These programs are designed for children ages 3 through 6 who are enrolled in the Lab School. The programs will meet for 3 one-hour sessions.

Fine Arts After School Program

Painting with the Masters

“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.”   ― Pablo Picasso


Painting with the Masters will be a class that combines art history with self-expression and exploration. Each class will begin with a brief lesson to educate children on the importance of specific artists, the movements associated with the influential artists, and the techniques the artists used. The information learned would be used as a reference for the day’s lesson, which will be flexible for each child. I would like to inspire the children to not only replicate what the master’s painted but to try to view their world through a different lens and create what they want within the lessons framework. As art is gaining traction as a new therapeutic standard, the day’s painting would not only allow children to gain skills and an education in history, but it would give them a new medium to process and express their feelings and creativity, expanding into other aspects of their lives as well.

Fine Arts After School will take place on Wednesdays (January 10, 24, and ending on January 31st), from 3:00 to 4:00. The fee is $45.00 per child and includes materials as well. Please know that space is limited and registration will close once the program is full.  The class will take place in Room 147, Ms. Debbie’s classroom.


Meet the Instructor: Juliana Jones

Juliana Jones is a senior at the University of Delaware, completing her Fine Arts degree with a specialization in painting. She worked at Providence Creek Academy as a Camp Counselor and Arts & Crafts Leader, encouraging the campers to view everyday objects and encounters as references for both creativity and play. While at the University, Juliana has spent years of working in her studio and completing commissioned works as a freelancer. As an artist that was first introduced to painting in the classroom, she is excited to pass along and inspire the life-fulfilling creativity and passion the visual arts have afforded her to the next generation!


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Spanish/English After School Program

Here at the Spanish after school program, our goal is to introduce the Spanish language to all of the learners. Through play, we will explore colors, music, dancing, books and more all while using Spanish vocabulary. There are many benefits to learning a second language at an early age, such as enhanced cognitive development and a better understanding of the first language. During this program, we will have fun and learn a very important foundation for learning foreign languages in the future. Native Spanish speakers will have the same opportunities to learn English in a play based environment.

Spanish/English After School will take place Tuesdays (January 9, 23, and ending on January 30.), from 3:00 to 4:00. The fee is $37.50 per child. Please know that space is limited and registration will close once the program is full.  The class will take place in Room 147, Ms. Debbie’s classroom.


Meet the Instructors: Patrick McGowan & Cory Chandler 


Patrick McGowan is a senior Spanish education major who demonstrates a passion for teaching language in his playful style and positive interactions with the children. Patrick gets an immense amount of joy from giving back to the children because they are so eager to learn. The excitement the children show brings him back week after week. After coming back from a semester in Granada, Spain, Patrick is excited to return to the Lab School to lead this program.  Read more about Patrick’s love of teaching as he is featured in this article using this link, The Polyglot, a UD publication for his department.


Corey Chandler is currently a sophomore at the University of Delaware, majoring in Spanish Education. His fascination for the Spanish language and culture has been developing for close to 5 years now. Volunteering and being surrounded by youth is another passion of his. Sharing his knowledge with the students in a fun and engaging way is what he most looks forward to.  


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