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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!

 

  • 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..

  • Rain Barrel Painting Workshop

    • Saturday, April 11, 2020 1:00 pm

    Paint your own Rain Barrel!  Ages 14-Adult. Instructors: Fran Newberry and Mindy Berger. Celebrate Spring and Earth Day by painting and taking home your very own Rain Barrel. This workshop, co-sponsored by Scrap It Up and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, will..

  • Create @ the Kennedy!

    Registration for 2020 Summer Camps opens March 1, 2020.

    This summer, delve into some creative art-making and imaginative play at Kennedy Heights Arts Center! Youth ages 5-16 will build skills and make friends in a fun, nurturing and inclusive environment.

    We offer a variety of affordable, one-week camps led by professional artists. Youth will enjoy exploring visual arts, dance, music, digital media and theatre. Each camp runs from 9:30am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday. 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.

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center strives to make arts accessible to everyone. Sliding scale fees available for those in financial need. For more information, download the KHACSlidingScaleRegistrationForm. Please stop in or CALL us at 513-631-4278 to register over the phone if you are using the sliding scale. 

    Register by April 1 to receive our Early Bird Discount of 10% off camp tuition! Use the promo code EBSUMMER20 at checkout.

    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.

    TEEN VOLUNTEERS: 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.

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

     

  • Mysteries of Art

    • June 1, 2020 9:30 am - June 5, 2020 2:30 pm

    Mysteries of Art June 1 – 5 Ages 5-9 Instructor: April Cooper Investigate a new art mystery every day! Campers will spend time learning about some of the world’s biggest art mysteries like how the Chinese Terracotta Army was built, who stole..

  • Jewelry Design

    • June 1, 2020 9:30 am - June 5, 2020 2:30 pm

    Jewelry Design June 1 – 5 Ages 8-10 Instructor: Liz Wu Bring on the Bling! Learn how to make your own bracelets, necklaces, key chains and more. Create and follow patterns, combine textures, create color palettes and unleash your creativity. From beading..

  • Point, Shoot, Photoshop

    • June 1, 2020 9:30 am - June 5, 2020 2:30 pm

    Point, Shoot, Photoshop  June 1-5 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 Adobe software to manipulate and..

  • Global Dance

    • June 8, 2020 9:30 am - June 12, 2020 2:30 pm

    Global Dance June 8 – 12 Ages 5-7 Instructor: Jeanne Speier and Robin Hartmann We will explore African and Haitian culture as we make art and dance together. Students will create hand drums and costumes and learn the rhythms and fun movements..

  • CosPlay: Make Costumes for Creative Play

    • June 8, 2020 9:30 am - June 12, 2020 2:30 pm

    CosPlay: Make Costumes for Creative Play June 8 – 12 Ages 8-10 Instructor: Priscilla Oehlschlaeger Design a costume that resembles the hero, princess, favorite animal or fictional character.  You’ll use fabric, embellishments and recyclables to create your dream costume, so you can..

  • Illustrative Collage

    • June 8, 2020 9:30 am - June 12, 2020 2:30 pm

    Illustrative Collage June 8 – 12 Ages 11-13 Instructor: Tausha Cox Explore and celebrate what makes you unique through journaling, drawing and digital media. Students will learn how to create a collage of memories using your own drawings, and finalize the collage..

  • The Magic Within Us

    • June 15, 2020 9:30 am - June 19, 2020 2:30 pm

    The Magic Within Us  June 15-19 Ages 8-10 (girls only) Instructor: Suzie Nagy The True Body Project is an award winning program that uses art, writing, and movement practices such as yoga and dance to explore the mind/body connection. Through mindfulness walks,..

  • Video Game Design I

    • June 15, 2020 9:30 am - June 19, 2020 2:30 pm

    Video Game Design I June 15-19 Ages 11-15 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..

  • Cool Chemistry

    • June 15, 2020 9:30 am - June 19, 2020 2:30 pm

    Cool Chemistry June 15-19 Ages 5-7 Instructor: Barbara James Come measure, mix, pour and swirl into the world of chemistry as we explore reactions that create art! We’ll make volcanoes, sidewalk chalk, slime, crystals and more.  Register by April 1 to get..

  • Woodturning

    • June 22, 2020 9:30 am - June 26, 2020 2:30 pm

    Woodturning June 22-26 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..

  • Musical Storytelling Around the World

    • June 22, 2020 9:30 am - June 26, 2020 2:30 pm

    Musical Storytelling Around The World June 22-26 Ages 5-7 Instructor: Jennifer Melms Using fairytales and folktales from America and around the world, campers will retell stories using song, instruments and movement. At the end the week, campers will present their own stories...

  • Not So Small Businesses

    • June 22, 2020 9:30 am - June 26, 2020 2:30 pm

    Not So Small Businesses June 22-26 Ages 8-10 Instructor: June Daley Create a kid-size business from the ground up! Campers will decide what type of business they want to create and then build storefronts out of cardboard and make the actual items..

  • Project Runway

    • June 29, 2020 9:30 am - July 2, 2020 2:30 pm

    Project Runway June 29 – July 2  Ages 9-13 Instructor: Robin Hartmann Explore the world of fashion by creating two new outfits based on your own stylish designs. Using recycled clothing, campers will repurpose, embellish and beautify existing items. A runway show..

  • Amazing Animals

    • June 29, 2020 9:30 am - July 2, 2020 2:30 pm

    Amazing Animals June 29 – July 2  Ages 5-8 Instructor: Natalie Hager This week, we will explore animals from all “walks” of life: koala bears, deep sea creatures, dogs and cats, oh my! Use watercolors, oil pastels, acrylic paints and more to..

  • Get Sparked With Art

    • July 6, 2020 9:30 am - July 10, 2020 2:30 pm

    Get Sparked With Art July 6-10 Ages 5-7 Instructor: Priscilla Oehlschlaeger Consider this your time to experiment with various art styles all at once. Campers will draw, paint, color, collage, design and sculpt focusing on something new each day. Sift through treasure..

  • Broadway Basics

    • July 6, 2020 9:30 am - July 10, 2020 2:30 pm

    Broadway Basics July 6-10 Ages 8-10 Instructor: Kari-Lee Sutherland Get a taste of Broadway with this introduction to the three skills of musical theatre — singing, dancing and acting. Through exercises and games, campers will learn the ropes and discover their hidden..

  • Video Game Design II

    • July 6, 2020 9:30 am - July 10, 2020 2:30 pm

    Video Game Design II July 6-10 Ages 11-16 Instructor: Ryan Tinney In this  course, campers will expand on their knowledge of video game design. Learn advanced skills to build upon a game you’ve already made or skills learned in previous video game..

  • Art of Today

    • July 13, 2020 9:30 am - July 17, 2020 2:30 pm

    Art of Today July 13-17 Ages 8-10 Instructor: Tausha Cox We call today’s art contemporary, meaning ”now” or ”of the present time.” Like our society, art has become more diverse today.  In this camp, we’ll celebrate the lives and artistry of 10..

  • All About Birds

    • July 13, 2020 9:30 am - July 17, 2020 2:30 pm

    All About Birds July 13-17 Ages 5-7 Instructor: Lynne Gibb This week will be jam-packed with activities focusing on birds and their habitats. We’ll make bird houses, bird baths, bird feeders, bird chimes and even our own papier-mache birds. By the end..

  • Animation Antics

    • July 13, 2020 9:30 am - July 17, 2020 2:30 pm

    Animation Antics July 13 – 17 Ages 11-14  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...

  • Summer STEAM

    • July 20, 2020 9:30 am - July 24, 2020 2:30 pm

    Summer STEAM July 20-24 Ages 8-10 Instructor: Terry Oestreicher STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, ART and Mathematics. This camp is ideal for curious campers who want to experiment with how things work. Campers will respond to daily design challenges and build..

  • Out of This World Art

    • July 20, 2020 9:30 am - July 24, 2020 2:30 pm

    Out of this World Art July 20-24 Ages 5-7 Instructor: Linda Schneider-Houghton Blast off to outer space this week and get inspired by the cosmic colors of the galaxies. We will soar through our solar system to create artwork inspired by constellations,..

  • 20/20 Photo Vision

    • July 20, 2020 9:30 am - July 24, 2020 2:30 pm

    20/20 Photo Vision July 20-24 Ages 11-13 Instructor: Natalie Hager This camp is for the photo enthusiast. You’ll have 20/20 vision of the world through your camera lens, making pictures using pinhole cameras and digital cameras or camera phones. We’ll also create..

  • Black Light Puppets

    • July 27, 2020 9:30 am - July 31, 2020 2:30 pm

    Blacklight Puppets July 27-31 Ages 8-10 Instructor: Mandy Goodwin From creating puppets, to writing stories, to making props, campers will work together to present a puppet show that comes to life under the magical glow of black lights. Family and friends will..

  • Tea Time

    • July 27, 2020 9:30 am - July 31, 2020 2:30 pm

    Tea Time July 27 – 31 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..

  • Embodied! Storytelling through Dance

    • July 27, 2020 9:30 am - July 31, 2020 2:30 pm

    Embodied! Storytelling Through Dance July 27-31 Ages 10-13 Instructor: David Choate with Revolution Dance Learn the elements of effective storytelling and then use your personal story as a guide for creating a performance and costume to communicate that story to audiences. Campers..

  • Mosaic Madness

    • August 3, 2020 9:30 am - August 7, 2020 2:30 pm

      Mosaic Madness August 3-7 Ages 5-7 Instructor: Jamie Wiggins  Mosaics come in all kinds of forms. In this camp, we’ll explore mosaics made out of photos, tissue paper, beads, yarn and even food! Campers will make a different mosaic everyday that..

  • Words That Wow

    • August 3, 2020 9:30 am - August 7, 2020 2:30 pm

    Words That Wow August 3-7 Ages 11-14 Instructor: Jennifer Timm  Gather with fellow creatives to explore voices of America’s change makers. In this camp, we’ll dive into the speeches and calls to action of America’s most influential figures and imagine ourselves in..

  • Printmaking

    • August 3, 2020 9:30 am - August 7, 2020 2:30 pm

    Printmaking August 3-7 Ages 8-10 Instructor: Frances Newberry Create stunning works of art using various techniques including stamps, monoprints, collagraphs and relief printing. During the week, campers will practice the skills that printmakers use in their craft and create their own print..

  • 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..

  • 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..

  • Fundamentals of Drawing

    • Tuesdays, February 18, 2020 6:30 pm - April 7, 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. Fundamentals of Drawing is an introduction to the techniques, materials, vocabulary, and overall practice..

  • Drawing on Nature

    • Wednesdays, February 19, 2020 1:00 pm - April 8, 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..

  • The Art of Mixed Media – Workshop

    • Saturday, March 21, 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 your own bird/flora painting. June will share how best..

  • Rain Barrel Painting Workshop

    • Saturday, April 11, 2020 1:00 pm

    Paint your own Rain Barrel!  Ages 14-Adult. Instructors: Fran Newberry and Mindy Berger. Celebrate Spring and Earth Day by painting and taking home your very own Rain Barrel. This workshop, co-sponsored by Scrap It Up and the Kennedy Heights Arts Center, will..

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    2020 Community Artist-in-Residence: Leesa Haapapuro

    Kennedy Heights Arts Center is excited to announce our 2020 Creative Community Artist-in-Residence: Leesa Haapapuro.

    Leesa is an interdisciplinary artist from Dayton, Ohio, proficient in a wide variety of techniques from stone carving to welding to weaving. Leesa’s efforts to connect with others through her artistic practice are often radical and transformative. She has made socially-engaged, collaborative art projects and site-specific installations with more than 10 communities in Ohio. She received the City of Dayton’s Community Artist award and is a three time recipient of The Montgomery County Regional Arts and Cultural Individual Artist Fellowship.

    Leesa will be in residence at KHAC from April 15 to May 23, collaborating with residents of all ages on public art installations in the community. Exploring a theme of hidden/coded messages through a variety of materials, the project will focus on collective work where community members are engaged as equal partners in the art-making process. Participants will discover how the process of sharing creativity and engaging in meaningful exchanges of ideas can create community.

    All are invited to an Artist Talk and Welcoming Reception for Leesa on Thursday, February 6 at 7pm. Leesa will share about her work, artistic practice, and upcoming project in Kennedy Heights/Pleasant Ridge – and how you can get involved. Refreshments served.

    There will be many opportunities for adults and youth ages 5+ to participate in the community art project with Leesa. Send your name and email/phone to Mallory Feltz to learn more!

    Participation is FREE, thanks to generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Eleanora C. U. Alms Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee.

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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