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Art teaches nothing except the significance of life. Henry Miller



ART is the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects.

Most group classes are for children from age 4 through 12 years, however older or younger children should consider private lessons.

Art Classes For The Very Young Child...

For example there are "Mommy and Me" art classes for children ages 2 - 3.  In this type of an environment the parent and child participate together.  The format is normally freeform, and they are introductory art classes where emphasis is placed on fun.  These courses can be single day or may meet one time a week for several weeks.

As children get older, they usually enjoy taking art classes with more emphasis on a form that they enjoy.  Look for art classes tailored to that interest.  Kids art classes are normally set up with a small group of  children. Again, these types of art classes can be offered for one day only, or may take place one day a week for a set period of time.

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Classes

Art classes are normally divided into beginning, intermediate and advanced groups.  Your child will be placed in group based on their skill level and experience. Normally you will find 12-14  students per class.

Drawing Class

The art of drawing is not a "gift." It's a skill that can be cultivated and improved over time. It's about seeing and creating form and space

In a basic drawing class students draw such things as animals, characters, and still life,  while learning drawing principles such as line, shape, texture, color, shading and design. In addition, class lessons are developed to encourage personal expression and creativity so that each student produces a unique finished piece.

Pottery Class

Working with clay is excellent for fine motor skills and it also helps to improve eye/hand coordination.

Pottery classes should be fun and informative classes which teach kids the basic skills of pottery. Instruction will include  the fundamentals of wheel throwing and trimming with an overview of glazing and firing processes. The class will provide students with all the skills needed to make basic forms in pottery and will allow them to create their own exciting pieces of ceramic art.


This type of class will offer your child the chance to discover the fun of creating their own cartoon character. It allows them to  put this character into funny situations and to enjoy seeing their comic strip ideas come to life.  They will learn basic cartooning methods, explore their imagination and create a humorous illustration.

Watercolor Class

Painting is actually drawing with a brush. Therefore drawing skills are continuously stressed in any painting class.  The better students draw, the better they will paint.

An introductory watercolor course is designed to teach two elementary activities:  basic technology of painting with a brush, and use of watercolor as a particular medium.

Oil Paint Class

During this course students will explore the incredible flexibility of this medium. The classes will experiment in the different ways to apply the paint and tools to use to produce different effects. 

They will learn how to scoop paint from a palette (mixing surface) to the canvas with chiseled shaped bristle brushes. In addition, they discuss  brush strokes, how to blend, and spread paint upon a surface.

How to Register?

Art classes run continuously through the academic year. Enrollment is normally available at any time, provided space is available.  The length of classes vary amongst schools.  Class length is normally between 8 -14 weeks.  In addition, many art schools offer summer art camps.

Forms for registration can be obtained on the organization's web site or you can call them for details.  Many organizations will  give you the option to register on line at their web site.    

Links to Kids Art and Writing Contests...

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Arts and Kids

All Kids Can Create Global Show and Tell Gallery Guide

What Is the Commitment?

Art classes meet one time per week from anywhere between 1 hour and 1 1/2 hour.  Time will be determined by the type of class, age, and level that your child is participating in.

Practice is important with art just as it is with any other sport or activity.  It is important to reinforce the instruction taught in class and to constantly express creativity.   It is just like learning how to play the piano, practice as much as possible and you will accomplish the task.

Cost of Art Classes?

Payment in full is usually required upon registration. 

A class could cost anywhere from 135.00 to 320.00 dollars per session.  Price will depend on type of class, age of child, length of session and location. In addition, many studios will charge a fee from $15 to $50 for materials.  Some will include this fee in their tuition.

Private Art Instruction

Private instruction is available for any age, any level, or any medium and will cost approximately $45 - $50 per hour.

More Links to Kids Art and Writing Contests...

KidsZone Contests

Amazing Kids Contests

The Crafty Shops Kid Art Contest

BSG Young Authors Contest

Paws for Poetry

AAP National

Equipment Needed for Art Classes...

Art classes teach students not only what to use, but also how to use and care for their materials.

Proper materials play an important role in a students' training. In most cases the art school will charge a materials fee and will provide appropriate supplies for your child.  The choice of supplies used depends upon the age and skill level of the student.  

The cost requirements will vary based on the type of class that your child is taking. 


Other Great Activities for Kids....

DANCE gives a child a higher level of self-esteem, confidence, and a more positive outlook on life.



THEATER teaches the importance of dedication, focus and practice.



SCUBA teaches you to set goals and progress steadily towards them with the help of your instructors.


GYMNASTICS is the foundation for all sports because it teaches your child to control their body.


BIKING is a great family activity and it is something that kids love to do.