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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..

  • 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.

     

  • Linoleum Matrix Printmaking

    • August 24, 2019 12:00 pm

    Ages 13 – Adult. Instructors: Amy Foltz and Theresa Kuhr. For beginners & intermediate linoleum printers. Come cut a matrix and print it in black and white. Make a logo, animal, or design of something you would like to graphically explore. Come..

  • Printmaking: Play & Color Layering with Gelli Plates

    • September 7, 2019 1:00 pm

    Ages 18+. Instructor: Nicci Mechler. Come experiment with acrylic paints and Gelli plates to make colorful, intuitive monoprints. This is an ideal process for experimentation and building a body of custom collage materials, chine-collé papers, art journal pages, and finished prints. If..

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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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    • Saturday: 11:00 - 4:00
    • Closed Sunday - Monday