Our Vehicle is ART.
Our Destination is WheRever our Ideas take us.
Nestled in the heart of Cow Hollow is ARTifact; a creative clubhouse for kids age 2.5-12. In 2010, ARTifact opened its doors to 8 students and quickly grew into an enrichment program widely known for its original and unique avant-garde curriculum that fuses Anthropology and ART to help us meet and know our world.
Over the years, our students have exhibited their work at the deYoung Museum and collaborated with some of the most prolific artists of our time. Our vehicle is ART, but our destination is wherever our ideas take us. Math, science, social studies, history, and literacy are just a few of the core learning principles consistently integrated into our program's ART philosophy. There's also a whole lot of heart and spirit.
ARTifact was created for kids and by kids (and those of us who are still kids at heart). We are beyond proud to share a seat at our ART table with each and every one of them. Our teachers are CPR and First Aid Certified, University educated, diverse, talented, and well versed in ARTifact's teaching philosophy. They are the best of the best. Our community of neighbors near and far are our biggest fans. Together, we've built a great ART family.
Whether you're a dreamer, tinkerer, creator, or just someone who likes to get messy, we invite you join us in the creative process. We can't wait to welcome you to our magical place and share a seat with you at our table.
"You are really doing a full Yves Klein experience with the children.
What a great idea and wonderful gift for them.
This is truly an enrichment in their lives.
All my love to the children!"
(Artist, Performer, Wife of Yves Klein)
As best we can, we like to honor the integrity of the artists and objects we study. We create our curriculum with the help of those who really own a part of the narrative; through their own eyes and through their own voice. When we share a seat at our ART table, we are also sharing dialogue in a deeply meaningful way.
One thing that my father did in much of his art was to play with the visual shorthands we accept as representations of things. For example... different squiggles that we read as the surface of a lake. Why do we so immediately accept these conventions? How can we depict something — an eye, a bowl of fruit, whatever — in as few marks as possible? What’s the minimum we need to recognize a face or a chair?
Do you think that exercises with this in mind might be fun for the kids?
-Mitchell Lichtenstein (son of Roy Lichtenstein)