Children show early signs of creativity through artful ice cream spills and denying that their pacifier is a pacifier. Cultivate children's conceptual tendencies with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get a two-hour summer children’s art class at ArtCastle School of Art & Clay in Hurst (a $25 value).
Devoted instructors at ArtCastle School of Art & Clay lead budding artists through classes spanning the panchromatic gamut of techniques, media, and materials. Moppets aged 5 and up can drop in to any class on the schedule, such as a shirt-painting session in which students decorate apparel with sprightly hand-painted and airbrushed designs. A course in crafting clay or glass wind chimes yields a musical addition to yards and porches, and a paint-your-own-pottery session produces vibrant pieces for living rooms and dreary sculleries. Bambinos can also try their hand at unique forms of painting during airbrush and silk-painting classes.
On Tuesday evenings, ArtCastle School fires up its pottery wheels for an intimate eight-person class designed for ages 8 and up. Clay takes a centrifugal spin as pint-sized artisans conjure up bowls, small vases, pet dishes, and hanging birdbaths. Each of the academy's classes includes all necessary supplies and kiln treatments, so students bring home art pieces that are ready to frame, hang, or plant in hopes of growing an art bush.
Accomplished artists themselves, both Tracy Malmstrom and Gail Carson—"Ms. Tracy and Ms. Gail" to their young students—have taught art in elementary schools. After a deluge of requests for private lessons, Tracy founded ArtCastle in 2006 and Gail signed on in 2011. Together, they nourish the artistic spirits of children 6 and older through drawing, painting, printmaking, and a plethora of other mediums.
As the young artists hone visual skills while silk painting or practicing batik-watercolor techniques, Tracy and Gail also strive to bolster their problem-solving abilities, listening skills, and confidence. In addition to after-school and home-school art sessions, the duo offers Friday kids' night out parties in which kids belt out karaoke, scarf down pizza and desserts, and amaze their parents with a finished work of art at the end of the night. Summer camps and classes keep kids active on break and Saturday workshops teach youngsters of all ages a new artistic skill each month, such as how to construct a new best friend out of papier-måché.
491 W Harwood Rd.
Hurst, Texas 76054