Vision Kids Program

Vision Gallery hosts VISION KIDS, is a series of art classes taught by professional artists for kids ages six to sixteen, offered free of charge. VISION KIDS students come from all areas of the Valley and represent a wide array of diverse backgrounds; anyone can participate!

Classes are offered on Saturdays during the school year in morning (10am) and afternoon (1pm) sessions. Our students learn techniques in a variety of media including drawing, watercolor, ceramics, photography, and more! VISION KIDS is designed to inspire children’s creativity and empower them to integrate art into their daily lives.

The VISION KIDS program provides children with the opportunity to work with a professional artist and create a piece of art that is representative of their own creativity. It gives them the opportunity to develop important avenues for self-expression and an understanding of the creative process.

VISION KIDS is made possible through the support of the Chandler Cultural Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. Your generous donations help to make visual and performance arts accessible to our Chandler community and beyond.

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Vision Kids Policies

Our Schedule

Registration is currently open for all of our spring classes. All spring and summer classes will take place virtually on Zoom – we are so glad to still be able to make art with you from our own homes! Please take a look at the schedule below and take note of the following:

  • Classes are held on Saturdays at 10am and 1pm via Zoom
  • There is a limit of 35 students per class
  • There is a 3-class limit per child; if you would like to take more classes, please email vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov to be added to our Anytime Waitlist to fill classes last-minute.
  • When you are registering, you will be asked if you would like to supply all your own materials for the class, pick up some materials supplied by Vision Gallery, or if you need assistance with all of the supplies. The number of partial or complete kits available varies by class, please be sure to read the event page for the full supplies necessary before selecting your ticket option.
  • Supply kits for those who reserve them will be available for pick-up at Vision Gallery during our business hours beginning the Saturday before the class.

Registration for Fall 2021 Classes will open on Saturday, July 10. We are planning on continuing with our virtual classes through September and beginning in-person classes in October. We understand that this will be too soon for some families and not soon enough for others, but trust that you will be able to make the registration choices that work best for your family.

January 23 – Pen Pals
Led by Jerome Fleming, ages 6-16
Learn to draw with pen! Using a variety of ink tools, students will learn how to build pen drawings from creative textures while picking up the basics for starting a sketchbook habit.
10am & 1pm

January 30 – Óvalos y Círculos en Español
Led by Edith Castro, ages 6-16

El óvalo y el círculo son guras geométricas muy importantes con las cuales podemos guiarnos como base para hacer estructuras variadas. This class will be led in Spanish.
10am & 1pm

February 6 – Imaginative Portraits
Led by Clayton Swenson, ages 6-16
Practice your drawing skills with this series of fun portrait prompts! Students will learn life drawing techniques as they engage their imagination to illustrate how they would like to be seen.
10am & 1pm

February 20 – Not-So-Empty Bowls
Led by Sylvia Fugmann Brongo, ages 6-16

What fills you up? Inspired by the Empty Bowls project, students will create imaginative bowls out of air-dry clay representing the things in their lives that nourish them. Families are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for a local food bank when they pick up supplies for this class.

10am & 1pm

February 27 – Pop-up Accordion Books
Led by Jennaway Pearson, ages 6-16

Learn some fun bookmaking skills with this zig-zagging accordion design! When the book is created, students will add content of their choosing and a surprise pop-up element.

10am & 1pm

March 13 – Painting Nature
Led by Courtney Currier, ages 6-16
Learn to make scientific observations from nature using watercolors in an inspiration journal! Artist and scientist Courtney Currier will also lead students in gathering observations for Phoenix EcoFlora, a project researching urban biodiversity.
10am & 1pm

March 20 – Send and Receive
Led by Delia Ibañez, ages 6-16

What do you have to share? In this fun class, students will use playful movement, writing, and mixed-media collage to explore ideas of community connection and exchange.

10am & 1pm

April 10 – A Day in the Life: Collage + Assemblage!
Led by Ellie Richards, ages 6-16

Referencing the work of renowned modernist sculptor Louise Nevelson, students will assemble sculptural compositions using objects found in everyday life. This class is inspired by our PLAY Hard exhibition at Vision Gallery.

10am & 1pm

April 24 – Game On
Led by Melissa Sclafani, ages 6-16

Level up! Inspired by our PLAY Hard exhibition at Vision Gallery, students will design and build their own arcade-inspired game from recycled cardboard.

10am & 1pm

May 8 – Under Pressure!
Led by Merryn Alaka, ages 6-16

Create your own DIY relief print using everyday materials! Students will learn the basics of relief printing and how to create repeating patterns.

10am & 1pm

May 22 – Monochrome Portraits
Led by Noemy Esparza-Isaacson, ages 6-16

Learn how versatile one color can be! Students will learn to use different values of the same color to paint striking portraits of themselves or family members.

10am & 1pm

June 5 – Felted Faces
Led by Christy Puetz, ages 6-16

Create funny felted faces of people or animals using wool roving! Students will assemble their finished pieces as a hanging banner for display.

10am & 1pm

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June 26 – Robot Collagraphs
Led by Amanda McGlothern, ages 6-16

Beep boop! Using this fun robot prompt, students will learn how to create easy collagraphs, or relief prints made with collage materials like cardboard and string.

10am & 1pm

Waitlist for 10am
Register for 1pm

Self-Guided Art Activities

Art can happen wherever you are! Check out these fun activities for all ages designed to bring art closer to you, wherever that is.

Registration for Fall Classes Opens July 10

10 East Chicago Street
Chandler, AZ 85225

P: 480.782.2697

M-F: 10:00am – 5:00pm
SAT: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Art Spot Map

Turn a walk around Downtown Chandler into a public art scavenger hunt! This fun seek-and-find activity by We ART Chandler takes you on a journey to view ten public artworks in the downtown area.

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Coloring Pages

Get creative with our coloring pages! We’ve translated artworks from the City of Chandler’s permanent collection, as well as pieces from some past exhibitions into line drawings for you to color in.

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PLAY HARD Activity Book

Our Activity Book for PLAY HARD features fun and silly things to do for all ages. Get a small group of friends or family together (safely!) to do things like “make the best tool out of something unconventional” or “design the most impressive game of hopscotch.” Pick up your copy for free at Vision Gallery, or download and print it at home.

For best printing results, open with Adobe Acrobat and print as a booklet.

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Sediments Activity Book

This family-friendly guide for our Sediments exhibition in March 2021 is filled with fun prompts to get you thinking about the themes of this show. You can view the exhibition virtually here anytime! Pick up your copy for free at Vision Gallery, or download and print it at home.

For best printing results, open with Adobe Acrobat and print as a booklet.

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Vision Kids Classes

The Vision Gallery offers its Vision Kids Programs in a variety of media and all classes are taught by local professional artists. The classes are offered to the Phoenix metropolitan community free of charge to the participants, and are underwritten by individuals, corporations, and grant funding.

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Gallery at the CCA

The Gallery at the Chandler Center for the Arts is curated by the Vision Gallery as part of the Arts Center Division of the City of Chandler. Both galleries are non-profit art galleries managed by the Chandler Cultural Foundation and host six to eight exhibitions per year.

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Vision Gallery in the News

The Vision Gallery, Gallery at the CCA, and Chandler’s Public Art program are regularly featured in local media outlets including the SanTan Sun News, Phoenix New Times, AZ Redbook, and KJZZ. Read recent stories and find links here.

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