Saturday Morning Art Labs

Saturday Morning Art Labs

Virtual Art Lab community home activities

Upcoming Session Dates: Dec 12, 19, Jan 9, 23

Drop-in Fee: $15/ per family
ESSEM INSIDERS: $5/ per family

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Kick off your winter weekends with Virtual Saturday Morning Art Labs, 9:30am via Zoom. This is a family/sibling friendly event so gather your art/craft materials and join us for art/craft fun! Artists of all ages are welcome.

Materials are generally open and we encourage you to get creative and use what you have at home.

You will receive the event specific Zoom link via email along with any materials you will need to gather for the Art Lab.

Click to Register and you will be prompted to choose a date(s) from a drop down:

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8 Week Toddler Music + Art Lab

8 Week Toddler Music + Art Lab

Virtual Art Lab art labs creative play home activities music

Upcoming Session Dates: Dec 7, 14, 21, 28, Jan 4, 11, 18, 25
8 Mondays 9:30 AM聽

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Join us with your little artist for a LIVE virtual Music + Art Lab on ZOOM on Monday mornings at 9:30.聽 聽Art Kits* are included for each participating child. Any missed live sessions can be made up via recording, which will be available 48 hrs after the event.

Little artists as little as young as 18 months up to 4 yo are welcome to join us!

For this 8 week series, we will kickoff with a fun singalong followed by a group art projects focused on drawing, mark making, cutting, and collaging. These skills develop fine motor skills and help little artists grow in creative confidence as they learn to express their thoughts and ideas visually.

All little artists must be supervised and assisted for the entire duration of the class.

*Art Kits will be shipped or dropped off locally (zip: 02129 only) during the week of Dec 1st. For sibling kits, you can choose to add a kit in the drop down menu.

Butterfly Colorsheet

Butterfly Colorsheet

Virtual Art Lab art labs

Butterfly Week was the first theme of our Art + Explore Minicamp and in addition to creating amazing Cardboard Butterfly Puppets, our budding artists learned about the anatomy of a butterfly using a coloring sheet we digitally designed. We’re inviting you to take part int he fun by printing these color sheets at home and sharing this activity with your little ones. For best results with regular printing paper, you can use crayons, color pencils, and markers. If you are printing on a toothier, textured paper, you can explore paints and watercolors as well.

Also included is an outline of the butterfly’s basic anatomy so you can have a mini lesson included in your art project! Simply click on the image to download, print, and have fun! 馃檪

Anatomy of a Butterfly:



Summer Art + Explore 路 Virtual Minicamp

Summer Art + Explore 路 Virtual Minicamp

MINI MAKER CAMP Virtual Art Lab art labs


Six Weeks ft. Weekly Summer Themes聽 路

14 Self-Paced Art Projects and Creative Prompts

Enrollment is now closed.聽

Essem’s Art + Explore program is a six-week exploration of summer themes. Each week will feature one main art/craft project and we’ve sprinkled in a few bonus mini project, creative prompts, or activities. The guided art labs are hosted on teachable and are self-paced. Our goal is minimal screen time (less than 30 minutes each week). Each little artist will receive a special Art Box with *all the supplies they will need to participate in each project. These projects are a really great way to creatively engage with your little artists (age 3-6) or stimulate your bigger kids (6+) with more independent art and craft explorations.

Our weekly themes invite each little artist to explore before participating in the guided art project. Each project has been thoughtfully created and curated to spark joy and inspire creativity so your little ones will enjoy the process and want to boast out loud, “I made that.” The weekly themes were chosen to especially delight young artists and each week will feature a different art/craft process or medium:

  • Bubbles 路 Artist Style: Jackson Pollack
  • Butterflies 路 Cardboard Puppet Creation
  • Flowers & Trees 路 Painting + Drawing
  • Waterfront 路 Cut + Collage
  • Bees 路 Coil Clay Hive Creation
  • Summer Sweet Treats 路 Mixed Media Project

Suggested age: 3+ with adult assistance, 6+ for adult supervision.


We are so excited to share this magical experience with you and your budding artists. Limited Art Boxes and Enrollment (60)



How it Works

First, you Enroll/Register your little artist(s) for the program by July 18th.

During the week of July 20th, you can pick up for your Art Boxes at the studio, opt into doorstep delivery (Charlestown families only), or we can ship anywhere in the U.S.

Every Sunday evening, starting July 26th (for six weeks) we will send you an email introducing the weekly theme, adult guides, and links to all projects associated with it on teachable. These project and classes be completed at your own pace.聽Please note: This is a seasonal 6-week program and will be accessible through the end of September to permit extra time to complete the projects.

*Art boxes will not contain scissors and common household items such as salt, cardboard, etc.



鈰 Frequently Asked Questions聽鈰

My little one is not 3 yet, can they still participate? At the studio, we have definitely had the privilege of working with some very precocious toddlers who have a longer attention span than their older classmates. Trust your parental judgement and knowledge of your little one’s disposition. All little artists under 6 years of age will likely need adult assistance. The younger your little one, the greater you should expect your involvement to be. That said, we have had super engaged 18 month olds in our studio complete similar projects successfully (and very joyfully) with adult assistance (of course!)聽

Is my child too old to participate?聽Never too old in my personal opinion. The mediums, concepts, processes that we are introducing are ones that mature artists spend their lifetimes mastering, crafting, and creating. While a lot of the concepts are designed for young artists to easily comprehend, they are by no means skills or experiences you can age out of. As an adult, my favorite part of what I do, is constantly exploring, experimenting, and creating. So, short answer, no. Your child is not too old to participate. 馃檪