Explore art in the way that best serves the young artist. Age-appropriate art for a preschooler is messy and silly. It's story-filled and sensory-rich. It is new and novel. It is irresistible. Their little minds CRAVE this freedom of exploration. It's open-ended questions and very few "no's."
This is the beginning of art ed of our young artists. We learn the elements of art, how to use different materials (real art supplies!), and even explore some art history.
DO ART BETTER
90-minute process-art classes designed for ages 3-5 years Younger artists may attend with a parent or caregiver Monthly tuition includes all three classes & Orange Easel journal
January FUNdamentals: Light & Dark ART SKILL/MEDIA: Printing, Painting, Sculpting ARTIST: VanGogh
STORIES: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak Freight Train by Donald Crews Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
DESCRIPTION: Most of class this month will take place in the DARK as we explore contrast and shadows in a unique a playful way! You won't want to miss this!
February FUNdamentals: Portrait and Figure ART SKILL/MEDIA: ARTIST: Klee, Lichtenstein, and Warhol
STORIES: Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
DESCRIPTION: This month, we'll focus on making art that resembles one of our favorite subjects...people! We'll paint portraits of ourselves, paint using different body parts, and and even use our bodies as our canvas!
March FUNdamentals: Surrealism ART SKILL/MEDIA: ARTIST: Miro and Dali
STORIES: Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister The Lorax by Dr. Seuss Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton DESCRIPTION: Make art that is out of this world! All of our stories explore environments that are different than ours--underwater, outerspace, and imaginary. We'll use these settings as inspiration to create our own interpretations through printmaking, collage, shaving cream marbling, small world play, and more.
April FUNdamentals: Nature Art ART SKILL/MEDIA: Cutting, collage, printing ARTIST: Monet
STORIES: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault
DESCRIPTION: Make nature themed art all month long. We'll be crafting perfumes (and working our fine motor skills), hammering flowers to make prints, drawing ducklings, painting rocks, and printing our letters.
May FUNdamentals: Sculptures ART SKILL/MEDIA: Clay sculpture, construction, plaster ARTIST: Contemporary Sculptors
STORIES: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Moe Williams Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
DESCRIPTION: We're ready for some BUILDING! Our art this month will be three-dimensional...clay, cardboard, wire, and plaster!
How to sign up
All class registration takes place through our online registration system. Registration opens on the 1st of the preceding month. (For example, registration for February classes begins January 1st.)
If you already have an account from any of our 2018 summer classes or 2018 fall classes, you can log-in and select your classes as soon as registration opens. If you do not have an account, you can create one at anytime so that you're ready to go as soon as your classes become available.
Month-to-month tuition is $42. There are no enrollment fees or supply fees. That $42 includes all four classes, plus make-up sessions and additional studio time on Wednesday evenings as needed. Class tuition must be paid prior to the start of the month. All tuition payments are paid online.
Semester enrollment for Spring Semester is $178.50. Semester enrollment saves families 15% on tuition, guarantees your spot in class, and earns you the title of Orange Easel Studio Club member. Studio Club members enjoy a number of discounts, including half price birthday parties.
What are they going to paint? Whatever they want! In fact, we may not even HAVE paint out everyday.
The art world is SO BIG. Our school year is designed to expose students to just how big ART is. We focus on a different medium each month. From chalk pastels and charcoal, to ink and clay. We even do printmaking, fibers arts, and metals! Check the class description each month to learn what medium we're learning and the artists that we're studying for a general idea.
Can I bring the younger/older sibling? These classes are designed especially for your preschooler, but we know that you've got your hands full with more than one young artist. Please refer to our Sibling Policy here:
Can we just drop in? Or just do one class? The classes listed above are a monthly commitment. Each class builds on the next. If you're looking for a one-time class, we recommend one of our Art Camps or our Bonus Classes. We also recommend that you follow us on social media; we like to post little pop-up classes there sometimes!
Can we just TRY a class? Similar to above, if you come to only class, you won't be getting the whole picture! We don't offer trial classes; however, we do stand by our artist experience and guarantee your satisfaction. If you enroll your artist and decide after one class that it's not for you, we'll happily refund your tuition.
What if we have to miss a class? We have a make-up policy JUST for that. Our make-up times are dedicated hours that we've set aside for our students who need to get caught up or who need some extra time on a project.
If we enroll for the semester and our schedules change, can we switch classes? As long as we have room in a class, we can switch meeting times and even studio locations. (For example, if you artist is enrolled in the Monday Fundamentals and you find out later that music class is going to be on Mondays, we can switch you to the Tuesday class as long there is room in that class)