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The ARTspot art classes are weekly classes where young artists can explore their favorite art form or try something new.

Classes are taught with an emphasis on understanding materials and self expression.

Whether it is for fun or to discover a new manner of self-expression, art has a value that will last a lifetime.

Age Groups
Art classes are organized according to student age. Please review the class offerings according to age below.

Benefits of Arts Education
Source: Americans for the Arts, 2002.

  • Stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking, and refines cognitive and creative skills.
  • Has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has proven to help level the "learning field" across socio-economic boundaries.
  • Strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
  • Develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
  • Teaches children life skills such as developing an informed perception; articulating a vision; learning to solve problems and make decisions; building self-confidence and self-discipline; developing the ability to imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish.
  • Nurtures important values, including team-building skills; respecting alternative viewpoints; and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.

PRE-COOL CREATION CAMPS

Creation camp offers a 4-day camp each week for exploring fun themes.  Choose one week or sign-up for as many as you desire.  Art is messy-remember to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.  Ages 3-5.


WEEK 1:  ACTION ART

Who needs a paintbrush to paint?  Dribbled, splashed or smeared, the choice is yours.  In this class you will use all kinds of stuff to make art that expresses motion and speed.  Marbles, toy cars and trucks, straws and maybe even a rollercoaster. 

Day    Date       Time               Fee       Location       

M-Th   6/5-6/8    9:00a-9:50a     $32       DHS            


WEEK 2:  PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES

We will draw, paint, and create all kinds of vehicles.  From unicycles to big trucks, if it rolls, you can make it. 

Day    Date            Time               Fee       Location    

M-Th   6/12-6/15     9:00a-9:50a     $32        DHS        


WEEK 3:  WILD THINGS

Drawing inspiration from Where the Wild Things Are you will create all kinds of wild and wooly creatures.  Bring your wild things home at the end of class, and you can be their new fearless leader. 

Day     Date            Time               Fee       Location         

M-Th    6/19-6/22     9:00a-9:50a     $32       DHS   


WEEK 4:  MUD PIES

Spend a week in the mud!  Make pinch pots, hand pressings, letter holders, and more in this class from the past.  Come for the dirt, stay for the fun. 

Day    Date            Time               Fee       Location    

M-Th   6/26-6/29     9:00a-9:50a     $32       DHS         


WEEK 5:  IN A BUG'S LIFE

Using stories like The Hungry Caterpillar and A House for Hermit Crab, you will make all kinds of different crawling creatures.  You will use all kinds of materials to construct your creatures, including paint, glue, and clay.

Day    Date             Time               Fee       Location   

M-Th   7/10-7/13      9:00a-9:50a     $32       DHS        


WEEK 6:  THE COLOR FIELDS OF ROTHKO

Many artists have explored art though use of color without form.  Using paper, paint, yarn and maybe ink, you will explore the world of color through the eyes of art history's greatest color field artist, Mark Rothko. 

Day    Date            Time              Fee       Location      

M-Th   7/17-7/20     9:00a-9:50a    $32       DHS           


WEEK 7:  BLAST FROM THE PAST

From spin art to tie-dye, we will look at some of the fun art treads of years past.  In this class, you will use different painting media to explore the world of art by looking into the past.

Day    Date           Time              Fee       Location       

M-Th   7/24-7/27    9:00a-9:50a    $32       DHS


ART DISCOVERERS ART BASICS

Young artists will explore the creative process through painting, paper cut-outs, printmaking, and drawing.  Strong emphasis on individual self-expression and discovery.  Ages 6-9. Skip date on 7/4.

Day     Date          Time                 Fee         Location 

T         6/6-6/27     12:30p-2:00p      $32         DHS      

T         7/11-7/25    12:30p-2:00p      $32         DHS    
 

ART DISCOVERERS CLAY SCULPT

You'll explore the exciting world of clay as you make pinch pots, coil bowls, sculpt animals, and more.  Aspiring young artists gain confidence working in an art form that is accessible and rewarding, develop their imaginations, and have a creative and memorable experience.  12 lbs. of clay, glaze, and kiln firing provided.  Art is messy-remember to wear something that you don't mind getting dirty.  Ages 6-9.

Day     Date          Time                  Fee          Location   

Th       6/8-6/29      12:30p-2:00p      $32          DHS        

Th       6/8-6/29       2:30p-4:00p       $32          DHS        

Th       7/6-7/27       12:30p-2:00p     $32          DHS               

Th       7/6-7/27       2:30p-4:00p       $32          DHS               


YOUNG ARTISTS CLAY SCULPT

You'll explore the exciting world of clay as you make pinch pots, coil bowls, sculpt animals, and more.  Aspiring young artists gain confidence working in an art form that is accessible and rewarding, develop their imaginations, and have a creative and memorable experience.  12 lbs. of clay, glaze, and kiln firing provided.  Art is messy-remember to wear something that you don't mind getting dirty.

Day    Date          Time               Fee     Location  

M       6/5-7/24      4:00p-5:30p     $40     DHS       

YOUNG ARTISTS POTTER'S WHEEL

The basics of wheel thrown pottery will be covered in this hands-on class for young artists.  25 lbs. of clay, glazes and kiln firing provided.  Class size is limited to the number of wheels available in the art center.  Please register early to ensure availability.  Ages 10-15.

Day       Date           Time                Fee       Location  

M          6/5-7/24       2:30p-4:00p      $40       DHS       

W         6/7-7/26        2:30p-4:00p     $40        DHS      

Th        6/8-7/27        4:00p-5:30p      $40        DHS     

YOUNG ARTISTS DRAWING AND PAINTING

Young artists will learn techniques of both painting and printmaking using acrylic and watercolor paints with still life and photographic source materials.  We will also learn how to stretch and prime artist canvas just like professional painters do.  Ages 10-15. Skip date on 7/4.

Day    Date          Time                Fee    Location 

T        6/6-7/25     2:30p-4:00p      $40     DHS     

HOMESCHOOL DRAWING AND PAINTING

Homeschoolers will learn techniques of both drawing and painting using graphite, charcoal, oil bars, acrylic and watercolor paints with both still-life and photographic source materials.  We will also learn about artists, art movements and art terms.  Ages 8-15.

Day    Date         Time               Fee     Location   

W       6/7-7/26    12:30p-2:00p   $40      DHS    

HOMESCHOOL CLAY WORKS

Homeschoolers will experience both hand-building and wheel-thrown ceramic techniques. Students will learn and utilize coil and slab building, pinching and wheel forming methods. The basics of wheel-throwing will be explored and finished pieces will be glazed.  Art is messy-remember to wear something that you don't mind getting dirty.  Ages 10-15.

Day    Date          Time              Fee      Location  

W       6/7-7/26     2:30p-4:00p    $40      DHS       


   

       





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Marc Durfee
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Ph: 316-788-3781