UHCL's Art School for Children and Young Adults is the university's longest running community outreach program. Our program offers art enrichment classes for youth in the Bay Area and sponsors research in visual arts education. Faculty, art teachers and university students work together to provide model art classes at the university and in public school locations. A special focus of the curriculum is the art of the world's varied cultures and the contributions of major artists. Each child or young adult is encouraged to progress at his or her own pace in acquiring developmentally-appropriate skills. We offer art classes for students as young as 3 1/2 years old to high school aged.
Your child is enrolled when payment is received. We can no longer hold spots in filled classes without payment. Unpaid registrations are moved to the wait list when a class fills.
Any person needing a special accommodation for a disability in order to participate in this program should contact the Art School for Children at 281-283-3344 at least one week prior to the program date to arrange for the accommodation.
We make every effort to keep our prices affordable for all families. Depending on the age group, our prices range from $100 to $140 for 8 classes, and $170 for 10 classes.
The Art School for Children is thankful to the Kinder Morgan Foundation, the Robert W. Knox, Sr. and Pearl Wallis Knox Charitable Foundation, and JSC Federal Credit Union for their generous and continued support.
The program began in 1977 with an enrollment of 30 students. Dr. Ellin Grossman and Mary Ann Boykin worked together to develop model curricula and teaching methods for diverse ages and learners. After teaching with the Art School for ten years, Dr. Ann Waltz was the program director from 2005-2017. The program has expanded to an annual enrollment of over 1200 students. Classes are held at the university, after school at numerous elementary schools in the Clear Creek and Friendswood Independent School Districts, at local private schools, and home school groups. The Art School for Children is dedicated to offering art classes that benefit all children, inspire pre service teachers, give additional options for professional teachers, and serve families and the community.