Art classes for children and teens

Student at the Scottsdale Artists' School youth academy

As resources for school art classes continue to dwindle, art programs in our communities become increasingly important. Thankfully, Valley families can draw upon art classes offered by various community centers, museums and private studios.

In Old Town Scottsdale there’s something called the Scottsdale Artists’ School, which offers art classes for children and teens through its youth academy. It’s near museums, theaters, restaurants, shops and a lovely library so parents who drive kids to and from classes have plenty to do in between.

Teen taking an art class at Scottsdale Artists' Academy

“Inspiring Artists” classes for ages 6 & up are being held for a series of eight Saturday mornings Jan. 7-Feb. 25, 2012. Students explore a different project, and a different medium, each week. They’ll paint trees, create journal/map art, make pop art portraits, craft treasure boxes and more. “Inspiring Artists” classes meet from 9am-noon and cost $40/class — which includes all supplies (though students should bring their own sketchbooks).

A new “Young Masters” program for youth ages 11 & up takes place Saturday afternoons from 1-4pm during Jan., 2012. These classes are also $40 each, and include all supplies. Class themes include translating sketches into paintings, simplifying nature for impact, finding the pattern of light and exaggerating colors.

The “Underground Art Club” for teens ages 13-19 takes place Thursday nights from 6:30-9pm from Jan. 12-Feb. 23, 2012. These classes are offered on a drop-in basis to accommodate teens’ busy schedules, according to Linda Pullinsi, youth academy program manager for the Scottsdale Artists’ School — who says the club also holds periodic art shows at the school.

Student works on drawing during a class at Scottsdale Artists' School

Class themes include still life, live costumed model, portrait, landscape and more. Single classes cost $30 (a 3-pack of classes costs $25/class and a 5-pack of classes costs $20 class).

Scottsdale Artists’ Studio notes that their fine art program is taught by professional working artists, adding that it’s designed to help students “discover new concepts and master basic skills while gaining confidence, pride, and self-discipline through their efforts.”

Art classes give kids a chance to meet others with similar interests, express themselves in positive ways, enjoy breaks from everyday stressors and spend time free from technology. Ah, the power of the paintbrush…

— Lynn

Note: Click here to learn more about art classes for adults, and here for scholarship information

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