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Youth Art Classes

At Blackbird Arts, our children's art classes focus on both the joyful process of art making and the incredible experience of having created something from one's imagination. Our teaching artists establish an encouraging, nurturing, and creative atmosphere where students feel comfortable experimenting and problem-solving with art. We emphasize:

Creative Process and Critical Thinking Skills – Not only are students taught the technical skills of various art media processes, they learn to visualize options,  experiment, take risks to create, express themselves, evaluate, rethink problems and work independently. They also gain confidence, learn to respect and collaborate with other group members and have FUN!

Community Engagement – Blackbird Arts works to connect students with real-life creative problems and solutions in their communities. We offer opportunities to collaborate with community partners during Empty Bowls Workshops, Accessible Arts programs, Benchmark, and at art programs throughout the community. 

Each class has a limited enrollment in order to give students a quality personal experience and the individual attention needed for success.




Our after school program provides a rich foundation for youth to explore a wide variety of art mediums. In this studio setting, children have access to the knowledge and practice of working artists and are surrounded by people creating. The extended time alloted for this program ensures kids have a chance to problem solve, experiment, and build technical skills--all under the guidance of experienced teaching artists who understand what kids need at each stage of their creative development.

The flexible drop-off time allows friends near and far to join together for art classes!

for ages 6-9 and 10-13 years

Sample Daily Schedule

3:30-4:30pm (flexible drop-off time), snack, free-choice art, collaborative art.

Arts Instruction: 4:30-6pm

Each five week session consists of clay handbuilding, printmaking, sculpture, drawing and painting, guided by a professional teaching artist. Students are divided by age groups as necessary for skill development. Students are welcome to make up a class on another day, if they miss their session due to illness or school absence.

Session II: Tuesdays or Wednesdays, Nov 7-Dec 13

  • $115  for 1 day/week for 5 weeks (choose day)
  • $210 for 2 days/week for 5 weeks (choose days)
  • Price includes all materials and kiln firings.

Financial aid is available (but limited) to eligible students in need of assistance. To apply, please inquire during registration.


Studio Sprouts

Our newest early childhood arts program is specially designed for curious three- to six- year-olds. In a professional studio environment, children explore a variety of materials, art processes and tools where each activity facilitates fine motor skill development, problem solving, and creative growth. Teaching artists introduce age appropriate levels of visual arts concepts and skills in a fun and engaging environment. 

At Blackbird Arts, we integrate topics about the natural world into visual arts, music, books, and movement so children begin to develop their unique visual language. All classes are hands-on, process-driven and support the brain connections that happen with quality early childhood arts education. 

Session II: October 24-November 28 (no class Oct 31)

(5 weeks) includes all materials and kiln firings. Cost $125


Friday Art Nights



Friday Art Nights give families and friends the opportunity to join together in art-making. With a professional artist guiding the way, students learn step-by-step how to create with clay. You'll be supported in basic clay hand building techniques and encouraged to play, experiment, and let your imagination take center stage. All Friday Art Nights run 6-8pm on select Fridays throughout the season. Class fee ranges from $22-25/person and includes all materials and kiln firings. 



November 10 / Harvest Feast Platters


December 1 / Clay Ornaments

December 8 / Snowflake Plates



Private Lessons
& Custom Classes

In addition to our regular classes, we also offer private lessons and customized classes in painting, drawing, ceramics and printmaking. Classes are arranged with the instructor and held at Blackbird Arts. Prices for private, one-on-one lessons range from $45-60/hour, with discounts available for multiple week scheduling. If you are interested in customizing a class for four or more children, please call us or email to discuss options.


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