The Southport Clubhouse offers various art and education programs throughout the year. Art programs enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts, and creative writing. Education programs help members create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement. Click below to learn more about a particular art or education program.
If you have any questions regarding the Arts & Education programs please email
The “super sitters” class will allow all participants to become fully certified in infant, child, and adult CPR. In order to become certified, it is mandatory that members attend all 6 classes. It is very important for members to pay serious attention during every class. This is an excellent class for our young babysitters.
The class will be taught by a registered nurse and will meet on Wednesdays, March 7-April 4 from 4:00pm-6:15pm.
Registration begins February 1st
Program Fee: $75
Cartooning Boys & Girls Grades 3-8
If you can hold a pencil, you can start drawing great cartoon characters right away! You just have to learn how! In this class,
we will use step-by-step methods to learn how to cartoon heads, eyes, bodies, clothing and more. Each session will consist of 3 classes where members will learn how to draw a different cartoon character whether it’s from a popular animated
show, film, book or even video game.
Classes will meet Wednesdays from January 31st-February 14th 4:00pm-5:00pm.
Registration begins January 4th
Program Fee: $30
Fine Arts Exhibit Boys & Girls Grades 1-12
Each year Wakeman showcases the artistic talents of our members in conjunction with Boys & Girls Club of America’s Fine Arts Exhibit. The exhibit is a program designed to promote creativity using various media and to encourage artistic skills and cultural enrichment. Last year 356 young artists entered 386 pieces of art. Wakeman had six pieces at the Regional level in Vermont move on to the National Fine Art Exhibit in Atlanta, GA. Log onto www.bgca.org to view the works of the 36 national winners.
This year Wakeman’s exhibit will run from January 17th through January 19th with a Preview Party on January 17th. The exhibit will be held at the Pequot Library located in Southport.
Any artwork created by a Wakeman member in 2016-2017 at home, in school or at the club may be entered into the exhibit.
Come and show your artistic side! Members will explore a variety of creative materials and techniques such as: drawing, printing, painting, sculpting and more. Children will develop their art-making skills each week by learning about different artists and fashioning their own masterpieces. Come and show your artistic side!
Classes will be held on Thursdays, March 1st-April 5th from 4:15pm-5:30pm.
Registration begins January 31st
Program Fee: $65
Lego Robotics Boys & Girls Grades 3-5
This program will introduce younger members to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. Over the course of 6 classes, you (YES YOU!) will have built your own robot with a small group of friends and programmed it to dance around the room.
Classes will meet from 4:00pm-5:15pm on Tuesdays, February 27th-April 3rd.
Registration begins January 29th
Program Fee: $60
Taste Buds Boys & Girls Grades 3-5
This cooking class is a chance for members to get creative with their food. Over the course of 5 classes, participants will learn how to make special themed snacks after-school with a variety of seasonal ingredients. Members will create fresh salsas and tacos, use toaster ovens to make cookies, make brushettas and even have a chance to participate in a ‘top chef’ themed meal challenge. This is a hands on class.
Classes will take place on Wednesdays, April 18th-May 16th from 4:15pm-5:30pm.
Registration begins February 27th
Program Fee: $50
Mystic Immersion: Ancient Eruptions Boys & Girls Grades 3-5
In this innovative program member will use hands-on experiments, live pod-casts, and movies to learn about the volcanic eruptions that shaped the earth. Participants will build their own volcanoes, learn how to use a compass on a scavenger hunt, read cave paintings, and participate in different science experiments and much, much more!
Classes will meet Tuesdays, April 17th-May 22nd from 4:15pm to 5:30pm.
Registration begins March 8th
Program Fee: $60
The Impossible Cooking Series Boys & Girls Grades 6-8
During this cooking series, young chefs will be participating in weekly cooking challenges that will introduce them to new foods in a fun way while working with their peers as the clock counts down. This new program will help members practice basic math, reading and time telling skills while also gaining an understanding of sequencing. For 3 classes, chefs will select a bag of mystery themed ingredients and cooking assignments that they will have to complete with the help of their peers.
Classes will meet on Thursdays, April 19th-May 3rd from 4:00pm-5:30pm.
Registration begins March 12
Program Fee: $50
Smart Kids Make Smart Moves Boys & Girls Grades 1-2
This program is sponsored by Boys & Girls Clubs of America and its goal is to provide children with the knowledge, skills and self-esteem to help kids avoid risky behaviors and/or situations. It is a fun learning experience that provides youth with age appropriate knowledge and skills they would need to grow to be confident teenagers.
Each class will focus on a different topic that will feature different guest speakers or field trips. Trips will be available at the date of registration at the front desk. Topics include: healthy lifestyles & nutrition, who to call in case of an emergency, fire safety, physical fitness, internet safety and treating others with kindness while dealing with peer pressure.
Monsterology Boys & Girls Grades 1 & 2
During this class we will explore the creatures, animals and monsters that have inspired movies, myths and cartoons. Using a variety of materials we will use our imaginations to design our own MONSTERS and work on re-creating some of the creatures that walk across our minds.
Classes will meet on Monday, February 5th – March 19 (No Class February 19), from 4:15pm to 5:30pm.
Registration begins January 10th.
Chefs and Canvases Boys & Girls Grades 15
During these one day events, members will not only create a theme inspired canvas to take home, but they will also create special appetizers to take nibble on during class. Painters can expect to take home one canvas and leave the crumbs behind.
Automotive Robotics Boys & Girls Grades 5-8
This new program will introduce young members to the engineering behind automobiles. Not only will members learn
about cars and the mechanics behind them, they will also learn how to design, construct, and control their very own self-made car. Members will use typical house hold items create their own cars and then test them for speed, durability, accuracy, and design. Come burn some rubber with us!
Classes will meet from Mondays, April 2-May 14th from 4:00pm-5:15pm. No Class on April 9th.