Art Explorers

Pardon the construction dust! Please be aware that a designated caregiver has to stay on site and come with us on field trips until we receive the city permit for drop offs. Once we receive city approval, we will notify you that you can now drop off your child. You will have to sign off on this during registration.

Free Open House Class: Thursday, October 3, 2019, 1:00PM-2:45PM*

Description: Calling all Artists! The Art Explorers class is a 10 week course that meets Thursdays for 1 hour and 45 minutes weekly. Students will go on walking field trips to some of the top local art spaces and galleries to learn about contemporary art, while also getting a crash course in art history to understand its significance. There will also be studio-based art making days. Spaces we may visit include Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, and the many great art galleries that West Town has to offer. Students will make sketchbooks that they will bring on outings to make drawings and written notes inspired by the work they see. These ideas may influence the work they create back in the studio. Materials will be offered that relate to the work from the exhibitions that are visited. The class will culminate in an exhibition of student work that parents are encouraged to attend. Because this is a traveling class, parents will need to sign trip waivers.

*We have reserved the hour of 12PM to 1PM to be open to enrolled students for a lunch space. Families are welcome to bring a lunch, socialize and play before class during that time, but are responsible for supervising their own children.

Ages: 6-12. 5-year olds or siblings outside of this age range may be able to join for free. Contact us for the case-by-case basis determination.

Instructor: Dahlia Tulett-Gross-65 Grand

Price: 10 sessions $300 ($275 each additional sibling). Drop-in: $35 per class if the teacher can accommodate and the class has room. This covers gallery admissions fees for one chaperone and the enrolled child as well as art supplies that will be used in the class.

Dates: This class meets on the following Thursdays for one hour and forty five minutes, from 1:00PM to 2:45PM. Please note that December 19th is the class expo.

0-Thursday, October 3, 2019, 1:00PM-2:45PM: Free Open House. Sketchbook Project

1-Thursday, October 10, 2019, 1:00PM-2:45PM: Inuit Outsider Art Museum

2-Thursday, October 17, 2019, 1:00PM-2:45PM: Class session to finish project

3-Thursday, October 24, 2019, 1:00PM-2:45PM: Field Trip

4-Thursday, October 31, 2019, 1:00PM-2:45PM: TBD

5-Thursday, November 7, 2019, 1:00PM-2:45PM: TBD

6-Thursday, November 14, 2019, 1:00PM-2:45PM: TBD

7-Thursday, November 21, 2019, 1:00PM-2:45PM: TBD

No Class November 28, 2019 for Thanksgiving Holiday

8-Thursday, December 5, 2019, 1:00PM-2:45PM: TBD

9-Thursday, December 12, 2019, 1:00PM-2:45PM: TBD

10-Thursday, December 19, 2019, 1:00PM. Parent drop in 2:10PM-2:45PM Class Show

Please note, there is no class on: November 28, 2019, for Thanksgiving.

Not included in Price:

  • There is a gallery on our visit list that has a $5/attendee. If you wish to bring additional family members or guests with you that are not enrolled in class, then you are responsible for that fee. Personal items on the supplies list are not included. We also have a wish list below for items we would like people to contribute if they are able, to repurpose/recycle for the class.

  • We accept checks and prefer that form of payment. There is a $25 bounced check fee.

  • If you choose to pay with a credit card, we will have to charge you a $5-$10 credit card processing fee.

Cancellations/Inclement weather: If we cancel in the event of a teacher illness or inclement weather, class will be cancelled, and the class fee will be refunded for that lesson. We will follow Chicago Public Schools school closing decisions. There will be no refund for enrolling if you wish to withdraw before the end of the class. If you are not sure you wish to enroll, please come to the Open House to try it for free.

Required Supplies:

  • $20 Ventra Card with the child’s name on it in marker, in case we have to all take a bus if a child in the group gets tired or there is inclement weather.

  • An art smock or an old adult tee to use as an art smock

  • A water bottle that is easy to carry

  • A backpack (light/small is ok, for journal, water bottle, ventra card.

Required skills:

  • Students need to have age-appropriate social, emotional, and classroom skills.

  • Students will need to have the maturity to follow the code of conduct that will be explained on the first day, about keeping hands to themselves around art, moving at walking speed, and using indoor voices.

  • The walks to and from the galleries, each way, will be 15-20 minutes long, and the students need to be able to handle walking those distances in good weather, while following safety instructions.

  • There is no literacy proficiency requirement for this class.

Attire: Please wear closed-toe shoes that are comfortable for walking. We will be walking for up to 40 minutes outside and also around the gallery spaces on field trip days. Please wear clothing that you can get dirty that is appropriate for weather, and please put on sunblock before class. We will not be able to provide or apply sunblock.

Food: no food during class, water is fine. Please note, no nuts or chocolate on premises. 

Class wish list:

  • Old unwanted maps, books, magazines.

  • Shoe boxes with lids (will need mid-session)

  • fabric scraps