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After School Studio Tuesdays (Spring 2024)

After School Studio (Tuesdays)
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.

Spring Semester:  Tuesdays until  May 21, 2024 (Open Enrollment)
No Classes: April 1-5, 2024 (Spring Break)

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

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

  • Location: Kala Gallery and Classroom
  • Instructor: Natalie Palms
  • Tuesday, — May 21, 2024
  • 2:45 PM — 5:30 PM
  • Materials included in tuition

About the Instructor:


Natalie Palms is a multidisciplinary artist, working primarily in textiles. She studied Art and Social Behavioral Studies in her hometown of Los Angeles before moving to Oakland. She received her BFA in Individualized Studies at California College of the Arts in 2015.  Upon graduating, she began teaching K-8th art in numerous schools throughout the Bay Area. As a multiracial woman, creating a classroom environment focused on social emotional learning, anti-racism, and sharing culturally diverse artists is important to her. She has recently launched her own business creating accessories she hand dyes and prints, while curating and leading textile focused workshops for children and adults throughout the Bay Area. www.nataliepalms.com / natalierose_textiles

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.