Youth Education at the Creative Alliance

Youth Education at the Creative Alliance


The Creative Alliance after-school and summer programs give kids a safe haven and enriching experiences that help shape their intellect. With rising demand for the Creative Alliance’s innovative art education programs our offerings have expanded to year-round visual and performing art opportunities in schools, library branches and community centers. We reach over 2,000 youth per year through our education programs in Baltimore City and beyond. 


Cultural Expressions: Bridging the Gap for ages 7-14
Sheena Black returns to introduce the fundamentals based on traditional sacred and secular African dances. Participants will be exposed to African influenced movements based on African traditions in Cuba, The Congo, Haiti, and Southern slave plantations in United States. All levels of dance experience from beginner to advanced are welcome. Come prepared with comfortable attire, bare feet, positive energy, and determination. 8 Saturdays: May 3 – Jun 21, 2014 10am-11am $85,$80 mbrs.

Ballet & Modern for ages 3-6
Little dancers discover the basics of ballet, including the five feet positions and French terms such as chassè, jete, and echappe. Their understanding of the basis of ballet will prepare them for exploring Modern dance. Students will have fun while working on a choreographed performance to share with friends and family!7 Saturdays: May 10 – Jun 21, 2014. 12pm-1pm. $75, $70 mbrs.

Digital Photography for ages 9-12
This class focuses on discovering new ways to observe before taking the shot.Participants broaden their skills exploring orientation, angles, perspective, vantage points, as well as various styles of photography, including portrait, landscape, photojournalism, B&W, and more. A portfolio of final images is printed and exhibited on the last day of class. Digital cameras are available, but students are encouraged to bring their own. 5 Saturdays: May 3 - 31. 10am-12pm.$150, $140 mbrs

Video Lab for Teens ages 13+
Video instructor Tre Subira is back by popular demand. This lab prepares students for Mr. Subira’s Advanced Video Production for Teens. Sound and cinematography are critical to the success of any movie. Participants will get hands-on experience in creating sound folios, editing music levels, and recording speech. Teens also experiment with various lenses and editing effects that will help them get just the shot they want. 4 Saturdays: May 3 - 24. 10am-12pm. $80, $75 mbrs.

Advanced Video Production for Teens ages 13+
Teens will go from advanced levels of storyboarding to screening in this video production class. Participants will develop concepts, set lighting, direct actors, and critique their work. By the end, each student will have fully produced, directed, and edited a short movie. Teens screen their work at a culminating event for family and friends. Equipment and software provided. 8 Saturdays: May 31 – Jul 26 (no class July 5). 10am-12pm. $150, $145 mbrs.

Guitar Lesson for ages 8-12
Christopher Dunn, graduate of Peabody Conservatory and founder of Face to Face, teaches students how to play the guitar in a group ensemble setting. Students are equipped with lessons in rhythm skills, music terminology, guitar positioning, chords and scales, and a variety of musical genres, from rock to classical. All participants are granted access to Face to Face Guitar online follow-up tutorials during the length of the workshop. Participants will develop a final performance to share with friends and family. 8 Saturdays: May 31 – Jul 26 (no class July 5). 10am-11am. $140, $135 mbrs. Guitars are not included. To rent or purchase a guitar at a very reasonable rate, contact Christopher Dunn at:


Jul 1 - Aug 5
This summer, young artists engage in hands-on projects that connect the wonders of science and art! Students use visual art to explore how light travels, the way water navigates through plants, how bridges are designed and more. All experiments and conclusions are documented and displayed in a final exhibition at Creative Alliance. Our hypothesis is that this will be an enlightening summer!

Open Minds Art Club locations: 

Creative Alliance | ages 5-7 | Tues & Thurs | 1-3pm

Patterson Park Library | ages 8-11 | Tues & Thurs | 1-3:30pm

Southeast Anchor Library | ages 8-11 | Tues & Thurs | 1-3:30pm

Creative Alliance | teens ages 12+ | Tues & Thurs | 4-6pm

Open Minds Art Clubs are free. Snack is provided. The final exhibition takes place on Sunday, August 10 from 1-3pm. All students must be registered to participate in Open Minds. Contact Rachel Miller, Education Coordinator, at or (410) 276-1651 ext 213.

Open Minds is a program presented by Creative Alliance in partnership with Enoch Pratt Free Library.

KERPLUNK! FREE Family Art Drop-In  

JUL 12 - AUG 9

Open to families and kids of all ages! Tour our galleries and design unique art projects linked to the exhibitions. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon exploring art materials and letting your creativity soar.  Youth must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required!


Tuesdays, April 22 & 29 (2 sessions)

Creative Alliance resident and internationally know Mexican artist Francisco "Paco" Loza, teaches indigenous Huichol Indian art form, arte en estambre, drawing with brightly colored yarn on boards coated with resin and beeswax. En espanol and english. 3:30-6pm. Ages 8 & up. All materials included. FREE! Donations appreciated. Registration required, call 410-276-1651




We invite you, your students, and groups to experience art exhibitions at Creative Alliance at The Patterson! Visit Creative Alliance artist in their live-work studios. Link our current exhibitions to your in-school math, reading, science, and history lessons as a way to address common core standards.

- View our schedule below & pick a Tour Track

To Book Your Tour: Contact Rachel Miller 410-276-1651 ext 201 or email 

Marquee Ball: Road to Rio, April 26, 2014

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