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Cicada Schoolhouse and Niwa Art House are partnering to create a play-based, child-led art camp for kids ages 3 - 5 in August 2021.

Camp will run 8/2 - 6 and 8/9 - 13, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm. Cost will be $200/week + $15 materials fee. Snack provided daily, and students will need to bring a lunch. Non-refundable deposit of $65 due upon acceptance. 

About Niwa Art House:


Emily Kumazawa Hall is a mom and artist. One of her happiest childhood memories is being in art class in her teacher's backyard while her mother and fellow student's mothers chatted away. A place she plans to recreate one day soon. Another pivotal childhood memory was learning what an artist is when visiting her first museum, realizing that an artist has a studio where they make art on their own, and being an artist is something you can “be” when you grow up. As a mother of a 5-year-old, giving her daughter the freedom to follow her curiosities has been a way to guide her parenting. Making things together has given the family a loving way to bond and be together. Niwa Art House will focus on process art with classes held in our backyard with the grass between our toes and the light brightly shining down. Emily has an M.F.A. in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. in art history/visual arts and architecture from Barnard College/Columbia University.

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Art Camp will cover a variety of possible topics, depending on campers' interests. These  include collage, printmaking, color-mixing, painting, drawing, construction, upcycling, wearables, and story-telling.  Both Niwa Art House lead teacher Emily and Cicada Schoolhouse lead teacher Camella believe strongly in process-oriented art, developing use of tools and skills, and creating a foundation of basic artistic understanding. We trust the wisdom of children, and we are firm believers that art is not a receipt for childcare

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