Arts Samplers Ages 5-8

Beginning Arts Samplers, Full Day Classes

Arts Samplers provide comprehensive, multi-disciplined experiences in art, music and theater. Designed for beginning to intermediate levels, students need no prior experience. These one-week, all-day classes are a fun and educational way to learn about the arts! Students must bring a brown-bag lunch and two snacks. Classes, lunch and breaks are fully supervised by instructors and CSA staff. Instructors are ISU faculty, ISU graduate arts students and ISU undergraduate arts education majors. 


Each day is filled with theater, music and art activities, and ends with an hour of yoga and relaxation. Our Yoga sessions are taught by a licensed yoga instructor and are designed for children at all fitness levels. At the end of the week, students participate in a final theater performance. In addition, art exhibitions are scheduled throughout the summer to recognize our young artists. Family and friends are invited to the events, followed by a reception with cake and punch.


All supplies, except for cameras, are included in the fee. Art Samplers for 8-11 year olds include digital photography and children must bring a digital camera on the first day of class and the remainder of the week. Parents may drop off children between 7:45-8:15 a.m. and pick them up between 5:00-5:15 p.m. During the day, time is set aside for lunch and snack breaks. “Chill time” gives children the opportunity to rest on their yoga mats indoors, or go to a grassy area out-of-doors to play. 

I’m An Artist! – Arts Sampler 5 for Ages 5-8

Note: This class is suitable for 5-7 year-olds and 8 year-olds who like spending time with younger children. Children who love art may especially enjoy this class as two sessions per day are devoted to art.


7:45 – 8:15 a.m.: Drop off your child with Megan Casas and Korri Martin

Room LCPFA Recital Hall

8:00 – 9:15 a.m.: Theater: The Imagination Stage, instructed by Megan Casas and Korri Martin

Room LCPFA Recital Hall

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.: Snack and chill time with Megan Casas and Korri Martin

Room LCPFA Recital Hall

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.: Theater: The Imagination Stage, instructed by Megan Casas and Korri Martin

Room LCPFA Recital Hall

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Outside the Lines, instructed by Megan Casas and Korri Martin

Room FA 119

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch with Petra Nyendick and Crystal Myers

Room FA 119

1:00- 2:15 p.m.: Movements Through Dance, instructed by Mounika Reddy Ragula and Megan Casas

Room LCPFA 161

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.: Snack and chill time with Sarah Cole and Korri Martin

Room LCPFA 161

3:00 – 4:15 p.m.: Creative Writing and Art, instructed by Sarah Cole and Korri Martin

Room FA 119

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.: Yoga for Kids, instructed by Melissa Grinslade

Room FA 409

5:00 – 5:15 p.m.: Pick up your child with Melissa Grinslade

Room FA 409


Dates & Time: July 11-15 (Monday through Friday)

Full day: 7:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Final Art Exhibition: July 18-22, with an opening reception on Wednesday, July 20, 4:30-6:00 pm in the Bare-Montgomery Art Gallery, Fairbanks Hall, 220 N. 7th Street.

Final Theater Performance: July 15, 5:00 p.m., Landini Center for Performing and Fine Arts, Recital Hall

Maximum Enrollment: 15

Fee: Non-member/$220, member/$198

Includes materials and in-class use of instruments and yoga mats. Children must bring a brown-bag lunch and snacks.

Instructors: Megan Casas, Korri Martin, Mounika Reddy Ragula, Sarah Cole, Melissa Grinslade


The Imagination Stage

This class introduces students to theater. Throughout the week, children learn body movement, how to project their voices and build a character through enjoyable workshops and practical applications. Students explore what it takes to create a character for the stage through the magic of imagination!


Outside the Lines

Art activities that emphasize challenging a student’s developmental level through multiple approaches and materials increase confidence in social, creative, and academic abilities. Kids boost fine motor skills as they cut, tear, and manipulate all sorts of art materials in this weeklong art exploration while developing spatial awareness in landscape drawings, still life paintings, and small sculptures. A large part of the week’s class will focus on improving students’ awareness of color as they paint scenes from stories, draw self-portraits, and build structures.

Movements Through Dance

This class provides children the opportunity to explore and learn basic dance moves from different genres such as folk, hip-hop and salsa.

Creative Writing and Art

In this arts adventure, students write and illustrate their own creative tales. This class introduces students to elements of creative writing and how they connect with principles of visual art. Throughout the week, students learn a brief history about the interconnection of art and writing. The class will end with a group critique using terms they learned.


Yoga For Kids

Yoga comes to life in these fun and creative classes designed to expand students’ minds and encourage wellness. Cooperative games, themed activities, storytelling, and music engage our children’s natural energy and enthusiasm. Classes explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, visual imagery, and creative relaxation techniques while conveying lessons in self-expression, body image, and positive thinking. Partner poses and yoga games build positive peer interactions and socials kills. This is a unique way for children to build skills they can carry into their everyday lives. This class is for children of all fitness levels.