After School Studio

Join Kala’s After School Studio for fun art making throughout the school year!

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

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.

Contact us to learn more: 510-841-7000 x 203

Multi-child / Multi-day Discount
Enroll 2 kids or 2 days per week and save 10%

Enrollment is for the duration of the academic year, August 27, 2019- June 11, 2020. Our academic year program, offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, follows the Berkeley Unified School District schedule. Choose 1 or 2 days per week. We do not offer holiday programming at this time.

If you select the payment plan option, 10% downpayment is required to enroll. The balance will be charged automatically in monthly installments through the end of the program cycle. See payment and cancellation info for more details.

*Please contact us to inquire about tuition assistance: or 510-841-7000 x203

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Location Kala Art Institute is located in the historic Heinz building on the corner of San Pablo and Ashby Avenues. Enter the Kala Gallery to access our Community Classroom at 2990 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley 94702.

Please contact the Berkeley Unified School District transportation department to find out whether or not transportation is available from your school site. If your child takes the bus, s/he will be met by a Kala staff member at the BUSD bus stop on San Pablo Ave. & Grayson Street  and walked to our site.

Daily Schedule
As students arrive they may choose to play on the lawn and enjoy a snack outside. Once inside the studio, choose self-guided art activities, reading, legos or games. Then dive deep into a guided art project with Kala’s Teaching Artists.

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Contact: or 510-841-7000 x203

Our program begins on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 and ends on Thursday, June 11, 2020. There is  no Kala After School Studio during school holidays, no-school days, etc. In general, we follow the Berkeley Unified School District calendar.

Program Dates
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 -Thursday, June 11, 2020

Break dates
November 25-29: Thanksgiving Break
December 23 – Jan 3: Winter Break
March 30 – April 3: Spring Break

Trial Days
We want your child to experience our program so your family can decide if it is the best fit for them. We schedule trial days on a space-available basis. Single day trials are $45. If you then sign up for the program, your total tuition will be pro-rated for the time remaining in our year. Contact us to schedule a trial day.

Mid-Season Enrollment
We offer rolling mid-session enrollment, when space is available, and pro-rate tuition based on the actual number of remaining days in the program.

Tuition Assistance
We are committed to including all families in our youth and family programs. Please contact us to inquire about tuition assistance.

Multi-child / Multi-day Discount
Enroll 2 kids or 2 days per week and save 10%

Payment and Cancellation
Your total tuition will be based on the actual number of days in the BUSD calendar on the day of your program. If you select the payment plan option, 10% of the annual tuition is due at the time of enrollment, then the balance will be divided into equal monthly payments, regardless of the number of meetings in that specific month.

For example, if you enroll in one day per week the cost is $45/session for 38 weeks, a total of $1710 for the school year. When you select the payment plan option, $171 will be due at checkout. Then you will be automatically charged $153.90 per month for the duration of the program.

If you enroll in the program two days per week, the daily rate is reduced to $40.50/session ($40.50 x 2 days per week x 38 weeks), a total of $3078 for the school year. The payment plan option is $307.80 down and $277.02 per month for the duration of the program.

Payments are automatically debited on the first day of the month from September-June. If you are enrolling mid-year, please contact us to request that your payment be pro-rated from the time you enroll through the remainder of the school year.

Please note that registrations are for a full academic year, however, we do allow mid-season withdrawals per our cancellation policy (see below).

Cancellation and Withdrawal Policy
Because of our small group sizes, we are greatly impacted by mid-year cancellations and withdrawals. Nevertheless, we understand that the needs of families may change during the school year.

Registrations are for a full academic year, and days missed due to illness, family travel or other personal reasons will not be refunded.

We request a two-week courtesy notice prior to withdrawals. All cancellations must be made in writing via email to

For all withdrawals, a $75 fee will apply. After the withdrawal fee has been subtracted, we will refund any pre-paid tuition prorated for time not attended after the effective cancellation date.

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