Children naturally love art – painting, drawing, making music, and theater. The arts help children think creatively, learn observation, collaboration, and problem-solving techniques, all while building confidence and self-esteem. REGISTER

Central Branch

June 11-August 10
Ages 6-12  |  $85M/$128NM

Take an adventure under the sea; each class will explore a new sea creature and learn how they live. For instance, do you know how many shark species there are? You will after this class!

Have you ever worn a pair of tie-dye socks? Let's learn to tie-dye more than shirts! Come join us for a very colorful summer!

Come share your passion for art and creativity with us! Learn how to use different kinds of art supplies including paint, clay and chalk.

Do you want to learn how to make slime? or make a volcano and watch it erupt? Then this class is for you – let's get messy while we learn!


Art01Our YMCA arts programs promote confidence and creativity through dance, drawing, drama, painting, music and more.

While the YMCA is traditionally known as a place to learn how to swim or practice your favorite sport, YMCAs are quickly becoming the place where kids and adults learn to paint, write, sing or act. The Fox Valley Family YMCA offers a variety of art and theater classes for children to experience a variety of art mediums such as theater, painting, drawing, sculpting and more.

According to a recent article, Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University says, “Parents need to be aware that children learn a lot more from graphic sources now than in the past. Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.”