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Lower Elementary Art Program

In our lower elementary art program, composed of ages 6-9, 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.  

Summer sessions are 9-12pm, and 1-4pm, and are Monday through Friday. Students can do one half fay session, or both sessions for all day fun and support! 

Current Courses for Lower Elementary 

We are grateful to offer courses at Cultivate, Kendall College of Art and Design, and East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation. 

This summer, for ages 6-12, we offer summer art camps at Cultivate and Kendall College of Art and Design.  Listed below in the red box.  Our East Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation classes are listed below. 

If you have any questions about a specific course, the registration process, or if there is anything we can do to assist you, please email education@cultivategrandrapids.org 

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Summer Art Camps for Kids! 

We are excited to offer art classes at camps at all three of our locations this summer.  

Summer Camps are for children ages 6-12, and we still have our regular teen and adult courses. 

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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 education@cultivategrandrapids.org 

"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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