618 West 5th Street • Washington, MO 63090 (314) 706-3961 • beverlyann@artcando.org

Art For Children & Young Adults

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Starting age 8. See individual class for minimum age.

Classes will meet on Saturday Mornings.

Time: 10:30 am to 12:00 noon. Tuition: $18 per class.

Parents are welcome to stay and join the in the fun.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

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We will explore lesson plans and exercises which combine a mixture of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Paper Arts and Collage. For the child who shows an aptitude for arts and crafts, or the child who desires a challenging structured activity other then sports, ARTCanDo is a unique and innovative environment where children can discover and express themselves.

We provide inspiration, encouragement and opportunities to build confidence and boost self esteem. Many of our students have been returning week after week for over two years.


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Instructor Christi Mitchell

This children’s writing workshop is based on the delightful children’s book written by Christi Mitchell and her sisters, The Lunch Box Lady, which is about kindness, nutrition, and creativity. Each week, the children will create poetry, song lyrics, stories, illustrations and art projects focused on a different message from the story.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

Saturday morning, June 8th
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon

Students will create a work of art that expresses the most important things they want others to know about them. We start with a list of their favorite things, creatively render their name and then proceed to illustrate “The Art of Me” with collage techniques combining drawing with markers, cut and pasted paper shapes and magazine images, embellished with a little bling or small found objects and finished with a colorful border that pulls it all together.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

Sat. morning, September 7th
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon

We love ART on natural objects! We will be working with beautiful, smooth, multi-colored Kewanee Skippers, acrylic paints and paint pens. Lots of samples on hand for inspiration in design and techniques from line, pattern and dot designs to wonderful insect, bird and animal designs!

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

Sat. morning, November 9th
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon

Spend a morning “sculpting” a simple design from a bar of soap. See samples of possibilities and get “hands on” assistance with tools and techniques. Ideas to sculpt might include a very simple cat, turtle, bird or rabbit, (the simpler the better.) How about just a leaf, dog bone or turtle shell? Come with your own ideas and we will show you how to break it down into simple shapes.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

Sat. morning, June 29th, . . .Or September 14th
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon

Create beautiful geometric patterned papers from simple foam shapes. Block printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China as a method of printing on textiles and later on paper. The fabulous papers can then be folded and used for personalized notes or cards.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

Sat. morning, July 6th, . . . Or September 21st
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon

Inspired by a Doodle Painting Lesson, this project teaches the student how to create the look and feel of leather from a simple brown paper bag, divide the work area into simple shapes and then create a magnitude of wonderful circle designs, patterns and color combinations using quick drying acrylic paints, hot gluing the seams of the pillow and stuffing with recycled plastic bags. An ARTCanDo favorite!

Open to Age 12 or older
Monthly sessions, three classes each; (First three Fridays or Staurdays each month)

Time: Friday afternoon 3:00- 5:00 pm,  Saturday Afternoon 1:00 - 3:00 pm.

Students will review the basic elements of the painting process, the breaking down of a composition into basic shapes. Starting with an under painting, we will study the process of “blocking in” shapes and then turning those shapes into mass and form by modeling, the rendering of the color tones, values and shape edges. There is no one right way to paint. Each painter responds differently to the materials being used and the subject that he is viewing. By breaking down and examining the process of painting, you will come to better understand your own individual style and technique. Using simple photo images and easy still life setups as a reference, we will work through some very basic exercises, breaking down the entire process into a series of basic steps and principles. You will also learn how to mix oil paint with control to achieve the proper value, tone and intensity of the color desired. This class will give you the foundation needed to get more enjoyment from future painting endeavors.

This class is designed to engage students at all skill levels in developing techniques and confidence in handling of the medium.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

Sat., July 27th, . . . Or October 26th
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon

Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding which has evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, (as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami. Paper cutting and gluing is usually considered kirigami.) The number of basic origami folds is small, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The best known origami model is probably the Japanese paper crane.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

Sat. morning, July 20th, . . . Or October 19th
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon

Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of different colored glass, stone, or other materials. Students will have the option of mosaicing a flat tile, round stone or clay flower pot. We will be working with simple shapes, patterns and random designs rather than trying to create an elaborate picture.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

Sat. morning, July 13th, . . . Or October 5th
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon

There IS more than one way to make a paper flower. This project was inspired by the Klutz activity book “Fabulous Flowers” and you will see that the possibilities are endless! We will start with a simple, basic tissue paper flower and see just how many different kinds we can make in the time that we have.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

Sat. morning, August 3rd, . . . Or November 2nd
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon

Another ARTCanDo favorite. Must be “experienced at” and “comfortable with” using a hot glue gun. Boys especially “love” to build! We provide plenty of small parts and they provide the imagination! See wonderful 3” to 6” character samples designed and built by our industrious alumni, boys who have been creating at ARTCanDo for over two years. These boys will be “on site” to assist you in creating your own super heroes, bandits and bad guys. Girls might like to construct small fairies and princesses.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

Saturday morning, August 17th
Time: 10:30am to 12 noon

MUST BRING your very own pair of plain, CANVAS Tennis Shoes (sneakers or high tops, may be of a color but no extras.) We will then design, hand paint and embellish. Just in time to return to school with your very own, fun, personalized fashion statement!

Instructor Tallulah Swartz

Open to age 10 through adult.

Monthly Sessions, three classes each; (First three Saturdays each month.)

Minimum three-week registration.

Time: Saturday Afternoons 3:30 to 5pm.

Learn how to capture the fundamental essence of subjects. The study will be focused on “Fast Sketching Techniques”. This wonderful method of using super soft lead pencils teaches students how to capture an image fast. Observing your subject intently for recognizable shapes that you can quickly replicate, practicing rapid line work and using a blending tool for a good range of grays are keys to speed. We will also study how to achieve proper proportions, line angles and basic composition.

Session S1 – September; Saturdays, Sept. 7, 14 and 21.

Session S2 – October; Saturdays,  Oct. 5, 12 & 19.

Session S3 – November; Saturdays, Nov. 2, 9 &16.

Session S4 - December; Dec. 7, 4 & 21.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells


Ages 12 through adult.

FIVE SESSIONS, two classes each.

Minimum two-week registration.

Class time: Saturdays, 2 to 4 pm.

Experiment with many different fun ways to manipulate paint! Come with a basic set of colors (either Oil or Acrylics) and an appropriate size range of brushes (small to large) for that medium. Hardboard panels will be provided. You may be encouraged to purchase a few additional materials and/or supplies. This series covers all the basics. The series will be a fun way to get acquainted with the painting process or to brush up on your painting skills.

Session S1 – Brushstrokes, Learning the Basic Strokes & Drawing with Paint, Mapping Out a Basic Composition Saturday, June 8th, & June 15th.

Session S2 – Value and the Characteristics of Color & Exploring Color Combinations Saturday, June 22nd, & June 29th.

Session S3 – Thinking in Layers & Approaches to Abstract Design Saturday, July 6th, & July 13th.

Session S4 – Hard Edge Verses Soft Focus& Experiments in Texture Saturday, July 20th, & July 27th.

Session S5 – Combining Paint with Found Images & Combining Words with Paint Saturday, August 3rd, & August 17th.

Instructor Beverly Ann Wells

Friday, August 12th

Time 2 to 4 pm

Bring your laptop for a fun-filled morning of interactive computer art. Leave with a list of our favoriet computer ART games.