with Molly Thayer, Fiber Artist, Educator
& Kenni Field, Ceramic Artist, Educator
*flexibly intended for children ages 5–12
*No Class: Jan 1 & 15, Feb 19, Mar 25
“We improvise a lot, and that is very fun.” ‑Henry, age 9
In Weaving Wilderness, we blend together the worlds of nature and crafting! Children that register for this class partake in expeditions to local parks to learn about native plants, insects and animals through the changing seasons. Back in the classroom, we construct functional and fantastical creations inspired by fall and the beginning of winter. Empower your child to learn and create with the natural world around them, sign up today!
Meet your Teachers!
Kenni is a ceramicist, an avid explorer, and childcare worker. They care deeply about community well-being, and utilizing creative expression as a tool for collective healing. They are a former cofounder of the 2.0 Art Collective, and have fa or BIPOC femme and GNC folks throughout Philadelphia. They are committed to principles of anti-racism, anti-authoritarianism, anti-ableism and trauma-informed care within their community work.
Hi! I’m Molly (he/any), a recycled fiber artist and teacher to kids and adults. I learned to make recycled looms and create yarn from plastic bags, leading me to discover an art pathway that is accessible, sustainable, and expansive! I teach fashion design and recycled textile crafts by engaging with commonly discarded materials like plastics, produce netting, and scrap fabric through experimentation and embodied wonder. By engaging sensory curiosity and intuition, I celebrate risk and failure and trust each learner’s own approach. I believe recycled fiber arts creates an opportunity to engage with our histories, environments, selves, and each other at the pace of breath and joy, contributing to community health and resilience in the climate apocalypse.
- Small Group Classes (10 kids max) with individualized attention to students’ needs and interests
- Highly skilled instructors with backgrounds in Somatics, the Arts and Education, trained in our Salamander Arts Pedagogy highlighting Embodiment/Mindfulness, Creativity & Community
- A cozy environment for kids to rest, connect, and create
- Fun activities that support emotional, physical, mental, and social wellbeing & development
- Collaborative projects that foster community across age and background
- Leadership opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities
- Support for developmental and behavioral goals
- Weekly Emails with Photos & Updates
- Step-by-step instructions for Arts Based & Embodied Mindfulness Activities you can do at home
- A final show and gathering to celebrate your young artists
- School Pickup from Lea & Penn Alexander
- Healthy Snacks
- Homework Assistance during snack & sketchbook time