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 artist, Tracy Malmstrom - ”Ms. Tracy” to her young students - has taught art in elementary schools for several years. After a deluge of requests for private lessons, Tracy founded the award winning ArtCastle school of art in 2007. Brandon Malmstrom joined ArtCastle as a Digital Art Instructor in 2016. Brandon teaches students ages 8 and up how to create Digital Art using Photoshop, allowing children to combine their love of computers with their love for art. Gail Carlson signed on in 2011 and teaches along with Tracy and Brandon during the summer. Together, they nourish the artistic spirits of children ages 6 and older through drawing, painting, clay sculpture, digital art, and a plethora of other mediums.
As the young artists hone visual skills while painting or creating photoshop digital artwork, Tracy, Brandon, 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 trio offers Summer art classes and camps that keep kids active on break, and Saturday workshops teach youngsters of all ages how to paint in acrylic to create beautiful large paintings on canvas.