Greater Denton Arts Council

student programs

Each year, thousands of children participate in arts programs such as Art Exploration at the PAAC and Arts After School classes. Upcoming classes include:


ARTS AFTER SCHOOL: Epic Journeys and Adventures

Spring Session: Wednesdays, March 20 – May 8 
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Student drop off 3:00 – 3:30; classes 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Member $150; Public $160

New and Improved! This year, Arts After School is aligned with TEKS curriculum standards so the fun your kids are having out of school complements their work in school!

Calling all adventure-seekers! For two thousand years, tales of treacherous journeys and unexplored lands have fascinated the minds of artists all over the globe. Some artists like William Hodges, John Webber, and Frederic Edwin Church have even packed up their brushes and journeyed into the wilderness to create their art. Join us this spring as students explore new territories through paintings, prints, and sculptures inspired by artists who went on epic journeys.

Arts After School is an exploratory program for students ages 6-10 that investigates the history of art and provides a space for creative self-expression. This program not only offers art instruction, it nurtures life skills that foster constructive youth development. Through visual analysis, personal reflection, and interactive discussions, students will assess and interpret the ways in which they relate to the world and each other while gaining confidence in their decision making and public speaking capabilities. All supplies provided. Class size is limited; advanced registration required.

Art exploration at the paac

This program is a revitalization of what was formerly known as Getting Started With The Arts. In collaboration with Denton ISD, fourth grade students have the opportunity to visit the Arts Center for interactive tours of current exhibitions.

To learn more about tours and resources for students and educators, click here.


summer art camp

June 17—21 and 24—28
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
$180 Public; $170 Member

Kick your creativity into high gear this summer at the Greater Denton Arts Council! Campers will have fun learning about and experimenting with artistic processes, materials, and concepts as they view original works of art in our exhibitions, participate in hands-on activities, and create artworks in the studio. Each camp is designed to inspire connections between the artist, artwork, and the world while expanding on the students’ technical skills and capacities for critical thinking and creative expression.  

Art from Nature
June 17-21
Ages: 8-11

Instructor: Kiba Jacobson

Students will take inspiration from nature in this camp that introduces them to the work of Land Artist Andy Goldsworthy. Through collaborative and independent projects, students will explore the color wheel and radial balance while shining their artistic voice. Hop on board to discover all the beauty that the natural world has to offer.

June 24-28
Ages: 10-14
*Students must be comfortable learning how to use sharp tools*

 Instructor: Marianna Seaton

In this class, students will find joy in experimenting with different zine and bookbinding techniques.  From folding and sewing to drawing and photocopy transfers, this class will explore how books are assembled by hand and each given their own unique style.  Throughout the week, students will discuss theme and narrative development to tie the visual and literary art forms together. 


Summer Guitar Camp

July 22—26
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
$75 Public; $65 Member
Scholarships Available—see below

Instructor: Polly Maynard

Ages 6-9, 9:30-11:00 AM

Discover the basics of acoustic guitar—including how to play melodies, bass lines, and chords in both solo and ensemble settings. Construct handmade instruments and use them to create songs and sound effects. Guitar provided; children may bring their own instruments if desired.

Ages 10-14, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Discover the basics of acoustic guitar—including how to play melodies, bass lines, and chords in both solo and ensemble settings. Learn how to read guitar tablature, experiment with improvisation, and write original songs. Guitar provided; children may bring their own instruments if desired.

Guitar Camp Scholarships Available

With the help of Newport Festivals Foundation, the Greater Denton Arts Council will offer kids from low-income families the opportunity to attend camp on scholarship. Scholarship awards are granted to only four campers, two in each age range, and are restricted to those with financial need.

To apply, submit the following material:

  • Scholarship Application Form

  • A copy of the previous year’s Tax Form

  • Verification of scholarship or financial assistance from one other source

  • Letter from your child explaining why they want to participate in the program.

  • Letter from the parent or guardian explaining how your child would benefit from participation in our program.

Please email required documentation to or mail it to the address below by June 7, 2019.

Attn: Sara Greenberg
Greater Denton Arts Council
400 East Hickory Street
Denton, TX 76201

Applicants will be notified of award status by July 1, 2019.