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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. Since 2021 Side Street has been able to offer a large portion of our educational program for free!  

Registration for upcoming classes can be found 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. 

- Tanner Melvin & Erin Rehberg

Founders & Executive Directors

Free Classes and Workshops

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Saturday Drop-Ins

Saturdays through March 23
Grades K-3: 10-11 am
Grades 4-6: 11:30-12:30 pm
Grades 7-12: 1-2:30 pm

FREE

Each week students will explore different art techniques with an artist educator. Please register for the desired date, and choose the time based on the age of your student.

Art For Good

Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Grades 7-12

FREE

Students will use a variety of art to express their take on current events.

Dates:

February 6, 13, 20, 27

March 5, 12

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After School Art

Mondays from 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Grades K-6

FREE

Spend your time after school creating art! During the course of this six-week class, your young artist will learn various techniques in visual and performance art.

Dates:

February 5, 12, 26

March 4, 11, 18

*No class on February 19th

Oil Painting

Tuesdays from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Grades 7-12

FREE

Learn advanced oil painting techniques in this class. During the course of this six week class, you will learn how to mix paint and oil paint application. Painting Basics recommended as a prerequisite but not required.

Dates:

February 6, 13, 20, 27

March 5, 12

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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Special thanks to those below for sponsoring our free art programs which help make these offerings possible

Anonymous donor-advised fund at The Chicago Community Foundation

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