Art & Culture

Youth and Adult Art Classes to begin soon in Hollister

The San Benito County Arts Council launches its Fall Art Session at the new ARTspace Annex at 217 Fifth St. in downtown Hollister.
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The San Benito County Arts Council is now enrolling students in Fall Art Classes at its new second location, the ARTspace Annex, at 217 Fifth St. in downtown Hollister. Along with the return of some of their popular returning classes, including Youth Art Studio 1 & 2 and Paul’s Paint Party, the Arts Council is excited to launch a whole new series of visual and performing art classes for youth and adults in ceramics, sculpture, theater, writing and more.

Some of the new classes include:

The Joy of Painting (ages 5-10), with Ana Newman, Saturdays

Introspective Creativity (ages 16+), with Dustin Kinsley, Mondays

Encore Jr. & Sr. Theater Workshops (ages 6-9 & 10-14), with Kids Rule Theater Camp founders' Kristy & Norm Burchard, Tuesdays

Wood Carving and Recycled Assemblage (ages 11+), with Dustin Kinsley, Tuesdays

FREE Writers’ Lab (ages 16+), with Amanda Chiado, Wednesdays

Youth Ceramics (ages 8-16), with Christina Morris, Thursdays

Adult Ceramics (ages 16+), with Christina Morris, Thursdays

To register online or to view the full class schedule and descriptions, please visit

All classes are taught by professional teaching artists and encourage in-depth, hands-on, sequential learning in the visual and performing arts. Fall Art Classes begin the second week of September continuing through December, unless otherwise noted. Free scholarship spots are available for qualifying youth — please inquire. For more information about the Fall Art Classes or to learn more about scholarships, contact the Arts Council at 831-636-2787 or email

Stay tuned for details about the official launch party of the Annex on Friday, Oct. 13 from 7-9 p.m. The Arts Council's current location at ARTspace, 240 Fifth St., will remain open for exhibitions, office and meeting space and other ongoing programs. Follow current events and happenings by liking their Facebook page or you can follow them on Instagram and Twitter @sanbenitoarts.

Fall Art Classes are presented by the San Benito County Arts Council as part of its Community Art Education Program and are made possible with the support of the California Arts Council, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, United Way serving San Benito County and Monterey Peninsula Foundation. 

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The San Benito County Arts Council’s mission is to: *Promote diversity, quality and involvement in the arts for all residents in San Benito County *Encourage cultural and artistic growth and create opportunities for the production of art *Provide access to the arts through programs in the visual, performing and media arts *Establish a favorable climate for artists to live and work and for the arts to thrive