Indigo Nature Arts

December Winter Camp with Indigo Nature Arts

How Six Found Chrismas, by Trina Schart Hyman

December 21, 22, 23rd  

Where – Cedars House on Forbidden Drive in the Wissahickon – To register for Cedars House Camp email indigonaturearts@gmail.com

9:00-3:00 (aftercare options until 4pm available for additional cost)

$50 per day, includes snack and supplies

Join us for a winter break in the lovely Wissahickon. We keep warm throughout our day in our indoor space at the Cedars House with activities that range from painting and decorating cards for appreciation for those we love, to working with glitter covering twigs and leaves to brighten our rooms at home. We will cheer up this time of the season making glass lanterns and nature inspired crafts, along with stringing an edible garland of apples and cranberries for winter birds.  Annually, I read a very short, sweet, classic tale – How Six Found Christmas (one of my favorites)! This enchanting story will lead us on an adventure into the Wissahickon on a scavenger hunt to search for “a” Christmas. The tale is non-religious and will touch the lives of all children no matter of their spiritual faith as it and depicts the gentle simplicity of the season. Hot coco, apples and other non-gluten snacks are provided. We will also fill our winter camp days with making frozen ornaments filled with bird seed and pretty findings to hang for the woodland creatures (if it is cold enough!). Hiking the leafless forest for pine cones and twigs, combined with a bit of glitter will make our days at Cedars House sparkle!

December 28, 29 and 30th

Where – The Waldorf School of Philadelphia! To register for the Waldorf School Winter Camp email Program Director Nicole Nicola at nicola.ny2@gmail.com

9:00-3:00 (aftercare options until 4pm available for additional cost)

$50 per day, includes snack and supplies


Join in on the days leading to the New Year during winter camp at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia. The children will play, create, and learn about the art of Letterboxing! We will begin our time together learning about the history of Letterboxing, a sort-of treasure hunt sport that dates back to the year 1854, where it began in Dartmoor, Devon, England. We will then sculpt simple individual stamps and create a stamp book with a cover before heading out on the campus of the Waldorf School to follow the Letterboxing map to solve the puzzle of the hidden Letterbox. The children will also create their own New Year calendar, constructed of fine paper and will depict their own vision of the seasons. Children are invited to bring a blanket and pillow to curl up during story time and bring a favorite stuffed animal or their own book to read. A daily, healthy snack is provided.  

Children’s Saturday Art Classes!

NEW DATES! Begins January 9, 2016!


Indigo Art Muse Saturday Series with Kim Soles

Six-week art program at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia
January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, and 13th.
Saturdays, 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
Appropriate for Children 8 – 14 years old
Register for six weeks or drop-ins available

Register now @ nicole.ny2@gmail.com

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.

January 9 – 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.

January 16 – Maira Kalman

Looking at Lincoln book coverThe 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.

January 23 – 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 30 and February 6 – Helen Beatrix PotterbeatrixPotterBunny_L
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.

February 13 – 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.MarcChagallMuseeNationalMar

Pay $40.00 per class or $220 for the six-week series
All supplies included
Please send a packed lunch
January 9 – February 13
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 nicole.ny2@gmail.com


School Closings and Holiday Camp Days!

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For those of you interested or in need…Indigo Day Camp is happening in the Wissahickon during school holidays and closings for children ages 4-10. Drop off is at 9:00am. pick up is at 3:00pm. $50 for the day and includes a healthy snack and a day of awesome-ness.

Held at the Cedars House on Forbidden Drive, we spend part of our day on the grounds in the lovely Andorra Natural Area at the Tree House. Similar to a Indigo’s Summer Camp days, we have options to explore the forest, meadow and creek and offer child-led play and nature arts and crafts.

Day Camp Dates

Holiday Break

December 21-23 and December 28 – 30

Please feel free to check in with any questions. Space is also limited. Signing up early helps.


The day runs 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and is held at the Cedars House on Forbidden Drive where Indigo Summer Camp takes place. The forest, creek and meadows surround the Cedar’s House and we spend our days exploring, hiking, painting, nature crafts, finger knitting and drawing. Older children may bring a book to read and homework if necessary. The cost per day is $50 and a healthy snack is included. You pack a lunch and a water bottle. To register – email indigonaturearts@gmail.com.


The Tree House has a beautiful new porch! 

Thanks to all of the families who brought their children out to finger knit and share their creative knowledge with others!

You are all awesome!

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Minute Meditation at Summer Camp. Taking a minute to pause, breath and feel the world around you can make the difference of how your day is going to be.


Sometimes you just have to stop and listen to the trees.

Simple as gazing at the moon and stars; wonder and surprise allow us to grow in a way that no other experience can give. It is with this belief and certainty that has inspired me to implement the Indigo Nature Arts program. The program embraces art, nature exploration and movement, surrounded by the magic of the Wissahickon Park. Giving children the opportunity to take part in the natural world will enable them to share it with others as they grow into adulthood. ~Kim Soles

After school Photography and Mixed-Media Art Program.  

For students 8 – 11 years old. At Read + Eat in Mt. Airy on Germantown Avenue.  

We will explore 20141023-DSC_1964techniques of photographic images and collage. Photographing the historic architecture and the autumn landscape of the surrounding Mt. Airy neighborhood, the child will choose images from their work to incorporate into collage and mixed media painting. Our last class includes sharing of the children’s work and learning how to deliver positive critiques. 

September 30 – November 18 – 3:30 – 5:30, $200 (includes one make-up class)


Thursday After school Yarn Arts – Finger Knitting, Crocheting and Colorful Yarn DIY Projects

For students 8 – 11 years old. At Read + Eat in Mt. Airy on Germantown Avenue.  

Children are invited to join in a circle of yarn and learning. There is no better way toCamp-2015 020 “unwind” after school then to sit, finger-knit and talk with peers. After years of running Indigo Nature Arts Summer Camp I recognized the collective appeal and the benefits of children finger knitting. Children who are very physical and active are as enthusiastic about finger knitting as children who are more tranquil. Finger knitting is calming and allows quieting of the mind and body while inspiring the imagination. 

The children will have the opportunity to learn to crochet if they choose, as well as using yarn for various DIY projects. – 
8 weeks.  
October 1 – November 19, $200 (includes one make-up class) 

Summer Camp 2015 was awesome! Thank you to all of the families and children who made this summer fun and successful.

Indigo Nature Arts is grateful to provide a space and place for kids to be themselves and to be inspired by the beauty nature provides. Learning at it’s finest.

2015 Indigo Nature Arts Camp 

 Indigo Nature Arts Sassafras Camp

Full Day Program for 5 – 8 year old children

Monday through Friday  9:00 – 3:00 $250

Half Day for 4 – 5.5 year old children only

Monday through Friday  9:00 – 12:30 $185

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Weeks of – June 15-19, June 22-26, June 29 – July 3, August 17-21, August 24-28

Indigo Nature Arts Sassafras Camp provides children with an interactive camp that is small and takes place in an outdoor play-space in the Wissahickon. Boys and girls enjoy lazy days that open up to all kind of adventures such as exploring at the creek, scouting for bugs, worms and insects in the meadow, and hiking the trails in the Wissahickon woods. Imaginative-child-led play, handwork, art work, and natural science weave together a program for children 4.5 to 8 years old. The size is lovingly-limited which allows children to form relationships while becoming comfortable in a setting where they get thoughtful attention. Health, daily snack is provided for full day program.

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Magical World of Woodland Gnomes and Faerie Folk  July 20-24iphone-2015-spring-summer-winter 514


9:00 – 3:00 Monday – Friday $300     

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The delightful world of woodland fairies and gnomes will enchant children 5 to 8 years old for an entire week! Children will have the opportunity to investigate the captivating world of the faerie folk and will help build faerie houses, create sparkly crafts and prepare tasty faerie treats. Each child will work on a story book with their drawings, pressed flowers, leaves and other faerie findings. Our week will conclude with Faerie Friday Celebration Day, creating faerie inspired accessories, charming crowns and laurels. There will be plenty of play time, finger knitting and time to rest during this enchanting week of summer. Faerie inspired – healthy, daily snack is provided.

Wissahickon Warrior Camp 


FOR 8 AND 9 YEAR OLD CHILDREN (note- this is a two week camp. Children may participate in one week or two.)

July 27-31 and August 3 -7

Girls make awesome Warriors! This camp is for girls and boys. It invites all children to use the knowledge and endurance they’ve gained thus far and put it to good use! The first week of Warrior Camp concentrates on “shelter” the second week concentrates on “necessities”. These topics allow us to explore how warriors use their inner guide, practicality and wisdom.

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9:00 – 3:00 Monday – Friday $300

Setting up camp, honoring individual strengths, embracing stewardship and connection to land and creating basic tools and objects, the Wissahickon Warrior Camp will inspire children ages 8 and 9 years old. Creek investigation, crafting spears and shields, learn story-telling techniques through words and pictures, and romping on extended-backpacked hikes will fill our week. We’ll call upon our inner Warrior for a warrior name, take exploratory hikes along the creek, search for sacred spots in the forest and learn how to use native, medicinal herbs. We’ll end our week with a meal cooked over a fire and put our story-telling techniques to good use! Warrior inspired – healthy, daily snack is provided.




The summer programs are held at the Historic Cedars House on Forbidden Drive and takes place on the grounds surrounding. The forest, meadow, creek and trails are part of the weekly program. Searching for nature’s gifts and building small structures, children naturally develop a community among themselves. Having this “breathing space” allows them to use their imagination to the fullest.

Indigo Nature Arts aims to provide an affordable summer day camp while offering a holistic approach. Our camp size is small and creates an environment which some children do best at. This year we have extended our day by a half hour. Every year we learn something new from our camp experience and the overhead costs inform what is needed to provide quality staff, quality art materials, as well as healthy snacks. Our camp costs are in-line with other camps in our area and offer children the freedom of play while creating a structure that imparts beauty and order. Children thrive at Indigo.


email us at indigonaturearts@gmail.com

Morning Minute Meditation 



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“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” – Albert Einstein

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 zoe-starry-nightArtwork shown is from students 7 to 10 years old.

I wouldn’t mind turning into a vermilion goldfish.

– Henri Matisse











Interested in a portrait of your children or family? Kim Soles has been a photographer for over 30 years. Her unconventional and evocative style is what makes her photography distinct.

Kim Soles’ Photography can be viewed at kimsolesartphotography.com20140319-DSC_0168

 Elsie, Francis Cope House, Awbury Arboretum Spring 2014

All photography on this site is by Kim Soles c 2013 unless otherwise noted. Materials and information from this site may not be used without permission.


2 Responses

  1. on March 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Reply Angie hoppel

    Mia would Love to take your homeschool class starting April 3!

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