Director's Letter

"It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see." — HENRY DAVID THOREAU

How do we make education relevant so that it resonates with children, elevates them and inspires them to see the world through a different lens?

If we want our kids to be creative, innovative and experimental, we need to do more than foster their ambition. We need to make sure they develop their own methods of problem solving while pursuing original and meaningful ideas.

Helping children reach their creative potential is our goal in Art Center for Kids.

It’s a goal that demands a different approach—one that is adventurous, engaging and challenging. To that end, we provide students with the tools they need to explore new solutions and skills that give them confidence in their creative ability.

Here in Art Center for Kids, we motivate students to discover their inspiration and express themselves in new ways. Our classes mirror the many disciplines taught at Art Center and are taught by members of the College’s community—faculty, alumni, undergraduate and graduate students—who encourage new ways of thinking, seeing and doing.

Art Center for Kids is open to students in grades 4–8 at the College’s Hillside and South campuses in Pasadena.

We believe an art and design education can improve children’s lives in many ways—from promoting collaboration to inspiring career goals—but no benefit is more important than simply helping them see that they can turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Fostering that belief is the mission of Art Center for Kids.

Paula Goodman
Director, K-12 Programs