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Tech Series Teaches Teens How to Make Stage Magic

Actors may stand in the spotlight on stage, but bringing a character and a story to life takes more than the work of just one person. A memorable performance is enhanced by sound, sets, costumes and makeup. The Lawrence Arts Center’s Tech Series is for anyone in 5th through 12th grade seeking to learn about … [more]

An adult helps a child in family arts class.

Make Art with the Whole Family

Making art by yourself is fun, but making art TOGETHER can be even better! From the ever-popular Family Pottery class to our groundbreaking Play Lab series, there’s plenty of opportunity for multi-generational creativity this fall. And don’t forget, our adult education classes are 14 and up, so you can enroll in classes of all mediums … [more]

A child holds her ink drawing.

Arts Center Partners with Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence to Supply Art Kits

We’ve had such great experiences partnering with Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence in our youth STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) program during the school year, that when this summer’s programming offered opportunities to connect in new ways, we ran with it! Our take-home Art Kits provided the perfect format for sharing art … [more]

Hang12 Alum’s Google Doodle Represents Kansas & Needs Your Vote!

Hang12 alum Elliot Smith was selected to represent Kansas in the Google Doodle competition! Click here to vote for Elliot’s design “Earthward, Inward, Outward” before 2am on Saturday, August 22. Check out this article in the Lawrence Journal-World to learn more about Elliot and the Google Doodle competition.

People installing flooring in theater.

Watch as Black Box Floor Nears Completion!

We are taking advantage of reduced foot traffic at the Arts Center by making a few long-overdue improvements! The first space to see major change is our Black Box theater, which is getting new flooring for the first time since our facility opened in 2002. The Black Box is one of the more widely used … [more]

Zoom meeting of photography class.

Ann Dean’s Youth Virtual Digital Photo Class Creates Lasting Images

That’s a wrap for our summer! Ann Dean’s Youth Virtual Digital Photo class has been rocking, and they finished out the class week of programming strong. Our photography courses didn’t look a thing like years past, but Ann and her students rolled with the changes and created some beautiful work. Click here to see Ann … [more]

A child begins to open an at-home art supply box.

At Home Learning Starts NOW!

Public school may be delayed until September, but at-home learning doesn’t have to wait… Elementary kids will love our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Art a la Carte Summer Supply kits. Young makers will keep busy, stay safe, and have fun with a variety of creative projects that can fit into any schedule. … [more]

Child pokes head out of painted box building.

Box City Tokyo

As we head into our final week of summer classes here at the Lawrence Arts Center, we just wanted to thank everyone who stuck with us through virtual learning and into totally new protocol due to COVID-19 for our limited on-site programming. We appreciate your willingness to work through these trials with us and your … [more]

Young person paints on paper.

Youth Watercolor with Miss Katie Alldritt

Miss Katie Alldritt is usually making magic with our elementary-age artists, but this summer she taught a middle/high school watercolor class on-site. Katie’s students got a deep dive into the fundamentals of watercolor, created their own palettes, and painted some lovely flowers.

A young person wearing a mask stands next to an art kit box.

Cardboard Arcade Comes to Life

Creativity and imagination abounded during Cardboard Arcade last week! The kids started off by watching Caine’s Arcade to get an idea of how they could transform simple cardboard into something amazing. They went on to brainstorm what their arcade game might be, what they would name it, and how they could bring it to life. … [more]