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Vision Kids Program Releases Spring 2021 Schedule of Free Workshops

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Chandler's premier visual arts gallery, Vision Gallery, announces its 2021 Spring Vision Kids art workshops for kids. These free workshops will be offered virtually on Zoom and will be conducted by leading artists from Arizona and across the U.S. demonstrating a variety of fun, interactive topics including sculpting, painting, book-making, fiber arts, and more.

Vision Kids classes are designed to inspire children's creativity and give students the opportunity to develop important avenues for self-expression. Classes will be held on Saturdays at 10 am and 1 pm, with a limit of 35 students per class. Free partial and complete supply kits are available for those who reserve them and are available for pick up at Vision Gallery during business hours beginning the Saturday before class. Workshops are open to kids ages 6 to 16 and are free to participate. Registration opens January 9 online at Vision Gallery's Vision Kids website.


Jan 23 -10 am & 1 pm
Pen Pals with Jerome Fleming

Learn to draw with pen! Using a variety of ink tools, students will learn how to build pen drawings from creative textures while picking up the basics for starting a sketchbook habit.

Jan 30 – 10am & 1pm
Óvalos y Círculos con Edith Castro - en Español!

The oval and circle are important geometric shapes that we can put together to build various designs! In this class students will create an image of a flower using a set of ovals or circles. We will also cover how to create designs with markers, how to choose colors that work well together, light and shadow, and how to create a finished design. This class will be taught in Spanish.

Feb 6 – 10 am & 1 pm
Imaginative Portraits with Clayton Swenson 

Practice your drawing skills with this series of fun portrait prompts! Students will learn life drawing techniques as they engage their imagination to illustrate how they would like to be seen.

Feb 20 – 10 am & 1 pm
Not-So-Empty Bowls with Sylvia Fugmann-Brongo

What fills you up? Inspired by the Empty Bowls project, students will create imaginative bowls out of air-dry clay representing the things in their lives that nourish them. Families are encouraged to bring a canned food donation for a local food bank when they pick up supplies for this class.

Feb 27 – 10 am & 1 pm
Pop-up Accordion Books with Jennaway Peterson

Learn some fun bookmaking skills with this zig-zagging accordion design! When the book is created, students will add content of their choosing and a surprise pop-up element.

Mar 13 – 10 am & 1 pm
Painting Nature with Courtney Currier

Learn to make scientific observations from nature using watercolors in an inspiration journal! Artist and scientist Courtney Currier will also lead students in gathering observations for Phoenix EcoFlora, a project researching urban biodiversity.

Mar 20 – 10 am & 1 pm
Send and Receive with Delia Ibañez

What do you have to share? In this fun class, students will use playful movement, writing, and mixed-media collage to explore ideas of community connection and exchange.

Apr 10 – 10 am & 1 pm
A Day in the Life: Collage + Assemblage! with Ellie Richards

Referencing the work of renowned modernist sculptor Louise Nevelson, students will assemble sculptural compositions using objects found in everyday life.

Apr 24 – 10 am & 1 pm
Game On with Melissa Sclafani

Level up! Inspired by our Play Hard exhibition at Vision Gallery, students will design and build their own arcade-inspired game from recycled cardboard.

May 8 – 10 am & 1 pm
Under Pressure! with Merryn Alaka 

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

May 22 – 10 am & 1 pm
Monochrome Portraits with Noemy Esparza-Isaacson 

Learn how versatile one color can be! Students will learn to use different values of the same color to paint striking portraits of themselves or family members.

June 6 – 10 am & 1 pm
Felted Faces with Christy Puetz

Create funny felted faces of people or animals using wool roving! Students will assemble their finished pieces as a hanging banner for display.

June 26 – 10 am & 1 pm
Robot Collagraphs with Amanda McGlothern

Beep boop! Using this fun robot prompt, students will learn how to create easy collagraphs, or relief prints made with collage materials like cardboard and string.

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.