Vision Kids Program

Vision Gallery hosts VISION KIDS, 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.

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Fall 2022

Registration for Fall 2022 classes is open! We are planning on hosting mostly in-person classes, with one virtual option and one class led in Spanish 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

July 23 – Stuffed Animal Still Life
Led by Hedda Neelsen, ages 6-16

Bring your favorite stuffed animal to this fun drawing class! Students will be introduced to still life drawing as they build observational drawing skills and learn to tell stories through objects.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Register for 10am
Register for 1pm

August 6 – Mini Beaded Tapestries 
Led by Merryn Alaka, ages 6-16

Create your own mini beaded tapestry! Using a grid technique, students will turn drawings into tapestries made from plastic pony beads.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Register for 10AM
Waitlist for 1PM

August 13 – Shadow Puppet Theater
Led by Natalia Taraskina, ages 6-16

Create, direct, and star in your own shadow puppet production! Students will create their own shadow box and paper shadow puppets and use them to act out a short play.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Register for 10AM
Register for 1PM

August 27 – Colors + Emotions
Led by Rocio Dorador Madrigal, ages 6-16

Learn how to navigate emotions through art! Participants will identify moments when they felt specific emotions and make an abstract painting that either expresses their fears or hopes with the use of colors they associate with emotions.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Waitlist for 10AM
Waitlist for 1PM

September 10 – Pinch Pot Pumpkins
Led by Kathleen Escobedo, ages 6-16

Get in the fall spirit with this fun ceramics class! Students will learn how to make and join pinch pots into closed forms, then shape into pumpkins of their own design. Instructor will fire and return completed pots at a later date.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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Waitlist for 1PM

September 17 – Pajaros Coloridos (Colorful Birds) BILINGUAL
Led by Noemy Esparza-Isaacson, ages 6-16

Learn about Mexican Amate Bark Paper Art while creating your own masterpiece! This technique is used by the Otomi people of San Pablito, just 3 hours from Mexico City. Students will use a variety of drawing and painting skills to bring their “pajaro colorido,” or colorful bird, to life.

10am & 1pm

*10AM IN SPANISH* *IN PERSON*

Register for 10AM
Waitlist for 1PM

September 24 – La Mascara del Invento
Led by Marco Albarran, ages 6-16

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

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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October 8 – Animal Face Sculptures
Led by Christy Puetz, ages 6-16

Build a 3-dimensional animal head that is ready to hang on the wall! Students will learn sculpture techniques as they build a 3-D form and customize their critter’s face with designs and colors.

10am & 1pm

*VIRTUAL*

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Waitlist for 1PM

October 22 – Steampumpkins 
Led by Carla Keaton, ages 6-16

Paint a steampunk pumpkin in this Halloween mash-up class! Students will incorporate steampunk elements like cogs and gears into a traditional acrylic painting.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON* 

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Waitlist for 1PM

November 5 – Paint the Days of the Mexican Calendar 
Led by Oliverio Balcells, ages 6-16

Learn and paint the 20 days on the ancient Mexican calendar! Students will make an acrylic painting inspired by the different day designs used by ancient peoples throughout Mesoamerica.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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Register for 1PM

November 19 – Nature Journals in Watercolor 
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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Waitlist for 1PM

December 3 – Create Your Own License Plate 
Led by Jose Benavides, ages 6-16

Beep beep! In this class students will learn about the art featured on Arizona’s license plates and design their own to reflect a local issue that is important to them.

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

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Waitlist for 1PM

December 10 – Marvelous Mug Rugs 
Led by Abby Aspen, ages 6-16

Create your own fabric coaster “Mug Rug” using colorful dyed wool roving. Students will learn how to wet felt wool to create felt. When dry mug rugs can be embellished with embroidery and beads!

10am & 1pm

*IN PERSON*

Waitlist for 10AM
Waitlist 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 is Open

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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