Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center offers the premier art classes in the San Lorenzo Valley, the heart of the local art world. With a long history of providing arts programming to Santa Cruz County, the Art Center provides a chance for young people ages 6 – high school to survey different artistic movements and develop their own craft. All levels are welcome—the only requirement is a sincere interest in the visual arts! Art classes are held at the Art Center’s 9341 Mill St. location in Ben Lomond, equipped with a studio classroom, gallery, and offering a wide range of art classes with our talented and creative instructors, many professional artists in diverse fields. Off campus art classes are also offered at local schools from September through May.

teens drawing self-portrait pastels classesOur goal is to provide students with opportunities that build self-esteem through art and friendship. We also hope to provide students with a variety of experiences to explore their artistic creativity! Students work on individual and collaborative projects in disciplines such as painting and drawing, cartoon art, ceramics, printmaking, and STEAM classes. Students will learn to feel comfortable expressing themselves artistically and within a group setting. Young artists participate in critiques, and learn how to present and discuss their work.


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Thanks to donations from people just like you, four week Art After School classes are provided for a small stipend to elementary and middle school students.

We have established a Gloria Seneres Memorial Fund which directly supports our Art After School programs. If you wish to make a contribution DONATE online today or send a check to the Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center, 9341 Mill St. Ben Lomond, CA 95005. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Thanks for helping make youth art happen!



SCMAC Visual Arts and Music Content Standards

The Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center recognizes the importance of a variety of art experiences for the well-rounded development of children, for enriching local communities and for a more humane global community. All Art Center youth art classes incorporate age appropriate SCMAC Standards and California State Content Standards for the Visual Arts and Music. Content standards were designed to encourage the highest achievement of every student, by defining the knowledge, concepts, and skills that students should acquire at each grade level.

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