Children's Programs

Young Artists Saturdays

The Young Artists Saturdays program offers students in grades 3-8 a chance to explore their creativity for a few hours. The two programs offered, Acting and Improvisation and Visual Arts, all include a ticket to a performance at the Arts Center.


VISUAL ARTS, 10 A.M. - 12 P.M.

Students will explore art through a variety of techniques such as drawing, painting, cartooning and book illustration. The class will take both a realistic and abstract approach to art. Throughout the workshop the elements of art and color theory will be used as a guide for students as they create their artwork. Students will render their artwork in media such as pencils, colored pencils, charcoals, markers, pens, watercolor and acrylic paints (all supplies included). Students will also keep a portfolio of their artwork. Parents will be invited to explore their child’s art work and participate in the final project.


Use your imagination to create entertaining characters, hilarious story plots, and exciting scenarios! Students are introduced to developmental drama, character creation and analysis, theater games, and improvisation. Students will also experience workshops in mask making, voice and diction, and musical theater. All will participate in creating, directing, and performing original monologues and scenes. Students will present an informal demonstration of their work at the end of the program.

2017-18 Dates:

Fall Session
Sept. 23 - Nov. 18
Spring Session
March 17 - May 5

Registration & Fees

  • Early Bird: $200
    Before Sept. 9 (fall session) or
    Feb. 24 (spring session)
  • General: $225

Before registering for the program, parents are encouraged to read the Young Artists Saturday Program Terms and Conditions.


Each fall registration includes a free ticket to the Children’s Theater performance of Pete the Cat.


Each spring registration includes a free ticket to the Children’s Theater performance of Harry the Dirty Dog.

For more information contact:

Carol Jones
Director of Children's Programs
(203) 697-2035

Young Artists Summer Program

The Choate Young Artists Programs in Performing and Visual Arts seek to develop an appreciation for live theater and visual arts in all of our young artists.

Children Currently in Grades K & 1

Students are introduced to the basic skills of theater and visual arts. Students uncover their innate creativity as their imaginations are sparked through the use of dramatic play, improvisation, theater games, drawing, sculpting, and painting in activities designed for early elementary school level.

Children Currently in Grades 2-7

In this program, students gain foundational skills in drawing, painting, cartooning, acting, singing, dance, theater games, improvisation, voice projection, mask-making, and movement. These skills help students create characters and scenes for the stage, while self motivation and confidence grow in a noncompetitive atmosphere. Morning activities center around visual arts, theater games, singing, and dance. The afternoons offer students the opportunity to be creative in a more relaxed atmosphere as well as enjoy swim time at the Larry Hart Pool.

Students will present an informal demonstration of their work at the end of each session. When possible, we recommend student engagement in both sessions to allow for a continued development of skill through a deepening of experience.

2017 Session Dates & Tuition

2018 Registration coming soon!

Morning Program | 9AM - Noon

  • Early registration discount through May 31 – $500
  • Regularly – $520
  • Available for students in grades K & 1 only
  • Tuition fee includes snacks and supplies
  • Flexible drop off: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Full-day Program | 9AM - 4PM

  • Early registration discount through May 31 – $775
  • Regularly – $820
  • Tuition includes lunch at Hill House Dining Hall, snacks, and supplies
  • Flexible drop off: 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Flexible pick up: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Session I: June 26 - July 7

Session II: July 10 - July 21

  • Classes run Monday through Friday
  • Students may register for all four weeks, as the activities differ for each session.


Please contact the Summer Programs office at (203) 697-2365.

Each child must have had a physical exam by a licensed physician within the past two years. No child may attend the program without submitting our completed medical form, including an up-to-date immunization record and a copy of both sides of an insurance card serving as proof of coverage.