Art Beast Classes
All Art Beast classes are included free with paid admission or membership except for our Club BEAST and Beasties on their Own Art Club drop in programs. Club BEAST runs September to May. For all classes, children may attend 1 session or every session!
Fall Class Schedule: Runs September 1st to December 20
10:15 Art Explorers (3 & up)
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
11:00 Hand Building and Exploring Texture with Clay (All Ages)
In this fun process art class we will explore clay techniques using various tools. Children of all ages are welcome to roll, score, pinch and squish clay all while experiencing the process of creating. Teacher: Tonya Murrieta
12:30 Little Beasties Sing, Dance & Play! (0-6)
A mixed age class for babies, toddlers & preschoolers. Older siblings welcome too as space permits! This class is designed for anyone looking to spend 30 minutes singing, dancing, listening to a short book and just having fun! Similar in format to the Baby & Me and Little Beasties class but WITHOUT an art or sensory activity, this class was created to be flexible and accommodating for families with children of various ages or who wish to attend an afternoon class. Families are invited to come join us after lunch to sing, move their bodies, share a story and play together! Teacher: Leslie Stair
9:30 Baby and Me-Music & Sensory Play! (0 to 2)
Connect with your baby beastie through songs, books, and sensory activities. 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, age appropriate art or sensory activity will follow 15-20 minutes of circle time fun. Both parts of the class will take place on the floor where babies and caregivers can comfortably explore this engaging experience together. The process oriented art/sensory portion will usually be finger painting or some other simple, open ended, activity for you and your little one to engage in together. This is a quieter, less stimulating class for those who prefer that type of environment (although it certainly is not dull-we sing along with recorded music, use egg shakers, and have a lot of fun). Teacher: Leslie Stair
11:00 Little Beasties Sing, Dance, and Create! (2-5)
This fun and highly engaging class is designed for little beasties who have outgrown our baby class. The art portion of this class will be up on tables and children should be able to sit safely in a chair to explore a simple, thematic art project on their own but with the support of their caregiver. 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 baby to “big kid” by encouraging young spirits to move their bodies, sing along with the teacher, and explore art making. Music, books, movement games, creativity and social interaction with peers and teachers are all part of this dynamic class for toddlers and preschoolers. This class is designed to help young children become comfortable with playing and interacting with one another and participating in a group in a comfortable and age appropriate setting. Children are invited but not pressured to join the teacher in singing, dancing, playing movement games, making music, creating art, and most importantly-having fun! Teacher: Leslie Stair
9:30-12 Club Beast: A drop-off program for kids 3-7 years old (additional fee)
Twice a week, caregivers can drop-off their 3-7 year olds for 2.5 hours of supervised Art Beast fun while they run errands or just enjoy a couple of hours kid free. Children may attend weekly, bi weekly or on a drop in basis. We offer a schedule of activities with a monthly theme and provide a simple snack. Children will participate in fun group activities related to art, science, literacy, and following directions through games and music. Children will also have time for self-directed play in the studio under the careful watch of Club Beast staff. The sessions are designed and led by our baby and toddler art teacher, Ms. Leslie.
Rate: $25 Single Session/$75 Five Sessions 20% sibling discount
2:00 pm Messy Science (4 to 7)
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 Macaranas
9:30-12 Club Beast: A Drop-off Program for Kids 3-7 Years Old (additional fee)
See description and registration link above.
3:30-5 Beasties on their Own: A Drop Off Art Club for Young Artists 7 to 13 Years Old (additional fee)
This mini workshop series lead by Diana (an experienced art teacher, artist, and mother of two) allows caregivers to drop off their beastie for an hour and a half of supervised fun. Each week introduces a new artist and develops technique through instruction, modeling, and practice.
Sessions will start with "a silly exercise" that not only helps participants open up and get to know each other but encourages flexible, creative thinking. Next, Diana will introduce a specific art style, artist, or technique through a dynamic, open discussion. The intention is to challenge ideas of what art is and what it can be. The group will then work on art projects that incorporate all that was introduced. Great emphasis will be placed on creative expression, exploration, and process as opposed to mimicry or copy cat art.
Each session is a stand-alone class but children are encouraged to come regularly to take full advantage of this exciting new opportunity to practice a wide range of art forms, build friendships and independence, and to be mentored by our talented new teacher. Diana has experience both in the classroom as a teacher and as an artist herself. She works in many mediums and is especially interested in fostering a community of young artists who learn and grow. Each month will feature a particular art form so that several weeks can be spent exploring one topic.
Little Beasties Join the Fun:The 3-6 year olds will be invited to join the club on third Thursdays and will be lead by a second teacher in the same classroom. We will play games, share a story, and work together on an age appropriate art activity while making new friends!
Rate: $12 Single Session/$40 Four Sessions 20% sibling discount
Monthly Themes and Weekly Topics for Beasties On Their Own:
September: Watercolor Exploration
Week 1- Distance through washes and a look into Thomas Moran
Week 2 -Reflections and a look into Winslow Homer and water
Week 3- Distance using negative space painting (3rd THURSDAY! Little Beasties, 3-6 years old, are invited to join the class with teacher Ms Leslie. A simplified project will be done using watercolors and tape.)
Week 4- Wet on wet painting, macro painting, and a look into Georgia O’Keeffe
October: Collage Exploration
Week 1- A look at story telling in collage. Chilean Arpilleras with an emphasis on texture and details.
Week 2- An exploration of surrealism and photo collage and a look into Salvador Dali.
Week 3- An exploration on light and collage. We will be exploring stained glass and silhouette and making our own using tissue paper and other materials. (3rd THURSDAY! Little Beasties, 3-6 years old, are invited to join the class with teacher Ms Leslie. Tissue paper stained glass and silhouette)
Week 4- Mixed media collage. This class will bring multiple technics and materials together to explore the multidimensional nature of collage, we will also explore the idea of self in art , looking at artist like Frida Kahlo
November: Weaving Exploration
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
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.