Getting Wrapped Up in After School Art Club!

Kids had a great time today at Afterschool Art Club. We played around with figure drawing after manipulating our own armatures into different silly poses. Then we had a costume party where we had models on stage in different fashions for students to observe and draw.  The kids wrapped their teacher into a mummy as part of their drawing study in their sketchbooks. It was quite a hoot!

FALL 2015: NEW Art Club!!!

Creative Geniuses Jr.

Curious Kids Art Club

Get some laundry done or relax and sip a cup of coffee while curious kids art club delivers fun educational art classes to your child or group!  This program is designed for children ages 3-5 years of age.. We integrate important early childhood academic skills such as identification and usage of letters and numbers.  We offer flexible daytime hours for this program, and we aim to conveniently fit your schedule. This class makes a great supplement for a child already in preschool or gets kids ready and confident for the school that is ahead. 

Summer Art Camps: Where HeART and Mind Shine Bright

Creative Geniuses Summer Art Camps are in progress. Art Camps are being offered throughout the summer incorporating themes in reading, writing, science, and math. Check out the slideshow of our Art & Science Camp. Students had a great time throughout the week making art and exploring the scientific method, branches of science including entomology, speed, energy, color, light, and more!  Our last camp is coming up, and there are still a few spots left (ages 5-10). To register call the West Des Moines Parks and Rec at 515-222-3444.

Art & Science Camp Invites Friends: Student Art Show

Students made kinetic sand this week and found out building a sand structure was difficult work! Some of their work included experimenting with the recipe to make the sand more stable, and discovering building methods through utilizing a variety of tools.

This week our Creative Geniuses Summer Art Camp is in process, and we are on a roll observing and experimenting! We are focusing on connecting art and science and having so much fun building our knowledge! Our students will be hosting a student art show this Friday, July 10, from 7-7:30 p.m. at the West Des Moines Community Center in the Valley Junction. Student work from camp will be on display for friends and family to view.  We welcome friends to come out to support our young intelligent students and local art!

Write Night!

Creative Geniuses was very lucky to have a part planning and managing this year's Jefferson Elementary School Write Night. Write Night is an annual event for all students at Jefferson that promotes writing.  It is a fun way for kids to imagine themselves as writers, and to exercise their writing skills. 

Creative Geniuses joined forces with the Jefferson Elementary School PTA to bring a rich learning experience that involved: writing, illustrating, listening, and interacting with a guest speaker, discussions about writing skills, snacks, and a crayon sale to benefit the school's PTA. Our night's theme was "Extra! Extra! Write All About It!"  Student were able to explore this theme with guest speaker, Dan Welk, who was a journalist and is currently a successful photographer.

The students were then given the opportunity to write and illustrate their own newspaper article for the school's very own newspaper, "The Jefferson Gazette."  They reported on local and world news, sports, weather, entertainment, and made a classified section. The students' work is to be binded and will soon be available for checkout at their school library for all student's to read and enjoy.   

Write Night was a huge success at Jefferson Elementary.

 

Our Store Is Now Open!

Our Art Mart is now open! What a great week to open being that it is Teacher's Appreciation Week and Mother's Day!  We have gifts for both those special people in your life. Visit our website and click on the SHOP button to see a growing and frequently updated store of: creative art tools, educational supplements, art, apparel, gifts, home decor & organization, and more!  If you live locally in Des Moines, enjoy FREE delivery or pickup of your purchase!

GRAND OPENING!

It's been a long awaited arrival of our GRAND OPENING on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  We have a great start ready and are eager to grow and develop with time and hard work!  Please join us on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 10-2pm  at the Community Vendor Fair, Des Moines East High School.  We have many new products to roll out and will be hosting a make-it-and-take-it art project.  Looking forward to seeing our friends and supporters there!

Art brings us together as a community...

Working on making crayons for use at a local school event, "Write Night." The entire school came together as a community, dug deep down to the bottom of their crayon boxes, and donated all their old crayons. We collected about 35 lbs of crayons! Creative Geniuses recycled the old bits into new! The kids will be using them again to illustrate their own stories at their school writing event. A portion of these recycled crayons will be sold at our Art Show on May 1-3 at the Iowa Events Center! Please stop by and buy some crayons! Profits from the recycled star crayon sales go back to the school!

Buy these star crayons at our art show, May 1-3 at the Iowa Events Center. Profits from the sale of these stars will go to our local elementary school.   

Buy these star crayons at our art show, May 1-3 at the Iowa Events Center. Profits from the sale of these stars will go to our local elementary school.

 

Get a head start in art and make them smart!

Starting kids in art as young as possible is great to develop patience and work ethic. It allows small children to exercise their decision making process. Too often small children live in a world of "no's" at a time when they are curious to get their hands into everything! Art projects gives them the chance to make a lot of their own choices. Oh, and their brain gets a lot bigger too making art!

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"Ideas are something that are never going out of style and are limitless..." a quote by Richard Branson

Creating art allows us to explore all academic subjects.  As my 6 year old nephew told me, "Art is possibilities!"  I have been integrating academics for 15 years because that's how I was taught to do it, and that's what I believe. I'm happy to see the schools are now catching on to this. 

Integrating Arts to Improve Academics