Kala’s education programs are at the heart of our work. As a community-oriented organization, Kala Art Institute is firmly committed to quality art education for all local children, youth and adults. We offer Artists-in-Schools (AIS) programs, summer camps and workshops for youth and families, and open registration classes for adults. With a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, we offer tuition assistance for our youth programs, and subsidies for qualifying schools.  Contact us to learn more.

*Please note, all of Kala’s in-person youth arts programs will resume as virtual studio art experiences and classes this fall. Please check-in for class updates.

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Camp Kala -> Camp Kala Online

Registration for our virtual 2020 Camp Kala Online summer program is open!

Our weekly virtual art camps are led  by Kala Art Institute’s fabulous teaching artists, who help students create a home studio environment to explore and develop new art projects and artistic skills. Class sizes are small so everyone receives individual attention and the opportunity to learn, share,  and celebrate their work. Discover new creativity this summer at Camp Kala Online! Kala provides tuition assistance for Camp Kala students in financial need. To request an aid application, please contact youtharts@kala.org.

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Saturday Teen Studio

Enrollment open for 2019-2020
Kala Art Institute is  now offering a Saturday Teen Studio program online using Zoom . The program offers a focused studio environment where middle and high school students can dive deep into the creative process. Our time together includes skill-based instruction in a variety of visual art media. Students are encouraged to follow their own vision in applying the techniques that we are exploring together. We offer professional art materials and instruction.

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After School Studio

Join Kala’s After School Studio for fun art making throughout the school year!
Designed for artists in grades TK-5
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:30-5:30pm

We offer two snacks per day and lots of hands-on project activities. There are focused art lessons every day and several free choice activities in a variety of media (drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, etc.). Our instructors are practicing artists, and child whisperers, who know when the kids need to go outside to play on the grass. Instructors read books, play games and listen to music to create a fun, responsive and supportive environment for all students.

BUSD offers transportation from BAM, Oxford, Cragmont and Washington elementary schools.

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Field Trips

We invite you to participate in Kala’s 2019 guided field-trip and artmaking program in conjunction with the David Kabakoff exhibition and Kala Artists’ Annual exhibition.

View original artwork in a gallery environment, experience our professional printmaking studio, learn from working artists and build observation, discussion, critical thinking and artmaking skills along the way.

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School Programs

Kala’s Artists-in-Schools (AIS) program connects professional artists, many from our Artist-In-Residence Program, with K-12 students and teachers throughout the East Bay Area (Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville). Kala Teaching Artists work in classroom residencies during the school day, in after school programs and in collaborative community settings.

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Professional Development

Alexa Heung of In Light Image 2014

Professional development for educators is offered through both school-site programs and a variety of courses at our West Berkeley studios. Please contact us for more info: youtharts@kala.org

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Education Resources

Our Education staff compiled a list of resources that our families and students might find helpful during this time. Kala makes no claims about the efficacy or warranties of each program, network, or organization on this list. We will continue to update the content/format.

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