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THE ARTS COUNCIL

OF GREATER LANSING
PRESENTS THE

A LANSING AREA RESOURCES GUIDE
FOR CREATIVE KIDS OF ALL AGES

Letter from the Executive Director
Over the last year, the Arts Council staff and board has been molding and
shaping and brainstorming and coalescing our ideas to offer a more expansive
program within the arts for youth in the tri-counties. We officially launched the
“Young Creatives” program in April 2014 with three key components that we
are excited to share with you.
Young Creatives Scholarships: Grants of up to $1,500 were available to area
arts and cultural organizations this past spring to assist underserved youth in
attending arts-related programs, camps and classes during the summer. This
winter, we will expand these scholarship offerings to include all related art
programs throughout the full year.
Young Creatives Billboards: In March 2015, during National Youth Arts Month, we will launch our Young
Creatives Billboards, a public campaign celebrating the extraordinary artistic talent of area youth. The
project will feature the artwork of 15-30 tri-county area students on billboards placed in strategic locations
throughout the tri-counties, and our message will highlight the importance of arts in education.
Young Creatives Guide: If you are reading this, then you will know that the guide you hold in your hands
or are viewing on our website is one of the most important elements of this program. The Young Creatives
Guide 2014-2015 provides Lansing’s young creatives, their parents and their teachers with an extensive
listing of classes, camps, lectures, workshops and more for anything from writing to dancing to theatre
and beyond!
Our valuable work over the course of the last year to recognize and support emerging talent in elementary
through high school has also been recognized by Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. We
want to thank them for their generous financial support that will help fund printing, marketing, expanded
scholarships and other associated program costs.
All of our hard work is paying off as we continue to mold and shape and brainstorm…we are committed to
grow the Young Creatives Program and provide more creative opportunities and outlets for area youth. As
Maya Angelo wrote, “You can’t use up creativity…the more you use, the more you have.” We hope that
over the course of the next year you will take advantage of all the creative, innovative and affordable art
programs that are offered in our community. Turn the page to begin your artistic journey.

Deborah E Mikula
Executive Director

Young Creatives Guide
Welcome to the Arts Council of Greater Lansing’s Young Creatives Guide. This guide was designed to help
creative kids from all over the Lansing area find ways to explore their creativity and grow in the arts.
Inside its pages you will find a variety of offerings from the Arts Council’s arts and cultural member
organizations. Whether your student is interested in camps, classes, daily workshops or one-time sessions,
you will find them here.
In addition to offering opportunities in the literary, performance and visual arts, the organizations listed
here also offer a variety of scholarships and other income-based opportunities to ensure that resources are
available for everyone.
The Arts Council believes that all youth deserve the chance to explore the arts and tap into their creativity,
so we invite you to delve into these pages and dream big!

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Literary Arts
RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU........................................................................................................................................4

Performing Arts
All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre...................................................................................................................................5
Ballet Maria Luz .................................................................................................................................................................6
Happendance....................................................................................................................................................................6
Lansing Symphony Orchestra............................................................................................................................................7
Michigan State University’s Community Music School.......................................................................................................9
The Mason Orchestral Society.........................................................................................................................................12
Meridian Community Band..............................................................................................................................................12
Wharton Center for the Performing Arts - MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity..............................13

Visual Arts
Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University......................................................................................15
Lansing Art Gallery...........................................................................................................................................................16
Ledge Craft Lane.............................................................................................................................................................18
REACH Studio Art Center................................................................................................................................................18
Studio Retreat..................................................................................................................................................................22

Sponsors

Design and layout by: Matthew Caudell
Information compiled and edited by: Marcus Fields

LITERARY ARTS
RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU
210 Snyder Hall
362 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48825
(517) 884-1932
cpoetry@msu.edu
skeen@msu.edu
poetry.rcah.msu.edu
www.facebook.com/cpoetrymsu
www.twitter.com/centerforpoetry

Fall Writer’s Series
Type of program: Interactive Lecture
The RCAH Center for Poetry at MSU offers an annual Fall Writer’s Series in which featured writers
speak with students. Other events involving featured writers will take place while they’re on
campus such as writing workshops, informal talks, or conferences. Additional information about
the Center for Poetry, the Fall Writers Series or specific programs can be obtained by emailing the
Center for Poetry (after Aug. 15) at cpoetry@msu.edu or Anita Skeen, Director of the Center for
Poetry, at skeen@msu.edu.

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All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre
819 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 333-2580, ext. 1
kmiller@cityofeastlansing.com
www.cityofeastlansing.com/allofus
www.allofusexpress.org

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre Productions
Type of program: Productions

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre offers youth the opportunity to take part in every aspect of
theatre production from acting, technical production and costume design to set construction.
It brings four major productions to the Greater Lansing community each year with the help of
hundreds of youth from throughout the region. Ages for cast/crew members for productions must
be between 9 and 18 years with the exception of the summer show where youth as young as 6
years old can participate. Production participation fees range from $40 - $100. Scholarships are
available. Please contact All-of-us Express for the scholarship form. Most scholarships cover 50-75
percent of fees.

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre Drama Camps
Type of program: Camp

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre drama camps are for ages 5-16. Camps are grouped by age
(example 5-9 years; 7-12 years; 13 & up). The cost to participate in drama camp is $150/week.
Scholarships are available. Please contact All-of-us Express for the scholarship form. Most scholarships
cover 50-75 percent of fees.

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre Workshops
Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons

All-of-us Express Children’s Theatre also holds a variety of workshops. Ages and costs vary
depending on the specific workshop. For upcoming workshops, check out the All-of-us Express
website at http://www.cityofeastlansing.com/allofus

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Ballet Maria Luz
1425 Shubel
Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 899-6539
1425shubel@gmail.com

Dance Classes

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
Ballet Maria Luz’s Dance class offers Latino and traditional social dances at Foster Community
Center through Lansing Parks and Recreation. For more information visit the Lansing Parks and
Recreations website at http://www.lansingmi.gov/things_to_do.

Happendance
3448 Hagadorn Road, Suite C
Okemos, MI 48864
(517) 333-3528
School@Happendance.org
www.happendance.org

Happendance School

Type of program: After School
Happendance offers Happendance School, an after-school program of progressive dance
instruction in ballet, modern dance, tap, jazz, hip hop, choreography and creative classes for ages
three and up.

Happendance To Go

Type of program: Field Trips/School Visits
Happendance also provides Happendance To Go, which consists of assembly performances and
teaching workshops for public and private educational institutions with students in grades K-6.

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Happendance, continued
Wharton Center Institute Residency Program
Type of program: Field Trips/School Visits

Happendance offers the Wharton Center Institute Residency Program. As Artists-in-Residence,
Happendance Teaching Specialists provide eight consecutive dance classes to four selected
classrooms at an individual school each year for grades K-6.

Lansing Symphony Orchestra
501 S. Capitol Ave.
Suite 400
Lansing, MI 48933
(517) 487-5001
info@lansingsymphony.org
www.lansingsymphony.org

Young People’s Concert: Link Up The Orchestra Sings
Type of program: Field Trips/School Visits

Students and teachers participating in Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s Link Up program receive
recorders and workbooks that explore orchestral repertoire through a hands-on curriculum.
Students are invited to attend a culminating Young People’s Concert with the LSO where they sing
and play recorder from their seats. The Young People’s Concert is open to all public, private and
homeschool students in grades 3-5.

Side-by-Side Performance with Holiday Pops
Type of program: Competitions

Side-by-Side Performance with Holiday Pops gives area instrumentalists the opportunity to
audition for a chance to perform with the Lansing Symphony on their annual Holiday Pops. A
student rehearsal with select Lansing Symphony musicians will occur, as well as a full orchestra
rehearsal and performance at Wharton Center. This program is for students in grades 9-12.

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Lansing Symphony Orchestra, continued
Lansing Symphony Youth Competition
Type of program: Competitions

In the spring, area instrumentalists are invited to participate in the annual Youth Competition.
Lansing Symphony musicians will judge and provide feedback. The first-place winner receives a
trophy, cash prize and chance to perform with the orchestra. Second- and third-place winners also
receive cash prizes.

Family Series at the Library
Type of program: Concerts

In collaboration with the Capital Area District Library, Lansing Symphony Orchestra musicians
present short interactive concerts that connect families and young children with music and
literature in an informal setting. Each performance is followed by a craft activity. This program runs
in the fall and spring for families with children ages 0-10.

High School Partnerships

Type of program: Field Trips/School Visits
Through Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s High School Partnerships, groups of tickets are offered to
area band and orchestra high school groups to attend concerts from the LSO’s MasterWorks series.
Coinciding with the concert, a behind the scenes or master class experience can be arranged.

Music In Our Schools

Type of program: Field Trips/School Visits
Music in our Schools brings LSO musicians, both solo performers and ensemble, into local
classrooms. Students are given opportunities to experience live music in their own setting, interact
with professional musicians and learn about instruments, music-making and composers.

Open Rehearsals of MasterWorks Concerts
Through this program, instrumental students (piano, strings, etc.) are invited to attend select open
rehearsals featuring guest artists of that instrument. During the break of the rehearsal, guest artists
will meet briefly with students to answer questions and give insight into professional life.

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Lansing Symphony Orchestra, continued
Master Classes with Guest Artists
Type of program: Field Trips/School Visits

Lansing Symphony Orchestra shares visiting guest artists with local schools for master classes. Past
guest artists have instructed middle-school students on the basics of playing in an orchestra to
more advanced classes of college students learning the secrets to successful auditions
and performances.

Family Fun Card

Type of program: Concerts
Family Fun Card is an opportunity to make LSO concerts more affordable for families. With the LSO
Family Fun Card, buy a membership for the entire family and receive discounted tickets
all season long.

Michigan State University’s Community Music School
4930 S. Hagadorn Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823
(517) 355-7661
commusic@msu.edu
www.cms.msu.edu

Private Lessons

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
Community Music School offers private lessons for students of all skill levels on a weekly basis
during the 17-week fall semester, 17-week spring semester and 10-week summer semester. Lesson
durations are 30, 45 or 60 minutes and are scheduled around student and teacher availability.
Private-lesson tuition includes weekly lessons, occasional group lessons, school-wide recitals and
occasional guest master classes. Lessons are available for the following: piano, strings, woodwinds
and brass, percussion, voice, carillon, jazz and composition and theory. Students may opt for
traditional lessons or Suzuki lessons for some instruments. Lesson costs start at $29 for a 30-minute
lesson and financial aid is available to students with need.

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Michigan State University’s Community Music School, continued
Classes and Ensembles

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
CMS offers classes and ensembles for all ages. These include Beginning Violin, Strings Reading
Orchestra and Group Piano Class. Classes can be a great way for students to begin music study
or work on group playing skills. Suzuki group classes are available to students enrolled in Suzuki
method lessons. Class tuition costs vary, and financial aid is available to students with need.

Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp
Type of program: Camp

The Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp is a day camp that runs in the summer and provides
opportunities for musical expression, enjoyment and interaction for all persons with special needs
and their siblings. Sessions include songwriting, rock ‘n’ roll combo, silly sing-along, xylophones,
percussion, movement, improvisation and more.

Musical Theatre Camp
Type of program: Camp

Musical Theatre Camp is a summer day-camp for elementary, middle and high school students.
Campers in grades 9-12 will spend the full two weeks developing skills, including solo and
ensemble voice development, choreography and prop design, while focusing on healthy singing
using musical theatre repertoire. Campers in grades 2-8 will join them in the second week, and the
camp will culminate in a final revue featuring scenes and songs from many popular musicals.

Rock Camp

Type of program: Camp
Rock Camp is a summer day-camp for middle and high school students who have some experience
playing their instruments (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard or vocals). At camp, students will form
and work in their own bands based on musical interest and skill level. They will learn songs in
preparation for an end-of-camp rock concert and participate in workshops such as songwriting,
marketing, promotion, sound and more!

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Michigan State University’s Community Music School, continued
Middle School Band Camp
Type of program: Camp

The Middle School Band Camp is a summer day-camp for middle school students who have
completed at least one year of instrumental study. This five-day camp meets in the Music
Building on the MSU campus and provides students with an opportunity to perform with other
talented students, receive class instruction in instrumental technique and explore music through
musicianship classes. Time spent studying and rehearsing culminates in a concert for parents and
friends on Friday.

Beginning Strings Camp
Type of program: Camp

Beginning Strings Camp will introduce violins, violas and cellos to children ages 6-12 years. Camp
gives students five days of hands-on instruction by professional string teachers, along with singing
and music theory games. Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Instruments are provided for
students who do not have one. Camp will consist of one hour of instruction on the student’s chosen
strings instrument, lunch, singing and music-theory games and a musicianship class.

Children and Youth Choirs
Type of program: Choirs

The Children and Youth Choirs are made up of students, ages 7-18, from the community who
enjoy singing, learning, and meeting new people. Each choir needs enthusiastic, talented and
creative singers who are ready to work hard, challenge themselves and have fun. Students must
audition for each choir, but no audition material is necessary. The choirs are: Cantabile (ages 7-10),
CMS Singers (ages 9-14), MSU Children’s Choir (ages 10-16) and the MSU Youth Chorale, which is
comprised of the Young Women’s Chorus (ages 15-18) and the Young Men’s Chorus (ages 13-18).
Tuition starts at $175 per semester, and financial aid is available to students with need.

Music Therapy

Type of program: Special Services
Music Therapy services are offered in individual or group settings, as appropriate for the students’
needs and abilities. Special needs that often are effectively treated with music-therapy techniques
include: those arising from medical illnesses, developmental disabilities, physical impairments,
emotional disturbances, autism, sensory impairments, specific learning disabilities and aging. Costs
vary, and financial aid is available to students with need.

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The Mason Orchestral Society
P.O. Box 473
Mason, MI 48854
information@masonorchestras.org
www.masonorchestras.org

The Mason Philharmonic
Type of program: Ensemble

A youth-oriented teaching orchestra serving all communities in the Greater Lansing area that
provides string, wind, and percussion students the opportunity to refine their ensemble-playing
skills and experience individual- and small-group instruction in the context of orchestral rehearsing.
The Philharmonic currently serves about 50 students ages 10 and up and has the capacity to serve
up to 100 depending on instrumentation and resources. Rehearsals run Sept. - May on Tuesday
nights, following a brief placement audition process (no students are turned away).

Meridian Community Band
PO Box 542
Okemos, MI 48805
(517) 349-8548
carolyn.sherrill@meridiancommunityband.org
www.meridiancommunityband.org
www.facebook.com/pages/Meridian-Community-Band/30465894100
www.meridiancommunityband.com

Music in the Schools Initiative

Type of program: Field Trips/School Visits
Through Meridian Community Band’s Music in the School Initiative, ensembles from the Meridian
Community Band present 30-minute free concerts for elementary or middle-school-aged children
in the Greater Lansing Area.

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Side by Side with the Meridian Community Band
Type of program: Join the MCB for one concert!

Students in grades 8-12 are eligible to join the MCB during a concert session as it rehearses for
and presents a concert. This is generally a six week activity that meets once a week. This program
presents a marvelous opportunity for students to challenge their musical skills.

Wharton Center for the Performing Arts - MSU Federal Credit
Union Institute for Arts & Creativity
750 East Shaw Lane
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-3166
www.whartoncenter.com/education-engagement
www.twitter.com/msufcuinstitute
www.facebook.com/MsufcuInstituteForArtsAndCreativity

Artist In Residence
Programs often include lecture demonstrations, master classes, career-development discussions
and opportunities for one-on-one and group mentoring. No two programs are the same. Some
focus on only one discipline such as performing, while most strive to integrate the creative process
into all areas of study and interest, not just the arts.

Young Playwrights Festival
Type of program: Competition

Through the Young Playwrights Festival, a showcase of six original works, written by Michigan high
school students, are produced by students from MSU’s Department of Theatre and performed on
the Pasant Theatre stage at Wharton Center for Performing Arts.

Ovation Awards

Type of program: Competition
The Ovation Awards is a competition for the male and female leads in high school musicals around
the state, culminating in an all-expense paid trip to New York City for the National High School
Musical Theatre Awards.

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Wharton Center for the Performing Arts - MSU Federal Credit
Union Institute for Arts & Creativity, continued
Eye For Broadway

Type of Program: Initiative
This initiative is collaboration between the award-winning art teacher, Eric Staib, of the Okemos
School District and the MSU Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity to create art for the
Wharton Center lobbies that relates to the family-focused Broadway shows presented this season.

Act One School Series

Type of program: Field Trips/School Visits
Act One School Series provides curriculum-linked performing arts enrichment activities for students
in grades K-12. Shows produced by nationally touring youth theatre companies bring characters
from history and literature to life in one-hour school-day matinees. Selected shows provide a
perfect opportunity to introduce students to cultural music, dance and theatre artists from around
the world and work produced by the Wharton Center.

Act One Family Series

Type of program: Performances
Weekend matinee performances provide the perfect opportunity for parents and grandparents
to introduce children to the performing arts. Shows are specifically designed to appeal to young
audiences by national and international touring youth theatre production companies. ICAN events
are held prior to performances, led by a group of Wharton Center Inner Circle volunteers, creating
artwork and crafts related to each play.

Seats 4 Kids
Through Wharton Center for the Performing Arts Seats 4 Kids initiative, tickets and bus subsidies
are made available to economically disadvantaged youth.

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Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University
547 E Circle Dr
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-3900
eebam@msu.edu
www.broadmuseum.msu.edu

Museum Tours

Type of program: Field Trips/School Visits
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum provides comprehensive interactive tours. Public tours are
available every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., free of cost, with a special family tour
scheduled at 1 p.m. on Family Day, the first Saturday of each month (excluding major holiday
weekends). The Broad MSU also provides participatory school tours for students of all ages.
Private group tours are available upon special request and may be arranged with advance notice
through the Education Department.

Family Days
Join The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum on the first Saturday of each month (excluding major
holiday weekends) for Family Day at the Broad MSU! Enjoy live music and hands-on activities
based on works on view in the museum. Learn about current exhibitions during the Family Tour at
1 p.m. or check out one of the in-house iPads and go on a Museum Scavenger Hunt!

Broad Summer Art Camp and High School Residency
Type of program: Camp

The Broad MSU offers a yearly Broad Summer Art Camp for children in grades 1-6. Each two-week
session teaches art-making skills and the concepts behind them through hands-on projects and
activities that engage campers both inside and out of the museum galleries. The cost is $250 per
two-week session.
For high school students, the Broad MSU offers a rich two-week summer residency where
professional art educators will guide students in exploring the history of contemporary art and
the Broad MSU’s own growing collection. Participants will hone their artistic skills while learning
how to think conceptually about their work, assembling a mini-portfolio for inclusion in their own
group exhibition. The High School Summer Residency offers the exclusive opportunity to see the
inner workings of a world-class museum and gain exposure to curators, conservators and museum
educators. The cost is $300 per two-week session.
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Lansing Art Gallery
119 N Washington Square
Lansing Charter Township, MI 48933
(517) 374-6400
lagprograms@gmail.com
www.lansingartgallery.org
www.facebook.com/LansingArtGallery
www.twitter.com/LansingArtGall

Artist in Residence for Elementary Schools
Type of program: Field Trips/School Visits

Lansing Art Gallery’s Artist in Residence program offers elementary students in grades K-6 an
opportunity to explore art with a professional working artist in their school’s setting.

Art Camps

Type of program: Camp
Lansing Art Gallery offers one week of Spring Break Camp and four weeks of Summer Art Camp.
Camps are designed for kids who are passionate about creating art. Students learn and experience
creativity in the professional setting of Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center. Young artists
explore creative processes, techniques and materials with the guidance of trained artists. Each
series of classes culminates in a student art show! Open to ages 7-12, camps run Monday Thursday with morning sessions from 9 a.m. - noon and afternoon sessions from 1p.m. - 4p.m.
Camp sessions are $75, and scholarships are available.

After School Art Club

Type of program: After School
Thanks to a grant from the Capital Region Community Foundation, Lansing Art Gallery offers free
Art Club Workshops to students in grades 2-6 at Foster, Gier, and the Alfred Schmidt Southside
Community Centers in Lansing during the 2014-15 school year. Art Club will run for seven weeks
in the fall and seven weeks in the winter. Registration is available through Lansing Parks and Recreation.

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Girl Scouts of America
Type of program: Girl Scouts

Girl Scout troops can discover Lansing Art Gallery’s creative approach in earning badges through a
hands-on and exciting exploration of art. Professional artists/educators lead scouts through badge
activities in 1-2 hour-long workshop sessions. Badge workshops offered include: painting, pottery,
drawing, jewelry, comic artist, book artist, collage, textile artist and photography. Fee: $12 per
scout (badges included) / $10 for Daisies.

Guided Tours

Type of program: Field Trips/School Visits
Lansing Art Gallery welcomes field trips to any of the Gallery’s exhibits. Experienced artists and
educators provide guided tours, worksheets and/or visual scavenger hunts for your students.
Guided Tours consist of a gallery tour, including the Gallery Shop, exhibitions and education
center. Tours are scheduled weekdays, between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., last approximately one-half hour,
require participants five years of age or older (one adult per six children) and require a minimum of
10 participants and a maximum of 30.

Annual Ingham Art Exhibit
Type of program: Competitions

Lansing Art Gallery, the Michigan Education Leadership Group, and Ingham ISD host this
celebration of excellence in the visual arts. The Ingham Student Art Exhibit is a competition open
to all students within the Ingham Intermediate School District service area. Call for art is offered in
February of each year with each exhibit lasting one year.

Art Scholarship Alert

Type of program: Competitions
Art Scholarship Alert is a juried art exhibition and scholarship competition for grades 9-12 in
Ingham, Clinton, Eaton, Ionia, Shiawassee, Barry, Livingston, Calhoun and Jackson counties. This
program gives recognition and financial assistance to outstanding art students, encourages artistic
growth and provides young artists an opportunity to participate in a professional setting. The
deadline for ASA is in March with the exhibit occurring at Lansing Art Gallery during the spring
of each year.

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Ledge Craft Lane
120 S Bridge St
Grand Ledge, MI 48837
(517) 627-9843
ledgecraftlane@juno.com
www.ledgecraftlane.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Ledge-Craft-Lane/133750853340215

Children’s Art Classes

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
Ledge Craft Lane offers painting and drawing classes for children ages 7-12 after school and
during the summer at Ledge Craft Lane in Grand Ledge. Ledge Craft Lane also provides children’s
sculpture classes once a month after school or on Saturdays. Kids will have a hands-on clay
experience learning basic coil, slab and decorative techniques with real clay and/or fimo clay. All
classes require a small fee for materials.

REACH Studio Art Center
1804 S. Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48910
(517) 999-3643
info@reachstudioart.org
www.reachstudioart.org
www.facebook.com/REACHStudioArtCenter
www.flickr.com/photos/reachstudioart

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REACH Studio Art Center, continued
Creative Connections

Type of program: After School
Reach Studio Art Center’s Creative Connections is a program for youth ages 7-12. This program
offers a high volunteer to youth mentor ratio, special integrative art projects and opportunities
for youth to share their art with the public. This is an after-school program that runs Oct. - May for
three 10-week sessions and meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at REACH Studio. Pre-enrollment
in either Tuesday or Wednesday is required. Please visit REACH studio for pricing information.

Teen Open Studio

Type of program: After School
Teen Open Studio is an after-school program for teenagers ages 13-18. Teens build skills in
focused visual art media, community art projects, leadership and life while being mentored by
volunteers and community artists. Students can enroll for repeated terms through the year. It runs
year round for four 10-week sessions. A pre-enrollment application is required.

Family Clay Workshop

What type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
Through REACH’s Family Clay Workshop, individuals, families and mentor/mentee pairs are invited
to learn to work with ceramic clay through creating functional and fun pieces of art. All experience
levels are welcome. This is a structured workshop where participants will make a planned item with
an expert instructor. Family Clay Workshops run September through May and are two sessions –
last Friday of the month (for working with clay) and first Friday of the month (for glazing). Please
visit REACH studio for pricing information.

Casual Clay Studio

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
Casual Clay Studio is an opportunity for all ages and experience levels to drop in and enjoy
learning to work with ceramic clay. Participants will determine their own projects. A clay facilitator
will be on hand to guide beginners and give advice and suggestions as needed. Participants may
work on hand built or wheel thrown projects. Participants wishing to glaze their fired work must
attend a subsequent Casual Clay drop-in. Please visit REACH studio for pricing information.

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Art Explorers

Type of program: After School
Art Explorers gives students ages 6-13 an introduction and exploration of a variety of art media and
techniques, including drawing, painting, sculpture (non-clay), integrated and multicultural-inspired
arts. Themes and subjects vary with each four-week class offered. The program runs during the fall,
winter and spring on Mondays at a cost of $36.

Kids Clay: Handbuilding

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
For ages 6-13, Kids Clay classes encourage further exploration of clay hand building and glazing
techniques. Slab, pinch pot and coiling as well as sculpture techniques will be learned as students
create fun projects with ceramic clay. Kids Clay is offered in four-week classes in fall and spring on
Mondays at a cost of $42.

Kids Clay: Beginners

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
This program is an introduction to working with ceramic clay for younger children ages 5-7.
Creative Tots parents: bring your preschoolers to Creative Tots and give their older siblings a class
of their very own right next door! This program is offered in five-week classes in fall, winter, and
spring on Saturdays at a cost of $32.

Kids Clay: Pottery Wheel

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
Through this program, students ages 10-16 receive instruction, coaching and practice in using
the clay potter’s wheel. This program emphasizes learning and practicing techniques rather than
completing a perfect project! The class size is limited to six students. It is offered in four-week
classes in fall, winter and spring on Tuesdays at a cost of $58.

Art Basics: Drawing

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
Drawing classes will help students ages 8-13 learn to use a variety of drawing tools, methods and
subjects to improve observation techniques and drawing skills and to stretch their imaginations.
They are offered in four-week classes in fall, winter and spring on Mondays at a cost of $32.

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REACH Studio Art Center, continued
Art Basics: Painting

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
Painting offers youth ages 8-13 with an introduction to or practice in basic painting techniques,
media, subjects and tools. Students will explore water-based painting media and exercise their
imaginations! Classes are offered in four-week classes in fall, winter and spring on Mondays at a
cost of $32.

Summer Camp and Friday Workshops

Type of program: Camp and Classes/Workshops/Lessons
This program is a four-day (half-day) camp taught by artist instructors, providing youth a variety of
visual and integrative art making experiences. Three-hour workshops for ages 6-13, focusing on
one art media such as drawing, paper sculpture, screen printing or clay are also available. Students
can register for individual workshops only, or add a workshop to extend the camp experience to
five days. REACH also offers tuition-free Neighborhood Art Camp sessions for income-eligible
youth ages 5-13 who reside in the immediate REO Town neighborhood.

Art Truck

Type of program: Art activities on the road — mobile art studio
Art Truck offers weekly visits for 5-13 year olds to Lansing Parks and Recreation day camp and Boys
and Girls Club sites to bring art supplies and volunteers to create art with participating youth. Art
Truck can also be hired for special events, school or agency visits and private parties.

Custom Art Classes and Birthday Parties
Type of program: Custom group classes and parties

Custom art classes and workshops can be designed by REACH for your party, home-school group,
scout troop, youth agency, office colleagues or group of friends. REACH can host your custom
workshop in our colorful, art-filled space or come to your location. For more information about our
custom activities and to access forms to request a custom art activity please visit:
http://www.reachstudioart.org/reachparties

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VISUAL ARTS
Studio Retreat
316 N. Clinton Avenue
St. Johns, MI 48879
(517) 230-5838
magicstarheart@yahoo.com
www.maryablao.com
www.facebook.com/pages/Studio-Retreat/187360107959485

Drop-in Art

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
Studio Retreat offers Drop-in Art to children ages 4-10 with an opportunity for building self-esteem
and self-expression through creative arts experiences lightly guided by registered art therapist
Mary Ablao. Cost is $10 per hour with range up to three hours and a 6-8 students maximum.

Private Art Lesson

Type of program: Classes/Workshops/Lessons
Mary Ablao, ATR, offers private art lessons for all ages in a fully equipped studio space located in
downtown St. Johns, MI. She is also available for home and on-site visits on a weekly basis.

Art Therapy

Type of program: Rehabilitation and Art Therapy
Registered Art Therapist Mary Ablao provides simple step-by-step adaptive techniques to those
with cognitive disabilities and helps ensure process-oriented means for successful weekly artmaking experiences in a safe environment. Program is by appointment only.

Unplugged

Type of program: After School
Unplugged is a program which provides an opportunity for students to visit an art studio and get
unplugged from electronics for a couple of hours a day. A wide range of art media from cartooning
to weaving, to painting and jewelry-making is offered to tweens ages 8-12.

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Color me in! Use your imagination!

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517-372-4636 • 1208 Turner St. • Lansing, MI 48906 • lansingarts.org