Youth Classes

AVAILABLE CLASSES

Summer camps are now available, see list below.

Youth Watercolor Class with Ashleigh McCann (3rd - 8th Grade)

This 6 week class introducing you to the basics of Watercolor. Working from still-lifes, imagination and collaborative ideas, students will explore color theory and multiple techniques including flat washes, gradients and drawing skills.  Come be a part of this opportunity to learn the art of watercolor in a fun and relaxed environment.

Ashleigh McCann

Ashleigh McCann

When: Saturdays, July 6th- August 10th  2019
Time: 12:30-2pm
Room: 10A
Cost: $60 plus $15 supply fee
(Includes watercolors, paper and pencils for each class)
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

(inquire about scholarships when you register)

10% off class fee with 1 year Museum Membership










Instructor: Ashleigh McCann
Ashleigh McCann is a Great Falls native whose work is meticulous and meditative, a practice of creating and then responding mindfully, over and over again until the image is resolved. Ashleigh finds that allowing the most spontaneous and unexpected marks to direct the image strengthens her work. With imagery Ashleigh is learning to let go of her control and to move unburdened. Ashleigh not only works in abstraction, but is masterfully skilled in portraiture and rendering landscapes. Ashleigh completed a 9 month residency at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in 2016. Ashleigh has her BFA from BYU in Idaho. You can view her website at www.ashmccann.com


Beginning Watercolor with Ashleigh McCann (16 years +)

Beginning Watercolor is a 6 week class introducing the basics. Working from still-life, you will explore color theory and multiple techniques including flat washes and gradients.  New techniques are explored each week. Come be a part of this opportunity to learn the art of watercolor!

When: Saturdays, July 6th- August 10th, 2019
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Room: 10A
Cost: $115 plus $15 supply fee (Includes watercolor, paper and pencils for each class)
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 15

10% off class fee with 1 year Museum Membership

Instructor: Ashleigh McCann
Ashleigh McCann is a Great Falls native whose work is meticulous and meditative, a practice of creating and then responding mindfully, over and over again until the image is resolved. Ashleigh finds that allowing the most spontaneous and unexpected marks to direct the image strengthens her work. With imagery Ashleigh is learning to let go of her control and to move unburdened. Ashleigh not only works in abstraction, but is masterfully skilled in portraiture and rendering landscapes. Ashleigh completed a 9 month residency at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in 2016. Ashleigh has her BFA from BYU in Idaho. You can view her website at
www.ashmccann.com

SUMMER CAMPS

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art’s Creative Arts Summer Camp Programs are for children entering 2nd grade through 6th grade. There are three different art-themed camps to select from, or sign your child up for all three.  Each child will participate in a variety of activities based on the themed camp, in a safe and artistic environment.  A 50% deposit is required to book the camp of choice, and the balance due is required the 1st day of camp. If you need to cancel, a 7 day in advance notice is required, or you will forfeit your deposit. This 7 day in advance to cancel policy, allows the Museum to fill the spot with students on the wait list. If your child misses any days, no refund is given.  Fill out one form per child.



Clay All Day Camp (2nd - 6th Grade)

Explore the art of ceramics by getting first hand experience with techniques such as hand-building sculptural objects by learning multiple building styles. Styles such as: coil/slab, solid and pinch methods. Students will also get the opportunity to throw on the potters wheel to make functional pottery. Surface techniques like graffito, slip trailing, underglaze painting and traditional glaze processes will be explored.   Exciting and unique works of art will be made daily. Students will make art for over 3 hours a day, while balancing out the day with indoor and outdoor games, walking to the park and creating outdoor chalk murals.

  • You may need all-day care for your child during the summer and for that reason we have an option of 7:30am-5:30pm or if you do not need all day care you can bring your child from 10:00am-3:00pm.

When: Monday, June 24th- Friday June 28th

Time and Cost:
7:30am-5:30pm  
Cost: $200
10:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $150

A 50% deposit is required to book the camp and the balance is due the first day of camp.

10 students maximum

What to bring: wear clothes that your child can get dirty in, and bring a lunch and two snacks and beverages.

  • Partial Scholarship are available: apply for one at the front desk

Ceramic Instructor: Ophelia Easton
Ophelia Easton was born in Great Falls and grew up with a deep passion for art and the natural world. She is currently working on her BFA in Ceramics at MSU Bozeman as well as a Minor in Environmental Horticulture. Ophelia’s ceramic work has roots in what most inspired her as a child-plants, geology, animals, and vibrant colors. She also incorporates themes of playfulness, serenity, and curiosity. She often uses low-fire clay bodies because they are usually ideal for preserving the vibrant colors of underglazes and slips. Ophelia’s future plans include a desire to have a personal studio space where she can work on large-scale sculptures, including ceramic furniture, characters, and interactive “cave like” pieces, and to keep an organic farm where she can maintain her own animals and crops. She hopes to study ceramic traditions in Japan, and is currently looking at the Cobb Mountain Art and Ecology Project in California.

Dream Art, Make Art, Be Art Camp (2nd - 6th Grade)

**As of May 2019, the Dream Art, Make Art, Be Art Camp is FULL

Explore many art forms such as: painting, paper mache sculpture, and print-making during this fun filled week at the Square! Exciting and unique works of art will be made daily. Students will make art for over 3 hours a day, while balancing out the day with indoor and outdoor games, walking to the park and creating outdoor chalk murals.

  • You may need all-day care for your child during the summer and for that reason we have an option of 7:30am-5:30pm or if you do not need all day care you can bring your child from 10:00am-3:00pm.

When: Monday, July 8th- Friday, July 12th

Time and Cost:
7:30am-5:30pm  Cost: $200
10:00am-3:00pm Cost: $150

A 50% deposit is required to book the camp and the balance is due the first day.

12 students maximum

What to bring: wear clothes that your child can get paint on, and bring a lunch and two snacks and beverages.

  • Partial Scholarship are available: apply for one at the front desk

Art Instructor: Padyn Humble
Padyn Humble was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana.  Humble is a sculptor who uses mixed media. Humble has been an active artist since 2014. Since then, he has held over nine solo shows, created a collective to effect change in his town’s art scene, and curated six large art exhibitions. He received his BFA in painting from the University of Montana in 2018. January through April 2019, Padyn was in residency at Bunker Projects in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Humble will be an MFA candidate for sculpture at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, beginning fall 2019.    

Theater Camp (2nd - 6th Grade)

Theater camp at the Square will be an amazing experience for children that love drama, have great expression and show signs of theater interest. This camp will focus on team building, “improv”, character building, costume design, props and make-up.  Each day there will be a specific theme. Students will be involved with Theater for over 3 hours a day, while balancing out the day with indoor and outdoor games, walking to the park and creating theater props. The last day of camp the students will put on a short play for their family and friends.

When: Monday, August 5th- Friday, August 9th

Time and Cost:
7:30am-5:30pm  
Cost: $200
10:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $150

A 50% deposit is required to book the camp and the balance is due the first day of camp.

10 students maximum

What to bring: wear clothes that your child can get dirty in, and bring a lunch and two snacks and beverages.

  • Partial Scholarship are available: apply for one at the front desk

Theater Instructor: Keely Ronish
Keely Ronish has been involved in the world of theater for 10 years.  She has held many roles such as Little Red in “Into The Woods”, The production of “1776”, and “Pilgrims Progress”. She was, Jenny, in “Swiss Family Robinson” in which she also Co-directed. Keely also produced and acted in C.S. Lewis's “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe”. Her career in theater began when she was 7 were she played the ‘Biting Rat’ in the “Pied Piper”. She loves sharing her passion with youth.   As the founder of The Storytellers, Great Falls newest youth theater group, she looks forward to providing the opportunity for young people to explore and participate in the world of theater in a supportive environment. Keely believes that by empowering kids through theater they can change the world.