Our little art concept, at the heart of all we do together at the LAB.
We offer play based environments, inspired by the building blocks of art.
We plant seeds of multi-sensory ideas, to nurture and grow with our little art families.
We foster authentic experiences, mindfully being present in the moment.
We are process and journey, not goal orientated.
We set up loose invitations to explore in an open ended way.
A person-centred approach underpins our philosophy.
We offer quality time for the Slow Family, to disconnect from phones and re-connect with each other, and to ourselves.
We’re driven by being inquisitive, through experiences that encourage both the innate curiosity of the child, and open up the creative inner child of grown-ups.
We are an enquiry based community, we ask questions and listen, watch and play, both alongside and together.
Adults enjoy and trust in their child's innate abilities to discover and lead the way!
There are 2 pathways in our regular classes:
Story Explorer classes offer themed storytelling sessions to spark the imagination, through sensory art and drama based adventures.
Art Explorer classes offer varied workstations of art materials to investigate, experiment and find your own unique marks.
Some educational and wellbeing inspirations for the little art concept:
The enquiry and child-centred approach of Reggio Emilia.
Embracing the seasons in the Waldorf Steiner pedagogy.
Slow Parenting and styles of living mindfully.
Harriet Poole: Founder of little art, Art & Story Explorer classes leader
In April 2014, Harriet opened up her magical little art suitcase in Berlin. As a creative and quirky artist & educator, she loves living the joy in the everyday and the playful. She sees a matchbox, potato masher or torch as wonderful little life tools to use to look at things at bit differently.
Harriet loves the magic of Mary Poppins and the performative storytelling of Secret Cinema. In 2012, the video installation work of Pipilotti Rist experienced together with her then baby daughter at the Hayward Gallery, London, was totally mesmerising and enticing for both herself as a parent and a baby immersed in a multi-sensory playscape. It helped to grow a seed of an idea for a new kind of weekly experience for children. As a young child, she watched again and again Mr Benn’s magical changing room whisking him away to strange new worlds, and the secret surprise musical box of Camberwick Green.
Originally, Harriet is from London, and has been in Berlin since April 2013. She is a UK qualified Visual Arts and Design teacher, having worked for many years as Director of Visual Arts and Design at The BRIT School, alongside her art practice, and parent to a playful and inspiring 5 year old.
Educationally, Harriet has a BA in Fine Art, MA in Theatre, (Visual Language of Performance.) She has made many performative events in London, including at The Nunnery, Camden People’s Theatre, Duckie @ The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, and in Alte Saline, Hallein, Austria. She especially loves beautifully illustrated books, making up stories, vintage and homemade craft, and creating artworks across live art, photography, video, illustration and craft. Precious family sketchbook time is also high on her list of loves. She enjoys wandering through and being curious in the beautiful and bonkers visual city of Berlin, hand in hand with her daughter and their big open eyes, hearts and minds.
Harriet speaks English (Native) and German (B1).
Seonaid Goody: Story Explorer classes leader
Seonaid Goody is a British puppeteer and visual theatre maker. She has worked with some of the best puppetry / theatre companies in the UK including frequently at the Little Angel Theatre, Norwich Puppet Theatre, the RSC, Shakespeare's Globe and London Sinfonietta. In 2009 she formed Goody and Storey with her partner, with the aim of making captivating and daft visual theatre for all ages.She decided to become a puppeteer after seeing some amazing object / material animation by Improbable Theatre, which was magical and funny and irreverent. With her own work for children she is inspired by the playful imaginative world that children inhabit - salt and pepper pots having chats, butternut squashes becoming babies! Seonaid originally studied Classics at Cambridge University, then Art History at the Courtauld Institute, and Puppetry at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She continued her training on an apprenticeship with Lyndie Wright and Peter O'Rouke at the Little Angel Theatre.Seonaid moved with her partner and her circumspect 2 year old to Berlin in 2016, and is currently making shows for large and small people here.
Sylva Koloska: Art Explorer classes leader
Sylva is a Czech artist and arts educator. She completed an MA in the Sculpture Studio at the Fine Arts Academy in Prague, including a pedagogical module at the Charles University. In her artwork she is dealing with changing identity, metamorphosis and the human figure, using 3D objects, drawings, paintings and crafts. She creates experiences with children in a playful way through their interests and curiosity. In her classes she loves combining visual arts with listening to music, inspired by different cultures, playing with identity and responding to the children's experiences. Sylva speaks fluent English and German.