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



February 3 - March 15

All classes include all supplies!


Big & Little Art

Mondays 5-6pm

In the Theater

Kids, with their adult companions, can work together as an art team to explore a new art for each week. Share in the creative process. Get messy. Have fun with your little! Each young artist must have one adult companion aged 18+. Can be parents, siblings, family friends, etc.

ages 3-6 w/ their Big


Cardboard Courage w/ Tanner Melvin

Thursdays 6-7:30pm

In Backspace

Students will design and build their very own 3D cardboard art sculptures

ages 10+


Comic Book Illustration for Kids w/ John French

Mondays 5-6pm

In the Lab

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

ages 8-12


Film & Darkroom Photography w/Doug Hanson

Tuesdays 6-7:30pm

In the Lab

Students will learn how to use photographic film to realize their creative vision. Students will learn about the unique characteristics of film, shoot film, develop film and make prints in the Side Street darkroom.

ages 12+


Fleece Mania w/ Erin Cramer

Sundays 1-4pm

In Backspace

Learn how to use a sewing machine and make your own fleece hat, mittens, scarf, and socks! Keep them yourself or give as gifts!

ages 12+


Intro to Painting for Teens w/ John French

Tuesdays 5-6:30pm

In the Theater

Create your own representational paintings, as you learn the basics of painting, as well as mixing and applying color. Class will include lectures, demonstrations, and individual instruction.

ages 12+


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


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+


Spring Break Small Wonders

March 24-26 & March 31-April 2, 2020

Grades K-3, 9am-Noon

Grades 4-6, 1-4pm

Are you missing your Summer Small Wonders? How about some spring break art-making fun? Join SSSA staff for three days of visual and performing arts technique and creation. 


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!


"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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