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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Online Activities

Good news – art can happen wherever you are! We made some fun coloring sheets based on artworks on display at Vision Gallery that are available for you to download any time. We’d love it if you posted your results on social media and tagged Vision Gallery so we can see your beautiful creations!

Art Spot! – Public Art Scavenger Hunt

The many works of public art in Downtown Chandler are available for you to enjoy any time! Art Spot, created by We ART Chandler, is a fun scavenger hunt that includes 10 of these works for you to find. Take a walk and see how many you can spot! Learn more about Chandler’s public art here.

Our Schedule

As of April 10, all Vision Kids classes through the end of May have been cancelled. We hope to be back making art together as soon as it is safe for our participating families, instructors, and staff. In the meantime, check out the activities listed above and on our Facebook and Instagram to stay creative!

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

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

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

CANCELLED – 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

CANCELLED – 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

CANCELLED – 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

CANCELLED – 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

CANCELLED – 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

CANCELLED – 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

CANCELLED – 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

CANCELLED – 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

All Vision Kids classes through May have been cancelled.

10 East Chicago Street
Chandler, AZ 85225

P: 480.782.2697

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

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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