The East Side Art Center

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26 Rochambeau Avenue    
Providence, RI  02906    

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Kids Classes


No matter what the course title, the lessons are different each semester. The children who attend these classes and their parents, too, look forward to each challenge with great anticipation. These are among the finest children's classes you'll find anywhere... a real collaboration between student and teacher. Classes are eight weeks and most start the week of October 2.


Ages 5-6
Thursday, 3:45 - 5:00pm... Starts October 5.

This always new general art course goes beyond what kids normally get elsewhere. We'll be doing three or four different projects that incorporate materials - some familiar to youngsters, some not - in new ways.

Our goal is to stimulate the imagination and increase a child's emerging visual vocabulary by developing SEEING and coordination skills.

Starting slowly as we get accustomed to our new surroundings, we gradually pick up the pace with projects the children may not be getting in school, both two- and three-dimensional. Such lessons as measured drawing instruction, clay, paper maché, printing, pottery, painting and more, increase a young child's focus and build logical thinking. A few long-term projects will develop planning skills and make their creativity something they will really take pride in and wonder what's next.

Instructor: Don Simon    8 weeks (10 hours)
Tuition: $165., plus $23. materials. Total: $188.

Exploring Media

Ages 7-10
Monday, 3:45 - 5:00pm... Starts October 2.

Each semester is always new with an exciting and very full hour-and-a-quarter of three or four two- and three-dimensional projects using a variety of media. Past projects have been colorful African masks, pottery, landscape and still life paintings, drawing from the figure and more. The emphasis is on careful SEEING and then drawing, painting and/or sculpting some pretty remarkable work. Couple this with measured-drawing instruction, and you have a time for real fun and creative growth.

Instructor: Don Simon    8 weeks (10 hours)
Tuition: $165., plus $27. materials. Total: $192.


These are "signature" classes that are a real colaboration between student and teacher. The "young artist/designer" thoroughly explores, tackles and understands one major project, developing analytical,planning and organizational skills. Because of the nature of these classes, attendance is very important as the kids develop commitment to task, focus and pride in their considerable achievement. There may be occasional homework.

PROJECT ONE, JUNIOR: "Terribly Terrific Table"

Ages 6-7
Wednesday, 3:45 - 5:30pm... Starts October 4.

"I never thought I could do this!" is what many of the kids will say after this 3-D project that thoroughly focuses on patterns and organization. We will start with a blueprint of a simple, small wooden table. The kids will create a design to go with its structural form before enlarging their drawings to actual size. Their design will make them more aware of proportion and three-dimensional space.

Then, with a little hammering and nailing, they will help assemble this 3-D and practical work of art that they can either use or just display in their room. (You may even want to have it in your space if your child will let you!)

Patterns and pictures will make it one of the most prized pieces of furniture you'll have in your house.

Instructor: Don Simon    8 weeks (14 hours)
Tuition: $185., plus $32. materials. Total: $217.

PROJECT ONE: "Young Authors and Book Designers"

Ages 8-11
Tuesday, 3:45 - 5:30pm... Starts October 3.

"They're amazing!" That's what the kids - and their parents - say at the end of this project.

Even if your child has made a book before, it was not like this one. He or she will be writer, designer, illustrator (drawing and painting) and publisher of a unique, sewn hardcover.

An enormous amount will be learned as the kids incorporate the written word within their designed page, learning about letter design, page composition and how books are printed (we may even visit a printing plant). In the process of learning skills that can be used throughout their lives - in school, work and pleasure, they will gain an appreciation of all publications they are likely to see from here on.

Kids have their favorite books, but this one is likely to be among their - and their parents' - most cherished. (There may be occasional homework in this class).

Instructor: Don Simon    8 weeks (14 hours)
Tuition: $185., plus $35. materials. Total: $220.

Drawing From History! (Painting, too.)
"The Brown University Quad"

Ages 11-15
Friday, 3:45 - 5:30pm... Starts October 6.

While the fun of drawing and painting is the primary focus of these on-site classes, the kids will be told the story of the times, characters and events behind their picture as we go on-site to our country's eleventh oldest college. We'll draw - and later do a pastel of The Brown University Quadrangle.

When not outdoors, we'll spend time doing some intriguing in-studio projects the develop the use of our eyes, hands and thought process.

Instructor: Don Simon    8 weeks (14 hours)
Tuition: $185., plus $32. materials. Total: $217.

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