an image from provides one-of-a-kind workshops driven by the curiosity of your child. We aim to induce wonder and spark enthusiasm for the everyday world around us. We consider play, the mysterious work of the child, to be an advanced and sophisticated endeavor, profoundly central to a child’s individual development and theories about the world. Our workshops encourage discovery through free play, tinkering, and imagination. is Bryan Welch and Marina McDougall.

Marina McDougall is an independent curator with a particular interest in the intersections of art and science, and nature and culture.

She has organized exhibitions and public programs for the Exploratorium, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, MIT Media Lab, the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, and the California Academy of Sciences.

She is the co-editor of Science Is Fiction: The Films of Jean Painleve (MIT Press/Brico Press, 2000) and is currently working on the creation of a large-scale garden called the Garden of Forking Paths.

Marina is a core member of the Studio for Urban Projects, a research and working group that perceives art as a means of advancing civic engagement and furthering public dialogue.

To contact Marina: marina (at)

Bryan Welch is an educator who is deeply committed to creating learning environments that honor the creativity and independence of children.

He holds an interdisciplinary BA in education and journalism from UC Berkeley, and has taught and developed curriculum for alternative educational programs in the US and Japan since 1997.

He is directing a documentary that chronicles the history of the Modern School movement, a remarkable 50 year experiment in educational freedom and communal living.

Please see here for Bryan's resume.

To contact Bryan: bryan (at)

In the media:

A radio story by reporter Drew Himmelstein about us on KALW.

Drew's website.

A mention on

And one on Curbed SF.