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, starting in February!

Winter 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 stay tuned for extensive Spring and Summer offerings, and be sure to visit our free virtual resources HERE and HERE

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

Winter 2021 Classes:

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

Explorations in Visual Art I w/ Erin Rehberg & Guests

Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm (Grades K-3)

Thursdays 5-6pm (Grades 4-6)

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

THIS CLASS IS FULL FOR WINTER 2021.

SEND US YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS TO ADD YOUR YOUNG ARTIST TO THE WAIT LIST.

Winter 2021 Special: Art for Good with Tanner Melvin, Michael Novelli, Erin Rehberg, & Guests

offered in-person or via Zoom

Mondays 5:30-7:30pm (Grades 7-12)

What do you care about? Discuss current issues and use your creative powers to work towards positive change. From group conversations to practicing individual creative techniques to our final exhibition/performance, young artists will work to use their creative voice for good. 

Camera Basics I for Teens w/ Doug Hanson

Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm (Grades 7-12)

Make better photos! This Camera Basics class will help you understand the fundamentals of photography and what your camera is capable of doing to realize your creative vision. Any camera will do while maximum benefit can be had using a camera with P,A,S,M modes (or fully manual). You will learn all the modes, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, lenses, lighting and more. Composition and artistic intent will also be discussed. Beginners to intermediate shooters are encouraged. Bring your camera. Photos will be made in and outside of class time. Need a camera? Let us know!

Oil Painting I for Teens w/ Natalie Pivoney

offered in-person or via Zoom

Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm (Grades 7-12)

Artists will learn introductory oil painting techniques by creating color studies and still-life. No oil painting experience necessary. All supplies will be provided.

THIS CLASS IS FULL FOR WINTER 2021.

SEND US YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS TO ADD YOUR YOUNG ARTIST TO THE WAIT LIST.

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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