Instructor's Assistant

City of Tempe Municipal Volunteer Program

Youth age 13 and above and adults may serve as an instructor's assistant for City of Tempe special interest classes for preschool and school-age children on topics such as art, dance, tumbling, sports, and more. Volunteers assist the lead instructor and help with class set-up and clean-up, craft material preparations and assist as needed. Volunteers also interact with class participants, helping them with class activities, monitoring behavior, supervising bathroom and water breaks, and more. Class subject matter, location, days and times vary. Class sessions are generally 4 or 8 weeks between September and November, January and March, March and May, June and July. The volunteer commitment is for the duration of the class session. All volunteers must complete an application and interview. Call the Volunteer Office for current list of available classes, application and to schedule an interview at 480-350-5190. January through March classes are shown below the photo. 

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Young Sculptors
Students will build one-of-a-kind artwork in this class that focuses on creating works in 3-D. Learn how to use clay, cardboard, foam, recyclables and other materials to sculpt unique works. For 3½-5 yr olds.
Mondays 1/7-3/11 9:50 to 11 a.m. VIHEL

Creative Painting
This art class that emphasizes the creative use of materials. Not your normal painting class, students will learn about alternative techniques beyond just using a paintbrush. Paint with your hands and feet, use unusual objects like seashells and plant fibers, and even make your own paint mediums. For 3½-5 yr olds.
Mondays 1/7-3/11 11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. VIHEL

Ceramics; Hands in Clay
This studio class teaches students hand-building techniques such as coiling and pinch- pots that are used to create a number of unique projects. For 6-8 yr olds.
Mondays 1/7-3/11 4:20-6:10 p.m. VIHEL

Introduction to Art
Students will explore both 2-D and 3-D artworks while advancing their art vocabulary. Using a variety of traditional and non-traditional media, students will discover painting, print-making, sculpture and collage. For 6-9 yr olds.
Mondays 1/7-3/11 4:20-5:30 p.m. VIHEL

Petite Painters
Young artists will learn basic art concepts in this fun and creative program. Various materials and techniques will be used as children explore the great masters and create art in their style. For 3½-5 yr olds.
T 1/8-2/26 10:50 a.m.-Noon VIHEL

Ceramics; Beginning Throwing
Class is designed to introduce skills for the potter’s wheel through a series of structured drills and projects. For 8-13 yr olds.
T 1/8-2/26 3:50-6:10p.m. VIHEL
Sa 1/12-3/2 8:50-11:10 a.m. VIHEL

Messy Art
Just as the title implies, students will create art using supplies and techniques that may be messy. For 4-6 yr olds.
W 1/9-2/27 9:50-11 a.m. VIHEL

Science Art Lab
This is a fine arts course with a “scientific” twist. Understand concepts that go beyond a normal art class; learn about color perception, the chemistry behind paint-mixing, and why material such as clay hardens over time. For 6-9 yr olds.
W 1/9-2/27 4:20-5:30 p.m. VIHEL

Young Painters Studio
Students will explore classical painting styles such as Abstract, Realism, Impressionism and Pop Art. For 3½-5 yr olds.
Th 1/10-2/28 10:20-11:30 a.m. VIHEL

Elements of Art
Movement, Color, Form, Texture, Pattern and Contrast are just some of the new vocabulary words that your little artist will learn in this truly unique art class. For 4-6 yr olds.
Th 1/10-2/28 11:20 a.m.-12:30 p.m. VIHEL

Ceramics; Youth
A class designed to introduce hand-building and use of the potter’s wheel through a series of skill-focused activities. For 8-13 yr olds
Th 1/10-2/28 3:50-6:10p.m. VIHEL
Sa 1/12-3/2 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. VIHEL

Story Explorers
Students will make stories come to life through puppets, masks, artwork and musical instruments. For 3½-5 yr olds.
F 1/11-3/1 2:20-3:30 p.m. VIHEL

Traveling Trunk
Students will sample a taste of a different culture every week through food, customs and traditions. For 5-8 yr olds.
F 1/11-3/1 3:20-4:30 p.m. VIHEL

Theater; Creative Drama
An introductory dramatics class for young performers that includes role-playing, theater games and storytelling. For 4-6 yr olds.
Sa 1/12-3/2 1:30-2:20 p.m. VIHEL
Sa 1/12-3/2 2:30-3:45 p.m. VIHEL