Get creative, get messy, and have a blast while you feed your inner artist this summer with SMARTS Artist in the Making Summer Workshops. These new, short, one-week workshops are a unique arts opportunity that will get you up and moving, meeting new people, and experimenting with visual art, music, dance, theater, or creative writing.  You can explore your favorite art or try something new! These workshops are are taught using the approach of arts integration, so it will challenge you to explore the world, look at different topics, and find ways to pull inspiration from other subjects in order to make amazing art. You’ll learn new ways to see, listen, feel, and think like an artist. No summer brain drain, here. Bring your imagination and let’s have some fun. We can’t wait to see what cool things you create this summer!

SMARTS Students are permitted to sign up for only one summer workshop. Students are welcome to bring a snack and a small sack lunch as there will be a short break during the day.

Summer Session A

Monday – Thursday, June 10-13

@ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

Drum and Dance: Grades K-2

Sam Andrade

A SMARTS Arts Integrated Workshop

Step into sound with this fun dance class where you’ll get to create the music you move to. Explore rhythms and dance moves from some of your favorite songs and learn new ones from around the world. Put your counting and storytelling skills to the test as you make original choreography together. If you like to jump, jive, and groove, this class is for you

Word Drawing Workshop: Grades 3-12

Kara Terlecki

A SMARTS Arts Integrated Workshop

Learn how to think like an artist in this workshop where you’ll find something important you want to say and decide how to illustrate that message through your art by manipulating both words and images. Draw with words and use color to bring your thoughts to life and use your art skills to try something new and reach deep. It’s your chance to be clever and witty, express your feelings, or make something wild.

Spontaneous Scenarios Workshop: Grades 3-12

Savannah Teter

Welcome to the acting workshop that relies on your own imagination. You’ll learn the basics of improvisation and participate in many acting exercises that allow you to engage with others in scenarios. The best part? You get to decide what happens next. Sure to make a lot of laughs, this is a week you won’t want to miss!  No acting experience is necessary.

Summer Session B

Monday – Thursday, June 24-27

@ 10:30 am - 12:45 pm

Musical Worlds, Grades 3-12

Amanda Nottingham

A SMARTS Arts Integrated Workshop

If you have a fascination with different types of musical instruments, this class is for you. Be a part of a journey to create a world from a variety of percussion and other instruments. As a class, you will design a musical atmosphere and tell stories based on grooves, rhythms, and sound effects. No musical experience is necessary to participate in this workshop.

Chalk it Up Workshop, Grades K-2

Weslie Detwiler

A SMARTS Arts Integrated Workshop

Sometimes the best part of making art is getting our hands messy!  In this workshop, we’ll experiment with chalk, charcoal and pastels as we learn about different elements of weather phenomenon. Students will smudge, smear, and shade their way through tornados, ice storms, volcanoes, fog, rainbows, and lightning to create art that illustrates the science of weather.


One Hot Cookie Design Workshop, Grades 3-12

Kara Terlecki

Love art? Love cookies? We do, too! That’s why this workshop will be fun in a delicious way. Be a part of a team that will design window art for the native downtown Youngstown business, One Hot Cookie. You’ll learn marketing and advertising concepts, how to convey a message through your art, and how to capture an audience’s attention. Best of all, you’ll get to draw your design on One Hot Cookie’s window for all the city to see!