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Art Lessons for Kids at School of Visual Arts

  • Foundations learning.
  • Drawing and painting.
  • Explore a wide variety of materials.
  • For kids from Kindergarten through 9th grade.

As part of its mission to meet the diverse needs of the larger community within which the College resides, SVA offers art programs for kids. Youth art classes at SVA are for young people in grades K-9, and are taught by SVA art educators and art education graduate students. Request information at aroman@sva.edu to learn more about the art lessons for kids offered in SVA's Continuing Education program.

Foundations in Art: Grades K-2nd

Foundations in Art

Sat., Oct. 3–Dec. 12

No class, Nov. 28

Hours: 10:00 am–11:30 am or 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

10 sessions; $220

Children are encouraged to express themselves, emphasizing Creativity and experimentation through age-appropriate projects, themes and skills. A variety of materials and techniques will be explored, including watercolor, tempera, mixed media, clay and cray-pas, as well as methods in printmaking.

NOTE: All materials are included in the course tuition.

Foundations in Art: Grades 3-4

Foundations in Art

Sat., Oct. 3–Dec. 12

No class, Nov. 28

Hours: 10:00 am–11:30 am or 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

10 sessions; $220

Through experimentation with various materials and methods, children will develop their art-making skills and explore personal areas of creative interest. A variety of materials and techniques will be explored, including watercolor, tempera, mixed media, clay and cray-pas, as well as methods in printmaking. Discovering different artists and their work will also be a part of this course.

 NOTE: All materials are included in the course tuition.

Drawing and Painting Grades 5th and 6th

Drawing and Painting

Sun., Sept. 27–Dec. 6

No class, Nov. 29

Hours: 10:00 am–12:00 noon

10 sessions; $220

Students will develop their drawing and painting skills using direct observation and imagination. Line, color, shape, perspective and composition will all be explored. Mediums include pencil, charcoal, watercolor and acrylic paint. Emphasis will be placed on finding and developing a personal style.

NOTE: All materials are included in the course tuition.

Portfolio Preparation 7th and 8th Grades

Portfolio Preparation

Fri., Sept. 18–Nov. 20

Hours: 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

10 sessions; $260

Designed for students who plan to apply to specialized art high schools, this course will provide instruction in creative techniques and portfolio preparation. Students will expand their knowledge of art ideas and techniques while exploring a variety of materials, including charcoal, pencil, cray-pas, watercolor, and ink and acrylic paints.

NOTE: All materials are included in the course tuition.

Painting, Drawing and Sculpture Grades 7th Through 9th

Painting, Drawing and Sculpture

Sun., Sept. 27–Dec. 6

No class, Nov. 29

Hours: 10:00 am–12:00 noon

10 sessions; $220

Students will learn about painting, drawing and sculpture while exploring a variety of different materials. Scrap wood, wire and clay will be used to create three-dimensional sculptures, while pencil, charcoal, acrylic paint and watercolor will be used for two dimensional projects. Students will learn the tools and techniques for creating from direct observation as well as their imagination.

 NOTE: All materials are included in the course tuition.

How to Register

Online registration is not available for this program. Registration for Art For Kids courses can ONLY be completed through the MAT Art Education Department. For further information, please contact Anna Roman at 212.592.2445 or e-mail aroman@sva.edu. Space is limited.   

SVA's art classes for young people in grades K-9 enrich a child's knowledge of art while exploring a wide variety of materials. Classes maintain a teacher-student ratio of one to eight and are taught by SVA art educators and teaching assistants who are also professional artists.

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Scholarship recipients will be required to pay a (nonrefundable) $20 processing fee.

Program Policies

Children are expected to be punctual each day and will not be admitted into a class if they arrive late. All children grades K-6 must be accompanied by an adult to and from each class. Those enrolling in AEC – 1014, Grades K Through 2, must be five years or older.  

Note: Space is limited and registration takes place on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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