Youth Classes

About Our Programs
The staff at the Rahr-West Art Museum wants to be part of every child's education. We feel the business of a museum is to educate all ages. Helping children make connections and build understanding is an important piece of the education puzzle. We are working to create dynamic, multifaceted, and memorable lessons supported by master artworks in our collection to help students develop creativity, cross-cultural understandings and communication skills. We believe studying the arts will also help improve school attendance, language skills, problem solving abilities, self-esteem, self-confidence, perseverance, cooperation, teamwork skills and overall academic performance. Our hope is for all children to lead lives full of promise and have dreams that come true.
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AFTER SCHOOL PICASSOS
Wednesdays: 3:45 - 5:00 PM
15 Classes: Members $75 / Non-Members $150
Per month: Members $30 / Non-Members $60
Ages:  1st Grade - 6th Grade

THE ART OF AUTUMN
Instructor: Michelle Heraly-Bonde
September 6th & 13th
Scarecrows are fun and a great introduction to drawing the human figure with a relaxed attitude. It allows students to experiment with ink and watercolor.

LEAF PRINTS
Instructor: Michelle Heraly-Bonde
September 20th & 27th
Vibrant Autumn leaves will be the result of incorporating art concepts and skills using color and texture in this multimedia project.

MIMICKING THE MASTERS, using the Rahr-West Permanent Collection
Instructor: Heather Nelson
October 4th: Victor Vasarely, Zebra, 1821, MARKERS
October 11th: Jack Beal, Pond Lily, 2002, ACRYLIC PAINT
October 18th: Julian Trevelyan, Banana Girl, 1876, PENCIL & PATTERNED PAPER
October 25th: Marc Chagall, LeCirque, PASTELS
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Trevelyan
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GERMAN BELLS
Instructor: Michelle Heraly-Bonde
November 1st & 8th
Germany gave the world the custom of lighting and decorating Christmas trees. Students will create their own German Bell through the art of paper folding. These ornaments will be displayed as part of "Christmas in the Mansion".

HEX SIGN
Instructor: Michelle Heraly-Bonde
November 15th & 29th
A circle containing symbols and geometrical patterns which decorated countryside barns made by the early settlers of Pennsylvania. Students will learn about this Folk Art and paint their own Hex Design
TRADITIONAL VICTORIAN HOLIDAY ARTS & GIFTS
Instructor: Heather Nelson
December 6th: Traditional Victorian Ornaments
December 13th: Pine Cone Christmas Trees
December 20th: Silhouette Christmas Scene
Ornaments
pine cone trees
Sillouette Ornaments
PRESCHOOL PALETTE
Instructor: Heather Nelson
Third Wednesday OR Thursday
9:00  - 10:00 AM
Age: 3-5 year olds
Class Fee: $1 per child
Young artists explore a series of art-inspired discovery opportunities. Preschoolers experience the art museum exhibits through gallery walks, discussion and games. $1 for supplies will buy a lot of fun.
Preschool Palette

AUGUST 16TH OR 17TH
Crabby Beach Dweller
Make a cranky little crab using of a paper plate, paint and construction paper

SEPTEMBER 20TH or 21ST
Solar System Art
We'll celebrate Sputnikfest by making our own stunning solar systems.

OCTOBER 18TH OR 19TH
Handprint Spiders & Yarn Webs
Make a creepy crawly spider using your handprints. Then weave our little friend a web.

NOVEMBER 15TH OR 16TH
Twiggy Trees
Using real tree branch twigs we'll create beautiful 3D trees topped with colorful leaves.

DECEMBER 20TH OR 21ST
Snowman Ornaments
Create a snowman ornament for your own tree or a gift for someone special.