Online Kids Art Programs and Classes  

Month-long art classes for kids and teens!  Offered on Zoom, these classes feature hands-on art and literacy.  Each session is full of games, laughing, and a multi-sensory learning experience. 

Classes Offered for Kids Ages 5-9



Intro to Art 

Mondays in September, 4-5pm EST

September 7, 14, 21, and 28

In this interactive class, kids will practice many art forms every week, including, but not limited to drawing, painting, photography, and collage.  As a class, we will have prompts throughout the week to encourage their exploration and creativity.  In the class session, we will walk through instruction/lesson, share artists that reflect the student's interests and styles, and go over the work that the students have created in the week.  





Intro to Photography  

Mondays in October, 4-5pm EST

October 5, 12, 19, 26

Each week, we will do interactive lessons, move around the house and space, and understand elements of photography, but also art and design.  We will get creative as we use smartphones, ipads, point and shoot cameras, DSLR, but also have fun as we utilize and play with the webcam angles and perspectives.  We will also experiment with filmmaking language and perspective.  





Watercolor Painting


Mondays in November, 4-5pm EST

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 

We will be scientists and artists as we explore watercolor painting! Each week we will read a themed book about kindness, connection, or love that has watercolor illustrations, and do an art project with watercolor paints.  Together we will explore techniques, experiments, and tricks to make watercolor pictures of all kinds!  This class includes a kit of watercolor paints and paper.




Comic Book Drawing 


Mondays in December, 4-5pm EST

December 7, 14, 21, 28 

Each week, we will make or do various elements of comic book and graphic novels.  From lettering, panel design, drawing, and coloring, the kids will understand and do it all!  We will look at different styles of drawing - whether that is anime, manga, or stylistic choices when an artist or illustrator uses pencil, marker, or even paint to make their books.  Understanding these styles better, we will then practice them ourselves.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the class buy? 


Each class registration buys the month-long class.  

How long are the classes?

Classes are one month long each.  Children ages 5-14 sessions are once a week, for one hour.  Teen classes are two hours, a class on Mondays and a guided lab on Wednesdays. 


How strict are the ages?  

The ages are flexible for the classes. They are designed for their specific audiences, so, for example, the 8-13 year old class may require different tech skills.  

How are the classes conducted?


Understanding that kids, teens, and adults are getting zoom-ed out, I build in a lot of different learning styles and types of engagement.  We utilize Google Classroom with prompts, communication, and positive reinforcement.   

How do we receive Zoom Links, etc? 

After registration, you will immediately receive the digital download with a welcome letter.  One week before the class, all participants will receive a Zoom link and Google Classroom invite.  

How do the kits work for some classes? 

Some classes include kits for activities we will do.  I will drop off these kits to houses/spaces the week before class starts.  Each child will receive their own kit, so please email how many children will be in the class.  

Can people in different cities take classes?


Definitely!  That's one of the great benefits of Zoom classes.  There have been kids in different states and even different countries!   

What is the refund policy? 

Any class that needs to be dropped can do so up to a week before the class starts, and have a full refund minus a $10 administrative fee.  There are no refunds on classes after the start date unless there are extenuating circumstances.  

Do you have scholarships?  

Yes! Thanks to a very generous sponsor, there are some scholarships available.  Please email me to learn more.  

This has been a great experience building on my art skills. Today’s class really had me feeling like an artist. I find myself with more understanding and appreciation for objects and other things around me. Especially, their shapes and movement.  I have found myself waiting for an opportunity to get out my sketchbook and practice what I learned.

Jose Romussi, an artist that we study in Modern Collage 
An experiment using a camera lens, from our DSLR class  

Classes Offered for Kids Ages 8-14


Intro to DSLR Photography

Tuesdays in September, 4-5pm EST

September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


Learn how to use a DSLR camera for photography!  Kids practice the many features of a camera, and understand shutter, aperture, ISO, depth of field, composition, perspective, and many other elements of photography.  More than anything, kids will develop their own style with open-ended prompts/assignments to encourage them to practice taking pictures.  We will have prompts, and encourage kids to send in their work.  

Modern Collage 

Wednesdays in September, 4-5pm EST

September 2, 9,16, 23, 30


This is no ordinary collage class.  I think all kids know collage now - magazines, glue, tiny shards of paper everywhere.  This is so much more.  In this class, we will explore, build, and innovate what we know of this medium.  

Each class will feature a different era of the collage genre, from Picasso and found objects, to Annegret Soltau and sewing thread onto canvas, to more modern collage approaches like picture juxtapositions.  We will work from themes and/or emotions as we create work that is meaningful and important to the kids.  3d pieces will emerge from paper, work will become tactile, interesting, and it will speak to them. 



Intro to Drawing

Tuesdays in October, 4-5pm EST

October 6, 13, 20, 27


In this class, we will understand and hone our drawing skills using hand/eye practices, value - light and shadow work, and shape/form work as we understand and create still lifes.  

A huge part of being an artist is seeing like an artist.   How do we observe, and break down the world around us using shape, form, light, shadow, and value?  We will be seeking inspiration and studying work of artists that exhibit elements of art and design.  Using their examples, we will come to understand how and why movement, repetition, or contrast work in a piece.  Then we will use these elements of art and design in our own work.  




Kindle Comic Creators 


Wednesdays in October, 4-5pm EST

October 7, 14, 21, 28   


In this class, kids will write and design a complete single series comic book, graphic novel, or storyboard to prep for a movie!  The mission of such is to have a completed work to upload to Kindle Comic Creator, so they can read it on a tablet or phone like an e-book.  This will be shared with a private link, so students and families have can share it with friends, family, or send it as a gift! 




Advanced DSLR Photography 


Tuesdays in November, 4-5pm EST

November 3, 10, 17, 24


Take your photography to the next level!  We will take a deep dive into manual settings, study the elements and techniques of understanding how we as photographers take portrait, commercial, landscape, long exposure, and other photography mediums. 

We will also take a class survey of editing software, and using what students have - whether that is Google Photos or Adobe products, we will learn and understand editing and post-processing.  If students' cameras allow it, or using smartphones, we will also have a week on filmmaking and cinematography. 

Art Journaling 


Wednesdays in November, 4-5pm EST

November 4, 11, 18, 25


This open-ended class is designed to create and maintain a habit of art making, self love, and an honoring of their awesome lives.  We will have open ended prompts in class, and we will be collaging, painting, drawing, writing, adding poetry or song lyrics.  Additionally, I will be sending prompts every day that will activate their personal learning styles, engage them artistically and mentally, and encourage their work with ideas, suggestions, and mindful work.

As the mission is to set up the mental, emotional, and physical space for art making, we will have discussions about how we can cultivate a space for creativity and expression.  This may be a desk in their room or in the house, at the kitchen table, or elsewhere.  The materials that your child needs will vary depending on what they are drawn to as an artist - some love watercolor paints, others will do primarily collage, etc. 


Comic Book Character and Design  


Tuesdays in December, 4-5pm EST

December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 


In this class, we will draw and understand many forms of comic book and graphic novels characters and design.    


Each week, we will study, make or do various elements of comic book and graphic novels.  The student’s interests and books they love will inform the class, as we look at their books specifically, drawing both interest and other connections to other art forms.  We will come to understand not only the styles that the artist/illustrator chose, but also how we can access these styles and do it ourselves. 

Smartphone Photography  


Wednesdays in December, 4-5pm EST

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30


In this class, we will use smartphones to learn photography and hone our personal styles.  We will learn the technical elements of photography, and together as a class we will see and understand lighting, perspective, and environments to make new and exciting compositions.  


(With parent permission), We will download apps like VSCO and 1998 Cam, and share the similarities and differences.  We will also have an app and internet safety conversation.   

© 2016-2020 by Mallory Shotwell  

Interdisciplinary artist, art teacher, and curator    Grand Rapids, Michigan

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