At Side Street Studio Arts, we want kids to think they are artists, that the world around them is filled with art, and that art can impact their lives everyday. From the way they move through space to how they choose to present themselves to the world to the creative modes of communication they use to survive in the face of bigotry, we know kids are thinking about and living art everyday, and we are here to support that.

Thank you to the EFS Foundation for their grant support of our Community Moves and Small Wonders Programs!

Session III: Spring May 2 - June 6 - CANCELLED

except for Make Stuff Saturdays and Comic Book Illustration for Kids

 

As of 3/30, these two classes will run: 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6 - updates will be made, as needed.

 

Comic Book Illustration for Kids w/ John French

Saturdays 1-2:30pm

In the Lab

Comic Illustration covers visual story telling, comic formatting, and exercises in story telling using illustration and design principals.

Ages 8+

$90

Make Stuff Saturdays

Saturdays 10am-12pm

In the Theater

Each week, young artists will explore and focus on a different medium. From painting to screen printing to photography, these more intensive sessions will be lead by a range of arts professionals and expose young artists to a wide range of creative visual and performance techniques.

grades K-3 & 4-6

$115

Session IV: June 5 - August 2

no class 6/29-7/5

All classes include all supplies!

Camera Basics w/ Doug Hanson

Tuesdays 6-7:30pm

In the Lab

Students will learn to use their camera in the most effective way to realize their creative vision. They will learn all the modes, metering, focus, lenses and basic lighting. Any level of student with a DSLR is encouraged to take this class.

ages 12+

$115

Darkroom Photography w/ Chris Arrecis

Saturdays 10am-12pm

In the Lab

Students will learn to expose and develop black & white film and make prints from negatives in the photography darkroom as well as exposure control & other creative decisions.

Ages 12+

$150

Improv for Beginners w/ Nick Mataragas

Mondays 6-8pm

In the Theater

Students were learn the fundamentals of improv, culminating in a performance at the end of the course.

Ages 12+

$115

Make Stuff Saturdays

Saturdays 10am-12pm

In the Theater

Each week, young artists will explore and focus on a different medium. From painting to screen printing to photography, these more intensive sessions will be lead by a range of arts professionals and expose young artists to a wide range of creative visual and performance techniques.

grades K-3 & 4-6

$115

Painting Foundation & Process w/ Karl Jahnke

Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm

In the Lab

This class is a specific study in the foundation and process of creating a painting. Through guided projects, students will learn to develop confidence in their work and shed some of the preciousness that can limit enjoyment and creativity. Students will also learn about color schemes, painting from a reference and tool selection.

ages 12+

$150

The UNLIMITED ART CARD gets your young artist aged 5-17, a full year of art classes at Side Street for only $1000. The card includes drop-ins, weekly classes, and summer week-long camps. Quarterly payment plan available for $25 fee Click HERE to purchase your UNLIMITED ART CARD TODAY!

 

 SUMMER SMALL WONDERS   

Our popular summer week-long camps return newly expanded for 2020. Each week includes a variety of visual and performance art activities, led by our professional artist educators, each currently working and producing work in their respective fields. Introductory artistic techniques combined with an artistically free environment allow your young artist to find their creative voice while having fun. Each week includes plenty of outdoor park time and play and culminates in a final exhibition/performance featuring their original creations. 

Grades K-3      9am-12pm  Monday-Friday

Each week features a final performance/exhibition Friday at 11:40am, friends and family are welcome.

individual sessions $110/8 sessions for $800

(Payment plans available. Email us HERE for more info.)

All supplies are provided! Daily snack included.

All sessions include both visual and performance techniques, but some lean more towards one than the other. This is noted below with a VA for visual art heavy and a PA for performance art heavy.

 

June 8-12 Make An Impression

One of our most popular sessions. Your young artists will explore, printmaking, photography, ceramics and more. (VA)

June 15-19 Step Into the Spotlight

Young artists will work both individually and as a team to create their very own original variety show. Create for creatives and performers – young artists will write, choreograph, build sets, and so on. (PA)

June 22-26 Under the Sea

This week we will focus on sea creatures, the ocean and beach, and all things aquatic, creating artworks exploring the world under the sea.  (VA)

June 29-July 3 Americana Jubilee

One of our most popular sessions. Artists will work in a variety of mediums creating works celebrating Americana traditions, and help to build Side Street's parade float. The week culminates with young artists joining SSSA in the City of Elgin's 4th of July Parade! (VA)

July 6-10 Music Makes Me

Back by popular demand. Basic songwriting and instrumentation combine with explorations of various types of music and music-inspired artwork to work towards a final exhibition/performance that rocks!

July 13-17 3D Arts

Artwork cannot be limited to our walls! Young artists will work alone and in teams to create 3D works of art. From clay to mixed media to installation work, this intensive hands-on 3D experience will allow children to build creations from the depths of their imaginations. (VA)

July 20-24 Into the Wild

Combine love for outdoors with your child's love for art! The week will be spent in the wonderful outdoors creating artwork inspired by nature! Young artists will learn about things in nature, explore areas around Elgin, and create art using natural materials. (VA)

July 27-31 Movie-Making Magic

One of our most popular returning summer workshops. Young artists will write direct, star in, and film their own original movie presentations. A world premiere event will be held Saturday, August 1 at 1pm. (No Friday performance/exhibition for this session.)

 

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Grades 4-6      1-4pm  Monday-Friday

Each week features a final performance/exhibition Friday at 3:40pm, friends and family are welcome.

individual sessions $110/8 sessions for $800

(Payment plans available. Email us HERE for more info.)

All supplies are provided! Daily snack included.

All sessions include both visual and performance techniques, but some lean more towards one than the other. This is noted below with a VA for visual art heavy and a PA for performance art heavy.

June 8-12 Make An Impression

One of our most popular sessions. Your young artists will explore, printmaking, photography, ceramics and more, and begin to work with our LAB equipment, including the darkroom and print press. (VA)

June 15-19 Step Into the Spotlight

Young artists will work both individually and as a team to create their very own original variety show. Create for creatives and performers – young artists will write, choreograph, build sets, and so on. (PA)

June 22-26 Movie-Making Magic

One of our most popular returning summer workshops. Young artists will write direct, star in, and film their own original movie presentations. A world premiere event will be held Saturday, July 27 at 1pm. (No Friday performance/exhibition for this session.)

June 29-July 3 Americana Jubilee

One of our most popular sessions. Artists will work in a variety of mediums creating works celebrating Americana traditions, and help to build Side Street's parade float. The week culminates with young artists joining SSSA in the City of Elgin's 4th of July Parade! (VA)

July 6-10 Music Makes Me

Back by popular demand. Basic songwriting and instrumentation combine with explorations of various types of music and music-inspired artwork to work towards a final exhibition/performance that rocks! This session will also feature a special concert by area musicians!

July 13-17 Install

One of our most popular sessions. Young artists will develop, build, and exhibit their own installation work, each receiving their own space throughout Side Street.

July 22-26 Into the Wild, includes camping trip

Combine love for the outdoors with art making through our Into the Wild camping adventure camp. Returning for a second year, this session will be spent in the wonderful outdoors creating artwork inspired by nature! Young artists will learn about and explore the woods and prairies of Macomb, IL, and create art using natural materials. Young artists will join SSSA Artist-Educators for a three-night camp out at Horn Field Campus in Macomb, IL. Please note the dates: Small Wonders will take place at SSSA July 22 in anticipation of our camping trip. Then, we will leave from SSSA for camping Thursday, July 23 at 2pm and return Sunday afternoon. Detailed info to come, upon registration. No final exhibition/performance this week. (VA)

July 29-August 2 Elgin Fringe Festival Camp

w/ EFF Artistic Director Nick Mataragas and Executive Director Erin Rehberg

New for 2020, an exciting collaboration with the 7th annual Elgin Fringe Festival. Young artists will create an original performance work to be set on professional artists and presented during the 2020 Elgin Fringe Festival! From idea to script development to costume design and direction, young artists will work collaboratively with professional performance artists to have their creation presented live on stage.

 

    

Testimonials

"Just wanted to share that my kids (6&8) have done a week of art camp at Side Street Studio Arts for two years now, and absolutely loved it. The instructors are so patient and kind, and organized some great art projects for the kids. This week, the projects focused on the 4th of July, and the kids get to show off their work at the parade on Monday. Give SSSA a try if you're looking for a week-long morning camp for your kids!"
 

"Keep these camps going. My son absolutely loves them and learns so much. We are thankful he has a place to do art with great instructors! He loves all of the instructors and staff that he has met."

 

"The kids loved their weeks at SSSA camp. They came home paint-smudged, with creative wheels turning and eager to discuss and evolve the projects their groups were working on! Great value for our family."

 

"Small Wonders meets kids where they are and challenges them to grow."

 

"Love that your mission is so completely able to serve children of so many backgrounds."

 

"Small Wonders has been a tradition for us for years, and it's amazing -- I have never seen any other short-form art program where kids can experience such a range at young ages. I also love that when he's there, he gets to hang out with grownups who are passionate about art themselves and are committed to it in their own lives."

                                                      -Small Wonders Parents & Family

Side Street Studio Arts employs highly experienced, professional artist-educators to facilitate all workshops, and educational classes and programs, of whom we stand by wholeheartedly. With mixed-aged classes in particular, we encourage parents of younger artists to carefully reflect on whether their young artist is able to learn and create in an environment where adult students are present. We ensure that classrooms are supervised by our talented staff of artist educators, assuring that no class or presentation consists of gratuitous, or explicitly controversial images or terminology. Art, including instruction and discussion, are subjective. Therefore, all students must understand that some classes may involve themes, terminology, visual components, and experiences that may lie outside their own personal beliefs or feelings. We at Side Street Studio Arts take this very seriously. We pride ourselves in creating safer spaces for students of all ages to work, play, and develop their process and educational pursuits. If you have questions about any of our programming that may pertain to your student, child, family, or friend, feel free to reach out to us. 

 

*Some classes may contain mautre themes, terminology, or visual components, including but not limited to classical works.

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