About Our Programs The staff at the Rahr-West Art Museum wants to be part of every child's education. We feel the business of a museum is to educate all ages. Helping children make connections and build understanding is an important piece of the education puzzle. We are working to create dynamic, multifaceted, and memorable lessons supported by master artworks in our collection to help students develop creativity, cross-cultural understandings and communication skills. We believe studying the arts will also help improve school attendance, language skills, problem solving abilities, self-esteem, self-confidence, perseverance, cooperation, teamwork skills and overall academic performance. Our hope is for all children to lead lives full of promise and have dreams that come true.
AFTER SCHOOL PICASSOS Wednesdays: 3:45 - 5:00 PM 15 Classes: Members $75 / Non-Members $150 Per month: Members $30 / Non-Members $60 Ages: 1st Grade - 6th Grade
THE ART OF AUTUMN Instructor: Michelle Heraly-Bonde September 6th & 13th Scarecrows are fun and a great introduction to drawing the human figure with a relaxed attitude. It allows students to experiment with ink and watercolor.
LEAF PRINTS Instructor: Michelle Heraly-Bonde September 20th & 27th Vibrant Autumn leaves will be the result of incorporating art concepts and skills using color and texture in this multimedia project.
MIMICKING THE MASTERS, using the Rahr-West Permanent Collection Instructor: Heather Nelson October 4th: Victor Vasarely, Zebra, 1821, MARKERS October 11th: Jack Beal, Pond Lily, 2002, ACRYLIC PAINT October 18th: Julian Trevelyan, Banana Girl, 1876, PENCIL & PATTERNED PAPER October 25th: Marc Chagall, LeCirque, PASTELS
GERMAN BELLS Instructor: Michelle Heraly-Bonde November 1st & 8th Germany gave the world the custom of lighting and decorating Christmas trees. Students will create their own German Bell through the art of paper folding. These ornaments will be displayed as part of "Christmas in the Mansion".
HEX SIGN Instructor: Michelle Heraly-Bonde November 15th & 29th A circle containing symbols and geometrical patterns which decorated countryside barns made by the early settlers of Pennsylvania. Students will learn about this Folk Art and paint their own Hex Design
TRADITIONAL VICTORIAN HOLIDAY ARTS & GIFTS Instructor: Heather Nelson December 6th: Traditional Victorian Ornaments December 13th: Pine Cone Christmas Trees December 20th: Silhouette Christmas Scene
PRESCHOOL PALETTE Instructor: Heather Nelson Third Wednesday OR Thursday 9:00 - 10:00 AM Age: 3-5 year olds Class Fee: $1 per child Young artists explore a series of art-inspired discovery opportunities. Preschoolers experience the art museum exhibits through gallery walks, discussion and games. $1 for supplies will buy a lot of fun.
AUGUST 16TH OR 17TH Crabby Beach Dweller Make a cranky little crab using of a paper plate, paint and construction paper
SEPTEMBER 20TH or 21ST Solar System Art We'll celebrate Sputnikfest by making our own stunning solar systems.
OCTOBER 18TH OR 19TH Handprint Spiders & Yarn Webs Make a creepy crawly spider using your handprints. Then weave our little friend a web.
NOVEMBER 15TH OR 16TH Twiggy Trees Using real tree branch twigs we'll create beautiful 3D trees topped with colorful leaves.
DECEMBER 20TH OR 21ST Snowman Ornaments Create a snowman ornament for your own tree or a gift for someone special.