Arts Umbrella has visual arts, music, dance, and theatre classes starting from age two.
There are several options when it comes to classes at Arts Umbrella for early learning. The very youngest, two and three year olds, can attend 45-minute Parent & Me classes, where you get to stay the whole time to support your child. One of the things I really like about Arts Umbrella is the ratio of teachers to students, and their experience with the age group. All the Parent & Me classes I took with my son were perfectly paced, and well judged for his developmental level. If you’ve got an active kid that doesn’t want to sit down and listen to three minutes of instructions, they’ve got you covered.
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Three and up
Once your child gets to three years old, the options open up a bit. You can still choose Parent & Me classes if you feel like they would rather have you there, or you can go for drop-off class, both are 45 minutes. Once they’re comfortable with taking classes on their own, you can even schedule Half-Day Art Immersion, which is a great option if you need to get some things done. You can pick two different classes, and book a transition time when the kids will get a little break to have a snack, and then be escorted to their next class.
Imaginations run wild
All the classes, from theatre to dance to visual arts, take in a bit of foundation in their traditions: using pictures of Picasso’s works as an inspiration, or working through the movement language of animals. Instructors are quick to pick up on the class interests and flexible in their teaching. These arts classes are a great way to test the waters and see what your child is interested in.
These early learning classes and half-day art immersion are available at both Granville Island and South Surrey campuses.
This post is sponsored by Arts Umbrella. We believe that art is for everyone. As a not-for-profit arts education centre, we think access to the highest quality arts education is a basic human right, regardless of your experience, education, socio-economic background or ballet slipper size. We are just for those ages 2 to 19 though, because, well, we love the way kids and youth love the arts.
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Erin McGann is the former Managing Editor for Vancouver Mom and Toronto Mom Now. She drinks just a bit too much coffee, is a bit obsessed about sourcing local food, plays the cello moderately well, spends too much time on Twitter, keeps honeybees on a rooftop, and has a thing for single-malt whisky. Erin is working on a novel set in turn-of-the-century Vancouver, which her husband, son and dog have to hear about all the time, and also blogs at Erin at Large.