Greater Denton Arts Council

student programs

Each year, over 12,500 children participate in arts programs such as Getting Started with the Arts and new Arts After School classes. Upcoming classes include:


Winter Session | Wednesdays, January 17 - March 7, 2018
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Student drop off 3:00 – 3:30; classes 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Early Bird $120 (until January 3); Member $130, Non-Member $140

Arts After School is an exploratory program for students ages 6-10 that investigates the history of art and provides a forum for creative self-expression. This program not only offers art instruction, it nurtures life skills that foster constructive youth development. Through visual analysis and personal reflection, 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. 


Spring Break Camp: A Trip Inside the Mind
March 12-16, 2018
Student drop off 8:30-9:00 AM; Camp 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Ages 6-10
$150 Public; $140 Member

Creativity and spring are in bloom at the Greater Denton Arts Council! This year we will explore our emotions and how to portray them through drawing, painting, clay, music and dance. Campers will use our exhibitions and outdoor space as inspiration for their personally reflective artful creations. On the last day of camp, parents and friends are invited to view the collection of creative expressions produced throughout the week.

All supplies provided. For more information, contact

Each year over 12,500 students participate in the Arts Council's long standing program Getting Started with the Arts. Getting Started with the Arts is provided in collaboration with Denton ISD, the University of North Texas, Texas Woman’s University, and the Festival Ballet of North Central Texas. Each grade in DISD attends a particular program that celebrates dance, theatre, ballet, the visual arts, or music. Annual Programs include:

1st Grade: Performance by the Ryan High School Theatre Department
2nd Grade: KidsDance presented by TWU Programs in Dance at Margo Jones Auditorium
3rd Grade: Performance of the Nutcracker performed by the Festival Ballet of North Central Texas under the direction of Eldar Valiev at Margo Jones Auditorium
4th Grade: Interactive tours of exhibitions at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
5th Grade: A performance by the UNT College of Music

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