Program Description

After School Studio

The Color Wheel mission is to encourage the growth and development of creative free thinking individuals. To this end, we provide safe, quality art based programs aimed at nurturing the whole child. Through the arts, we promote self discovery and the development of high self esteem while providing a solution for After School care.

Color Wheel’s after-school studio is an art based after-school program for school aged children 5 years old and up. The program operates weekly Monday-Friday 2:45-5:30 with free after hours from 5:30 – 6:30 during the months of August – May, concurrent with the City of Decatur school calendar. Summer and school break camps are offered as separately throughout the year.

We offer a safe and unique after-school child care experience. Focused on art exploration, each of our instructors is a degreed artist as well as a child care professional. Each staff member brings to Color Wheel a love for working with children, unique artistic talent, and a solid background in the childcare industry.

At Color Wheel, your child becomes a part of a young artist’s community who work and play together, helping each other grow into strong, socially conscious, free thinking individuals. Our artists work in four areas: drawing/painting, pottery, textiles, and mixed media spending time in each area throughout the school year for a balanced creative experience.

The Color Wheel After School Studio includes:

  • Daily transportation to Color Wheel from City of Decatur schools
  • Afternoon snack in accordance with USDA guidelines for nutrition
  • A quality childcare experience with qualified childcare professionals/ degreed artists
  • High quality art supplies
  • A high level of staff/parent communication via weekly e-mail newsletters and parent conferences as needed
  • Free after hours time with homework assistance from 5:30 – 6:30

Daily Studio Schedule

2:45 – 3:15  Buses Arrive at Color Wheel

3:15 – 4:00  Healthy Snack & Independent Study Art Choices

4:00 – 5:30  Art Classes!

5:30 – 6:30  Outdoor Play/Free Time/Homework Time

6:30  Artists are picked up



Our after-school studio curriculum is based on the Color Wheel method, our thematic, process oriented, multi-discipline approach. Each year the after-school studio as whole studies a time period in art history. Our degreed instructors create curriculum for their specific area of expertise. Color Wheel artists are placed in small groups of 10 – 14 students with other artists of the same age. By rotating the groups , each artist works in each of four areas: pottery, drawing/painting, mixed media and textiles throughout the year. We work to create a safe-space in which young artists feel comfortable and empowered. We offer a wide range of art experiences and projects as well as exposure to the artistic approach of multiple art instructors to create an environment that encourages individual growth and preference. Contact the studio for additional information on this year’s curriculum.


Program Tuition

M-F -$400.00 /month includes $25.00 monthly supply fee.

MWF-$240.00/month includes $15.00 monthly supply fee.

T & TH-$160.00 month includes $10.00 monthly supply fee.


Tuition payment options include:

  • Yearly payment by check or money order
  • Quarterly payment by check or money order
  • Monthly auto-debit deducted on the first business day of each month