The Unschooled Artist - Summer Session // An Art Process Class for Kids


I am thrilled to be offering a kid’s class designed for unschooling and homeschooling families! I am passionate about teaching kids to express themselves artistically, and I love seeing the joy and pride on a child's face when they create original work. I am grateful to have art in my life, and I am excited to share it with the next generation of artists and creative thinkers!

The Unschooled Artist Summer Sessions are bi-monthly, hour long classes (except for the 30 minute toddler class) and we will have a different medium or theme each week. You will register for these classes individually and registrtion closes the Friday before each class. The projects in this course will be process based. Meaning, the kiddos will get a brief intro to the materials and inspiration we’ll use that day, and then will be free to do as they please with them. I will monitor the class and help as needed, but these classes will be all about the creative experience.


When: Wednesdays

          toddlers: 10-10:30am

          little kids: 11am-12pm

          big kids: 1pm-2pm

Where: Jane's Home Studio, South West Raleigh, NC

Who: Toddlers, little kids + big kids

          toddlers: parents stay to observe/help as needed, class of 3, 30 minutes long, ages  2 - 5

          little kids: drop-off/observe, class of 5, ages 5-9

          big kids: drop-off/observe, class of 5, ages 9-14.

Cost: $20 for littles + bigs, $10 for toddlers, all inclusive.


Summer Sessions:

May 9: Painting without brushes

May 23: Scratch Art

June 6: Tape resists with acrylics

June 20: Alexander Calder inspired sculpture

July 11: Drawing in color

July 25: Printmaking

August 8: Paper relief collages

August 22: Crayon + paper batik


A note about parent participation: 

Parental attendance is optional at the big+little classes - that depends on you and your child's comfort level. Sometimes younger kids like a parent to stick around, and that's cool. Sometimes caregivers want to stick around for the first class or the first few minutes of class and that's cool, too. Some parents want to drop the kid and run, cool.

Caregiver attendance is required at the toddler class; however, participation is not. You can sit in a chair and observe and just step in if necessary! I used to teach 34 second graders art with no assistant, so I can handle most anything your little one has to offer! 

Register or ask me a question.

about Jane Cheek - Art teacher

It all started when...I was a kid! I have always had a love for making art. I was in middle school when I began babysitting and volunteering at my church's summer camps. I loved making art with kids. When I got to high school, I had an amazing art teacher who inspired me, believed in me, and encouraged me as an artist. I majored in Art Studies at NC State and minored in Bussiness. During college, I helped create a non-profit organization that worked with the children from Raleigh's Passage Home. We wrote grants and raised money to take the kids from the organization on several field trips each year and have monthly arts and crafts classes. I taught art for the Wake County Boys & Girls Club summer camp my senior year at NCSU. After graduating, I got a job teaching art at a Charter School in Durham and recieved my teaching license through East Carolina University. I taught over 750 students a week for five years! When my oldest child was born, I decided to stay home for a few years. One child turned into three, and a few years turned into 6! Somewhere along the way, we discovered unschooling and decided it was the perfect fit for our family. In 2017, my youngest child turned 2 and I was ready to get back to art! I now work in my home studio and exhibit art all over the Triangle. I have volunteered as an art booth coordinator for Artsplosure, hosted toddler + caregiver art classes at Grow Boutique in Cary, and taught arts + craft classes at Read With Me in Raleigh. I am thrilled to now be offering small group classes in my home studio!