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All Children's Classes Registration

Did you know art gives your child’s brain a boost? New findings in neuroscience are showing every time children engage in a new or complex activity, their brains make new connections between cells. Creating art stimulates communication between the left and right half of the brain. Recent MRI studies show that art can enhance memory, relieve stress, and improve cognitive function.

After first full price child, a discount of 15% applies to multiple siblings

Please note: Payment must accompany registration. One excused absence is allowed per month (per 4 weeks) to be made up immediately. Unexcused or multiple absences will count against paid attendance.


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  • ARTastic Saturday, 10 am-noon, 5-9 years old, $65/month ongoing

  • Children will learn basic skills using a variety of media with instructor Alice Dickey. This class focuses on seeing and finding joy in artistic expression. Famous artists and their styles are introduced and explored. Techniques will include drawing, painting, mixed-media collage and more. Children learn to discover and accept their own style while staying curious and learning new forms of media. All supplies included. 

  • Drawing for Scaredy Cats, Tuesdays 6-8 pm, 13+ to adult, $100/5 weeks

  • Session 1: March 3-31

  • Session 2: April 21-May 19

    Those wishing to advance their skills or take a more disciplined approach will learn the basic elements of art, useful techniques, new ways of seeing, and excersises to connect hand and eye wiht instructor Sharon Angelina. Get a great foundation in the basics, or further your artistic confidence and skill. Each class progressively builds on the last. All supplies included. 

  • Comprehensive Art, Thursdays, 6-8 pm, ages 10+, $65/month

Older children enjoy more mature drawing techniques such as perspective, beginner portrait, and expanded media. Some art history is taught, along with the elements of art. An ongoing dialogue between good technique and authentic self expression is encouraged with conversation about students’ artistic thoughts and feelings.


Ceramics for Kids, Saturdays, 10am-noon Ages 5-10, $179/6-week session

Session 1: Feb 8-March 14

Session 2: April 4- May 9


Children will learn the basic techniques of hand building with clay, including pinch pot, coil, and slab construction methods. Instructor Betsy Barger will guide students through several glaze-fired master pieces. No expereince with clay necessary. Come prepared to get dirty hands and have some fun! 


Ceramics for Tweens & Teens, Saturdays, 1-3pm Ages 11-16, $179/6-week session

Session 1: Feb 8-March 14

Session 2: April 4- May 9


Older children will learn the basic techniques of hand building with clay, including pinch pot, coil, and slab construction methods. Students will develop hand skills and problem solving in a welcoming and creative enviornment with instructor Betsy Barger, completing several pieces to take home. No expereince wiht clay necessary. 


Introduction to Figure Drawing for Teens, Fridays, April 3-May 22, 4:30-6:30pm, $135/8-week session

Ages 15-18


Always wanted to try drawing people but don’t know where to start? Through gestural studies, artistic anatomy lessons, master copies, carefully selected excercises, and drawing from a clothed model this class will demystify the art of drawing the human form. Instructor Sarah Fantuzzo will teach a “whole brain” approach: using negative space, gesture, contour, and shadow shapes we will proceed in a perceptual ” right brain mode”. In addition we will see how learning proportions, perspective, and the mechanics of movement can inform the work. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to develop an art portfolio for college admissions and as well as those who want to gain confidence in their drawing skills. Those interested in drawing comic book characters as well as those interested in fashion illustraions will also benefit. All supplies included. 


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Make checks payable to

Art Barn School of Art

695 N 400 East

Valparaiso, IN 46383

Sharon Angelina – Comprehensive Art for 10+,  Drawing for Scaredy Cats, Camps, Arty Parties

Sharon began at the Art Barn in 1998 as an art model and assistant to founder Jan Sullivan. In 2013 she began teaching the older children’s art classes and annual summer camps. Her varied career has led to certification in several fields, and she brings this knowledge to her teaching.

In autumn of 2016 Sharon became a resident at the Art Barn and joined the Board of Directors. Along with instructing, she is currently office manager and festival coordinator for the Art Blitz.

Alice Dickey – Saturday morning All Media Ages 5-9, Camps, Arty Parties

Alice is an artist and designer with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from PNC. She has worked extensively in local community theater teaching and directing children in acting, music, and expression. Alice enjoys working with children helping them “open their minds to the limitless possibilities of personal expression through art.” Alice lives with her husband and three children in Michigan City, Indiana.

Betsy Barger – Saturday Children and Teen & Tween Ceramics 

Betsy graduated with high distinction from Herron School of Art and Design in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio ceramics an da minor in art history. Aside from ceramics, she also enjoys working in other media, including pysanky (  Ukrainian dyed eggs), paper mache, and woodcut printmaking. She was formerly a teaching assistant in Albuquerque Public Schools in New Mexico. Since returning to her home town of Valparaiso, she has been starting and raising her family of three children with her husband. 


Samantha Purze – Children’s Clay Camp  Samantha is a Michigan City native finishing her degree in ceramics at Southern Illinois University. She has taught Summer art and clay classes for the past 3 years.  She has worked with children at Michiana Day Camp and also teaches for Dunes Summer Theater and serves on the Dunes Arts Foundation board.


Ashley Welch – Children’s Clay Classes Ashley has spent the last 11 years teaching art to all different grade levels, from Kindergarten to 12th Grade – from Marengo Illinois, to Kankakee Valley, and now Hebron Elementary. She has worked and taught in all mediums, and encourages students to do the same. “I have a passion and love for teaching art and look forward to sharing that with the Art Barn community.”