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

  • There is a registration limit of three classes per child, per semester. Registration is first-come, first-serve, and remains open until all classes are full.
  • Classes are held Saturdays at Vision Gallery at 10am and 1pm, and are two hours long.
  • A parent or guardian is required to attend the workshop and remain at Vision Gallery for the duration of the class.
  • We will email a reminder to confirm your attendance a week before the class, with a deadline of 4pm on the Wednesday before the class. If we don’t have a confirmation from you by that deadline, you may lose your reservation. We will always attempt to contact you several times before opening up the reservation, and we will let you know if we must take this action. We ask that parents maintain open communication by checking their email and voicemails.
  • We keep a waitlist for all of our classes; due to busy schedules, illness, etc, it’s not uncommon for us to have several cancellations per class. It never hurts to put your name on the list!
  • If your child is unable to attend a class, please call at least 48 hours in advance so a child on the waiting list can be admitted.
  • If your child is sick, we kindly ask that you keep them home; please give us a call as soon as you can so we can attempt to fill the spot.
  • It is important that we fill each class to capacity; therefore, last minute cancellations (not due to illness) or no shows may result in your child being removed from future classes.
  • Vision Gallery staff may photograph the class for marketing purposes. If your child should not be photographed, please let us know.

Registration

Registration for spring classes is currently full. For future classes, you can register online via Eventbrite (preferred), in person at Vision Gallery, or over the phone at 480-782-2697. To register online, use the links for individual classes listed below or visit our organizer profile on Eventbrite. If a class is full, you can sign up for the waitlist for that class via Eventbrite as well. As of January 30 all spring classes are full, but have waitlists available.

If you would like to sign up for our Anytime Waitlist, please call (480-782-2697) or email us (vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov).

Our Schedule

January 25 – Geek Out with Symmetry with Shari Keith – Ages 10-17
See what happens when a simple design is transformed using different types of symmetry!  Students will enhance their designs with color and found object “stamps.” Ages 10-17.
10am & 1pm


February 1 – Street Art Fonts with Such Styles – Ages 6-16
Students will create their own hip and colorful font styles by exploring the history of Street Art. Students will learn how to transform the common alphabet by embellishing letters to say what they want in style!
10am & 1pm

February 8 – Creating Cartoon Characters with Champ Styles – Ages 6-16
Learn to make your own cartoon characters! Students will explore classic cartooning, drawing inspiration from renowned animators like Walt Disney and Hanna-Barbera.
10am & 1pm

Waitlist 10am
Waitlist 1pm

February 22 – Pointillist Twilight with Jana Peterson – Ages 6-16
Paint a brightly-colored sunset landscape using pointillism! Learn how to apply small dots of pure unmixed color directly onto the picture and be amazed at how your eyes mix the colors optically.
10am & 1pm

Waitlist 10am
Waitlist 1pm

February 29 – Bizarre Bird Sculptures with Christy Puetz – Ages 6-16
Use a variety of sculpture-making techniques to create a fantastical bird-like creature! Students will create a wire armature skeleton, bulk up their bird by wrapping aluminum foil around the armature, and then finish the form of the bird with Model Magic clay.
10am & 1pm

Waitlist 10am
Waitlist 1pm

March 28 – Chihuly Chandeliers with Bobbi Fisher Velazquez – Ages 6-16
Students will learn about world-renowned glass sculptor Dale Chihuly and make their own colorful, Chihuly-inspired chandeliers using transparencies and permanent markers. 
10am & 1pm

Waitlist 10am
Waitlist 1pm

April 4 – Mixed-Media Watercolors with Andrea Cook – Ages 6-16
Experiment with a variety of watercolor painting effects and textures to create a unique abstract watercolor painting.
10am & 1pm

Waitlist 10am
Waitlist 1pm

April 11 –Artistic Phone-ography with Joanne West – Ages 6-16
Students will learn how to use lighting, composition, and camera settings to create artistic photos with their own phones or simple digital cameras.
10am & 1pm

Waitlist 10am
Waitlist 1pm

April 18 – Aztec Calendar with Oliverio Balcells – Ages 6-16
Learn about the meaning, history, and purpose of the Aztec Calendar or Piedra del Sol based on the oral tradition, and create your own acrylic painting based on the design!
10am & 1pm

Waitlist 10am
Waitlist 1pm

April 25 – Blow Painting with Carla Keaton – Ages 6-16
Create your own wacky painting inspired by Edvard Munch’s The Scream by blowing watercolor paint with a straw to create expressive and colorful lines.
10am & 1pm

Waitlist 10am
Waitlist 1pm

May 2 – Fantastical Drawing with Josiah Copley – Ages 6-16
Draw robots, animals, monsters and more in a series of fun drawing exercises!
10am & 1pm

Waitlist 10am
Waitlist 1pm

May 9 – Nature Observational Watercolors with Courtney Currier – Ages 6-16
Learn to make scientific observations about sights and sounds from nature using watercolors in an inspiration journal. Students will turn their journaled observation into a finished watercolor painting!
10am & 1pm

Waitlist 10am
Waitlist 1pm

May 16 – Exploring 2-D Abstraction with Lauren Copley – Ages 6-16
Create abstract drawings from your own intuition and imagination! Students will learn color relationships and design strategies to create works inspired by Kandinsky’s vivid and energetic paintings.
10am & 1pm

Waitlist 10am
Waitlist 1pm

REGISTRATION IS FULL FOR SPRING 2020

Waitlists are available for all classes.

10 East Chicago Street
Chandler, AZ 85225

P: 480.782.2697

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

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