The Art Loft is a new "art experience" program for children, presented by some of the finest professional children's art teachers in the area. Classes are held in our beautiful, sun-filled studio, upstairs at Green Planet Kids.
We encourage you to register your child for a series of classes at a reduced rate, so you don't show up and find that the class is filled, but we do offer a drop-in option. Most classes are 60 minutes and you can register your child to take back-to-back classes if they would like a longer art experience.
To explore our offerings in more detail, please find the class descriptions using the menus on the left.
Most 10 Week Series are just $149 per child and include all materials . Drop-in classes are $20 per child with the exception of Messy Hour which is $15 per child. You do not need to pre-register for a drop-in class, but we do suggest that you call us to find out if there is room that day.
We have designed most of our classes to be appropriate for a wide range of ages. Our children spend most of their day segregated by age, so this is a fun opportunity for children of different ages and abilities to come together in a joyful, creative experience. Unlike the study of most academic subjects, children can successfully produce art in mixed age groups, but at their own level. It also allows siblings to experience classes together. As an added bonus, depending on the ages of your children, you can register them all for the same class, drop them off, and enjoy an hour of free time to shop, relax, or meet a friend for coffee in Newton Highlands!
Older children are always welcome to join a class for younger children, with the understanding that the pace and the explanations will be geared to the younger age group. The reverse is not true however, because some of the classes designated for older children are beyond the fine motor skills of younger children.
To register your child for a class or several classes, find the class using the menus on the left, or by searching our Events Calendar. Then select an image, fill out the registration form and add it to your "shopping cart." If you wish to register your child for more than one class, you will need to fill out a separate registration form for each one. (We apologize for the extra work required; it was a compromise we had to make in order to adapt our soon-to-be shopping website to serve as an online registration tool, and we hope to improve the process soon.) Once you've finished your selections and proceed to checkout, all your classes will be shown and you'll only need to make one payment.
We schedule our teachers and purchase materials based on enrollment for any individual class. In order to make this program work, we can not issue refunds for any reason. However, all classes are fully transferable. If you sign your child up for a class and cannot make it because of illness or for any other reason, you can send a sibling or a friend within the prescribed age group to take your child's place. We hope that you will understand that our need to set this policy is essential to the survival of the program.
If the Newton Public Schools close due to a snow emergency, we will also cancel classes. We will issue full refunds if we have to cancel a class due to a snow emergency. We will also try to reschedule the affected classes at a later date, and you will have priority in registering for the missed class.
We use high-quality materials in all of our Art Loft classes. Where possible, we want to expose your children to "real" art supplies, the same ones used by serious artists. However, we only use materials that are non-toxic and approved for children.
Please read our instructor bios to find out more about the professional art teachers who will be working with your children. Although we would hope to adhere to the teacher assignments as posted, life happens, so we must reserve the right to change teacher assignments for any reason without notice.