Enrichment programs for arts, music and science in Whatcom County

Music teacher John Bisceglia teaches music and dance to kids during his Sound Artist Explorers class at Gabriel's Art Kids in Bellingham in January, 2013.
Music teacher John Bisceglia teaches music and dance to kids during his Sound Artist Explorers class at Gabriel's Art Kids in Bellingham in January, 2013. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

If you have suggestions for additional arts, music and science enrichment programs for children 12 and younger in Whatcom County, please include them in story comments so we can include them in future print issues of Bellingham Families magazine.

Art with B. Calvert: 1803 Kok Road, Lynden, artwithbcalvert.blogspot.com, 360-318-0970.

Brenda Calvert teaches eight classes for kids a week, and one adult class a week, at her Lynden home art studio. Wednesday-Saturday classes meet three weeks each month, using a different medium each month, including, painting, clay, pastels, drawing and scratch art. Tuition varies. A one-month commitment is needed, but most kids stay September to May. Sign up for your preferred class time, viewable online.

Ballet Bellingham: 1405 Fraser St., Suite 103, Bellingham, balletbellingham.com, 360-746-8508.

Ballet Bellingham offers classical ballet classes for dancers of all abilities age 3 and older. The curriculum teaches ballet technique in a progressive sequence appropriate to each student's ability.

Bellingham Academy of Music: 232 E. Champion St., Bellingham, bellingham-music.com, 360-676-8742.

Bellingham Academy of Music offers private music lessons year-round in piano, guitar, violin/viola, cello, flute and voice. The teachers are highly qualified professional musicians and teachers, and students are provided recitals and workshops.

BellinghamART: 1701 Ellis St., Studio 203, Bellingham, bellinghamart.com, 360-738-8379.

BellinghamArt has more 13 years of experience teaching drawing and painting for children, teens and adults through a range of classes, workshops and weeklong camps. Learning the basics provides an appreciation for art and world cultures, tools for creativity, problem-solving skills and pride in artistic accomplishments. Drawing is a foundation for visual art and a fundamental way of understanding the world. Quality art materials and tools are provided for each class.

Bellingham Music Club: Trinity Lutheran Church, 119 Texas St., Bellingham, bellinghammusicclub.org, 360-671-0252.

Bellingham Music Club offers free concerts at 10:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of the month, September through June. The club encourages growth and development of music appreciation and performance in the community.

Common Threads Farm: 516 E. North St., Bellingham; commonthreadfarm.org, 360-927-1590

Ages served: 2-15.

Common Threads connects young people with healthy food through hands-on, seed-to-table cooking and gardening programs. We believe that the best way to help kids fall in love with healthy eating and environmental stewardship is to make sure that these things are fun! In addition to facilitating school garden based learning in a number of Whatcom County schools, Common Threads offers after-school and summer camp programs focused on gardening, animal care, cooking, and eating. Kids can expect to cook and garden each day, and can also expect lots of age appropriate stories, songs, and artwork.

Gabriel's Art Kids: 1415 Dupont St., Bellingham; gabrielsartkids.com, 360-393-0107

Ages served: Preschool - 5th grade.

Arts preschool and after school arts program. We provide a supportive, unhurried, and non-judgmental environment, with focus on the arts; visual, music, dance and theater and self-expression. We are a Multiple Intelligence School that puts a strong focus on a well rounded education. Art is incorporated into their daily lesson plans, and we often try to create interdisciplinary connections between the students' Art lessons and their other classes.

LuciaArts: 2706 Ellis St.,Bellingham; facebook.com/LuciaArts, 360-510-1979

Ages served: Under 14.

Enrichment programs for Bellingham schools are now available for smaller groups in LuciaArts studio. We will explore drawing, watercolor, ceramics and multi-media, while discovering the elements of art with innovative curriculum. Movement and yoga activities may be integrated based on group interest. Ideas for upcoming workshops and camps include exploring a topic from nature through drawing, painting and ceramics. Clay works, produced using basic hand building techniques, may be kiln fired and painted with glazes. Having fun with the process remains key.

Renaissance Adventures: questnorthwest.com, 360-836-0386

Ages served: 8-14.

In Adventure Quest, the children become the heroes of an incredibly fun and dynamic quest, working together in a mythical and magical world. They experience the excitement that comes from banding together to defend their village, solve a perplexing mystery, or negotiate a peace treaty. Wielding safe foam swords, the campers play dueling games and act out challenges like fending off a bullying ogre or a band of pirates. Each week of camp is a unique "Quest" - an interactive story that engages the campers' imaginations while teaching them the fundamental principles of responsible empowerment, creative problem-solving, and cooperative conflict resolution.

The PlaySchool at Perch & Play: 1707 N. State St., Bellingham, perchandplay.com, 360-393-4925.

The Playschool at Perch & Play is an enrichment program focused on playful learning. The approach, blended with Reggio Emilia principles, encourages stimulation, challenge and experimentation that further the child's development. Program will be 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Lunch and healthy snack included each day.

Whatcom Center for Early Learning: 2001 H St., Bellingham, wcel.net, 360-671-3660.

Whatcom Center for Early Learning is a nonprofit agency that provides early-intervention services to infants and toddlers with developmental delays, and their families. For 40 years, the center's specialists, teachers and families have worked as partners to meet the needs of the children. The center provides in-home therapy for a variety of delays, as well as on-site playgroups and sensory and social experiences for delayed and typically developing children.

Whatcom County 4-H Youth Development: 1000 N. Forest St. Suite 201, Bellingham; whatcom.wsu.edu/4h/join.html, 360-676-6736, extension 4.

Ages served: Kindergarten to 18 years.

WSU ExtensionFamilies throughout Whatcom County interested in becoming a part of a larger community of learners are encouraged to join 4-H Youth Development. In 4-H we foster leadership, citizenship and life skills. Many adults and parents in the community serve as project leaders. Youth projects include animal sciences, expressive arts, mechanical sciences, environmental studies and leadership.

Whatcom Girls Chorus: whatcomgirlschorus.com, 360-738-4105

Ages served: 8-14.

Private musical group for girls grades 3-8. Contact director Carolyn Troutman for information regarding rehearsal location and fees.