art and Poetry workshop ends Oct 31. The new Winter Notebook art and poetry workshop follows, please see below.

November’s Journal to Essay workshop is scheduled for mid-morning on Saturdays, please see below. 

Please send an email to register, for all workshops.

Drop-in Art for recently or currently enrolled families continues, with some changes: Moms, if you’d like to come paint, with or without your child/ren, Saturday afternoons between 2 pm – 5 pm, please drop by. Not open Oct 26; open Saturdays Nov 2, 16, and 30. Please drop a note any given week if you plan to come–thanks!

Art  & Art/Poetry Workshops Weekend Creative Writing Workshops
Winter Notebook (Nov/Dec) From Journal to Essay, Non-Fiction (Nov/Dec)
Science Workshops
Autumn Constellations II (Nov/Dec)