My perfect valentine 🌈 🌹 💕🙏🏻. Watch my whole Instagram story and studio tour to find out more about this... And for teachers and parents, at the very end I have a peek at our tea party setup because love is sweet !! You won’t want to miss these dramatic play ideas !! Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Thanks @arsenios and @gigirose_florals I am 🥰😁😍🤩 over these custom roses. Unique just like TransformEd 🌈❤️!
Making yellow bubbles with rainbow whisks. 💛💕💛💕💛💕💛 For more about this week’s studio setup visit my stories. I shared another little tour of our learning experiences !!
It’s a pyjama and art kinda day with my ❤️two❤️ little loves ❄️ ⛄️!
We’ve been asked to do a number of private photoshoots in our studio space, especially with regards to major holidays and milestones. One of our families approached me to coordinate a maternity shoot with their toddler son who has been part of our programs. Mom’s rational was that he loves the studio and it will give him something to do during the photos. So I built on this concept of play and had big brother C paint on a canvas using the colour of paint for the baby’s gender. He painted with cars and trucks and I later asked him to paint on Mama’s T-shirt. Having them all wear white extended the canvas experience beyond the physical rectangle on the table to each other. It was a fun sensory art opportunity that had everyone laughing by the end !! We also got some photos in our Valentine’s photobooth, reading in our tiny house, making crafts, building with blocks and creating music on the piano. As I stated in the last video, our toddler was so busy playing he didn’t even have time to feel bored and or restless during the photoshoot. Thank you @andge_o and @anthony_orsi for trusting us with these precious moments!!! I look forward to seeing more of the professional photos from your photographer @aliciathurstonphotography !! 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 (These are only a few I snuck in from the sidelines!!!)
When you love what you do only magic can ensue ! 📸: @clarkylaura
Colour mixing and exploring with different tools besides paintbrushes. Whether you are working within a daycare or with school aged children try switching up what you paint with. I really challenge myself to do this on a weekly basis. Here we have tiny round stampers, leaves, sponges, balls, small round cups, and flowers. 💜 Join us this month on my other account @ctinquiry for sensory art ideas. #cti_sensoryart #ctinquiry
Oh happy day ! Meaning everyday in the TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre. 💜
New blog post “Sebby Dee turns 3!” is finally up. (The direct link is in my stories... ) Take a look at our experience celebrating his special day within the Reptilia Zoo. I have also provided my honest review of @thepetiteparty who created the most beautiful sweet table, and @royalconfections21 @littlerosecookieco who I hired to make the cake and cookies! They say the best compliment is a referral, so I hope you consider them for your next event. 🦎 P.S. How cute are these three? Top right is Sebastian Dean with his bestie A and bottom left is Seb and Lil (who is not so little anymore!) @mar.lena.o @arsenios
My children have grown up in the studio and have come a long way in their development and artistic abilities since this photograph was taken! Last week we welcomed the teachers and RECEs who are taking the Kindergarten additional qualification course that I am instructing for @yorkuniversity to spend some time there. Of course my kids wanted to meet them all!!! In their pyjamas they showed off their skills (to my surprise) and loved all of the extra attention. Lily took out a white artist’s journal and started painting away, while Sebby drew pictures of spiders 🕷 🕷 and told us stories about how they scared the dinosaurs 🦕 🦖. Thank you to all of the educators who registered for my course! I look forward to the next three months together !! (📸: @blueorchidphotos in June 2018)
🐝💜 BEE my valentine 💜🐝 Come and celebrate Valentine’s Day with a custom event in the TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre! From February 5th-February 15th you can enjoy our special photobooth, some card making and creative explorations including canvas paintings that can be given away as special gifts to loved ones. For more information, and to preschedule your hour with family/friends contact email@example.com. Spaces are limited and are by appointment only! You are also welcome to rent the studio for a private photoshoot.
Don’t let this infant’s age fool you. He’s actually quite the serious artist and explorer. To stimulate his curiosity and creativity Mama has signed him up to the studio programs twice a week. My children attend the studio every day that we are open and honestly they are never ever bored. I change the experiences weekly, but there is so much to be said about revisiting a learning area multiple times. Each opportunity, depending on the materials, will have results that look different. Plus we build the child’s confidence or further their independence regarding their own interests and personal personal preferences. If a child walks into our space (or classroom) and knows where something is he/she can confidently make the choice to re-visit and extend upon their discoveries. They are able to judge what they really liked or what didn’t matter as much to them! So I see the first time as an introduction and the second visit as going deeper to investigate and really really learn !!! My task? To keep on challenging these artists’ full potential !!!!!! (K @foufoubaby @foufou_cheryl)
Sweet artist S just became a big sister and spent a morning in the studio with her daddy this time!! Here is one of her paintings on mirrors and she later enjoyed the playdough experience too ! Cutting the colourful dough with safety scissors was a real hit this week! ✂️ 😍 More from my studio setup in the stories or my highlight “tour.” ( @alanadg @corsbrown Can’t wait to welcome Nonna on Tuesday @adadg1 and congrats to your family for Baby S ).
Check out our new Valentine’s Day inspired photo-booth with the sweetest duo. For a better look, watch my stories. I will share some more from today after my studio tour. 💜 (Baby T with Mama @stefforts @ccalabro81)
I am going to post a video tour or do a live with my children today so that you can get a glimpse into our studio setup. I’ve started to add some Valentine’s Day details and will also announce our special events and canvas packages later... Hard to believe I used to have to hold my koukli (doll 🇬🇷) everywhere around with me. You should see how independent she is now walking around from learning area to learning area like she owns the place !!! I’ve always enjoyed being a kindergarten teacher, but it wasn’t until becoming a Mama that I discovered my true love for the early years (even younger than school aged) ! By that I mean I completely adore infants, toddlers and preschoolers!! I know my children will eventually grow out of this age group and there is beauty in all stages, but perhaps these programs will keep me connected with other curious children and let me hold onto this age a little while longer... When families come to the studio and allow me to hold their child, show them around, or play with them I don’t think there could be a greater gift !! The love I have for all little people just keeps growing and growing !! Not sure how much more my heart can handle !!! You’d know what I mean if you visited one of our classes. It’s quite honestly cuteness overload !! 😊 P.S. After I had my daughter and opened up the studio I wanted a fresh start so I chopped off my hair. 💇🏼 It was all the way down my back and of course now half a year later I miss it 😩😢! Change is good though... Is there anything you’ve changed since 2019 began? 📸: @clarkylaura
My little guy turned three and @thepetiteparty made pure magic right here with this detailed setup at Reptilia !! 🌟 🦎 I ordered my cake from @royalconfections21 and cookies from @littlerosecookieco. This wasn’t a sponsored collab by any means, just a happy customer !! I’m sharing this, because I need to say that all the sweets tasted better than they looked and they looked pretty darn cute !!!!! Cake was moist and I chose dulce de leche with caramel flavours. I might have had two pieces the night of the party 🙈 . Though the cake appears to be created with fondant, once you slice into it its soft like buttercream !! And the cookies tasted like Starbucks sugar cookies, which makes me wish I had some right now !!! What do these three ladies have in common? They are momentrepeneurs ! Will blog about some of the details on the weekend !! #honestreview
Parents there might be a snowstorm late tomorrow with about 15 cm. Predictions state that it may make the next morning’s drive a challenge... We will keep monitoring, so check your emails and be sure to send me your updated cell phone number to be informed about our Tuesday classes. For inclement weather days (heavy snow, freezing rain), especially when there is a safety risk to drive, we will schedule a makeup class. However, if the roads are clear we will be ready and excited to welcome our little artists !! Decisions will always be made the morning of by 8:00 a.m. ❄️ ⛄️ (Side note: These paintings were made by infants - yes babies who were about 6 months old using squeeze bottles with paint inside !!!)
Cutest matching game there ever was ! Though this is intended for a preschooler, I feel like it’s a wonderful opportunity to teach colours and vocabulary for a younger child. My daughter loved just holding the cards and putting them into various containers. We all counted them together (my son is 3) and even saved their casing for future art projects. However, I can already see some math possibilities for their use too !!! 🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛🐛 Nothing sweeter than this @worldericcarle children’s toy. Love all his books and colourful characters. Thanks for Sebby’s birthday gifts @sueluce38 !
I am feeling much MUCH better and have been up and about organizing the studio in preparation for our new Winter 2019 groups next week! Thank you again to everyone for their patience as I recovered from surgery… Trying to decide upon flowers for the studio. Seems like such a simple, or irrelevant detail but there certainly isn’t the same variety available as in Spring/Summer when I had these beautiful sunflowers. Any suggestions? Here are some FAQ for parents from recent emails: Can I still join your classes next week? Are they completely full? Yes you can join us, there are approximately 1-2 spots left in our Exploring Everywhere for Infants (begins January 24), Preschool Italian School (begins Saturday February 9), Preschool Greek School (begins Saturday February 9). If you are interested in the Discovery Days for Toddlers or Curious Children for Multi Ages and Stages they are currently full but we can also open up a new group/section. How do Open Studio: Play and Create days work? Each week I have some openings dedicated to these pre-scheduled drop in classes that do not require a long commitment. All you have to do is make an appointment for your child/friends and then the studio space is yours to explore! Should I already be booking for Spring/Summer? Our Spring/Summer classes begin either the week of March 19th, May 14th or July 2nd and the popular times are starting to fill. An important note, is that our studio will only be open in the first three weeks of July 2019. Therefore, programs will run on Tuesdays AND Thursdays to complete the six classes. Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee your child’s program, day or time will be available… We have new families registering each day, so my suggestion would be to finalize and secure your spot(s)! 💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛💛Thanks again for your interest! :) Can’t wait to dive into some winter inspired learning and to plan our upcoming creative “Will you be my Valentine?” or “For the Love of Painting” events!!
Striking a pose while brushing her teeth - and why not ?! 💗P.S. Lilianna Grace adores Peppa Pig so I often call her my Miss Piggy. Were you a Muppets show fan? 🐷 Notice her tiny clip ?????
Nothing like a blank canvas to spark your inner artist! 👩🏻🎨👨🏽🎨 *New* Canvas options for your next studio visit/booking ! Leading up to February and Valentine’s Day or Family Day we have a special offering/event “for the love of painting!” Upgrade your open studio class or regular class to include a canvas for your infant, toddler, preschooler, or school aged child and they can paint something that will hang proudly on your wall for years and years to come ! ❤️💗💜❤️💗💜❤️💗💜❤️💗💜❤️💗💜❤️💗💜❤️ Also a wonderful photoshoot opportunity using red, pink and purple paint to make abstract art ! Typically done for first birthdays or painting experiences, but oh so much fun for the perfect Valentine’s Day present ! Consider booking a play date with a few friends and we will take care of the planning, setup and cleanup... DM or email me for details ! (Photo of my son in his diaper painting away !! Can’t wait to try this with my daughter too.)