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.

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Adult Classes

New Summer/Fall Kala Art Classes ready for sign-ups

Register today for a 10% early bird discount!

Kala’s adult education programs connect communities of learners. We provide unique studio opportunities that align with Kala’s overall mission to help artists sustain their creative work. Kala classes are taught by working artists and utilize our exceptional equipment. Develop a new skill, build on previous experience, or take a class just for fun! Private group instruction and tutoring sessions are also available.

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After School Studio

Enrollment open for 2019-2020! Kala is excited to announce that we are offering an after school enrichment program in our San Pablo Avenue studio. This after school oasis allows kids to dive deep into the creative process. Our time together includes skill-based instruction in a variety of visual art media and free choice options including self-guided art activities, reading, games and snack. Students are encouraged to follow their own vision in applying the techniques that we are exploring together. We offer professional art materials and support each artist’s choice in media and content.

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Camp Kala

Engage in hands-on art activities while working in a professional studio environment at Kala Art Institute. Class sizes are small so everyone receives individual attention from Kala’s fabulous teaching artists and assistants. Each week offers new projects and materials culminating in a gallery exhibition and celebration of student work. Discover new creativity this summer at Camp Kala!

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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: classes@kala.org

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