Art01Our YMCA arts programs promote confidence and creativity through dance, drawing, drama, painting, music and more.

While the YMCA is traditionally known as a place to learn how to swim or practice your favorite sport, YMCAs are quickly becoming the place where kids and adults learn to paint, write, sing or act. The Fox Valley Family YMCA offers a variety of art and theater classes for children to experience a variety of art mediums such as theater, painting, drawing, sculpting and more.

According to a recent article, Dr. Kerry Freedman, Head of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University says, “Parents need to be aware that children learn a lot more from graphic sources now than in the past. Children need to know more about the world than just what they can learn through text and numbers. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.” 

Whimsical Lettering
Tuesdays, 5-6:30 pm  |  $40M/$60NM

During this 4-week class, students will be introduced to a variety of supplies and samples to create their own alphabets and lettering.  This is NOT a calligraphy class.  This lettering is to be used in journals, posters and other artwork.


Draw and Doodle your Pet
Wednesdays, 5-6:30 pm  |  $40M/$60NM

This 4-week class is where you will create a unique drawing of your pet.  You will be using markers and colored pencils for this project.  During the class, students will be introduced to Zentangle and will apply it to their project.  A picture of your pet must be submitted 7 days before the class begins.

Intro to Illustrative Watercolor Journaling
Fridays, 5-6:30pm  |  $40M/$60NM
Students will be introduced to contour drawing and blind contour drawing in this 4-week class. You will learn about observing and then drawing what you see.  You will discover a variety of ways to use watercolor pencils and or paints.  These skills can be used in multiple art creations.