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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Anytime Wait List

So that we are able to serve as many students as possible, families are allowed to register each child for up to three Vision Kids classes per semester. If you’d like to take more than three classes with us, sign up for our Anytime Wait List! You’ll be eligible to fill any spots that become available due to last-minute cancellations.

Anytime Wait List

Fall 2021

December 4 – Amazing Agamographs
Led by Robin Barrett, ages 6-16

Learn all about artist Yaakov Agam, the inventor of the Agamograph! Students will make 3-D optical illusion sculptures using their own photographs.

10am & 1pm

*NOW VIRTUAL*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

December 11 – Transformation Designs
Led by Shari Keith, ages 8-16

Slide it! Flip it! Rotate it! Students will explore repeating design elements to create geometric works of art. Due to the difficulty of the mathematical concepts in this activity, we recommend this class for kids age 8–16.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

*AGES 8-16 ONLY*

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Waitlist for 1PM

Spring 2022

Registration for Spring 2022 classes opens on Saturday, December 4 at 10am MST! We are planning on hosting mostly in-person classes, with two virtual options this semester. Please take a look at the schedule below and take note of the following:

  • Classes are held on Saturdays at 10am and 1pm. Virtual classes are held via Zoom
  • There is a limit of 20 students per class
  • There is a 3-class limit per child per semester; if you would like to take more classes, please visit the link above to be added to our Anytime Waitlist to fill classes last-minute.
  • Register online using the Eventbrite links below
  • All classes are free to attend, and supplies are provided

January 22 – Fun Clay Feast
Led by Sandra Luehrsen, ages 6-16

Make your favorite foods out of clay! Students will use slab, coil, and pinch forming techniques to make a ceramic sculpture to their favorite things to eat.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

January 29 – Marvelous Monoprints
Led by José Benavides, ages 6-16

Learn how to make a monoprint, a type of printmaking! Students will make one print inspired by Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo and another of their own design.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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February 5 – The Birds and the Bugs 
Led by Sylvia Fugmann Brongo, ages 6-16

Create fired clay sculptures inspired by birds or bugs! Students will use a fun cut-out technique to create the base of their sculpture in the shape of their hand, which they will shape into the bird or bug of their choice.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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Register for 1PM

February 12 – Huichol Self-Portraits
Led by Noemy Esparza-Isaacson, ages 6-16

Learn all about the art of Mexican Huichol Yarn Painting! Students will create self-portraits using this technique while learning about traditional Huichol artforms.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

*10AM IN SPANISH*

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Register for 1PM

February 26 – Ceramic Plate Solar System
Led by Carla Keaton, ages 6-16

3, 2, 1, blast off! Students will learn about the planets in our solar system as they paint them on repurposed ceramic plates for display.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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March 5 – Gesture Portraits in Ink
Led by Ronald Lyons, ages 6-16

Loosen up and paint! Students will learn how to draw simple portraits from life while experimenting with brush and ink. This class will demystify drawing faces and teach students how to have fun making mistakes!

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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March 12 – Sidewalk Crack Drawings
Led by Mary Poindexter, ages 6-16

This imaginative class will have students exercising their creative muscles as they discover and color hidden images in sidewalk cracks.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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Register for 1PM

March 19 – Painting Nature
Led by Courtney Currier, ages 6-16

Learn to make scientific observations about sights and sounds from nature using watercolors in an inspiration journal. Students will learn a variety of fun watercolor techniques as they paint what they see!

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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Register for 1PM

March 26 – Tortilla Press Printmaking
Led by Marco Albarran, ages 6-16

A tortilla press can be used for more than just making delicious tortillas! Students will create their own relief print using this common kitchen tool.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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April 2 – Pop-Up Zines
Led by Charissa Lucille, ages 6-16

Learn all about zines (short for magazine!) and make your own with special pop-up pages! After learning how to construct the zine, students will fill them with drawings, collages, or whatever they wish.

10am & 1pm

*VIRTUAL*

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Register for 1PM

April 9 – Jazzy Encaustic
Led by Shari Keith, ages 8-16

Explore the technique of encaustic, which uses melted colored wax to create an image! Just in time for Jazz Month, students will use melted crayons to create portraits of famous jazz musicians. Due to the use of a heating element in this activity this class is limited to students age 8 – 16 only.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON* *8-16 ONLY*

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Register for 1PM

April 23 – Building Buildings
Led by Jana Peterson, ages 6-16

Get introduced to architecture as you design your own building! Students will create 3-D architectural models of their design.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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Register for 1PM

April 30 – Chinese Painting on Rice Paper
Led by Mei-Kuei Cruise, ages 6-16

Celebrate ancient Chinese painting techniques and paint a rich landscape full of life using watercolor on rice paper.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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Register for 1PM

May 7 – Street Art Fonts 
Led by 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

*VIRTUAL*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

May 21 – Awesome Abstract Paintings
Led by Amanda McGlothern, ages 6-16

Go big! Students will experiment with shape, pattern, and color to create stunning large-scale paintings.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Register 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 Spring Classes Opens December 4

10 East Chicago Street
Chandler, AZ 85225

P: 480.782.2697
E: vision.gallery@chandleraz.gov

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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