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Too Cool For School? Enroll in a Middle or High School School’s Out Day

Here at the LAC, we’re pretty extra. Extracurricular, that is! Don’t roll your eyes just yet; from our joint STEAM project with Boys and Girls Club to our Creative Youth Development programs HANG12 and stARTup, we strive to provide quality humanities after school programming to foster creativity, analytical skills, and professional development. Did you know … Continued


School’s Out! Miniatures and Magic in Youth Visual Arts

On February 15th, 21st, and 22nd, school’s out. At the Lawrence Arts Center, we’ve planned elementary classes for the day off, offering thematic art experiences for grades 1st through 5th!  From 9 AM to 4 PM, your student can explore visual arts and theatrical movement while practicing concepts in science, engineering, and mathematics. Mini-Masterpieces Kansas … Continued


Gift a Class and Make it a Local Handmade Holiday!

Teaching Artist and screenprint instructor Alicia Kelly’s holiday card   Looking for that perfect last minute local gift, but would rather not leave the warmth and safety of a flickering Netflix marathon? Why compromise? Enrollment in a Winter/Spring class at the Lawrence Arts Center makes the perfect surprise, and with online and phone registration options, … Continued


December Events in Youth Visual Arts

Detail from Serotonin Vision Quest, intaglio print, by Artist in Residence Johanna Winters Hang 12 and Johanna Winters Collaborate with USD 497: In November, Artist in Residence Joanna Winters guided high school art students in developing an edition of prints inspired by techniques from her studio and participants’ personal struggles. Opening Friday, November 30th, works from the … Continued


Art-a-cadabra: Elementary Illusionists

While the fall semester is drawing to a close, there’s still an opportunity for a week of after-school fun in the STEAM education class Illusionists. Running from Monday, December 5th to Thursday, December 9th, elementary school students will conjure an array of arts-based activities from optical tricks to performative feats. We’ll be pulling rabbits out … Continued


Last call for fall classes!

If you’re looking for something creative to do now that the weather has changed, you’re in luck! A few classes remain open for enrollment in November. Join us to wind down 2018 with a little more dance, drama, magic and holiday preparation!


Boys and Girls Club Break the Internet

The Art Hawks behind the thearthawk.weebly.com were a group of 20 1st-5th graders that are part of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence. Teaching Artists Leah Towle and Ashley Russell visited them for a week, and then they came to work at the Lawrence Arts Center for the following two weeks for “Break the Internet.” The … Continued


New! Bring a Buddy Discount Available for Fall Second Session Youth Classes

The second round of our fall Youth Visual Arts classes are quickly approaching, with many beginning the week of October 21st. These six-week sessions, weeklong ARTspace STEAM intensives, and School’s Out camps are a great opportunity to learn a new skill, develop after-school creative interests, and above all, meet new friends. To celebrate, we’re offering … Continued


Art as an opportunity for creativity, connection, and communication

Hello Friends, The other day some colleagues and I were discussing what defines us as the Lawrence Arts Center. Beyond all the buzz words of integrity, commitment to quality, having fun, enrichment, etcetera, etcetera, we dug deeper into what motivates us, inspires us, keeps us moving forward into new frontiers. The more we spoke about … Continued


Youth art classes for fall: we’re so excited!

September 2018 Hello Friends, Breathe. You made it! The heat is diminishing. The kids are back at school. The uncertainty (also read as adventure) of summer is over.  So, now what? After running over 100 classes this summer that change each week and offer a multitude of surprises, I know I’m more than ready to … Continued