Quality Art Education
Our goal is to provide quality art education, combining hands-on projects with art history instruction. Our classes promise a fun introduction to the basic elements of art, with an emphasis on imagination and creative problem solving. We have courses in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, and mixed-media.
Fall, Spring & Summer Sessions
We offer Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions. During the Fall and Spring months, classes are held after school and on Saturdays. There is a variety of 2- to 4-week courses from which to choose, with new courses beginning each month. The summer session, during June and July, consists of new week-long courses beginning each week. Participants in our summer session are encouraged to display their masterpieces in our annual Young at Art Exhibition in August.
2020 Summer Program
Our Young at Art Summer youth Art Program is going to be a little different this year. Until we are able to safely gather for classes at the gallery once again, Arts Visalia is offering weekly art kits mailed to your home. Each week’s kit are catered to your child’s age group and includes step-by-step directions, access to a demonstration video and most of the supplies needed for projects you can create at home. If you already have enough art supplies at home you can order access to just the demonstration video. Please click the link below to request your kits.
Olivia is an artist who loves learning new skills and techniques at Arts Visalia.- Jennifer
Every class I take, I make new friends, create art, and discover things about myself.- Jack
I enjoy going to art class because I made a new best friend and I get to sit by her.- Lily
My daughter loves to draw, so the children's art classes are perfect for her.- Michele
My daughter learns something new every summer. The teachers are nice and polite.- Denise
We did lots of fun things in class, paint and free draw. I would like to do it again.- Kaitlin
To enroll your child, please fill out the enrollment form and return it to Arts Visalia. Class sizes are limited with enrollment on a first-come first-served basis. To guarantee a place in a class, tuition must be paid at the time of enrollment. Tuition is non-refundable unless cancelled by the parent at least one week prior to the start of class. In the event a class is cancelled by Arts Visalia, a full refund will be given.
Classroom Volunteers and Notice to Parents
All instructors and volunteers over 18, including parents who would like to be in the classroom, are required to complete a livescan through Arts Visalia, to ensure the safety of our students. A livescan fee of $20.00 will be billed to the recipient. We may occasionally have class observers for educational purposes. Thank you for your understanding.
Young At Art Exhibition
The hard work of the summer art classes culminates in our annual Young at Art exhibition, where we will feature artworks by each and every student who participates in the summer program. Held annually in August, the Young at Art exhibit is always the most joy-filled exhibit of the year as students, along with their families and friends, have the opportunity to see their artistic creations presented in the professional gallery setting.
The Young Imaginations Gallery
In our Young Imaginations Children’s Gallery you will find the creative works of the 5-17 year old participants in our year-round art classes. Each month showcases a new group of young artists who were involved in the previous month’s art classes at Arts Visalia. In addition, it provides a safe place for children and families to visit during gallery hours.
Through the City of Visalia’s Measure N Grant and the Board of Supervisors Step-Up program we target participation of at-risk and underserved youth in our after-school and summer art classes. Working with at-risk and underserved students has enabled us to see how art impacts these children. Art has been considered a deterrent to negative behavior. Our art classes provide a positive atmosphere where children explore and expand their creative abilities, work collaboratively with peers and instructors, and make new friends.