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Art Beast Classes

Class Schedule

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!

Fall 2017 Schedule for Art Beast: September 4 - December 22, 2017

Monday

3-4:00 Mural Madness! (All Ages, Drop In) with Nicole

Come join us either out in the courtyard or in our upstairs classroom, depending on how messy our project will be, for a fun communal art experience! Each week we'll explore a different type of process art to produce unique collaborative pieces to either display at Art Beast for the day or take home depending on the activity. Prepare to get creative and to have a blast! This is a drop in workshop which means you can join the group anytime during the hour to participate. Teacher: Nicole Fong

Tuesday 

10:00 Little Beasties Sing, Dance & Create! (2-5) with Leslie

Families are invited to attend this 30-40 minute class where we will move our bodies, share a story, explore sensory art and socialize. Similar to the Baby & Me class but with more active movement songs and a seated art activity, this class is best for children who are mobile and can sit in a chair. Each week will feature singing, dancing, a short book and a simple art activity that emphasizes creativity and process while also introducing little ones to a casual class format and interactions with peers and a teacher. Regular attendance is encouraged to help children become comfortable with the predictable format of the class and will assist this age group in handling transitions. Designed to be age appropriate and accommodating and most importantly to be a welcoming and friendly space for families with little wiggly ones. Teacher: Leslie Stair

 

Wednesday

10:15 Toddler Time- Sing & Create! (1-3) with Tonya

A 20-30 minute art and movement class that includes an engaging story and a creative art project using a variety of materials ideal for little hands. This class is intended for toddlers ready to put their coordination and new words into action. Older siblings and babies are welcome to participate in this flexible, yet structured class which is designed to be fun, friendly and predictable. Each week we will sing and dance, share a short story then we’ll end with creating a process oriented art project based on the day’s theme. Teacher: Tonya Murrieta

Club Beast: 9:30-12:00 (Drop off, Ages 3.5-6, ADDITIONAL FEE, ADVANCED REGISTRATION ONLY)

See front desk for details.

11:00 Art Explorers (3-7) with Tonya

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. Each class will be a fun, process oriented art adventure and will always highlight a particular medium, technique or theme introduced in a way that appeals to young children and allows for self expression. Teacher: Tonya Murrieta

Club Beast: 12:45-3:15 (Drop off, Ages 3.5-6, ADDITIONAL FEE, ADVANCED REGISTRATION ONLY)

See front desk for details.

Thursday

*Club Beast: 9:30-12:00 (Drop off, Ages 3.5-6, ADDITIONAL FEE, ADVANCED REGISTRATION ONLY) See front desk for details.

11:00 First Steps in Music (All Ages) with Ariana

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. Teacher: Ariana Hunt

2:00 Jump Right In! (4 & up) with Ariana

This class is geared for preschool and elementary aged kids and is a fun introduction to playing instruments and basic music theory. We will explore the glockenspiel (xylophone), the keyboard, and various percussion instruments. We will explore music and dance from around the world. This class incorporates American Sign Language. It doesn't matter if your child has previous music experience or if they have taken the class before, you can "jump right in" anytime and join us for a day of music making! Teacher: Ariana Hunt

Friday

9:15 Baby & Me! (0-2) with  Leslie

Baby Beasties are invited to join this 20-30 minute class where we will sing, play and socialize together. Similar to the Little Beasties class but with a slower pace, quieter songs and movement games designed more for one-on-one interactions with caregivers and the teacher. Each week will feature vocabulary rich songs and chants that promote communication and bonding, sharing a short book to create a love of stories and opportunities for little ones to interact with other babies and adults. A secondary goal for this class is to grow our community so please stay and play afterwards in our Infant Area and meet other families- it does take a village! Age appropriately designed to be predictable and accommodating with a consistent format each week and a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Teacher: Leslie Stair

10-11:00 Workshop for Big & Little Beasts with Resha (All ages, drop in, adult participation required for younger children)

Each Friday features a new workshop to explore the arts. Art Beast provides the supplies and guidance as grown ups and children explore art together. This class has a “drop in” format which means you are welcome to come participate anytime within this hour and most projects take about 10-20 minutes to complete. Workshops are held either in our upstairs classroom or in our outdoor courtyard- ask at front desk each week for location. Teacher: Resha Jenkins

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.