Apr
25
Apr 26

Makers & Storytellers Camp at Willow Nest

Find & Seek will collaborate with Willow Nest Studio to offer "Makers and
Storytellers Camp" on Monday & Tuesday of Spring Break, 2016. At Willow Nest Studio, children are the creators and protagonists of their own stories. Elisha Georgiou, founder and director, welcomes children to take part in joyful experiences filled with creativity, song and friendship. In our camp, children ages 4-7 will explore creating original stories through dramatic play, shadow-making and songwriting. Children will construct story props using a variety of art materials and found objects. Workshops will take place at Willow Nest Studio, on 16th Street in Windsor Terrace, and will include a lunch break and activity time at the Southwest end of Prospect Park. The camp will be co-taught by Elisha Georgiou, Ed.M. and Kristin Eno, Ed.M, arts educators who have worked together in many capacities for over ten years.

Fee: $100 per day, $180 for two days. Sibling discounts available.

Monday, April 25th and Tuesday, April 26th - 9:30am-2:30pm     Ages 4-7

Enroll:  Email ELISHA@WILLOWNESTSTUDIO.COM
 

Feb
26
5:30 pm17:30

MAKER FEST AT BROOKLYN NEW SCHOOL

Let's put our brains and hands together and build a Mini Materials Center at the BNS Makerfest!

Teaching Beyond the Square is looking for a permanent space for its vast collection of recycled materials, which will be made available for use by all schools in NYC, with a particular focus on early childhood programs located in under-resourced areas. 

On February 26th in the Brooklyn New School cafeteria we will create a miniature version of a rainbow of found objects that is the Materials Center, and we will envision a life-size version of the same, somewhere in our city! Children can participate in sorting a wide range of tiny discarded objects into hundreds of 1"square sections. For those bits and pieces too large to fit into our sorting sections, we will compile a glorious collaborative found object sculpture, a rainbow of colors and shapes

** Please bring in whatever you are inspired to donate from the list below**

Needs:

CLEAR PLASTIC egg containers  (we need 200+)

Materials Equal to or Less than 1" Long/Wide:

buttons

beads

plastic bottle caps (colorful, no white or clear caps. Clean please!)

metal bottle caps (beer, soda)

corks and wire hoods (from wine and champagne bottles)

paper clips 

straws

watch and clock parts

plastic twistie from gallon milk containers

twisties

flat plastic twister from bread loaves

washers, nuts, bolts, screws

game pieces (from Boggle, Checkers, Chess, Monopoly, Scrabble and other board/games, including place markers)

metal rings (various sizes)

colored glass (small and large pieces)

wood (all kinds & shapes)

beans

seeds

More info: http://www.teachingbeyondthesquare.org/the-materials-center/

Jun
13
10:30 am10:30

STORY BOX VILLAGE (Pt 2)

10:30AM - 12:30PM 

BEDFORD BRANCH
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
496 Franklin Avenue Brooklyn NY 11238

STORY BOX VILLAGE: Make your own secret world inside a box, PART 2

Target Age: 7-12 year olds

Continued from the day before/Fri PM: Find & Seek will welcome return students from Friday, as well as new friends! Children will continue to build their story boxes, decorate a door, and include a secret clue. We will facilitate the collaborative drawing of a map of our library community's own "story box village." We will foster interactive storytelling based on this original place we have created together. 

This two-part series will function as a mini "cardboard challenge" that will appeal to older children who are interested in maker spaces, inventing, exploring the depths of books and literature, and creating artistic elements that reference and complement books. 

See video of our Cardboard Challenge at BEAM, Fall 2013, which engaged many 7-12 year olds!

 

Jun
12
3:30 pm15:30

STORY BOX VILLAGE

Friday June 12

BEDFORD BRANCH
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
496 Franklin Ave Brooklyn NY 11238

3:30PM - 5PM   

STORY BOX VILLAGE: Make your own secret world inside a box, PART 1

Target Age: 7-12 year olds

Children will transform reused boxes into their own secret worlds, inspired by a book they love, using recycled materials such as:

• Cardboard, Toilet Paper and Paper Towel Rolls, Egg Cartons

• Metal Elements

• Tape, Glue, Paint, Paper, Pens

Children will paint their boxes and put a clue on the outside, and other participants will try to guess the book that each box references. Children can leave their boxes to be worked on the next day, Saturday, in our Workshop Part 2.

Jun
11
10:30 am10:30

Puppet Story Play Workshop

Thursday June 11

BEDFORD BRANCH 
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
496 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11238

10:30AM - 12PM

Target Age: 2-5 year olds, but babies and younger toddlers still welcome, with caregivers

Elisha Georgiou and Kristin Eno of Find & Seek will present 2 Interactive Puppet Shows based on children's picture books, and will transform a section of the Bedford Auditorium (library's lower level "A") into a cozy story corner, and facilitate exploration and story play with open-ended materials (light/shadow, natural & recycled objects). 

May
15
Jun 19

Find & Seek at Red Hook Library

We will be meeting at the Red Hook library in the back room and patio, for a seven-week Find & Seek series!

Every Friday May 8-June 19

10:30am - 11:30am

Ages: 0-4

May 8 we will explore BUBBLES.

May 15: WATER and RAINBOWS.

May 22: BUBBLES, WATER and RAINBOWS.

May 29: SHADOWS.

June 5: NATURE: Creatures, Rocks and Sticks, Seeds and Dirt.

June 12: NATURE: Continued!

June 19: WIDE WORLD of WONDER!

Apr
29
10:30 am10:30

Big Brooklyn Playdate at Brooklyn Central Library

When do children have the opportunity to explore the wonders of shredded paper? All too infrequently...

When do children have the opportunity to explore the wonders of shredded paper? All too infrequently...

The Big Brooklyn Playdate is coming this Wednesday April 29! Parents and caregivers of children ages birth to 3 years can come to Brooklyn's Central Library, Dweck Center, the lower level of the Main Branch at Grand Army Plaza, from 10:30 am – 12 pm. 

The potential of the humble cardboard box for making real and heartfelt connections is boundless.

The potential of the humble cardboard box for making real and heartfelt connections is boundless.

The Big Brooklyn Playdate is a wonderful and unique event for Brooklyn, which includes a wide range of fun games and activities that delight young children and encourage early literacy. Come to play and leave ready to turn ordinary objects in your home into your child’s favorite toys.  Here are some resources the Brooklyn Public Library has compiled referencing reading and playing with your child.

So clearly Not a Box, in this case. And so wonderful to see beautiful parent/child connections happening through play.

So clearly Not a Box, in this case. And so wonderful to see beautiful parent/child connections happening through play.

Find & Seek will facilitate an area at the event that will focus on threading wire through reused plastic bottle caps, to continue the exploration we started at Materials Day. We got a great response from children and families who were interested in handling the many colors of caps we had compiled, and who wanted to make snake or necklace-like strands of caps, which could be hung from a structure we made of PVC. At the Big Brooklyn Playdate we will host Part 2 of our Cap House.

Find & Seek at Materials Day. We will continue the conversation with caps at the Big Brooklyn Playdate on April 29.

Find & Seek at Materials Day. We will continue the conversation with caps at the Big Brooklyn Playdate on April 29.

Apr
18
10:00 am10:00

MATERIALS DAY

Elisha and Kristin of Find & Seek are drilling holes in plastic bottle caps, and preparing them for a life-size sculpture that we will construct at Materials Day on N 7th Street in Williamsburg, on April 18! Look for boxes for CAPS COLLECTING at the following drop-off locations:

Brooklyn New School 
610 Henry St
Brooklyn NY 11231
Main Office, 2nd Floor

Red Hook Branch, Brooklyn Public Library
7 Wolcott Street
Brooklyn NY 11231
Lobby

Bedford Branch, Brooklyn Public Library
496 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn NY 11238

Oct
15
6:00 pm18:00

Pedagogista Karin Alnervik Speaking at BNS

Find & Seek is working in collaboration with Brooklyn New School and the Early Childhood department of Brooklyn College to start an infant center that will serve Red Hook, Brooklyn. Our group seeks to apply best early childhood practice, seen in Jonkoping, Sweden and Reggio Emilia, Italy, to our context in South Brooklyn. This is the latest in a long line of events reflecting our ongoing conversations with educators in Sweden. Proceeds from sliding scale ticket sales will directly support the BNS infant center's development. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

6:00 - 8:00  PM

Brooklyn New School, Auditorium 

From Italy to Sweden to New York City:

Pedagogical documentation as a tool for transformation in early childhood education

This lecture is a sequel to the May 5, 2014 lecture on Universal Preschool in Sweden, held at Brooklyn College and titled “Inspiration for Progressive Early Childhood Education.”  Three hundred people from all sectors of early childhood education in New York City attended this lecture.  In response to the enthusiasm generated by this event and in preparation for The Wonder of Learning – The Hundred Languages of Children exhibition (http://www.newyorkcitywol.org), we have invited Karin Alnervik, renowned Nordic preschool pedagogista (master preschool teacher who facilitates teacher reflection), , to Brooklyn. 

Dr. Alnervik speaks to preschool teachers about pedagogical documentation internationally.  Pedagogical documentation is a process of reflection through and with documentation (video, photographs, etc.) of preschool life.  Dr. Alnervik will speak about this process as a tool for transformation in early education, and will then open the floor for questions and discussion.   

All are welcome: teachers, parents, teacher educators, early childhood and childhood administrators, etc. 

Childcare will be provided for those who R.S.V.P. to Beth Ferholt at bferholt@gmail.com.

Pizza and baked goods will be provided by the Brooklyn New School Infant Center Planning Group.

We will ask for an OPTIONAL donation (pay what you wish), with all proceeds going towards the establishment of a free preschool for families in Red Hook, Brooklyn that will be inspired by, and which will continue to collaborate with, the Reggio Emilia inspired preschools of Sweden. (For more on this project contact bnsinfanttoddler@gmail.com.)

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Oct
2
Nov 6

Find & Seek at Red Hook Library

Photo: Sean Greene

Photo: Sean Greene

Find & Seek is now offering our free storytelling, play and materials exploration workshops for 1-3 year-olds and caregivers, with a special focus on parent-child connections in early literacy and play!  You can participate on six Thursday mornings in October and November at the Red Hook Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library.

Location: 7 Wolcott St. Brooklyn NY 11231

Transportation: B61 bus (from 9th Street in Park Slope or the A/C/F at Jay St. Borough Hall)

Days: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Nov 6

Time: 10:30-11:30

Cost: FREE!

Photo: Sean Greene

Photo: Sean Greene

Jul
4
10:30 am10:30

Find & Seek: Red Hook Summer

In an era of true educational crisis, which manifests in overtesting, overscheduling, and under-resourcing free play, childhood has become lost.  Find & Seek redirects children's attention from a world idolizing glittery media characters and striving after non-developmentally appropriate academic goals, back to simple materials. 

WhatFind & Seek will run a summer series on Monday and Friday mornings at the Red Hook Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, which will combine elements from the Fall 2013 Story Play and Materials Lab, and Spring 2014 Curious Cabinet. 

How: Our workshops run for 1 1/2 hours, and filled to the brim with a range of the following activities:
1. Storytelling
2. Puppetry
3. Imaginative Play 
4. Materials Exploration and Making

We focus on books, of course, as we are in a library! But we also bring into the storytelling mix our own special hybrid approach of facilitated play and materials exploration. Find & Seek's main focus is providing a diverse range of found, repurposed and natural materials to young children, and facilitating open-ended imaginative play with these materials. We encourage music and movement, and welcome all of the "hundred languages" of childhood as children explore them. We honor each individual child as a unique human being with a beautiful imagination, and we support each child as they make their own journey as a play expert and storyteller!  

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Ages: We welcome the youngest book lovers, babies and toddlers, up to children who will be entering Kindergarten in the Fall. This is a class for children and their caregivers (not a drop-off).

Why 
Early Literacy: Children love story and need to be exposed to story in all its forms. If stories can be told, sung and acted out to little ones, instead of merely being read from a book, this is so much more effective in appealing to the many ways that children learn! Fewer than 1/2 of America's children are read to at some point in every day, and those who don't end up with a meager "listening vocabulary."  We curate and read (and sometimes act out, or provide a puppet show based on) a beautiful selection of children's books that highlight play, the beauty of the natural world, healthy social and emotional growth, and the wonders of the imagination. We believe (and this is supported by a great body of research) that early literacy starts with deepened early imaginative play. Find & Seek workshops provide a powerful collection of child-centered pre-literacy activities for young children. In our workshops, we not only work to build children's listening and speaking vocabularies, but we enhance children's creative and imaginative vocabulary. Our background is strong in the area of early oral language development, due to 10 years of work in various NYC schools, facilitating video storytelling extensions of PreK through 3rd grade curricula (through our sister organizations Digital Story Workshop and Little Creatures Films). 

Open-Ended Play:  Children today are sorely in need of more opportunities to play freely, ie: in scenarios they direct themselves.  Find & Seek makes and effort to slow down the pace, to let children play, and we also document as we go, observing closely as children move objects around and make decisions, listening to their words and sounds as they play. We nurture the development of children's poetic voice, facilitating children coming into their own as Storytellers, starting at the youngest ages possible.  Through our workshops, children's imaginations are sparked and the depths of their interests are tapped into, and as a result their brains are "turned on" in ways that benefit healthy human development. We also facilitate parental involvement in children's play, wth a nod to Vygotskian "facilitated play."  As we develop our own Play Facilitation skills, we look to experts like the authors of Tools of the Mind, Jerome and Dorothy Singer of the Yale Child Study Center, Vivian Gussin Paley and the schools of Reggio Emilia.

Exploration of Materials:  Children today need more opportunities to work with open-ended materials. Our society is facing a crisis in our educational system, which manifests in an overload of testing, lack of sufficient "choice time" in the classroom, and reduced recess schedules. Our children growing up with access to many resources are increasingly overscheduled during what used to be "down time," and our children of few means are becoming further and further lost in the segregated, mismanaged school system. Children are exposed to a multitude of toys, both commercial (that reference mass market entertainment/characters) and "educational," and to hundreds of films, TV shows and apps that supposedly benefit them.  Find & Seek redirects children's gaze from the glittery media to simple materials--natural, recycled and beautiful objects that lend themselves to art, building and exploration, and that do their part to organically support more meaningful play. Our natural, recycled and beautiful objects lend themselves to art, building and exploration, and they guide us as we work to organically support more meaningful play in early childhood. 

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Who: Kristin Eno and Elisha Georgiou, both M.Ed. (Art Education, Columbia Teachers College), are co-directors of Find & Seek, and both serve as teachers. We are growing our staff to include more teachers, and we will update our website as they come on board.

Where: The class is in the back classroom in the Red Hook Public Library, at 7 Wolcott St., a location along the B61 Bus Line. When possible, we will utilize the library's back patio, and perhaps even the "secret garden" next door.

When: Monday and Friday mornings, 10:30-12pm, for much of the 2014 Summer. Our classes are 1.5 hours long because the type of play that we foster takes time. We want children to deepen their imaginative play, so that they can tap into their innate abilities as creators, innovators and thinkers.  

Fee: Tickets are $20/session (1 hour). Having been funded in Spring of 2014 by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC), and run in the Fall of 2013 as a Free Program, with completely volunteer staff, this Summer Series is the first ticketed Mommy-and-Me class at the library. Charging for tickets will help us cover our costs and build our business, so that we can bring Find & Seek to more children all over NYC, particularly those who are in need of expanded PLAY opportunities. PURCHASE TICKETS FOR JULY 7 & 11 HERE.

Apr
5
10:30 am10:30

Building, Shadow and Story at Paradigm Kids

We are happy to announce that we will present a Find & Seek workshop at Paradigm Kids on Saturday, April 5.  This class will focus on Building, Story and LIGHT!  

In this one-time workshop, Find & Seek will invite children to transform a room at Paradigm Kids into a playground of materials and ideas. Children will have a rare extended opportunity to experiment with a range of overlapping languages: storytelling, improvisation, hands-on making, space transformation and group reflection. Children will tell collaborative stories and investigate a range of materials to create creatures, sculptures and architectural elements.  As experienced artist educators Elisha and Kristin facilitate the play and construction, they will also be listening closely, poised to document the children’s curious journeys. Here are some images of our past workshops that employed elements light and building:

Families with children ages 3-5 can register HERE.  

Feb
21
Apr 11

Curious Cabinet at the Red Hook Library

What: Find & Seek is leading CURIOUS CABINET, an 8-session series combining elements from our Fall 2013 Story Play and Materials Lab series at the Red Hook Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. This free weekly program for 0-5 year old children is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). 

How: We focus on books, of course, as we are in a library! But we also bring into the mix our own special hybrid approach of storytelling, facilitated play and materials exploration. We tell stories in the round. We invite children to act out a story with props made of found, repurposed and natural materials. We foster children's imaginative use of props in their play, and we facilitate healthy play relationships with old and new friends. At times we record the children's dictation of their own original stories, a la Vivian Paley.  Other times we film the children's stories (with parents' permission, of course), in the style of Little Creatures Films.  We encourage music and movement as extensions of Story, and we welcome the youngest book lovers, babies and toddlers, through our sing-song readings of books and other songs we sing. We have conversations with parents, and we provide activities for the caregivers of young, not-yet-mobile babies. We honor each individual child as a unique human being with a beautiful imagination, and we make sure that children's voices are heard and honored as the amazing storytellers that they all are!  

In this Spring series, we are making special efforts to include families from all walks of life in our neighborhood of Red Hook, so that their children's experiences of stories and play can deepen in a way that enhances their intellectual and emotional development.  

Why: Children love story and need to be exposed to story in all its forms. Fewer than 1/2 of America's children are read to at some point in every day, and those who don't end up with a meager "listening vocabulary."  The range of activities available within our workshops provide a powerful collection of child-centered pre-literacy activities for young children. We curate and read a beautiful selection of children's books that highlight play, the beauty of the natural world, healthy social and emotional growth and the wonders of the imagination. We nurture the development of children's poetic voice, facilitating children coming into their own as Storytellers, starting at the youngest ages possible.  We not only work to build children's listening and speaking vocabularies, but focus on enhancing children's vocabulary of imagery, through multiple play experiences with a wide range of unusual and beautiful tactile, open-ended materials. Children's imaginations are sparked and the depths of their interests are tapped into, and as a result their brains are "turned on" in ways that benefit healthy human development. 

When: 10:30am - 12pm. Every Friday, from February 21 through April 11, 2014. Note that the first week, February 21, we will offer TWO sessions! As it's Winter Break for NYC schools. The first will run from 10:30-12, and the second from 2-3:30pm. 

Where: Red Hook Public Library.  7 Wolcott Street at Dwight Street. Accessible by the B61 Bus from Park Slope, which passes by the F train station at Smith/9th Street. Close to IKEA and Fairway. 

Coming Soon: Story Play in the Secret Garden!  Some of our neighbors have been volunteering time to present the Red Hook Library's garden as an worthy recipient of city council capital funds through the Participatory Budgeting process. If the garden can be renovated through the use of these city funds, it will become more child-friendly, and ultimately we can host our Story Play in this beautiful space, an underutilized Red Hook treasure. 

The Secret Garden has truly been a secret to most people in Red Hook for the 7 or so years it has been out of use.

The Secret Garden has truly been a secret to most people in Red Hook for the 7 or so years it has been out of use.

Sheryl Braxton, a Participatory Budget delegate in Red Hook, puts the finishing touches on the poster she and other volunteers created for the Expo that happened in Sunset Park on March 15. At Find & Seek we remember attending a few PBNYC meetings in Fall of 2013, at which time we threw "Library Garden restoration" into the pool of ideas. Our wildest dreams have come true: something we (and Sandra Sutton, Director of the Red Hook branch) presented as worth of city funds has made it onto the official ballot, and might just win some funding!  Learn more about PBNYC.

Sheryl Braxton, a Participatory Budget delegate in Red Hook, puts the finishing touches on the poster she and other volunteers created for the Expo that happened in Sunset Park on March 15. At Find & Seek we remember attending a few PBNYC meetings in Fall of 2013, at which time we threw "Library Garden restoration" into the pool of ideas. Our wildest dreams have come true: something we (and Sandra Sutton, Director of the Red Hook branch) presented as worth of city funds has made it onto the official ballot, and might just win some funding!  Learn more about PBNYC.

Oct
11
Dec 20

Materials Lab at the Library

This Fall we are piloting not only Story Play (10:30am) but Materials Lab at the Red Hook Public Library!  Our materials lab from 12pm - 2pm is a chance for children ages 3-5 to explore a wide and beautiful range of natural and recycled materials in an open-ended way, and to collaborate with other children and arts education professionals on a series of meaningful art and story projects.

We love presenting natural materials for children to manipulate. Stories can blossom into beautiful flowers, given rich materials with which to play.

We love presenting natural materials for children to manipulate. Stories can blossom into beautiful flowers, given rich materials with which to play.

The Need

We at Find & Seek wanted to offer a session that was A. FREE (because so few young children in the city have the opportunity to do open-ended project time, especially children in low income communities) and B. Long enough in duration (ie: 2 hours), so that the session could foster deep and meaningful connections, which can only come with time. We have noticed that so often art classes for children are short enough (45 minutes - 1 hour) that children, upon getting comfortable and "in the zone" of creating, then have to begin cleaning up to go to their next class, or home. 

Our Philosophy

We invite children to use materials as “loose parts” in meaningful play scenarios. We encourage dreaming big and finding creative solutions, so that children’s divergent thinking can develop at a healthy pace. We nurture deep connections to the whole child and the whole family.

 

We give children simple materials that can be combined to make projects of varying complexity, according to their skill and interests. We love boxes! They can become anything children want them to be!  We love tape!  As all children do . . . We present some of the same materials each week, so that children, if returning to our program, can become proficient in the many "languages" of expression available to them as creative human beings.

We give children simple materials that can be combined to make projects of varying complexity, according to their skill and interests. We love boxes! They can become anything children want them to be!  We love tape!  As all children do . . . We present some of the same materials each week, so that children, if returning to our program, can become proficient in the many "languages" of expression available to them as creative human beings.

The children’s constructions serve as props in their play, and then intuitive and authentic play develop within the context of a thoughtfully designed environment. Attending to process, we pose questions, listen closely to children’s original stories, document with images, video and text, and reflect with children on their learning and curiosity. This reflection becomes the springboard for our next round of finding and seeking. We support a multitude of expressive vocabularies from playing to dreaming and making in nature. 

 

 

The overhead projector in our Find & Seek Materials Lab. We love comparing notes with other early childhood programs all over the world that are similarly interested in exploring LIGHT with children. We'll do some blog posts about those kindred spirits, soon . . .

The overhead projector in our Find & Seek Materials Lab. We love comparing notes with other early childhood programs all over the world that are similarly interested in exploring LIGHT with children. We'll do some blog posts about those kindred spirits, soon . . .

Oct
5
11:30 am11:30

Cardboard Challenge at Beam Center

  Calling all Brooklyn families!  Especially those with children who love to play in boxes, build structures, dream of fantastical places, and work together with friends on monumental projects! 

On October 5, Beam Center in Cobble Hill Brooklyn (close to the F train at Bergen) will host Find & Seek, and we will facilitate a community collaboration with children of all ages to build a magical Cardboard City of Dreams! We will begin with our Find & Seek class of 4-5 year olds which will run from 10am until 11:30, then the event will be open to the public until 4:30pm, at which time we'll light the structure and let the children play within it, while we create an imaginative video! Then we will break down at 5:30, to send our city off to Recycling, so that it can be reborn as new paper products!

The inspiration for this event is the wonderful and inspiring video Caine's Arcade, a 9-year-old's original cardboard project-turned-viral-video which provided the impetus for a wonderful new foundation to take shape. The Imagination Foundation is sponsoring this event and providing lots of resources for the Challenge to be a worldwide, connected event!  

We will also use cardboard boxes for another very worthy purpose: to take donations for two entities: Save the Children Syria and Find & Seek in Red Hook (offering free arts/story workshops to children in Red Hook, one year after Sandy).  

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Sep
28
Nov 2

Find & Seek @ BEAM Center

We love BEAM. It's a camp. A very awe-inspiring, life-affirming one. It's also a space, in our own little world within a world of Brooklyn. Here are some pictures of the wonderful projects adults and children have collaborated on to make at BEAM's NH wonderland:

We are honored to present a Find & Seek workshop for 4-5 year old children at the BEAM Center in Cobble Hill, this Fall on Saturday mornings.  This class will focus on Building, Story and LIGHT! The first Saturday workshop on 9/28 is free, and after class (10-11:30am) families can register separately for the remaining workshops (10/5, 10/12, 10/26, 11/2) for $130, or drop in each day and pay $45/session (first session per family FREE).  Here are some images of the very intriguing and exciting BEAM Center on Bergen St:

In our 5-part series of workshops, Kristin and Elisha of Find & Seek invite children to transform the BEAM Center space into a playground of materials and ideas. Children will have a rare extended opportunity to experiment with a range of overlapping languages: storytelling, improvisation, hands-on making, space transformation and group reflection. Children will tell collaborative stories and investigate a range of materials to create creatures, sculptures and architectural elements.  As the two experienced artist educators facilitate the play and construction, they will also be listening closely, poised to document the children’s curious journeys. The final class will feature an exhibit of discoveries, stories, images, sounds, words and videos from the children’s creative process. Here are some images of our past workshops that employed elements light and building:

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Something super fun about the class is that if you enroll your child, s/he will become an architect of a City of Dreams that many children will be building after class in the space, on October 5. We have responded to Imagination Foundation's Cardboard Challenge, by planning to create a city of our own, right in Beam's space!  Our class of 4-6-year-olds will lead the way from 10-11:30 (in our usual drop-off class time), then from 11:30 until 4:30pm Beam will open its doors to children of all ages, for a continued build, as we all work together to create a fantastic structure into which children can go inside and play!  We will video this play from 4:30-5:30, at which time we'll Break Down and Recycle our beautiful city.  Ah, the wonders of documentation!  The video we make will be posted and added to our Cardboard Challenge website, which will be seen by all the world, particularly those 1 million children also participating in respective cardboard challenges. Ah, the wonders of the InterWeb. Not to mention the wonders of children's minds (see Caine's Arcade) and filmmakers' visions (thanks Nirvan Mullick). 

 

Prepping some cardboard for the challenge.

Prepping some cardboard for the challenge.

Sep
6
11:00 am11:00

Find & Seek: Welcome Families

We will have a second introductory meeting with families who are interested in our Fall programs, on Friday Sept 6 at our new venue, the Red Hook Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. We will meet in the back classroom at 11am, have a conversation for about 30 minutes, then do a walk-through of the library's wonderful side garden.  

We will bring a few natural and recycled materials for children to work with.  We will bring many full color images of the varied materials that we use in our program. 

 Location:  Back Classroom, Red Hook Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, 7 Wolcott Street (on the B61 Bus Line) 

Questions/Directions: 347-564-0213

 

Aug
21
3:30 pm15:30

Drop-In Play Lab at Artscetera (1)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 from 3:30-5pm, Linda White and Kristin Eno hosted the first "Play Lab Brooklyn" (now called Find & Seek)–at ArtsCetera, a space for children in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Around 50 children, babies, mommies and nannies showed up--what a pleasant surprise. We had advertised that our target age group was a whopping range of “0-7,” but the average age of the children was 18 mo-2 years. Still, the few older kids who came had fun too!  A 10-year-old investigated some tubing before I handed him the Flip cam so that he could capture some footage.

The materials we brought into the space and introduced to the children for exploration included:

• Plastic/rubber tubing (small and large, short and long, rigid and flexible)

• Magformers magnets

• Plastic bottle caps

• Ribbons

• Large plastic spools

• Cardboard spools and cones

The day was a success! Even after the event we were attracting the public, when across the street at a restaurant Linda stuck many vibrant colored Magformers to the doors, and we watched as children of all ages became captivated. “If you put out Magformers, they will come”: what a simple marketing plan! And what a testimony to the power of materials, to spark the imagination of children of all ages.