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 for Fall 2021 Classes will open on Saturday, July 10 at 10am MST. 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. 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; 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 for virtual classes, you will be asked if you would like to supply all your own materials for the class or if you would like to pick up a supply kit from Vision Gallery. Please note, you may still be asked to provide standard household supplies like tape, water, scratch paper, etc.
  • 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.

August 7 – Fly Your Flag
Led by Melissa Sclafani, ages 6-16
Who are you? Let the world know! Students will design and create their own fabric flag to represent themselves, their family, or their neighborhood.
10am & 1pm

*VIRTUAL*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

August 14 – Pop Art Still Life
Led by Lynn Brainard, ages 6-16

Drawing from life, with a twist! Students will draw and paint a still life with a fun Pop Art spin.

10am & 1pm

*VIRTUAL*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

August 21 – Painted Self-Portraits
Led by Erica Gillette, ages 6-16

Make a self-portrait inspired by famous artists from history! Students will used mixed media to create a self-portrait that celebrates the things they love about themselves.

10am & 1pm

*VIRTUAL*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

August 28 – Mixed Media Watercolors
Led by Lorena DeCristofaro, ages 6-16

Learn the basics of watercolor painting while experimenting with different texture techniques! Students will apply these concepts to an abstracted landscape painting.

¡Aprendan los conceptos básicos para pintar con acuarelas mientras experimentan con distintas técnicas de textura! Los estudiantes aplicarán estos conceptos a una pintura abstracta de un paisaje.

*10AM EN ESPAÑOL, 1PM IN ENGLISH*

*VIRTUAL*

Registrarse para 10AM
Register for 1PM

September 11 – Playing with Color
Led by Parul Naresh, ages 6-16

This class is all about color! Students will learn basic color theory while experimenting with the effects of color combinations through a variety of fun exercises.

10am & 1pm

*VIRTUAL*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

September 18 – Kolam Painting
Led by Lakshmi Venkataramu, ages 6-16

See how much fun you can have with dots and lines! Students will learn to paint Kolam, an Indian folk artform from the state of Tamilnadu, India.

10am & 1pm

*VIRTUAL*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

September 25 – La Mascara del Invento
Led by Marco Albarran, ages 6-16

Use your imagination to make a creative mask! Students will learn about the cultural history of masks and exercise their storytelling skills to bring their mask to life.

10am & 1pm

*VIRTUAL*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

October 9 – Bead It
Led by Christy Puetz, ages 8-16

Learn how to embroider with beads! Students will learn special sewing techniques to make their own beaded design on fabric. Due to the difficulty of the sewing activity, this class is limited to kids age 8-16.

10am & 1pm

*VIRTUAL*

*AGES 8-16 ONLY*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

October 16 – Matisse Collage 
Led by Jana Peterson, ages 6-16

Learn about Henri Matisse and make a colorful collage inspired by his artwork! Students will experiment with abstract design and color theory.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

October 23 – Magic Realism
Led by Delia Ibañez, ages 6-16

Use your imagination to explore the world of Magic Realism popularized by Latinx authors like Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Jorge Luis Borges! This class will combine storytelling and painting to blur the lines between fantasy and reality.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

October 30 – Mi Alibrije
Led by Noemy Esparza-Isaacson, ages 6-16

Design your own mythical creature! Students will learn about the Mexican folk art of alibrije, or small, brightly colored fantastical animals carved in wood, and then make their own faux alibrije using a fun tin art technique.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

November 6 – Under Pressure
Led by Merryn Alaka, ages 6-16

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

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

November 13 – Paper Pottery
Led by Donna Bradley, ages 6-16

Explore the world of pottery…in paper! Students will create 3-D pots inspired by pottery from around the world using recycled paper.

10am & 1pm

*VIRTUAL*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

November 20 – Paper Story Quilt
Led by Abby Aspen, ages 6-16

Inspired by our Art Quilts exhibition, design a quilt that tells your story! Students will learn about artist Faith Ringgold and will use drawing and collage to create their paper story quilt.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

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

*IN PERSON*

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*

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 Fall Classes Opens July 10 at 10am MST

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.

Download and Print

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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