Groups for Children

Offerings for Fall 2017

Fall I Session: September 11 – October 23 (excludes Columbus Day)

Fall II Session: October 30-December 15th (excludes Thanksgiving week)

Below is a list of our spring classes for toddlers through teens. We can also tailor individual workshops and classes to fit your private group; just contact us to find out how. All of the classes listed below can be registered for under Online Registration. Or go to our Calendar Pages to see how the classes lay out at a glance. 

AGE RANGES are approximate and flexible when appropriate for both the child and the group as whole.

Exploring Together (age 18 months-3 years with a caregiver) Fridays 9:30-10:15. Designed for caregivers and children to participate together and discover the process of art play. Caregivers can learn techniques for promoting creative development, and children enjoy exploring materials in a safe place to make a mess! Materials are non-toxic, and the creative process is emphasized in a way that is developmentally appropriate. Care is given to present a balanced array of sensory experiences.

Painting for Play (ages 2-4) Tuesdays 9:30-10:15: This group is all paint, all experiments, all fun. Small artists use different techniques and painting implements to begin learning the basics of playing with color and texture, developing gross and fine motor skills through movement and mess!

DROP IN (ages 2.5-5) Art through Story Fridays 10:30-11:15: NOT your usual story time. We choose books with a careful eye toward art concepts and themes that emphasize creativity, flexibility, and validation of everyone’s artistic worth, then follow with an art activity that explores fine art concepts in a way that connects to the story.

Creative Arts Jr. (ages 3-5) Tuesdays or Fridays 1-1:45 pm: Through age-appropriate art experiences with a variety of media, your child will explore basic art skills with a balance of structure and experimentation. Groups are designed to build problem-solving and expressive skills as well as reinforce child’s natural creative tendencies. All materials and concepts are presented in a way that takes into account the child’s developmental level, creative interest, and any particular cognitive, social and emotional needs.

Creative Arts I (ages 5-8) Tuesdays at 2:45 and 3:45 : Our basic Creative Arts class offers the most variety of materials and opportunity to explore. Through age-appropriate art experiences with a variety of media, your child will explore basic skills with a balance of structure and exploration. Groups are designed to build fine-motor, social, and expressive skills as well as reinforce a child’s natural creative tendencies. All materials and concepts are presented in a way that takes into account the child’s developmental level, creative interest, and any particular cognitive, social and emotional needs.

Advanced Creative Arts (Ages 9-12) Mondays 3:45-4:45: Take art making to the next level by building off individual interests of the artist to create a series. Challenge yourself to see your favorite subject in a new way using a variety of materials, even printmaking. Learn more about how artists create interesting compositions, and develop your work in another medium like collage, watercolor, even clay. Love making landscapes? Imagine looking at the landscape through a microscope or from a hot air balloon.

Experiments in Watercolor (ages 5-8) Mondays 2:45-3:45: This painting class explores watercolor techniques, including color mixing, paint applications and interactions, layers and textures, with lots of options for experiments. We’ll then use these techniques to build paintings that incorporate composition and design elements in age appropriate ways. Artists will develop lots of experiments and 2-3 final paintings in watercolor.

Marbling and Printing: (Ages 8+) Mon 4:45-5:45: Paper marbling is a unique (and ancient!) practice used to create beautiful swirling designs on paper. We’ll make our marbled paper and experiment with printmaking techniques, including relief and monotype, to create truly one-of-a-kind results each time. We will experiment and explore the use of color, collage and drawing in the prints.  Artists will do various studies and experiments, then combine prints and marbling papers into several final works to bring home.

Sculpture: 3D design (ages 5-10) Tuesdays 4:45-5:45: This class emphasizes creative problem solving in sculpture, with a focus on design elements that enable imaginations to soar. We’ll use assemblage, as well as carving and molding to explore three dimensional design. Projects are easily adapted to all ages and abilities, and smaller projects and engineering challenges will keep this class stimulating for everyone.

Bookmaking (Ages 8+) Tues 3:45-4:45: Learn a brand-new skill that you can use again and again to make books to fill with your artwork or give as gifts. The class teaches artists how to make several kinds of bound books using high quality materials. Artists will make hard cover books using diamond fold, Japanese stab binding, and pamphlet stitch. These books are works of art that stand alone, or can then be filled with drawings, paintings, and more. Older artists will thrive independently in this group and may have the chance to create more than one kind of each book.

Mixing Media (5 and up) Wednesdays 2:45-3:45: This class is a direct result of what artists at our studio tend to want to do naturally, and we’re happy to oblige by adding a little structure and encouraging experiments to achieve new techniques. We’ll explore the potential of combinations of 2D media. We’ll paint on collages, combine textures and drawing, and play with familiar mediums in new and unexpected ways in order to create exciting compositions. This is for the artist who likes to put it all together.

Acrylic Painting: (Ages 5-10) Wed 3:45-4:45 pm: When most young artists imagine painting, this is the medium they imagine most. We’ll create monochromatic studies to look at light and shadow, experiment with composition with both still life and abstract imagery, and learn various texture and glazing techniques to change the appearance of our paintings. Artists will do various studies and experiments and then have several final works to bring home.

Drawing the WHOLE picture (Ages 7+) Wed 4:45-5:45:   A lot goes into an illustration – the main character, the environment, and the interaction. In this class we’ll explore individual illustrations of scenes from books to learn how to make our drawing ideas come to life on the page. We’ll create our illustrations and imagery by paying attention to not just our characters but the environment they exist in as well – the WHOLE picture. Individual instruction will help your young artist learn the fundamentals of building a drawing and developing a personal style.

Drawing Club (Ages 11+) Wednesdays 6:00-7:15 pm:  Observational drawing is an important practice for any emerging drawing artist. This is a fun yet challenging way for your drawing artist to harness his or her creative resources by combining observational drawing with imaginary elements. Chiara has designed a great group to introduce an emerging artist to observational drawing without it becoming a chore! As always, Chiara will work with each artist individually to provide instruction and challenges based on individual interests, including comic characters and narrative, as well as provide basics in scale, perspective, figures and faces, then work with each individual artist at his or her level.

Clay: Basics and Beyond (ages 5+) Thursdays 2:45-4:00: Clay is so fun to play with, but the basics are vital! Learn the building blocks of any good hand-built clay sculpture, beyond the “basic” pinch pot to slabs, coils, and how to create a stable piece. Included in this time slot are spaces for older or more advanced clay artists to make larger/more advanced pieces. At least one piece will be glazed, the rest hand painted. (this is a 75 minute class)

Open Studio (various age groups and times, see Calendar grid for details)It is recommended that artists take at least one session of Creative Arts or Advanced Creative Arts before attending Open Studio. These are small, independent groups for self-directed artists wanting to improve drawing, painting, sculpture or design skills. Artists’ interests and abilities are assessed, and personal instruction in specific media is offered. We work one to one with artists to help them develop their personal style, challenge their creative skills, take risks and try new materials. Many artists work for multiple weeks on a project of their choosing, and an atmosphere of acceptance, encouragement and constructive collaboration is encouraged among artists. 60 minute class and 90 minute blocks available.

Teen Open Studio, ages 13+ Thursdays 7-8:30 pm: Same as above, but for teens only.