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Art education in St. Louis

Art education in St. Louis
Art education in St. Louis
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If you would like your children to develop an appreciation for art, there are several places to get kids involved in art activities and education in the St. Louis area. Below are just a few ideas:

St. Louis City Open Studio and Gallery

“SCOSaG is the St. Louis City Open Studio and Gallery, a visual arts non-profit striving to foster creativity by providing inclusive access to art education. Located in Tower Grove Park, SCOSaG is community based, with a St. Louis City focus. Our instructors are degreed teaching artists from a variety of creative backgrounds.”

Programs include: fine arts classes in a variety of media (sculpture, painting, drawing and illustration, book arts and clay); arts-based summer, winter break, spring break, and school holiday camps; Artists-in-Residence who provide art education at neighborhood schools; Collaborative programs with youth and other social service organizations.

In addition to summer camp, SCOSaG offers School Daze Camps – Day camps held on school holidays, Spring break and Winter break. School Daze Camp is open to campers in K-5th Grades. Camp is held from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and the cost is $40 per child. (Extended care options are available: AM Care is 7:30 – 9 a.m. for $5/day; PM Care is 3 – 6 p.m. for $10/day). Need-based scholarships may be available.

“Camp at SCOSaG is visual arts based, but also offers so much more! Campers will create individual and group projects, but we’ll also explore beautiful Tower Grove Park, have picnic, play in the splash pond in summer and build snow forts in winter, have sing-a-longs, read stories, play games, and have tons of fun.”

Classes for kids are offered throughout the year however, they fill up fast so you must sign up early.

My Handyworks

Located on S. Main in St. Charles, My Handyworks offers a variety of classes for kids and adults. My Handyworks has an Interesting story about how it began and developed. When it began it had no permanent home, and the owners went to birthday parties, daycares, company functions and local festivals. Then Greg, the artist, who was also a reservist in the US Air Force, was deployed in 2008 to Iraq. After his return, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as a result of his deployment. Greg decided to make artwork his full-time focus and opened a store front on Main Street St. Charles. “God has blessed Greg with the ability to lose himself in creating art pieces. We are blessed to have the space to create more of his fine artwork, which was limited before due to space confinements. Our business has grown from the handprint pictures, to molding hands in wax, wooden roses, spray paint art, murals, portraits, art lessons, acrylic paintings and even waxy wall art.” My Handyworks offers summer camps, art classes and birthday parties for kids.

St. Louis Artists’ Guild

“The St. Louis Artists’ Guild is a nationally recognized regional arts center known for community exhibitions, programs, and educational projects for all……the Artists’ Guild holds the annual Young Artists’ Showcase for high school students with cash awards and scholarships. In addition, special exhibitions of the artwork of elementary school children and children and youth with special needs are held monthly at the Guild’s second floor Monsanto Children’s Gallery.”

Your family can join the St. Louis Artists' Guild for free Family Art Activities every first Saturday. Activities are recommended for ages 5–10 and supplies are provided. The next session is August 2nd from 12:00 - 2:00pm

Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design

“Established in 1964, Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design provides inspiration and education in contemporary craft to a national community of artists, collectors, students and the art-viewing public.” The Center has two locations; in The University City Loop and in the Kranzberg Arts Center located in the Grand Center Arts District. Classes in both locations include: clay, glass, metals, fiber art, 2-D media, wood, graphics and more. Fall classes will be posted by Aug. 18, 2014.