Sensory Arts #1 | 2-5 yrs. | Tuesdays | 10:30-11:45 AM | January 17-March 14 (No class Feb. 21) | Instructor Jenn Demke-Lange
Sensory Arts #2 | 2-5 yrs. | Thursdays, 10:30-11:45 AM | January 19-March 16 (No class Feb. 23) | Instructor Jenn Demke-Lange
Sensory Arts #3 | 2-5 yrs. | Thursdays 4:45-6:00 PM | January 19-March 16 (No class Feb. 23) | Instructor Julie Downey-Hoglund
Max: 10 spots per group - a parent or caregiver must be in attendance
These art classes for two to five year olds and a caregiver are fun-filled explorations of art materials, colours, and textures. Tots and Preschoolers will dive right into the creative process, building new skills along the way! They will explore a wide variety of materials and techniques designed to foster creativity, curiosity and fine motor skills. This class will give them their first Gallery experience, and will utilize multiple areas of the Esplanade for inspiration.
About the Instructors
Julie Downey-Hoglund is passionate about children's art programming with a focus on process and sensory art. Her post-secondary education includes social work and fine art. She has extensive experience in early childhood programming and working with children and youth of all ages and abilities. Julie has been an art instructor at the Esplanade since June, 2018.
Jenn Demke-Lange graduated from the Alberta University of the Arts in 2007 with a BFA and has since developed her creative professional career as a studio ceramic artist, illustrator and visual arts educator. Throughout her role as an arts educator, Jenn applies creative critical thinking and hands-on inquiry based approaches to visual arts education, instruction and lesson plan development. She enjoys working across all artistic media to develop art education experiences and creative invitations that engage both children and life-long learners. As a studio based artist, Jenn previously maintained her art practice out of the Medalta International Artists in Residence program for 10 years and has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. She continues to develop her art practice and is invested in contributing to the cultural content and arts programming within the Medicine Hat community.
Saturdays | January 21-March 18 (No class on February 18)
Esplanauts #1 | 6-8 yrs. | 12:00-1:45 PM
Esplanauts #2 | 9-12 yrs. | 3:15-5:00 PM
Max: 12 spots per group
These 8-week long art classes draw from the current exhibitions in the Art Gallery. Two dimensional and three dimensional art projects are designed to give children the opportunity to explore a wide variety of ideas in a diversity of media. Projects and art activities challenge children while instructors offer plenty of encouragement to provide for a safe environment that promotes exploration, creativity and expression.
About the Instructor
Candice Arnold graduated from the University of Manitoba with her Bachelor of Fine Arts DeEgree in 2005. She has since explored her love of teaching at the Esplanade utilizing materials such as clay, painting, printmaking, pastels, charcoal, and inks. She began with the Esplanade as our Summer Arts Camp Instructor in 2006, continuing in that role for 4 summers while also transitioning into her Esplanauts Instructor role in fall 2006. Alongside her 16+ years of experience with us, she has also facilitated programming at both Medalta and Inspire Café.