Children’s Art Classes at Artisan Gallery 218!

Want your child to have some fun and be creative?  We have just the line-up of classes to spur your child’s creativity while learning art methods and exploring the world!

Artisan Gallery 218 is hosting classes for young children ages 6 – 12  in its workshop area on various days from now into the summer.  Complete details and sign-up instructions can be found at our website, www.ArtisanGallery218.com

It’s a Small World!kangaroo

Hilde DeBruyne teaches “It’s a Small World” for ages 6 to 9, on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:45 for 4 weeks starting April 6th.

Get ready for an artistic and creative adventure, traveling around the world and using art, music and food to get to know different cultures and be inspired to create their own culturally diverse artwork.

Draw Along Studio Exercise Summer Classmary cat for class

Mary Kline-Misol will again offer her “Draw Along Studio Exercise” class for youth ages 6 – 9 for 12 sessions on Saturdays from 11 – 12:30 starting June 4th.

Child psychologists tell us that drawing is as spontaneous and human an activity as learning how to walk and talk. Drawing is a complex process that requires the individual to isolate discrete bits from the whole entity in three dimensions, and to reproduce those bits accurately in only two dimensions, by relating them logically to each other all the while moving the hand with attained skill.

Mary’s teaching method involves training children to perceive visual data with a basis of the five elements of shape and demonstrating how the general shape of an object is composed of those elements. The language in the class is geared toward creating a non-competitive and non-judgmental environment in which each child will learn that there is no wrong way to draw and that everyone can be successful.

The kids in the current session are having a great time and will have an exhibition of their artwork on April 2nd!.

Dreamtime Birdhouse Craft Classdreamtime birdhouse

Mary is also teaching a craft class “Dreamtime Birdhouse” for youth ages 9 – 12.  This 7 week session is on Saturdays from 1:00 – 3:00 starting on June 4th.

This session is designed to create global awareness and develop an appreciation for the culture of the desert Aboriginals of Alice Springs, Australia.  Each student will have an unfinished birdhouse to decorate with personal color and design choices using acrylic paints,  Students will have an exhibition of the final product at the end of the session.

 

Give the Gift of Art

When you walk the aisles of Target or any other store with dedicated sections of children’s toys, you may notice everything is electronic, battery powered. Toys are flashing, blinking, moving.  Older kids have iPods and game consoles to fill their wish lists.  But what if we removed the batteries, the noise, the i-this and i-that electronics? What would we be left with?

Art.

This Christmas season, consider banishing the notion of buying your children, grandchildren concrete gifts. Give them the gift of creativity and exploration. Give them the gift of art.

Our in-house artist and founding partner, Mary Kline-Misol is offering a children’s art class. This class is focused on drawing. This isn’t a typical construction paper and glue art class. Mary recognizes that even at a young age, children have the ability, and desire, to learn the technical elements of drawing. She employs a method to foster each child’s creativity:

“My method to be used involves training children to perceive visual data with a basis of the five elements of shape and demonstrating how the general shape of an object is composed of those elements. The language in the class is geared toward creating a non-competitive and non-judgmental environment in which each child will learn that there is no wrong way to draw and that everyone can be successful.”

This class is open to 6 to 9 year old children and will be held on Saturday mornings from 11:00 to 12:00. The first class is on January 16th and continues for the next 8 Saturdays.  The last class includes an exhibition at the art gallery of each student’s work for family and friends.

The fee is $160 per student and all materials are included in this class fee.

The best gifts don’t include assembly directions and can’t be found in the aisles of toy stores. The best gifts are ones that last a lifetime. They are the gifts that your children look back on and say, “Remember when you surprised me with that art class? I will never forget that!”

This holiday season, give the gift of art. Give the gift of creativity. Give the gift of exploration.

To reserve a spot, please contact Mary Kline-Misol at 515-255-0218 or email curator@ArtisanGallery218.com

Enjoy a sampling of art from past students:

ArtClass1 ArtClass2 student work age 5ArtClass3