Late Start Arts

Vashon Center for the Arts offers a Late Start Arts program to elementary age students each school year during the Vashon Island School District’s Professional Development Days (PDD) when school is not in session. Our Late Start Arts program provides an arts-oriented childcare resource to working families with children in grades K-5.

The 2022-23 School Year has announced Professional Development Days will occur every Friday with schools starting an hour and a half later than usual each week. VCA’s Late Start Arts program will increase as well to offer childcare and enriching arts experiences every Friday morning starting September 2.

In addition to our core administrative staff, five teaching art instructors will be on hand to offer a variety of courses, from ‘Story Play and Art’ for grades K-2, to Visual Arts and Dance Samplers for grades 3-5.

Registration will open on August 15.

Financial aid will be available for families in need.


Late Start Arts: Ecosystem Art

Blue Heron 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Late Start Arts: Ecosystem Art
Grades: K-2
Fridays, Sept 2-Jan 20 | 9-10:30 am (skip holidays and school breaks)
Tuition: $380 General | $350 Member (includes $75 materials/snack fee)
Instructor: Sara Bennett
Location: Blue Heron Gallery

Students will create projects that inspire them to consider their uniqueness as individuals, and slowly broaden their scope to consider their part in larger spectrums... family, homes, community, Vashon Island, and our amazing ecosystem. Expect to decorate body tracings, assemble self-portraits, "grow" family trees, build miniature houses, create representations of Vashon businesses and landmarks, construct a ferry project, paint a wall hanging of our beloved Vashon-Maury Island, create mosaics from fir and cedar cones, design monograms from seashells and sand, make driftwood mobiles, paint beach rocks, and play with different mediums to represent the likeness of orcas, jellyfish, starfish, owls, raccoons.


Late Start Dance 

Blue Heron Dance Studio 19704 VASHON HIGHWAY SW, Vashon, WA

Late Start Dance 
Grades: 3-5 
Fridays: Sept 2-Jan 20 (skip holidays and school breaks) | 9:00-10:30 am 
Tuition per session: $350 General | $320 Member (includes $45 materials/snack fee) 
Instructor: Elise Ericksen 
Location: Upstairs Studio 

Join us on Late-Start Fridays in an exploration of dance in its many forms. Each month will focus on a new genre of dance, including its history and specific movement qualities.  We will study ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and modern and will also get to learn some trendy dances too!  No previous dance experience necessary.