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Art Classes for Youth

Expand your creativity in one of our innovative art classes for youth ages 5 and up!

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.

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 course of your choice is full, rescheduled or cancelled, or if the student withdraws within five days prior to the beginning of the course.

Children’s Dance Classes, by MamLuft & CO.

Our new dance company in residence, MamLuft & Co. Dance, is offering various after school Creative Movement and Ballet classes for kids ranging in ages between 3 – 8. Classes will be 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!

 

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Create @ the Kennedy!

Registration for 2019 Summer Camps opens March 1, 2019.

This 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 5-16. 

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 a 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.

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 Financial Assistance. 

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 course of your choice is full, rescheduled or cancelled, or if the student withdraws within five days prior to the beginning of the course.

  • Extended Care

    • June 3, 2019 8:30 am - August 9, 2019 5:30 pm

    Extended Care is available for all camps from 8:30 – 9:30am and from 2:30 – 5:30pm daily for a fee of $10 per day/per student.  Students will enjoy supervised indoor and outdoor games, movies and a snack. Select the number of days..

  • Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

    • June 3, 2019 9:30 am - June 7, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 5-12. Instructor: April Cooper. Create, decorate and fly your own kites! Using paper, nylon, paint and printmaking techniques, artists will build and embellish their own kites. We’ll explore kite making techniques from around the world and learn about the science and..

  • Point. Shoot. Photoshop.

    • June 3, 2019 9:30 am - June 7, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 11-13. Instructor: Kailah Ware. All Photos, all the time! We’ll spend the mornings taking photos around various themes such as portraiture, the natural world and architecture. In the afternoon, we’ll use the KHAC Digital Media Lab and Adobe software to manipulate..

  • Starry, Starry Night

    • June 10, 2019 9:30 am - June 14, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 5-9.  Instructor: Robin Hartman and Jeanne Speier. This camp is inspired by one of the most famous paintings in western art: Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh. In the morning we’ll dance and sing about the stars. In the afternoon, we’ll..

  • Video Game Design

    • June 10, 2019 9:30 am - June 14, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 10-13.   Instructor:  Ryan Tinney.  In this beginner course, campers will create their own video game! Learn skills such as level design, texturing, coding, lighting, particle effects, basic 3-D modeling and user interface. Imagine your own virtual environment, acquire the skills to..

  • Tall Tales: Puppets, Pop Ups and Pictures

    • June 17, 2019 9:30 am - June 21, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 5-8   Instructor: Latausha  Cox  Create and tell stories through movement and art! Using props like handmade puppets, a parachute and picture books, storytelling comes alive in this week long exploration of the ancient urge to spin a good yarn! We’ll have..

  • Photography: Back to the Future

    • June 17, 2019 9:30 am - June 21, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 9-13 Instructor: Natalie Jeannne Hager. Explore photography using some of the oldest, and newest, technologies. Use a pin hole camera  and develop black and white prints in KHAC’s very own darkroom! Improve your digital skills while learning about the use of..

  • Mud, Moss, Mini Worlds

    • June 24, 2019 9:30 am - June 28, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 5-8.   Instructor: Lynne Gibb. Create your own mini world using your imagination, original clay creations, found objects, plants and natural materials. Elves? Ancient Egypt? Outer space? Campers will plan, (and build!) a box garden environment from the frame up, creating a..

  • True Body/True Nature (for girls only)

    • June 24, 2019 9:30 am - June 28, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 9-13, (girls only).  Instructor: Suzie Nagy. The True Body Project is an award winning experience that uses art, writing, and movement practices such as yoga and dance to explore the mind/body connection. Through mindfulness walks, journaling, drawing self-portraits and more, we’ll..

  • Woodturning

    • June 24, 2019 9:30 am - June 28, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 11-16.  Instructors: Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild. Use special tools to safely carve wood that is spinning on a lathe to make something useful. Projects will range from a wooden pen, to an ice cream scoop, to a bowl and other options...

  • Fun with Faux Food

    • July 1, 2019 9:30 am - July 5, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 5-8. Instructor: Elliot Jordan. Make art with, about and inspired by food! We’ll print, paint, sculpt, draw and collage a variety of mixed media pieces. Create giant hamburgers. Draw birthday cakes portraits and paint vegetable gardens.  Make pizza sculptures and collage..

  • Project Runway

    • July 1, 2019 9:30 am - July 5, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 9-13.  Instructor: Robin Hartman. Get ready for Project Runway, season IV! Explore the world of fashion by creating your own stylish designs. Using recycled clothing, campers will re-purpose, embellish and beautify existing items. A runway show complete with lights and music..

  • Dog Days of Summer

    • July 8, 2019 9:30 am - July 12, 2019 2:30 pm

     Ages 5-9.  Instructor: Liz Wu. Calling all campers and pet lovers to help an adorable group of pooches find their forever homes! Through art, photography, an original storybook and a short video “commercial”, we will tell the stories of 3-5 dogs from..

  • Lights, Camera, Action!

    • July 8, 2019 9:30 am - July 12, 2019 2:30 pm

     Ages 10-13.  Instructor: Alan Jones. Learn about, and practice, the basics of being in a stage production! Campers will participate in theater games and activities designed to build their skills in stage presence, voice projection, stage direction, script reading and more. Build..

  • Video Game Design

    • July 8, 2019 9:30 am - July 12, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 10-13. In this beginner course, campers will create their own video game! Learn skills such as level design, texturing, coding, lighting, particle effects, basic 3-D modeling and user interface. Imagine your own virtual environment, acquire the skills to create it and..

  • Wild Things

    • July 15, 2019 9:30 am - July 19, 2019 2:30 pm

     Ages 5-8.   Instructor: Kim Kilby. It’s an Art Safari! Explore the animal world, learn new skills and create critters, (realistic or imagined!) using clay, paper mache, paint, collage and even batik. Each project will be inspired by Children’s Literature with lots of..

  • No Business Like Show Business

    • July 15, 2019 9:30 am - July 19, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 9-13. Instructor: Elaine Eckstein. Prepare yourself for Broadway! Become a “triple threat” with daily instruction in acting, singing and dancing. Then take bows to cheers and bravos in our end of camp showcase. No previous training, experience or audition is necessary...

  • Animation Antics

    • July 15, 2019 9:30 am - July 19, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 10-13.   Instructor: Frances Newberry. Learn the basics of stop action animation, (also known as Claymation), and create your own animated short to take home! Explore character and story development, set design, camera and animation skills. You’ll create an original mini movie..

  • Tea Time

    • July 22, 2019 9:30 am - July 26, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 5-10.   Instructor: Robin Hartmann. Campers will plan a tea party and create everything needed to make it a high society affair! Use your Mad (Hatter) art skills to decorate cups and napkins and create imaginative place settings and décor. Taste new..

  • Rube Goldberg is Back!

    • July 22, 2019 9:30 am - July 26, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 10-13.    Instructor: Terry Oestreicher.  Unleash your imagination as you create Rube Goldberg inspired contraptions using unexpected materials (https://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-is-a-rube-goldberg-machine) Each day we’ll build a something new using cardboard boxes and tubes, marbles, cups, cartons, popsicle sticks and found objects galore. Create, experiment,..

  • Gallery Kids and Ace Artists

    • July 29, 2019 9:30 am - August 2, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 10-13. Instructor Cedric Cox. Take a field trip to Gallery 708 in Downtown Cincinnati with local artist Cedric Cox and learn first hand how professional artists fuel, and give voice to, their creative fires. Then, use your experience to explore different..

  • Shake It! Rhythm and Movement

    • July 29, 2019 9:30 am - August 2, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 5-7.   Instructor: Liz Wu. We will be drumming up a ton of fun in this exciting, up-beat, hands on experience. Make your own musical instruments. jump, run and move to the rhythms you create! Together, we’ll explore and develop timing, coordination,..

  • Drawing and Digital Art

    • July 29, 2019 9:30 am - August 2, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 8-10.   Instructor: Ryan Tinney. Use your own drawings to learn the basics of Photoshop! Learn the basics of photo manipulation, color enhancement and project design using your original artwork, created in camp, scanned into the computer. If you love drawing and..

  • It’s only Natural

    • August 5, 2019 9:30 am - August 9, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 5-9.   Instructor: Terry Oestreicher.  Do you love using your imagination to create things out of unexpected materials? If so, this camp is for you! Each day we’ll scavenge the KHAC grounds for twigs, stones, leaves, moss, wildflowers, even dirt and sand!..

  • DIY Back to School

    • August 5, 2019 9:30 am - August 9, 2019 2:30 pm

    Ages 10-13.   Instructor: June Pfaff Daley. YOUR back to school supplies will be the envy of all your friends! Explore a variety of art mediums to create one-of-a-kind zippered pouches, embellished pens and pencils, erasers, bookmarks, fabulous notebooks, awesome locker bling, super..

  • 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.

    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.

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

    EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register & Pay by Midnight, January 8th for 10% off KHAC FALL CLASS TUITION. Early Bird Discount can not be used in combination with Financial Assistance.

    CANCELLATION POLICY: Tuition is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another course if the course of your choice is full, rescheduled or cancelled, or if the student withdraws within five days prior to the beginning of the course.

    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. We are now accepting applications for the Winter/Spring 2019 session. Click here for more information.

    PAR-Projects: You and Your Camera

    (Ages 15 and up) Monday April 8th and Monday April 15th 6:00 – 8:30pm 

    This two week workshop is designed to re-introduce students to their digital cameras and to help unlock features of their smartphones. A few basics of working in a Mac computer environment will also be covered, but the primary goal is to help you become a better image-taker. Professional controls including f-stops, shutter speeds, and ISO settings will be introduced to students, as well as easy ways to create great compositions. By the end of the two weeks, students will also learn a few techniques in Photoshop that will help them make their images even stronger. This class is perfect for amateur photographers. Software covered includes Mac OSX and Adobe Photoshop. Click title link to register through PAR-Project’s website.

    PAR-Projects: Introduction to Creative Tech

    (Ages 15 and up) Monday April 22nd and Monday April 29th, 6:00-8:30pm 

    This class is designed to introduce students to the Mac computer environment, as well as a few entry-level techniques in the Adobe Suite and Google Slides (presentation software). At the end of the two week session, students will leave knowing how to create a dynamic digital slide show and online presentation. Software covered includes Mac OSX, Google Slides and Adobe Photoshop. Click title link to register through PAR-Project’s website.

     

  • Teen Artists For Change: ‘Zines Workshop

    • June 24, 2019 10:00 am - June 28, 2019 2:00 pm

    We are hosting a special one-week camp for Teen Artists for Change on June 24-28th. The hours on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are 10am – 2pm. On Tuesday, June 25th, the session will run from 1-6pm to accommodate a video shoot/party..

  • Clay Hand Building Summer Workshop

    • Daily, Monday June 24 - Friday June 28, June 24, 2019 6:30 pm - June 28, 2019 8:30 pm

    Age 14-Adult. Instructor: Lynne Gibb. Our kiln will be up and running for one week this summer! Come join our Clay Hand Building one week summer workshop to jump in on the fun! We will instruct you in the three basic hand..

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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 Arts Education Coordinator.

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

    For more information, contact Ellen Muse-Lindeman

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