Posts Tagged ‘ArtBeast’

Author Danika Dinsmore at Art Beast

March 28, 2011

At ArtBeast on Monday, April 4th, older elementary children can come for an exciting event. Visiting Author and Artist-in-the-Schools Danika Dinsmore will lead her IMAGINARY WORLDS WRITERS WORKSHOP from 4PM to 6PM.

The workshop will be followed by a 7PM book reading of her new novel about a fearless fairy: Brigetta of the White Forest. The reading is *FREE*.

Details about the workshop: You’ve been lost in the imaginary worlds created by authors such as C.S. Lewis, J.K. Rowling, and J.R.R. Tolkien. Wouldn’t it be great to make your own imaginary world? A world with its own rules, history, magic and mysteries? Having an imaginary world of your own gives you a jumping off place for an infinite number of stories and adventures. Whether you’re interested in writing your own book or in simply enjoying the creative process, this workshop will give you worldbuilding exercises to complete in workshop and on your own. Workshop designed for children 9 and older.

About the Author: Danika Dinsmore has been working and playing with children in a variety of settings for 18 years. She co-created Washington State’s first youth poetry slam and developed a curriculum guide for teaching poetry in the schools. She also produced the Seattle Poetry Festival’s Emerging Voice spokenword program for teens. She has worked as an artist-in-the-schools for Learning Through the Arts and taught writing courses at Vancouver Film School, Capilano University, and Creative Writing for Children. Her awards include the Washington State Poets Association award for Performance Poetry and the “Best Fresh Voice” Screenwriting Award from the Female Eye Film Festival.

Registration: $15 per child. Please call Art Beast at 916.441.1233 to register or register online by clicking HERE. We recommend registering early to ensure a spot.

The workshop will be followed by a book reading at 7PM of Danika’s novel, Brigitta of the White Forest. The reading will be *FREE* and may be held at Time Tested Books, two blocks from Art Beast.

About the Book: Brigitta is a young Water Faerie. She’s anxious about going through The Change as she doesn’t see how destiny markings on her wings should determine her life’s path. Before the annual Festival of the Elements, Brigitta is flying with her tag‐a‐long sister when a mysterious curse turns everyone in the White Forest to stone, except for the two of them. They have no idea why they were not cursed, but they do know if they don’t turn everyone back in time, the Hourglass of Protection will run out and so will its protective field around the forest. With no one left to help, they must leave the protected realm to seek an exiled faerie they have only heard about in tales.

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Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

Children’s New Years Eve at Art Beast

December 27, 2010

East Sac Moms (and Dads): enjoy a night out as GROWN UPS and let Art Beast take care of creating a sweet, memorable stroke-of-midnight moment for your children!

New Years Eve at Art Beast means bringing meaning to the countdown with art, cooperative games, and romping. Erin Tinney, their assistant director, will lead the evening of crafts, stories, and fun especially designed for children 4 to 8 years old.

Children will experience Art Beast’s play-based environment in the calm, after hours. They will make party hats and noise makers, sip cocoa and nibble snacks, and hold a dramatic countdown a couple of hours before the official arrival of 2011. Afterward, your children will cozy up in their sleeping bags for shadow puppets and stories until they fall asleep!

When: New Years Eve

Time: 6:30PM to 12:30AM

Where: Art Beast Studios at 2226 K Street

Cost: $40 per child, $35 dollars for each sibling

Supplies: Please bring a sleeping bag, flashlight, and any special stuffed friend or snuggly that helps your child fall asleep.

For more information or to secure your spot, call 916.441.1233 or click HERE.

To learn more about Tubman House, click HERE.

We’ll see you there!

ArtBeast Winter Camp: Camp Wonderland

December 20, 2010

For children ages 4-7, Art Beast Winter Camps will celebrate the arrival of Winter in proper Art Beast fashion with lots of creating, storytelling, and movement activities. The children will use art, dance, and dramatic play to explore the world of Winter as they consider the magic of the changing seasons, the coming of a new year, and the busy animals preparing for the cold. As always, Art Beast welcomes all so the camps will center on the joy of the season rather than specific holidays.

Two sessions of Winter Camp are offered, each running from Monday through Thursday. The first session runs from December 20th (today) to the 23rd and the second from December 27th to the 30th. Each session will be unique. Camps will start at 9AM each day and end at 1PM.

Sessions fill at 16 children and are led by two teachers, promising a group that can grow close. The camps offer a blend of structured arts exploration in the classroom and free play within the building, always under close supervision by the camp teachers.

Art Beast camps are about exploring art and self-expression. Children dig into an array of mediums and arts in their own way. No matter the theme, they promise a range of arts integration with movement, song, story, and art.

After or before camp each day, you can stay and play at Art Beast with your child as long as you’d like.

The first week’s camp is led by Brenda Brinkhous-Hatch. It includes the following activities:

-Book Nook includes stories with winter themes such as arctic animals and snowy landscapes.
-Winter Wishing Tree for children to write wishes and hang on the branches.
-Animal Shelters: Build “nests” or “caves” for different woodland creatures using fabric, feathers, leaves, etc.
-Migration patterns: Using large maps, plot the migration route for different birds &/or animals.
-Make feeders for the creatures that do not migrate.
-Animal Tracks: White play dough and small toy polar animals (reindeer, polar bears, penguins, arctic wolves, etc.) are placed in the play dough area.
-Clay Arctic Animal: Children will sculpt an Arctic creature from clay, then paint it with liquid watercolor and “glaze” with glossy Modge-Podge.
-Melt Ice with Salt: When we do this, the salt seems to “eat away” at the ice creating crystals.
-Cryogenics: Freeze four different substances (water, liquid soap, vanilla pudding, and honey) to observe what effect freezing had on the substances.
-Ice Rainbows: Drop colored water onto crushed ice to watch the colors travel down through the ice.
-Winter Walk & Painting
-Make a Snowman Snack
-Glittering Snowballs: Balloons are covered with glue, yarn, and glitter for a beautiful effect.
-Snowflakes: Learn to make glorious snowflakes!
-Snowstorm: Create a “snowstorm” of warm snow by using cotton balls and crumbled tissue.
-Snowy Snapshot: Turn yourself into a paper doll!

Holly Grupe leads the second week with even more art, dance, and movement activities!

Each session is $150. Siblings receive a 15% discount. To register, click HERE. If morning sessions fill, they will consider adding afternoon sessions to meet demand. Call 916.441.1233 to express interest in an afternoon session.

As always, when you choose Art Beast, your money supports Tubman House, a residential community for young, homeless parents and their children. A portion of your camp fees is tax-deductible.

Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

ArtBeast Big & Little Beast Workshops

August 25, 2010

Every Friday from 10AM to 12PM, Art Beast offers the Big and Little Beast Workshops. These workshops are designed for adults and children to explore a new art or craft together. A bit more intricate than their typical offerings, the workshops are a great time to learn together and appreciate one another’s strengths in exploring the creative world. Often the children remind the grown ups how to greet the unfamiliar with joy and a sense of adventure.

Workshops can accommodate up to 20 families over the two hours and there is usually have room for everybody. On August 27 participants will make Acorn Babies from Felted Wool.

Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233. Admission to Art Beast is $8 for adults and children, with second adults and babies 12 months and younger *FREE*.

We’ll see you there!

Camp BEAST at ArtBeast

May 19, 2010

Are your children counting down the school days left? Are you? You might be dreading the last day of school if you don’t have summer plans. ArtBeast is here to help, with weeks of super fun summer camps for children ages 4-6.

Our camps are about exploring art and self expression. Children dig into an array of mediums and arts in their own way. No matter the theme, we promise a range of arts integration with movement, song, story, and art. After or before camp each day, you can stay and play at Art Beast with your child as long as you’d like. The camps offer a blend of structured arts exploration in the classroom and free play within the building, always under close supervision by the camp teachers.

Camp BEAST session times are 9AM to 1PM and 1:30PM to 5:30PM and the cost is $160, with additional children from the same family discounted 15%.

Here are the session dates and camp themes:

June 14 to June 18
Morning Camp: Acting and Storytelling
Afternoon Camp: Rocket Camp

June 21 to June 25 Morning Camp: Exploring Art
Afternoon Camp: Camp Gizmo

June 28 to July 2
Morning Camp: Garden Camp
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Eco Art

July 5 to July 9
Morning Camp: Exploring Textiles
Afternoon Camp: Rocket Camp

July 12 to July 16
Morning Camp: Puppet Making
Afternoon Camp: Dance Camp

July 19 to July 23
Morning Camp: Camp Gizmo
Afternoon Camp: Acting and Storytelling

July 26 to July 30
Morning Camp: Exploring Art
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Eco Art

August 2 to Aug 6
Morning Camp: Dance Camp
Afternoon Camp: Drum and Movement

August 9 to Aug 13
Morning Camp: Puppet Making
Afternoon Camp: Yoga and Dance

Aug 16 to Aug 20
Morning Camp: Drum and Movement

For camp descriptions and more information click HERE or call 916.441.1233. To register click HERE. Remember that all proceeds from ArtBeast go to benefit the Tubman House and are tax deductible.

We’ll see you there!

Celebrate Earth Day at the Capitol + Natural Spring Cleaning Workshop at ArtBeast

April 20, 2010

Have some free time on Thursday? Why not join the Environmental Council of Sacramento for the International Earth Day Rally for the Future?

From 3-5PM on Thursday, April 22nd join ECOS, along with dignitaries and politicos stepping up to the State Capitol on Earth Day to celebrate California’s and the Sacramento region’s commitment to tackling climate change and lead the green movement.

The California State Capitol is located at 10th Street and Capitol Mall and admission is *FREE*. For more information click here or call 916.444.0022.

There are plenty of ways to “go green” and one of the simplest is making small changes to the way you maintain your home. Not only is cleaning with all natural ingredients safer, but it is cheaper AND good for the environment. Both May and I recently attended a green cleaning workshop at the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and found it extremely interesting. We came away with lots of green cleaning ideas, helpful hints, product suggestions and plenty of recipes.

ArtBeast is offering a Natural Spring Cleaning Workshop on Friday, April 23rd from 6:30-8PM. This workshop will provide knowledge of some of the simplest and cheapest ways to clean your home naturally, without harsh chemicals and toxins. Participants will learn about common ingredients, get to practice and make some cleaning products, and leave with recipes and samples. Recipes and samples will include: carpet freshener, soft scrub, wood polish/cleaner, and all purpose cleaner. The cost of the workshop is $11 and to register click here.

ArtBeast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click here or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

For (East Sac) Mom: Yoga at Art Beast

April 13, 2010

I have been so excited for today’s post! We’re combining a few of our favorite things: yoga, ArtBeast and another East Sacramento Mom. I am thrilled to introduce Amanda Bohl…

Rest. Relax. Renew. Since becoming a mom four and a half years ago, these actions have become less and less frequent. I’ve never been successful at napping when my children nap. Relaxation is often a quiet, unexpected moment when my children are playing by themselves. Complete renewal—time to myself or with my spouse—hard to come by. Yoga helps me reconnect to these essential actions and reminds me how to find them and experience them amidst the chaos of every day life.

My upcoming yoga series at ArtBeast will help moms learn to rest, relax, and renew. Each week we’ll explore a different aspect of ourselves—sometimes physical, sometimes mental—to help find the balance that resting, relaxing, and renewing brings.

No experience is necessary. We’ll do gentle yoga poses, focus on our breath, and ground our bodies and our minds in ourselves.

A yoga or fitness mat—and any other yoga props you already own—will be helpful, but not necessary. We’ll make do with what we have.

Classes are$8 – $15 each. I ask that participants pay what they can, however, no one will be turned away. If you’re interested in attending most of the series, a six class pass (there are seven classes total), can be purchased for $42 ($7 for each class). Cash or check only.

We’ll meet from 7:15pm to 8:30pm each Thursday April 15th – May 27th in the classroom on the top floor of ArtBeast. Everyone will be provided with a homemade lavender eye pillow and a bit of dessert at the end of class. Please contact me at or (209) 304-3412 with any questions.

Please come ready to rest, relax, and renew. You deserve it!

Amanda is technically a Land Park Mom but she is heavily involved in East Sacramento Events and teaches regular classes at It’s All Yoga. When she’s not teaching, Amanda can be found spending time with her son, daughter and partner, cooking, gardening, knitting, sewing and riding her bicycle. We are fortunate to have Amanda as a regular contributor to East Sacramento Mom but you can also find her blogging over at Welcome Amanda!

ArtBeast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information email or call 916.304.3412.

We’ll see you there!

Wee Wednesday + St. Patty’s Day at Art Beast

March 15, 2010

Are you in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit yet? With two days to go, you have a couple more opportunities to participate in *FREE* (or cheap) family activities on Wednesday.

First up, St. Patrick’s Day at Art Beast takes place from 9AM to 6PM and includes Irish storytelling, Shamrock art, green dough, and St. Patrick’s Day crafts. There will even be and a round of Irish tales and Drum Circle at 10:30AM and Irish dance at 10:30AM. This celebration is perfect for the wee ones! The Art Beast St. Patrick’s Day event is *FREE* for members or with admission to Art Beast. Admission for adults and children over 1 is $8 (one extra adult in family and children under 12 months are *FREE*.)

If you don’t have time (or energy) to take your children to Art Beast, Trader Joe’s is coming to your rescue with *FREE* face painting on St. Patrick’s Day. Get some grocery shopping done, pick up a bouquet of Irish Bells for yourself and let the kiddos take home a green balloon (my one-year-old’s favorite part.) Thank you TJ’s.

For your child ages 3-5 make sure to check out Wee Wednesday at the Crocker Art Museum. Wee Wednesdays are designed for children and the special adult in their lives. Encourage your early learner’s development through multi-sensory activities inspired by art and storytelling. Reservations are required however the workshop is *FREE* with admission. Admission to the Crocker is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students. To register, call 916.808.1182 or email

Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click here or call 916.441.1233.

Trader Joe’s is located at 5000 Folsom Boulevard and is open from 9AM-8PM. For more information click here or call 916.456.1853.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street and for more information click here or call 916.808.7000.

We’ll see you there!

Do you have a favorite Trader Joe’s find? Personally, I think their frozen lemonade has something in it that makes it addictive. I can’t get enough of the stuff.

“Baby and Me” Monday Mornings at Art Beast

February 15, 2010

As a mom with a baby I am super excited when there is “Mommy and Me” anything. It can be difficult as a new mom (and I think it is fair to say you are a new mom until they are at least 2) to find ways to entertain your little one, especially if you are a stay-at-home mom. If that is the case for you, Monday mornings at Art Beast are here to the rescue.

“Baby and Me” Monday begins at 10AM with a Music and Movement class

Infants, toddlers, and adults come together to sing songs, dance, and create art. From a child development perspective, this age learns through the senses, so all the activities will incorporate art through looking, feeling, hearing, and smelling (think rose petal collage, peppermint paint…). And tasting is, of course, inevitable. The process is the key, taking home a product is minimal.  Say the theme is Van Gogh’s Sunflowers. We start at a circle, pass out prints for the children to hold, and we talk about what we see. We might sing a sunflower song, then go to a table of sunflowers to play with- touch, ruffle petals, stack. Lastly, we finger paint with yellow. How about Hopper’s Houses? A child can build a house with blocks and then paint one! Degas’ Dancers? Can’t paint a dancer ’till you’ve danced yourself! Rousseau’s Jungle? Monet’s Water?

You get the idea. Between classes you’ll have time to explore the infant soft space and movement room. If you’ve never been to Art Beast you can check out pictures here. Remember, there is tons of *FREE* parking around Art Beast so don’t let that deter you. Another plus: your admission is tax-deductible since it is also a donation to the Tubman House.

Admission to Art Beast is $8 for ages 12 months and older.  Second adults accompanying a child and babies under 1 year are *FREE*! Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and for more information click here or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

Drum Circle Wednesday: NEW at Art Beast

February 10, 2010

Does your child enjoy taking every pot and pan out of the cupboard and making beautiful music with a drawer full of kitchen utensils? Please don’t tell me it’s just my kid. Either way, we’ll be checking out Art Beast’s new Wednesday class, Drum Circle.

Come join the drum circle! Bring your drum or play one of the many drums and percussion instruments we will have set out. Children will follow the beats and dance if they feel inclined. Our teacher, Deborah, knows both drums and how to work with children. We promise 30 minutes of rhythm and community.

Drum Circle is open to all ages and takes place Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11AM. Art Beast is located at 2226 K Street and admission is $8 per child over 12 months and adult chaperone. Children under 1 year and additional adults are *FREE*.

For more information click here or call 916.441.1233.

We’ll see you there!

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