EXPLORE + CREATE AFTER SCHOOL: ages 5-15

with Erin Gilroy

This course is designed to give media instruction within a choice-based framework. Lessons will focus on a variety of techniques and processes along with how artists think, work, and get ideas. Project inspiration will be provided, but each artist will make decisions about what materials, processes, and kind of art they want to make.

We want to foster independence in a studio environment while exposing kids to new skills and ways to work. We encourage exploration, experimentation, collaboration, and innovation. We teach problem solving skills and work through failure instead of paving the way for success at every moment. We believe that process is just as important as product. This means that what your child brings home is dependent on their interests, how quickly they work, and what stage of the artistic process they are focusing on. Even if a drawing prompt or lesson is presented, the child will have the choice to spend the work time in sculpture or another media center, if that is what most motivates them to create.

The first 4 classes will show techniques and concepts that relate to drawing, painting, sculpture, and/or mixed media (including printmaking, hand sewing, weaving, felting, and other specialized media). Students must watch and sometimes try out a new material or technique, but may make other choices to be creative during the work time. Lessons will always be tailored to the group and/or skill level of the students, and much more instruction will be given 1:1 during the work time. Opportunities for sensory and creative play will also be provided.

Students may enroll in more than one session. No sessions are exactly the same and students will be allowed to advance at their own pace. Min: 4 students, Max: 15

Thursdays Oct. 10 - Nov. 21 (no class 10/17 or 10/31)

4:15-5:30 ages 5-15 (must be in kindergarten) Flex drop-off from 4:00-4:15

$125/5-week session

This session will include demos and lessons relating to (but not limited to), watercolor, felting/embroidering, printmaking, creative drawing, and wire sculpture.

*CANCELLATION POLICY: This course is not refundable and there are no make-ups or credits for missed classes. Please check your dates carefully. In the event you need to cancel the whole course, credit will be given if canceled at least 3 weeks from the start date. No credit for cancellations made less than 3 weeks from the course start date. No transfers since we often have a wait list. Please respect our need for staffing and planning, and the time that is spent managing enrollment.