Heart for Art is a children's art studio geared towards ages 4 to 15. Flexible scheduling, private and semi-private time slots. No monthly tuition or registration fees. Also, artistic birthday parties and specialized workshops and book discussions for teens, adults and seniors. Located off the 101 Freeway at 5200 Kanan Road, Suite 214 in Agoura Hills. Open Monday through Saturday. More information at www.heart4art.me or call 818.203.5031.
Fauves Studio is an art school for all ages and every imagination! Watercolors, acrylics and oils, as well as clay sculpture are taught at Fauves, located at Westlake Village Industrial Park, 31368 Via Colinas, Unit 109, Westlake Village.
Each student works on a unique project, gaining the benefit of a group setting while assuring individual attention to a subject suited to their interests. The studio also serves adults with paint nights and yoga-art sessions!
Kids and adults art classes are available as well as summer art history camp (ages 5-12), birthday parties, paint and sip for adults and more. Visit fauves.studio or call (818) 699-6066 for more information.
The Kids' Activities section of Conejo Valley Guide has primarily been focused on activities at venues throughout the Conejo Valley and Greater Ventura County over the last 10 years. We are going to take that step further here by compiling a list of local area music, art and acting teachers in the area.
This list will take some time to populate and you can help by submitting to us the following information: Name, what you teach, where you teach, perhaps a brief sentence or two about your background, contact information and website (if applicable).
Music Stores Offering Lessons
Dave Janssen's School of Music in Simi Valley www.davejanssen.com
GoDpsMusic in Newbury Park www.godpsmusic.com
Guitar Center Westlake Village stores.guitarcenter.com/westlake-village-lessons
Guitar Planet in Ventura www.guitarplanet.us
Harmony Music Center in Ventura harmonymusiccenter.com
Henson's Music Center in Camarillo and Oxnard www.hensonsmusic.net
Instrumental Music in Thousand Oaks, Ventura instrumentalmusic.com
Lewis Music Academy in Moorpark lewismusicacademy.com
Musicians Depot in Westlake Village musiciansdepot.com
Nick Rail Music in Agoura Hills www.nickrailmusic.com
Rock City Studios in Camarillo www.rockcitystudios.net
Stadium House of Rock in Agoura Hills www.stadiumhouseofrock.com
Stage 1 Music in Simi Valley stage1music.com
Wally World Music in Thousand Oaks www.musicstorethousandoaks.com
Alisha Marks - Private acting lessons to youth. Specializing in acting for TV, film and commercials. www.facebook.com/pg/themarksmethod 310-663-0725
Kids Acting Out West - Alina Cenal has provided performance art programs for Ventura County youth since 1996. alinacenal.com/kids-acting-out-west-kids-acting-classes-ventura-county-california
Established in 1975, Mission: Renaissance®, The World’s Leader in Fine Art Instruction, where tens of thousands who were previously unable to draw or paint have brought their dreams to life and can now express themselves as artists.
There is a local location at 5776-A1 Lindero Canyon Road in Westlake Village. Group art lessons available for birthdays too!
More information at www.fineartclasses.com/mission-renaissance-studio-locations/westlake-village-art-classes or call 818.735.0980.
Located in downtown Ventura, Kids’ Arts is a creative arts program offered on a drop-in basis for children ages 5-14. Every Saturday morning from 10 am to noon, children participate in hands-on art, music, movement and theater activities facilitated by professional artists. All Kids’ Arts programs are fun and free!
Parents and caregivers are welcome to stay with their children and join in the fun.The Saturday art program is held at Arc of Ventura County’s Arcade Drive Community Center at 295 South Arcade Drive, Ventura.
More info at www.kidsartsventura.org.
Located in Newbury Park, Studio 17 provides art instruction to children and adults with special needs. Local artist Mary Abraham opened the studio and is an educator, artist and parent of a child with autism; she brings a special understanding of how to teach the arts to students with special needs.
Classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-5pm. For more information, visit studio17atruby.weebly.com or call 805.480.0440.
Simi Dance Center, located at 1665 E. Los Angeles Avenue, Simi Valley, was established in 1963.
The center is focused on teaching strong fundamentals and techniques in the areas of ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, musical theatre and hip hop.
The studio is equipped with two state-of-the-art dance floors, a floating floor and a harlequin floor. Classes for ages 18 months to adult. Try a dance birthday party here!
For more information, visit www.simidancecenter.com or call 805.527.2147.
Viridian Art Academy opened in the Whizin Market Square, 28869 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, in September 2018, offering:
Weekly Art Classes for Kids, Teens, & Adults
Seasonal Art Camps and Workshops
Drop-in Art and Open Studio
Kids Art Parties
Adult Art Parties
And more. Visit www.viridianart.com/agoura or call 818.532.7878 for more information.
The Bob Baker Marionette Theater performed for 55 years at 1345 W. 1st Avenue in Los Angeles but its final performance at that location was Friday, November 23, 2018.
Bob Baker passed away at 90 years old on November 28, 2014 but his theater lives on, with an inventory of over 3,000 puppets! Visit www.bobbakermarionettetheater.com to learn more about shows at other locations and what is in store in the future.
One local Conejo Valley resident, Leslie P:"The Bob Baker Marionette theater has been in business since I was a child. My parents took me there when I was three or four (I'm native to the area), and I never forgot the experience. The magical images really stuck in my mind. Having those beautiful marionettes come right up to me what just incredible. Of course, having been so young, I was never quite sure of when/where the experience took place. At times I thought the images might have been part of a dream.
I had no idea that they were still in business until I saw an article in the L.A. Times that they were struggling financially. So my mother and I took my kids there in December to see their version of the Nutcracker. It was amazing, the show was exactly the same as I remembered. The theater is old and a little dirty, and the staff are quite a bunch of characters, but the obvious bottom line is that they GET children, they love children, and their humanity is intact. They have not prostituted their talent for the sake of money. I was touched and charmed by the whole experience. I highly recommend it. I couldn't walk out of there without buying an original signed Bob Baker marionette, I was so charmed by it all."