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Spring Youth Classes

AMFA offers children a variety of affordable, accessible, and playful educational experiences exploring the visual and performing arts. By attending interactive programs that encourage doing and making and cultivate curiosity in a nurturing learning environment, students foster a love of the arts as they grow into adulthood and beyond.

Explore our available offerings by grade level below, and please review our guidelines and policies before registering for a class.

Spring Break

Spring Break at the Windgate Art School is March 18-22, 2024!

  • For a half-day experience, sign your student up for either a morning session (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) or an afternoon session (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.).
  • For a full-day experience, select both a morning and afternoon session. Your student will bring their lunch and enjoy a supervised lunch break each day from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Registration closes on March 11, 2024.

  • Grades K-2

    MORNING SESSION: Acting and Improv Games

    Explore the basics of creating something from nothing through silly improv games and exercises to build theatre skills while making new friends and building life skills in communication, emotional expression, and teamwork. Tour the AMFA Galleries for inspiration and see a performance of Dragons Love Tacos in the Performing Arts Theatre.

    Price: $160 Members / $200 Non-Members
    Location: Drawing Studio (L48)
    Instructor: Theatre Staff
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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    AFTERNOON SESSION: Imagine It! Make It!

    From idea to creation, learn techniques to mastermind your concepts in 3-D, upcycle, collage, drawing, and painting. Tour the AMFA Galleries in search of inspiration for your masterpieces.

    Price: $160 Members / $200 Non-Members
    Location: Flex Studio I (L49.1)
    Instructor: Jacqueline Currie
    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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  • Grades 3-5

    MORNING SESSION: Art Explorers

    Delve into the masterpieces displayed in the galleries to uncover the stories behind the artists and their creations. In the studio, students will employ art mediums and techniques to craft their own works of art. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to tour the AMFA Galleries and enjoy a performance of Dragons Love Tacos in the Performing Arts Theater.

    Price: $160 Members / $200 Non-Members
    Location: Flex Studio I (L49.1)
    Instructor: Michael Shaeffer
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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    AFTERNOON SESSION: Acting and Improv Games

    Explore the basics of creating something from nothing through silly improv games and exercises to build theatre skills while making new friends and building life skills in communication, emotional expression, and teamwork. Tour the AMFA Galleries for inspiration.

    Price: $160 Members / $200 Non-Members
    Location: Drawing Studio (L48)
    Instructor: Theatre Staff
    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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  • Grades 6-8

    MORNING SESSION: Craft Intensive

    Experience the art of craft in this weeklong intensive class. Create works in our newly renovated woodworking, clay, and metals studios. This will be a great introduction to a variety of craft mediums that will be sure to spark a newfound interest in these specialized art forms. Tour the AMFA Galleries to see where craft and art meet.

    Price: $160 Members / $200 Non-Members
    Location: Flex Studio II (L49.2)
    Instructor: Candace Barns
    Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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    AFTERNOON SESSION: 2-D Intensive

    This weeklong intensive will focus on drawing, painting, and printmaking. Students will explore these three mediums with hands-on projects and tour the AMFA Galleries to view and study related works.

    Price: $160 Members / $200 Non-Members
    Location: Flex Studio II (L49.2)
    Instructor: Lauren Crutchfield
    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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Teen Filmmaking Lab

Presented by AMFA's Partner-Company-in-Residence the Arkansas Cinema Society, this program offers a week-long youth film intensive for students in grades 10-12. Students will learn about all aspects of filmmaking – including two days of pre-production, one day shooting a short film, and two days of post-production – all alongside professional film crew mentors.

Price: $300*
Location: Rockefeller Lecture Hall
Dates: March 18 - 22, 2024
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*AMFA Members will receive a 10% discount. Scholarships are available if you apply by February 29. Click the link below for details.

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After School & Weekends

Spark your child's creativity outside of the classroom! After-school and weekend classes at AMFA are a great way to encourage artistic imagination and growth.

Unless otherwise noted, registration for these classes closes on March 18, 2024.

Grades K-2

  • Creative Movement

    Explore the element of movement, fundamental to all performing arts. Learn how movement conveys emotions and enhances storytelling. Build life skills in self-expression, creativity, and empathy.

    Class will not be held on Monday, April 8, due to the solar eclipse.

    Price: $103 Members / $128 Non-Members
    Location: Flex Studio I & II (L49)
    Instructor: Brandon Nichols
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Mondays, March 25 - May 20, 2024
    Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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  • Mini Masters

    This class will explore the AMFA Galleries, learning about artworks and the artists who made them. Using what they have learned in the galleries, students will return to the studio and create their own works of art.  

    Price: $140 Members / $175 Non-Members
    Location: Flex Studio I (L49.1)
    Instructor: Sharon Boyd-Struthers
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Thursdays, March 28 - May 16, 2024
    Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

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  • Art for Homeschool

    Experience drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, and more all while developing art appreciation skills during visits to the AMFA Galleries. 

    Price: $140 Members / $175 Non-Members
    Location: Flex Studio I (L49.1)
    Instructor: Jacqueline Currie
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Thursdays, March 28 - May 16, 2024
    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

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  • Clay Creations

    Handbuilding is a fun and easy introduction to creating with clay. Design in your mind and create with your hands. Use pinching, coiling, and slabs to create forms and sculptures from clay. 

    Price: $160 Members / $200 Non-Members
    Location: Ceramics Studio (L40)
    Instructor: India Childress
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Saturdays, March 30 - May 18, 2024
    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 13:30 a.m.

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  • Comedic Acting Workshop

    Explore comedic acting using jokes, riddles, and silly situations with Dr. Funny Bones and Nurse Knobby Knees. Develop the characters through acting games and engage the imagination to create original comedic scenes. Build life skills in creative thinking, communication, and teamwork.

    Registration for this offering closes on April 13, 2024.

    Price: $29 Members / $36 Non-Members
    Location: Rockefeller Lecture Hall
    Instructor: Julie Vest
    Length: One Day
    Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
    Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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Grades 3-5

  • All About Me

    Let’s explore you and all of your favorite things! Go beyond the traditional self-portrait to create something that is uniquely you.

    Price: $140 Members / $175 Non-Members
    Location: Flex Studio I (L49.1)
    Instructor: Lauren Crutchfield
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Tuesdays, March 26 - May 14, 2024
    Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

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  • Acting and Improv Games

    Improv builds life skills in creative thinking, communication, and resilience. Think outside the box and build confidence in a fun and positive setting through improv games and acting exercises.

    Price: $103 Members / $128 Non-Members
    Location: Rockefeller Lecture Hall
    Instructor: Destaney Duguid
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Tuesdays, March 26 - May 14, 2024
    Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

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  • Clay, Play, and Explore

    Handbuilding is a fun and easy introduction to creating with clay. Design in your mind and create with your hands. Use pinching, coiling, and slabs to create forms and sculptures from clay. 

    Price: $160 Members / $200 Non-Members
    Location: Ceramics Studio (L40)
    Instructor: Lauren Crutchfield
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Saturdays, March 30 - May 18, 2024
    Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

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  • Art for Homeschool

    Experience drawing, painting, printmaking, clay, and more all while developing art appreciation skills during visits to the AMFA Galleries. 

    Price: $140 Members / $175 Non-Members
    Location: Flex Studio I (L49.1)
    Instructor: Jacqueline Currie
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Thursdays, March 28 - May 16, 2024
    Time: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

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  • Comedic Acting Workshop

    Explore comedic acting using jokes, riddles, and silly situations with Dr. Funny Bones and Nurse Knobby Knees. Develop the characters through acting games and engage the imagination to create original comedic scenes. Build life skills in creative thinking, communication, and teamwork.

    Registration for this offering closes on April 13, 2024.

    Price: $29 Members / $36 Non-Members
    Location: Rockefeller Lecture Hall
    Instructor: Julie Vest
    Length: One Day
    Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
    Time: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

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Grades 6-8

  • Acting: Devised Theatre

    Explore the art of devised theatre in which the script or scenes are collectively created by the group. Use AMFA works of art as inspiration points. Develop characters, scenes, and dialogue through collaborative exercises and improvisational games. Build life skills in creative thinking, communication, and teamwork.

    Price: $103 Members / $128 Non-Members
    Location: Rockefeller Lecture Hall
    Instructor: Emily Swenskie
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Wednesdays, March 27 - May 15, 2024
    Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

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  • Drawing Exploration

    Explore beginning drawing concepts in this eight-week class. Perfect for students just starting out or for those looking to hone their skills.  

    Price: $140 Members / $175 Non-Members
    Location: Drawing Studio (L48)
    Instructor: Lauren Crutchfield
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Thursdays, March 28 - May 16, 2024
    Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

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  • Paint, Draw, and Explore

    This class will focus on printmaking, painting, and drawing. Students will have a chance to explore these three mediums with hands-on projects and view and study related works in the AMFA Galleries.

    Price: $140 Members / $175 Non-Members
    Location: Flex Studio I (L49.1)
    Instructor: India Childress
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Wednesdays, March 27 - May 15, 2024
    Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

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  • Beginning Wheel Throwing

    Learn the fundamental techniques of making work on the pottery wheel: wedging, opening, centering, and pulling. This class encourages skill-building and exploration.

    Price: $160 Members / $200 Non-Members
    Location: Ceramics Studio (L47)
    Instructor: Kelly Edwards
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Saturdays, March 30 - May 18, 2024
    Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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Grades 9-12

  • Improvisation

    Improv builds life skills in creative thinking, communication, and resilience. Think outside the box and build confidence in a fun and positive setting through improv games and acting exercises.

    Class will not be held on Monday, April 8, due to the solar eclipse.

    Price: $103 Members / $128 Non-Members
    Location: Drawing Studio (L48)
    Instructors: Emily Swenskie
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Mondays, March 25 - May 30, 2024
    Time: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

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  • Teen Drawing Intensive

    Begin to build your portfolio while exploring figure drawing from a draped model and hone skills in perspective, value, and shape.

    Price: $140 Members / $175 Non-Members
    Location: Drawing Studio (L48)
    Instructors: Michael Shaeffer
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Tuesdays, March 26 - May 14, 2024
    Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

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  • Beginning Wheel Throwing

    Learn the fundamental techniques of making work on the pottery wheel: wedging, opening, centering, and pulling. This class encourages skill-building and exploration.

    Price: $160 Members / $200 Non-Members
    Location: Ceramics Studio (L47)
    Instructors: Jacqueline Currie
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Wednesdays, March 27 - May 15, 2024
    Time: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

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  • Digital Drawing

    Learn how modern technology is changing drawing by learning to draw on a tablet device and gain an understanding of the different digital brushes, tools, and techniques one can use when sketching on a screen.

    Price: $168 Members / $210 Non-Members
    Location: Drawing Studio (L48)
    Instructors: Rachel Cobler
    Length: Eight Weeks
    Dates: Saturdays, March 30 - May 18, 2024
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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Making Together

Through Making Together, grown-ups and children of all ages can discover the joy of creating art together with a one-day workshop experience in the Windgate Art School.

One ticket covers the cost of admission for one adult and one child.

  • Fairy and Frog Garden Houses

    Create fairy or frog houses for the garden out of clay and decorate them!

    Workshop participants will be contacted to pick up their creations after the firing process has concluded.

    Price: $41 Members / $52 Non-Members
    Instructor: Jacqueline Currie

    Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
    Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
    Location: Ceramics Studio (L47)
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    Registration for this offering closes on March 12, 2024.

    Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
    Time: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Ceramics Studio (L40)
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    Registration for this offering closes on April 13, 2024.

  • Tie Dye with Shibori Folding

    Experiment with classic tie dye processes and traditional Shibori folding techniques while creating unique dyed T-shirts, scarves, and bags.

    Registration for this offering closes on March 12, 2024.

    Price: $51 Members / $63 Non-Members
    Instructor: Lauren Crutchfield
    Date: Saturday, April 27, 2024
    Time: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Flex Studio I (L49.1)
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Shibori bandanas created by Peter Scheidt.