Educational Programs and Art Classes
Fostering cultural diversity, understanding of pluralism, preservation of cultural heritage and outreach to underserved communities through free art classes are all part of the Crealdé School of Art mission. Since 1996 Crealdé has offered free, onsite outreach classes to west Winter Park seniors and youth,
first at the Winter Park Community Center in Hannibal Square and since 2007 at The Hannibal Square Heritage Center. Also offered are community workshops with visiting artists and the What Heritage Means to Me field trip program, which make use of the surrounding exhibitions and historic neighborhood to engage participants in reflection about their own story and heritage.
“What Heritage Means to Me” Field Workshop and Trip Program
The “What Heritage Means to Me” Workshop and Field Trip Program is for grades 4 through 8 (ages 9 to 15).
Public school, private school, home school, youth groups and visiting/touring student groups are welcome!
Groups of up to 25 students participate in a two-hour interactive tour of the Heritage Center, its public art installations and a discussion of the award-winning The Heritage Collection: Photographs and Oral Histories from West Winter Park. This is facilitated by a trained visual anthropologist or professional documentary photographer, and led by a senior citizen docent and resident of the community. The experience is followed by a visual art workshop facilitated by a member of Crealdé’s professional visual arts teaching staff, in which students will create a collaborative piece of painted folk art incorporating their personal experience of tradition, history, heritage, faith, culture, family, home, community, and country. It is our goal that students from anywhere will be inspired to respect, explore, and participate in their own community’s history and heritage.
- Offered Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. – noon.
- Enhances history and humanities, social studies, language arts and visual arts curriculum.
- Intergenerational – hear about history from the people of another generation who actually lived it!
- Heritage-based curriculum personalizes and brings to life our area’s interesting past and juxtaposes local events with national civil rights events.
- Students articulate their experience of cultural heritage and the personal significance of family, local and national historical events.
- Team-building and visual-expression skills are utilized as students create a collaborative work of folk art to take back to the classroom.
- Can be adapted for older or younger student groups and tailored to include discussion that relates directly to the current classroom focus and curriculum.
- Free of charge: This Heritage Center field trip program is funded in part through a grant from the Walt Disney World Helping Kids Shine Program and the William J. Conlee Fund at the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. (Groups must provide their own transportation, though Crealdé may be able to help reimburse expenses).
The Heritage Center is located across from Shady Park, a shaded
and safe picnic area including public bathrooms and a spray park
play area for children. Click here for directions.
To schedule or to request additional information, contact: Fairolyn Livingston, Heritage Center Manager, at 407-539-2680 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educational Tours are also available. See Plan Your Visit
Art Classes & Workshops
Hannibal Square Community Outreach Art Classes for Seniors and Youth
Free Art Sampler for Children
Eight-week classes provide up to 15 students ages 5 to 10 with professional instruction from Crealdé faculty in the fundamentals of painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture. Children’s classes are conducted in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club and are held September through May, Mondays and Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m., in the downstairs classroom at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. Classes are open to all Winter Park residents, but preference is given to families residing in the Hannibal Square neighborhood/CRA district.
Free Art Sampler for Seniors
Year-round, weekly classes provide up to 15 senior students with the opportunity to explore painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics, with an emphasis on gift making and commemorating special holidays. Classes are taught by Crealdé faculty and offered in partnership with Seniors First Lunch Program and are held in the downstairs classroom at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center each Friday from 10:00 to 11:30.
To enroll, please contact Karen Harden at the Winter Park Community Center: 407-599-3275
Community Workshops by Visiting Artists
In addition to the art classes by Crealdé’s professional faculty, the Heritage Center hosts an annual artist’s residency with a noted guest artists who engages the community in a public art project. Past artists included Smithsonian-collected folk artists Ruby C. Williams and Mr. Imagination. Participants in the workshops learn the craft of each artist as they work together on a piece of artwork that uses personal and family experience as inspiration. By participating in the collaborative projects and in the exhibition, individuals will have a deeper sense of belonging and contributing to their community, building self-confidence, teaching team skills, and increasing community ownership.
Crealdé School of Art Visual Art Curriculum
Classes for students of all ages and educational backgrounds in painting and drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography and professional development for artists are available at Crealdé School of Art’s main campus at 600 St. Andrews Boulevard in Winter Park (located two miles from the Heritage Center), or at one of the two classrooms at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. Children’s and adult scholarships are available.
To explore available classes or to register for classes: www.crealde.org.
Family History Research Library
A free program of the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Winter Park and the Unity Heritage Festival Foundation, the volunteer staff provide assistance to patrons seeking to research their family genealogy. This service is available to the public at the Heritage Center during regular operating hours. For more information or to request an appointment, visit www.hannibalsquare.org.