The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it's to create a culture where everyone can have ideas and feel that they're valued.” Ken Robinson
A Little Culture believes everyone has the potential to be Art Smart – Creative thinkers and creative doers all in one! With a little encouragement and guidance through activities that foster collaboration, communication and creative thinking, we’ll help your students’ inner artist shine through and guide them whenever and wherever they need it.
What we do
We offer a family of art appreciation experiences (looking at + talking about art + making) that are designed to grow with the child. We’re more than just another arts and craft class. Think of us like an art class mixed with healthy dollop of art history. We want to help kids understand the process of art by exploring the how and why it’s made. We help unleash existing creative powers through fun hands-on art projects, whilst exploring the background of artists who inspire us. We also organize art field trips, parent workshops and take home kits that students can use in the classroom and take home to keep the conversation going with family and friends.
So how are we different?
We look at art in different ways. We won’t just tell you what’s what; we’ll invite you to get stuck in. To explore creative problem solving inspired by the methods of other artists and thinkers from the ancient times to today.
We do a lot of this amazing learning through the power of chat. Yes, talking about art as we make it and discussing what we see as a team will help us grow as individuals. We’ll work together to share our own ways of seeing and understanding the world. Age-appropriate, conversation is at the center of everything we do. We passionately believe in talking through ideas about the art you see and the art you make. That way you can build new vocabulary, make new connections, understand different perspectives and increase your creative thinking powers!
What we offer:
Discover with Me Classes
Children aged 2-5 years. A fun-filled 10 week curriculum of VTS and making that follows the story of art.
For children aged 7+ VTS and making classes that follow the story of art.
Look Closer at Art
For creative 6-9th graders looking to expand critical thinking, create and communicate with art.
Museum Tours for Kids
Fun, drop off tours for children aged 7+
Take a Closer Look at Art Kit
A family activity kit that supports your art adventures and making happy memories!
Art Hack Party
A creative reboot for adults that connects and inspires people to their inner artist and each other.
Museum Tours for Adults
Make new connections across great art on a discussion based art tour.
The best bits, expanded into a week a long adventure through the story of art.
ABOUT OUR APPROACH
Our unique approach is inspired by a wide range of influences including Abigail Housen's Aesthetic Development and her work with Philip Yenawine to create VTS Visual Thinking Strategies as well as Emilio Reggio’s 100 languages of Children and Erik Eriksons 9 Stages Psychosocial Development. All of our instructors are trained in VTS and hold Masters in Art History, Art Practice or Education.
About VTS – VISUAL THINKING STRATEGIES
Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a method initiated by teacher-facilitated discussions of art images and documented to have a cascading positive effect on both teachers and students. It is perhaps the simplest way in which teachers and schools can provide students with key behaviors sought by Common Core Standards: thinking skills that become habitual and transfer from lesson to lesson, oral and written language literacy, visual literacy, and collaborative interactions among peers.
VTS provides a way to jumpstart a process of learning to think deeply applicable in most subjects from poetry to math, science and social studies. Art is the essential first discussion topic because it enables students to use existing visual and cognitive skills to develop confidence and experience, learning to use what they already know to figure out what they don’t; they are then prepared to explore other complex subject matter alone and with peers.
Through VTS' rigorous group 'problem-solving' process, students cultivate a willingness and ability to present their own ideas, while respecting and learning from the perspectives of their peers. Engaged by contributing observations and ideas, the students participate in VTS-based lessons in ways they often don’t in others. VTS is a curriculum for schools; as a method of discussion, it is used in many art museums.
Experience with VTS produces growth in all students, from challenged and non-English language learners to high achievers. In addition, teachers enjoy the process and benefit from a new approach that reaches all students and is useful across their practice
ABOUT our hands on Learning
Our hands on projects are craft focused so that children or toddler +parent teams can make useful objects (note books, bowls, egg cups) that are inspired by an artist’s creative process, life stories or a specific artwork. The reason we encourage crafting, over pure or process driven art, is to engage children in the creative process as a maker who understands the language of art. We get them using art knowledge to make something useful, so that they can begin to build an awareness of how art, visual language and design are a key part of everyday life.