ArtReach is a creative based non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable,  equitable, and accessible opportunities for ALL Worcester area community members to experience the Arts, with a focus on youth and communities who may be at-risk or underserved. It is our belief that by connecting artists and educators with students from all  sectors of our community, we are providing a platform for observation, discovery, self-expression, and a greater understanding of who we are as a diverse collective of people.

Upcycled Wearable Art

Instructor: John Vo
Age Range: 12+
November 5th and 12th; 10:00am-12pm
Tuition:  $100

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Express your unique aesthetic through wearable art!  In this two-day, 4-hour workshop, students will learn to customize their own denim jacket or jean pants. Students will learn how to distress denim, deconstructing the weft and warp to create interesting one of a kind handmade textures. We’ll then explore light embroidery or patchwork to add further interest to your creation.  Next, students will extend their design to incorporate painted works on the fabric.  Students are invited to create allegorical artwear that speaks to their individuality.  Students should bring a piece of clothing to be customized.  All other supplies are included in the cost of tuition.  If you have a passion for textiles, art and design, this is the class for you!

This program runs on two Fridays, November 5th and 12th.


Leaf Pounding

Instructor: Katy Riley
Age Range: All Ages (email us for a sibling discount!)
November 17th; 10:00am-12pm
Tuition:  $35

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Leaf pounding is a surface design technique that works exactly how it sounds. We will learn the basics of natural dye by using foraged fall foliage and ball pin hammers to permanently imprint the colors and shapes of leaves and flowers on cotton bandanas. Learn about mordants, natural pigment, let out some steam, and walk away with a beautiful fall-colors kerchief!  This program runs two hours and is suitable for all ages.

Caldecott Connections to Language Arts

Instructor: Sid Nordstrom
Age Range: 9-12

10 Thursdays 10:00-11:30am;

September 30th-December 16th (no class November 11th and 25th).

Tuition: $299.

$75 non-refundable deposit included in tuition

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This course has begun, but students wishing to join may do so at a pro-rated rate.

Caldecott Award stories are the springboard for introducing units of studies where students will write and create art both thoughtfully and creatively. Students will work to write well crafted fables, folktales, memory stories, poetry and a research assignment. In each class hands-on projects will be used to explore illustration and creative writing techniques. Students will be challenged to think deeply and write about themselves and topics important to them in descriptive, logical and evocative ways.  Grammar, mechanics and usage as well as research skills will be taught.  Because language arts lessons focus so intensely on words we will also look to art, drama, music, movement and observation of the natural world as key ingredients to building openings for developing writers to safely experiment with writing technique. 

John Vo is a working artist that paints to connect to people. They are part of the Vietnamese diaspora, and use stories to explore connections between home and culture. They draw from Vietnamese culture and family history as offerings and support to engaging different backgrounds and communities in the facilitation of place. John is a former Fulbright scholar and believes art has the ability to transform lives.

Katy is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on using traditional craft techniques to create contemporary imagery. She likes to have fun creating iconography of everyday objects and scenes with fine craft skills. 


Sid Nordstrom is a writer, artist, educator, and homeschooling parent of three lifelong learners. Sid believes passionately in the power of education to transform lives through curious, playful and passionate academic opportunities for youth. Sid began her career working with emotionally and behaviorally disordered children and their families.  She worked with children for 15 years in acute residential treatment.  Sid began teaching in 2005 and frequently serves as a creative writing, history and arts educator  When not creating art, you can find Sid dreaming up new projects, traveling, reveling in the sound of delightful words, singing, and dancing.


Maker Nuggets

Instructor: Sid Nordstrom
Age Range: All Ages 
October 22; 10:00am-12pm
Tuition:  $25 per family

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Come join us for some bite-sized nuggets of pure maker fun! Bring the whole family and join us for fun STEAM challenges and wacky prizes!