Baby Sing, Dance, Create! (0 - 2): 10 – 10:45: A Music Together inspired class! Your child will be developing her/his musical aptitude, as well as language, fine and gross motor skills. We will be working together exploring the world of music and play through different songs, dance, and movements. We will be encouraged to use our bodies, instruments, the world around us, and each other to create the best musically enriched environment optimal for the children. This class is highly parent participatory and encouraged! Teacher: Latisha Simms
Art Explorers (3 & up): 11:00am: Children will explore the art elements and design principles used in the creation of art. By using a variety of materials we will investigate lines, shapes, colors, textures as well as space and pattern. Teacher: Tonya Murrieta
Baby Sing, Dance & Play! (0-2): 10-10:30: Connect with your youngest through song, rhythm instruments, and dancing. Each session we will begin with a story and then move into exploring the themes through activities carefully designed for the youngest spirits. Teacher: Leslie Stair
Toddler Storybook Art (3-5): 11:00 Bring stories to life with this creative class just for toddlers! Each week we will introduce a new book and a corresponding project to echo the tale. Leslie will cheerfully share a story and then help parent and child create inspired art pieces. Teacher: Leslie Stair
Guided Floor Craft (All ages) 10:30 – Noon Every Tuesday, Mariah will be leading a new craft on the studio floor. Children can drop by any time during the session to engage.
Yoga Circle (3 and up): 4 pm: Children gather for a session of yoga that welcomes wiggles and giggles while introducing the poses, breathing, and peacefulness that yoga brings. Jenna infuses the session with calm, playfulness and a willingness to see where energy and ideas may lead.
Creating with Clay and Dough (2 to 7) 10 am: Combining technique with the joy of squishing, this class invites kids to explore clays and doughs of various textures as they create their own works. Tonya will teach beginning techniques of shaping, rolling and texturing as the students pursue a range of projects. Teacher: Tonya Murrieta
Drum Circle (All ages): 10:45 Children gather around a circle of drums and percussion instruments to create a community of rhythm. As children learn beats, our teacher inspires the circle toward unity. Teacher: Deborah Cardoza
Messy Science (4 to 7): 2 pm: Children will dive right into the messy part of science as we explore a new theme each session. Children will be encouraged to stretch their brains, creativity, bodies, and imagination as we investigate science. Working together we'll use our silly ideas, playfulness, and curiosity to hypothesize and experiment. Whether making alien goo , rubber bones, or tornadoes in a jar, children are certain to leave filled with wonder. Teacher: Michael Benton
Ballet & Creative Movement (4 & up) 4:00 Learning the fundamentals of dance is necessary, but still needs to be fun! Children are able to delve into ballet without being intimidated by technique. Then, get ready to run, jump and roll into modern dance! This upbeat dance will allow storytelling and choreography to magically come together in a perfect combination. Teacher: Jenna Maggard
Baby and Me Music and Art (0 to 2): 10 am: Bring stories to life through song, rhythm instruments, dancing, and art. Each session we will begin with a story and then move into exploring the themes through art activities carefully designed for the youngest spirits. Teacher: Leslie Stair
Story Alive: Bringing the World's Stories to Life with Art (3 - 7) 2 pm: This fun and lively class for preschool and elementary aged children uses visual storytelling to launch kids into an art inspired adventure! The focus of this class is to introduce young people to stories and art in a way that allows them to explore their own creativity and develop their visual literacy skills. Themes will vary. Teacher: Leslie Stair
Rhythm 101 (Ages 4 to 7) 4 pm: Learn percussion basics in this session designed to guide children in finding and making rhythm. Children will learn how to read rhythms and create different kinds of sounds using hands, mallets, drums and percussion instruments to create an alphabet of sound, tempo, and groove. Teacher: Deborah Cardoza
Art Workshops for Big and Little Beasts: Between 10 am and 12 pm: Each Friday features a new workshop to explore the arts. Art Beast provides the supplies and guidance as grown ups and children explore an art together. Teacher: Michael Benton
Interactive Story Telling: Art Beast story circles happen every morning and afternoon. As the storyteller shares a story, children are invited to ask questions, share predictions, move their bodies, and get involved in a really good tale.
Messy Art Sensory Tables: The outdoor courtyard offers opportunities to explore the mystery of oobleck, the wonder of mud, and the joy of all things gooey.
Open Studio Art Stations: Two tables on the Open Studio floor offer supplies and inspiration for creation.
Classes are capped at 12 children for most classes. Parents are always welcome to stay close during the class, and many classes invite and encourage parent participation. All classes can be explored without committing to the full series. However, we encourage families to consider trying a class for 4 to 8 weeks so that children get the opportunity to explore the art, build a relationship with the teacher, and develop rapport with their classmates. Monthly memberships include 4 classes a month and annual memberships include 25 classes a year for each child under 7. Drop in visitors to Art Beast can join a class if there is room on the day of their visit. Only Art Beast members can reserve a space in advance.
Ready to Register?
Art Beast Members can call the studio to reserve a spot in any class in advance!
Drop in visitors can join classes with open spaces on the day of their visit.
What makes Art Beast different from other studios?
- Our classes are designed specifically for kids under 7
- Our classes emphasize process over product
- You can take a class AND play for hours afterward in our play spaces
- Parents can join many of the classes or easily watch from the comfortable, roomy seating area
- While one child takes a class, you have a building of play spaces to explore with your other children
- Classes beat other studios prices AND include far more than a 45 minute session
- Your child does not need to commit to an 8 week session. They can dabble and try out various classes to find a good fit.
- Every penny earned by Art Beast supports Tubman House, a transitional community for young homeless parents and their children.
What You’ll Find in Art Beast’s Teachers and Art Coaches
- Experience working alongside children 0 to 6
- A patient, joyful spirit
- Ability to respond to each child’s needs in creating a welcoming space
- A warm, friendly hello
- Love for building an inclusive community of families
- Crazy for the arts
- Dazzled by the possibilities present in each child
- Values all individuals and all types of family structures, and shares stories and songs that reflect families and children of many cultures and family types.
- Promotes gender equity by ensuring stories, songs, and other artistic expressions portray both girls and boys equally as protagonists, and by portraying both girls and boys as brave, adventurous, heroic, gentle, loving, mischievous, and spirited.