Our unique after school programs are designed as intensive and creative multi-week studies of fine art media. Each week, students will spend two hours learning new processes and building on skills from prior classes for a deeper understanding of the art form as a whole.
We combine education, fun activities, and hands-on skill-building to inspire children's creativity. Our after school classes for the 2017 - 2018 school year will be running as Semesters. This will allow the students to gain a deeper understanding of the art process, and create more projects!
Classes run for 2 hours from 3:30pm - 5:30 pm. We offer a pick up service to schools in the area, please find additional information under the Pick Up Service section below.
*Please provide a small snack for after school
We use a lot of different materials and most are washable, however we strongly suggest to dress the children in clothing that can get messy. You can also send a shirt or smock they can leave at the studio.
A class where fantasy, imagination, and arxt collide. During this class the children will create their own art projects based on those imaginary, majestic worlds we all love and dream about.
Each child will be a character in their story as we discuss different types of fables, fantasies, and legends e.g Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz and Star Wars. The projects will cover everything from mixed media sculptures - influenced by artists such a Geoffrey Farmer & Clementine de Chabaneix - to clay potion bottles to intricate wands to handmade magic books and everything else they'll need for their fantasy world. With our imagination at the helm there's endless possibilities of art we can create!
9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23,
11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11
10/12, 12/28, 1/18
Textiles date back to prehistoric times, when they were used as functional articles of clothing. During our textile arts week, we will be looking at textiles as an art form, exploring weaving, knitting, sewing, Shibori, and surface design.
Textiles are made when different fibers are woven together to create cloth or fabric. Using the basic technique of weaving, students will first build their own looms out of wooden slats. They will then interlace different colors of threads, yarn and strips of fabric developing different patterns, shapes and designs. We will mount their woven creations to make a beautiful wall hanging. Students will then create their own shirts when we learn about an ancient Japanese "tie-dye" technique called Shibori.
This is a process where fabric is compressed or bound by folding, stitching and twisting. The bound fabric is then dyed, creating unique shapes and patterns making a unique shirt they will never want to take off! We will learn about surface design creating our own prints on fabric, by painting with natural dyes and using resists such as wax and salt. Finally the children will create their own felt animals or creatures. They will sew and stuff their animals, adding an array of details and textures. Don't miss out on this new class, it's going to be SEW creative!
9/22, 9/29, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/10 , 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5
Students will learn the fundamentals of character development and technical concepts behind stop motion animation. We will brainstorm to create an original story and cast of characters for their films. Students will have a variety of materials such as clay, paint, found objects and construction paper to create their movable figures and sets.
During the filming process, we will explore the different ways to manipulate their character so it appears to move on its own, by taking one photo at a time. These photos will be added to a program, accompanied by the students recorded sound effects and voice to create a short film. Students will also learn about the beginning of animation, when they create their own flip books. At the end of the session students will be able to take home their movie poster, character, background setting and a copy of their film will be uploaded to Vimeo, where they can access it from any mobile device , where they can continue the story at home.
Created By Kids will be hosting a screening the last day of class. Parents are encouraged to join us the last 30 mins of class for some refreshments and the premier of your child's film. Let the creativity begin in 3-2-1- ACTION!
***returning students to this class will have the choice to make a sequel to their previous movie/movies***
9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 12/23, 1/6, 1/13, 1/20
9/23, 11/11, 12/29 12/30
Since the mid-1970's when E. Gary Gygax unleashed Dungeons & Dragons on the world, tabletop RPGs have captured the minds of everyone 8 to 80. Through many iterations and adaptations, the game has spread like wildfire and is now in it's 5th edition. Coupled with the rising interest in old gods and the recent flood of mythological fantasy / adventure young adult books (Percy Jackson, et al.) - Created By Kids presents our brand new after school program.
Throughout the semester, students will create their world and then produce a variety of art projects in different mediums inspired by their adventures. The students will create a clay polyhedral die shape box to hold all their gaming pieces in and a clay amulet to adorn their handmade adventure log book. We will study famous fantasy artists such a Frank Frazetta, Bernie Wrightson, Wally Wood, and Al Williamson as inspiration for watercolor scenes featuring our characters and their adventures.
The students will also create maps, alphabet/fonts, and character sheets all based on their adventures throughout the class. After building our characters, we'll also be playing a full campaign over the course of the class, it's time to unearth your inner artist!
10/1, 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14, 1/21
11/26, 12/24, 12/31
Though it is a fundamental building block of the arts, drawing is often overlooked as an important artistic medium in its own right. Through a variety of drawing exercises and fun projects, students will hone their drawing skills, increase their powers of observation, and be introduced to new drawing materials and concepts. We'll set up a 3D still-life in the studio and start with a realistic pencil study, where students learn how to draw actual forms in relation to one another, then complete their drawing by shading, learning about perspective, positive and negative space, light, and and differences types of drawing pencils. We'll also cover the basics of figure drawing by doing short gesture sketches and working our way up to a longer pose that allows students to learn about proper proportion and introduces them to new materials, such as charcoal and conté crayon. We'll also do a fun up-close detail rendering of a common object using a grid-transfer system to make a pop-art style finished piece, and a blind contour self-portrait designed to expand the way your child uses drawing as a means of expression.
1/8, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26
1/15 & 2/19
AGES: 5 and older
Over the course of twelve weeks, students will learn the fundamentals of story and character development, as well as the technical concepts behind stop-motion animation. Each student will work with a partner to brainstorm an original story idea and cast of characters to act it out, create a storyboard, then begin building miniature sets and movable figures from a variety of materials such as non hardening clay, wire, wood, and paper. By the end of the session, students will be able to use these miniatures to create a short film using an ordinary camera and editing with iMovie. As they absorb some of the history behind stop-motion and see examples of popular stop-motion cartoons like Wallace and Gromit, students will be amazed that they can make stop-motion films, too! At the end of the session students receive a copy of their films, plus any set pieces and characters they used to make it, so the story can continue the story at home.
1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27
AGES: 5 and older
In our after school ceramics class we will learn about classic hand-building techniques like pinching, coiling, and slab construction that form the foundations of all hand-built pottery. Students will produce several realistic, functional and abstract projects, such as cups, bowls, figures, as well as wearable pieces like ceramic beads, and rings that can be incorporated into handmade jewelry. In addition to building each project by hand, we encourage students to personalize their work through a variety of glazing techniques used at different stages of creation, including dipping, brushing and layering glazes. The students will hone their artistic style by working on a wide variety of ceramic projects aimed at teaching them various pottery skills. They will take each of these projects home with them after their clay pieces are fired in our kiln, giving them long-lasting mementos of their artistic pursuits.
1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28
AGES: 5 and older
During this after school workshop, students explore the various ways artists manipulate clay using the pottery wheel to make functional items. We will learn all the techniques involved with throwing on real wheels, beginning with wedging, centering and molding different types of clay into symmetrical forms. Through repeated practice, they'll learn to shape the clay as the wheel spins, gaining a feel for the proper thickness.
After the pottery air dries, the students will learn how to trim their pieces using various clay tools, which will give their projects a polished look. We'll incorporate hand-building techniques to add handles and lids and apply different textures before the finished work is fired in our kiln. We'll also explore a variety of glazing techniques such as painting, dipping, staining and more!
1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28
AGES: 7 and older
** Limited Space **
While most children become familiar with painting from an early age, our after school painting program takes the basics to a whole new level. Using famous painters as inspiration, students will create beautiful, unique projects while learning design principles like color mixing, line, form, expression, and shading, with a strong emphasis on observational techniques to develop their hand-eye coordination. Some of this semester's projects include a monochromatic Gary Hume-inspired portrait, an abstract painted paper collage based on the work of Jane Davies, and Chuck Close-style watercolor using exaggerated colors and a grid-like pattern. By the end of the painting course, your child will have created a whole gallery of painted works and gained a vital understanding of this beloved medium.
1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29
AGES: 5 and older
Pick up service is offered to schools with six children or more attending our after school program the same weekday. Parents are responsible to coordinate the students and parents for pick up. This service is limited to two schools per weekday and is on a first come first serve basis. The school with six kids to registered and paid in full for the specified day will receive the pick up service.
There will be at least two teachers during the pick up, we will provide more teachers for a larger group of students. To schedule a pick up service please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
**Pick Up service will be CANCELED on half day's and snow days**
We offer a FREE walk over pick up for schools located under a mile away from our studio. CBK will decide if the school is within range for this service. **Please make sure to dress children according to the weather on pick up day, especially during the winter months**
We offer a subway pick up for schools with in a reasonable distance from the studio. **Subway pick up will be $25 per child per semester to cover subway fare** You can pay for this when you register
**We do not offer a make up class or refund if the student is not able to make it to class**
Parents will be notified VIA email in advance if a class must be canceled. We follow the NYC PS cancellations, in case of a snow day. However, we may still run after school depending on the weather.
All pick up will be canceled on a snow day, if we do decide to have class, we will email parents regarding our decision by 12 pm that day. We do not offer make up dates for any cancellations unless they are on OUR end.
We understand that living in NYC there may be times when you are late picking up your child, due to traffic, subway delays etc. We try our best to accommodate city life. However we have to account for our teachers time as well. We allow 2 late pick ups during a session with in a 15 min time frame. There will be a $20 late charge applied to late pick ups thereafter, unless prior arrangements are made with the studio.