Studio Daycare: The Little Art Critic

On our first day of a new unit one of our 3.5-year-olds went to the inspiration board very excited to check out the new pictures. She observed for a moment and then declared, “Well, this is very interesting.” Miss Emma asked what she was looking at and she pointed to a Picasso work and said, “Hmm…it’s a half woman!”  Impressive evaluation from a 3.5 year old!

Tote of Toys!

Our Sitter Studio® totes, filled with art supplies and games, are one of kids’ favorite things about having an artisitter® caregiver come for a sitting appointment. We start the totes off with a few fun supplies, and then each artisitter® customizes them with toys, games and art supplies selected for the season and the child.

One of our artistiter® caregivers recently posted this wonderfully cute picture of the supplies in her tote: String, paper, paint, crayons, a book and the coup de gras: Toilet paper tubes!  It looks like she and the kids are going to have a great time.

Listen to Your Constituents

As is common in many daycares and early childhood classrooms, each morning our teachers gather the kids for Circle Time where they lead the kids in songs, dances, and games.  One afternoon during Free Play a little boy grabbed a teacher’s hand, led her to the Circle Time rug and demanded, “Sing ‘I’m a Little Daisy’!”  Even though it was long past that portion of the day, how could she say no?  So she began an impromptu afternoon Circle Time right then and there, and they sang his new favorite song through several more times!

A Warm and Toasty Tip

It’s a common problem: the weather outside is frightful, but Baby just keeps pulling his hat right off.  One of our families solved this problem with an adorable solution: a baby bear balaclava! A balaclava is a knitted hood that pulls all the way over a baby’s head; keeping it toasty warm, and hard for baby fingers to pull off. The “Baby Bear Balaklava” raises it from just useful to adorable by adding cute little bear ears. Now, not only is baby guaranteed to be warm and toasty, he’s the cutest kid at the playground.

Handmade balaclavas are available many different designs (from bears to dragons) at various price ranges, and are easy to find on sites like Etsy.

A Squishy Experience

Every parent knows it’s not easy to get kids to try new foods.  But one thing they do enjoy is making a mess!  Letting kids be part of preparation, especially a messy one, is not only fun but can make them much more likely to eat something new.  For the holidays we guided our Studio Daycare kids in making mashed sweet potatoes, and we made enough so they could take some home as well.  They loved using the big smasher to squish the potatoes up and were so excited to have made food their families would eat at home too.  It built self-esteem and gave them an opportunity to feel like they could contribute to the family just like their moms and dads!

When the Sitter’s an Artist

“…Ms. Wilson, who studied vocal performance at New York University, went to work for Morgan Stanley after college and shuffled back and forth between the office and auditions, rehearsals and performances.

“I never got in trouble at work, but it was literally unsustainable,” Ms. Wilson said. “I just wanted to make a company that was for the arts, by the arts, with the arts, with the artist as the help. So I made a list of everything I wanted in a perfect job.”

After hearing colleagues at Morgan Stanley lament the dearth of good sitters, Ms. Wilson approached her boss, who helped her launch Sitters Studio.

…Television and surfing the Internet are strongly discouraged and, for the most part, prohibited. Both Ms. Darin and Ms. Wilson make sure their sitters know how best to play to their own artistic strengths, but are also prepared with back-up plans.

…They employ more performing artists than visual artists, which reflects the demographic in New York and also the owners’ interests. Ms. Wilson explained that the makeup is reversed in her hometown of Chicago, where she operates a second Sitters Studio, managing 30 to 40 artisitters remotely.

Part of that is recognizing that the artisitters need support in their efforts to become professional artists. Ms. Wilson’s Sitters Studio has three studios in its new office on West 30th Street, and some of the sitters use them to run their own theater companies, or just to warm up before auditions.

Ms. Wilson joked that artistic baby-sitting is a natural fit for New York City, where young artists looking for work can hook up with a clientele base in search of credentialed, creative sitters.

By LAURA HEDLI
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2011

When the Sitter's an Artist

“…Ms. Wilson, who studied vocal performance at New York University, went to work for Morgan Stanley after college and shuffled back and forth between the office and auditions, rehearsals and performances.

“I never got in trouble at work, but it was literally unsustainable,” Ms. Wilson said. “I just wanted to make a company that was for the arts, by the arts, with the arts, with the artist as the help. So I made a list of everything I wanted in a perfect job.”

After hearing colleagues at Morgan Stanley lament the dearth of good sitters, Ms. Wilson approached her boss, who helped her launch Sitters Studio.

…Television and surfing the Internet are strongly discouraged and, for the most part, prohibited. Both Ms. Darin and Ms. Wilson make sure their sitters know how best to play to their own artistic strengths, but are also prepared with back-up plans.

…They employ more performing artists than visual artists, which reflects the demographic in New York and also the owners’ interests. Ms. Wilson explained that the makeup is reversed in her hometown of Chicago, where she operates a second Sitters Studio, managing 30 to 40 artisitters remotely.

Part of that is recognizing that the artisitters need support in their efforts to become professional artists. Ms. Wilson’s Sitters Studio has three studios in its new office on West 30th Street, and some of the sitters use them to run their own theater companies, or just to warm up before auditions.

Ms. Wilson joked that artistic baby-sitting is a natural fit for New York City, where young artists looking for work can hook up with a clientele base in search of credentialed, creative sitters.

By LAURA HEDLI
Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2011

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