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 to eight weeks 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. 

Program Tuition

PAFA Family Members $255
General Public $300

To become Family Member and receive $45 registration discount, please visit Become PAFA's Member.

Limited Art Classes scholarships  are available. Please fill out and submit Scholarship Application by January 20, 2020 

Early Bird Discount through December 31, 2019: Use the code GIFTOFART10 to receive 10% off.

Available Classes

Drawing Class


February 8 – March 28, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Teaching Artist: José Lemus

This course will begin by exploring foundational drawing skills such as perspective, value studies and still life. Students will learn to draw from observation and construct a drawing from traditional techniques. Additionally, students will be introduced to experimental drawing techniques and create images from memory and imagination, allowing their creative mind to guide their artistic creations. All materials provided.

Painting class


February 8 – March 14, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Teaching Artist: Aki Torii

This course will expose students to basic painting and printmaking techniques while learning about composition, color and value. Students will be introduced to various printmaking processes that do not require a printing press, such as linocuts, monotypes and cyanotypes. Painting instruction will include working with water based oil paints, acrylic paints, and canvas boards. All materials provided.

Digital Lab class


April 18 – May 23, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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 own characters, develop a short story, and animate it using PAFA’s Digital Lab. Students will work with a variety of tools and computer software to generate movement, edit videos, and add sound. All materials provided.

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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.