Art Beast Classes-Process Art, Movement & Music!
Come anytime and drop into one of our classes with paid admission to the studio. All classes are designed to run on an ongoing basis so you do not need to hit a specific start date. Parents are always asked 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 or activity, build a relationship with the teacher, and develop rapport with their classmates. Most classes are capped at 12 children and most days there will be plenty of room! We do recommend arriving up to 30 minutes early to ensure a spot in the class. There is a sign up sheet at the front desk, please sign up when you arrive. A few classes are presented as a "drop in" format so you do not need to sign up for these and you can come anytime during the duration of the class to do a short, simple activity that usually takes 10-20 minutes with the assistance of our wonderful Art Beast Coaches, Teachers, & Volunteers. Supplies may be limited however (first come, first served) and please do understand we will need to end these sessions promptly at the designated time so don't arrive too late.
Fall Class Schedule for 2018: September 3rd-December 30th
Summer classes end in August with a class break last week of August.
Art Beast will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas day, Boxing Day (12/26), on New Year’s Eve we close at 3 and are closed all day on New Year’s day.
Class break Dec. 31-Jan 3rd-No classes Winter session begins after this.
3:30 Drum Circle (All Ages) with Ms Eva
Come one come all to explore our weekly, 20-30 minute drum circle class. Each class we will explore the fundamentals of percussion by using our bodies as instruments, playing games with rhythm, tempo, and dynamic, and finishing with a cacophonous grand finale! A consistent format allows participants to learn the basic vocabulary of music, meet new friends, and explore new sounds on multiple percussion instruments.
10:00 Teeny Tuesdays (Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers) with Ms Leslie & special guest, Nancy once a month
(Nancy will take over this class the 1st Tuesday of each month with stories, crafts & a fundraiser book sale)
Join us for stories, songs and fun for the littlest beasties each week with Ms Leslie and a special visit by our resident Usborne book lady, Nancy Niederberger on the first Tuesday of each month. Leslie will present a lively, age appropriate storytime that introduces little ones to a simple structure and promotes socializing with peers. Once a month, Nancy will take over the class and share a few books and a simple art activity and then feature a selection of fabulous Usborne books to browse or purchase. As always, any sales at Art Beast help provide free books to the families at our residence programs. No pressure to buy, just an opportunity to check out beautiful books and further support our programs for young families facing homelessness.
10:00 Toddler Time! (Ages 1-3) with Ms Tonya
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.
10:30 Clay Play! (All Ages; Drop In) with Ms Tonya
Join Tonya on the studio floor for a fun drop in clay tutorial. Each week will feature a different project that will be engaging enough for older kids and adults to enjoy but simple enough for any age to join in. Projects will range from simple pot making to sculptural forms to experimenting with texture. Drop in as there is space at the clay table, Tonya will demonstrate techniques for 30 minute sessions each week, projects only take a few minutes to complete and visitors are welcome to continue to experiment with the clay after the session ends.
3-3:45 Reclamation Station (All Ages; Drop In) with Art Beast coach Erika & others
This casual art activity offers visitors the chance to get to know our staff and to learn to make something new and exciting using recycled materials and the art items on our studio floor. Reclamation Station is a “drop in” format so kids are welcome to participate anytime within the 45 minutes the Coach is available on the floor and most projects take only about 5-15 minutes to complete. We look forward to getting to know you and your family better!
10:00 Move & Soothe with Michelle! (All Ages)
Yoga and games for kids and caregivers. Classes will be geared towards levels and ages of participants. Parents and kids connect with calming breathing techniques, asana (poses), songs and games. Bring your own mat if you have one, we have some to borrow if needed.
3-3:45 Art Lab (All Ages; Drop In) with Art Beast coaches Gabby, Taryn & others
This casual art activity offers visitors the chance to get to know our staff and to learn to make something new and exciting using the art materials on our studio floor. Art Lab is a “drop in” format so kids are welcome to participate anytime within the 45 minutes the Coach is available on the floor and most projects take only about 5-15 minutes to complete. We look forward to getting to know you and your family better!
10-11 Workshop for Big & Little Beasts (All Ages; Drop In) with Ms Resha
Each Friday features a fun and engaging new workshop where families can explore the arts, science activities or sensory play together. We provide the supplies and guidance as grown ups and children explore activities together. This is a “drop in” format so you are welcome to come participate anytime within the hour, most projects take about 10-20 minutes to complete. Workshops are held in the upstairs classroom or courtyard.
Check out our Instagram page & Facebook page for upcoming workshops: artbeastchildrensstudio
2:30 Making Music! (All Ages) with Ms Nicole
We will sing favorite nursery rhymes and bravely share songs with the group (optional). Ms Nicole will play her guitar, guide children in exploring musical instruments and read stories about the wonderful world of music. On select weeks, students will get to create a simple art project related to music. We will meet in various rooms around the studio so check at the front desk for the location each week. Come make music!
What makes Art Beast different from other studios?
Our classes are designed specifically for children 7 and under
Our classes emphasize process over product
You can take a class AND play for hours before or 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 other play spaces to explore with your other children nearby
Classes beat other studio's 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.
Class Breaks, Seasonal Schedule & Holiday Closures
Art Beast classes are changed seasonally 3 times per year and have a weeklong break between seasons. Please check for our new class schedule each season and ask about any special workshops, programs or promotions that may be offered.