Contact Tracy Buchanan at Tracy@communityartscenter.org for more information about ARTstart.
ARTstart is an arts-based early childhood program that runs for the full school year three days per week from 9 am – 12 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Arts activities and experiences, including age appropriate music, form the foundation of this program, which is designed to foster creativity and freedom of expression. Playing, painting, drawing, building, sculpting, singing, and music making are the creative engine of this unique learning experience. Our goal is to launch young children into a lifelong love and appreciation of art in our world, foster creativity, encourage cooperation and understanding, and prepare your child for kindergarten. Children are encouraged to explore their creativity through hands-on art experiences that also provide the opportunity to gain essential early learning skills. Social skills such as cooperative play, sharing, and friendship are encouraged and nurtured.
To be eligible to enroll in the ART START EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAM, children must be 3 years old on or before September 1 of the current year. All children enrolled must be toilet trained.
Enrollment is for the full year, from early September to late May, with a two week break in December and one week for spring break.
Maximum class size is 12.
Programs, Times and Fees for 2019-20 School Year
ARTstart 3 day program
9:00 to noon $320 per month for 8 months
SPACE IS LIMITED, ENROLL EARLY TO RESERVE YOUR CHILD’S PLACE
HOW TO ENROLL
Enrollment is open to all children on a first come, first served basis. A deposit of one month’s payment ($100 non-refundable) is due at the time a student registers.
Want to Register? Have Questions? Please Contact our Program Director, Tracy Buchanan, at 610-566-1713 ex. 16 or by email.
Teacher Catherine Brewer is a North Carolina native. She moved to the Wallingford area 6 years ago and immediately became involved with the Arts Center. For the past several years she has been working at The School of Rose Valley during the school year and for 5 years as the CAC’s Summer Spree Art Camp Director during the summers. She has taught many children’s programs at the CAC and we feel very fortunate that she will be joining us in the ARTstart and Lucky Charms Programs.
Teacher Emily MacDonald, ARTstart and Lucky Charms teacher, has been teaching at the CAC since 2010. She received her BFA in Metals, Jewelry and CAD/CAM from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. In addition to teaching at the preschool program, Emily also teaches various community outreach programs and classes at the CAC, including pottery, jewelry, mixed media and painting classes.
Lucky Charms is an afternoon arts enrichment program for 3 to 5 year olds. Each day of the week has a special theme from music to photography to clay!
It’s a perfect complement to a morning program, or a nice way for children to get their first experience in school. Your child can stay after ARTstart or come to the art center from another morning program at noon to eat lunch with friends, play and make art! Families may choose 1, 2, 3, or 4 days. A discount is available for children who enroll in multiple days.Choose the Semester you are interested in and choose Children’s Classes to register online. Call the office if you are registering for multiple days to receive your discount.
Music & Movement with Emily MacDonald
Join us for this highly interactive class filled with exhilarating movement and music from Bob Marley to Beethoven. Children are introduced to songs and folk music from around the world and become actively and joyfully involved in ensemble movement and dance using lots of different percussion instruments.
Nature Exploration with Catherine Brewer
Each Wednesday we will engage your child’s curiosity about plants, animals, seasons and the natural environment that can be found near and around our school. Artwork inspired by nature, collecting and exploring fill this afternoon of observing the world around us.
Clay Play with Juanita Gaspari
Thursdays will give an opportunity for kids to have fun as they explore and create with clay. We’ll spend time discovering the many delightful properties of clay, and its endless possibilities for art making. Basic techniques like slipping, scoring, coils and pinch will gradually be introduced as children become familiar with the medium. This class is all about the process and the product: hands-on experience and the fun of finished pieces.