Carnivals & Butterflies: The Armory Art Classes for Kids

Jul 30, 2017

From “Silent Movie Sillies” and “Buildings, Boats, and Bridges,” to “Butterflies, Bees & Ladybugs” to “Carnivals and Carousels,” it’s time for little hands and expansive minds to create, create, create!

Week 6 out of 8 of Armory Center for the Arts‘ Summer Classes is almost upon us. If you’re looking for child-engagement and your boy or girl is 3 to 11 years old, look no further…

Week 6 Classes, Monday-Friday, August 7-11:

8:30-10 a.m.: Sculpting Animals for ages 5-6
Using clay, mat board, foam, coated wire and found object, kids can make their favorite animals, as well as their environments.


All photos via The Armory Center for the Arts.


8:30-10 a.m.: “Buildings, Boats, Bridges” for ages 6-8
From blueprints to skyscrapers, design and construct a building on a small scale. Experiment with how to float a boat and suspend a bridge. Learn about useful man-made structures in our everyday environment.

 8:30-10 a.m.: “Silent Movie Sillies” for ages 6-11
Study silent film masters Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton and create your own short theater scenes. This fun drama class emphasizes elements of physical comedy and universal expression. Learn the basics of non-verbal communication and how to project this ancient art on the stage.  

10:30 a.m.-noon: 2D Animal Portraits, ages 7-9
Experiment with different ways artists draw and paint animals. Read and create stories about your favorite animals and celebrate them in an art piece. Learn about animals and where they live as you create their portraits inspired by the stories.


Animal portraits; photo via The Armory Center for the Arts.


12:30-2 p.m.: “Butterflies, Bees & Ladybugs” for ages 3-4
Look at the many different kinds of insects and make both real and imaginary flying creatures from paint, paper and other fun and experimental materials.

12:30-2 p.m.: “Carnivals & Carousels” for ages 6-8 
Imagine all the parts of a carnival, from fantastic carousel animals to roller coasters and colorful carnival treats. Paint and sculpt the many fun festivities, using lots of colors, materials, and crazy ideas.

2:30-4 p.m.: Popsicle Stick Amusement Parks, ages 6-8
Construct roller coasters, waterslides, and any other rides you can imagine, using simple materials like popsicle sticks, tape, clay and yarn. Learn different techniques of additive sculpture, modeling and joinery to create an unforgettable ride.

2:30-4 p.m.: Mask-a-Day, ages 7-9  
Make a different mask each day. Explore the cultural history of masks and construct your own mixed media masks while learning the basics of art such as design, color, shape and symbolism.

Cost of 5 classes for August 7-11 run $100 to $110. Find all details at

Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena 91103.


“Mask-a-Day” classes; photo via The Armory.





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