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Santa Clarita Library offers free workshops for students


The Santa Clarita Public Library is collaborating with the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) to bring a brand-new, after-school arts program for students in grades four through six for free. This four-week workshop will be taught by CalArts alumni and students and will go over animation and zine-making. This program will allow children to get world-class instruction in exciting art fields at no cost.

The program will run from Sept.. 12 through Oct. 3. The classes will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Public Library’s Valencia branch, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., with a culmination event for the students and their families on Oct. 7.

For the zine-making workshop, students will cover image creation, creative writing, printing and copying techniques, zine binding techniques and more.

During the animation workshops, students will learn stop motion animation, drawn animation, character design, puppet fabrication, editing, sound design and lighting. Classroom art supplies will be available for every student at no cost. There are capacities for each of the classes, so it is recommended to register as soon as possible.

The last day to register is Aug. 13. Some students may be placed on a waitlist. Eligible participants must live in the Santa Clarita Valley, and past experience is not required.

This fall program is presented by a partnership between the CalArts Community Arts Partnership (CAP) and the Santa Clarita Public Library. CAP is a program of CalArts that offers free after-school and school-based arts programs for youth in every discipline taught at the Institute.

For more information on the program or to register, visit or contact Program Manager Annapurna Kumar at or (661) 554-0798.