I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

Pablo Picasso

Art Education is incredibly valuable for children. It helps kids learn from their mistakes and be creative, improves visual analysis skills, and helps children make better critical judgements. The Art Center of Waco offers high-quality art education with our ongoing children's classes (Art Lab and Cookies & Coloring) and our newest initiative, the Art Expedition, a mobile art gallery, which travels to schools and public events.

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What is it? Art Lab is geared for elementary aged children and is all about investigating art processes and materials. Featuring famous works of art, every 90-minute lesson begins by analyzing key elements and techniques behind these art works. Young artists work through proper material use and studio procedures through demonstrations and put it all into practice by creating a relevant, open-ended product. Seek and nurture your child's creativity while exploring intriguing art materials in this exploratory class!

Please note that parents and guardians are welcome, but not required to stay during the class. Space is limited, and preregistration is recommended. Sign up soon!

Due to popular demand, we now have two Saturday sessions from which to choose: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Morning classes will be taught by Karen Alleman, teaching artist and education coordinator for The Art Center of Waco, and afternoon classes will be taught by teaching artist Rebecca Edwards. Mrs. Alleman and Mrs. Edwards will be collaborating so morning and afternoon sessions will cover the same material. Plan to register for either a morning (10-11:30 a.m.) or afternoon (1-2:30 p.m.) session.

Fall 2019 Art Lab is scheduled for the following Saturdays:

September 14, October 12, November 9, and December 7

10:00-11:30 a.m. or 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Art Lab is geared for elementary aged children (1st-6th grades).

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Free Friday art history lessons - in collaboration with East Waco Library!

Cookies & Coloring is a free class (generously supported by our members and donors) geared for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Come enjoy an after school snack of cookies and spend time learning about a famous work of art. Each week, a Charlotte Mason-inspired interactive lesson is offered, highlighting an artist and one of their works. Close out your week with this fun and enriching free class!

Cookies & Coloring dates for Fall 2019:
August 30th, September 27th, October 25th, November 22nd
Advance registration is requested but not required.

Cookies & Coloring: September 27th
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Cookies & Coloring: August 30th
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Cookies & Coloring: November 22
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Cookies & Coloring: October 25th
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Studio Art is a new series we look forward to offering. Studio Art will be geared for 7th-9th graders. Students enrolled in this series will delve into a variety of drawing and painting techniques and work on careful observation to improve their drawing skills.

Let us know what day of the week/time works best for your teen to attend this class: