Our youth program offers art classes to kids up to 13 years old for a small fee. For us, “art” means every form of creative expression: we’ve had workshops about everything from watercolor to dance! Check this page often, as we’re always offering something new. We offer classes that are free, almost free or great values because we believe that everyone should have access to art. If you know a kid who needs some art in his or her life, but for whom the cost is a barrier, just let us know. We have scholarships that are easy to apply for and that cover everything from tuition to instrument rental fees.

 

If you’re over the age of 13, don’t worry! Check out Art Rocks Teens (A.R.T.), our FREE after-school program. Schedule and more information here.

 

If you’re not already a member of the Pendleton Center for the Arts, you can take advantage of our reduced tuition for members by joining here

 

Our programs are made possible through the support of the Oregon Arts Commission and various foundations.

YOUTH CLASSES

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or just call 541-278-9201    

email classes @ pendletonarts . org (no spaces)    

visit 214 North Main

 

FUN FOR FAMILIES
encouraging cross-generation collaboration

 

FREE FOR ALL! – a FREE drop-in class
(UP TO AGE 12 OR SO)
EVERY SATURDAY, 9:30-10:15 AM
ABSOLUTELY FREE!
Stop in for a fun, FREE Saturday morning art project with one of our creative and enthusiastic staff members. No need to sign up or pay any fees, just come when you can. Pop your head in or stay for the whole session! Kids under 8 must be accompanied by a parent or older pal to help them with the project. This class is supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, investing in Oregon’s arts, humanities and heritage.

Youth Art & Music

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MUSIC FOR YOUTH
relaxed group lessons for 8-12 year olds

Our youth music programs are supported by funding from the Charlotte Martin Foundation, the PGE Foundation and the Rotary Club of Pendleton. It’s all part of S.P.A.R.K., Supporting Performing Arts for Rural Kids, which is helping us bring music to any kid who’s interested, regardless of his or her ability to pay for lessons. Just ask us about tuition scholarships, instrument rental assistance and our instrument lending library!

 

We offer small group lessons in guitar and violin/fiddle for ages 8-12. Guitar classes introduce students to fun rock and pop songs that keep them motivated, while also building a foundation in music theory. Our violin and fiddle groups follow a Suzuki-inspired method that helps students build both classical and traditional repertoire.

 

Guitar lessons continue through the summer. Our violin/fiddle and guitar lessons for the 2014-2015 school year will consist of three 9-10 week terms beginning in late September; registration opens in August.

 

 



BEGINNING GUITAR
(AGES 8-12)

TUESDAYS, 10:00-11:00 AM, JULY 1 - SEPTEMBER 2, NO CLASS JULY 29 & AUGUST 5 (8 SESSIONS)
JARED PENNINGTON, INSTRUCTOR
$60 MEMBERS / $65 NON-MEMBERS
Working from chords and scales, students will get to know their guitars and get excited about playing. Jared believes in integrating fun, dynamic instruction with solid music theory and application. Students will need an instrument – check out Pendleton Music Co. for affordable rentals. (Scholarships are also available for instrument rental fees. Contact the Arts Center for information.) Students from previous Beginning Guitar classes may repeat this offering (we’ll be using new techniques, so you won’t be bored) or move to the Intermediate section. Newcomers are enthusiastically welcomed!


Jared Pennington has performed all over the world while serving in the Marine Corps – and all over the East Coast after his tour of duty ended. Over the course of his travels, Jared picked up everything from the piano to drums to mandolin, and he loves bringing in other instruments to accompany his Arts Center students on their guitars.


INTERMEDIATE GUITAR
(AGES 8-12)

TUESDAYS, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, JULY 1 - SEPTEMBER 2, NO CLASS JULY 29 & AUGUST 5 (8 SESSIONS)
JARED PENNINGTON, INSTRUCTOR
$60 MEMBERS / $65 NON-MEMBERS
Have some basic guitar skills? Join this fun group to learn more advanced chord structures and music theory. Students will learn about stringing chords together for improvisation, plus learn new tunes. We’ll even experiment with recording and arranging songs. Summer term guitar students from the Beginners section may advance to this class; summer term Intermediate students should take this class again for more new material. Newcomers are enthusiastically welcomed! You’ll need an instrument—if you’re renting, visit Pendleton Music Co. for some affordable options. (Scholarships are also available for instrument rental fees. Contact the Arts Center for information.



VIOLIN/FIDDLE: LEVEL 1
(AGES 8-12)
FALL 2014 REGISTRATION OPENS IN AUGUST.
PEG WILLIS, INSTRUCTOR
This small group lesson is tailored for young students who have never played the fiddle before or have only been playing for a little while. We’ll start with the basics, and then learn bowing rhythms and a few songs, putting into practice the skills that we have learned. In this group for beginners, we’ll be learning by ear.
Active parent participation is key to each student’s progress. Parents should attend each lesson and be willing to help their children practice at home every day-- Peg will provide parents with the skills they need to be involved.

Peg Willis has taught music (guitar, fiddle, violin and more) for about 50 years. Really! Besides being a beloved instructor, Peg has directed a number of performing groups, including The Pick 'n' Bow Company, Shenanigans and Mulligan Stew. Her groups performed extensively, traveling all over the country and to Ireland for gigs. Peg is an avid knitter and cross-stitcher, and she’s working on the Next Great American Novel. 



VIOLIN/FIDDLE: LEVEL 2
(AGES 8-12)

FALL 2014 REGISTRATION OPENS IN AUGUST.
PEG WILLIS, INSTRUCTOR

This small group lesson is for more experienced students who are comfortable learning at a faster pace. 1-2 years of experience playing the fiddle is desirable. We will be learning fiddle songs by ear and with sheet music and/or tab. The objectives of this group will be to add songs to your personal repertoire, gain confidence playing in front of people, learn and critique skills and techniques and, most of all, have fun. Students make the most progress when parents are actively involved, at lessons and at home.
It’s helpful if parents attend each lesson, though not mandatory at this level. 


VIOLIN/FIDDLE: LEVEL 3
(AGES 8-12)

FALL 2014 REGISTRATION OPENS IN AUGUST.
PEG WILLIS, INSTRUCTOR
Several years of violin/fiddle experience and an ability to learn quickly by ear are pre-requisites for this class. Students will spend a shorter time learning each tune so that we can build repertoire more quickly. Students will have access to instruments like the mandolin, guitar, piano and bass and will be encouraged to begin applying their skills to a wide variety of instruments.
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend.

ART FOR YOUTH
visual art & movement for 2-12 year-olds


WATCH FOR FABULOUS SUMMER CLASSES!

Clay, drawing, drama and more.

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION AND PARENTAL PERMISSION FORMS