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!

Fall 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

Fall 2021 Classes:

ALL CLASSES START THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER AND RUN FOR 6 WEEKS.

After School Art I - FULL, ADD YOUR YOUNG ARTIST TO THE WAIT LIST HERE

Mondays 3:30-5pm (Grades K-3) w/ Ivette De Santiago and friends

-led by Spanish-speaking instructor

Young artists will work to find their creative voices, as they explore various techniques, including drawing, painting, sculpting, and more!

After School Art II - FULL, ADD YOUR YOUNG ARTIST TO THE WAIT LIST HERE

-young artists must have previously taken an art class at SSSA

Tuesdays 3-5:30pm (Grades 1-6) w/ Yesenia Arroyo, Nick Mataragas, and friends

-includes a Spanish-speaking instructor

Young artists will continue down their creative paths, as they expand their horizons into more advanced techniques and work in multi-media, printmaking, and more!

  • This class will include multiple groups, separated by age

  • Snack will be included in this class

Printmaking for Teens w/ Jess Rocha - FULL, ADD YOUR YOUNG ARTIST TO THE WAIT LIST HERE

Wednesdays 4:30-6pm (Grades 6-12)

This guided printmaking class will focus on creative exploration and basic techniques of a number of printmaking methods. Good for beginning and intermediate artists. All supplies will be provided.

Monthly Teen Art Hang

First Sunday of the Month 5-7pm (Grades 6-12)

We are thrilled to kick off our monthly Teen Art Hang. Teenagers interested in any type of art are welcome to join us for this drop-in monthly hangout. Art supplies will be provided, Side Street artists will be on site to oversee the group, and dinner will be provided. The rest is up to them. They can spend time making work, talking to other artists, or just being. 

  • Registration is only required so that we have guardian consent and emergency contact information

  • Young artists can attend every month or just once in a while, as long as the registration form is complete

  • All supplies and dinner will be provided

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

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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