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Summer Arts

Jun 22 - Aug 21

Summer Arts 2020: How Art Happened
From cave paintings to cubism, humankind has made art to express feelings and ideas. This summer, Danforth Art school will look at the long timeline of art making through the ages to learn about how and why different art forms were invented and also how various cultures influenced the many art movements we know of today. How was paint invented? Who made the first architecture? Why are some sculptures so big? Each week will be a new experience having fun creating and exploring materials inspired by different eras and art movements. Students will learn new fine art skills and concepts as they create a portfolio filled with artwork representing their own interpretations of various periods on the art timeline.

Students in Grades 6-8 will enjoy classes designed around specific artistic materials and methods such as Prints & Collage, Upcycled Fashion, and Comics, Cartoons & Manga going home with an impressive portfolio demonstrating new skills with media.

Our High School classes allow for concentrated study and portfolio development in subjects such as Portrait & Figure Studies, Painting Techniques, and Fashion Illustration. See Teens: Gr. 9-12 tab for full information.

Registration now open! Early Bird pricing in effect- 10% off for a limited time.

Summer Arts Daily schedule:
Full-day (9 a.m.–4:00 p.m.) program provides six hours of daily art instruction taught by highly qualified, professional artists and art educators.

8 a.m. – 9 a.m Extended AM class
8:45 – 9 a.m. curbside drop-off
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. morning classes
12 – 12:30 p.m. lunch
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Creative Challenge Period
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. afternoon classes
4:00–4:15 p.m.  curbside pick up
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Extended PM class*

*Mon-Thurs

 

 

 

 
 
 

We want to help you choose the right Summer Arts class.

 

We understand that children vary in their development widely from grade to grade, and offer Summer Arts classes open to a grade range so parents/guardians may select which class best aligns with their child’s developmental level. Please choose either the grade your child completed in June 2020, or the grade your child will enter in September 2020.

 

Membership discount—we are pleased to offer 5% off class cost to museum members. To purchase a membership click here

 

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Session number + Dates
Instructor(s)
Class
 
Level
Price
1
Jun 22 - Jun 26
Session 1: Gr. K-1: Putting Down Roots
Gr. K-1
$405
Meets 5 days, Jun 22-26
 

This week we will explore how our ancestors stopped hunting and gathering as they began planting and keeping livestock around 8000 BCE. Rock carvings and cave paintings gave way to inventions in pottery, ornamented garments, basketry, formal painting and built structures. This week, we learn about ancient art from the elegant paintings of Minoan culture, to the colossal structures of the Egyptian culture, and the amazing ceramic sculptures and vessels created in Asia. Use lots of fun materials to create paintings, drawings, sculptures and more as we go way back in time to make art!

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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1
Jun 22-26
Session 1: Gr. 2-3: Putting Down Roots
Gr. 2-3
$405
Meets 5 days, Jun 22-26
 

This week we will explore how our ancestors stopped hunting and gathering as they began planting and keeping livestock around 8000 BCE. Rock carvings and cave paintings gave way to inventions in pottery, ornamented garments, basketry, formal painting and built structures. This week, we learn about ancient art from the elegant paintings of Minoan culture, to the colossal structures of the Egyptian culture, and the amazing ceramic sculptures and vessels created in Asia. Use lots of fun materials to create paintings, drawings, sculptures and more as we go way back in time to make art!

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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1
Jun 22-26
Session 1: Gr. 4-5: Putting Down Roots
Gr. 4-5
$405
Meets 5 days, Jun 22-26
 

This week we will explore how our ancestors stopped hunting and gathering as they began planting and keeping livestock around 8000 BCE. Rock carvings and cave paintings gave way to inventions in pottery, ornamented garments, basketry, formal painting and built structures. This week, we learn about ancient art from the elegant paintings of Minoan culture, to the colossal structures of the Egyptian culture, and the amazing ceramic sculptures and vessels created in Asia. Use lots of fun materials to create paintings, drawings, sculptures and more as we go way back in time to make art!

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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1
Jun 22-26
Session 1: Gr. 6-8: Comics, Cartoons & Manga
Gr. 6-8
$405
Meets 5 days, Jun 22-26
 

Students entering or emerging from grades 6-8 will explore how artwork and storytelling come together in the form of Comics, Cartoons and Manga. Develop a comic strip with your own invented characters; learn about Japanese comics and how to draw in Manga style; learn how to draw a variety of facial expressions, animate objects, imply motion, and use background space in your story. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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2
Jun 29- Jul 3
Session 2: Gr. K-1: Becoming Civilized
Gr. K-1
$405
Meets 5 days, Jun 29-Jul 3
 

This week we look at the time period after people started putting down roots, around 1000 BCE. Communities grew larger which led to the development of new art forms such as formal architecture, complicated pottery forms, and the use of metal and glass in art. Trading between communities led to city states, with developments in government and religion which led to even more variety in new artwork. Join us this week as we make lots of fun art inspired by amazing Roman mosaics, Greek architecture, Celtic metalwork, and sculptures from Central American cultures.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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2
Jun 29 - Jul 3
Session 2: Gr. 2-3: Becoming Civilized
Gr. 2-3
$405
Meets 5 days, Jun 29 - Jul 3
 

After people started putting down roots, by around 1000 BCE, communities grew larger which led to the development of new art forms such as formal architecture, complicated pottery forms, and the use of metal and glass in art. Trading between communities led to city states, with developments in government and religion which led to even more variety in new artwork. Join us this week as we make lots of fun art inspired by amazing Roman mosaics, Greek architecture, Celtic metalwork, and sculptures from Central American cultures.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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2
Jun 29- Jul 3
Session 2: Gr. 4-5: Becoming Civilized
Gr. 4-5
$405
Meets 5 days, Jun 29- Jul 3
 

After people started putting down roots, by around 1000 BCE, communities grew larger which led to the development of new art forms such as formal architecture, complicated pottery forms, and the use of metal and glass in art. Trading between communities led to city states, with developments in government and religion which led to even more variety in new artwork. Join us this week as we make lots of fun art inspired by amazing Roman mosaics, Greek architecture, Celtic metalwork, and sculptures from Central American cultures.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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2
Jun 29- Jul 3
Session 2: Gr. 6-8: Sculpture Explored
Gr. 6-8
$405
Meets 5 days, Jun 29- Jul 3
 

This week, students in grades 6 to 8 explore everything related to 3D artwork; including relief sculpture (can hang on the wall), kinetic (moving) sculpture, environmental sculpture (natural materials displayed outside), and more. Inspired by historical and contemporary examples, students will plan and execute a series of pieces using wood, wire, clay, Papier Mache, natural and found materials, textiles and more. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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3
Jul 6- Jul 10
Session 3: Gr. K-1: Spice it Up
Gr. K-1
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 6- Jul 10
 

At this point in history, people have created city states with groups of craftsman conducting a variety of jobs. Travel becomes important to conquer more land, and to trade extra goods for things which are needed. During this period, from around 500 BCE to around 1000 CE, some of our ancestors traveled far and wide along routes through what is now Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. This travel spread ideas about art, religion and culture with developments in materials like metals, leather, glass and textiles like silk. Hop on the caravan this week as we create artwork inspired by the silk road.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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3
Jul 6- Jul 10
Session 3: Gr. 2-3: Spice it Up
Gr. 2-3
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 6- Jul 10
 

At this point in history, people have created city states with groups of craftsman conducting a variety of jobs. Travel becomes important to conquer more land, and to trade extra goods for things which are needed. During this period, from around 500 BCE to around 1000 CE, some of our ancestors traveled far and wide along routes through what is now Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. This travel spread ideas about art, religion and culture with developments in materials like metals, leather, glass and textiles like silk. Hop on the caravan this week as we create artwork inspired by the silk road.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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3
Jul 6- Jul 10
Session 3: Gr. 4-5: Spice it Up
Gr. 4-5
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 6- Jul 10
 

At this point in history, people have created city states with groups of craftsman conducting a variety of jobs. Travel becomes important to conquer more land, and to trade extra goods for things which are needed. During this period, from around 500 BCE to around 1000 CE, some of our ancestors traveled far and wide along routes through what is now Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. This travel spread ideas about art, religion and culture with developments in materials like metals, leather, glass and textiles like silk. Hop on the caravan this week as we create artwork inspired by the silk road.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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3
Jul 6- Jul 10
Session 3: Gr. 6-8: Prints & Collage 
Gr. 6-8
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 6- Jul 10
 

This week, students in grades 6 to 8 will explore various printmaking processes, using ink and brayers, linoleum blocks and other tools to create unique images that can be printed over and over.  In addition, this class will focus on collage as a process for learning about self-expression, composition, layering and color relationships.  Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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4
Jul 13- Jul 17
Session 4: Gr.K-1: In the Middle
Gr. K-1
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 13- Jul 17
 

As different cultures and religions begin to grow, sometimes co-existing and sometimes battling, global civilizations went through what’s known as the Middle Ages.  Artwork becomes focused on mythical, spiritual and religious symbols in various styles across the globe during this period, from around 500-1400 CE.  Artisans become specialized, forming craft guilds and developing advanced techniques in painting, stained glass, metalwork, jewelry, textiles and tapestries, figurative sculptures, and new architectural styles. We even have written records of the names of some artists! This week, we will explore everything from Mayan carvings, to Byzantine architecture and stained glass, woven tapestries, and Asian pottery, making our own artwork inspired by the Middle Ages.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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4
Jul 13- Jul 17
Session 4: Gr. 2-3: In the Middle
Gr. 2-3
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 13- Jul 17
 

As different cultures and religions begin to grow, sometimes co-existing and sometimes battling, global civilizations went through what’s known as the Middle Ages.  Artwork becomes focused on mythical, spiritual and religious symbols in various styles across the globe during this period, from around 500-1400 CE.  Artisans become specialized, forming craft guilds and developing advanced techniques in painting, stained glass, metalwork, jewelry, textiles and tapestries, figurative sculptures, and new architectural styles. We even have written records of the names of some artists! This week, we will explore everything from Mayan carvings, to Byzantine architecture and stained glass, woven tapestries, and Asian pottery, making our own artwork inspired by the Middle Ages.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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4
Jul 13- Jul 17
Session 4: Gr. 4-5: In the Middle
Gr. 4-5
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 13- Jul 17
 

As different cultures and religions begin to grow, sometimes co-existing and sometimes battling, global civilizations went through what’s known as the Middle Ages.  Artwork becomes focused on mythical, spiritual and religious symbols in various styles across the globe during this period, from around 500-1400 CE.  Artisans become specialized, forming craft guilds and developing advanced techniques in painting, stained glass, metalwork, jewelry, textiles and tapestries, figurative sculptures, and new architectural styles. We even have written records of the names of some artists! This week, we will explore everything from Mayan carvings, to Byzantine architecture and stained glass, woven tapestries, and Asian pottery, making our own artwork inspired by the Middle Ages.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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4
Jul 13- Jul 17
Session 4: Gr. 6-8: Upcycled Fashion
Gr. 6-8
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 13- Jul 17
 

Join the movement toward sustainable fashion in this fun class learning how to modify and upcycle garments to develop your very own signature style. Learn basics of fashion sketching and rendering, along with simple sewing and other “sculptural” techniques to create a series of clothing pieces to represent a mash up of fine art, fashion and sustainability!

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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5
Jul 20- Jul 24
Session 5: Gr. K-1: Age of Discovery
Gr. K-1
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 20- Jul 24
 

By around 1400 CE, Europeans rediscovered ancient Greek and Roman texts which is why this period is known as the Renaissance (French for re-birth). These texts stressed the importance of logic and reason- rather than religion- in creating a successful and educated society.  This shift in culture led to dramatic advances in scientific and artistic production with paintings and sculpture focused on realism and the human form, and new engineering techniques allowing for vast open spaces in cathedrals.

At this same time, the Aztecs were thriving in central America, artisans in Japan, Korea and China were creating sophisticated decorative arts and architecture, and various kingdoms throughout Africa used advanced methods in metal and wood working to create artwork. Join us this week to make your own artistic inventions using traditional as well as unusual materials as we have fun learning about all the art happening during the Renaissance period.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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5
Jul 20- Jul 24
Session 5: Gr. 2-3: Age of Discovery
Gr. 2-3
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 20- Jul 24
 

By around 1400 CE, Europeans rediscovered ancient Greek and Roman texts which is why this period is known as the Renaissance (French for re-birth). These texts stressed the importance of logic and reason- rather than religion- in creating a successful and educated society.  This shift in culture led to dramatic advances in scientific and artistic production with paintings and sculpture focused on realism and the human form, and new engineering techniques allowing for vast open spaces in cathedrals.

At this same time, the Aztecs were thriving in central America, artisans in Japan, Korea and China were creating sophisticated decorative arts and architecture, and various kingdoms throughout Africa used advanced methods in metal and wood working to create artwork. Join us this week to make your own artistic inventions using traditional as well as unusual materials as we have fun learning about all the art happening during the Renaissance period.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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5
Jul 20- Jul 24
Session 5: Gr. 4-5: Age of Discovery
Gr. 4-5
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 20- Jul 24
 

By around 1400 CE, Europeans rediscovered ancient Greek and Roman texts which is why this period is known as the Renaissance (French for re-birth). These texts stressed the importance of logic and reason- rather than religion- in creating a successful and educated society.  This shift in culture led to dramatic advances in scientific and artistic production with paintings and sculpture focused on realism and the human form, and new engineering techniques allowing for vast open spaces in cathedrals.

At this same time, the Aztecs were thriving in central America, artisans in Japan, Korea and China were creating sophisticated decorative arts and architecture, and various kingdoms throughout Africa used advanced methods in metal and wood working to create artwork. Join us this week to make your own artistic inventions using traditional as well as unusual materials as we have fun learning about all the art happening during the Renaissance period.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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5
Jul 20- Jul 24
Session 5: Gr. 6-8: Drawing & Painting
Gr. 6-8
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 20- Jul 24
 

Students will explore everything related to painting and drawing including techniques with acrylic and watercolor paint, various drawing pencils and charcoal, and how to combine various materials in one piece.  They will look at contemporary examples to inspire exciting artwork of their own. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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6
Jul 27- Jul 31
Session: 6 Gr. K-1: Over the Top
Gr. K-1
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 27- Jul 31
 

For hundreds of years across the globe, explorers have been crossing oceans and continents with many governments, kingdoms, and societies flourishing. By the 1600s, cultures have been connecting- spreading artistic practices, styles and ideas. Drama, luxury and elegance is the new style in much of European art and with the rise of the Protestant faith, still life paintings and portraits become common. This period is known as the Baroque. Around the world, refinements continue in architecture, furniture, textiles, decorative items and artwork, as more people are living in private homes, and investing in objects to pass on to the next generation.

This week, we will “go for baroque” making art inspired by a variety of art from this time period: from the radiant paintings of Vermeer to the dramatic sculptures of Bernini, to the colorful weavings from Southeast Asian peoples, to the wood carvings of the Maori in New Zealand.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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6
Jul 27- Jul 31
Session: 6 Gr. 2-3: Over the Top
Gr. 2-3
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 27- Jul 31
 

For hundreds of years across the globe, explorers have been crossing oceans and continents with many governments, kingdoms, and societies flourishing. By the 1600s, cultures have been connecting- spreading artistic practices, styles and ideas. Drama, luxury and elegance is the new style in much of European art and with the rise of the Protestant faith, still life paintings and portraits become common. This period is known as the Baroque. Around the world, refinements continue in architecture, furniture, textiles, decorative items and artwork, as more people are living in private homes, and investing in objects to pass on to the next generation.

This week, we will “go for baroque” making art inspired by a variety of art from this time period: from the radiant paintings of Vermeer to the dramatic sculptures of Bernini, to the colorful weavings from Southeast Asian peoples, to the wood carvings of the Maori in New Zealand.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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6
July 27- July 31
Session: 6 Gr. 4-5: Over the Top
Gr. 4-5
$405
Meets 5 days, July 27- July 31
 

For hundreds of years across the globe, explorers have been crossing oceans and continents with many governments, kingdoms, and societies flourishing. By the 1600s, cultures have been connecting- spreading artistic practices, styles and ideas. Drama, luxury and elegance is the new style in much of European art and with the rise of the Protestant faith, still life paintings and portraits become common. This period is known as the Baroque. Around the world, refinements continue in architecture, furniture, textiles, decorative items and artwork, as more people are living in private homes, and investing in objects to pass on to the next generation.

This week, we will “go for baroque” making art inspired by a variety of art from this time period: from the radiant paintings of Vermeer to the dramatic sculptures of Bernini, to the colorful weavings from Southeast Asian peoples, to the wood carvings of the Maori in New Zealand.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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6
Jul 27- Jul 31
Session: 6 Gr. 6-8: Sculpture Explored
Gr. 6-8
$405
Meets 5 days, Jul 27- Jul 31
 

This week, students in grades 6 to 8 explore everything related to 3D artwork; including relief sculpture (can hang on the wall), kinetic (moving) sculpture, environmental sculpture (natural materials displayed outside), and more. Inspired by historical and contemporary examples, students will plan and execute a series of pieces using wood, wire, clay, Papier Mache, natural and found materials, textiles and more. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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7
Aug 3- Aug 7
Session: 7 Gr. K-1: Snap Shot
Gr. K-1
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 3- Aug 7
 

Skipping ahead to the mid- 1800s, the world saw huge discoveries and inventions in transportation, communication and science. The speed of train travel, combined with the speed of communication via telegraph allowed people to think in new ways about everything, including time – and artists were no different. They learned from scientists about how we see color and light, and developed systems to capture a moment in time –inventing photography. Claude Monet and others took this idea of a snap shot of time, and realized they could use splotches of paint to create the impression of an object rather than painting it realistically. This movement, known as Impressionism, changed in the idea of what art is and how to make it- which continued in painting, sculpture, decorative objects and architecture. This week will be a fun exploration of materials, learning about early photographic methods, techniques in impressionism, and new styles of art.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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7
Aug 3- Aug 7
Session: 7 Gr. 2-3: Snap Shot
Gr. 2-3
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 3- Aug 7
 

Skipping ahead to the mid- 1800s, the world saw huge discoveries and inventions in transportation, communication and science. The speed of train travel, combined with the speed of communication via telegraph allowed people to think in new ways about everything, including time – and artists were no different. They learned from scientists about how we see color and light, and developed systems to capture a moment in time –inventing photography. Claude Monet and others took this idea of a snap shot of time, and realized they could use splotches of paint to create the impression of an object rather than painting it realistically. This movement, known as Impressionism, changed in the idea of what art is and how to make it- which continued in painting, sculpture, decorative objects and architecture. This week will be a fun exploration of materials, learning about early photographic methods, techniques in impressionism, and new styles of art.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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7
Aug 3- Aug 7
Session: 7 Gr. 4-5: Snap Shot
Gr. 4-5
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 3- Aug 7
 

Skipping ahead to the mid- 1800s, the world saw huge discoveries and inventions in transportation, communication and science. The speed of train travel, combined with the speed of communication via telegraph allowed people to think in new ways about everything, including time – and artists were no different. They learned from scientists about how we see color and light, and developed systems to capture a moment in time –inventing photography. Claude Monet and others took this idea of a snap shot of time, and realized they could use splotches of paint to create the impression of an object rather than painting it realistically. This movement, known as Impressionism, changed in the idea of what art is and how to make it- which continued in painting, sculpture, decorative objects and architecture. This week will be a fun exploration of materials, learning about early photographic methods, techniques in impressionism, and new styles of art.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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7
Aug 3- Aug 7
Session: 7 Gr. 6-8:Drawing & Painting
Gr. 6-8
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 5- Aug 7
 

Students will explore everything related to painting and drawing including techniques with acrylic and watercolor paint, various drawing pencils and charcoal, and how to combine various materials in one piece.  They will look at contemporary examples to inspire exciting artwork of their own. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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8
Aug 10- Aug 14
Session 8: Gr. K-1: Machine Age
Gr. K-1
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 10- Aug 14
 

Things started to move much faster all of a sudden in the early 1900s with the widespread use of electricity and the invention of cars, airplanes, radios, movies, telephones, television and so on.  These new machines inspired artists and architects to create streamlined, simplified forms and designs. Artists experimented with color in painting and new materials like plastic in sculpture, and skyscrapers started to be seen in cities. Spend the week zooming along with us, experimenting with materials to create original art inspired by the machine age.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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8
Aug 10- Aug 14
Session 8: Gr. 2-3: Machine Age
Gr. 2-3
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 10- Aug 14
 

Things started to move much faster all of a sudden in the early 1900s with the widespread use of electricity and the invention of cars, airplanes, radios, movies, telephones, television and so on.  These new machines inspired artists and architects to create streamlined, simplified forms and designs. Artists experimented with color in painting and new materials like plastic in sculpture, and skyscrapers started to be seen in cities. Spend the week zooming along with us, experimenting with materials to create original art inspired by the machine age.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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8
Aug 10- Aug 14
Session 8: Gr. 4-5: Machine Age
Gr. 4-5
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 10- Aug 14
 

Things started to move much faster all of a sudden in the early 1900s with the widespread use of electricity and the invention of cars, airplanes, radios, movies, telephones, television and so on.  These new machines inspired artists and architects to create streamlined, simplified forms and designs. Artists experimented with color in painting and new materials like plastic in sculpture, and skyscrapers started to be seen in cities. Spend the week zooming along with us, experimenting with materials to create original art inspired by the machine age.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

 

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8
Aug 10- Aug 14
Session 8: Gr. 6-8: Comics, Cartoons, and Manga
Gr. 6-8
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 10- Aug 14
 

Students will explore how artwork and storytelling come together in the form of Comics, Cartoons and    Manga.  Develop a comic strip with your own invented characters; learn about Japanese comics and how to    draw in Manga style; learn how to draw a variety of facial expressions, animate objects, imply motion, and use background space in your story. Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and   collaborative play) out of the studio.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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9
Aug 17- Aug 21
Session 9: Gr. K-1: Art Re-Imagined
Gr. K-1
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 17- Aug 21
 

As the world made it through wars, a great depression and chaos, artists continued to work, developing entirely new ways of thinking about and making art. Pablo Picasso and others turned the idea of three dimensions upside down by inventing the concept of cubism. Salvador Dali and others invented the concept of surrealism which focused on unconscious imagery. As they travelled around the world sharing ideas and working in new places, artists re-imagined materials, styles, imagery, and methods so that art eventually became everything in the world around us. This week, we will learn about all the amazing artistic inventions of the middle 1900s, and create a portfolio of paintings, drawings and sculptures that represent our own inventions and ideas.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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9
Aug 17- Aug 21
Session 9: Gr. 2-3: Art Re-Imagined
Gr. 2-3
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 17- Aug 21
 

As the world made it through wars, a great depression and chaos, artists continued to work, developing entirely new ways of thinking about and making art. Pablo Picasso and others turned the idea of three dimensions upside down by inventing the concept of cubism. Salvador Dali and others invented the concept of surrealism which focused on unconscious imagery. As they travelled around the world sharing ideas and working in new places, artists re-imagined materials, styles, imagery, and methods so that art eventually became everything in the world around us. This week, we will learn about all the amazing artistic inventions of the middle 1900s, and create a portfolio of paintings, drawings and sculptures that represent our own inventions and ideas.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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9
Aug 17- Aug 21
Session 9: Gr. 4-5: Art Re-Imagined
Gr. 4-5
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 17-Aug 21
 

As the world made it through wars, a great depression and chaos, artists continued to work, developing entirely new ways of thinking about and making art. Pablo Picasso and others turned the idea of three dimensions upside down by inventing the concept of cubism. Salvador Dali and others invented the concept of surrealism which focused on unconscious imagery. As they travelled around the world sharing ideas and working in new places, artists re-imagined materials, styles, imagery, and methods so that art eventually became everything in the world around us. This week, we will learn about all the amazing artistic inventions of the middle 1900s, and create a portfolio of paintings, drawings and sculptures that represent our own inventions and ideas.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

 

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9
Aug 17- Aug 21
Session 9: Gr. 6-8: Prints and Collage
Gr. 6-8
$405
Meets 5 days, Aug 17- Aug 21
 

This week, students in grades 6 to 8 will explore various printmaking processes, using ink and brayers, linoleum blocks and other tools to create unique images that can be printed over and over.  In addition, this class will focus on collage as a process for learning about self-expression, composition, layering and color relationships.  Students will enjoy midday Creative Challenges (creative activities and collaborative play) out of the studio.

Optional Extended Day morning (8-9 am) and afternoon (4-6 pm) sessions are available at an additional cost.

Please note that due to our Friday Student Art Exhibit, there are no Extended Day PM sessions on Fridays.

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Dec. 26 & 27
All Grades Vacation Week Workshop
K-8
$180
2 days, Dec. 26 & 27
 

In this two-day mixed media workshop, students will have fun exploring art materials while being inspired by Animals in Art.  Our workshops are designed to allow students to express their own ideas while learning a little about art and having fun with friends. There are two 3-hour classes each day with a 1-hour lunch break. Workshops start at 9 am and end at 4 pm.

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Now Available! Gift Certificates for art classes may be purchased through the Register for Classes Link.

 

Important Information for Workshops and Summer Arts

 
Can I register for morning or afternoon classes only?

No, our vacation week workshops and summer arts classes for Grades K-8 are designed to be full-day.

Can we register for partial week?

No, we design our program to be a progressive and immersive experience for students so that each day builds upon ideas learned previously. Students create a portfolio of work during the week which is presented on Fridays during a special art exhibition.

 

What are Family Workshops?

Our family workshops are designed to allow all family members to share a fun art-making activity together.

We registered for a workshop/class but now we can’t come. Can we get a refund?

We understand this happens sometimes. Please call the school as soon as possible if you need to cancel a registration. Cancellations received at least 2 weeks prior to start date will receive a full refund. No refund will be issued after this time except in the case of emergencies.

In the case of Family Workshops, cancellations must be received a minimum of ONE WEEK prior to start date. No registration fees will be refunded if a cancellation occurs less than one week (7 full days) prior.

What is the procedure for drop-off and pick-up?

For Vacation Week Workshops:  Studio numbers for each grade level will be posted. Please accompany your child to their studio and help them to put coats and bags in the bin.  Please be aware that school staff will  be prepared to welcome your child no earlier than 8:45!

For Summer Arts: We offer convenient curbside drop off and pick up in our parking lot. While parents are welcome to accompany children to studios, we are happy to greet you in the car line and walk students as a class to their studios.

 

 

Can someone else pick up my child on some days?

Sure. Please make sure to list all adults who are authorized to pick up children during registration. For the safety of your child, if a different adult must pick up your child, please call the School Office to provide us with their information. Please remind the adult who is picking up your child that they will be required to provide a photo ID.

Do you provide lunch or snacks for vacation week workshops?

No, students need to bring their own, nut-free lunches. Supervised lunch takes place from 12:00pm to 12:30 pm. Each morning and afternoon class will have a short snack and stretch break. Please pack two healthy snacks and a water bottle labeled with the student’s full name. Tip: make sure your child knows which food to save for lunch and what to eat as a snack! All students are asked not to bring snacks or lunches that, to the extent verifiable, contain nuts, tree nuts, or products containing those ingredients. However, we do not inspect people’s belongings, and cannot guarantee that all participants will comply. Please alert the school office if your child has a serious allergy.