The end of summer doesn’t just signal the beginning of a new school year (hurrah!), it also signals the beginning of new fall class sessions at our favorite go-tos. And right now, you can register your little one for the awesome art and music classes at all three locations of the Philly Art Center (that’s Fairmount, Queen Village and Cherry Hill).
If you haven’t been before, you should know that the classes are great on a bunch of levels. First, there’s really something for every type of burgeoning artist, from music to drawing to sculpture and more. Second, each class serves a larger mission: teaching creative self-expression and problem solving, developing critical skills and confidence, and encouraging kids to be creative members of the community. Finally: They’re laid-back, low-pressure and truly fun, which is why the Art Center has built up such a devoted following over the years. The first fall class sessions start on September 14 … and you can still get an in! Here’s the scoop.
The classes: We’re talking about all sorts of creative courses here, ranging from music classes for babies, toddlers and littles to just about every type of art class that you can dream up, all geared toward toddlers on up through teens. (Seriously, there are so many options: introductory art classes; drawing and painting; ceramics; mixed media; comics; fashion sewing; and more.)
The teachers: A staff of trained, passionate, and dedicated artists and educators oversee all activities. They know the difference between the scribble stage and the schematic stage, and which projects offer an appropriate challenge for which age group. They’re thoughtful and caring, and they tend to have just as much fun as the kids.
The sessions: Both fall sessions run 6 or 7 weeks. The first begins on September 14, and the second begins on November 2. Sessions go throughout the year, and you can even save your seat in each class through next spring when you register online.
The ages: Music classes for parents and babies start as young as one month; art classes for kids and parents start at 20 months. Meantime, drop-off art classes start at the 3- to 6-year-old age group, and go all the way up to 14-year-olds.
How to register: Check out the site, which offers online registration, as well as the “save my seat” option if you’re looking to register for multiple sessions throughout the year.
What you’ll pay: Prices vary by class, but start at about $110 and go up to $169 for a session.