Youth Classes

Youth Arts Institute offers an exciting opportunity for youth to become involved in a wide variety of art forms. Youth Arts works collaboratively with community organizations and schools to provide as many young people as possible with access to the arts. For example we offer Shared Ability Dance, an inclusive dance class for students both with and without disabilities, through a partnership with Bulkeley High School.

Youth Arts also provides Hartford young people with access to free classes held within Charter Oak Cultural Center’s beautiful historic building. Here, we offer classes in visual arts, music, and dance. By offering a wide variety of classes, our goal is that youth will have the opportunity to experiment and find a medium that speaks to them. By creating a positive association with learning through fun, creative activities, the students readily integrate what they learn into their daily lives.

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Spring 2014 Class List


Drawing 101: 4:30p-5:30p (ages 10-18) Learn drawing and Zentangle techniques using different mediums (pencils, pens, colored pencils, markers, and beyond!) with Cheryl Cianci! No art experience necessary.

Painting 101: 5:30p-7:00p (ages 7-18) Learn basic painting techniques using different art mediums while learning about art history with Leah Dyckman.  No art experience necessary.

Violin Group Lessons: 5:30p-6:15p (ages 5-7) Learn basic violin skills, violins will be provided as supplies last with Ciara Cohen. No music experience necessary.

Violin Group Lessons: 6:15p-7:00p (ages 8-15) Build your violin skill with Ciara Cohen Previous music experience necessary.


RapOetry Master Class: 5:00p-6:30p (ages 15-18) Develop your creative writing, poetry, rap, and performance skill with the Khaiim Kelly, AKA Self Suffice The RapOety. For serious poets.

Hip Hop Dance: 5:30p-5:50p (ages 5-7) Learn some new hip hop moves and have some fun with Sonny Sonshine! No experience necessary.

Hip Hop Dance: 5:50p-6:30p (ages 8-18) Improve your new hip hop moves and learn fun choreograph with Sonny Sonshine. For serious dancers.

Choir: 5:30p-6:30p (ages 5-18) Sharing in the joy of singing in unity with Gwenath Douglas! No experience necessary.

For registration forms and more information contact:
Saige Dupont
Director of the Youth Arts Institute
Daisy Ocasio
Youth Arts Institute Assistant

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