The Arts Academy

Helping kids grow through the ARTS word

The Arts Academy at First Christian Church serves to develop the next generation of artists – trained with excellence for the task of ministry. It also serves as an avenue for growing disciples of Jesus Christ and expressing his love for people in our community.

Summer Workshops

JULY 23-27, 2018

The Arts Academy will offer a variety of classes during a one-week “mini-camp” at First Christian Church. Classes for kids and adults! Morning and evening sessions available. Check out our class offerings . . . all for free! Questions? Contact Andrea at or 217.875.3350.

Basic Piano for Worship

Instructor: Lacey Phillips
Time: 6-7pm (note that original time said 7-8pm but that has changed)
Requirement: 4-5 years Piano lessons required
Class Size: 4
Description: Learn chords/inversions, how to read lead sheets, what to play/what not to play in worship to best fit style and sound in the context of a full band. This class is for students wanting to get started in worship, as well as pianists who are currently a part of the worship teams.


Instructor: Stephanie Campbell
Time: 6-7pm
Age: Kindergarten – Adult
Description: Learn vocal technique, how to lead worship, and how to sing during a weekend service. This is a great opportunity for adults and student to participate in worship together! The choir class will help lead worship in the West Auditorium the weekend of July 28/29.

Culinary Arts Class

Instructor: Judy Ramey
Description: Learn how use various tools in the kitchen and create easy to prepare dishes.

Morning Session
Time: 10-11:30am
Age: 3rd Grade – 12th Grade
Class Size: 12
Morning Session is FULL - Registration closed

Evening Session
Time: 6-7:30pm
Age: 3rd Grade – Adult
Class Size: 14
* This is a great class for students and adult to participate in together!


Instructor: Cathy Suhr
Time: 6-7pm
Age: 4th Grade – Adult
Class Size: 10
Description: Learn different painting techniques and create a unique piece of art. Class is open to students and adults, all skill levels.

Art Exploration

Instructor: Shirley Rademacher
Time: 10-11am
Age: 5-7 years old
Class Size: 17
Description: Students will create age-appropriate art projects that allow them to learn about various artistic disciplines such as fiber arts, painting, drawing, and music.

Rhythm and Sound

Instructor: Anita Gifford
Time: 10-10:30am
Age: 3-6 years old (parent must accompany student for this class)
Description: Intro to music. Students will learn the basics of rhythm and sound by exploring various instruments and musical styles.


Instructor: Cathie Gentry
Description: Learn the basics of hand and machine sewing and create a couple of different projects to take home

Morning Session
Time: 10-11:30am
Age: 3rd grade – 12th Grade
Class Size: 8

Evening Session
Time: 6-7:30pm
Age: 3rd Grade – Adult
Class Size: 8
* This is a great class for students and adults.
Evening Session is FULL - Registration closed

Video Production

Instructor: Jeremy Shull
Time: 6-7pm
Age: 8th Grade – Adult
Class Size: 2
Description: Learn the basics of photography, videography, and video editing during this class.

Video Production is FULL - Registration closed

Exploring the Arts


Fall classes for Arts Academy are just around the corner. Check out the classes being offered in the Arts Academy this year and meet the instructors. Registration for fall classes will open during the event.

Arts Academy Classes: 2018/2019

We have an exciting year ahead of us, and we'd love for YOU to join us! Our fall line up will be coming in August so come back then to check us out.

Questions? Contact Andrea Grunden at or 217.875.3350.