In the Saturday Young Artists Program, Fleisher offers tuition-free classes for young people ages 5 to 18 designed to develop artistic skills, foster engagement with the arts, encourage self-expression, and build confidence as a creative person. Over 100 classes in a range of media are offered throughout the year, allowing children and youth to experience hands-on art-making in a supportive and enriching environment. Additionally, Fleisher offers low-cost classes for parents of children enrolled in the program.

The program is offered during the fall, winter, and spring terms. Because of their popularity, admission to the program is by lottery only. Learn more about the lottery.

Fleisher’s classes are designed to be age-appropriate. Children must be at least 5 years old before the beginning of the term for which they are registered. Parents or guardians of five-year-olds must present proof of their child’s age at registration.

No fees for instruction are required for students enrolled in Fleisher’s free Saturday classes for children and youth. Students are required to pay a nonrefundable lab fee of $30 for the term and to become a Fleisher member by paying a $20 fee for each participating student.

  • Painting and Drawing
    Young People develop creative thinking processes while exploring a variety of drawing and painting techniques. Formal elements of color and design are introduced at age-appropriate levels.

  • Mixed Media
    Students explore contemporary techniques and materials to create three-dimensional and two-dimensional pieces combining painting, drawing and sculpture. Formal elements of color and design are introduced at age appropriate levels.

  • Fiber Arts
    In this workshop, children will be introduced to a variety of fiber arts techniques for making decorative art and functional. Each semester will explore different fiber media which may include felting, stitching, weaving, printing on fabric, and even toy-making.

  • Sculpture
    Three-dimensional work allows young artists to expand their understanding of artistic concepts and techniques primarily focused work with clay construction. Young people will learn coil construction, hand building, relief and glazing.

  • Printmaking
    Drawing skills are expanded and developed through intaglio and relief printmaking techniques of collograph, etching, monotype, linoleum, and woodcut.

  • Art Foundations
    Art Foundations provides teens with basic skills needed for advanced classes. Focusing on the elements of art and design, drawing skills, use of line value, contrast, form, volume, perspective and composition will be developed through observed drawing.

  • Silkscreen
    In this introduction to screen printing, students will learn both photo and hand drawn methods of silkscreen printing. Young artists will have the opportunity to transfer their artwork into a series of t-shirts or paper.

  • Digital Photography
    Students will develop their photographic eye, and make images that tell stories while capturing their own point of view. Students will learn basic Photoshop, editing, manipulation, and printing of images. Students must provide their own digital camera.

  • Cambodian Dance
    This class teaches the ancient dance forms once practiced exclusively for the royal court of Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Court dance teaches the ancient stories of gods, demons, and heroes, and the symbolic meaning of gestures, costumes, and masks. The class requires stretching and exercises in breathing and balance. Class is conducted both in English and Khmer. There is no lab fee for Cambodian Dance.

These low-cost classes allow parents and guardians to explore their creative potential while their child is taking classes in the tuition-free Saturday program. Parent classes are offered on Saturdays during fall, winter, and spring terms on the same dates and at the same time as their child’s class.

  • Oil Painting for Parents
    Parents will be introduced to composition, drawing and painting from observation and introduction to oil painting. This class is offered to parents at any level of experience. Classes are set up as an open studio with consultation and direction from experienced faculty.

    Tuition: $50.00; lab fees: $60.00 for new parents, $10.00 for returning parents

  • Cambodian Dance
    Parents are welcome to join their children and learn traditional Cambodian court dances, which teache the ancient stories of gods, demons, and heroes, and the symbolic meaning of gestures, costumes, and masks. The class requires stretching and exercises in breathing and balance. Class is conducted both in English and Khmer.

    There are no tuition and lab fee for Cambodian Dance for parents.

The Saturday Young Artist Program is Supported in Part By:

  • The Robert Lehman Foundation

  • Kinder Morgan Foundation