Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Art Adventure Saturday

This Saturday, December 5th
1:00-2:30 pm

$5.00 per child or $13.00 per family.
Kids under 5 need to attend with an adult.

Join us Saturday for our Holiday Art Adventure. Come create beautiful holiday art and learn about winter celebrations around the world. Space is limited. Advanced registration preferred. Sign up over the phone or drop-in and see us! For details or to register contact us 801-491-0825

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November Preschool

Hope everyone had a fun and safe Halloween. Here is what is coming up in Mrs. Staheli's class this month!

Four fun filled weeks await our preschool class in November. The month creates excitement as we bring in empty cereal boxes to construct a castle in the first week of December. We hope to make it tall enough to touch the ceiling. Of course we will play in, out, and around it.

Other themes for the month are:

Opposites – it is amazing to me how fast children catch on to opposites. We will wear our shirt backwards and wear our pajamas to school. It is fun to occasionally do things the opposite way.

Favorite Stories - The favorite new story for most children will be , “Caps for Sale” . Some other stories include – Billy Goats Gruff, Three Little Pigs, Little Red Hen, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We will re-enact the story, make art projects and learn from other centers that help us remember each story.

Food - How could you go through November and not talk about food? We will take a field trip to some local grocery stores and will enjoy making our very own peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

Thanksgiving – Learning how the Indians helped the Pilgrims is a great reminder about friendship. We will finish the month with a Thanksgiving Class Party.

Amy Staheli

Monday, October 19, 2009

Halloween Art Adventure

This Saturday,
October 24th
1:00-2:30 pm

$5.00 per child or $13.00 per family.
Kids under 5 need to attend with an adult.

Join us Saturday for our Halloween art adventure. An afternoon of spooky Halloween arts and craft for kids of all ages. Space is limited. Advanced registration preferred. Sign up over the phone or drop-in and see us!
For details or to register contact us 801-491-0825

Thursday, October 1, 2009

2010 Priority Registration

As our preschool grows and we add more students, our waiting lists grow as well. To best serve the families that make our school successful, every October we offer priority registration.

Priority registration will be available October 1st – December 18th. This registration period is only available to our current preschool students and their families. During this time you will be able to enroll in our summer and fall 2010-11 classes. We encourage you to enroll during this time in order to ensure that your child is placed in the session that you desire.

On January 5th we will begin open enrollment, which will be conducted on a first come first serve basis. We love your children and look forward to serving the educational needs of your family.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Creepy Crawly Art Adventure!

This Saturday, September 19
1:00-2:30 pm

$5.00 per child or $13.00 per family
Children 5 & under need to attend with an adult.

Join us Saturday for our first fall art adventure. Build your own bug, make beautiful butterflies, and explore the world of ants and bees. See real insects from the Bean Museum's education collection! Advanced registration preferred. Sign up at the front desk.

For details or to register contact us at 801-491-0825

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back to School!

Today marked the beginning of the third year of our learning center. This adventure began as a dream over 30 years ago. I never really thought that it would become a reality. As I watched the preschoolers begin their first day of school today I knew that within each of those precious little children was the beginning of a lifetime of dreams and expectations that are just beginning. We feel so honored to be part of that journey. The teachers have spent weeks planning just the right songs, activities, and stories to captivate the minds of the new crop of preschoolers that would arrive today. The children arrived with their new backpacks that were almost as big as they were and their little faces were glowing with anticipation of what the day would hold for them.

At the end of the first day, every one went home happy, both teachers and children. I know that this peaceful and fun filled beginning is just the start of a super year. When we started this learn
ing center two years ago, our goal was to create a place that was a resource for families and also a place where children and families could come to learn and have fun.

We began our first year with 30 preschoolers and a handful of tutoring students. We are so grateful that the parents from that first year were willing to take a chance on us. This school year we are starting with 120 preschoolers, enough tutoring students to keep three tutors busy and some awesome after school classes that are full to overflowing. I am so thankful for wonderful teachers that carefully plan and lovingly teach every day, and for the parents that have given us the opportunity to teach their children and make our wildest dreams come true.

Stephanie Harker, Director

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Jr. Artists of the Week

Porter F.

Each week Porter seems to become more focused and creative. He is a great listener and often asks questions that surprise me. I can tell that he is interested in real art and learning real techniques, not just playing around. Over the past two weeks our class has been working with clay. Porter was meticulous in sculpting his pot. He carefully smoothed all the cracks and carefully scored and slipped his handle. It was so fun to watch him create!

Bronson A.

Bronson is one of our youngest students, but he is not afraid to try things that are new to him. He wants to be an independent artist but is also willing to learn and be taught. I love having Bronson in our class because he is full of energy and great ideas. Every week he is able to do a little more and be even more independent. His pinch pot is fantastic and I could tell he really wanted to make it perfect. He is a joy to have in our Jr. Artist class.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Jr. Artist of the Week

Alta F.

I'm so excited to announce that Alta is our Jr. Artist of the week. For the past two weeks we have been working on making puppets out of textured paper. We spent time creating different textures on construction paper like the famous illustrator Eric Carle, and then used the paper to make puppets! Alta took her time, carefully planned her puppet and added fantastic detail. Alta has a creative mind, and loves to be unique! Her art reflects her creativity and her natural gifts. She is a great artist and so fun to have in our art class! Check out Alta's fantastic puppet!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Artists of the Week

Junior Artists

Mason A.

I love having Mason in my class because he is always helpful and on his best behavior. He is a great example to his younger brother and is the first to help clean up. Mason is not only a nice kid and a great helper, but he does fantastic art. I can tell that he listens carefully to my instruction, and also adds his own creativity and artistic touch! Its been fun to watch him create and I'm so happy that he is part of our Jr. Artists class. Masons picture is an impressionist picture Mason drew and then sprayed with water to make it look blurry and impressionistic.

Maria G.

Maria is absolutely wonderful. She is enthusiastic and always tries her best. From the minute Maria steps into class she is ready to create
. I also appreciate how Maria is always the first to listen and immediately gets ready for our lessons. Maria has a very active imagination and loves to think of stories to put into her drawings. She is a great kid and fun to have in our Monday class. You can see some of her great art here.

Intermediate Artist

Katie A.

I chose Katie as the artist of the week for this week because of her great use of imagination in her work! Katie is rather quiet in class, but her imagination shouts loudly in the beautiful drawings and paintings she creates.

I love having Katie in my class, she is very creative and polite. I am so excited to see the great things she dreams up and puts onto paper or sculpts out of clay because she always does such a great job.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Art Adventure: Spacewalk!

Saturday, March 7, 2009
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
$5.00 per child or $13.00 per family
All ages: children under 5 need to be accompanied by an adult.

3-2-1 Blast Off! Journey into space and travel around the planets. Come create intergallactic art, design your own constellations and aliens, and try out our outer space science experiments!

Advance registration preferred. Sign up today! Call 801-491-0825
For more information contact Julie Hall @801-836-0506
or visit

See pictures from our last Art Adventure: Art Safari

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Artists of the Week

Intermediate Artists

Jacob L.

I love having Jacob in my art class because not only is he a great kid to be around, but he is also a great artist. I see a lot of natural ability in Jacob
, I knew it when I had the students drawing three dimensional objects. Jacob chose a "Captain Jack Sparrow" compass which I thought would be rather difficult for Jacob to render as a pencil drawing because it is a polygon shape with 6 sides. Jacob showed me his drawing and I was amazed at how well he had drawn the compass, all of the sides were there and he made it look like a three-dimensional line drawing on paper! Way to go Jacob!

Jacob also has natural ability with color mixing, he knows how to mix most colors, and usually has the answers to the questions I ask the class. He ob
viously likes art and shows a real desire to learn and excel. Thank you very much for your contribution to the class Jacob, you are an awesome artist, and I am so glad I get to teach you art!

Anna B.

Anna has only been with us for a few weeks now, but I have
been amazed at how much she already knows. I gave an assignment to draw a dinosaur out of the kids' imaginations, then I asked them to take a look at some dinosaur books I had place on the table in front of them, and to draw another dinosaur using some of the things they observed in the books (not to copy the dinosaur out of the book, just use the book as reference material for drawing their own dinosaur). Anna's was an excellent example of how using reference material can help us refine what we draw even when we are making up things in our imagination. The dinosaur went from being a generic round head/round body dinosaur to one with character and shape more that of a real dinosaur. Yet her dinosaur was still one of her own creation.

Anna has a lot of natural talent, she can look at and draw anything I ask her to and her attention to little details is amazing. I am so glad to have Anna in my class! Keep on creating Anna, you are wonderful!

Junior. Artists

Ashley D.

It is so great to have Ashley in our Jr. Artists Class every Monday. Ashley always come to class with a smile on her face and a great attitude. She is smart, creative, and full of great ideas. Ashley is never afraid to try something new!

This week in class we learned about positive and negative space and studied
the paper cutouts of Henri Matisse. Inspired by the story of Icarus we created our own paper cutouts using positive and negative space. The story of Icarus is a greek myth where a young boy tries to fly, but goes to close to the sun and his wings fall apart. Ashley's art captures the emotion and drama of the story. Great job Ashley! Congratulations on being our Jr. Artist of the Week.

Below you can see Ashley's artwork and the artwork of Henri Matisse.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Jr. Artist of the Week

Emma C.

This week's Jr. Artist is Emma C. I chose Emma this week because she spent so much time on her artwork. I could tell that she was thinking about the details, and taking her time. We created moonlight landscapes inspired by the book
Owl Moon. Emma carefully drew smooth snow and beautiful trees to create her unique picture. She also drew it on pink construction paper which gave it a beautiful glow. Emma is bubbly and fun and loves art. Check out her fantastic pictures below.

Click on either image to see a larger version

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

February Gallery Night

Thanks to everyone who participated in our February Gallery Night last week. We had a great time putting it together and hope you had fun.

For more pictures of gallery night visit our Flickr page.

Mark your calendars! Our next gallery exhibit will be during our St. Patrick's Day Celebration on March 14th from 10:00-Noon. Our St. Patrick's Day Celebration will have face painting, The Balloon Guy, Cookie Decorating, Leprechaun Games, and Fantasic Door Prizes like Deer Valley Lift Tickets, massages, and books from Scholastic.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Artists of the Week

Junior Artist
Jacob R.

Jacob is such a joy to have in our J
r. Artists class. He always spends time thinking about his artwork before he begins. He is careful and deliberate, but also very creative. His natural talent shows in all his art, and overall he is a really nice kid!

I chose Jacob this week because of his great attitude and his fantastic turtle print. We made prints using styrofoam plates and paint. You can see Jacob's turtle as a sketch, and his final print. Jacob always puts in great detail and tries his best!

Intermediate Artist
Katie K.

On the very first day I had Katie in my class I knew she was special. Talented is a very good word for her, because Katie has the ability to pick up a pencil, crayon, paint, you name it and just intuitively know how to use it. She has a natural gift for art. I remember the first time I gave an assignment to draw shapes, and came over to her seat at the table. I was amazed to see her natural ability not only to draw the shapes in their three dimensional form, but to shade them and make them look real.

Katie drew the Lion’s head at the Art Safari and did an excellent job of catching the look of the lion from the side, she can sit and draw what she sees.

I am very glad I have Katie in my class and I am confident that she will excel in the things she does both in the class and outside of the class, because she h
as both natural talent and drive to do well.

Way to go Katie!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Junior Artist of the Week

Elizabeth K.

This week our Jr. Artist class learned about the importance of lines in art. We looked at the book Harold and the Purple Crayon and created our own stories using simple lines and simple colors.

Elizabeth is an imaginative artist who always helps in class and always does her best artwork. I love how she adds dinosaurs to everything! Check out Elizabeth's Art and you will see what I mean. You can click on a picture to see it bigger.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Come on an Art Safari!

Saturday, February 7, 2009
NEW TIME 1:00-2:30pm
$5.00 per child or $13.00 per family
All ages: children under 5 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Come experience the thrill of the hunt as we search for exotic animals and African ARTifacts. Learn to draw animals from BYU's Bean Museum, make your own binoculars, make an African mask, and watch out for lions!

Advance registration preferred. Sign up today! Call 801-491-0825
For more information contact Julie Hall @801-836-0506
or visit