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KIDSART art program is a creative way to share our passion for the arts and education. Kids and teens of all ages will find the Borrego Art Institute an inviting place to explore, learn and make art. We are dedicated to discover innovative ways to inspire young artists of all levels as they explore our exhibitions and create their own artwork in our bright, inviting art gallery and the ArtPark gardens. Whether your child is just learning or is already very skilled, our projects are fun, challenging, and kid-tested to inspire confidence.



The Photography Program

With professional photographer Tom Hogan

An exciting aspect of the KidsArt photography program has been the inclusion of the Photography Workshop for 4th and 5th-grade students. Instructed by professional photographers, students are provided with cameras and equipment thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Instructed on thinking creatively and capture their vision digitally, students are given the opportunity to take an annual field trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and photograph subjects that captured their imagination. The best work from each student is entered into the Anza Borrego Foundation Photo Contest, with the BAI students capturing top awards each year in the youth division.

The 2018 class completed a video titled “Big Little Town” which was shown during the Borrego Film Festival. If you missed this video, turn up your sound and click on https://vimeo.com/246308644.


Join us for FREE

KidsArt is FREE FOR ALL kids, including our out-of-town visitors. This marvelous program is made possible through private donations.

Sign up for our monthly free newsletter to keep informed about our monthly take-away art projects. Sign up for newsletter here.

Schools and organizations interested in a multi-class KidsArt program are encouraged to email ArtFarm@BorregoArtInstitute.

Borrego Art Institute KidsArt Program

We encourage your child to explore their creative side

Lessons are designed for children ages 6 – 18 and enrollment is available for public schools, charter schools, homeschool programs, youth organizations, families, and individuals. KidsArt programs are always FREE. Parents may stay to participate after they have signed their children in.


2022 KidsArt Program

Location: 587 Palm Canyon Drive, Suite 125. (old library)

Saturdays: January 8 and 15, 2022, 1-3 pm: Starry Nights.
The theme for the January program is: Starry Nights. We will celebrate Borrego’s beautiful black night sky, brilliant stars and animals which might be seen at night. Students will learn techniques in the use of oil pastel andcrayon with India ink on watercolor paper. Wear old clothes and bring your imaginations with you!
Please register so we can get the right amount of art supplies for this class.

Saturdays: February 12 and 19, 2022. 1-3 pm: printmaking: the Art of Sharing.
The theme for the February program is printmaking: The Art of Sharing. The best thing about printmaking is that the young artist can make lots of prints and variations of their designs which makes sharing their work with friends and family a delight! Students will learn basic block printmaking techniques in these classes, from creating their own original design, easy printing techniques, and experimental use of color. Wear old clothes and be prepared to be surprised! 
Please register so we can get the right amount of art supplies for this class.

Saturdays: March 19 and 26, 2022, 1-3 pm: Our Blooming Desert

The theme for the March program is Our Blooming Desert. Spring in the desert is a magical time. Our spiny plant neighbors put on a colorful show of flowers for a short time that we wish could last a little longer. Students will learn papier-mâché techniques, creating their own beautiful barrel cactus sculpture, blooming with flowers that will last all year! Repurposing paper and cardboard materials, bits of fabric, and yarn, our young artists will add to Borrego’s signs of Spring.  Please register so we can get the right amount of art supplies for this class.

Saturdays: April 9 and 16, 2022, 1-3 pm: It’s Snowing Palo Verde!

Our Palo Verde trees around the Village of Borrego Springs create snowy blizzards of yellow Palo Verde flowers when the breezes pick up. Students will have the opportunity to express their experiences with And the beauty of our “greenstick” friends while learning colored paper collage techniques to create light and shadow. Scissors, paper and lots of glue (who could say no to that?)  Please register so we can get the right amount of art supplies for this class.

Saturdays: May 14 and 21, 2022, 1-3pm: Tie Up KidsArt

The month of May will “Tie Up KidsArt” for the year with some experiences with weaving. From “weaving” fiber through burlap to lessons on how to weave on simple looms made from household items, students will gain an understanding of one of mankind’s oldest art forms.  Please register so we can get the right amount of art supplies for this class.


Whether your child is exploring the arts or honing their style, KidsArt projects are fun, challenging, and kid-tested to inspire confidence!




Open Wednesday to Sunday, from 10 am - 4 pm.
Closed on Monday and Tuesday.

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Gallery & ArtPark

Borrego Art Institute

665 Palm Canyon Drive, at Christmas Circle

Borrego Springs, CA 92004

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 2383

Borrego Springs, CA 92004


Phone: (760) 767.5152
Email: gallery@borregoartinstitute.org

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