Youth VISUAL Arts

Please refer to the current program guide for class times and locations or click here to register online.

ARTspot Youth Art Classes

The ARTspot art classes are weekly classes where young artists can explore their favorite art form or try something new. 

Classes are taught with an emphasis on understanding materials and self expression. 

Whether it is for fun or to discover a new manner of self-expression, art has a value that will last a lifetime. 

Benefits of Arts Education
Source: Americans for the Arts, 2002.

  • Stimulates and develops the imagination and critical thinking, and refines cognitive and creative skills.
  • Has a tremendous impact on the developmental growth of every child and has proven to help level the "learning field" across socio-economic boundaries.
  • Strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, adding to overall academic achievement and school success.
  • Develops a sense of craftsmanship, quality task performance, and goal-setting—skills needed to succeed in the classroom and beyond.
  • Teaches children life skills such as developing an informed perception; articulating a vision; learning to solve problems and make decisions; building self-confidence and self-discipline; developing the ability to imagine what might be; and accepting responsibility to complete tasks from start to finish.
  • Nurtures important values, including team-building skills; respecting alternative viewpoints; and appreciating and being aware of different cultures and traditions.

Actors studio

Young actors will be given the opportunity to learn new methods of acting, as well as refine skills they already possess in a one act play. Play will be announced at the start of class. Performance will be on the last day of class followed by a short reception at the Derby Public Library. Ages 8-15.
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Art discoverers art basics

Young artists will explore the creative process through painting, paper cut-outs, printmaking, and drawing. Strong emphasis on self-expression and discovery. Ages 5-9.
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Push it, pound it, squeeze it and roll it.  Come and discover what you can create with clay.  Pinch and coil construction techniques will be taught.  Don't miss out on the fun!  12 lbs. of clay, glaze, and kiln firing provided.  Ages 6-9.  
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The basics of wheel thrown pottery will be covered in this hands-on class for young artists.  Class size is limited to the number of wheels available in the art center, so please register early to ensure availability. 25 lbs. of clay, glazes and kiln firing provided.  Ages 10-15.    
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Young artists will learn techniques of both drawing and painting using graphite, charcoal, oil bars, acrylic and watercolor paints with both still-life and photographic source materials.  We will also learn how to mat and frame artwork for presentation as time allows.  Ages 10-15.
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Supplement your homeschool curriculum with an in-depth exploration of design, structure and form.  Our instructor will lead students through the fundamental principles of design while they build their skills using drawing, painting, printmaking, and ceramic media.  There will be a strong emphasis on individual self-expression and discovery.  This is a process-focused curriculum.  Ages 8-15.
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Enjoy a fun filled afternoon of painting and visiting with friends.  In this one day class you will create your very own masterpiece and have a great time with friends.  All supplies included.  Space is limited so enroll early to reserve your spot. Classes take place at Park Grounds Coffee House, located at 401 E. Madison Ave.  Ages 10-15.
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