Art With a Heart

Art With a Heart

Our vision is that all children, regardless of background, have the opportunity to improve their quality of life through artistic expression.

Art With a Heart’s mission is to provide hands-on visual arts experiences that educate and inspire children. Our programs uniquely reinforce academics within the artistic experience and strive to instill confidence in our kids, benefiting them in both school and life.

Art With a Heart offers a variety of art programs. Throughout the school year, we offer weekly after school programs, school-year programs within early childhood classrooms, and Saturday Studio classes for students who’ve previously exhibited a passion or natural talent for art.  During the summer months, we partner with area summer camps to engage their students with visual art.  Exhibitions are held at the conclusion of each program to celebrate successes and engage the community & parents with student masterpieces.


  2605 E 25th Street, Suite 301, Indianapolis, IN 46218




Creative Classroom Connections

Program description

Program Overview

Creative Classroom Connections draws upon the research supporting the importance of exploratory experiences in the arts during the early childhood years. Program goals, center activity designs, the implementation model, and assessments are reflective of this research as well as research-based practices regarding teaching and learning in early childhood, professional learning, and effective community partnerships.

Teachers receive materials, curriculum, professional development and in-class coaching to support an integrated arts program in their classroom.


Our preschool program uses guided-exploration which provides students with feedback and brings them together to explore, examine, question, build new ideas, and develop new skills and excitement for learning. Children have weekly opportunities for self-selection of activities both independently or collaboratively, in which teachers and adult volunteers provide guiding questions, encouragement, and opportunities for sharing. Students spend approximately one hour per week in the program featuring:

Activity Time Allotted
Introduction with a book or famous work of art 15 minutes
Choice of art center activities; 3 centers available 30 minutes
Whole group reflective sharing and discussion 15 minutes


Kindergarten and First Grade

Kindergarten and first grade programs utilize a center rotation model. Teachers group children and lead rotations through three small groups, allowing for differentiation. Students rotate between the centers to participate in each center lesson approximately every 30 minutes. Art With a Heart will offer professional development for teachers as well as volunteers supporting the program.

Activity Leader Description
Art Center Classroom Teacher Integrated art lesson
Letter Book/Art Elements Book Volunteer Guided lesson integrating language arts and visual arts
Discovery Center Volunteer Process-based opportunity to explore arts materials

Booking / scheduling contact

Shael Weidenbach

   317-602-7222 ext. 2

Program detail
Artistic discipline: Visual Arts
Cultural Origin:
Program type: Professional Development, Workshop/Class (In-School)
Population served: Pre-K, Kindergarten, Grade 1
Subject: Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Language Arts, Math
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Winter/Spring Session runs January – April.  Fall Session runs September – December.

Available times:

Preschool classes are 1 hour long and kindergarten and first grade are 1.5 hours.  Both run for 10 week sessions with schools doing one session their first year and two sessions in subsequent years.  Schedules are arranged with the schools based on availability of staff and classroom requirements.

Length of program: 1-1.5 hours for 10 weeks
Space / technical requirements:

Helpful to have sinks available or nearby.


All sessions are run in the school classrooms.

Fees / Ticketing:

Program pricing depends on the number of classrooms and number of sessions.  Art With a Heart partners with schools to help ameliorate the cost of funding the program.


Standard 1 - Number sense
Standard 3 - Geometry
RF.3 – Phonological Awareness: Demonstrate understanding and apply knowledge of spoken words, syllables, and sounds
W.1 – Learning Outcome for Writing: Write effectively for a variety of tasks, purposes, and audiences
W.3 – Writing Genres: Develop writing skills by writing for different purposes and to specific audiences or people.
SL.1 – Learning Outcome for Speaking and Listening: Develop and apply effective communication skills through speaking and active listening
SL.4 – Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas: Develop and apply speaking skills to communicate ideas effectively in a variety of situations
Anchor Standard 1 – Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work: Creativity and innovative thinking are essential life skills that can be developed.
Anchor Standard 1 – Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work: Artists and designers shape artistic investigations, following or breaking with traditions in pursuit of creative artmaking goals.
Anchor Standard 2 – Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: Artists and designers experiment with forms, structures, materials, concepts, media, and art-making approaches
Anchor Standard 2 – Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: Artists and designers balance experimentation and safety, freedom and responsibility while developing and creating artworks.
Anchor Standard 2 – Organize and develop artistic ideas and work: People create and interact with objects, places, and design that define, shape, enhance, and empower their lives.
Anchor Standard 4 – Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation: Artists and other presenters consider various techniques, methods, venues, and criteria when analyzing, selecting, and curating objects artifacts, and artworks for preservation and presentation.
Anchor Standard 7 – Perceive and analyze artistic work: Individual aesthetic and empathetic awareness developed through engagement with art can lead to understanding and appreciation of self, others, the natural world, and constructed environments.
Anchor Standard 7 – Perceive and analyze artistic work: Visual imagery influences understanding of and responses to the world.
Anchor Standard 8 – Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work: People gain insights into meanings of artworks by engaging in the process of art criticism.
Anchor Standard 11 – Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding: People develop ideas and understandings of society, culture, and history through their interactions with and analysis of art.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Connects to State (IDOE) and/or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes