My name is Courtney Ewing and I am the creator of The Clever Crayon, a small business that offers a variety of classes and enrichment programs to preschools, community centers, libraries, and day cares, in addition to custom-themed birthday parties.
I have over 15 years experience working with children of all ages which began working after school and during summer vacations at Young Beginnings Daycare in Burlington, CT. I then went on to study elementary education at Central Connecticut State University. From there, I enjoyed managing my own pre-school classroom for 3 years designing projects and creative lessons for ages 3-5. After that I moved to NYC and went on to work as a nanny, which exposed me to a variety of artistic and cultural experiences that served as a source of inspiration for The Clever Crayon.
The Clever Crayon’s unique style combines sensory, music, stories, and a variety of art projects to fuel the imagination and spark creativity. Children enjoy painting with cars, smearing with shaving cream, and molding with play dough. Each class offers a new experience and kid friendly themes such as transportation, the beach, color exploration, and the great outdoors, just to name a few. Older groups will enjoy learning about and recreating famous works of art, architecture and construction, and the world of artistic science. There is something for every interest!
The Clever Crayon also provides unique, customize-able birthday parties in the comfort and convenience of your own home. Some past party favorites have been: birdhouse painting, flower pot decorating, painting exploration on canvas, pumpkin decorating and ornaments! We also offer parties through Imagine Studio in West Hartford, CT!
I am also very excited to have become certified by Childlight Yoga to teach yoga to children ages 2-12. Yoga has amazing benefits for children like stress reduction, an increase in self-esteem, coordination and focus, as well as the ability to better handle emotions. Yoga is a great addition to art and I look forward to teaching more classes in 2015!
OUR MISSION: The Clever Crayon strives to create a fun, nurturing, and educational environment filled with discovery and creativity. I encourage children to use their imaginations and unique personalities to express themselves while gaining a sense of accomplishment creating something of their very own.