After School Arts

Register by the week or for the full program! Classes meet Tues-Thurs, 4-5:30 pm. Doors open at 3:00 pm for homework and snacks. Free to grades 1-6 in Lawrence County. Class size limited. Pre-registration required.

Classes for the remainder of the Fall Semester are full. Please use the link below to be added to the waitlist. You will be contacted if a spot opens up for your requested weeks.

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Fall 2022

Week I: September 6-8

Back to Basics

Refresh basic art skills that are used across all media.

Grades 1-3: Begin by making a pinch pot that will become the subject of your drawings and paintings exploring the use of line, shading and color.

Grades 4-6: Refresh your drawing skills shading simple shapes, hand build a pinch pot monsters in clay and learn to blend color to complete a leaf painting in watercolor.

Week II: September 13-15

Hide and Seek

Explore the use of popular images and everyday objects to make art!

Grades 1-3: Select, observe and exchange wrappers used in Harold Maiella’s exhibited work to create drawings, then use the same ideas of line, shape and color to create your own packaging.

Grades 4-6: Each project will explore Pop Art with collage of images inspired by candy wrappers, pop bottles and the exhibited work of artist Harold Maiella.

Week III: September 20-22

Mixed Up Media

Redefine the creation of paintings, prints and drawings with unusual approaches to creating art.

Grades 1-3: Create a portrait collage from magazine clippings, use tree rings to as the basis for printmaking, and markers to design an optical maze.

Grades 4-6: Use tree rings as the basis for printmaking, fruit to illustrate a portrait, and sharpies to make optical illusions.

Week IV: September 27-29


Reuse discarded materials to create new works of art!

Grades 1-3: Layer, roll, tape and twist magazines and fabric to create animal silhouettes, vases, bowls and jewelry!

Grades 4-6: Layer wallpaper and paper to create silhouettes and fold, roll and tape magazines to create vases and bowls.

Week V: October 4-6

From the Kitchen

Hungry for more? This week’s projects are inspired by our favorite foods!

Grades 1-3: Have your snack and eat it, too! Choose a snack to inspire your comic strip then record it with quick drawings as it disappears (into your mouth that is!). Snacks will be provided, and we’ll make prints using kitchen utensils, too!

Grades 4-6: Three projects in three days! Create a still life, cartoon strips and ‘kitchen prints’ using your favorite foods and kitchen tools.

Week VI: October 11-13

Beyond the Ordinary

Use your creativity to draw and construct extraordinary systems from
ordinary objects.

Grades 1-3: Explore the “steam-punk” and the Rube Goldberg approach to design and building complex systems. Projectsrange from drawings to sculpture.

Grades 4-6: Explore the “steampunk” and the Rube Goldberg approach to design and building complex systems. Projects range from drawings to sculpture.

Week VII: October 18-20

Built with Paper

This week the paper is the material not the surface for innovative works of art!

Grades 1-3: We’ll build paper towers, explore paper crafts and make origami individually and as a class.

Grades 4-6: We’ll fold, roll, layer and tape various papers in a series of projects resulting in origami, towers and castles!

Week VIII: October 25-27

What a Relief!

Create dimensional wall works, otherwise known as reliefs, in ceramics and mixed media.

Grades 1-3: Carve clay to make a dimensional tile. Then layer and shape paper, felt, string, pipe-cleaners and other materials to create monster masks.

Grades 4-6: Our first project will use ‘slip’ to layer clay to create a dimensional animal tile. Then cut and assemble a monster mask using cardboard, hot glue and paint.

Week IX: November 1-3

Crafting Codes

Explore our latest exhibit with the art and science of creating and solving secret codes!

Grades 1-3: Use the science of base and acids to reveal hidden messages, the principles of Morse code to embed a message in a beaded bracelet and phosphorescent paint to add a glow-in-the dark surprise to a painting.

Grades 4-6: Use the science of base and acids to reveal hidden messages, the principles of Morse code to embed a message in a beaded necklace and make a pigpen cipher to create and decode messages.

Week X: November 8-10

Signs and Symbols

Explore our latest exhibit’s use of symbols to represent one’s mission, character or ideals.

Grades 1-3: Create your own unique symbol then craft a felt banner representing who you are.

Grades 4-6: Our first project will use symbols to create an insignia for the Hoyt. The second will focus on what symbolizes you, your values and mission with a felt banner for your bedroom or clubhouse.

Week XI: November 15-17

Art for Others

Follow the charitable example of the Masons to create art for the benefit of others.

Grades 1-3: Make ornaments using alcohol inks and salt dough for the Hoyt’s annual Open House. (You’ll be able to keep one, too!) Funds raised will be reinvested back into the After School Arts program. Students will also have the opportunity to make candy filled stockings to gift to their person of choice, too!

Grades 4-6: Work collaboratively to create a coloring book and stepping stones for the Hoyt’s Gift Shop and gardens! Original coloring book drawings will be returned to the creators and any funds raised will be reinvested back into the After School Arts program.


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