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 maximum of 12 per class)

Our program offers a balanced schedule. There is movement between individual and group activities, some of which are focused and some of which are less directed. A good portion of our day involves artistic and creative play inside the studio, and when possible we go outdoors. This gives children plenty of time to exercise the powers of imagination, as well as develop social, emotional, and motor skills. We incorporate children's literature during daily story times which foster listening skills, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and of course creative thinking and problem solving. Children in our program learn how to express themselves through all different types of art mediums including watercolor, clay, sewing, collage, and so much more. By introducing the works of famous artists, and children's illustrators, children are inspired to create in their own way. 

Morning  Session: 8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Lunch/Free time  11:15-11:45 a.m. 
Afternoon Session: 11:15 - 2:30 p.m.

Kids bring a packed lunch and a healthy snack. All supplies included. 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. Each day and session are unique. KinderARTen is flexible, come one day or all days. Sign up per session or half a year at a time. Not sure? Try a class for free.*  Have questions? Email me at

* Please note that we limit class size, classes are a first come first serve basis, some limitations may apply when trying a class for free.

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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.

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Kelly Walker

After graduating from Columbus College of Art and Design, Kelly began her career working in art restoration. Now she focuses on her passion; teaching art. Her goal is to bring families together through art. She spends countless hours developing projects that use unique materials in different ways so kids and adults cam create in a fun, nurturing environment. In her spare time you can find her outdoors enjoying nature, volunteering as a scout mom, organizing school events or creating art with her husband (also an artist) and son.

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Laura Jacob

Laura is a Mixed-Media Artist. Her art is inspired by nature and observing the world around her. She loves to experiment with materials such as painting with pigmented beeswax. Her goal in creating art is to find a link between ordinary life and the bits of magic that can be found in it. Her current work is represented by Halyey Gallery in New Albany. When she isn't working on a project she's spending her time volunteering at her daughter's school and enjoying time with her daughter, husband and dog.

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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, a good cup of coffee and being inspired by nature.

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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 Hoffmann