FREE ARTS EDUCATION

FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

 

A dream come true.

Since Side Street's inception in 2013, we have worked to offer as much free and low cost access to the arts as possible, all while making sure artists and artist-educators are getting paid. Offering a large portion our education programming to young artists for free has been a dream...until now. In response to the current urgent need in our community, with some retooling and community and funder support, Side Street is thrilled to offer most of its 2021 programs for young artists for free!

Summer offerings and registration information are shown below. We know these classes will fill and we will have waiting lists. We will do our best to expand offerings and get to as many young artists as possible. Whether they are just starting out or have been creating for years, we are looking forward to working with them to find their individual creative voice. 

Please note, times, dates, etc. are subject to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic. Class registration and length is extremely limited to allow for distancing and enhanced safety and cleaning procedures. Additionally, everyone is required to wear a properly fitted mask during all time in any space at Side Street Studio Arts. We look forward to growing class sizes and offerings when it is safe.

-Tanner Melvin & Erin Rehberg

Founders & Executive Directors

Summer 2021 Classes:

  • Young artists must have completed kindergarten or be entering the required grade level, as listed below. No exceptions.

  • Please note varying times and locations.

  • All supplies and daily snack included.

  • We are thrilled to be able to offer low-cost transportation services for young artists this summer. Upon registration, you will receive further information on those options. 

Session #1: FREE TO BE - artists will explore a variety of visual art mediums with a variety of professional artist-educators throughout the week in order to create their own portfolio of their individual creative voice

June 14-18

Grades K-3 9am-12pm at Side Street Studio Arts - CLOSED

Grades 4-6 2-5pm at Spring Bird - CLOSED

Grades 7-12 10am-1pm at Spring Bird - - FULL, ADD YOUR ARTIST TO THE WAIT LIST HERE

Session #2: STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT - artists will create original performances for presentation by building stories, sets, costuming, etc.

June 21-25

Grades K-3 9am-12pm at Side Street Studio Arts - CLOSED

Grades 4-6 1-4pm at Side Street Studio Arts

Grades 7-12 10am-12pm at Side Street Studio Arts

Session #3: AMERICANA JUBILEE - focusing our inspiration on artists of the United States, artists will dive into art history and create and show their own masterpieces

June 28-July 2

Grades K-3 9am-12pm at Side Street Studio Arts - CLOSED

Grades 4-6 1-4pm at Side Street Studio Arts

Session #4: INSTALL - artists receive their own space at Side Street to install their original works of art

July 12-16

Grades K-3 9am-12pm at Side Street Studio Arts - CLOSED

Grades 4-6 1-4pm at Side Street Studio Arts 

Grades 7-12 10am-12pm at Side Street Studio Arts - CLOSED

Session #5: MAKE AN IMPRESSION - one of our most popular sessions focusing on printmaking, screen printing, and photography

July 19-23

Grades K-3 9am-12pm at Side Street Studio Arts - CLOSED

Grades 4-6 2-5pm at Spring Bird - FULL, ADD YOUR ARTIST TO THE WAIT LIST HERE

Grades 7-12 10am-1pm at Spring Bird - CLOSED

Session #6: INTO THE WILD - artists will spend time outside being inspired by and create environment-friendly works of art

July 26-30

Grades K-3 9am-12pm at Side Street Studio Arts - CLOSED

Grades 4-6 2-5pm at Spring Bird - CLOSED

Grades 7-12 10am-1pm at Spring Bird - FULL, ADD YOUR ARTIST TO THE WAIT LIST HERE

Session #7: ART FOR GOOD - artists will explore topics that are important to them and create original works that express their personal point of view

August 2-6

Grades K-3 9am-12pm at Side Street Studio Arts - CLOSED

Grades 4-6 1-4pm at Side Street Studio Arts - CLOSED

Grades 7-12 10am-12pm at Side Street Studio Arts

Interested in private lessons or drop-in classes, visit us HERE.

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Your young artist is eligible to register for free classes, if they:
  • have an interest in art and are excited to participate
  • are committed and able to attend all weeks of the session
  • live within 10 miles of Side Street's downtown Elgin location
  • are grade appropriate for the class.
If your young artist is all of the above but still faces barriers to participation, please email us HERE, and we will work with your family to facilitate a creative experience. 
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