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Summer 2024

FREE Arts Education for Young People

Every year Side Street Studio Arts has the pleasure of hosting children of varying ages for summer arts education programs. Each week the young artists create work around that week's theme and also enjoy some fun in the sun with fellow young artists!

We are thrilled to continue our FREE programming in 2024. This has been a dream of ours since opening Side Street in 2013. These classes are absolutely free of cost to families located within 10 miles of our downtown Elgin location. If you are able to support this programming with any size donation, please visit us HERE.

All of the programming we offer is interdisciplinary and involves both visual and performing art. The classes are held by professional artist-educators who coordinate days filled with art-making, exploration, and fun!

All snacks and supplies will be provided!
We do ask each student bring their own water bottle with their name, as we strive to be environmentally friendly.

We are also excited to be able to offer transportation assistance. When you register you will be asked if you would like to be contacted about arranging transportation to and from camp. There will be a small fee for those registered in Side Street programming. 


Grades 9-12

Classes will be Monday - Friday


12 Student Max

Location: LAB

11 S. Spring Street

June 10-June 14

  • All About Me - During this week, you do you. Young artists will focus on finding their identity through the artistic process


June 17-June 21 (No class June 19) 

  • A Surreal Scene - It's time for reality bending art! This week will focus on the Surrealist Art Movement, its origin, and the artists behind the artwork.


June 24-June 28

  • Epic History Week - There are so many people and moments in history that inspire us. This week will focus on creating art inspired by historic highlights.


July 8-July 12

  • Family and Heritage - Let's embrace our roots! Young artists will explore the background that helped define them.


July 15- July 19

  • Wayfinding, Your Way - Young artists will learn about wayfinding and how art can play an integral role in creating guides in their environment. 


July 22-July 26

  • Anime Art - This week will focus on anime style artwork and young artists will learn how to create their own original characters. 


July 29-August 2

  • Through the Lens - This week young artists will learn different styles and techniques in photography using any camera available, from phones to film cameras. 


Please ensure you are enrolling your child in the correct program. You may sign up for multiple programs if you would like. If you enroll your child in multiple sessions please make sure to make ONE SUBMISSION PER CHILD.


If you have any questions or if you need Spanish language assistance please email

Si tiene alguna pregunta o si necesita asistencia en español, envíe un correo electrónico

phone: 847-429-2276 x 4

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Not able to join a class you wanted? Join the waitlist!

This year we are creating the option to be added to a waitlist for classes that have already filled up. Fill out the correct form below and you will be contacted if a space opens up for the session you have requested.

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