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Come join us Saturday mornings throughout the year for hands-on art exploration!  Kids will learn about various art mediums and ideas in a casual atmosphere with a trained instructor. 


Classes are open to kids from 5-12 years old.

Labs are $20 per session and are held from 10am-noon on specified Saturdays (see schedule below) at the R.R. Smith Center for History & Art, 2nd floor. Parking is available in front of the building and in the parking deck across the street. (click for map)


SAAC family members receive a 10% discount. Use promotion code "SAAC10" to receive your discount.  Membership status will be confirmed before class(es).  Click here if you're interested in learning more about SAAC membership.

There is a six(6) student minimum for all sessions. If a lab does not meet the enrollment minimum, it will either be cancelled or postponed to a different date. 

Student Information

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A new form is not required with every registration, only if pertinent information has changed. 

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Upcoming Labs

Changing Season Landscapes: Mixed Media Collage 

September  30

Students will learn about omposition, perspective, abstraction through the art of collage.  Students will explore one-point perspective, using scraps of texture and color, building forms, line, space, warm and cool colors, balance, movement,  proportion while creating their own mixed-media landscape. 

Trompe l’Oeil Still Life: Drawing with Colors

October 14

Students will learn about the photorealism movement by drawing, blending, and using colored pencils. Students will create a landscape drawing while exploring shape, form, texture, pattern, repetition, variety, and contrast.

Painting from Observation

October 21


Students will get the chance to view famous post impressionist still lives, including Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” to see how artists mixed their paint on the canvas while painting from observation. Students will create their own painting of flowers during the class.

Decorative Paper

October 28


Students will practice different surface design techniques in making decorative paper for cards, books, and origami. Students will practice five different surface techniques to create their decorative papers including stenciling. 

Misty Moody Autumn Inkscapes: Chinese Brush Paintings

November 4


Students will learn about Chinese Song Dynasty landscapes while exploring Chinese Sumi brush work and the concepts of value scales, background and foreground. Students will create an ink landscape project emphasizing harmony, proportion, unity, and balance. 

Bookbinding (Accordion Books) 

November 11


Students will learn about Artists books and how they are created to be pieces of Art that can be interacted with. Students will use decorative paper to create an accordion fold sampler book with their selected paper. 

Printmaking with Found Objects

November 18


Students will learn about monotype prints created by Mary Cassatt and then will use found objects and paint to create their own printing plates. Prints will be applied to paper with various colors of paint to create images that students can take home. 

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