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|138 Locust St, Buffalo, NY 14204|
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Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes is a non-profit that over 35 years ago, some children in an inner-city neighborhood knocked on the door of a local artist, Molly Bethel, and asked her to teach them to paint. Any child, teen or adult who wants to develop painting skills can walk in off the street and register for beginning to advanced arts classes at Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes. Professional artists who grew up with this program work with all age groups in painting and drawing, clay (sculptural and pottery) and black-and-white photography.
Weekly classes are offered year-round, with breaks in June and September. Special classes during the school day are provided for high-risk children from a local public school. Serious teen artists work independently in open studios, as well as during scheduled class time. Staff provide help with portfolios, applications to art schools and public exhibitions. An annual art show displays the most significant accomplishment of each student for that year. Respect for the children and their art, ease in enrollment, a consistent schedule of classes and a familiar group of faces offering instruction and support are central to the longevity and success of this program. Fees: Tuition free.