Education programs range from tuition-based studio classes to free public events and offsite community partnerships. A common education philosophy unites all of these programs, emphasizing four strategies: “creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment,” “student-centered learning,” “connecting art to life,” and “process over product.”
Creativity flourishes in a positive, supportive environment where diverse voices can be expressed and heard. KAC is committed to providing a safe, equitable, friendly and fun learning experience for every student. Staff, faculty and docents participate in ongoing cultural competency training.
Krasl Art Center recognizes that every student has a different set of needs, interests, skills, and learning styles. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, programs are designed to be adaptable and responsive to the situation. Programs provide opportunities for self-expression and storytelling, and students are encouraged to explore ideas from the personal to the political. Student feedback is welcomed and incorporated into program planning.
Art has the power to connect people with diverse backgrounds and experiences and spark important conversations. KAC education programs connect people in and beyond the classroom by engaging with art history and contemporary topics, collaborating with local and regional partner organizations, exhibiting student art in the community, and offering cross-curricular learning opportunities.
The creative process is messy and unpredictable, and that’s what we love about it! Instead of providing a step-by-step formula that leads to a predetermined outcome, Teaching Artists provide guidance and structured exploration through the elements and principles of art. This approach invites students to discover and problem-solve while being challenged with age-appropriate curriculum, grounded in educational best practices.
Two of KAC’s three floors are dedicated to Education through five indoor studio spaces, plus one changing outdoor studio installation.
As a local non-profit, KAC is committed to providing art resources throughout Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties. We invite you to join our membership and support programs like these collaborative programs.