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Gummywave

Gummywave!

This week’s project created a lot of waves...Gummy waves that is! Students got to create and experiment with waves...

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The Hoots!

The Hoots!

This week we talked about film editing and music as other forms of Art. This week we featured two local artists: film editor Julian Ramirez and the Sacramento band, The Hoots...

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Citibloc Space Needle

Citibloc Space Needle!

This week we put on our architectural engineering hats to build Ziggurats using CitiBlocs! These giant structures were built in ancient Mesopotamia...

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Flamingoes!

Flamingoes!

Did you know that the color of Flamingo feathers are a result of their diet? Pigments in their food (called carotenoids) are responsible those reds and pinks. They must eat things like shrimps, algae...

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10 Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids

Ten Powerful Things to Say to Your Kids Today

Words are powerful. They can make a person feel, think, or behave in a certain way. The skill of effective communication is a critical tool for children to learn...

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Nutcracker Mania!

Nutcracker Mania!

This week, we got festive by drawing a Nutcracker! Drawing on long-format paper, we used twin-tip markers and Prismacolor Art Stix to enhance the long, colorful shape of a nutcracker. We discussed symmetry and exaggeration as we designed our nutcrackers...

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Chain Reaction

A Chain Reaction!

This week we were challenged to build a LEGO Chain Reaction! This chemistry project let us explore the sequential aspects to a reaction. Using LEGO, a pulley system, and marbles...

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Constructive Play & Cognitive Development

Constructive play and cognitive development

With the positive buzz of STEM spreading, the search to find ways of boosting your little ones STEM skills is on. We all share the passion of educating our children, but often struggle with finding easy ways to enhance our children’s STEM knowledge...

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Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide 2016

Racking your brain for holiday gift ideas? Running to the store or jumping on Amazon seems like the easy button, but with thousands of options what do you buy? A toy seems like a no brainer, but is it your best option? Before you rush...

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Easter Island!

Easter Island!

This week’s project took us to the beach with a drawing of Easter Island! We used soft pastels and tissue paper to create a gentle and gradual transition from one color to the other. We discussed blending and highlighting...

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K'NEX Ferris Wheel

K'NEX Ferris Wheel!

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break! We decided to turn things up by building K’NEX Ferris Wheels. This civil engineering project turned out to be a lot of fun...

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A Clay Creation!

A Clay Creation!

We took this week’s project up north to Portland, Oregon for this session’s local artist spotlight on James DeRosso! DeRosso is known for his work with clay; he has been making tiny creatures since he was small...

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LEGO Windmill

Generating fun with LEGO Windmills!

This week we took class to sea by making model sailboats using Citiblocs! This marine engineering project dove into the concept of buoyancy, as well as the history of sailing and sailing terminology...

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Velour Jellyfish!

A Velour Jellyfish!

This week we dove into the deep sea to create a jellyfish! We drew on velour paper, with oil pastels using colored construction paper to give our artwork dimension...

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Citibloc Sailboat

Sailing into November!

This week we took class to sea by making model sailboats using Citiblocs! This marine engineering project dove into the concept of buoyancy, as well as the history of sailing and sailing terminology...

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A Furry Trio of Friends!

A Furry Trio of Friends!

This week we took to the great outdoors and drew a stack of Raccoons! We used watercolor discs and paint brushes to bring this furry trio of friends to life...

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Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits!

This week we molded a squishy circuit out of Play-Doh! This electrical engineering project explored the concepts of electricity and circuit building – a project outside of the norm...

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A Furry Trio of Friends

A Furry Trio of Friends!

This week we took to the great outdoors and drew a stack of Raccoons! We used watercolor discs and paint brushes to bring this furry trio of friends to life...

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A Pueblo in the Desert!

A Pueblo in the Desert!

This week we drew a desert scene on sandpaper! We drew a pueblo in the desert using crayons on sandpaper to add texture to our projects. We expanded on last week’s project techniques using new mediums...

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LEGO Coffee House

Caffeine free LEGO Coffee House!

This week we built LEGO Coffee Houses! This architectural engineering project explored brick stacking techniques which opened a discussion on support beams, span and frames...

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Slug Bug

Slug Bug! - Cruising Beach Side!

This week we took our project beachside by drawing a Volkswagen Beetle cruising by the beach! After a few Firefly Art classes under our belts, we felt it was appropriate to draw inside our very own sketchbooks...

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Ziggurat

CitiBloc Ziggurat!

This week we put on our architectural engineering hats to build Ziggurats using CitiBlocs! These giant structures were built in ancient Mesopotamia. This project utilized the building block techniques balance and brace...

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Stephen Ward - Local Artist Spotlight

Local Artist Spotlight - Taking the Scenic Route!

We took this week’s project to Folsom, California by featuring the local artist, Stephen Ward! We recreated a piece from his Happy Series, “Happy? Yes!” This project used a technique...

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Hovercraft

A Big Lift from a Little Pressure!

This week we built our very own hovercraft! This take home physical engineering project blew our minds! This hands-on learning project allowed us discuss friction and air pressure...

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Van Gogh Sunflowers

Van Gogh-ing Back in Art History!

We brushed up on our art history this week by drawing Van Gogh Sunflowers! This week was especially fun because we got to learn about the famous artist Van Gogh, while recreating his sunflower masterpiece...

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