Registration starts today for free August through December art workshops from the Vision Kidz program, presented by the Vision Gallery in Chandler.
Vision Kidz classes are designed to help youth ages 6 to 14 living within the Phoenix metropolitan community explore their creativity while working with professional artists and diverse peers.
Parents can register a child for up to three workshops, but space is limited.
All workshops are held Saturdays from 10am to 1pm at Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler. Each participating youth must have a parent or guardian present during the class.
Themes and mediums vary for different workshops, so kids have a chance to explore various types of art-making. The next round of workshops features drawing, ceramics, painting, calligraphy, sculpting and more.
Workshop themes include steampunk, manga/anime, automata (simple machines) and more. Some are designed for a specific age range and all are taught by local artists. Registrations are accepted by phone and in person.
More fun with Vision Gallery
A life-size ostrich sculpture with a fruits-and-vegetables theme currently stands near the entrance to Vision Gallery. It’s a playful homage to the Chandler Ostrich Festival, an annual three-day event in March 2015.
Families who visit the gallery between now and Saturday, Aug. 30 can also enjoy the works of more than 50 Arizona artists featured in an exhibition called “Flourish: Artworks Inspired by Our Gardens.”
Artist Pat Scheurich, who has several works featuring birds and botanicals in the show, suggests parents encourage their children to look for certain colors, subjects or themes while exploring the exhibition, which includes textiles, ceramics, photography, paintings and mixed media works.
A final tip
Mary Westheimer, who works with sculptor Kevin Caron, suggests that families visiting Chandler also explore the city’s gallery located inside Chandler Center for the Arts and enjoy the city’s collection of outdoor sculpture located along Arizona Avenue.