“My teachers were extremely impressed by the professionalism of your staff. The children were engaged and your staff had a good understanding of the attention span of four and five year old children. The teachers have already asked me to please book you again for next summer. You'll be hearing from me!” -Sharon Gyllensten, Madison Learning Center, CT
Our StoryArt classes entertain and engage our youngest artists. Expert storytelling instructors involve children in reading a popular children’s story then guide them through a unique art project related to the story. We offer more than 30 different StoryArt themes, such as alphabet, friendship, butterflies, rainforest, monsters, planting a garden and so many more.
As unmatched literary experiences for kids, they are praised for teaching reading comprehension while inspiring imaginations and self-expression. Most importantly, children simply get to experience the excitement of being creative!
“Recently, we had Art-ventures for Kids come to our school to do one workshop with our Pre K, 3 year old class and one workshop with our Pre K 4 year old class. I must say, I was surprised at how long the children sat and attended to the task at hand. The children were so proud to show their parents what they had done. That speaks volumes. We would love to have another program in the future.” -Mary Churchill St. Mary Preschool in Bethel, CT.
For other Art Project Choices without a story, check out our Single Session Classes
Adorable African Animal Masks
Engage in this hilarious retelling of an African legend, Who’s in Rabbit’s House? When Rabbit discovers a monster in his house, he calls upon his largest, most fierce friends to scare away the intruder. The illustrations of this book depict the legend in the form of a play being performed by masked actors and are inspirational for all. After the story, children decorate their own adorable animal masks to wear. Perhaps they can put on a play of their own!
Ahoy Matey: A Pirate Adventure
This exciting art-venture is perfect for both boys and girls! Enjoy an animated storytelling of The Pirate Cruncher, a hilarious tale about a pirate ship whose treasure hunt is interrupted by a terrifying ocean creature. Then paint and decorate a wooden rowboat with oars and prepare to set sail on your own high seas voyage. But be sure to steer clear of sea monsters!
Awesome Airplane Party
Enjoy the amusing tale, Mr. Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane, in which Mr. Putter is an old man who loves toys and Tabby is a young cat who does not! So when Mr. Putter brings home a flying toy plane, he and Tabby are in for quite an adventure. Then set out on your own adventure to assemble, paint and decorate a wooden toy plane that really flies!
Beautiful Bird Houses
A perfect art project for young birdwatchers. Enjoy The Best Nest, a timeless classic about a pair of birds who set out on a quest to a find a new home. After the story, children will paint wooden bird houses with brightly colored paints and decorate them with an assortment of gems, and feathers!
Blossoms and Butterflies
Paint and decorate a ceramic butterfly planter with beautiful neon colors! Art explorers may want to use their planters to grow beautiful flowers, then wait for real butterflies to arrive!
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Choo Choo! StoryArt
Great for both boys and girls! Enjoy the lively story, Calling All Engines, starring famous Thomas the Tank Engine, then paint and decorate a whimsical wooden box built like a toy train. A special keepsake from a wonderful day.
Cool Caterpillars and Beautiful Butterflies
Enjoy Eric Carle’s classic story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Then create a magnificent tissue paper butterfly that looks like stained glass.
Crazy Car Art
During Houston's annual Art Car Parade, a caravan of cars decked out in wacky ways tour the streets of the city. On this imaginative and fun StoryArt-venture, children get a laugh out of the story, The Wheels on the Race Car, then they create their own crazy-looking vehicles using a variety of fun and wicked kooky decorations. Put on your own Art Car Parade!
Creative Keepsake Boxes
Follow along with Todd as he walks down the street collecting a variety of interesting items the story, Todd’s Box. Then paint and decorate a wooden keepsake box to store all your most special possessions!
Creepy Crawly Bug Boxes
Immersed in the lovely verse and brilliant oil paintings of David Kirk’s beloved story, Little Miss Spider, children decoupage colorful paper mache boxes. Then, like Little Miss Spider, who sets out to search for her mother, the children set out on a bug hunt, searching for rubber insects hidden through out the room. Finders keepers!
Dazzling Rainbow Garden
Enjoy the inspiring story and bold collage illustrations of Planting a Rainbow, a book about the yearly cycle of planting, growing, and picking flowers in a brightly colored garden. Then paint a rainbow of colors on a paper mache flower pot and decorate with sequins and gems.
Fluffy Goop Collage
Laugh at loud at the hilarious story and lively illustrations of Too Much Glue, a book about a boy who loves playing with glue--and making a giant mess! Then create your own messy masterpiece by mixing glue with a secret special ingredient. Decorate your fluffy goop with colorful buttons, feathers, glitter, and more!
Frosting and Sprinkles
Paint and decorate a ceramic cupcake bank with lots of yummy colors. Art explorers can use their banks to save up for books. (And maybe for cupcakes!)
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Loony Letter Art-Ventures
Engage in the wonderfully musical and beloved story of Chica Chicka, Boom Boom. Then design an absolutely awesome collage on a large cardboard letter (we suggest using each child’s first initial). Add buttons and bling, ribbons and bows, and other sparkling things. Or use camouflage paints and add rubber bugs, lizards, and snakes! Perfect to hang on your bedroom door.
Me and My Monster
Enjoy the absolutely adorable story My Monster Mama Loves Me So, then create your own little monster. Choosing from our huge supply of materials and decorations (tubes, clay, wiggly eyes, yarns, gems, buttons, pipe cleaners, fabrics and lots of bling), art explorers build kooky creative creatures... the ideas are limited only by the imagination! Ages 5 and up
Monster Mask Madness
Maurice Sendak’s beloved story, Where the Wild Things Are, is sure to inspire young art explorers. Everyone sculpts a monster face out of colorful clay. Add horns, fangs, extra eyes, whatever you want—the wilder the better! Ages 4 and up
Oink Oink! Piggy Art-Ventures
Always a favorite! Paint and decorate a ceramic piggy bank with bold colors and patterns.
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Playful Puppet Pals
Enjoy a theatrical retelling of the African folktale, Who's in Rabbit's House? The illustrations of this book depict the legend in the form of a play being performed by actors dressed up as animals. Then color and decorate a fabric animal hand puppet, and put on a puppet show with your friends!
Children will be enamored by glittering foil-stamped illustrations in Marcus Pfister’s beloved best-seller, The Rainbow Fish, or the exceptional array of sea creatures in A Swim Through the Sea. Then everyone will paint and decorate a ceramic fish bank. What will you use it for? To save for books, of course!
Tea Time for Tots
Enjoy the hilarious tale of Tea Rex, about the high jinks that ensue when a dinosaur attends a tea party. Then create a colorful clay teacup or mug using the coil and/or pinch pot techniques. Ages 5 and up
Teddy Bear Art Blast
Teddy Bear Picnic Party offers two great stories and two super fun projects to choose from.Take your pick! Either way, children will have a blast creating these unique reminders of a wonderful day!
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The Princess and The Pea
Engage in a new spin on the classic tale of The Princess and The Pea, with uniquely conversational narration and brilliant photographs of paper dolls who act out the scenes against the backdrop of a real dollhouse! Then, with a wide array of fabrics, including many different colors, patterns, and textures, children create fantastic collages recreating the iconic image of the princess atop her 12 mattresses. Ages 5 and up
Totally Terrific Totem Poles
Children will be enchanted as the carved wooden animals of Totem Tale spring to life to argue over who should sit where in the totem pole order. Then children grab their paint brushes and their creativity to bring their own beautiful totem poles to life!
Treasure Beyond Measure: A Pirate Adventure
“X” marks the spot in this exciting art adventure, perfect for both boys and girls! After enjoying Noelle's Treasure Tale or How I Became A Pirate, amusing stories about friendship and buried treasure, children transform into pirates themselves and set out on search for hidden gold. They design their own treasure chests, encrusted with brightly colored gems and pearls, to store all the gold they uncover.
Woof Woof! Art-ventures
Color and decorate your very own stuffed dog, along with a collar and leash. Everyone will take home lasting memories of a bow WOW art-venture!
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