Sing, Dance & Play! (0 to 3): 10 am
Connect with your little beastie through songs, books, and movement activities. Relying heavily on repetition and close adult/child interaction, the carefully selected components of this class are designed to get you and your child engaged with each other as well as the teacher and the other children in class. This class will meet in the downstairs drama room. Teacher: Leslie Stair
Art Explorers (3 & up): 11 am: 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
Story Alive! Messy Fun in the Courtyard (3 and up): 2 pm
Best for children 3 and up but younger beasties can participate with close adult supervision.
We will begin with a song and a story and then jump into an open ended, process oriented art activity that will be fun for kids of all ages. This class connects the story theme with a highly engaging and sensory rich creative experience that will stimulate the imagination and encourage young minds to experiment with and explore new as well as familiar materials. Basic concepts related to art (texture, color mixing), math (measuring, shapes) and science (observation, states of matter) are introduced through these hands-on activities. We will meet outside in the courtyard as long as weather permits it and will last about 30-40 minutes. Teacher: Leslie Stair
Messy Art and Clay Play (2 and up): 10 am
Each week will will explore an art medium, clay or dough that engages exploration. With a strong focus on process art experiences, this class is all about introducing new mediums and whimsical ways of creating art. It will often take place in our outdoor courtyard. Teacher: Mariah Nall
Drum Circle (All ages): 11 am
Children gather around a circle of drums and percussion instruments to create a community of rhythm. As children learn beats and move to music, our teacher inspires the circle toward unity. Teacher: Nancy Hamaker
Yoga Circle (All ages: Recommended for 3 and up): 10 am
Join Michael, a certified yoga teacher with extensive training in
engaging children, in this sweet yoga circle designed to delight
children. Children gather for a session of yoga that welcomes wiggles
and giggles while introducing the poses, breathing, and peacefulness
that yoga brings. Michael infuses the session with calm, playfulness and
a willingness to see where energy and ideas may lead.
Teacher: Michael Benton
Messy Science (4 to 7): 2:00 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
Juguemos! Spanish Sing, Play and Learn: (2 & up): 10:00am: Children develop vocabulary and an ear for the Spanish language as they play and sing in Spanish. Movement games help children integrate the new words they are learning. The instructor is fluent in Spanish and immerses the children in the sounds of this beautiful language. Teacher: Maggie Gomez
Art Lab (3-7): 2:00pm: In this class we will explore and create with different art mediums, textures and supplies. We will experiment with collage and mosaic pieces, create unique patterns and design with different sized bits and materials. Children will make and create with different doughs and clay and dive into some paper mache mask and sculpture making. As a class we will investigate different painting techniques as well as work with varying drawing materials like colored pencils, pastels, and crayons all while exploring and experiencing the process of creating. Teacher: Mariah Nall
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
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. Most days there will be plenty of room! 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 7
- 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.