A few Edits to Our Last Post

If all you want is one lesson/link we understand and we can accommodate that. There will also be a few Adult classes that will only be available as individual classes ($15).

Here is a small taste of what is to come: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYwaqjyysPE

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Acorn Goes Virtual

Lovely Acorns of all ages, 

We are happy to be doing our small part in these trying times by staying closed and at home. We hope that you are safe and healthy as well. We miss you. 

We have been hard at work trying to find a way to be an active part of your lives and maybe be able to help relieve some mental strain. We have decided to utilize our YouTube channel to bring the lessons we are all missing straight to your home (complete with Debra Stories). 

Our goal is to create and publish 4 lessons per month for as long as social distancing continues. One month of classes will cost $60. If you are interested in being a part of this new Acorn experience, please go to our website https://acornartschool.com and click on Register for Classes. There you will find a tab labeled “Virtual” where you can register for all our new virtual lessons. As lesson/story videos become available we will email private links to those that are participating. When you register please make sure you include the email address you would like to receive your class links.

We understand that money is tighter than usual for many so we are also working to put out a few public stories and possibly a lesson or two.

We love & miss you all, 

Jack, Debra, and the rest of the Acorn staff


Comment to our Community

The Acorn community is my family. I miss you all greatly when I can not be there to teach you. This current need for distance is hard, but very important. We are taking this opportunity to sterilize our space to be ready for your return. If the unthinkable happens and this carries into April a special “mini day camp” is currently in the works.

Be safe and I look forward to when we get to reconnect our community.


Summer Program Sign-ups Available now!!!


Are your children tired of a summer program where they are just one child in a large group of children?  Do they come home tired because all day long they have been ordered around and told what to do? ACORN SCHOOL OF ART has the perfect program for the child that wants their summer to FEEL like it’s vacation.

* Limited to 8 children with 3 teachers

* Center-based classroom with various supplies (provided)

* Child chooses what they want to make. Imagination is encouraged. The teacher’s job is to facilitate the creative thinking process and assist with difficult aspects of the construction.

* Outdoor play and snack at Crocker Park once a day (included in camp cost)


* Full day (9am-4pm) – $550

* Morning session (9am-1pm) – $300

* Afternoon (1pm-4pm) – $250


*  Children are taken to the Salem Willows and taught the traditional plein air techniques covering the foundations of perspective, color, and value over the course of a week. Each student will complete one 12 x 16 in. panel of a landscape view of their choice. Each morning opens up with demonstration. The student then picks their spot, and 3 teachers assist them throughout the process. Late morning, we break for snack and the children are supervised in the arcade (children must bring quarters for the arcade). Pick up is at 1pm at the Acorn Gallery.

*  Limited to 16 students with 3 teachers

*  Transportation to and from studio provided

*  Snack provided

*  Supplies included in cost


9am to 1pm Monday-Friday

Sign up is easy! Click on ‘Register for Classes’ at the top of the page, then click  ‘Summer 2020’ to find the summer class options.

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Sign Up For Fall Classes

Fall classes have started here at Acorn! Don’t miss out on painting time! Sign up today for a class that fits your child’s age group.


Children ages 5 to 11: Introducing each child to the visual world and how to approach it on the two-dimensional surface. Through art, your child will learn motor skills, eye coordination, sequencing instruction, and social skills. While in a creative and nurturing environment, the student will be introduced to the fundamentals of light, perspective, color, and drawing. The classes meet once a week for an hour. All materials are supplied except for a canvas panel.


Children ages 11 to 14: Preparing students for the more advanced portfolio class. There will be an introduction to figure drawing and anatomy. Color theory is addressed, along with the understanding of pigments and saturation. Value is reintroduced to coincide with the reasons and rules of light. The class meets once a week for an hour. All materials are included, except for a canvas panel.


Ages 13 & 14 after completion of Pre-Portfolio: Where the information from Pre-Portfolio 1 comes to life. Students combine knowledge from Pre-Portfolio 1 with their natural creativity and create images inspired by artists from art history. Each month an artist from history is chosen for class discussion. We talk about their contribution to the art world and the changes and responses it curtailed. Afterwards, each student is given an assignment of their own creation relating to that artist’s work.This class meets twice a week.  All materials are included, except for a canvas.


High School and Adult students
The intent of this class is to generate varied works to complete a portfolio for the explicit intention of applying to colleges and scholarships.  Upon completion of this course, the student will be prepared for the demands and rigors of art school.  As experienced draftsmen and painters, these students will understand conceptual and analytic aspects of art criticism and art history. This class works with the figure, and there are models (wearing bathing suits) as well as assignments designed to help the student create a diverse portfolio.
This class has an open class schedule.  Once in portfolio, you are allowed to attend any scheduled portfolio time for the same monthly rate.  All supplies included except a canvas.
ADULT Class:

Geared towards the individual, from beginner to advanced.  In a 3 hour time span, students can learn as much as they want with their own freedom of  expression.

Formal enrollment is not required; drop-ins are welcome during the designated Adult Class times.  This class includes all supplies except a canvas.  All Materials are non-toxic, and adults are permitted to bring in their own supplies for personal use, if they choose.