Over the years, and the time I have spent in the presence of kids and parents creating. I have come to deeply understand that everyone is creative. Most people, kids excluded, don’t think so. I see creativity as a thinking muscle in our brains.
Creative Entrepreneur Chase Jarvis hosts this interview with Brene Brown, a renowned shame researcher, and professor about among other things, creativity, a subject they both know well. My friend recommended I watch it. Doing so I see that we are all in agreement- We are all creative. I invite you to watch the video and then I say, let’s own our creativity!
Now that fall is just about here it’s the perfect time to get your friends together for an afternoon or evening to get crafty! I can bring all the fixins to you to create Pinterest-inspired seasonal projects to display!
We have all missed time together, connecting, laughing, and bonding. Making projects together is just right to make that happen. Learn about my Pinspired offerings and make a date with me to CReATE!
Now that kids are getting back to school I am excited to be getting back to hosting enrichment classes! As September unfolds I will be bringing my eco-art sensibilities and lots of hands-on fun throughout the Conejo Valley.
As always, my theme is recycling through art. To start the school year I am offering Eco-Art Explorations for preschoolers, as well as Hand Sewing Explorations, Cardboard Board Explorations, and Recycled Art Fun with different prompts and projects for each theme, each week!
Stay tuned here. I will be sharing more details about these classes and the places kids can participate.
As part of an ongoing connection with CMATO, Join Jemma Wildermuth virtually, at The California Museum Of Art, Thousand Oaks this Saturday from 2-3 pm for a Family Art Day event with a continued exploration of Junk Journaling- it’s like scrapbooking with photo’s stickers, stamps, and Junk Mail! It’s fun for the whole family and a great way to reuse-creatively!
Using clear condiment bottles has been perfect for the variety of uses I have needed, not just for camp weeks but for Messy Toddler Art fun, Enrichment classes, and even birthday parties. They are the main squeeze!
I just wrapped up our Eco-Art Camp week where we put school glue and primary paint colors to good use as we created camp projects.
As I cleaned the bins of tools and supplies after the camp week was done I was reminded of just how fun the squeeze bottles are for kids. They are easy to use and clean too. I catch myself recommending these bottles to families often so, why not here? Parents, I highly recommend getting your hands on some of these inexpensive reusable bottles to use with kids for glue, paint, homemade craft recipes like: d.i.y. puff paint, sidewalk chalk paint, glitter paint and they are also great for just water too!
I have saved a few paint style recipes that I have used at the studio to the #30daysofreuse board on our Pinterest account. Try them out this summer.
You can pick up these reusable plastic squeeze bottles locally at your nearest Smart and Final as a six pack and individually at Target and Wallmart. Get squeezy!
Together we CReATE. One of the things I really enjoy is coming up with ways to connect with the enclave of surrounding cities through creativity. City organizations like parks departments, libraries, schools, YMCA chapters, our local museum, and many more are exciting connections I love to make, bringing art to their communities through creative reuse. I love figuring out with the organization what experience to provide.
Coming up, we have monthly Family Art Days that connect with current exhibits at CMATO, Westlake Village’s upcoming Annual 4th of July event, as well as summer camps with CRPD, The City of Agoura Hills, and The City of Malibu. Information about these events is listed on my Happenings Page.
As we reopen I look forward to making more connections to bring eco art fun to everyone. Learn about other events and experiences I have worked on in recent times through the Together We CReATE page. If you know of an organization that would be a good connection, send them this way, after all, as the sayings go, two imaginations are better than one and, creativity expands when shared.
Jemma W. Owner/ Founder This photo series was taken at a Family Crafternoon with the Thousand Oaks Library 2019
I love being able to sew on a machine. Machine sewing is a wonderful skill to have. Once you have the basics down you can really try your hand at most kinds of sewing projects; making pillows, clothes, toys, accessories, and more! I teach machine sewing in the spirit of how my grandmother taught me, working with kids to establish a basic understanding of the machine and how it helps the sewer express their creativity.
I offer two levels of classes for sewers; Beginner and Project. Once sewers take my beginner class, they can explore how to make what they want to make in the project class. Sometimes what they sew stems from an idea they have, or it’s a project we find together through my sewing resources, and sometimes, they like to “wing it”, making what comes to mind at the moment. That was the kind of sewer I was as a kid.
Whatever kind of sewer kids are, I love being a part of their process of self-discovery as they sew with me. Machine sewing is a great skill that empowers the creativity of the sewer to sew their world and what goes in it. They can use it throughout their lives.
The project pictured here by 7-year-old Heidi started with an inspiration to make a stuffed baby. Then the baby needed a mattress, a pillow, a blanket, and of course, a little stuffed animal. Because Heidi had taken basic sewing with me and now is a project sewer she has the basic skills she needs to create whatever she dreams up, and here, she did.
It was fun to watch her process, her independence. She knew what she wanted to make and how she was going to do it. That is my dream for kids. Learn about my machine sewing classes here. Let’s get your creative kid sewing!
One of my favorite things about spending time with kids is their propensity to explore. Yesterday I had my preschool enrichment class kids paint with unusual things. Stamping fake flowers on paper was mesmerizing for me and for the kids as they explored. The results of their painting were dynamic too.
The curiosity to explore is one of the best aspects of a child’s nature I can nurture. It is a valuable perspective to use in all areas of their lives. When kids have the space to be in their curiosity wonder can appear. That’s casual magic. Wouldn’t we all like to tap into that?
Follow your child on their next curious quest, you may both find wonder there.
I am excited to host a summer camp line-up of half-day themed camp weeks spanning the entire summer! That means lots of fun for everyone age 12 and under. Camp fun starts in June with Eco-Art Camp, June 14-18, then onto Eco Dollhouse Camp, June 28-July 2nd. In July we have Camp CReATE, July 6-9, Camp CReATE Tots, July 12-16, Artsy Yoga Camp, July 19-22, and Woodworking Camp, July 26-30. We wrap up the summer fun with Fairys & Gnomes Camp August, 9th-13. See the outline for each of these super camp weeks here where there are also links to register.
Each week offers something different, always in the spirit of creativity. Join me this summer at one, two, or all of the camp weeks I offer. I can’t wait to create with all the awesome kids in our community!
“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk”, Thomas Edison. As one of the forefathers of ingenuity, I find deep wisdom in Edison’s quote. I see kids benefiting broadly from creating in a freestyle way with odds and scraps of this and that.
Junk specifically has a place in my heart as some of my fondest memories of childhood were rooting around in my Grandmother’s junk drawer. I always found myself caught up in a swirl of ideas as I explored the drawer.
Junk does spark ideas and possibilities. This Saturday, at CMATO for a Family Art Day activity I am going to lead an exploration with junk to spark ideas through Junk Journaling, creating handmade art style books from a combination of junk mail pieces, brochures, book pages, and much more. Using random things, everyday things in new ways triggers imagination which thereby stimulates inventions of sorts. I look forward to junk journaling with CMATO and our community for the fun of it through creative reuse as we invent with a pile of junk mail.