Groups for Children
Offerings for Winter 2019
12 Week Winter Session: January 7th – April 8th (excludes MLK Day, Feb 18-22)**
REGISTRATION BEGINS DECEMBER 1st
Below is a list of our fall 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. ** Our Weather Policy is on our Find Us! page.
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 10:30-11:15, Thursdays 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 1.5-5) Thursdays 12-12:45 pm AND Fridays 12:30-1:15 pm: This will be a drop in for children to discover the process of art play. Caregivers of children under 3 can learn techniques for promoting creative development, and children enjoy exploring materials in a safe place to make a mess! Children who are over the age of 3 and potty trained may be dropped off. They will also get to make a mess. Activities will be offered that can be modified for different developmental stages. 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.
Creative Arts Jr. (ages 3-5) Thursdays OR Fridays 10:30-11:15 am: 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) Two sections: 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) THREE Sections: Mondays 2:45, 3:45 or 4:45: Sara has made this class our most popular by continually challenging her artists to take creative risks, new perspectives and new materials. She encourages artists to see favorite subjects in a new way, where they can learn more about how artists create interesting compositions, and develop work in multiple mediums like collage, watercolor, clay, or printmaking.
Let’s Paint (ages 5-10) Thursdays 4:45-5:45: This painting class explores watercolors and acrylic in dynamic ways, 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 several final paintings.
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.
Art Books (Ages 8+) Thursdays 2:45-3:45: Two classes in one! Learn new skills you can use again and again to make bound books to fill with your artwork or give as gifts. We’ll make several kinds of hard cover books using diamond fold, Japanese stab binding, and pamphlet stitch. Then use these skills to make art books, and learn about altered art books as well.
Mixing Media (5 and up) Thursdays 4:45-5:45: 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.
The WHOLE Picture: Graphic Novel Edition! (Ages 7+) Wednesdays 3:45-4:45: Combining character drawing and scene illustration, we’ll re-invent our favorite stories by adding our own twists. Through character and setting design, we’ll create our own worlds and the illustrations to go with them. Each student will have at least 5 illustrations for their own re-imagined story, and make a book to keep them in. Individual instruction will help your young artist learn the fundamentals of building a drawing and developing a personal style.
Zines! (ages 5+) Wednesdays 2:45-3:45 pm: A zine is a mini handmade magazine (usually) focusing on one topic. A great showcase for comics, poems, or anything you’re passionate about! Artists will make their own zines on their chosen theme with an eye towards page design and layout. At the end of the session, we’ll have a zine trade – everyone gets to leave with a copy of all the zines made in the class.
Drawing with Clay (ages 5+) Thursdays 3:45-4:45 pm: Clay will be our “paper” to draw an image, then develop that image into a relief sculpture by carving in and adding on in the third dimension. It’s a really fun way to combine two distinct media; we’re pretty sure this will be a new favorite!
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 2:45-3:45: 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.
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.