Indigo Art Muse Saturday Series with Kim Soles

Six-week art program at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia
December 5th – January 23rd
Saturdays, 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Appropriate for Children 8 – 14 years old
Register for six weeks or drop-ins available

Fall- 2014

Join in the fun of learning about the lives of artists from the past and present. In this series, we will touch on Impressionism, Surrealism, Naïve Art, Botanical Illustration and Story Telling. Inspired by the work of the artists we study, the children will explore color, light, and style.

December 5th – Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night
Inspiration of the night sky Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s enchanting oil painting of the night sky, we will open the afternoon with a brief history of Van Gogh’s life followed by the child choosing the medium and materials to recreate their own story of The Starry Night. Oil and chalk pastels, watercolor paints, colored pencils and acrylic paints will be available to choose from. We will break for a walk in the forest.

December 12th – Maira Kalman
The Study of “Looking at Lincoln” – a book Written and illustrated by Maira Kalman. Maira Kalman is an artist living in New York City. A designer, illustrator and writer, she has written and illustrated eighteen children’s books, and several books for adults. She is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker Magazine. Her work lends incredible inspiration to portray everyday life with one’s own artistic style. During this class we will explore Kalman’s children book“Looking at Lincoln” an illustrated book about the life of Abraham Lincoln. We will inspire, draw and paint expression of “everyday life”, exploring our own portrayal using vivid colors and graphic explanations.

December 19th – Henri Julien Félix Rousseau
Exotic Landscape, – The jungle Henri Rousseau was considered to paint in a Naïve or Primitive manner. Rousseau was an artist from a young age, yet became better known for his art in his later life. Ridiculed during his life, he came to be recognized as a self-taught genius whose works are of high artistic quality. He is a great example of patience and endurance. During this class we will look to Rousseau’s fascinating paintings that depict his “dream world” and tap into the dream world that lives within ourselves.

January 9th & 16th – Helen Beatrix Potter
Naturalist, Illustrator, Writer – and The Tale of Peter Rabbit – “TWO” part series Beatrix Potter was an educated and eager learner who had a great love for nature and was dedicated to preserving it. She combined her love for nature and art and inspired others through her botanical illustrations and research before writing The Tale of Peter
Rabbit. Fortunate to spend time with animals and in nature, Beatrix’s work has lived on inspiring young children ever since. This class will inspire storytelling through illustration, as well as, taking time to draw details from natural materials. This is a two-week class.

January 23rd – Marc Chagall
“If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.” – Marc Chagall Marc Chagall. So much to say about his tender heart and vibrant soul. It has been written “he synthesized the art forms of Cubism, Symbolism, and Fauvism, and the influence of Fauvism gave rise to Surrealism.” We will learn about Chagall’s path to surrealism and tap into his portrayal of the village he grew up in near the city of Vitebsk. We will explore how he combined his love for life with his past and his surreal, dreamy sensibility. We will allow ourselves to honor a free-sense of color and portray the subjects that are part of our environment.

Pay $50.00 per class or $275 for the six-week series
All supplies included
Please send a packed lunch
December 5th – January 23rd
Saturdays, 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. – 3 Hour Drop-off
Appropriate for Children 8 – 14 years old
Register for six weeks or drop-ins available

Register Here – email Nicole Nicola, Program Director at

Kim Soles is an artist, photographer, designer and writer. She is the founder and teacher of Indigo Nature Arts and offers opportunities for children to spend more time in nature. Indigo Nature Arts serves many families in the Philadelphia area with a nature/art based summer camp in the Wissahickon woods where children are free to explore, build and create from natural materials. A former accessory designer in New York City, she has a significant amount of experience as a working artist and designer, developing home-furnishing designs for the retailer Anthropologie. She is a lifelong art photographer and teaches nature photography at the Morris Arboretum. Kim began developing programming for children in Brooklyn, New York in 1999. Her constant passion and experience in learning about nature and creating art has led to her belief in the rewards it has on the mind/body and spirit.