Little Artist Playgroup (Ages 1.5-5)

Tuesdays 10:30-11:30

Nurture your little’s developing brain through rich sensory experiences and messy play during our drop-in class for ages 1.5Y-5. We'll have art stations set up throughout the studio for you and your child to explore together at your own pace. Register for a single session for $15, or purchase a Toddler Art Class (5 classes, get 1 free) for $75. Drop-ins are welcome, feel free to text 541-625-0253 to ensure space is available. Interested in organizing a private playgroup with friends? Text or email sarah@artdogbend.com to schedule your group. This class will meet through May 28th and will resume in September (the studio is filled with summer campers June through August).

Mindful art series

First Saturdays 2-3pm / Second Thursdays 1-2pm

Our year-long mindfulness series will incorporate practices that connect children to themselves through breath work, games, stories, movement, and art with lessons designed to provide children with a solid foundation to build their own healthy self-regulation. In each class, we’ll use art to foster understanding of mindfulness, as well as empower children to utilize art as a mindfulness practice in their daily lives. We will feature different media and techniques across the year to expose children to a wide variety of mindfulness-based art experiences and we’ll provide resources and suggestions for further integration at home.

Monthly Themes 

January: Intro to Mindfulness: Glitter Jars 
February: Mindfulness of Breath: Watercolor Resist Paintings 
March: Mindful Listening: Painting a Song 
April: The Five Senses: Aromatherapy Clay Creations 
May: Mindfulness of Body: Body Tracing Self-Portraits 
June: Mindfulness of Thoughts: Marble Painting 
July: Mindfulness of Emotions Part 1 (Awareness): Cardboard Mood Masks 
August: Mindfulness of Emotions Part 2 (Responding): Mandala Printmaking 
September: Cultivating Joy: Mixed Media Collage 
October: Empowered Communication: Affirmation Animals 
November: Gratitude: Thankful Trees 
December: Kindness: Dyed Wooden Hearts

Home Extension 

Each month we’ll provide ideas for bringing mindfulness into your home, including book suggestions, games, discussion topics, and art. We’ll provide ideas for your child to use each media on their own, as well as prompts for a collaborative art journal for you and your child to work on together. This unique experience will nurture your connection with your child as you bring more presence and creativity into your daily lives.