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September 16th, 2010 at 01:58 pm

Well, LM finally expressed an interest in something. He is obviously musical and artistic.

His school actually has a dedicated art teacher. I am surprised he isn't really taking to it so much, but I am sure he will as they do more drawings and such. (They started out the year with sculpture, which he didn't seem to enjoy?)

So, they had a sales pitch for a private after school program. Dh told him the usual "hell no." But I said, "Wait a minute - it's not like BM who has 5 things going on and then wants to do the Mad Science after school, which cost an arm and a leg."

I figured if he is showing interest in something, it is fair to oblige.

Of course, the cost is $14 per class. (choke choke). No discount for more classes. Rolleyes

I keep hearing all about this new childrens' art studio downtown. I am sure it is quite nice, and figured that might be more economical. Um, no? $16 per one visit. It's only $8 per person, but LM can't take himself. Rolleyes The KidzArt program would be cheaper and more convenient, then.

The city actually has no art classes. They used to have a kid art class that one of the kids was enrolled in. Maybe it was LM. That was a long time ago - nothing right now.

I will be keeping my eyes out for more frugal alternatives for some creative outlets for LM. I may sign him up for the Kidzart just to see how he likes it. But for the most part, seems overpriced. BM did Mad Science for one term and though he enjoyed it, we weren't very impressed. That we can do at home. We just don't feel we have much to offer as far as artistic guidance. Maybe we could find some free stuff online. It seems what he liked was being instructed how to draw a particular thing, and he does do quite well. Better than I could (which isn't saying much!) Maybe we can find that kind of stuff online.

He's 5 - so not a lot of other options at the moment.

All I can think about in this economy, is who pays for this stuff?? I am tired of seeing people who can't afford their mortgages with $100+ gym memberships and apparently spending $16 for every art visit. (All my REALLY broke friends have told me all about this art place. I just can't stomach the price!)

9 Responses to “Art Classes”

  1. momcents Says:

    I don't want to tell you how much I pay per hour for the privilage of having an Irish dance expert coming from Ireland to abuse my children and improve their technique so they will qualify for worlds!

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    I think a dance expert is different than an art franchise. Wink I don't mind paying for a skill, if I have the money. But this is just for minimum waged people to teach a class.

    In regards to this art space, it is supposed to be just a cool art space. Okay, so if I go 4 times, that is $64. I am considering making an art space for him in my house. For $64, it would be pretty grand!

  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    MM, I'm starting to think that the extras for children are about the last thing to go in many a family's budget. It seems nuts to me, too, even though I really value many of those activities.

  4. momcents Says:

    I would think that by using coupons found online for Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and Joanne Fabrics you could really stretch your art studio money. My kids LOVE the canvases that you can purchase for $3 and they all make wonderful self-portraits! You could probably even find a pottery kit at craigslist (we liked that after getting tired of play dough).

  5. PrincessPerky Says:

    My daughter is in an art class with less than 10 students, 30 for three months of weekly classes.

    I'll let you know if it was worth it at the end when I get to see the finished stuff.

  6. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    at 5 years old, keep your expectations realistic to what an art program is going to achieve. Exposing a little kid to many artistic endeavors (yes INCLUDING dance and music) is definitely a benefit. Let him get messy with clay, paint, glue, scissors, and on. But it may be years before he gravitates toward a specific type of work. (Heck some adult part-time artists I know still aren't sure what they want to do).

    So maybe give it a try, but keep an eye out, there are lots of art opportunities. My sister gives ad hoc knitting classes at a weekly organic food market ($10 for an hour, you keep the yarn and leave the needles). Ask around, art types are starving too and probably are happy to provide inexpensive and less structured instruction. Especially for a 5 year old.

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    PCJ - Good advice. Everything around here is geared to the high cost end - not sure the quality is even worth it - lots of franchises. Maybe I just have to dig a little bit more.

    BM LOVES the art classes at school, so I am hoping LM warms up. At least I know he is getting age appropriate art instruction.

  8. miclason Says:

    do the art museum or the library offer classes? Our museum of modern art offers classes every Saturday, and the price is waaaaay cheaper than "private" art studios.

  9. MonkeyMama Says:

    Miclason - I don't see anything, but will keep an eye out. (I saw some sky high art classes at some less known galleries, but the main art museum in town is closed for a while, so I will have to remember to keep an eye out when they re-open).

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