J.S. asks from Tampa, FL on October 25, 2007
Art Classes for Toddlers
I would like to get my 17 month old daughter into an art class. Obviously nothing too intense, but something where she can start experimenting w/ paints etc. Has anyone heard of any good art classes? I read about the class Gymboree offers in Lutz. Has anyone tried it? Thanks for whatever info. you can provide.
M.M. answers from Tampa on October 29, 2007
Start With the Arts Pre-School Program
New Day & Time
Thursdays, 10 - 10:45 a.m.
In conjunction with the Very Special Arts (VSA) Arts Early Childhood Education Program, the Tampa Museum of Art presents the Start with the Arts Pre-School Program. The unique curriculum provides an art-based learning approach to literacy and includes activities in visual arts, creative drama, dance, movement, and music. Classes take place at the Museum and are taught by certified teachers and visiting artists.
The Start with the Arts Pre-School Program is for 3-5 year old children accompanied by an adult or guardian. Fees (includes materials and museum admission): One child is FREE with adult admission ($8); each additional child is $2.
Pre-registration and pre-payment are required; please call 813/274-8278 to register.
September 6, 13, 20 & 27
October 4, 11, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15
December 6, 13
Tampa Museum of Art
600 N. Ashley Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
Saturday Drop-In Program 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Each Saturday the museum offers a drop-in program from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Children explore their own creativity by visiting the galleries and creating an art project in the museum's classroom. The art projects are self-guided and offer a different art activity each week. No registration required.
September 1, 8, 15 & 29
October 6, 13, 20 & 27
November 3 & 17
December 1, 8 & 15
OCTOBER THEME – Latin American Arts/Embracing Heritage
October 6 – Corrugated Relief Prints
Create self-portrait relief prints with cardboard and printing inks.
October 13 – Jade Masks
Design and create your own Jade Mask with salt clay.
October 20 – Sunprints
Create artistic photographs using the sun as your paint.
October 27 – Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Come celebrate this unique Mexican holiday with festive Mixed Media Arts.
NOVEMBER THEME – Frida Kahlo, Images of an Icon
November 3 – Mixed Media Photo Collage
Create a mixed media collage using photographs, paint, textiles, and found objects.
November 17 – Cut Paper Portraits
Transfer photographic images onto canvas using cut paper as paint.
DECEMBER THEME – Launching New Beginnings
December 1 – Art in Architecture
Take on the role of an Architect and Design a new Tampa Museum of Art.
December 8 – Creative Calendars
A perfect gift for the holidays, design and create an Artful Calendar for the New Year.
December 15 – Going Out with a Bang!
Create and Launch your own Water Rockets.
Micheals Art Supply also offers Art Classes during week days and weekends.
K.B. answers from Tampa on October 26, 2007
Play Patch www.playpatch.com and The Tampa Museum of Art offers cool classes on Saturdays. They have a website as well.
A.R. answers from Tampa on October 29, 2007
I can tell you that Gymboree is the best money spent. I have 2 boys and the have both been in since they were born! I speak as a Gymboree mom and now a teacher that is how much I beleive in this place!! It is the most wonderful program around and I have checked out a lot of them! I hope that you take the time to go there and see. You can always call or go in and make an appointment to preview a free class to see if it is what you are looking for but I can assure you that you and your daughter will love it! If you have any questions about Gymboree please feel free to email me anytime.
C.A. answers from Tampa on October 26, 2007
My daughter has been enrolled in the art class at Gymboree for six months now and she loves it! It's the best $50/month I spend!They play with paints, play doh, make crafts, and have story time. You can try a class for free just give them a call.