Tuesday and Wednesday Indoor Classes
World Mythology and Art

This spring, we are so fortunate to continue indoor classes in our very own classroom at the beautiful Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture in Park Slope. During our time together, we will be learning about world cultures, mythology, and traditional crafting techniques. We will work on crafts inspired by Peruvian gourd art, Japanese Tanabata festival decorations, West African batik, and Korean bogaji patchwork. Not only will we have opportunities to work on group projects, but our space allows children the opportunity to freely experiment with a variety of available materials and tools such as the sewing machine, clay banding wheel, or foraged natural materials. These classes will be taught by Gigi and occasionally, our teaching assistant, Mae. Read about our COVID safety measures on our COVID policy page.

Tuesdays 4-6pm, Ages 8-12, $595
10 classes, March 29-June 7 (no class April 19)

Wednesdays 4-6pm, Ages 5-8, $595.
10 classes, March 30-June 8 (no class April 20)

Saturday Morning Classes in Prospect Park
Ancestral Skill Building: Making Tools and Toys

Join us in Prospect Park for this exciting new spring series! Families may sign up for the entire 7 week session or for individual classes. During each class, we will learn about ancient crafting techniques historically used to produce items for survival or for play. Our students will be using natural materials, many found in our park, to create handmade tools and toys. We will also learn about beneficial plants and trees as we explore peaceful regions of Prospect Park. This series will be taught by Gigi. Classes will take place rain or shine but will be canceled for unsafe weather conditions such as prolonged rain or thunderstorms. Cancellations will be announced by 7:30am on the morning of classes. In the event of a cancellation, refunds or credits for future classes may be offered. This will be an optional masked class.

Saturdays 9:30am – 12:30pm
Ages 6-11
$350 for full 7 week session, or $50 for each class
Drop off and pick up at the 9th street entrance of Prospect Park

Tools
April 23: Make a fishing net and fishing hooks out of foraged materials
April 30: Make a stone hammer or cutting tool out of natural materials
May 7: Weave a placemat from plant materials and make glue from tree sap
May 14: Make a container from tree bark

Toys
May 28 (Memorial Day weekend): Traditional Games of North America: Make the Ring the Stick game and play the Dakota Hoop and Arrow Game
June 4: Make dolls and animals from grasses and corn husk
June 11: Traditional Games of North America: Sew Chippewa style balls for a Double Ball game

Thursday Outdoor Classes
Nature Appreciation and Art

Join us to celebrate nature in Prospect Park during our 8 week spring season! During our time together, we will develop skills to confidently and safely identify beneficial plants and trees in our park. We will also learn about plant uses by different cultures. As we explore off-the-beaten-path trails and hidden sanctuaries in Prospect Park, we will learn some basic survival skills and stop to work on handmade natural crafts. These classes will be taught by Gigi.

Please ensure that your child is interested in plants and art, and has stamina for walking after school. We will not be consuming any plants on these walks because of potential food sensitivities. This class will take place rain or shine but will be canceled for unsafe weather conditions, such as prolonged rain or thunderstorms. Cancellations will be announced by 8am. In the event of a cancellation, rain dates will be scheduled for June. We will offer optional masking for this class.

Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm, Ages 6-10, $400
8 classes, April 7-June 2 (no class April 21)
Pick up and Drop off at Prospect Park 9th street entrance

Please reach out to us at info@sparkartsbk.org to inquire about one time or ongoing nature walks in Prospect Park with your child for up to 4 children! These may be arranged for Fridays after school or on Saturday mornings, weather permitting.