Kids’ Summer Art Classes at the Santa Paula Art Museum | A Bonanza of Fun for the whole family!

A variety of week-long art classes will be offered in June and July.

SANTA PAULA, CA – This summer at the Santa Paula Art Museum, kids can discover one of the most important skills they’ll need as they grow: creativity! Creativity and self-expression are what they’ll learn during week-long art classes at the Museum’s Cole Creativity Center. Classes in June and July will include “Geo-Me-Tree (Ages 3-5),” “Flashback Photography (Ages 10-13),” “iPad Painting (Ages 6-9),” “Animation Creations (Ages 8-12),” “Super-Power Creative Journal (Ages 8-12),” and “Recycled Rainbow (Ages 6-8).” The cost of each week-long class ranges from $75-$80. All classes are held at the Santa Paula Art Museum, 123 N. 10th Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060 / (805) 525-5554. All supplies will be provided in every class. Preregistration is required. For more information and/or to register your child for a class, please visit www.santapaulaartmuseum.org/creativity. The dates, cost, and a detailed description of each class are listed below:

  • Class: Geo-Me-Tree (Ages 3-5)

Date & Time: THIS IS A WEEK-LONG COURSE that will be taught Monday, June 17, 2019 through Friday, June 21, 2019, from 8:30am to 10:00am each day | $75.00 per week per child

Description of event: Students will color, paint, trace, and cut basic geometric shapes to form a “Geo-Me-Tree” with roots, trunk, branches, and leaves made from a variety of materials. Using art and play, students will learn to follow the model of the tree for creative expression and mindfulness. All supplies will be provided. This class is for children ages 3 to 5 (students must be toilet-trained). The cost of this week-long class is $75.00 per child.

  • Class: Flashback Photography (Ages 10-13)

Date & Time: THIS IS A WEEK-LONG COURSE that will be taught Monday, June 17, 2019 through Friday, June 21, 2019, from 11:00am to 12:30pm each day | $75.00 per week per child

Description of event: See the world through your lens while you explore the history of photography. From testing out the first camera-types and antique printing processes, to playing with digital editing techniques, you’ll get the opportunity to explore photography in every form and create fun, original works of art. All supplies will be provided. This class is for children age 10 to 13 (other ages allowed if parent believes the course will be appropriate).

  • Class: iPad Painting (Ages 6-9)

Date & Time: THIS IS A WEEK-LONG COURSE that will be taught Monday, June 24, 2019 through Friday, June 28, 2019, from 11:00am to 12:30pm each day | $75.00 per week per child

Description of event: Learn to create beautiful images with simple iPad apps. Incorporating photos or building their own original designs from scratch, students will learn the tools, techniques and inspiration necessary to make a digital masterpiece! Students can bring their own iPad, or iPads will be provided. This class is for children age 6 to 9 (other ages allowed if parent believes the course will be appropriate).

  • Class: Animation Creations (Ages 8-12)

Date & Time: THIS IS A WEEK-LONG COURSE that will be taught Monday, July 8, 2019 through Friday, July 12, 2019, from 10:00am to 11:30am each day | $75.00 per week per child

Description of event: Do you love cartoons? Have you ever wanted to make your own movie? This is the camp for you! Learn all about the fun process of stop motion animation, test out animation techniques and materials, and make your own original short animation to screen for your family and friends. All supplies will be provided. This class is for children age 8 to 12 (other ages allowed if parent believes the course will be appropriate).

  • Class: Super-Power Creative Journal (Ages 8-12)

Date & Time: THIS IS A WEEK-LONG COURSE that will be taught Monday, July 8, 2019 through Friday, July 12, 2019, from 12:00pm to 1:30pm each day | $75.00 per week per child

Description of event: Identify your super-powers! Led by popular former Aspire teacher Lisa Mahony, students will make their own creative journal to learn new art skills to personalize journals, harness the power of their creativity, and learn to think like an artist. All supplies will be provided. This class is for children age 8 to 12 (other ages allowed if parent believes the course will be appropriate).

  • Class: Recycled Rainbow (Ages 6-8)

Date & Time: THIS IS A FOUR-PART COURSE that will be taught on four consecutive Saturdays: Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 10:00am to 12:00pm; Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 10:00am to 12:00pm; Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 10:00am to 12:00pm; and Saturday, August 10, 2019, from 10:00am to 12:00pm | $80.00 per child for four sessions

Description of event: Students will work cooperatively to create a collaborative rainbow out of recycled materials. Color expression, color theory, and inventive materials will be combined to form a multimedia artwork that students will be able to share with their families during a celebratory reception. All supplies will be provided. This class is for children age 6 to 8 (other ages allowed if parent believes the course will be appropriate).

Class: Watercolor Intensive (Ages 16+)

Date & Time: THIS IS A THREE-PART COURSE that will be taught on Saturday June 15, 2019, from 11:00am to 2:00pm; Saturday June 22, 2019, from 11:00am to 2:00pm; and Saturday June 29, 2019, from 11:00am to 2:00pm | $120.00 per person for all three sessions

Description of event: Follow experienced watercolorist Wana Klasen on a journey to deepen your watercolor practice during a three-part “Watercolor Intensive” at the Santa Paula Art Museum. Learn tips and tricks to help you feel comfortable in the medium as well as Wana’s joyful perspective on a meaningful personal practice. Find your flow, embrace your inner artist, and dive into watercolors! This three-part course includes three distinct sessions: “Paper, Paint and Practice” on Saturday, June 15, from 11:00am to 2:00pm; “Tips, Tools and Techniques” on Saturday, June 22, from 11:00am to 2:00pm; and “Expanding Expectations” on Saturday, June 29, from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

  • Free Family Day

Date & Time: Sunday, July 7, 2019, from 12:00pm to 3:00pm | Free for everyone

Description of event: Join us for Free Family Day at the Santa Paula Art Museum on the first Sunday of every month from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. In addition to enjoying our current exhibitions, you’ll experience hands-on art activities for the whole family, with local artists sharing new ideas and projects each month. Admission will be free for everyone and all art-making materials will be provided. Have fun and make art while you make memories with friends and family! The Santa Paula Art Museum’s Free Family Days coincide with Free First Sundays at all of Santa Paula’s museums. Santa Paula’s four museums are all located along a one-mile stretch of the city’s historic downtown, and all four museums offer family-friendly activities and free admission on the first Sunday of every month. Make a day of it and visit the Santa Paula Art Museum, the Agriculture Museum, the Aviation Museum of Santa Paula, and the California Oil Museum for free! Hours and activities will vary by location, so be sure to check each museum’s website for full details.

  • Book Club: “The Artist’s Way” (Ages 16+)

Date & Time: Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm; Wednesday, August 21, 2019, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm; Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm; and Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm | Free for everyone

Description of event: Now in its 25th year of publication, “The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity” by Julia Cameron has earned a place as a cornerstone book on the subject of creativity. Join us to explore the ideas and challenges that reveal the symbiosis between our creative and spiritual selves. Based on the foundational idea that we all have something to share and learn from each other, all will be welcome to participate including first time readers, return readers, the artistically curious, and professional artists. Monthly gatherings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, and we will explore two chapters of Cameron’s book at a time. Participation is free and drop-ins are welcome. Book Club is open to everyone age 16 and over. We encourage you to bring refreshments to share. Those attending should purchase or borrow their own copy of the book (available on Amazon). Preregistration is not required, but RSVPs are appreciated.

  • Garden Mosaics (Ages 12+)

Date & Time: THIS IS A TWO-PART CLASS on Saturday, July 27, 2019, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and Sunday, July 28, 2019, from 10:00am to 2:00pm | $60.00 per person for both sessions

Description of event: Liven up your summer garden with colorful custom mosaics! In Gail Hercher’s two-part “Garden Mosaics” class at the Santa Paula Art Museum, every student will create a tile and flower pot of their own design and learn everything they need to know to practice mosaics at home including materials, tools, methods and substrates. Handouts, examples and books about mosaic work will also be on hand for plenty of inspiration. All materials and supplies will be provided in this fun, family-friendly class for all skill levels! This class is open to everyone age 12 and over.

  • Class: Conversations in Art History – Matisse (Ages 16+)

Date & Time: THIS IS A FOUR-PART CLASS that will be taught on Thursday, August 1, 2019, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm; Thursday, August 8, 2019, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm; Thursday, August 15, 2019, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm; and Thursday, August 22, 2019, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. | $100.00 per person for all four sessions

Description of event: The focus of the four-part “Conversations in Art History” class will be the life and work of artist Henri Matisse. Collaborative projects will encourage exploration of Matisse’s art in fun, supportive, and inventive ways. The goal is to first learn about the artist and, secondly, for students to assimilate what they have learned into their own art techniques. Students will share their own perspectives on the artist’s style and sensibility during discussions and visual exercises. Students are welcome to bring any books or information on Matisse to share and are encouraged to bring their own sketchbook. This class is for everyone age 16 and over. All skill levels are welcome, and all supplies will be provided.

  • Landscape Bootcamp (Ages 16+)

Date & Time: Saturday, August 17, 2019, from 10:00am to 5:00pm | $85.00 per person

Description of event: Learn the tricks of successful landscape painting in award-winning artist Sharon Weaver’s “Landscape Bootcamp” at the Santa Paula Art Museum! From picking the right visual reference, to understanding shapes, color mixing, and the fundamentals of composition, Sharon will teach the right components to achieve distance, atmosphere and details. Students will learn how to transfer the beauty of nature into an original landscape painting with harmony, interest and drama! All skill levels are welcome, and all supplies will be provided. This class is open to everyone age 16 and over. 

  • Projects in Block Printing: Personal Stationary (Ages 16+)

Date & Time: Saturday, August 31, 2019, from 10:00am to 2:00pm | $45.00 per person

Description of event: Bring your creative ideas to life in Matilda Morrison’s “Project in Block Printing” class at the Santa Paula Art Museum! Block printing is a versatile and expressive technique that is easy enough for beginners, with endless potential to dive into a deeper practice. Learn the essentials of block printing tools and techniques, as well as tips and tricks for successful stationary printing. All skill levels are welcome, and all supplies will be provided. This class is open to everyone age 16 and over. 


The Santa Paula Art Museum occupies two historic buildings located at 117 N 10th Street and 123 N 10th Street in downtown Santa Paula. The Museum features rotating exhibitions of vintage and contemporary art, creative classes for children and adults, family-friendly events, live musical performances, a gift shop, and more. Regular museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Sunday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Regular admission is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors, and free for students and museum members. For more information, please contact the Museum by calling (805) 525-5554, or e-mail [email protected]laartmuseum.org.


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