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

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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

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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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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