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Suggested donation tickets and workshop registration fees are nonrefundable, unless the event is cancelled. Credit for future programming can be allotted. Refunds will be automatically dispursed if SSSA cancels an event for any reason.


February 3 - March 15

All classes include all supplies!

Cardboard Courage w/ Tanner Melvin

Thursdays 6-8pm

In Backspace

Using found and recycled materials, students will design and build their very own 3D cardboard art sculptures. Focusing the process of design and durability. Great for those interested in sculpture, set-design, and building.

ages 12+


Film & Darkroom Photography w/ Doug Hanson

Tuesdays 6-7:30pm

In the Lab

Students will learn how to use photographic film to realize their creative vision. Students will learn about the unique characteristics of film, shoot film, develop film and make prints in the Side Street darkroom.

ages 18+


Fleece Mania w/ Erin Cramer

Sundays 1-4pm

In Backspace

Learn how to use a sewing machine and make your own fleece hat, mittens, scarf, and socks! Keep them yourself or give as gifts!

ages 12+


Intro to Painting for Teens w/ John French

Tuesdays 5-6:30pm

In the Lab

Create your own representational paintings, as you learn the basics of painting, as well as mixing and applying color. Class will include lectures, demonstrations, and individual instruction.

ages 12+


Oil Painting Techniques w/ Lindsey Wiseman

Sundays 11:30am-1:30pm

In the Lab

While working from an image of your choosing, use basic to advanced oil painting techniques to create a masterpiece you love. From a simple sketch, to layering a monochromatic under-painting, and finally the last layers of paint, each student is guided towards a finished painting they can be proud to show off.

ages 15+


Painting Foundation & Process w/ Karl Jahnke

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm

In the Lab

This class is a specific study in the foundation and process of creating a painting. Through guided projects, students will learn to develop confidence in their work and shed some of the preciousness that can limit enjoyment and creativity. Students will also learn about color schemes, painting from a reference and tool selection.

ages 12+


Spring Break in the Lab

March 24-26 and March 31-April 2, 2020

Grades 7-12, 10am-1pm

Join Lab artists for three days of creative exploration using our Lab equipment - photography, printmaking, painting, and more. Spend each day learning new techniques and developing your own artworks.


Helpful Reminder: Our "Sessions" do not mean "Level", as in "level of expertise. But when you see "Level", that means "level of expertise." Cool?  :)


Side Street Studio Arts employs highly experienced, professional artist-educators to facilitate all workshops, and educational classes and programs, of whom we stand by wholeheartedly. With mixed-aged classes in particular, we encourage parents of younger artists to carefully reflect on whether their young artist is able to learn and create in an environment where adult students are present. We ensure that classrooms are supervised by our talented staff of artist educators, assuring that no class or presentation consists of gratuitous, or explicitly controversial images or terminology. Art, including instruction and discussion, are subjective. Therefore, all students must understand that some classes may involve themes, terminology, visual components, and experiences that may lie outside their own personal beliefs or feelings. We at Side Street Studio Arts take this very seriously. We pride ourselves in creating safer spaces for students of all ages to work, play, and develop their process and educational pursuits. If you have questions about any of our programming that may pertain to your student, child, family, or friend, feel free to reach out to us. 


*Some classes may contain adult themes, terminology, or visual components, including but not limited to classical works.

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