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Art Classes for Youth

Expand your creativity in one of our innovative art classes for youth ages 5 and up! Early-bird Discount through January 10th! Register by January 10th to receive 10% off tuition. Use promotion code WINTER20 at checkout. Does not include MamLuft&Co dance classes, PAR-Projects photography class, or Winter Break Camps.

SLIDING SCALE: Kennedy Heights Arts Center strives to make arts accessible to everyone. Sliding scale fees available for those in financial need. Click here to download an application.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Tuition is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another course if the student withdraws at least five days prior to the beginning of the course.

All participants need to complete and submit an Emergency Contact and Photo Release.

Dance Classes by MamLuft&Co. Dance

Our dance company in residence, MamLuft & Co. Dance, is offering various after school Creative Movement, Ballet and Modern Dance classes for kids ranging from preK to 6th grade. Classes are held at the Kennedy Heights Arts Center Lindner Annex, 6620 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213. Visit their WEBSITE for a complete list of classes and to register!

 

  • Extended Care for Winter Camps

    • December 23, 2019 9:00 am - January 3, 2020 5:30 pm

    Extended Care is available for all camps from 2:30 – 5:30pm daily for a fee of $10 per day/per student.  Students will enjoy supervised indoor and outdoor games (weather permitting), movies and a snack. *Drop off begins at 9:00am – no early..

  • Charley Harper Christmas

    • December 23, 2019 9:30 am

    Ages 5-13. Instructor: Amanda Hudson. Be inspired by Cincinnati artist Charley Harper’s animals, shapes, and colors as you paint and draw winter scenes, Christmas trees, and decorations for the holiday season.  Aftercare is available 2:30-5:30pm for an additional $10 per camper/per day.

  • Big and Bold, Winter of Color!

    • December 23, 2019 9:30 am

    Ages 5-13. Instructor: Elliott Jordan. Snow-people, animals and gingerbread houses are just a few of the elements that will make up your winter wonderland creations. Collage, paint and oil pastels will help you celebrate the colors of the season. Aftercare is available..

  • Costume Creations

    • December 26, 2019 9:30 am

    Ages 5-13. Instructor: Pricilla Oehlschlaeger. Sift through treasure tins full of recyclable materials, jewels, fabric and more to create your own one of a kind costumes. You’ll sew, paint and craft to bring your designs to life. Aftercare is available 2:30-5:30pm for..

  • ‘Tis the Season

    • Friday, December 27, 2019 9:30 am

    Ages 5-13. Instructor: Alexandra Bowling. Be inspired by the sights, smells, and sounds of the seasons to create four original canvas based artworks that highlight the feelings you get when the seasons change. Aftercare is available 2:30-5:30pm for an additional $10 per..

  • New Year’s Art Party

    • December 30, 2019 9:30 am

    Ages 5-13. Instructor: Jamie Wiggins. Create party decorations in the style of art masters, Michelangelo, Seurat, Frieda Kahlo, and Matisse and then ring in the New Year with an art party featuring your creations. Aftercare is available 2:30-5:30pm for an additional $10..

  • Winter Snow Castles

    • January 2, 2020 9:30 am

    Ages 5-13. Instructor: Terry Oestreicher. Trade sand for snow and build 3D winter castles out of recyclable materials, snow paint and more. No need to worry about waves washing your hard work away, these winter snow castles will last forever. Aftercare is..

  • Snowy Shadows

    • January 3, 2020 9:30 am

    Ages 5-13. Instructor: Mandy Goodwin. Experiment with shadow dance, improvisation, music, and poetry to bring winter scenes to life. An end of day performance will delight friends and family as you use movement to transport them to a winter wonderland. Aftercare is..

  • Art for a Difference Day

    • Monday, January 20, 2020 9:30 am

    Ages 5-12. January 20th. Join us as we use art to give back to the senior citizens supported by Episcopal Retirement Services. 

  • Darkroom Photography for Kids

    • Saturdays, February 1, 2020 11:30 am - March 7, 2020 1:00 pm

    Ages 8-13. Instructor: Missy Kyrlach. The magic of darkroom photography is truly magic (and a lot of science, trial and error)! We will make Photograms, our own pinhole cameras, and we’ll take pictures with a film camera and make prints!  Class meets..

  • Teen Studio: In Your Element

    • Saturdays, February 1, 2020 11:30 am - March 7, 2020 1:00 pm

    Ages 13-18. Instructor: Simone Yael.  Students will design and create artworks reflecting their individuality in the media of their choice including drawing, painting, collage, creative writing, and more.  Students’ finished pieces will be included in Tellus, a new online magazine for teens by teens. Class..

  • Stop Motion Animation

    • Saturdays, February 1, 2020 1:00 pm - March 7, 2020 2:30 pm

    Ages 10-Adult. Instructor: Frances Newberry. Learn the basics of stop motion animation (also known as Claymation) and create your own animated short. Explore character development, set design, camera and animation skills. You’ll create an original movie in the style of Coraline and..

  • Open Studio for Kids

    • Saturdays, February 1, 2020 1:30 pm - March 7, 2020 3:00 pm

    Ages 5-13. Instructor: Terry Oestreicher. Consider this your time to experiment with whatever art style speaks to you the most. Students will have a chance to sketch, draw, paint, color, collage and sculpt focusing on a different theme each week. Feel free..

  • Create @ the Kennedy!

    Registration for 2020 Summer Camps opens March 1, 2020.

    Next summer, delve into some creative art-making at Kennedy Heights Arts Center. Join in the fun by participating in one of our art camps for youth ages 5-13. 

    We offer a variety of one-week camps for youth exploring visual arts, dance, music, video/digital media and theatre. Each camp runs from 9:30am to 2:30pm daily. Extended care is available for all camps from 8:30 – 9:30am and 2:30 – 5:30pm for an additional fee of $10 per day/per child.

    Leadership opportunities are available for high school students (ages 14 and up) as camp volunteers. Click HERE for more information about our volunteer program and to download the application.

    SLIDING SCALE: Kennedy Heights Arts Center strives to make arts accessible to everyone. Sliding scale fees available for those in financial need. Click here to download an application. Please CALL us at 513-631-4278 to register over the phone if you are using the sliding scale. 

    All participants need to complete and submit an Emergency Contact and Photo Release.

    CANCELLATION POLICY: Tuition is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another course if the student withdraws at least five days prior to the beginning of the course.

    No events are currently available for registration, please check back later.

    Adult and Teen Classes

    Expand your creativity in one of our innovative art classes! Learn something new, or brush up your skills with an old favorite. Early-bird Discount through January 10th! Register by January 10th to receive 10% off tuition. Use promotion code WINTER20 at checkout.

    SLIDING SCALE: Kennedy Heights Arts Center strives to make arts accessible to everyone. Sliding scale fees available for those in financial need. Click here to download an application.

    CANCELLATION POLICY: Tuition is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another course if the student withdraws at least five days prior to the beginning of the course.

    All participants need to complete and submit an Emergency Contact and Photo Release.

    Teen Artists for Change

    Teen Artists for Change (TAC) is a program for youth artists and writers, in grades 7-12, who want to make an impact on the world around them.  Click here for more information.

     

  • Beginner Clay Hand Building

    • Mondays, January 27, 2020 6:30 pm - March 16, 2020 8:30 pm

    Ages 16 – Adult. Instructor: Lynne Gibb. In this class we will instruct you in the three basic clay hand building forming processes: pinch, slab and coiling. Glazing will also be covered. Students will make functional and sculptural pieces of ceramic art...

  • Acrylic Painting

    • Tuesdays, January 28, 2020 1:00 pm - March 17, 2020 3:00 pm

    Ages 14 – Adult. Instructor: Amanda Hudson. Learn the basics of composition and color mixing. This class will also cover artistic technique, technical skills and material knowledge in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. More experienced painters are encouraged to bring in their work..

  • Drawing: Building Blocks for Beginners

    • Tuesdays, January 28, 2020 6:30 pm - March 17, 2020 8:30 pm

    Ages 14 – Adults. Instructor: Charlie Berger. Drawing is the vocabulary that unites all of the disciplines of art.  Seeing with a critical eye is where we begin. Building Blocks for Beginners is an introduction to the techniques, materials, vocabulary, and overall..

  • Drawing on Nature II

    • Wednesdays, January 29, 2020 1:00 pm - March 18, 2020 3:00 pm

    Ages 14 – Adult. Instructor: Sarah Rocheleau. We’ll be drawing flora, fauna and everything in between. Try your hand at traditional still life subjects like flowers and fruit. Then apply that knowledge to sketching dogs, cats and birds. We will practice drawing..

  • Pastel Drawing

    • Wednesdays, January 29, 2020 6:30 pm - March 18, 2020 8:30 pm

    Ages 14- Adult. Instructor: William Linthicum. Unique in their brilliant, vibrant colors, soft pastels are too often overlooked by contemporary artists. Demonstrations followed by hands-on classwork, will acquaint participants with a variety of pastel techniques while producing finished pieces. The class is..

  • Open Studio

    • Thursdays, January 30, 2020 10:00 am - March 19, 2020 1:00 pm

    Ages 16 – Adult. Facilitator: Lynne Gibb. The studio is open time for artists of all practices and skill levels to inspire and create in community with each other. You may be an artist looking to exchange ideas and techniques with fellow..

  • Watercolor Painting

    • Thursdays, January 30, 2020 6:30 pm - March 19, 2020 8:30 pm

    Ages 14 – Adult. Instructor: Beth Goldstein. In this course you will discover the “secrets” to working confidently with watercolor paints. Students will learn not only the traditional processes of watercolor painting, but will also have the opportunity to be creative using..

  • Teen Studio: In Your Element

    • Saturdays, February 1, 2020 11:30 am - March 7, 2020 1:00 pm

    Ages 13-18. Instructor: Simone Yael.  Students will design and create artworks reflecting their individuality in the media of their choice including drawing, painting, collage, creative writing, and more.  Students’ finished pieces will be included in Tellus, a new online magazine for teens by teens. Class..

  • Stop Motion Animation

    • Saturdays, February 1, 2020 1:00 pm - March 7, 2020 2:30 pm

    Ages 10-Adult. Instructor: Frances Newberry. Learn the basics of stop motion animation (also known as Claymation) and create your own animated short. Explore character development, set design, camera and animation skills. You’ll create an original movie in the style of Coraline and..

  • The Art of Mixed Media – Workshop

    • Saturday, March 14, 2020 11:30 am

    All Ages. Instructor: June Pfaff Daley. June’s whimsical mixed media style was featured on last year’s Summer fair poster. Join June in this workshop as she shares her process and techniques for creating several mixed media works including your own bird/flora painting/s,..

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    Artists in Residence: Wendy McVicker & Nancy Gamon

    We are excited to announce that poet Wendy McVicker (Athens, OH) and artist Nancy Gamon (Cincinnati, OH) have been selected as our 2019 Artists-in-Residence!

    From April 13 – May 10, these two artists will lead a community art project called Common Threads that connects text with textiles. With much political division in our everyday lives, Wendy and Nancy are hoping to focus on commonalities between people that unite us. Participants of all ages will be invited to consider ways to express the unity of their experiences as human beings while celebrating our individual stories.

    Participants will express their own personal truths through fun creative writing sessions (led by Wendy), and use their responses as inspiration to create a wearable piece of clothing adorned with text using stitching and fabric markers (led by Nancy). Both Wendy and Nancy will also be working on their own artistic projects during this time, and artworks created by all participants will be displayed and celebrated at the end of this residency!

    Wendy has been an Ohio Arts Council Teaching Artist since 2000, and loves bringing people together to discover themselves through the sharing of stories. She has found that the sharing of stories can form bonds between people that leads to more creativity. Wendy’s works have been published in many small journals and anthologies, and in the chapbooks The Dancer’s Notes (2015) and Sliced Dark: a collaboration of poems and pictures, with artist John McVicker (2019). She previously led a creative writing residency with Kennedy Heights Arts Center in 2013. Indeed, this is where she met our fellow artist in residence!

    Nancy Gamon is an experimental mixed-media artist who spends time creating and teaching in her studio at the KHAC Linder Annex. At her studio, she has inspired fellow artists to delve into their own lives to create art that signifies more than what’s on the surface. In addition to her studio teaching, Nancy produces her own weekly arts and crafts video series on YouTube. Last year, she also curated the exhibit “Second Glances” at Kennedy Heights Arts Center, which explored the theme of gender identity through apparel. Nancy hopes to continue her exploration of apparel in this residency.

     

    There are MANY ways to participate in this residency!

    Review the different groups below to see how involved you would like to be involved. Do you have just have a few spare hours to create, but want to make something and be a part of this?  We’ve got you covered with our drop-in Open Studio times. Are you really excited about this residency and want to join a group of people and create your own large project (perhaps a full outfit!) alongside our artists? You may want to join our Core Saturday group. Looking for something a little in between? Sign up for one of our weekly group times. Because the project involves a strong reading and writing element, we do ask that participants are age 8 and older. 

    The KHAC Art Studio will be the creative hub for this residency, and the space will grow and develop over the time of this residency as everyone’s projects are created and displayed in this space. Come check out what everyone is working on, and get inspired to make something yourself!

    Participation is FREE, thanks to support from The John A. Schroth Family Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee, but pre-registration is requested.

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    Outreach Programs

    We believe that the arts are for everyone. Kennedy Heights Arts Center provides a range of outreach programs that bring the arts out into the community. The goal of these programs is to provide access to high-quality arts education for everyone regardless of economic circumstance.

    Our experienced team of arts educators offer ongoing classes as well as one-time programs in schools, libraries, community centers, group homes and other community settings. Some locations have included:

    • Pleasant Ridge Montessori
    • Silverton Paideia Academy
    • Woodford Paideia School
    • Academy of World Languages
    • Talbert House
    • Cincinnati Public Libraries

    For more information about participating in one of these outreach programs or about how you can bring Kennedy Heights Arts Center to your organization, please contact our Director of Arts Engagement and Learning.

    No events are currently available for registration, please check back later.

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center, in partnership with PAR-Projects, offers a range of classes for adults and youth in digital media creation, including: video, photography, animation, graphic design and web design. 

     

  • Photography and Digital Image Processing

    • Thursdays, January 30, 2020 6:00 pm - March 19, 2020 8:00 pm

    Ages 16-Adult. Instructor: Kailah Ware. An introduction to photography and digital editing designed to explore different genres of photography (portraiture, landscape, etc). Students will enjoy direct instruction, in-class time to work on processing images, and critiques. The end result of the course..

    • Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 5:00
    • Saturday: 11:00 - 4:00
    • Closed Sunday - Monday