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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, $60/month ongoing

    Young children are natural artists. This class focuses on seeing and finding joy in artistic expression. Famous artists and their styles are introduced to children through experimenting and exploring. Children learn to discover and accept their own style while staying curious and learning new, bolder forms of media.

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

    Your older teen can build confidence and gain deeper understanding whether starting in art from scratch or advancing an already-loved hobby. Miss Sharon uses humor and warm encouragement to deliver each progressive lesson.

  • Comprehensive Art, 6-8 pm, ages 10+, $60/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.


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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.

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.”