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announcing the opening of…
La Petite Ecole
a French language & contemporary art preschool
and After-School Enrichment Program
Admissions: NOW! Download application form online at www.lpeny.com
Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, La Petite Ecole is a new preschool for 2 and a half to 5 year-olds, with an after-school enrichment program for 5 to 10 year-olds, combining French language immersion and contemporary art.
The mission of La Petite Ecole is to immerse children in French language and culture, and develop their verbal, motor, social and critical thinking skills through a developmentally appropriate, arts-integrated curriculum. Founded by Virgil de VoLdère, La Petite Ecole benefits from its connection to the Virgil de Voldère Gallery in Chelsea, by bringing in internationally renowned contemporary artists to work with the children on imaginative, hands-on projects. The school day is conducted completely in French, enhancing children's language skills in both French and their native language, and developing their "taste" for Francophone culture.
The after-school enrichment program offers dynamic French culture infused classes such as Free Flow Painting (Peindre en Liberté), Le Petit Théâtre: Dramatic Arts & Music, Sculpture Projects inspired by artists Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, La Petite Cuisine for cooking seasonal French recipes, and Beginning Photography for kids and moms.
In September 2008, de Voldère launched a French dual-language program at P.S. 84, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, with support from the NYC Department of Education and the French Embassy. The artists represented at the Virgil de Voldère Gallery have exhibited their works at institutions including the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris and at the Venice Biennale.
For more information about La Petite Ecole, please visit www.lpeny.com, email email@example.com or call (646) 504-9694. For more information about the Virgil de Voldère Gallery, please visit www.virgilgallery.com.