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!

Spring 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

Spring 2021 Classes:


Explorations in Visual Art I

Mondays 3:30-4:30pm (Grades K-3) w/ Ivette De Santiago

-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!

Explorations in Visual Art II

-young artists must have previously taken a visual art class at SSSA

Thursdays 3:30-4:30pm (Grades K-3) w/ Erin Rehberg - FULL, add yourself to the wait list HERE.

Thursdays 5-6pm (Grades 4-6) w/ Erin Rehberg - FULL, add yourself to the wait list HERE.

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!

Drawing for Teens w/ John French

Thursdays 5:30-7pm (Grades 6-12) - FULL, add yourself to the wait list HERE.

This guided drawing class will focus on composition, measuring and proportion, lighting and value from a still life. Good for beginning and intermediate artists. All supplies will be provided.

Oil Painting II for Teens w/ Natalie Pivoney

-young artists must have previous painting experience or have taken Oil Painting I at SSSA

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

Artists will move on to more advanced oil painting techniques and focus on professional practices. All supplies 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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