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lil'Kidstreet

 

 

A creative community for our youngest members:

Newborn to 4 years old

 



Winter 2016

Classes start the week of January 9


Lil’ Kidstreet inspires your child’s natural delight for song, rhythm, color and texture. We combine visual art and music to encourage developmentally appropriate learning through original songs, musical instruments, rhythm-based activities, paint, clay and collage. These classes are the first step in the foundation of exploration, creativity and enthusiasm for art and music.

Each class is 45 minutes and includes both music and art.

*A caregiver participates with the child in these classes. In order to provide the best quality time with your toddler, we ask that you refrain from bringing other children over 6 months to class.

All classes are 10 weeks and $160
(*Twin discount $220 for both kids only available over the phone.)

 

Open Art Play for Lil'Kids!
Join a 10-week Lil’Kidstreet class, and you can drop into any of our open studio sessions!
No pre-registration necessary.  Cost is $5 per day for currently enrolled students in Lil' Kidstreet.
• Activities
• Sensory Experiences
• Arts-based Learning

 

 


Class List Below

CALL NOW TO REGISTER (773)769-4226


 

Ages: 1-4 years

Music Jam
10 Weeks

or all Lil' Kids! Join us for 45 min. Jam session every Wednesday at noon! There will be songs and a variety of instruments for your little ones.

Wednesday 12-12:45pm
J D Kostyk
Starts January 11

$100

 

Ages: Newborn to 5 months
Lil’ Melodies
10 Weeks

Listen, sway and cuddle to original lullabies written by Jessica Risker. She will play delicate, sweet melodies on her hand held music box, perfect for your baby’s ears. Bond with other parents, caregivers and your baby while exploring a different art project each week.

Monday 12-12:45pm
Jessica Risker
Starts January 9

$160, Members $155


 

Ages: 6 months - 12 months

Lil’ Movers
10 Weeks

This class focuses on music and rhythm through original songs, new activities and shaker instruments. Begin building a creative foundation captivated by the world of music and art.

Tuesday 12-12:45pm
Rachel Gansner
Starts January 10

Thursday 11-11:45am
Anna Soltys
Starts January 12

$160, Members $155


  

Ages: 1 - 2 years

Lil’ Artists
10 Weeks

Music and art collide in this fun and creative combination class. We’ll begin with songs, instruments and dance before moving to the art table to explore paint, collage and clay. Encourage motor development, social skills and visual thinking through an inspiring and art-filled time. A caregiver participates with the child in these classes. In order to provide the best quality time with your toddler, we ask that you refrain from bringing other children to class.?

Monday 11-11:45am
TBD
Starts January 09

$160, Members $155

Thursday 10-10:45am
Jessica Robbins and Anna Soltys
Starts January 12

$160, Members $155

 

 

 

Ages: 2 - 4 years

Lil’ Artists: Music & Art
10 Weeks

Music and art collide in this fun and creative combination class. We’ll begin with songs, instruments and dance before moving to the art table to explore paint, collage and clay. Encourage motor development, social skills and visual thinking through an inspiring and art-filled time. A caregiver participates with the child in these classes. In order to provide the best quality time with your toddler, we ask that you refrain from bringing other children to class.?

Monday 10:00-10:45am
Jessica Robbins and Mikey Anderson
Starts January 09

$160, Members $155

 

 

Lil’ Studio: Art

4 Weeks

This arts-based class nurtures creativity while introducing your child to clay, collage, paint and print with developmentally appropriate experiences and projects exploring various mediums and techniques.
Please note this class does not incorporate music. It is solely visual arts based.

Tuesday 9-9:45am
Nicole Nienow
Starts January 10

Wednesday 11-11:45am
TBD
January 11

Friday 10-10:45am
Paulina Lopez
Starts January 13

Saturday 9-9:45am
Alexandra Albert
Starts January 14 

$160, Members $155

 

 

Lil' Bookmakers
10 weeks 

You and your child will learn about the journey of language in a creative setting. Each week focuses on a different theme, infused with stories, rhyme, song and fingerplay to encourage the love of language and literacy. Families will also create pages to a unique story to read and enjoy with your child as a keepsake.

Wednesday 4-4:45pm
Amy Fatall
Starts January 11

$160, Members $155

 

 

 

Ages: 1 - 4 years

Lil’ Artists: Music & Art
10 weeks

Music and art collide in this fun and creative combination class. We’ll begin with songs, instruments and dance before moving to the art table to explore paint, collage and clay. Encourage motor development, social skills and visual thinking through an inspiring and art-filled time.

Monday 9-9:45am
TBD
Starts January 9

Wednesday 5-5:45pm
TBD
Starts January 11 

Thursday 9-9:45am
TBD
Starts January 12

Sunday 9:30-10:15am 
Jessica Robbins & Alexandria Albert
Starts January 15

$160, Members $155 

 

 

Teacher Bios:

  

Jessica Robbins is a singer-songwriter and educator in Chicago. She has been playing music and teaching kids for over 15 years. After receiving her Master of Education from Harvard University, Jessica started an educational consulting and tutoring business which she has been running since 2004. She has released two albums and plays at music venues throughout the city. Jessica has also been writing children's songs and has created the music curriculum for the Lil’ Kidstreet classes. Her three kids at home keep her busy but have inspired her love for early childhood music education.

 

 


Mikey Anderson is an alumni of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has experience running art workshops with adults with developmental disabilities, taught after school sewing workshops, and comic book making classes. He's currently is an assistant teacher at a therapeutic preschool. He has also created his own line of silly plush toys called “Yarnies” an sells around the world! He's excited to have the "Yarnies" join the Kidstreet family and be able to inspire all the little artist to make silly characters.

 

 

 

 

Paulina Lopez is an educator with experience teaching in classrooms, museums, and community centers. After attending Carleton College as a studio art major, she received a Masters in Education from Southern Methodist University with a focus on early childhood literacy development. She loves working with children to explore how the arts can serve as a bridge between different people, cultures, and communities. Her dream home would be one big printmaking studio merged with a used bookstore.

 

 

 

 

Jessica Risker is a musician, artist, and professional counselor in Chicago. She received her Master's in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University, and has counseled both children and adults.  She currently works in private practice in Bucktown/Wicker Park.  She also composes and performs music regularly as a solo folk artist and leader of a psychedelic-electronic band under the name Deadbeat.  Recently she was awarded an independent artist's grant by the City of Chicago for her album of original music-box lullabies.  She is excited to foster peaceful quiet time and opportunities for bonding and creativity for parents and babies alike.

 

 

Anna Soltys is the lead singer and songwriter of "Anna Soltys and the Familiar", as well as a fine artist that has been actively working in creating large public art with youth and communities for the last 10 years. She is an Alumni of Columbia college where she studied Fine Arts. Her dedication to the arts throughout her life is a reflection of the importance she believes it processes on our emotional and intellectual development. As musician, fine artists, and new mom, she is now dedicating her time to exposing young minds to both music and art with Lil'Kidstreet.

 

 

 

 

Emily Goldin is an early childhood and art teacher in Chicago. She attended Skidmore College as a studio art major, and received a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University. She has been teaching at various preschools and art centers in the Chicago area for 15 years as a classroom preschool teacher and art teacher. She loves to create art and be around others doing the same! Emily’s goal in teaching is to create an encouraging and inspiring environment in which children are able to independently be creative. She is excited to share her experience in art and teaching at Lil’Kidstreet.

 

 

 

 

Rachel Gansner has a Masters in Early Childhood Education from DePaul University, and over 10 years of experience working with young children and their families. She loves exploring each individual's creative side and values the role family plays in a child's development.  When not in the classroom setting, Rachel enjoys yoga, baking, and getting messy in art projects with her two children, George and Weezy.

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Fatall is a reading specialist with over 15 years experience as a classroom teacher, director, and professional developer. She has a Masters in Early Childhood from Bank Street College of Education in New York City and a Reading endorsement from National Louis University. Currently, she coaches PreK - 3rd grade teachers around best practices in literacy instruction. She is passionate about providing nurturing early literacy experiences that help to foster a love of learning in young children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexandria Albert is an artist and an assistant preschool teacher in Chicago. She has been working with children for over 10 years through children's programs like the YMCA. Currently she has the opportunity to further explore her creativity on a different platform working in a preschool. She attended Columbia College Chicago where she received her Bachelors in Graphic Design. For the Past several years she has been very active as a freelance Painter and Designer. She looks forward to one day developing her own Art program for children.

 

 

  

 

 

Cheryl Casden is a local Chicago based artist, art educator and creativity advocate. She received her BFA in Integrated Studio Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and studied abroad at Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, Israel. Casden has produced and shown her mixed media works at numerous gallery events and group shows in Milwaukee and Chicago. She has also live painted and vended at numerous music festivals and health conscious gatherings throughout the Midwest. Just last year she was the Art & Music Manager for the non-for profit, O+ Festival Chicago - an art, music, and wellness festival that brought health services and opportunities to the artistic community of Pilsen. Currently, she resides in Highwood, IL and is a passionate art educator for kids and adults at Lillstreet Art Center and Bottle & Bottega, Evanston.