Artful, imaginative and playful learning experiences for Kindergarteners. 

In German, the word "Kindergarten" directly translates to "children's garden." KinderARTen was created as a place children can learn and grow naturally without unnecessary demands or pressures to succeed.

KinderARTen focuses on providing artful, imaginative and playful learning experiences for this age group. While incorporating literacy, math, social studies, health and science through art, the class more importantly allows students the freedom to explore and investigate topics within a small community of learners - only 12 kids maximum per session. 

Morning (8:30-12:05) or Afternoon (11:05-2:30) times are available. Snack and all supplies included. Kids bring a packed lunch. KinderARTen will follow the Upper Arlington School holiday and school closing schedule. We will do our best to provide make-up classes when necessary. 

2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

Class will be offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays for both morning and afternoon sessions. Registration begins May 7.



Nicole Clevenger

is a former elementary school teacher who taught for 16 years at an informal, arts integrated school in Columbus. She has also taught preschool and currently writes early childhood curriculum for Playful Learning, a company based out of East Hampton, New York. Nicole is passionate about connecting rich children’s literature and process art. From her many years in the classroom, she knows that children learn best by getting messy, playing, questioning, imagining, storytelling, and creating without unnecessary limits. You can often find her at the computer, scrolling through Instagram for inspiration, reading from an ever-growing stack of books, crafting and creating at the dining room table with her two daughters, or doing anything related to ice hockey.


Gosia Kapinos

was born in Lewin Brzeski, Poland and at the age of seven moved to Hann, Münden, in Lower Saxony Germany where she developed a deep love for art and nature as a child exploring the forest. Her family re-settled in Vancouver, Canada where she attended Simon Fraser University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Minor in Publishing and Certificate in Liberal Arts. In 2016, she enrolled in the Waldorf Grades Teacher program through the West Coast Institute of Anthroposophy, and is educated in the principles of child development, including considerable artistic work in storytelling, movement, painting, music, and handwork, as well as academic and practical studies. The Waldorf philosophy emphasizes the role of imagination in learning, striving to integrate holistically the intellectual, practical and artistic development of students. As a teacher, Gosia's mission is to honour each students’ individual development and capacities, and nurture a love of learning through a rich curriculum. Recently relocating to Columbus, she loves to spend time with her husband and two children, oil painting, camping and kickboxing/crossfit.


Raygan Barrett

is owner of Picassos Art Studio and a graduate of Columbus College of Art and Design. Her career began in communication arts, but she has always been in love with the process of making art. She believes kids learn through doing and creating on their own with prompts and guidance. Striving to bring more art experiences based on fine art principals to the community she opened Picassos Art Studio in 2015. She teaches various art classes for all ages, loves to paint, drink coffee and be inspired by nature.

KinderARTen Explorations day is my daughter’s favorite day of the school week! As a parent, I love knowing she’s learning through engaging, hands-on creative projects and great literature.
— Becky Hoffman