It's a Sensory Experience

Here at Decoy our mission is to discover and empower the creative inside of everyone. Whether your favorite pastime is squishing mud between your tiny toes, creating a masterpiece of grand proportion, or you are in that happy middle ground of discovery; you are welcome here!

This week on the Blog we are focusing on our littlest creatives! Here’s an inside look from our beloved classroom manager and instructor Kristin Bailey about the cutest part of our little community!

Tiny News:

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At 6 months old, little ones are already exploring everything in their world, and everything can become an immersive art and sensory experience for them!

Textures, sounds, patterns and visuals are all learning experiences and tools for your baby! And being a part of the discovery process provides excellent bonding moments for parents and guardians. Art and Sensory go hand in hand with spatial awareness, fine and gross motor skill development, and pattern recognition.

“…The previously quiet observer now performs small hand movements to the rhythm of our morning song and scarf toss, and engages with other babies in the class.”

One of my favorite moments as an instructor for the Tiny Van Gogh and Toddler Art Adventure classes at Decoy Art Center is witnessing moments of growth. An infant or toddler who previously disliked getting their fingers messy suddenly wants to pick up, mash, and poke holes into the center of edible cloud dough -and taste test it too! The previously quiet observer now performs small hand movements to the rhythm of our morning song and scarf toss, and engages with other babies in the class. And the little one still on their tummy, now sits -assisted, and marvels at all the colors they can create with non-toxic tempera paint. These are great fine and gross motor skill achievements we celebrate. These precious memories we make with our tiny artists are important in sensory development.

In other Tiny News:

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The classroom and off-site programs have been hopping! Here’s a look back at what we’ve been up to and a preview of what’s coming up from Ms. Kristin!

Monday mornings of September and early October were spent getting creative with toddlers in and around Centerville as we created art inspired by nature! While most Mondays were quite rainy, that didn’t stop us from using nature as our inspiration! We created neat structures using objects from the outdoors, explored resist techniques as we painted fall trees, and things got a little sweeter for our sensory activity as we made ice cream clay-dough!

If you missed this last 3-class series, fear not! There will be another series coming up in the new year! Stay current on our upcoming programs by visiting our Website, following us on Social Media, or subscribing to our bi-weekly Newsletter! If you or your child has taken an art class at Decoy Art Center, look for Decoy Art Center Classroom Connection group on Facebook to get involved in the classroom community and to receive insider information!

Teen Drawing Club

TEEN DRAWING students have been growing each of their individual skills by leaps and bounds!  Whether interested in the popular Manga style or realism, all the students are enjoying improving the ability to draw the human figure.  

The young artists have been drawing live models in 5 minutes!  A task that professional artists can find intimidating. These young artists relish the chance to give themselves such a fun challenge. Next we will begin using their new skills to create a series, graphic novel, or comic.  

We're extremely proud of their creativity and dedication that has them constantly growing!   

Tiffany Allyn Clark, Teen Drawing Club Instructor

New Years Wine Glasses

by Jaime Ferguson

I don’t know about you, but New Years has always been one of my favorite holidays. Although the big night out has been swapped for a crazy new tradition with my husband and boys of filling a shopping cart full of interesting foods from Jungle Jim’s, watching the latest blockbuster at the movie theatre and lighting Chinese lanterns at midnight… the moment of saying goodbye to the past and hello to the future is a pivotal moment for everyone. It’s a conclusion. A closing…but also a refreshing start.

This year I will be refreshing my creative skills. Learning about a few new mediums and techniques that I have been putting off for too many years. What about you? Have you been “meaning to do that”? It’s surprising to think it only takes a few hours and your mind will expand wonders.

We will be celebrating New Years in the Studio painting these beautiful wine glasses to have at home with our families and friends. You can join Jaime and get a head start on your New Year’s resolution in this low-stress and very fun workshop! Bring your friends, or paint one for yourself and one for your friend! Limited to ages 21+ so you can enjoy your wine while you are painting its future vessel… each participant receives two glasses to paint, all materials and tools included with Jaime’s easy-to-follow instruction! See you in the Studio!

Register online to reserve your seat. $30 per participant & BYO

CRAFT SUPPLY SWAP - Open to the Public



Then bring them to the SWAP! A great time to find new inspirations, tools and materials!

Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 4:30-5:30 pm

  • Free to All - attendees to shop and vendors to sell/swap
  • Have items you just want to clear out? We will have a 'Free to Take' table to unload items big or small. Any items left will be donated to local facilities - OR - be a vendor!
  • To Buy - please bring cash and your own bag to fill. Starts at 4:30 pm and ends at 5:30. Each sale or swap is made directly with the vendor.
  • To Sell - call the Studio at 431-4838 or send us an email through our contact page. We will have tables available for the first 15 vendors, after which we will ask vendors to bring a table. Set up is at 4 pm and tear down begins at 5:30. Must bring your own cash/change and is open to all crafting and art supplies only - no completed projects or artworks. 

RAKU! Watch how it works!

Pottery has multiple processes - including how to be fired. In our adult advanced wheel pottery class and multiple workshops held throughout the year, students can participate in this thrilling firing process at the Studio. 

This is an educational video that shares the process of pulling pottery in a raku firing as it is taught at Decoy Art Studio.

Free Sketching

Experiencing a dry spell of creativity or trying to work out an idea? If you are a writer, you may be familiar with a prewriting technique called free writing. For a set period of time you continuously write without regard to the topic, and it could end up being the words, “I don’t know what to write.” over and over again on the page. Think of it as exercising your brain, and you can also use this technique with sketching. 

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New Art Stations & Instructor for Parent & Child Class

Our Parent & Child Art Class has been a staple for child development and a creative bonding experience for toddlers 2 -4 years of age in the Studio. This time spent with their parent, grandparent or caregiver helps them practice many of the building blocks needed to learn creativity and appreciate visual aesthetics.

We are very excited to incorporate art stations into our class. This allows young artists to discover through interactive, all-sensory learning. Stations like seek & find shapes, water-play color mixing, bubble walking paths with paint and wet clay to dig  into. Practicing fine motor skills, touch, color and shape recognition, decision making and much more. Our new art stations will be rotated weekly with a hands on craft to take home.

Although we will be switching out the art stations weekly and adding in new stations as they become available, you can view and download the take-home project list through the link on our registration page. Also, our lovely Tiffany Clark is running the series teaching both the Tuesday and Saturday morning sessions. She is giddy with fun for the children!

What’s even better? No registration is needed! Just come in a few minutes before class to sign in. That is pretty helpful on those days the little one (or maybe yourself!) are not quite ready for all the excitement. Class fee is per child, $12 per class, or opt for the 4 class pass for $42 which you have the flexibility to use over a 6 month time and can swap between the Tuesday or Saturday session.

For more info about the Parent & Child Class click here. 

Stay creative,