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Art Lessons for Kids • One-To-One Tutoring • Birthday Parties • Private Lessons

The Artist’s Apprentice offers the creative person an opportunity to explore his/her individual talents through a variety of medium, subject matter and techniques. Classes are taught by Artist/Instructor Pamela Palmer B.F.A., Owner of The Artist’s Apprentice established in 2002.
A variety of classes, offered in a group setting are designed for young artists ages 7 & up (siblings are always welcome!). Home School Students, Birthday Parties, Girl/Boy Scout Badge Requirements, and Religious Groups, and those in the International Baccalaureate program are just a few.
View our Class Schedule to find out what’s being offered right now. We also offer private art classes as well as home school lesson, (group and individual) at the Independence Library, Depot Park, The Corner Cafe in Nieman’s Family Market or at your home in Clarkston!

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Upcoming Lessons

July 19, 2024
July 22, 2024
  • Fashion Extravaganza Camp

    July 22, 2024  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Rochester Hills

     Do you have a Passion for Fashion? Let’s hit the runway with a flashy frenzy! This drawing camp will launch you on your way to expressing ideas in a way that sets them apart with professional appeal! We will be learning about body structure and balance of movement as we creatively express these concepts. Our young visionaries will be exploring various ways to set forth their innovative intentions by designing outfits in numerous sketches using ink washes with graphite, colored pencils, and markers. Other projects will include a charming paper sculpture, using specialty white papers on black cardstock, and creating faerie gowns from nature elements that we scavenge we gather from an outdoor excursion. A fun use of tissue paper and watercolors will culminate in a large-scale project. This is a great opportunity to utilize that creative mind of yours, so let’s start making those gorgeous garments! “A Fashion Debut” will be extended to families on the final day of this unique summer camp.

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  • Kids' Acrylic Painting Camp

    July 22, 2024  1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Rochester Hills

    Come join us on these sunny summer mornings as we explore the fascinating medium of Acrylic Painting! We will begin by learning how the different brushes are used to create various strokes, including a lesson on the use of a pallet knife. Working on canvas, let's see what brush is the perfect match for making animal fur. Kids will select the animal friend of their particular preference and work from a photo reference. Bring in a photo of your fuzzy pet if you wish! Our young artists will be working from nature on other substrates as well. We will explore the works of Van Gogh with his wonderful sunflowers, Kandinsky with his brilliant circles and Georgia O'Keeffe with her bones of the desert among others. Register today, class size limited! A Gallery Show of our students' artwork will be extended to families following class on the final day!  Taught by Artist/Instructor of The Artist's Apprentice.

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July 29, 2024
  • Whimsical Animals Painting & Drawing Camp

    July 29, 2024  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Hart Community Center, 495 Broadway, Davisburg, MI 48350, USA

    Art that will tickle your funny bone! We'll be painting laughing kittens with top hats, drawing dancing fish and personifying your favorite animals! Although the ideas will be your own, and colors and structure will be unusual, guidance will be given to ensure that your creations are believable, in an kooky sort of way. We will be discussing which elements are required in a work of art in order to develop an effective composition, namely: the rule of thirds; iconic; and leading the eye.We will also be making our own  Fibonacci spiral as found in nature. Kids will be creating unusual backgrounds and working on large scale drawings including cartoons! A Gallery Show of our students' artwork will be extended to families following class on the final day! Taught by Artist/Instructor of The Artist's Apprentice.
    Ages 7 & up. (As always siblings of any age are welcome to register)

    $165 plus $60 material fee payable to instructor on the 1st day of classes. Please bring water bottle and snack and wear clothes that are not precious. Kids will be taking a short break on the hour so wear sun screen if needed. M-F July 29, 30, 31, Aug. 1, 2 9:00-noon

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  • Kid's Colorful Art Camp

    July 29, 2024  1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Brandon Middle School

    Do we love color? Yes we do!  Isn't there something splendid about a prism?! We will be learning about the fracturing of light in a fun outdoor activity .Let's get out our ROY-G-BIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet) colors and attempt the challenging task of learning how to paint a rainbow, one that looks real as it is seen in nature. Kids will be working on landscapes and colorful animals like rainbow fish, chameleons, peacocks, iridescent beetle bugs, and fancy roosters. Colored pencils will be used, including shimmer colors, chalk pastels, paper quilling and paint. Let's add some of the most brilliant rainbow anime characters as well! Experimental practices will be utilized like beautiful ink applications. You will be impressed with our colorful art that will be presented in a Gallery Show following class on the final day! Taught by Artist/Instructor of The Artist's Apprentice.  
     Ages 7 & up. (As always siblings of any age are welcome to register)
    $225 all materials included. Please bring water bottle and snack and wear clothes that are not precious. Kids will be taking a short break on the hour so wear sun screen if needed.

    M -F 7/29, 7/30,7/31, 8/1, 8/2,   1:30 - 4:30

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August 5, 2024
  • Kids' Sculpture Camp

    August 5, 2024  9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Renaissance High School, 6558 Waldon Rd, City of the Village of Clarkston, MI 48346, USA

    Let's spend these sunny mornings creating fun sculpture! We will be making an animal out of self-drying clay including an array of embellishments, as well as flora design out of other pliable medium for our modeling portion of the program. Transforming to a lesson in carving, kids will make characters, out of Model Magic, who will scale a wall constructed out of chiseled Styrofoam. (All carving tools are kids-friendly.)  Some of our pieces, including pottery, will be adorned with painted designs first accomplished in colored drawings to achieve the best motif. Celtic, Inuit, and Greek reference books will be available for inspiration, or come up with your own unique design! These, along with other fabrications will culminate in a 'Viewing of Creations' of our students' artwork that will be extended to families on the last day of camp. Don't miss this fun experience! Limited spaces, sign up soon! Please bring water bottle, snack, and wear clothes that are not precious., Messy camp alert! 😉  Taught by artist/instructor of The Artist's Apprentice. $165 plus $60 material fee 7 & up (As always, siblings of any age may register.)   M-F 8/5, 8/6, 8/7, 8/8, 8/9.  9:00 - 12:00

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  • Kids' Drawing 101 Summer Camp

    August 5, 2024  1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd, Orion Twp, MI 48360, USA

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    So you like to draw, but you want to get better at it. Okay, let's make that happen! Students will be working on exercises involving negative space, value shading, portraits, contour lines, and perspective.We will introduced to 2 or 3 projects daily with outdoor plein air experiences as well!  These basics will help to build a concrete grounds for an understanding of how to improve your artwork. We will work primarily in graphite, and if time permits, students can add color with the medium of their choice. Subject matter will include still life, visual photo references  and scenic interpretations.
    A Gallery Show of our students' artwork will be extended to families following class on the final day! Taught by Artist/Instructor of The Artist's Apprentice.
    Ages 7 & up. (As always siblings of any age are welcome to register)

    $165 plus $60 material fee payable to instructor on the 1st day of classes. Please bring water bottle and snack and wear clothes that are not precious. Kids will be taking a short break on the hour so wear sun screen if needed. 1:30 - 4:30 8/5, 8/6, 8/7, 8/8, 8/9.

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  • Kids' Drawing 101 Summer Camp

    August 5, 2024  1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Rd, Orion Twp, MI 48360, USA

    Click here to Register!
    So you like to draw, but you want to get better at it. Okay, let's make that happen! Students will be working on exercises involving negative space, value shading, portraits, contour lines, and perspective.We will introduced to 2 or 3 projects daily with outdoor plein air experiences as well!  These basics will help to build a concrete grounds for an understanding of how to improve your artwork. We will work primarily in graphite, and if time permits, students can add color with the medium of their choice. Subject matter will include still life, visual photo references  and scenic interpretations.
    A Gallery Show of our students' artwork will be extended to families following class on the final day! Taught by Artist/Instructor of The Artist's Apprentice.
    Ages 7 & up. (As always siblings of any age are welcome to register)

    $165 plus $60 material fee payable to instructor on the 1st day of classes. Please bring water bottle and snack and wear clothes that are not precious. Kids will be taking a short break on the hour so wear sun screen if needed. 1:30 - 4:30 8/5, 8/6, 8/7, 8/8, 8/9.

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August 12, 2024
  • Whimsical Animal Painting and Drawing Camp

    August 12, 2024  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Art that will tickle your funny bone! We'll be painting laughing kittens with top hats, drawing dancing fish and personifying your favorite animals! Although the ideas will be your own, and colors and structure will be unusual, guidance will be given to ensure that your creations are believable, in an kooky sort of way. We will be discussing which elements are required in a work of art in order to develop an effective composition, namely: the rule of thirds; iconic; and leading the eye.We will also be making our own  Fibonacci spiral as found in nature. Kids will be creating unusual backgrounds and working on large scale drawings including cartoons! A Gallery Show of our students' artwork will be extended to families following class on the final day!  Taught by Artist/Instructor of The Artist's Apprentice.Ages 7 & up. (As always siblings of any age are welcome to register)
    $165 plus $60 material fee payable to instructor on the 1st day of classes. Please bring water bottle and snack and wear clothes that are not precious. Kids will be taking a short break on the hour so wear sun screen if needed. 9:00 - noon m-f  8/12, 8/13, 8/14, 8/15, 8/16

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  • Kids' Sculpture Camp

    August 12, 2024  1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    Rochester Hills

    Let's spend these sunny afternoon's creating fun sculpture! We will be making an animal out of self-drying clay including an array of embellishments, as well as flora design out of other pliable medium for our modeling portion of the program. Transforming to a lesson in carving, kids will make characters, out of Model Magic, who will scale a wall constructed out of chiseled Styrofoam. (All carving tools are kids-friendly.)  Some of our pieces, including pottery, will be adorned with painted designs first accomplished in colored drawings to achieve the best motif. Celtic, Inuit, and Greek reference books will be available for inspiration, or come up with your own unique design..These, along with other fabrications will culminate in a 'Viewing of Creations' of our students' artwork that will be extended to families on the last day of camp. Don't miss this fun experience! Limited spaces, sign up soon! Please bring water bottle, snack, and wear clothes that are not precious., Messy camp alert! 😉  Taught by artist/instructor of The Artist's Apprentice.Ages 7 & up. (As always siblings of any age are welcome to register)
    $165 plus $60 material fee payable to instructor on the 1st day of classes. Please bring water bottle and snack and wear clothes that are not precious. Kids will be taking a short break on the hour so wear sun screen if needed. 1:30 - 4:30  8/12, 8/13, 8/14, 8/15, 8/16

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20 years and counting! All of our fine art experiences are instructed by Pamela Palmer, an artist who was born and educated in Canada. Pamela has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in painting and a minor in drawing from the University of Windsor and a Diploma of Interior Design from St. Clair College. Her works have been accepted into the government collection of Ontario and into juried shows at the Windsor Gallery of Art. Currently she is one of the regular artists displaying work at The Cause and Affect Gallery in Fenton. Palmer has been the 4th grade art teacher at the Independence El. and art instructor at the Early Childhood Learning Center for the Young 5’s program in Clarkston.

The Artist’s Apprentice has received a huge amount of recognition since its beginnings through the Youth Enrichment Program in Clarkston, Michigan and has branched out into Lake Orion, Fenton, Davisburg and Rochester.

As part of The Artist’s Apprentice program, students will be working to improve upon their personal best, an ongoing mindset that, hopefully continues throughout a lifetime.

Classes

…and many more! Check the Class Schedule to see what’s being offered right now!

How Do I Enroll?

For group classes, go to the Class Schedule and click on the desired class for information on how to enroll and make a payment. Note: For ‘Schedule’ classes please do not pay through this website. Click here to enroll in private classes, art parties, or to pay online.

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If you have a question, call Pamela Palmer at

(248) 620-3040

Or text (248) 842-1349

For the fastest response, simply use the form to the right, and we'll get back to you soon!