Identity in Art.

Identity in Art.

I am the mother of two daughters,. Both have brown hair and brown eyes, but each has her very own unique personality. And while their differences are apparent in how they act and react with the world around them, it never ceases to amaze me when I recognize their distinct personalities in their artwork ...

"Why Play?"

"Why Play?"

Play is so important in everyone's life and especially in a child's. Even as an adult, it seems like play resets us. It's a way for us to mentally and physically release and recharge. It helps us learn the physical and social worlds of others around us ...

"Peace Begins With Me": A Call for Calm.

"Peace Begins With Me": A Call for Calm.

Teaching second grade has taught me a lot about children and what these modern-day youth experience. When my students get upset, it is most often because something is out of their control: lost homework, friends who won’t play a certain game, a parent forgetting their lunch, etc.

Whatever their reaction—loud, quiet, angry, or sad—I use one tool over and over again: Peace Begins With Me.

Spring: A New Perspective and Simple Craft Project

Spring: A New Perspective and Simple Craft Project

Artists have a unique way of seeing the world. In my classes, I explain this perspective as “using artist eyes.” 

At any given moment, we use our vision to identify objects: something we do without even realizing it. Our eyes give a brief scan, identify the object, and then move on to the next. 

But when we use “artist eyes,” we look beyond the object. We take a closer look and notice the color, texture, and patterns. Or we broaden our perspective and notice the larger composition.

"What's Your Favorite Game?"

"What's Your Favorite Game?"

Welcome, friends, to the official relaunch of the Balance Studios blog!

We’re back to create and cultivate curiosity in our readers, and every month, we’ll present ideas, interviews, and in-depth discussions from our founders, educators, and the extended Balance family.

This month, we interviewed some of our teachers, asking, “What’s your favorite game?” Here’s what they had to say . . .

Meet our latest featured artist: Reay Kaplan, puppeteer extraordinaire

Meet our latest featured artist: Reay Kaplan, puppeteer extraordinaire

We are so thrilled to have Reay Kaplan, puppeteer extraordinaire, as our latest featured artist! Reay's talents include writing scripts, creating puppets, designing sets, and of course, her incredible ability to bring inanimate objects to life through the art of puppetry. Below is an interview with Reay.