The ARTree Community Arts Center

Developing the Roots of Creativity


The ARTree provides an “Arts Sampler” of classes to introduce our students to a variety of arts experiences. We weave the sampler of classes together through a common theme.

During each six-week class schedule we offer visual arts classes such as painting, origami, sculpture, and collage. Performing arts classes have included story telling, salsa and hip-hop dancing, rhythm instruments, and song writing. By offering such a variety of classes we are able to find an arts passion in every child who participates.

For dates and times of our current and upcoming classes, please check the calendar.

Fall Classes 2014

September 11 Dianne and Michael will team up to begin our creative study of The Many Faces of Art, our theme for the fall class series. The class will include contour drawing and paper mache masks.

September 18 Kay will teach a lesson inspired by Edvard Munch's famous work, The Scream. Students will create Scream portraits using crayon resist and watercolors after enjoying a slideshow about the artist and his work.

September 25 Exploring Emotions, taught by Noel, will be a physical expression of facial emotions that will include helping students get in touch with the communication our faces share with others. Student expressions will be videotaped so that the kids can view the expressions they create.

October 2 Kay is back to teach, Colorful Collage, a portrait lesson that will include a focus on several collage artists. The hands-on art project will incorporate silhouettes of the students with many colorful images.

October 9 Elizabeth will explore the works of artist Paul Klee and create abstract self portraits in the style of his work using colored pastels and watercolor pencils.

October 16 In our final class in the six week series, Michael will focus on the works of Jean Dubuffet while exploring portraits using pen on paper.

Winter Classes 2014

January 15 - February 19 Enjoy six weeks of watercolor techniques with Michael Powell and The ARTree. All finished works will be matted and ready for framing. Thursdays 4:00pm - 5:30pm at the Santa Clarita Activities Center. $45 non-refundable fee. Registration begins November 18 online and by mail - visit and search for Seasons.

Fall Classes End

On October 16th The ARTree completed our fall class series called, The Many Faces Of Art, at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex. The classes offered many materials and techniques to help students explore the human face in art. Each class began with a brief PowerPoint presentation that offered some insight into the artist whose works inspired the lesson to be taught that afternoon. Classes included watercolors, plaster, pastels, collage, mixed media projects, ink, and even non-verbal facial expression. At the end of the sixth class parents were invited to view a small show featuring all of the art created over the six-week series. Parents and student artists enjoyed viewing all of the wonderful art.

Our next series will begin January 15th. Interested students may sign up through Seasons Magazine beginning November 18th.

Summer 2014 Classes

Our first Master’s Class, taught by Michael Powell, consisting of six weeks of watercolor classes, was a big success. The students really enjoyed learning new watercolor techniques each week. Michael will be back this winter for another six weeks of Master’s classes. Watch the Seasons magazine for updates.

Summer classes at the Newhall Community Center featured three-dimensional projects taught by a six different artists. The students fully embraced each activity. Everyone really enjoyed seeing all of the finished projects at the mini art show held on July 29th. Fall classes are listed in the new Seasons magazine. Classes in “The Many Faces of Art” series will begin on Thursday, September 11th and will continue for six weeks.

ARTree at Newhall Library

The ARTree, parents and children celebrated Valentines Day by creating marvelous HEART creations made out of pipe cleaners, foil and plaster.

The projects are usually kept at the library for decor, but in this case the children took them home for their loved ones.