Our youth classes are a great experience for kids. It’s a place to learn new skills, meet friends, have fun and explore the arts! This April, take a class and get inspired.
Hula Dance Class
Fridays, April 1- May 6 • Spend 45 minutes of basic instruction in the style of Hawaiian, Tahitian, Maori and Samoan including mastering performance dances and songs. Students ages 3 – 9 practice from 4:30-5:15 p.m. Students 10 and older practice from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Performances are held around the community 3-4 times a year. Costumes are required at a minimal cost.
Bob Ross Classic: “Rolling Hills” – Painting Workshop (Ages 13+)
Saturday, April 2 • Join our instructor Mathew Halstead for a classic Bob Ross painting workshop with friends at the Alliance. Find freedom on a canvas as Mathew leads you from start to finish though creating the painting, “Rolling Hills.” Students will take home a finished 16×20 painting.
The Art of Matting and Framing for Artists and Photographers (Ages 16+)
Sunday, April 3 • In this hands-on workshop you will learn professional mat cutting skills and techniques using a Logan mat cutter. Instructor/Professional Framer will teach you conservation, preservation, archival mounting and assembly for art and photos.
Painting with Eunique (Ages 5-10)
Friday, April 1 • In each educational and creative session, students will create art and learn history, all while loosening up and enjoying themselves. Students will learn that it’s fun art but also fine art and how to express themselves through a brush, even when they can’t find the words to do so
Zentangle for the Seasons (Ages13+)
Wednesdays, April 6 – April 27 • Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of drawing patterns step by step. It is relaxing, gratifying and a great way to exercise the creative side of your brain! Beginning with the basics in the first class, we’ll then create a variety of Art works throughout the month, based on the season.
Beginning Belly Dance A (Ages 14+)
Wednesdays , April 6 – May 4 • Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance! Belly Dancing is a naturally low impact activity that improves posture, core strength, flexibility and the mind-body connection. Belly Dance A Classes will start from 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and Belly Dance B Class will go from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Beginning Belly Dance B (Ages 14+)
Wednesdays, April 6 – May 4• Have fun learning the ancient art and modern styles of this dynamic dance! Belly Dancing is a naturally low impact activity that improves posture, core strength, flexibility and the mind-body connection. New and continuing adult Beginners will learn the basic moves, steps and rhythms that are the foundation of Egyptian, American Cabaret and Global Caravan Tribal Belly Dance in these classes with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Danse Orientale Award recipient Sherry Coffey!
ArtPlay: Visual Arts for Artists with Autism
Thursdays, April 7 • Come paint, draw and create with Ms. Vania. In this class, your child will be introduced to basic art techniques, which are the building blocks that will provide a solid foundation for future art lovers and artists.
Watercolor Made Easy – Creating Textures (ages 13+)
Saturday, April 9 • This workshop will cover the three methods of watercolor application – washes, glazes, and wet-into-wet techniques. Time will also be spent exploring various techniques to create textural effects that add detail and expression to paintings.
LGBTQ+ Dating Violence ArtReach (Ages 12 – 18)
Thursday, April 21 • Collaborative event with Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Inc. (ACT) and Visuality SWFL LGBTQ+ Center. This is a 3 hour educational art session for ages 12-18 years old. 1 hour will be focused on learning tools that prevent violence while highlighting the barriers LGBTQ+ people experience that theirs counterpart may not. The next 2 hours will be dedicated to allowing the kids to express themselves.
FREE FAMILY ART LAB
Saturday, April 23 • Make creativity part of your family routine the 3rd Saturday of each month during Family Art Lab! Drop in for free, hands-on family fun from 10 a.m. to noon. Explore something new every month like art making, gallery activities, games and more – all inspired by artworks on view in the gallery, famous artists, national holidays and artistic traditions around the world. Come ready to imagine and create! After the fun, peruse local produce and products at our GreenMarket.
ArtPlay: Yoga for Artists with Autism
Thursdays, May 5 – 26 • ArtPlay Yoga is a safe, judgement free and fun space for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to grow and learn about themselves through movement and breath. Every week is a new theme with props to show how our breath works and crafts to let our creativity fly free!
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