Art Beast Classes
All Art Beast classes are included free with paid admission or membership except for our Club BEAST drop in programs. Club BEAST runs September to May. For all classes, children may attend 1 session or every session!
Winter and Spring Class Schedule: Runs January 2 to June 2
10 Toddler & Me- Song, Story & Art (1.5-3)
In this 30 minute class toddlers and their caregivers will sing songs while moving their bodies, listen to an engaging story, and participate in a simple age appropriate art project related to the story of the day. Some art will be more sensory based, exposing your little beasties to different mediums. Through repetition of structure and song this class is designed to be predictable and welcoming. Your little beasties will enjoy socializing with each other in a flexible yet structured class format. Younger siblings are welcome for song and story portion as space allows. Teacher: Lisa Vaughn is currently a full time mom, but comes to us with over 20 yrs of experience working with children. From being a nanny, preschool teacher, youth leader and school counselor, she has a true heart for children. With a masters in counseling, her passion is to help children grow their emotional intelligence through art, play, song and reading.
10 Little Beasties Sing, Dance, and Play! (0 to 2)
A lively music and movement class for babies and young toddler toddlers. This class is designed for anyone looking to spend 20-30 minutes singing, dancing, listening to a short book and introducing their little ones to a casual class format and interactions with other young children! This class is designed to be predictable and accommodating for all young children by providing a consistent rhythm in each session and a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Families are invited to come join us each week to move their bodies, share a story and socialize together! Teacher: Leslie Stair
11 Little Beasties Sing, Dance, and Play! (2 to 4 )
Similar to our infant class, but ramped up in energy and complexity of movement for our toddlers and young children. Teacher: Leslie Stair
10 Toddler and Me (2 to 3) Begins 1/11/17
A movement, story, and interactive play class for toddlers ready to put their coordination and new words to work in the most playful way. Teacher: Tonya Murrieta
10:45 Art Explorers (3 & up) Begins 1/11/17
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
Club BEAST: Session One: 9:30 to Noon Session Two: 1 to 3:30
A drop-off program for kids 3.5-6 years old
Caregivers can drop-off their toilet trained 3.5-6 year olds for 2.5 hours of supervised Art Beast fun while they run errands or just enjoy a couple of kid free hours. Children may attend 1 or 2 days per week or just drop in as needed when space is available. Sign up for a month at a time and get a reduced rate! *Check calendar for a few dates that Club Beast will NOT be held or held at single session rate.
We offer a fun and engaging daily rhythm of activities for our beasties combined with a very low child to teacher ratio. We even provide a simple snack for your little ones. Together we will: share stories, engage in art and science activities, sing and make music, and play movement and/or listening games. Children will also have lots of time for self-directed play in the studio under the watchful care of Club Beast staff. The sessions are designed and led by Leslie Stair & Bryna Lovig. Leslie Stair is a mother, artist and children’s librarian with over 10 years experience working with children and families in a variety of community settings. Bryna Lovig is a mother and a crafter with loads of experience working with young children. She has wrangled groups of them since she was 11 years old and has spent the past 2 years assisting in a public Waldorf kinder classroom.
Club BEAST pricing per child:
$30 Single Session Drop in / Siblings $25 (Limited space, not guaranteed. Must be paid in full upon sign up)
$80 Monthly Rate per Session / Siblings $65 (*All months 4 weeks except Dec. & March when special rates apply)
NEW! 10% Member Discount (Taken off the total-for current Members only-does not include punch card holders). You must register in advance to ensure a spot in any given session (you are not guaranteed space for any dates unless you have prepaid for them, even if your child regularly attends a session). Numbers are capped at a specific teacher/child ratio and all sessions are open to the general public until filled on a first come, first served basis. You must specify the session you plan to attend regularly or for drop in. Make ups are permitted but only if we are notified of absence in advance of the missed class and make up is scheduled with teachers-limited to available space. Your child can attend 2 sessions per week by just doubling the monthly rate. Taking all 3 sessions only with permission from teacher. December will be drop in only.
In addition, the whole family can stay and play at Art Beast after Club BEAST for the entire day for the reduced rate of just $4.00 per person-that’s half price regular admission Non-refundable payment required upon sign up for all sessions. Children must be out of diapers & pull-ups.
Register by calling the studio 916-441-1233
Club Beast Drop Off Program: 9:30-12 (See details above)
First Steps in Music: 10:30-11 (All ages)
Through imaginative play, music from around the world and a variety of instruments, your child will explore the world of music. Classes provide expressive singing and rhythmic activities, developing your child’s sense of rhythm and pitch. The teacher, Ariana Hunt, has been a music educator for over 20 years, teaching music and movement classes and piano lessons to students of all ages. She studied classical piano performance at UC Santa Barbara and has specialized training in early childhood education and early childhood music.
10-11: Art Workshops for Big and Little Beasts (All Ages)
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: Varies
Ready to Join a Class?
Come anytime and drop into one of our classes. All classes are designed to run on an ongoing basis so you do not need to hit a specific start date. Most classes are capped at 12 children. 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. Memberships include classes for children under 8. Drop in visitors to Art Beast can join a class on any visit. Most days there will be plenty of room! We do recommend arriving up to 30 minutes early to ensure a spot in the class.
What makes Art Beast different from other studios?
- Our classes are designed specifically for kids 7 and under
- 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 single 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.