About Our Classes

Age Appropriate Fine Art Classes

For children ages Toddlers to Teens!

Escort Your Artist

Ages 18m - 3 Yrs. Old

Remember that time you tried that amazing craft project from Pinterest with the cotton balls and food coloring that stained your kitchen table and your toddler’s hands for four days? Let’s not do that again, okay?

Our “Escort Your Artist” playgroup is the perfect opportunity for your child to experiment with colors, shapes & enticing sensory materials. You or another adult sidekick (nanny, grandparent, etc.) will engage, inspire and challenge your little Picasso alongside our teaching staff, as they move freely throughout the studio working at their own pace at a number of creative art stations & prompts. Click here for a more detailed description of these playgroup style classes.

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Preschool

Ages 3 - 5 Yrs. Old

This class is a blast for your newly independent artist as they experience a drop-off creative class. Each week is a different art medium, allowing your child to explore new materials and tools, turn their shapes into recognizable pictures, learn foundational art techniques and have some messy fun, all while easing them into a classroom dynamic.

If you were a fly on the wall during this class you might possibly see us using our paintbrushes as microphones, wearing embroidery hoops as crowns, and playing musical “colors” as we trade oil pastel hues!

Elementary

Age 5 - 9 Yrs. Old

This class blends fine art techniques with your child’s own creative expression. We strive to expose students to aspects of art history, current art makers, and the elements of art (line, space, color, balance, etc.), while letting them run a little wild with their own imagination.

We hear lots of kids this age saying “But I don’t know howwwww!!!!!!”. We enjoy creating a space for your child to slow down, be in the moment, and be comfortable trying something new. This class is a great social experience and opportunity to share, brainstorm as a class, and bicker over who gets the yellow paint first.

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Middle School

Age 9 - 12 Yrs. Olds

These ‘tweens are excited and ready for more complex techniques & materials and we have the joy of challenging them as they grown in the creative process. They are encouraged to trust their instincts, value their individuality, and think critically about their art choices.

Continuing with mixed media art projects, we embark on more advanced techniques in drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, and sculpture. The dynamic in this class is much more of a collaborative art studio – with students sharing ideas and teaching artists demonstrating techniques for each individual artist to apply.

Teens

12 - 15 Yr. Olds

This 90 minute class provides mature students with a focused, in-depth opportunity to explore foundational art techniques; both those rooted in fine art traditions as well as contemporary concepts & trends.

In this process-oriented class, more emphasis is placed on learning representational and observational drawing, painting, sculpting & printmaking skills. Working with a variety of mediums, students practice techniques that expand their understanding of composition, proportion, scale, perspective, color theory, light & form.

We value everyone’s unique style & form of expression and strive to balance the “serious” with the “fun” as we help students learn ways to work through challenges, frustrations, & self-criticism and discover new joy in their personal creative development.

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Pottery Classes

Pottery Sculpting classes are a great opportunity for older children to explore the mess, the joy, and the challenges of working with clay. No picking pre-made pottery off a shelf to paint here! Each artist experiences the entire process of sculpting, beginning with wet clay and ending with kiln fired ceramic pieces!

They will absorb fun factoids about kiln temperatures, the history of pottery making and practice rolling coils, building slabs, & creating textures & unique surface patterns. Parents, prepare yourself for ceramic awesome-ness! At pick up, you may wonder if we took your kids on a mud run through the woods and then hosed them off, but we just consider that a successful day in the clay studio! Finished & fired pieces are ready for pick up the week after the class session ends (to allow us time to kiln fire their final creations).
Classes are intimate and focused, so students get ample assistance with process & techniques.

INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM

Rooted in fine art principles, fused with contemporary trends, & slathered in your child’s individual expression – you’ll want to drive straight to the frame shop!

HIGH QUALITY MATERIALS

Each week we dabble in a different media using only the finest materials. We prefer oil pastels, liquid watercolors, & heavyweight paper!  Crayons just aren’t our thing.

LOW TEACHER: STUDENT RATIO

Children feel encouraged and challenged as we strive to maintain a ratio of 1:8. There are at least two teachers in classes and camps, regardless of how small the group is.

IT'S THE CHILD'S ART!

Each child creates their own project without the meddling pencil strokes of a teacher.  It’s amazing what they can do with a little guidance and enthusiasm!

PARENT HANDOUTS

So parents can know what their child is learning, at the end of each class, they receive an info sheet highlighting the project inspiration, methods, and key learning objectives.

YEAR ROUND SESSIONS

6 week class sessions are offered during the entire school year, from Sept – June!  This gives parents great flexibility to work them into their child’s other activities!

TRIAL CLASSES

Curious parents don’t have to wonder if their child will enjoy a class!  All new students can enjoy a free trial class!

 

CONVENIENT MAKE-UPS

Parents can call or email the studio in advance of a missed class and take advantage of a flexible make-up class policy any time!

CLASS TOPICS

Mixed media classes include painting, drawing, sculpture, chalk pastel, oil pastels, print making & more!  Some studios even offer pottery classes!