Vision Kidz Program
The Vision Gallery offers its VISION KIDZ Programs in a variety of mediums. All classes are taught by professional artists interested in promoting the arts in education. All of our classes are underwritten by individuals, corporations and grants underwriting. The classes are offered to the Phoenix metropolitan community free of charge to the participants.
The kids who participate in the Vision Gallery’s VISION KIDZ Programs come from all areas of the Valley and represent a wide array of diverse backgrounds. Our program curriculum is designed to promote diversity in arts application, featuring workshops in drawing, watercolor, batik, ceramics, and every medium imaginable. Our workshops are designed to inspire a child's creativity and set an example of how art can be applied to our daily lives.
The VISION KIDZ Program provides children the opportunity to work with a professional artist and create a piece of art that is representative of their creativity. It gives them the opportunity to go home with an artwork in hand and a better understanding of the creative process.
All workshops are taught on Saturdays at 10 AM and 1 PM. Please call the Gallery at 480.782.2697 to register your child for up to three workshops, which are offered free to the community.
Each parent may register a child for up to three workshops. Workshops offer appropriate arts curriculum for students between the ages of 6 and 16 years of age. A parent or guardian is required to attend the workshop with their children. Only students registered for the workshop will be admitted to the classroom. If your child is unable to attend a scheduled workshop, please call at least 48 hours in advance so a child on the waiting list can be admitted to the class. It is important that we fill each workshop to capacity, therefore, last minute cancellations or no shows will result in withdrawal from future workshops and cancellation of registrations.
Phone or walk in registration begins at 10am-3pm on Saturday, August 8th, 2016
- Painting with A Punch with Nancy Nowak Utech
August 15 • 10am & 1pm
Have you ever wondered how an artist can create that brush stroke or create interest in a canvas or composition? Learn how to combine acrylics and painting techniques to create an abstract work of art with a variety of textures.
Ages 10–16 only
- Pop Art Portraits with Emily Costello
August 29 • 10 am & 1 pm
What do Andy Warhol and this fabulous class have in common? Find out in this fun and informative class where students will learn about the Pop Art movement, its artistic expression and style.
- Hot Wax and Rock & Roll with Steven Velazquez
September 12 • 10am & 1pm
Classic Rock meets Art! Students will learn a variety of techniques including wax relief and acrylic flow to create a contemporary styled artwork in the shape of an electric guitar.
- Scary Clay Monsters with Sandra Luehrsen
September 19 • 10 am & 1 pm
What makes a monster scary? Students will awaken their imagination to create sculptural monsters and creatures in clay.
- Collagraphs with Marissa Vidrio Print it!
October 3 • 10 am & 1 pm
Students will learn the skills to create unique prints using found materials in this mixed media print class.
- Framed! Clay Frames with Sylvia Fugmann Brongo
October 10 • 10 am & 1 pm
Let’s get our hands into the clay! Students work with clay to express their talents and individuality by embellishing and texture to create treasured keepsake frames!
- Gear Up! with Shari Keith
October 17 • 10 am & 1 pm
Get in gear with bicycle gears for inspiration! Students will explore composition and the art elements of line, shape and color in this colorful class using mechanical elements.
Ages 10-16 only
- Scream Blow Painting with Carla Keaton
October 31 • 10 am & 1 pm
Using expressive line and your imagination, students will be taking their cue from Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” to see how much expression can be created with lines and color.
- Pop Out Accordian Comics with David Miller
November 7 • 10 am & 1 pm
Bookmaking meets Pop Art storytelling through the medium of comics. Students will create characters and a setting before illustrating an accordion style book. Ages 10-16 only
- The Eagle Sun in Motion with Oliverio Balcells
November 14 • 10 am & 1 pm
Learn about the ancient meaning of the Aztec Calendar or Piedra del Sol based on the oral tradition. Students will learn the true meaning behind this classic image, its history and purpose while creating their own work based on the structure.
- Figurative Fragments, Sculpture Clay Tiles with Constance McBride
November 21 • 10 am & 1 pm
Students will create tiles before embellishing them with a bas relief of a human face that can be sculpted and molded into a unique fragmented face. Ages 10-16 only.
- Geometric Animals with
December 5 • 10 am & 1 pm
Students will learn and use the neoplasticism style created by artist Piet Mondrian to create their own one-ofa- kind animal painting composed of rectangles and grids.
- Watercolors in the Negative with
Sandra Neumann Wilderman
December 12 • 10 am & 1 pm
Negative painting shows an objectís shape and can create aerial perspective or depth. In this process students will also learn the techniques of mingling and mixing watercolors and how to control paint.
Ages 10-16 only
Phone or walk in registration begins at 10am-3pm on Saturday, January 9th, 2016
- Block It! with Diane Watkins
January 23 • 10 am & 1 pm
Students will learn the ins and outs of making a block print the easy way. Artist Diane Watkins will help us create a treasured print using simple tools!
- Mixed Media Collage with Mary Poindexter
January 30 • 10 am & 1 pm
Tell Your Own Story in Mixed Media! Get creative and tell your story using paper, fabric, paint! Bring a photo and make it personal by adding your own face!
- Engaged in Encaustic with Victor McGhee
February 6 • 10 am & 1 pm
Encaustics are Wax in Art! Learn the basic techniques necessary to paint with hot wax in this engaging encaustic workshop.
Ages 10-16 only
- Painted Portraits with Martin Moreno
February 20 • 10 am & 1 pm
Students are encouraged to bring in their own images in this personal portrait painting workshop with artist Martin Moreno.
- Let’s Make Some Paper with Diane Watkins
March 5 • 10 am & 1 pm
Get the flowers, veggies and dryer lint ready to blend into some beautiful sheets of handmade paper that can be used in cards or framed in this exciting workshop
- Upcycled! With Craig Cheply
March 12 • 10 am & 1 pm
Egg cartons, boxes and newspapers, oh my! Upcycling as art. Students will use “clean” recyclables to create 2 and 3 dimensional works.
- Abstract Forests with Christy Puetz
March 19 • 10 am & 1 pm
Paint and create your own colorful and swirling mixed media forest using the abstract elements of color, form, line and shapes to breakdown images and objects into new compositions.
- Real Life Applications for Watercolor with Kathleen Escobedo
March 26 • 10 am & 1pm
Explore the variations in the texture you can create with watercolors to make bookmarks and notecards.
- Making Mono Prints with Jose Benavides
April 2 • 10 am & 1 pm
Students will learn how to create oneof- a-kind prints on Plexiglass.
- Silly Cities with Jana Peterson
April 9 • 10 am & 1 pm
Take some inspiration from Dr. Seuss and Hundertwasser in this vibrant oil pastels workshop filled with silly streets and bright buildings.
- Learn to Draw with Tony Meli
April 23 • 10 am & 1 pm
Students are invited to join in and learn the basics of drawing with charcoal in this class that is filled with the fundamentals of good drawing and composition. Learn to draw like the masters!
- Arizona Gecko in Acrylics with Bonnie Lou Coleman
April 30 • 10 am & 1 pm
The geckos are coming! The geckos are coming! Capture the desert landscape with Native Arizona Petroglyph patterns in this workshop incorporating drawing and acrylic paint.
- Aboriginal Dot Painting with Bobbi Fisher Velazquez
May 7 • 10 am & 1 pm
Travel down under to the sounds of Didgeridoos with artist Bobbi Fisher Velazquez and create your own Aboriginal Dot painting while learning about the Papunya which is heralded as the birthplace of contemporary Aboriginal art.