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ArtBeast Classes

Class Schedule

Monday

Club BEAST (3 to 7 years old): 10 to 12:30

Children enjoy two and a half hours of supervised Art Beast fun. Children will create art, share stories, enjoy a snack, and explore the play spaces of Art Beast.
The sessions are led by Leslie Stair, a mother, artist, and children’s librarian with a passion for bringing stories to life through art. Leslie has over 10 years experience working as a Children's Librarian and is a life long lover of the arts who has dabbled in many mediums. She loves sharing books and stories with children and families and finding ways to use art and activities as a means to bring them to life. She also defies all stereotypes about librarians with her joyful energy and spunk.
Children must be out of diapers and pull ups to attend. This is not a series. Each Monday is a stand alone session.  Sessions are $20 members/$25 non-members with advance registration.

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

Tuesday

Baby and Me Music and Art (0 to 2): 9:30 am

Connect with your baby beastie through songs, books, and art exploration. Relying heavily on repetition and close adult/child interaction, the carefully selected components of this class are designed to get you and the little one on your lap engaged with each other as well as the teacher and the other babies in class. A very short (optional) art experience will follow our circle time activities. This will be done on the floor where babies and caregivers can explore art making together and will usually be finger painting or some simple tactile project. This is a quieter, less stimulating class for those who prefer that type of environment. Teacher: Leslie Stair

 

Storybook Art (Best for ages 2.5-5): 10:30 am

A fun song begins each class and the entire 45 minutes is designed to help young children become comfortable with interacting in a group and listening to a teacher. A noteworthy picture book is shared and discussed in a brief, fun way that relates to young children’s experiences. An art activity is then introduced related to the story theme and children are encouraged to create their own unique work of art through experimentation and the exploration of materials. Teacher: Leslie Stair

 

Wednesday

Yoga and Creative Movement Circle (Recommended for 2 and up): 11 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.  He also incorporates creative movement games that explore a range of themes. Teacher: Michael Benton

Little Beasties Sing, Dance, and Create (9 to 30 months): 12:30

This class is designed for little beasties who are mobile and can sit at a table to explore simple thematic art projects with their caregivers. Similar in format to the Baby & Me class but with more variation, more independent movement activities and a lot more energy, this class offers a comfortable transition from babyhood to “big kid” by encouraging young spirits to move their bodies, sing along with the teacher, and explore art making. Teacher: Leslie Stair

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: Andrew Macarenas

Thursday

Silly Monsters Movement and Rhythm (3 and up): 10 am

Join us for this session of rampant silliness as we play games that get us moving!  Whether tackling an obstacle course, playing with a parachute, stomping dinosaur rhythms, or catching bubbles on our noses, we will be chasing fun and laughter. Teacher: Michael Benton

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

Friday
Art Workshops for Big and Little Beasts: Between 10 am and 11 am: 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

Juguemos! Spanish Sing, Play, and Learn (2 and up): 11:30

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

Registration

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 52 classes a year for each child under 7. Drop in visitors to Art Beast can join a class on any 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.