Vision Kidz Program
The Vision Gallery offers its VISION KIDZ Programs in a variety of mediums. All classes are taught by professional artists interested in promoting the arts in education. All of our classes are underwritten by individuals, corporations and grants underwriting. The classes are offered to the Phoenix metropolitan community free of charge to the participants.
The kids who participate in the Vision Gallery’s VISION KIDZ Programs come from all areas of the Valley and represent a wide array of diverse backgrounds. Our program curriculum is designed to promote diversity in arts application, featuring workshops in drawing, watercolor, batik, ceramics, and every medium imaginable. Our workshops are designed to inspire a child's creativity and set an example of how art can be applied to our daily lives.
The VISION KIDZ Program provides children the opportunity to work with a professional artist and create a piece of art that is representative of their creativity. It gives them the opportunity to go home with an artwork in hand and a better understanding of the creative process.
All workshops are taught on Saturdays at 10 AM and 1 PM. Please call the Gallery at 480-782-2695 to register your child for up to three workshops, which are offered free to the community.
Each parent may register a child for up to three workshops. Workshops offer appropriate arts curriculum for students between the ages of 6 and 14 years of age. A parent or guardian is required to attend the workshop with their children. Only students registered for the workshop will be admitted to the classroom. If your child is unable to attend a scheduled workshop, please call at least 48 hours in advance so a child on the waiting list can be admitted to the class. It is important that we fill each workshop to capacity, therefore, last minute cancellations or no shows will result in withdrawal from future workshops and cancellation of registrations.
Summer/ Fall 2014
Phone or walk in registration begins at 10am-3pm on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014
- Flip Your Lid! Box Lid Relief, with Jose Benavides
AUGUST 9 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Students will use a creative combination of found or recycled items to create a relief sculpture using a box lid as a base.
- Hand Painted Heroes, with Martin Moreno
AUGUST 16 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Create a lasting memory of your hero, loved one or even your pet in this hand painted tile class. Students are asked to bring a 6" x 6" (size needs to be exact) photocopy of their image to class.
Ages 10-16 only
- Empty Bowls with Sylvia Fugmann Brongo
SEPTEMBER 13 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Students will create two small bowls in this clay class, one to keep and one to donate to the Empty Bowls project. Students are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate with their bowl.
- Learn the Ancient Art of Chinese Calligraphy with Mei-Kuei Chan Cruise
SEPTEMBER 20 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Students will learn basic calligraphy strokes, Chinese characters and their meanings as well as some Chinese language.
- Artfully Amazing Automata, with Charlene Hardin
SEPTEMBER 27 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Bring your art to life! Students will be joining art and engineering to create colorful yet simple machines that really move!
- Transformational Sculpture Fun, with Farhana Shifa Ahmed
OCTOBER 4 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Put those old Kid’s Meal toys to a new use. This workshop will have students making mini sculptures using old toys and found objects. Students are encouraged to bring in broken toys and found objects to add to their sculptures.
- You Can Draw (Almost) Anything, with Kathleen Escobedo
OCTOBER 11 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Let’s break it down. Learn to draw complicated subjects. Students will learn how to use a simple technique that professional artists refer to as gridding in this workshop.
Ages 10-16 only
- Learning To Draw From Life, with Cheryl Juracich
OCTOBER 18 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Learn how to combine your skills and the tools necessary to construct an image from a still life in this charcoal workshop.
Ages 10-16 only
- About Face, with Cory Celaya
NOVEMBER 1 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Take a page from an artist’s journal. Students will blend painting with collage in this fun class and take the first step in creating a journal of your own.
- Anime and Manga Sculpture Figures with artist Christy Puetz
NOVEMBER 15 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Popular Japanese Anime and Manga characters will inspire students to create a 3-D sculptural figure of themselves or an imaginary person.
- It’s a Hoot, Owl in pastels with Bonnie Lou Coleman
DECEMBER 6 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Soft pastels are the tools of the trade in this project. Students will learn the techniques in layering, blending, light and shadow.
- Steam Punk Pets, with Mary Poindexter
DECEMBER 13 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Students will learn the secrets of surface design with a Steam Punk flair in this workshop using textiles and a variety of mixed media to inspire and adorn.
Winter/ Spring 2015
Phone or walk in registration begins at 10am-3pm on Saturday, January 10th, 2015
- Playing With Watercolors, with artist Emily Costello
JANUARY 24 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Learn the history of an art form that dates back to the Stone Age through a series of techniques to create your own mini-study.
- Adventures with Animals from Ancient Mexico, with Oliverio Balcells
JANUARY 31 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Students will learn to draw the original figures of the animals that roamed ancient Mexico in this exciting class utilizing stencils and acrylics.
- It’s A Mystery! Taught by mystery writer Laurie Fagen
FEBRUARY 7 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Learn the secrets of a writing a short mystery story from a real mystery writer. Students will learn the basics of writing and character development.
- Musically Inspiring! Glass Bead Abstract Painting, with Christine Sutherland
FEBRUARY 21 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Music has been the food for thought of many a creation. Students will learn how to plan a well-designed and colorful abstract work while listening to music designed to inspire.
- Let it Slip! Slip Mono Printing, with Diane Watkins
MARCH 7 • 10 AM & 1 PM
A new adventure in printmaking! This class will take clay and colored slip to a new direction as students create their own mono-prints.
- Go with the Flow, with Steven Velazquez
MARCH 14 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Students will create a contemporary art piece using a variety of tricks and tools to create one of a kind artwork.
- Alphabet Soup! Paul Klee Word Abstraction, with Jana Peterson
MARCH 28 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Students will design Klee-like artworks using geometric shapes and a variety of letters and words that pertain to art.
- Who’s That? Fired Clay Portrait Head Sculpture with Sandra Luehrsen
APRIL 4 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Pinch, coil and slab are some of the techniques used in this clay sculpture class as students use their memories to catch the likeness of themselves, family members or friends.
- Mixing Up the Masters, with Genevieve Leach
APRIL 11 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Students will familiarize themselves with well-known painters and their famous works by creating a unique work of their own in this altered art workshop.
- Safety Glass Mosaic, with Shari Keith
APRIL 18 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Slide, flip and rotate your design in this mosaic class when math and art collide. Students will transform their ideas using geometric shapes and safety glass.
- Don’t Play with Your Food… Print with It! Taught by Barbara Burton
MAY 2 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Students will learn how to create unique monotype prints using their fruits and veggies in this fun and messy class.
- Bookmaking, with April Edwards
MAY 16 • 10 AM & 1 PM
Write your story, illustrate it and bind it in this multi-media bookmaking workshop. Students will learn how to create and bind their own book creations using a variety of techniques and mixed media.