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Kids in Art Class

Elementary Art Program

Cultivate's Elementary Art Program is a transformative learning experience dedicated to nurturing creativity, fostering visual awareness, and encouraging imaginative thinking among young students. 

Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to support kids and whole learning:

Foster Creativity and Self-Expression:

We provide a nurturing environment where students can explore their creativity and express themselves authentically through art.

Develop Foundational Art Skills:

Students actively learn essential art skills, including lines, shapes, color theory, composition, drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media techniques. These skills serve as the building blocks for their artistic journey and enable them to create meaningful artwork.

Encourage Critical Thinking:

Through art activities and projects, we promote critical thinking skills, allowing students to analyze and interpret their own artwork and the artwork of others. They learn to think creatively, make informed artistic choices, and develop their artistic voice.

Promote Personal Artistic Growth:

Our program emphasizes the importance of personal artistic growth. Students are encouraged to take risks, embrace experimentation, and reflect on their creative process. This fosters self-discovery, confidence, and a sense of pride in their artistic accomplishments.

Cultivate a Lifelong Passion for Art:

We aim to instill a lifelong passion for art in our students. By providing engaging and enriching art experiences, we inspire them to appreciate art, explore different art forms, and continue their artistic journey beyond the program.

Have questions about which course to take? Or registration questions? Or need assistance with anything else? We're happy to offer a variety of support, including 1:1 consultations to support your needs. 


Please visit our contact page for more information! 

Current Courses for Elementary 

In our Elementary Art Program, students develop visual awareness, creative expression, and imaginative thinking. They acquire foundational art skills and explore various artistic techniques, all within a supportive and collaborative environment. Thematic group trips provide real-world connections, while guest artists introduce diverse art forms and potential career paths. Empowering students to become confident, skilled, and imaginative artists, our program aims to instill a lifelong love for art, fostering a deep appreciation for creativity and self-expression in each young artist.

Fall 2023 Semester 

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Introduction to Drawing

Discover the joy of drawing as we explore essential techniques, unleash creativity, and bring captivating artworks to life in our engaging four-week Introduction to Drawing course for ages 6-12.

Through engaging warm-up exercises, interactive lessons, and hands-on projects, students will develop their observational skills, experiment with various drawing tools, and master essential techniques such as line, shading, value, texture, and composition. From creating expressive line drawings to capturing light and shadow in still life compositions, each session offers a new opportunity for artistic growth and self-expression. 

Course Dates: Mondays in October
Course Starts: October 2, 2023
Course Ends: October 30, 2023
Time: 430-530pm
Location: Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Drawing and Painting

This course provides a comprehensive exploration of both drawing and painting techniques. Through hands-on activities and guided instruction, students will develop their artistic abilities while fostering creativity and self-expression. They will learn fundamental concepts such as line, shape, form, shading, composition, color mixing, and brushwork. Students will have the opportunity to work with various media, including pencils, charcoal, watercolors, and acrylic paints, as they bring their imaginative ideas to life on paper and canvas.

Course Dates: Tuesdays
in October
Course Starts: October 3, 2023
Course Ends: October 24, 2023
Time: 430-530pm
Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE

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Painting Explorations 

In this immersive four-week program, we'll dive into the colorful world of fine art painting. Unleash your creativity as you learn awesome brushwork techniques, mix magical colors, discover the secrets of composition and design, bring light and shadows to life, make bold and expressive marks, and have a blast with different painting mediums. Throughout this artistic journey, students will develop foundational skills in fine art painting, exploring various techniques and concepts with the guidance of experienced instructors. Cultivate your artistic skills, expand your creative thinking, and develop a deep appreciation for the visual arts.

Course Dates: Wednesdays in October
Course Starts: October 4, 2023
Course Ends: October 25, 2023
Time: 430-530pm
Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE

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Sculpture Beginners

The Sculpture Beginnings class is designed to introduce students aged 6-12 to the captivating world of sculpture.  Imagine crafting magnificent sculptures from scratch, molding clay into captivating shapes, and designing mesmerizing mobiles that dance in the air. You'll have a blast experimenting with different materials and learning exciting techniques from our expert instructors.

Course Dates: Wednesdays in October
Course Starts: October 4, 2023
Course Ends: October 25, 2023
Time: 430-530pm
Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE

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Printmaking Fun

Embark on an exciting four-week adventure into the world of Printmaking Fun! Get ready to embark on an artistic journey like no other, where you'll explore a bunch of cool printmaking techniques that will blow your creative minds! Explore unique techniques like Monoprinting, creating one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Carve intricate designs in Relief Printing for stunning artwork. Get ready to layer colors and textures with Screen Printing, and experience the magic of Lithography. Our supportive learning environment empowers imaginative choices and celebrates your artistic achievements! 

Course Dates: Thursdays in November
Course Starts: November 2, 2023
Course Ends: November 30, 2023
Note: we will note have class on Thanksgiving day 
Time: 430-530pm
Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE

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Introduction to Painting 

Join us for this dynamic four-week program that invites young artists to explore the world of painting. With hands-on activities, exciting projects, and fun explorations, you'll not only have a blast but also learn a whole lot about the wonderful world of painting. In this class, get ready to dive into a colorful world of creativity using watercolor, gouache, and acrylic! Discover the magic of each medium and unleash your imagination on canvas. From the gentle flow of watercolor to the vibrant richness of acrylic, kids will experiment with fundamental painting techniques and create mesmerizing compositions. With a supportive and encouraging environment, you'll gain confidence in your artistic decision-making and enhance your fine motor skills.

Course Dates: Mondays in November
Course Starts: November 6, 2023
Course Ends: November 27, 2023
Time: 5-6pm
Location: Kendall College of Art and Design, 17 Pearl St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Observational Drawing 

The Observational Drawing class is an exciting and comprehensive four-week program specially designed for students aged 6-12. Students will sharpen their observational skills and make personal discoveries and interpretations through their artwork. Throughout the course, young artists will achieve various outcomes, including developing their observation skills, mastering accurate proportion and perspective techniques, understanding the play of light, shadow, and shading, exploring the beauty of line, shape, and form in their drawings, expressing texture and detail, and effectively using various drawing materials and tools.

Course Dates: Tuesdays in November
Course Starts: November 7, 2023
Course Ends: November 28, 2023
Time: 430-530pm
Location: Cultivate, 620 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Art Classes at East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation


We are proud to share fine art classes at East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation.  

This summer, we are sharing courses for preschool, elementary, and adults. 

Registration for the East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department classes is done so through their website.  If you would like to see, or register for our courses there, please follow the link below.  If you have questions in the registration process, please email 

"I LOVE photography! I always took pictures with my phone, but didn't know anything like this.  I want to do every class!" 

 - Twelve-year-old student after learning film photography

"I didn't know art could BE like this!" 

- Nine-year old student

"Thank you! My daughter walked away from this class with a new confidence in herself and in art. She's been showing us her work every day and is drawing all the time now!

- Parent of nine-year-old student 

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