Back on Campus! Branches Atelier Spring Workshop Series 2022

DEVELOPING YOUR STUDIO:

A SIX-PART WORKSHOP SERIES WITH PATRICIA HUNTER-MCGRATH AND OUR BRANCHES TEAM OF EDUCATORS

You may attend any single workshop or all six

Click here to buy tickets.

 

After two long years, we are delighted to welcome you back in-person to Branches Atelier!

Please join us for a special workshop series that focuses on The Hundred Languages of Children and how you can use these languages to design a studio/atelier in your school or home. Over six sessions, we will explore in-depth a wide range of materials, tools, and techniques that can be introduced and integrated into your own unique settings.

 From the introduction, tools, and techniques to the care and organization of materials to using these marvelous materials to support and uncover children learning to creating ateliers in your home or school, join us as we share our many years of experience using the Hundred languages in creative and innovative ways with young children. As you are exploring the materials, you will simultaneously create a personalized materials resource guide that you will be able to use for years to come.

 Finally, you will also learn how to plan and create ateliers that will bring the joy and wonder of materials into your classrooms and homes.

 

1) Introduction to Materials and the Atelier and Exploring the Alphabet of Drawing

Saturday, May 7th, 2022, 9 am to 3 pm $100 

–       includes a portfolio binder to create a personalized materials resource book

2) Creating a World of Colors: Palettes that Connect us to our World

Saturday, May 28th, 2022, 9 am to 3 pm $115 

–       includes a Color Wheel, paint recipes, a set of tempera paints, and paint cups to take back to your classroom 

3) Pastels and Watercolors             

Saturday, June 4th, 2022, 9 am to 12 pm $65

4) Mixed Media: Bringing the Materials Together

Saturday, June 4th, 2022, 2 pm to 5 pm $75

–       includes a canvas board, collage papers, and acrylic textures

 5) Innovations in Clay 

Saturday, June 25th, 2022, 9 am to 12 pm $85

–       includes a block of clay for your classroom 

 6) Creating an Atelier in Your Space 

Saturday, June 25th, 2022, 2 pm to 4 pm $50

 

All workshops are onsite at:

Branches Atelier 

11359 W Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90066 

For more than 15 years, Branches Atelier has developed an innovative program using expressive media and materials as tools of the mind. We are happy to offer this series of workshops to deeply explore the essential role that materials play in children’s learning. Over six sessions, you will be introduced to the philosophy, techniques, and organizational strategies needed to create dynamic, creative, and innovative ateliers. 

Unlike the traditional art studio that focuses on art production, ateliers are beautiful, creative spaces designed to support all areas of children’s learning and development from math, narrative, and science to creativity and problem-solving. Through the introduction of tools and techniques, you will discover how to use these amazing materials in your homes or classrooms with young children. We will explore how to organize these materials and create ateliers for a wide range of diverse settings and around specific concepts from classrooms to homes, sheds to shelves, both indoors and outdoors. 

 We invite you to attend all or any combination of these workshops. 

All tickets must be purchased via Eventbrite. Click here to buy tickets. 

1) INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS AND THE ATELIER AND EXPLORING THE ALPHABET OF DRAWING

– a hands-on workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Berenice Vallejo

 May 7th, 2022, 9 am to 3 pm $100.00 

 “Drawing at its best is not what your eyes see but what your mind understands.” – Millard Sheets

This first workshop will begin with a brief overview of the series exploring the thinking, history, and organization of Ateliers. 

 Join us for a hands-on, interactive workshop exploring the wonders of drawing. Over many years Branches has discovered and developed many different ways that drawing can be used as a powerful tool for children to uncover and deepen their ideas and develop their creativity and imagination. Together you will learn many different techniques and strategies that you can use in your classrooms. 

 Together, we will explore:  

  • What is the difference between observational, representational, and imaginative drawing?
  • What are the techniques to introduce line tools to children?
  • How can drawing be used to help children understand sequencing?
  • How can drawing be used to support literacy and mathematics?
  • What is drawing to learn?
  • How can drawing support literacy, narrative, and poetic language?
  • How is drawing used to make relationships and connections visible?
  • How can drawing support sequencing and prediction?
  • What is the alphabet of drawing?

Included in the cost of this workshop is a portfolio binder that participants will use to create their own materials resource book.

  

2) CREATING A WORLD OF COLORS: PALETTES THAT CONNECT US TO OUR WORLD

– a hands-on workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath 

May 28th, 2022, 9 am to 3 pm $115.00 

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keefe

Tempera Paint can be mixed in an infinitely nuanced palette, but how often do we end up creating colors that represent the vitality, diversity, and beauty of the natural world? 

 Join us as we consider how we can use this resource to bring attention to the richness of the environment, including: 

  • What are the tricks and tips to creating a wide range of beautiful palettes?
  • What are the techniques of paint mixing with children?
  • How can color support children learning?
  • How can a wide range of paint colors support children’s connection to nature?
  • What is the difference between a tone, hue, shade, and tint?
  • How can paint and color support literacy and poetic language?

 Included in the cost of this workshop is a Color Wheel, paint cups, and paints that participants can use to create a personal palette that can be taken back to their centers. Participants will also create a paint recipe book that can be used as a tool to create beautiful palettes throughout the year.

  

3) PASTELS AND WATERCOLORS             

– a hands-on workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath 

Saturday, June 4th, 2022, 9 am to 12 pm $65.00 

“Because watercolor actually moves on the paper, it is the most active of all mediums, almost a performance art.” – Nita Engle

 When considering which materials to introduce, the fluidity of these materials and the nature of the relationship between gestures and lines make these materials ideal for supporting a class of individuals in becoming a collaborative group. The creation of initial color palettes with an eye for how these materials can be combined and layered helps draw children’s interests over long periods of exploration.

 

  • How are pan pastels, oil pastels, and watercolor media introduced to the children?
  • What are the tools and techniques offered to the children?
  • How are the materials used to represent children’s ideas?
  • How are these materials used to support narrative and communication?
  • How are they combined to create new possibilities?

  

4) MIXED MEDIA: BRINGING THE MATERIALS TOGETHER       

– a hands-on workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath 

Saturday, June 4th, 2022, 2 pm to 5 pm $75.00 

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse 

 Join us while we explore the possibilities of layering and collage. Combining many different materials and media is a powerful tool for representation and meaning-making. Mixed media can support stories and narratives, scientific thinking, and problem-solving. Its power lies in the ability to endlessly combine and layer different types of materials to create theories, ideas, and new ways to communicate. The potential of different combinations of media invites us to reconsider our perspectives over and over again. 

  • What are the techniques of mixed media?
  • How mixed media supports literacy?
  • How is mixed media used to represent children’s ideas?
  • How is the layering of materials introduced to the children?
  • How does mixed media become a tool for reflection and collaboration?

Included in the cost of this workshop is a canvas board, collage papers, and acrylic textures. 

  

5) INNOVATIONS AND THE NARRATIVES OF CLAY

– a hands-on workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath 

Saturday, June 25th, 2022, 9 am to 12 pm $85.00

I like doing clay work. It’s different from drawing on a page because you have something to mold into different shapes. It’s quite visual; it’s a thing you can hold and feel, which makes it different from drawing.” – Bonnie Wright

 Clay is a powerful tool for transformation in children’s hands; it supports stories and narratives, mathematics, and geometry. Its flexibility invites us to reconsider our ideas over and over again. Join us while we explore the wonderful medium of clay and consider how to set up a studio where clay’s potential as a tool for representing children’s ideas can be realized. 

 

Together, we will explore:

  • What is the alphabet of clay?
  • How can clay support literacy?
  • How is clay used to represent children’s ideas?
  • How is clay introduced to the children?
  • What are the tools and techniques of clay?
  • How does clay become a tool for collaboration?

This workshop includes a block of Clay for your classroom.

  

6) CREATING AN ATELIER IN YOUR SPACE

– workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath

 Saturday, June 25th, 2022, 2 pm to 4 pm $50.00

 We will discuss many different kinds of ateliers; indoors, outdoors, on shelves, in cupboards, at home, and in school, as well as where to start and how to create a beautiful atelier for your school, class, or home.

  • What organizational strategies do we consider in creating an atelier?
  • How is the care of the atelier and materials introduced to the children?
  • How do you create a place for imagination, creativity, and problem-solving?
  • What kind of storage is best for the materials?
  • How can you design an atelier within your environmental constraints?

We invite you to attend all or any combination of these workshops. 

All tickets must be purchased via Eventbrite. Click here to buy tickets. 

 In order to attend workshops please bring proof of vaccination or negative Covid test

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Branches Atelier On-Line Courses FREE COURSE

I am so very excited and happy to have finally created my first online course for parents and teachers! This course covers an Introduction to Watercolors and Mixed Media Collage with Young Children.

This is my gift to you for being the amazing, dedicated educators and parents that you are. It is free! Go to the following link and sign in to Teachable and enjoy. Share with parents and teachers you know.

The more creative we all are during times like this, the better. Pass on the love! And if you have a moment, please leave us some feedback at the end of the course. 

Branches Atelier On-Line https://branches-atelier-on-line.teachable.com 

Much love to you all,

Patricia

 

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Back on Campus! Branches Atelier Spring Workshop Series 2022-First Workshop this Saturday 5/7

DEVELOPING YOUR STUDIO:

A SIX-PART WORKSHOP SERIES WITH PATRICIA HUNTER-MCGRATH AND OUR BRANCHES TEAM OF EDUCATORS

You may attend any single workshop or all six

Click here to buy tickets.

 

We still have spaces in all Workshops

1) Introduction to Materials and the Atelier and Exploring the Alphabet of Drawing

This saturdaySaturday, May 7th, 2022, 9 am to 3 pm $100 

After two long years, we are delighted to welcome you back in-person to Branches Atelier!

Please join us for a special workshop series that focuses on The Hundred Languages of Children and how you can use these languages to design a studio/atelier in your school or home. Over six sessions, we will explore in-depth a wide range of materials, tools, and techniques that can be introduced and integrated into your own unique settings.

 From the introduction, tools, and techniques to the care and organization of materials to using these marvelous materials to support and uncover children learning to creating ateliers in your home or school, join us as we share our many years of experience using the Hundred languages in creative and innovative ways with young children. As you are exploring the materials, you will simultaneously create a personalized materials resource guide that you will be able to use for years to come.

 Finally, you will also learn how to plan and create ateliers that will bring the joy and wonder of materials into your classrooms and homes.

 

1) Introduction to Materials and the Atelier and Exploring the Alphabet of Drawing

Saturday, May 7th, 2022, 9 am to 3 pm $100 

–       includes a portfolio binder to create a personalized materials resource book

2) Creating a World of Colors: Palettes that Connect us to our World

Saturday, May 28th, 2022, 9 am to 3 pm $115 

–       includes a Color Wheel, paint recipes, a set of tempera paints, and paint cups to take back to your classroom 

3) Pastels and Watercolors             

Saturday, June 4th, 2022, 9 am to 12 pm $65

4) Mixed Media: Bringing the Materials Together

Saturday, June 4th, 2022, 2 pm to 5 pm $75

–       includes a canvas board, collage papers, and acrylic textures

 5) Innovations in Clay 

Saturday, June 25th, 2022, 9 am to 12 pm $85

–       includes a block of clay for your classroom 

 6) Creating an Atelier in Your Space 

Saturday, June 25th, 2022, 2 pm to 4 pm $50

 

All workshops are onsite at:

Branches Atelier 

11359 W Washington Blvd.

Culver City, CA 90066 

For more than 15 years, Branches Atelier has developed an innovative program using expressive media and materials as tools of the mind. We are happy to offer this series of workshops to deeply explore the essential role that materials play in children’s learning. Over six sessions, you will be introduced to the philosophy, techniques, and organizational strategies needed to create dynamic, creative, and innovative ateliers. 

Unlike the traditional art studio that focuses on art production, ateliers are beautiful, creative spaces designed to support all areas of children’s learning and development from math, narrative, and science to creativity and problem-solving. Through the introduction of tools and techniques, you will discover how to use these amazing materials in your homes or classrooms with young children. We will explore how to organize these materials and create ateliers for a wide range of diverse settings and around specific concepts from classrooms to homes, sheds to shelves, both indoors and outdoors. 

 We invite you to attend all or any combination of these workshops. 

All tickets must be purchased via Eventbrite. Click here to buy tickets. 

1) INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS AND THE ATELIER AND EXPLORING THE ALPHABET OF DRAWING

– a hands-on workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Berenice Vallejo

 May 7th, 2022, 9 am to 3 pm $100.00 

 “Drawing at its best is not what your eyes see but what your mind understands.” – Millard Sheets

This first workshop will begin with a brief overview of the series exploring the thinking, history, and organization of Ateliers. 

 Join us for a hands-on, interactive workshop exploring the wonders of drawing. Over many years Branches has discovered and developed many different ways that drawing can be used as a powerful tool for children to uncover and deepen their ideas and develop their creativity and imagination. Together you will learn many different techniques and strategies that you can use in your classrooms. 

 Together, we will explore:  

  • What is the difference between observational, representational, and imaginative drawing?
  • What are the techniques to introduce line tools to children?
  • How can drawing be used to help children understand sequencing?
  • How can drawing be used to support literacy and mathematics?
  • What is drawing to learn?
  • How can drawing support literacy, narrative, and poetic language?
  • How is drawing used to make relationships and connections visible?
  • How can drawing support sequencing and prediction?
  • What is the alphabet of drawing?

Included in the cost of this workshop is a portfolio binder that participants will use to create their own materials resource book.

  

2) CREATING A WORLD OF COLORS: PALETTES THAT CONNECT US TO OUR WORLD

– a hands-on workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath 

May 28th, 2022, 9 am to 3 pm $115.00 

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keefe

Tempera Paint can be mixed in an infinitely nuanced palette, but how often do we end up creating colors that represent the vitality, diversity, and beauty of the natural world? 

 Join us as we consider how we can use this resource to bring attention to the richness of the environment, including: 

  • What are the tricks and tips to creating a wide range of beautiful palettes?
  • What are the techniques of paint mixing with children?
  • How can color support children learning?
  • How can a wide range of paint colors support children’s connection to nature?
  • What is the difference between a tone, hue, shade, and tint?
  • How can paint and color support literacy and poetic language?

 Included in the cost of this workshop is a Color Wheel, paint cups, and paints that participants can use to create a personal palette that can be taken back to their centers. Participants will also create a paint recipe book that can be used as a tool to create beautiful palettes throughout the year.

  

3) PASTELS AND WATERCOLORS             

– a hands-on workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath 

Saturday, June 4th, 2022, 9 am to 12 pm $65.00 

“Because watercolor actually moves on the paper, it is the most active of all mediums, almost a performance art.” – Nita Engle

 When considering which materials to introduce, the fluidity of these materials and the nature of the relationship between gestures and lines make these materials ideal for supporting a class of individuals in becoming a collaborative group. The creation of initial color palettes with an eye for how these materials can be combined and layered helps draw children’s interests over long periods of exploration.

 

  • How are pan pastels, oil pastels, and watercolor media introduced to the children?
  • What are the tools and techniques offered to the children?
  • How are the materials used to represent children’s ideas?
  • How are these materials used to support narrative and communication?
  • How are they combined to create new possibilities?

  

4) MIXED MEDIA: BRINGING THE MATERIALS TOGETHER       

– a hands-on workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath 

Saturday, June 4th, 2022, 2 pm to 5 pm $75.00 

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse 

 Join us while we explore the possibilities of layering and collage. Combining many different materials and media is a powerful tool for representation and meaning-making. Mixed media can support stories and narratives, scientific thinking, and problem-solving. Its power lies in the ability to endlessly combine and layer different types of materials to create theories, ideas, and new ways to communicate. The potential of different combinations of media invites us to reconsider our perspectives over and over again. 

  • What are the techniques of mixed media?
  • How mixed media supports literacy?
  • How is mixed media used to represent children’s ideas?
  • How is the layering of materials introduced to the children?
  • How does mixed media become a tool for reflection and collaboration?

Included in the cost of this workshop is a canvas board, collage papers, and acrylic textures. 

  

5) INNOVATIONS AND THE NARRATIVES OF CLAY

– a hands-on workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath 

Saturday, June 25th, 2022, 9 am to 12 pm $85.00

I like doing clay work. It’s different from drawing on a page because you have something to mold into different shapes. It’s quite visual; it’s a thing you can hold and feel, which makes it different from drawing.” – Bonnie Wright

 Clay is a powerful tool for transformation in children’s hands; it supports stories and narratives, mathematics, and geometry. Its flexibility invites us to reconsider our ideas over and over again. Join us while we explore the wonderful medium of clay and consider how to set up a studio where clay’s potential as a tool for representing children’s ideas can be realized. 

 

Together, we will explore:

  • What is the alphabet of clay?
  • How can clay support literacy?
  • How is clay used to represent children’s ideas?
  • How is clay introduced to the children?
  • What are the tools and techniques of clay?
  • How does clay become a tool for collaboration?

This workshop includes a block of Clay for your classroom.

  

6) CREATING AN ATELIER IN YOUR SPACE

– workshop presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath

 Saturday, June 25th, 2022, 2 pm to 4 pm $50.00

 We will discuss many different kinds of ateliers; indoors, outdoors, on shelves, in cupboards, at home, and in school, as well as where to start and how to create a beautiful atelier for your school, class, or home.

  • What organizational strategies do we consider in creating an atelier?
  • How is the care of the atelier and materials introduced to the children?
  • How do you create a place for imagination, creativity, and problem-solving?
  • What kind of storage is best for the materials?
  • How can you design an atelier within your environmental constraints?

We invite you to attend all or any combination of these workshops. 

All tickets must be purchased via Eventbrite. Click here to buy tickets. 

 In order to attend workshops please bring proof of vaccination or negative Covid test

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PEDAGOGY OF LISTENING March 11th & 12th 2022: 

MATERIALS AS A VEHICLE FOR COMMUNICATING AND UNDERSTANDING

Materials as a Vehicle for Communicating: A two- day online workshop with Tiziana Filippini, Loretta Bertani of Reggio Emilia

About this event

The West Coast Collaborative presents:

PEDAGOGY OF LISTENING

Materials as a vehicle for communicating and understanding

Featuring: Tiziana Filippini, Loretta Bertani, and members of The West Coast Collaborative

Friday March 11th, 2022 9:00am to 3:30pm (PST)

Saturday March 12th, 2022 9:00am to 12:30pm (PST)

We invite you to join us for a two-day, virtual conference to inspire and reconnect as we come back together with Reggio Educators and the West Coast Collaborative to Explore the Pedagogy of Listening: Materials as a vehicle for communicating and understanding

Morning sessions will be streamed live from Reggio Emilia

Friday afternoon presentations and discussion groups will be streamed live from:

•Branches Atelier – Culver City

•Bright Start – Santa Barbara

•Growing Place – Santa Monica

•The New School-West – Los Angeles

Tiziana Filippini is a pedagogista who collaborates with Reggio Children with regard to research, conferences, and consultancies in Italy and abroad. 

From 1978 to 2015, she worked as a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Istituzione – Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.

Tiziana is currently one of the curators of the new version, “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children.”

In addition to her work with the municipality, Tiziana was part of the original research group of Making Learning Visible, a collaboration between Reggio Children and Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The collaboration resulted in a book, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners, which became very well known in North American early childhood circles and all over the world.

Loretta Bertani is an atelierista in the Robinson Crusoe Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres, Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 1996

Loretta graduated at Istituto d’arte (Art college) of Reggio Emilia. From 1991 to 1995 she worked as an educator with the municipality of Reggio Emilia in local education groups, an experience addressed to pre-adolescent age groups and to the support of boys and girls with schools difficulties. 

Loretta collaborated with the theatre group “Teatro Gioco Vita” of Piacenza for designing and leading workshops on expressive languages and on shadow theatre addressed to primary schools, as well as for street entertainment events for children and youth.

Friday March 11th 9am to 3:30pm

9:00 – 9:15am: Welcome & Opening

9:15am – 12:30pm: Tiziana Filippini and Loretta Bertani: Designing contexts to promote learning, Part 1 ( a 10 min break included)

12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch Break

1:30 – 3:00pm: WCC Presentations & Discussion groups – Participants sign up for one of the sessions:

1 Presentation: Simple Technology, Extrodinary Creativity: Sharing 3-5 year old classroom experiences with discussioon (hands-on participation)

The New School-West, Los Angeles

Presented by Amy Bice, Cindy Nelsen, and Kristin Sherman

2 Presentation: Intersections between nature and materials in a pedagogical context. Sharing 2-5 year old classrooms experiences (hands-on participation)

Bright Start, Santa Barbara

Presented by Marcela Caceres-Gelinas and Liliana Hensel

3 Presentation: Exploring The Language of Drawing: a tool for extending children’s expression, imagination, and connection with nature and the environment (hands-on participation)

Branches Atelier, Culver City:

Presented by Patricia Hunter McGrath and Berenice Vallejo

4 Discussion Group Facilitated by Educators and Administrators from the WCC: Constructivism with Colleagues: Building Collaborativce Professional Development

5 Discussion Group Facilitated by Educators and Administrators from the WCC: Role of Documentation in Long Term Small Group Work

6 Discussion Group Facilitated by Educators and Administrators from the WCC: Materials to Foster Early Learning and Relationships with Infants and Toddlers

3:00-3:15pm: Reflection in small group

3:15-3:30pm: Closing in large group

Saturday March 12th 9am to 12:30pm

9:00am – 12:20pm: Tiziana Filippini and Loretta Bertani: Designing contexts to promote learning, Part 2 (a 10 min break included)

12:20-12:30pm: Closing 

This event is Hosted by the West Coast Collaborative.

Cost:

General Admission – $100

Student Discount (with current ECE ID) – $50

To apply for the Student Discount,

please email: Allison@BranchesAtelier.com

Questions: Allison@BranchesAtelier.com

Purchase tickets here via EventBrite:

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Inspiring Spring Classes at SMC

Whether you are a new teacher,  assistant or a lifelong learner consider enrolling in:

ECE 17: Curriculum Development in Early Education : a socio-constructivist approach.

Taught by Christine Richard, M.A., Pedagogista, Master Teacher,and California ECE Mentor.

ECE 51: Introduction to the Reggio Emilia Approach in American Contexts.

Taught by Ellen Khokha, M.A., Founder of the Growing Place and SMC  California Mentor Coordinator. 

Both courses are:

  • Three unit courses.
  • 8 weeks (Feb 14-April 10).
  • Feature practical applications.
  • Entirely on-line. 
  • Tour of the new Santa Monica Lab School on a Saturday (optional).
  • At $46 a credit unit this is an exceptionally sound investment in the future  of your program and teachers. 

We look forward to working with you. 

Ellen Khokha and Christine Richard

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Branches Book and Toy Resource Guide

With the winter holiday season fast approaching, I am excited to share our updated Branches Atelier Book & Toy Resource Guide. The books and gifts contained within this guide will support children’s creativity and imagination as well as their attention, self-control and problem-solving skills.

Before heading out to the mall or jumping online to purchase the latest and greatest gifts, I would like to suggest that perhaps you might rethink how many new toys your child needs. Maybe scale back the number and the kind of toys and gifts you purchase. If your child has too much, nothing is special. When a child has too many toys, they tend to flit from one to the other without investing time and deeply exploring or playing with what they have. This leads to boredom. 

While all toys do have a sticker price, I encourage you to slow down and consider the actual cost of certain toys. With climate change being one of the biggest challenges of our time, we must take into consideration the environmental cost of producing so many gifts and toys. And we must ask ourselves the question, “What happens to the toy after a child is finished with it?” Too often, the “latest and greatest” toys end up discarded and, unfortunately, in the trash dump within a few months. Many of these toys are made of plastic and don’t naturally break down. If you think the toy might be discarded in a few months, don’t buy it. 

Instead, here are some high-quality, child-tested, environmentally friendly, fun, and educational gifts ideas that children will enjoy for years to come. These toys will withstand the test of time. And best of all, many of them have much less impact on our environment. 

Finally, don’t forget to buy less, play more, and spend time creating some wonderful new family memories!

Enjoy!! Patricia

Click Here to download Branches Atelier Book & Toy Resource Guide

Please feel free to share or post the link below with your colleagues, parents, friends and families.

Branches Book and Toy Resource Guide

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Making Memories and Reducing Stress Over the Holidays

New article from Patricia Hunter McGrath

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Exploring the Fundamentals of the Reggio Approach

Friday November 12 & Saturday 13 2021

9:00am to 3:30pm PST

The West Coast Collaborative invites you to join us for a two-day, virtual conference to inspire and reconnect as we come back together with Reggio Educators and the West Coast Collaborative.

Morning sessions will be streamed live from Reggio Emilia:

Tiziana Filippini– Pedagogista and Loretta Bertani– Atelierista

Afternoon breakout sessions will be streamed live from the West Coast Collaborative schools:

Branches Atelier – Culver City, Bright Start – Santa Barbara

Growing Place – Santa Monica & The New School West – Los Angeles

Friday November 12 

9:00am-9:15am: Welcome & Opening

9:15-10:45: Tiziana Filippini and Loretta Bertani: Fundamentals through the lens of interconnectivity

10:45-11:00: Break

11:00am-12:30pm: Continued- Tiziana Filippini and Loretta: Fundamentals through the lens of interconnectivity

12:30pm-1:00pm: Lunch Break

1:00pm-2:30pm: WCC teachers presentations- Breakout sessions

Participants sign up for one of the four sessions:

1 Growing Place Ocean Park, Santa Monica Amy Dickens, Teacher: The Bread Shop: Creating a place to build connections

2 Bright Start, Santa Barbara  Marcela Caceres-Gelinas, Director/Pedagogista & Liliana Hensel, M.A.: Building a Culture of Well-being & Community 

3 The New School West, Venice  Cindy Nelsen, Atelierista & Flora Toro, Teacher: From Pods to Performers, a tale of building relationships through materials.

2:30pm-3:30pm: Q&A as large group

3:00pm-3:30pm: Closing and Reflection

Saturday November 13

9:00am-10:45am Tiziana Filippini and Loretta Bertani: Presentations through the lens of interconnectivity

1:45am-11:00: Break

11:00am-12:30pm: Continued-Tiziana Filippini and Loretta Bertani: Presentations through the lens of interconnectivity

12:30-1:00: Lunch Break

1:15-2:30pm: WCC teachers presentations- Breakout sessions 

Participants sign up for one of the three sessions:

1 Bright Start, Santa Barbara                        Michelle Lagunas, Teacher and Elise Wellington, Teacher: Herbs and Alchemy: Cultivating ecological thinking through empathy and the hundred languages

r2 Branches Atelier, Culver City
Patricia Hunter McGrath, Atelierista/Executive Director & Berenice Vallejo, Assistant Director : “All living things need love”…An exploration of ecology through sound, paint and narrative.

3 The New School West, Venice  Susan Kim, & Cynthia Vazquez Transformation and Relaunch

4Growing Place Marine Park, Santa Monica

Beth Nakatsui, Infants Teacher & Julia Vasquez, Infants Teacher: Bridging Boundaries and Ecosystems: Everything is interconnected

2:30pm-3:30pm: Q&A as large group

3:00pm-3:30pm: Closing and Reflection

Cost

$100 Early Birds (until Nov 2nd) 

$135 General Admission

$75 One day only

$50 Student Discount (with current ECE ID)

Ellen Khokha Scholarship 

 -Write a letter and send to allison@branchesatelier.com for review 

All tickets are to be purchased through EventBrite

Click here to register to purchase tickets via EventBrite

About the presenters:

Loretta Bertani is an atelierista in the Robinson Crusoe Preschools and Infant Toddler Center, Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 1996.

Loretta graduated at Instituto d’arte (Art College) of Reggio Emilia. From 1991 to 1995, she worked as an educator with the municipality of Reggio Emilia in local education groups, an experience addressed to pre-adolescent age groups and to the support of boys and girls with difficulties in school.

Loretta collaborated with the theater group “Teatro Gioco Vita” of Piacenza for designing and leading workshops on expressive languages and shadow theatre addressed to primary schools, as well as for street entertainment events for children and youth.

Tiziana Filippini is a pedagogista who collaborates with Reggio Children with regard to research, conferences and consultations in Italy and abroad.

From 1978 to 2015, Tiziana worked as a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Istituzione of Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.

Tiziana is currently one of the curators of the new version: “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children.”

In addition to her work with the municipality, Tiziana was part of the original research group of Making Learning Visible, a collaboration between Reggio Children and Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The collaboration resulted in a book, “Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners,” which became very well known in North American Early Childhood Education.

Bright Start Presenters: Michelle Lagunas and Elise Wellington: Herbs and Alchemy: Cultivating ecological thinking through empathy and the hundred languages

Bright Start Presenters: Marcela Caceres-Gelinas, & Liliana Hensel: Building a Culture of Well-being & Community 

Growing Place, Ocean Park Presenter: Amy Dickens: The Bread Shop: Creating a place to build connectio

Growing Place, Marine Park Presenters: Beth Nakatsui and Julia Vazquez: Bridging Boundaries and Ecosystems: Everything is interconnected

Branches Atelier  Presenters: Patricia Hunter McGrath and Berenice Vallejo: “All living Things Need love”… An Exploration of Ecology Through Sound, Paint and Narrative

The New School West  Presenters: Cindy Nelsen & Flora Toro: From Pods to Performers, a tale of building relationships through materials

The New School West Presenters: Susan Kim, & Cynthia Vazquez Transformation and Relaunch


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Branches Atelier Online Parenting Classes with Becky Zlotoff

Raising children can be both joyful and challenging. At times, it can also feel lonely and confusing.  Join Becky Zlotoff and other families on this journey, in a warm, safe and non-judgmental space. We will meet weekly on Zoom. Together we will explore our own triggers, where our children are developmentally and best practices for raising children in mindful, peaceful ways. 

Becky Zlotoff has been an early childhood educator for 22 years and has worked with infants, toddlers, preschoolers and parents, as well as mentoring teachers. She also has 4 children and 4 grandchildren of her own. 

Becky combines her knowledge and experiences with all these age groups and roles, as she support the adults in creating their own unique and loving families.

All classes will take place on Zoom. Registration is per family. This includes child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) and occasional visits from other involved family members. 

Space in each class is limited to 10 families.

$550 per 10 week session or $1400 for 30 weeks 

Session 1

Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00pm October 12th -December 14th

Or Wednesdays from11:00am-12:00pm October13th –December 15th

Session 2

Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00pm January 4th – March 8th

Or Wednesdays from11:00am-12:00pm January 5th – March 9th

Session 3

Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00pm March 15th, 22nd; April 12th – May 31st

Or Wednesdays from11:00am-12:00pm March 16th, 23rd; April 13th – June 1st

Please email Jim@BranchesAtelier.com & Becky@BranchesAtelier.com to register.

Please feel Free to share this link with friends and families.

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Good News! Saturday Only Ticket Now On Sale

Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times : A two- day online workshop with Tiziana Filippini, Loretta Bertani of Reggio Emilia, Italy

After many requests from those of you that have to work on Friday we are now able to offer a Saturday Only option for this conference Please click here to purchase tickets.

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About this Event

The West Coast Collaborative presents:

Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times

Presented by: Tiziana Filippini, Loretta  Bertani,

and members of The West Coast Collaborative

Friday March 5th & Saturday March 6th, 2021

9:00am to 3:00pm (PST)

This year has been long and challenging! We invite you to join us for a two-day, virtual conference to inspire and reconnect as we come back together with Reggio Educators and the West Coast Collaborative to explore how we are Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times. 

Morning sessions will be streamed live from Reggio Emilia.

Afternoon breakout sessions will be streamed live from The West Coast Collaborative

Branches Atelier – Culver City, Bright Start – Santa Barbara, Growing Place- Santa Monica, and The New School West – Los Angeles.

Tiziana Filippini is a pedagogista who collaborates with Reggio Children with regard to research, conferences, and consultancies in Italy and abroad. From 1978 to 2015, she worked as a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Istituzione – Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.Tiziana is currently one of the curators of the new version, “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children.”In addition to her work with the municipality, Tiziana was part of the original research group of Making Learning Visible, a collaboration between Reggio Children and Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The collaboration resulted in a book, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners, which became very well known in North American early childhood circles and all over the world.

Loretta  Bertani  is  an atelierista in the Robinson Crusoe Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres, Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 1996Loretta graduated at Istituto d’arte (Art college) of Reggio Emilia. From 1991 to 1995 she worked as an educator with the municipality of Reggio Emilia in local education groups, an experience addressed to pre-adolescent age groups and to the support of boys and girls with schools difficulties. Loretta collaborated with the theatre group “Teatro Gioco Vita” of Piacenza for designing and leading workshops on expressive languages and on shadow theatre addressed to primary schools, as well as for street entertainment events for children and youth.

Schedule:

Friday March 5th 9am to 3pm 

9:00 – 9:15am: Welcome & Opening

9:15 – 10:45am: Tiziana Filippini – Crossing Boundaries
 
 10:45 – 11:00am: Break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Loretta Bertani – Coexistences:
Relationships Between Living Organisms

12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30pm: Breakout sessions

Participants sign up for one of the two sessions:

1
Growing Place Marine Park, Infant Toddler
Cecilia Carrillo & Beth Nakatsui, Teachers
Saying Hello to a New Classroom: Meaningful School
Transitions During the Pandemic:
Offering knowledge and practical suggestions to help
make transitions (during this pandemic) meaningful
for children, parents, and teachers.

2
Branches Atelier, Los Angeles
Patricia Hunter McGrath, Atelierista/Executive Director 
& Berenice Vallejo, Assistant Director/Teacher
Creativity, Connections, and Relationships:
Materials and Environments to Bridge Physical
Distancing and Help Build Community.

2:30-3:00pm: Return to the same breakout group for
reflections and Q&A.




Saturday March 6th 9am to 3 pm
 
9:00 – 10:45am: Tiziana Filippini & Loretta Bertani
Coexistences: Relationships Between Living Organisms

10:45 – 11:00am: Break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Tiziana Filippini & Loretta Bertani
Coexistences: Relationships Between Living Organisms
continued

12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30pm: Breakout sessions

Participants sign up for one of the three sessions:

1
Bright Start, Santa Barbara
Marcela Caceres-Gelinas, Director/Pedagogista
Bridging Boundaries Between School & Home: A
Collaborative Process with Educators, Children, and Parents
During a Global Pandemic.

2
The New School West, Venice
Kristin Sherman, Pedagogista & Roleen Heimann, 
Co-Founder/Co-Director
“We got to see a feeling!”: How we’ve supported
collaboration, expression, and community building while
physically distancing online and on the ground.

3
Growing Place Ocean Park, Santa Monica
Christine Richard, M.A., Pedagogista
Metaphors for Resiliency: Observing how children see the
 world, what impressions they offer to us about the
resiliency of humanity and our connection to nature and
community.

2:30 – 3:00pm: Closing Panel with representatives  from each school
 

This event is Hosted by the West Coast Collaborative.

Cost:

Early Birds (until Feb. 26th) – $110

General Admission – $135

All tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite Please Click Here to Register or purchase tickets below:

Student Discount (with current ECE ID and proof of enrollment) – $50

To apply for the Student Discount, 

please email: Jim@BranchesAtelier.com

Questions: Allison@BranchesAtelier.com

Click Here to download the flyer for your school

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Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times : A two- day online workshop with Tiziana Filippini, Loretta Bertani of Reggio Emilia, Italy

Our Early Bird Discount expires Tonight 2/26/21

at midnight

About this Event

The West Coast Collaborative presents:

Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times

Presented by: Tiziana Filippini, Loretta  Bertani,

and members of The West Coast Collaborative

Friday March 5th & Saturday March 6th, 2021

9:00am to 3:00pm (PST)

This year has been long and challenging! We invite you to join us for a two-day, virtual conference to inspire and reconnect as we come back together with Reggio Educators and the West Coast Collaborative to explore how we are Bridging Boundaries During Challenging Times. 

Morning sessions will be streamed live from Reggio Emilia.

Afternoon breakout sessions will be streamed live from The West Coast Collaborative

Branches Atelier – Culver City, Bright Start – Santa Barbara, Growing Place- Santa Monica, and The New School West – Los Angeles.

Tiziana Filippini is a pedagogista who collaborates with Reggio Children with regard to research, conferences, and consultancies in Italy and abroad. From 1978 to 2015, she worked as a member of the Pedagogical Coordinating Team of the Istituzione – Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.Tiziana is currently one of the curators of the new version, “The Wonder of Learning: The Hundred Languages of Children.”In addition to her work with the municipality, Tiziana was part of the original research group of Making Learning Visible, a collaboration between Reggio Children and Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The collaboration resulted in a book, Making Learning Visible: Children as Individual and Group Learners, which became very well known in North American early childhood circles and all over the world.

Loretta  Bertani  is  an atelierista in the Robinson Crusoe Preschools and Infant Toddler Centres, Istituzione of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia since 1996Loretta graduated at Istituto d’arte (Art college) of Reggio Emilia. From 1991 to 1995 she worked as an educator with the municipality of Reggio Emilia in local education groups, an experience addressed to pre-adolescent age groups and to the support of boys and girls with schools difficulties. Loretta collaborated with the theatre group “Teatro Gioco Vita” of Piacenza for designing and leading workshops on expressive languages and on shadow theatre addressed to primary schools, as well as for street entertainment events for children and youth.

Schedule:

Friday March 5th 9am to 3pm 

9:00 – 9:15am: Welcome & Opening

9:15 – 10:45am: Tiziana Filippini – Crossing Boundaries
 
 10:45 – 11:00am: Break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Loretta Bertani – Coexistences:
Relationships Between Living Organisms

12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30pm: Breakout sessions

Participants sign up for one of the two sessions:

1
Growing Place Marine Park, Infant Toddler
Cecilia Carrillo & Beth Nakatsui, Teachers
Saying Hello to a New Classroom: Meaningful School
Transitions During the Pandemic:
Offering knowledge and practical suggestions to help
make transitions (during this pandemic) meaningful
for children, parents, and teachers.

2
Branches Atelier, Los Angeles
Patricia Hunter McGrath, Atelierista/Executive Director 
& Berenice Vallejo, Assistant Director/Teacher
Creativity, Connections, and Relationships:
Materials and Environments to Bridge Physical
Distancing and Help Build Community.

2:30-3:00pm: Return to the same breakout group for
reflections and Q&A.




Saturday March 6th 9am to 3 pm
 
9:00 – 10:45am: Tiziana Filippini & Loretta Bertani
Coexistences: Relationships Between Living Organisms

10:45 – 11:00am: Break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Tiziana Filippini & Loretta Bertani
Coexistences: Relationships Between Living Organisms
continued

12:30 – 1:15pm: Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:30pm: Breakout sessions

Participants sign up for one of the three sessions:

1
Bright Start, Santa Barbara
Marcela Caceres-Gelinas, Director/Pedagogista
Bridging Boundaries Between School & Home: A
Collaborative Process with Educators, Children, and Parents
During a Global Pandemic.

2
The New School West, Venice
Kristin Sherman, Pedagogista & Roleen Heimann, 
Co-Founder/Co-Director
“We got to see a feeling!”: How we’ve supported
collaboration, expression, and community building while
physically distancing online and on the ground.

3
Growing Place Ocean Park, Santa Monica
Christine Richard, M.A., Pedagogista
Metaphors for Resiliency: Observing how children see the
 world, what impressions they offer to us about the
resiliency of humanity and our connection to nature and
community.

2:30 – 3:00pm: Closing Panel with representatives  from each school
 

This event is Hosted by the West Coast Collaborative.

Cost:

Early Birds (until Feb. 26th) – $110

General Admission – $135

All tickets are to be purchased via EventBrite Please Click Here to Register or purchase tickets below:

Student Discount (with current ECE ID and proof of enrollment) – $50

To apply for the Student Discount, 

please email: Jim@BranchesAtelier.com

Questions: Allison@BranchesAtelier.com

Click Here to download the flyer for your school

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