Saturday Classes for Middle School Students

Saturday Classes for Middle School Students

Saturday Classes for Middle School Students allow budding artists ages 11-13 the opportunity to build skills in different areas of artmaking, learn from our art collection, and to meet new friends who share a common interest. 

Register for Classes

Six- and eight-week classes take place in the Connelly Foundation Community Education Center in the Historic Landmark Building or in  the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building 5th floor digital classrooms. Students are encouraged to bring a snack and dress for a little mess.

It is our sincere desire that no child be denied the opportunity to attend art classes because of financial difficulties. We are happy to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships for Middle School Students meeting the qualifying criteria. If you feel that your child qualifies for the art classes’ scholarship, please follow the link below  to fill out the application.  Scholarships funds are limited and awarded on a first come first serve basis. 

Available Classes

Digital Lab class


April 18 – May 23, 10:00 Am – 12:30 pm

Cost: $200 /$170 Family Members

Teaching Artist: Aki Torii

Do you have a hands-on, mess-loving young artist who needs a creative outlet? This course gives young artists a new creative challenge each week that utilizes materials you already have at home. Draw with tea and coffee, make prints from surface rubbings, or create manga-inspired storybooks with ball point pens as we open our minds to how art can happen wherever, whenever and with whatever materials we have at hand.


April 18 – May 23, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Cost: $300 / $255 Family Members

Teaching Artist: Tad Sare

This course will expose students to digital technologies to introduce the basics of storytelling in animated sequences. Individually and collaboratively, students will create their original characters, develop a short story, and animate it. Students will learn and work virtually using a smartphone, a computer and free online software. It is strongly recommended that students have digital tablet to help them draw in software.

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PAFA offers programs for artists and art lovers of all ages and skill levels who want to learn about and make art.