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Lower Elementary Art Program

In our lower elementary art program, students practice and understand the effects of their artistic actions - how their hands hold a brush or pencil, how they shape clay, and also how to hone these technical skills. 

The mission of our lower elementary art program is to foster visual awareness, creative expression and imaginative thinking. Students are actively taught fine-motor skills that support respect for one’s tools and a stronger product, practice language of art and design as we share with one another in a “group share” critique experience, and explore both process-based and product-based work.  

Students see and understand the effects of their artistic actions - how their hands hold a brush or pencil, how they shape clay, and also how to hone these technical skills.  In their group shares, children exercise the language and history they have learned, and also provide a sense of community and positive reinforcement for each other.  

It is a beautiful sight to witness, as children as young as six turn to one another and share that they “love how the lines form a center of interest,” develop spatial awareness as they overlap objects to appear further back in space, or layer in the watercolor in a painting of a flower.  

Classes are one hour long, run for 6 week sessions, and are weekly. 

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Current Courses for Lower Elementary 

Courses are labeled with the location. 

Courses at East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation require registration through their website, and requires making a free account.  If you have any questions with registration, please email education@cultivategrandrapids.org

Summer Courses

Sculpture

In this class, we will use different forms of sculpture - clay, paper mache, cardboard, and paper pulp to make beautiful 3d art!

Schedule: Monday-Thursday, July 18-July 21, 10:00-11:00am and 1-2pm

Location:  East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation

Drawing and Painting

Learning to see and draw like an artist! Every week we will make drawing and painting masterpieces to be proud of! Each summer session focuses on a different style, so catch one or come for all!

Schedule: Monday-Thursday, July 25-July 28, 10:00-11:00am

Location:  East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation

Comic Book Drawing

In this class, kids will create learn to create and draw dynamic characters and stories. We will learn different styles of drawing - including manga, Marvel, and Pixar, and more!

Schedule: Monday-Thursday, July 25-July 28, 11:15-12:15pm

Location:  East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation

Wizard Spells and Art

In this class, kids will become wizards and explore. Donning a hat or costume if they wish, we will be making wands, art, conducting experiments, testing their skills with wizard trivia and spells, and, weather and share an outdoor neighborhood scavenger hunt!

Schedule: Monday-Thursday, Aug 1- Aug 4, 11:15-12:15pm

Location:  East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation

Drawing and Painting

Learning to see and draw like an artist! Every week we will make drawing and painting masterpieces to be proud of! Each summer session focuses on a different style, so catch one or come for all!

Schedule: Monday-Thursday, Aug 8-Aug 11,  10:00-11:00am

Location:  East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation

Drawing and Painting

Learning to see and draw like an artist! Every week we will make drawing and painting masterpieces to be proud of! Each summer session focuses on a different style, so catch one or come for all!

Schedule: Monday-Thursday, Aug 15-Aug 18,  10:00-11:00am

Location:  East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation

Comic Book Drawing

In this class, kids will create learn to create and draw dynamic characters and stories. We will learn different styles of drawing - including manga, Marvel, and Pixar, and more!

Schedule: Monday-Thursday, Aug 15-Aug 18, 11:15-12:15pm

Location:  East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation

"I've never made anything like this before. This is so cool!" 

 - Seven-year-old student after doing cyanotype prints 

"This is the most fun class ever!" 

- Six-year old student

"It's so great to see my daughter making friends.  She loves this class and I signed her up for the rest of the summer.

- Parent of seven-year-old student 

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