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After School Studio Thursdays (Spring 2024)

After School Studio (Thursdays)
During the week,  participants engage in skill-based instruction,  hands-on structured projects, and open studio time to explore and experiment. Our instructors are practicing artists who create a fun, responsive, and supportive studio environment for all young artists to share and celebrate art. Monthly themes and project activities incorporate drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, and mixed media art inspired by the art of local and contemporary artists of various intersections of identities, cultural experiences, and backgrounds.  Participants’ projects may include textiles, collages, photography book arts, clay/ceramics, bookmaking, and puppetry. On the last day of the program, our young artists celebrate and share their artworks in a mini-exhibition with families and friends.

Other class activities may include visits from guest artists, storytelling, gallery tours, games, movement, and conversational and written reflections to help build an appreciation for art and the role of art(ists) in our community. We take a break once a day to snack and socialize.

PLEASE NOTE: The tuition is a flat fee regardless of participant arrival/departure. Visit Learn More- Program Info for more details, COVID-19 protocols, tuition assistance, and payment and cancellation policy.

Fall Semester: Thursdays until May 23, 2024 (Open Enrollment)
No Classes: April 1-5, 2024 (Spring Break)

Follow this link to sign up for the Tuesday- Spring Session.

10% multi-session / sibling discount. Payment plan options and tuition assistance are available.

  • Location: Kala Gallery and Classroom
  • Instructor: Jennifer Mazzucco
  • Thursday, — May 23, 2024
  • 2:45 PM — 5:30 PM
  • Materials included in tuition

About the Instructor:

Jennifer Mazzucco is an artist and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford and Masters degree in teaching from Pace University. Jennifer is also a  freelance illustrator focusing primarily on children’s books and editorials, and co-founder of two arts-related non-profit organizations. Her watercolor illustrations have been published in the Society of Illustrators, Psychology Today, Family Circle among many other publications. She illustrated children’s books for both Gibb’s Smith and AugustHouse Publishers including The Pig Who Went Home on Sunday, an Appalachian Folktale by Donald Davis. Her paintings, mixed media work, and handmade books have been exhibited at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Silvermine Guild Arts Center, Ridgefield Dance Conservatory, Joseloff Galleries, Enchanted Garden Studios, and more. Her large-scale work has been commissioned by private clients, yoga studios, and retreat centers. When Jennifer is not in her studio making art or teaching it, she is immersed in nature with her tripawd rescue pup Jyoti and filming snails in the courtyard for inspiration. The body of work she is presently working on contains a prolific series of color wheels, geometric mandala-inspired art, flora, fauna, and beyond.  jennifermazzucco.com

Gilda Magaña is a photographer from Guadalajara, Mexico, and currently lives in the East Bay. She holds a BFA (Photography) from the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. In 2015, she participated in a study abroad program in project management in Paris, France, an experience that not only exposed her to the value of arts and culture globally but also shaped her vision of art as a powerful means of communication. After college, Gilda interned at the International Film Festival of Guadalajara where she met and worked with diverse artists who presented films on social, cultural, and political issues. Currently, Gilda assists Kala’s K-5th youth arts classes, and community workshops and events throughout the year.  Gilda strongly believes that arts education should be fun and inspirational, and engaging with art is the best way to shape a better world for ourselves and future generations.