Director's Letter

"You can’t just give someone a creativity injection. You have to create an environment for curiosity and a way to encourage people and
get the best out of them.
Sir Ken Robinson

Providing children with an opportunity to dream up new ideas and giving them the time and space to develop their creative voices epitomizes what in German is called Spielraum, which literally means “a room to play in” or “plenty of room.” Giving children plenty of room to imagine, create and explore their future selves through hands-on experiences in art and design reflects our mission in ArtCenter for Kids.

We strive to help children develop skills and attitudes that will drive their success in school and in life. We help them see that they can make their imagination visible and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Here in ArtCenter for Kids, we motivate students to express themselves in new ways and discover their sources of inspiration. Our classes mirror the many disciplines offered at ArtCenter and are taught by members of the College’s community–faculty, alumni, undergraduate and graduate students–who encourage new ways of thinking, seeing and doing.

ArtCenter for Kids is open to students in grades 4-8 at the College’s Hillside and South Campuses in Pasadena.

Join us on this journey to provide children with Spielraum to give them the space and time to nurture their creativity and inspire them to see the world through a different lens.

Paula Goodman
Director, K—12 Programs

“The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau