Art & Science Labs

For children ages 3 – 6

Overview

To further enhance your child’s learning, we offer unique enrichment classes, which offer an explosion of activities to excite the mind and engage the interest of the preschool to elementary-aged child. Whichever class you choose, your children are certain to burst forth with enthusiasm for the creative discoveries they make. These are parent-child programs, where moms and dads (and grandparents and nannies!) volunteer in the class on some days, and attend parent education once a month.

Creative Arts Lab

This is an art and creativity enrichment program. Children are between the ages of 2.75 and 7 years old in September. In-person classes meet in our studio on the Bellevue College campus.

What will your child experience at Creative Arts Lab?

Each week we offer a new curriculum theme for the children’s program with a large variety of hands-on, experiential art and creative activities. We believe art for young children is about thinking creatively, taking risks, making big decisions, changing your mind, experimenting with materials, expressing yourself, dreaming big, having fun and getting messy! We honor children’s creativity and work to develop their agency. (Check out videos of our storybook theme and our apple theme. Or look here for directions on how you can do all the apple themed art activities at home.)

In-person classes: Children can explore painting, sculpting, drawing materials, collage, and a variety of printing techniques. We also offer block play, puzzles, math manipulatives, and imaginary play opportunities. In circle time, we read stories and sing songs, then go outside for playground time.

For online classes (only if health guidelines prohibit us from being in person): Weekly online  sessions will include songs, stories, and demonstrations of art activities. Also, the children’s teachers will plan a variety of intriguing art activities that parents can easily do at home with the children. They will share ideas and instructions via email, blog posts, or using the Seesaw app. Materials will be provided for pickup.

Check out this video from our in-person classes.

What Parents Say About Creative Arts Lab

Thank you for a fun and wonderful year! It has been a pleasure to be in your class. We enjoyed the creative projects and being part of the supportive warm community.

Family Inventors’ Lab

This is a STE(A)M enrichment program, held on Saturday mornings. The hands-on science and engineering curriculum is aimed at children from age 3 – 6. In-person classes meet at Robinswood Park and on the BC campus.

What will your child experience at Family Inventors’ Lab?

STE(A)M is STEM with the Arts mixed in. Our activities include: hands-on science exploration, creative experimentation, construction projects with building materials of all sorts, art activities, messy sensory play, circle time with songs and books, and outdoor time. We have three quarter-long units:

  • What’s a Scientist: geology, paleontology, astronomy, physics, chemistry. (We simulate earthquakes, dig for dinosaurs, gaze at stars, test gravity, and make things go boom!)
  • What’s an Engineer: simple machines, electricity, and building towers, bridges, houses, and model cars. (We build cool stuff! Then knock it down! Then build it better!)
  • What’s an Inventor:  We explore the life sciences, as we study the human body, animal adaptations, sea life, insects, and more. Then we talk about how humans have developed inventions and tools based on what they observe in nature.

In-person classes: Classes include several stations for trying out the day’s activities, circle time and outdoor time. If you want to see all the activities we do in class, they’re documented on our parent educator’s blog: www.InventorsOfTomorrow.com.

For online classes (only if health guidelines prohibit in-person): Weekly sessions include songs, stories, explanation of key concepts and demos of hands-on activities. The teachers plan a variety of STE(A)M activities that parents can easily do at home with the children. Ideas and instructions are shared via blog posts. Children can use the Seesaw app to share their work with their teachers and classmates. Materials will be provided for pickup.

Check out this video from in-person classes:

What Parents Say About Family Inventors’ Lab

I love the concepts chosen, the creativity of the activities, and the time structure (including outdoors time). I love this class so much I plan to do it every year with every one of my kids. – a father who has participated for four years in a row

Discovery Science Lab

This is a science enrichment program, on Wednesdays after school. Each week we have a new theme. We study Chemistry, Geology, Marine Biology, Astronomy, and our Northwest Habitat. Class is for ages 5 to 9, held at Robinswood Park. STARTING IN JANUARY 2022.

We have a group time where we introduce the key science concepts of the day, then children can rotate between 8 – 12 stations, which allow for play-based hands-on learning. Stations include experiments, art projects, building activities, observation stations, and sensory play experiences. At the end of class, we have a group time to summarize and reinforce all that we’ve learned, and the children make notes in their science journals. We meet at the barn at Robinswood Park, in Bellevue near the BC campus. We also do occasional field trips, related to the current themes. This class is taught by the team that has taught Inventors’ Lab for 7 years, and we enjoy taking science ideas to the next level for older kids.

Check out this video:

Online Art and Science Lab

This online-only class, held on Zoom, is a sampler of all of our very best online activities from Inventors’, Discovery, and Creative Arts Lab, taught by our teachers from each of those programs. It is for ages 3 – 6.

In our one hour weekly session, we will introduce key science concepts, and teach foundational art techniques and engineering skills. We’ll read books and sing songs which reinforce the learning, plus throw in some silly activities just for fun. There will also be a show and tell small group session for the children to have the opportunity to interact with their teachers and classmates about things they are excited about. We will use blog posts to provide instructions for completing at-home projects, provide quarterly supply bags, and use Seesaw for children to share their work with each other. The class is at 3:30 on Saturday afternoons – we do record all sessions, so if you have to miss one, you’ll be able to catch up at any time. Some families have even chose to participate asynchronously, watching the videos on their schedule.

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What is the parent involvement in these classes?

Enrichment classes are all parent-child cooperative classes, where parents and children play, learn, and grow together.

You will participate in required monthly Parent Education sessions, lasting 60 – 75 minutes. We cover topics like brain development, ways to support your child’s learning at home and at school, building children’s emotional intelligence and social skills, discipline, and managing challenging parenting situations. Parents can share experiences, offer support, build friendships, and get the parent educator’s input on current questions and concerns.

Online Classes: The monthly parent education session will be online on Zoom.

In-person classes: Parent education is held once a month, during class time. You will also be asked to work in the classroom approximately once a month. Classroom tasks include: supervising children for safety, providing and serving snacks, classroom clean-up, and playing along with the children. On non-work, non-parent-ed days, you can drop off your child or you are welcome to stay with them.

How to Register / Choosing a Class

To register, check the item number for your class in our chart below, then go to our online registration form to sign up.

Tuition: Tuition and fees have not yet been set by the college for next year. For 2020-21, it was $53.88 per quarter in college tuition (paid through the college system), plus lab fees of $130 for online classes or $195 for in-person classes (paid directly to your instructor). We do offer discounts when multiple siblings from one family attend the same class. Scholarships are available; a confidential application is made through the class instructor.

If you have questions about a class, you can click on the instructor’s name in the table below and send the instructor an email.

Schedule for Fall 2021-Spring 2022

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Class NameItem #AgeScheduleContactAvailability
Creative Arts Lab70912.75 to 6
(age 3 by 12/31/21)
T 9:45-11:45a
OR
T 12:30 - 2:30
Kristin NasmanOpen
Online Art & Science Lab70933 - 6 yearsSat 3:30-4:30pJanelle DurhamOpen
Discovery Science
(starts January 2022)
70955 - 9 years
(age 5 by 8/31)
W 3:00-5:00pJanelle DurhamOpen
Family Inventors' Lab70993 - 6 years
(age 3 by 8/31)
Saturdays
10:00a-12:00p
Janelle DurhamLimited

Enrichment classes start in late September and run through May each school year. (Except Discovery Lab will run from January to June of 2022.) Students may join mid-year, if there is space available. To visit a class, contact the instructor to make arrangements – click on their name in the table to email them. Typically, if space is available in a class, they will allow you and your child to join the class one time for thirty minutes to see if it’s a good fit.

 

Last Updated June 10, 2021