No matter what the course title,
the lessons are different each semester.
The children who attend these classes and their parents, too, look forward to each challenge with great anticipation. These are among the finest children's classes you'll find anywhere... a real collaboration between student and teacher. Classes are eight weeks and, under normal conditions, would have started in October... but this year is quite different!
In spite of what you may have been told...
There are no classes for kids and teens in the Fall Semester.
Due to what is known at this time, not enough children over 12 and no children under 12 have been vaccinated. It is our feeling that mask-wearing while learning to create hides from us our enjoyment of seeing the kid's excitement of accomplishment.
Children and teens have many contacts at school. They may play after school with neighborhood kids from their own or other schools and, to the extent that is available, activities such as ballet, karate, sports, and— possibly— even classes similar to ours.
Our teachers and adult students cannot feel as secure with children who, additionally, tend to get more colds than adults, especially now and into the winter. This hurts me in particular: I love the kids... love seeing the enjoyment in the process of discovery as they solve visual problems and find solutions that make them so proud. What smiles they have! As a teacher, I have been so lucky.
We at East Side Art Center have to wait until the community as a whole feels safer, whether that means inoculation, better therapies or just the perception that the time is right.
Thank you for your interest, your understanding and your patience.