Arts education programming at the Lawrence Arts Center encourages students of all ages and experience levels to experiment, explore, and deepen understanding of art while making lasting connections with their teachers and each other. Classes fit a variety of schedules, experience levels, and interests, and financial aid is available for those who demonstrate financial need.
Current & Upcoming
September 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
1st grade thru Adults Calling all dancers ages 6-18 and adults to audition for Lawrence classic The Nutcracker, A …
September 30 @ 7:30 pm
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October 16 @ 8:00 am - October 21 @ 9:00 pm
Artwork by Justin Marable exhibitions • print fair • wayzgoose workshops • demonstr…
October 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The John Talleur Printmaking Studio | Friday, October 20th 10am - 4pm | $150 ($135 for members) Explore the tr…
The adventure continues this fall with great classes for old & young alike! Member enrollment begins July 23rd.
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Arts Education Programming
Arts-Based Preschool and Kindergarten
The arts-based approach pioneered at the Lawrence Arts Center sets the stage for a lifetime love of learning. The Arts-Based Preschool is for children ages 3-5 and provides social, motor, and creative experiences that excite love for learning. The Arts Based Kindergarten for children ages 5-6 continues this approach with a special focus on preparing young students to develop innovation skills. Through rich and varied experiences with the arts in combination with a sound curriculum, children grow in both self-esteem and intellectual ability. Lots of fun, love, and rich learning experiences that nurture creative thinking, decision making, imagination, and art appreciation.
Linda Reimond, Early Childhood Education Director
School of Dance
The Lawrence Arts Center’s dance curriculum is guided by leading professionals in each discipline, and also by the national dance education standards set by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and the National Dance Education Association. With over 200 years of experience in the dance field, our faculty enable students to follow a sequential program, and develop skills appropriate for their age and level. Building the artist as well as the art, we encourage students to become their best within the spectrum of each discipline, develop a sense of artistry and to experience the joy of dance.
Hanan Misko, Director of the School of Dance:
The Lawrence Arts Center is at the forefront of the movement to integrate science, technology, engineering, and math education with art, transforming STEM to STEAM. Art Space is the Lawrence Arts Center’s signature art and science program for students in 1st-5th grade with an integrated science and art curriculum that meets national art education and science standards.
Neal Barbour, Director of Youth Education:
School of Theatre & Music
The School of Theatre & Music classes and workshops provide all ages with theatre arts training taught by professional artists. These classes follow a sequential program beginning with exploration, developing the tools of an actor (voice, body, and imagination), solidifying acting fundamentals, and offering performance-based opportunities.
Amanda Pintore, Associate Director for Performing Arts & Performing Arts Education
Creative Youth Development Programs
The Lawrence Arts Center offers a place for young people in 6th through 12th grades to immerse themselves in project-based, creative environments where they can develop real-world experience and hands-on arts-based job skills. Creative Youth Development Programs include:
- HANG12 provides students with the opportunity to plan, curate, and host youth exhibitions in Downtown Lawrence every final Friday.
- PLAY12 brings students together to produce a public performance–whether dance, music, or theatre–each month.
- stARTup gives students the professional training and materials they need to jumpstart a career as a visual artist.
Students age 14+ are also welcome in adult classes, unless otherwise indicated in the description.
Neal Barbour, Director of Youth Education:
The Arts Center’s adult education program features classes in a wide variety of visual arts and performing arts classes–from printmaking and ceramics to ballroom dancing and ballet. With a focus on creative connections, building community and developing artistic skills & techniques, the adult education program offers opportunities for those new to the arts to professional artists. Its never too late to learn something new!
Kyla Strid, Director of Adult Education and Artist Residences: