We’ll cover the basics: what quality free play looks like, how to foster it and why it’s important for every child. And then give you some best practices to take home and to the playground.
Free play is where kids practice essential skills like negotiation, narrating their ideas, thinking creatively to solve problems, building resilience and learning from failures. As the founder of Brooklyn Wild, a nature and adventure play program in Sunset Park, I’ve heard many parents express concerns around play: how to encourage free play on the playground without seeming too hands-off, when to intervene in children’s conflicts and when to let them work it out, how to enjoy being a part of the play even when you have a long to-do list, and how to build your child’s independent play skills so they can play without you (and without so many screens). As we look ahead to summer, now is a great time to learn how to play like a pro!
Come and create a thoughtful gift for your special mom at the Art Annex! We'd love to have you join us as we customize and paint our very own flower pots and plant a small flower or plant inside! Let's show our mom's how much we appreciate them and acknowledge how much they do for us! This workshop will be lead by our teacher Kim and requires caregiver/ artist collaboration!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
April 28th, 3:30-5:00 pm (for grown-ups only!)
Please join local art teachers Christie O’Brien of Brooklyn Sandbox Early Learning Center and Hannah Kasper Levinson of the Hootenanny Art Annex for a workshop all about providing art experiences for your children at home! This workshop covers everything including basic art materials and projects, process vs. product, preparing a space for art making, how to talk to your children about their art, and how to store materials and finished work! Wine and snacks are included and there will be plenty of time for open discussion and experimenting with art materials. We will provide everyone with an original manual “Making Art With Your Children at Home” and will discuss ways to build upon our suggestions.
Art Annex Open Studio with Hannah
All ages, $25-35 sliding scale
Join Hannah for Open Studio on Sunday from 3-5. You can drop in at any point during the 2 hours or stay for the whole time. This is an all-ages Open Studio for the whole family with children accompanied by their caregivers. April Open Studio will see the return of the Tinker Station! Let your imagination soar with supplies from our shelves of beautiful loose parts and recycled materials. We will also have a mixed-age craft station and for the littles we will have artful play in our sensory table, playdough, and mural painting! All ages are welcome to explore and enjoy this creative downtime with their loved ones. Drop in. $25-$35 sliding scale per family, cash at the door.
Baby Massage and Yoga with Melina, March 24th 11:00am-12:30pm
A workshop for parents, caregivers, and their babies, 6 weeks to pre-crawling at Hootenanny Art House, 428 15th Street
Touch is baby’s first language. Join other parents and caregivers in learning practical skills and techniques to nurture your baby’s body and mind from the earliest days. Discover the benefits of massage and mindful movement for baby and how to use it to create routine, encourage self-regulation, soothe your baby, and support their development. Practice specific techniques to address common experiences including colic, digestive issues, teething, and more. Come play, learn and bond with your baby in a supportive community.
Understanding Toddler Emotions with Melina
December 11th 7:00-8:30
A workshop for parents at Hootenanny Art House, $45
As parents of toddlers well know, a toddler’s emotional life is vivid. It is the source of great joy! And it is also often the source of the challenging behaviors we associate with this stage of life. Learn about what drives a toddler’s feelings from a developmental perspective. What is behind the tantrums? The indecision? The testing? And how do we support toddlers as they learn to understand and express their emotions? Let’s embrace the intensity of these years and find our own voices as guides for our children.
Topics will include:
-understanding the toddler mind
-tantrums: why they happen and what to do
-testing: holding limits and boundaries with respect
-sharing (and not sharing)
-how to acknowledge feelings
Arashi Shibori & Tie Dye workshop with Kim November 9th 6:30-8:30pm
Please join us for our first ever Adult Arashi Shibori and Tie Dye workshop at the Hootenanny Art Annex!
Arashi Shibori is a Japanese dying technique that is known as pole wrapping. Fabric and garments will result in diagonal stripes that give the effect of a "rain storm" with this technique. Additionally we will be combing this technique with Tie Dye and also manipulating fabric by binding using string, rubber bands, pleating, twisting and crumpling fabric or clothes. We will be using Natural indigo dye so please note we will get a little messy! We will have a beautiful silk and wool scarf for you to dye, but please bring anything else you might want to dye! Materials need to be of natural fibers! Cottons, Silks, Wools and Linens will work best! Materials can be anything from t-shirts, table cloths, linen's, dish towels, socks and more! Breathe new life into your old goods!