⋒ ESSEM is ONE ⋒

⋒ ESSEM is ONE ⋒

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Hello… Sophia Moon here! My heart it so full… I can’t believe it’s been a year since we opened the doors to Essem Art Studio. So much has transpired… so many pivots, turns, lessons, and explorations. To all the Charlestown families and small businesses that have supported us, spread the word about what we do, created and collaborated with us, thank you so much. You keep us inspired and motivated to elevate our game every single day. It’s been a super fun ride… stick with us because it’s gonna get even better.

At Essem, our mission is to spark joy and inspire creativity in our community. We believe that, at any age, creative play and exploration helps us solve problems, manage stress, communicate better, and simply be happier. To that end, we have expanded our programming to include Creative Workshops in the evenings for adults (Paint Your Pet, Macrame, Still Life Paintings, etc); and we are introducing Mini Maker Camps for more immersive experiences for our little artists/makers in the coming months.

Our usual explorations in color and texture through paint/mediums have expanded to include the use of upcycled materials (cardboard, plastic, bottles, cartons, etc) and goodies foraged from nature (leaves, pinecones, twigs, rocks, acorns, etc). We are also dabbling in Clay Play; Printmaking; Free-form Sculptures; and thoughtfully honed crafts and activities to expand the imagination and empower artists and makers of all ages to make creative decisions.

This summer, we also introduced Music + Art Labs featuring a joyful and interactive singalong session that permit kids to be mindful of the lyrics and melodies. It is super exciting to draw from my extensive experience in music, songwriting, vocal performance, and voice coaching to teach kids to explore their voices and to appreciate the nuances in vocal expression and dynamics.

We love collaborating with likeminded, heart-forward individuals and businesses to bring art and joy to our community. The Kids of Charlestown exhibit, a collaboration with Zume’s Coffee House and Savvy Sitter Boston, is a colorful community art exhibit hanging at Zume’s through the end of September. In September, we will be doing a second installation at Grasshopper Cafe in collaboration with the Charlestown Community Center’s Summer Day Camp program – Kandinsky Kids Art.

We feel so privileged to be a part of this community and to be trusted to cultivating your creative experiences! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!

 

 

 

⋒ Our Book Nook ⋒

⋒ Our Book Nook ⋒

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Our book nook is a cozy, quiet, and technology free space for anyone who wishes enter into a new realm of imagination and wonder… we are loving our nook! For our little artists and maker friends who finish a project early, or need to step away for a minute to regroup, this is a wonderful mini retreat.

Surface Making Workshop | White Canvas

Surface Making Workshop | White Canvas

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We are super excited to announce that we are hosting our first adult workshop with Svitlana Pimenov of White Canvas at Essem Art Studio for a three hour workshop where each participant will learn how to make, and walk away with, a LIGHTWEIGHT FAUX MARBLE PHOTO BACKGROUND. We have admired Svitlana’s work for a couple years and it is a dream to have her at the studio. We hope you will join us. Here’s what the workshop will entail:

  • 3 hours of hands on experience with a small break for refreshments
  • learn how to (and walk away with your own) lightweight and absolutely unique faux marble photo surface
  • acquire original surface making techniques from Svitlana Pimenov, the founder of WHITE.C.A.N.V.A.S
  • get your questions answered during the Q&A session
  • BONUS: a DIY photo background supplies kit to take home backed up with a video tutorial

There are only 10 spots available, for more information and to book your spot, go to WHITE.C.A.N.V.A.S.

⋒ Art Labs ⋒

⋒ Art Labs ⋒

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Music + Art Labs combine singalong and art time for little artists (1.5 – 4.5). This approach affords focus and flexibility and creates opportunities for the little artists to get involved in creative play and exploration. Little artists will explore a variety of mediums, have rich sensory experiences, and learn to make marks and small creative decisions. Art Activities will occasionally incorporate lessons in letter, number, and color recognition in a loose and fun way.

Saturday Art Labs are open to all ages. Please check schedule for Saturday Art Lab dates.

Private Play Dates · If the available Art Labs don’t work with your schedule, families can coordinate to have private art play dates with their little ones. The minimum number of participating children is 6 and we can accommodate a wide range of ages.

For all Art Labs, we explore age/level appropriate mediums through guided activities and graduate to more complex mediums over time. All kids must be accompanied by an adult (adult to kid ration must be 1:2).

 

 

new studio space  ♥

new studio space ♥

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Yay! We’re moved into our cozy, new studio space. Same building (Charlestown Commerce Center). We are now in unit #318. The space is perfect for private art playdates with your favorite mommy/kid(s) so contact us if you’re interested in booking an hour of laid back fun and art exploration.