Arts+ provides music and visual art experiences for the greater Charlotte Mecklenburg area. Our mission is to unleash creativity, transform lives and build community through outstanding and accessible arts education. Our goal is to make the transformative power of music and art available to students of all ages, skill levels and socioeconomic backgrounds. From private lessons to summer camps to community outreach programs, we strive to help each student unlock their full potential through cultural experiences that prioritize individual creativity, resilience, mindfulness and joy . We currently maintain two studio spaces: in Uptown Charlotte at Spirit Square and our newest location, The Bridge, by the Sugar Creek light rail station, as well as facilitate programming in schools and community centers in every corner of the Queen City.


  345 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202



Preschool Arts Lab (PAL), Elementary School Arts L...

Program description

The Preschool Arts Lab (PAL) is a literacy-based art program where children actively participate in hands-on, open-ended art experiences with an emphasis on creative inquiry and exploratory fun. Talented and caring instructors conduct these one-hour sessions, beginning with a read along story time and followed by ‘open lab’ time, in which children freely circulate among five different art activity stations, trying a wide variety of materials and collaborative processes. These activity stations may include painting with alternative materials, printing and stamping, collage, making small books, group construction projects in cardboard and foam, weaving, and sewing. An afternoon or morning with PAL establishes school readiness, improves motor and sensory skills, develops socialization skills, encourages the enjoyment of reading and inspires creativity.  Arts + PAL experiences can be adapted for children up to the second grade, so it’s perfect for elementary students as well.

Booking / scheduling contact

Jason Watson


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: American, Multicultural
Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Professional Development, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K, Teachers
Subject: Literacy, Visual Arts
Bilingual: Yes
Available dates:

Schedule varies – inquire in regards to needed dates.

Available times:


Length of program: 1 hour - 2 hours

On-site at participating school or as a field trip to our Spirit Square in Uptown Charlotte or our second studio location, The Bridge, in the NoDa area.

Fees / Ticketing:

Prices range depending on the program, and the number of students served.

As regards our popular PAL program, one visit to the Arts Lab at Spirit Square or The Bridge costs $135 per class for a one hour session.  For PAL On the Go (in which we come to your school), rates start at $135 and can go up to $175, depending on the number of children in each class.


NC Standard Course of Study:

Discipline: Visual Art
Artistic Process:  Creating
Process Component:  Experiment/Imagine/Identify

Discipline: Visual Art
Artistic Process: Creating
Process Component: Investigate/Plan/Make

Discipline: Visual Art
Artistic Process: Creating
Process Component: Reflect/Refine/Continue

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.2 With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.4 Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.

NC Essential Standards:

Essential Standard: Use the language of visual arts to communicate effectively
K.V.1.1 – Identify various art materials and tools

Essential Standard: Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processes, safely and appropriately
K.V.3.1 – Use a variety of tools safely and appropriately to create art.

Essential Standard: Create art using a variety of tools, media, and processes, safely and appropriately
K.V.3.2 – Use a variety of media to create art.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes
Cancellation Policy

Should an Arts+ instructor have to cancel a class due to an emergency, the class will be rescheduled if possible.  If the participating school cancels a scheduled class, the instructor will not be required to make up that class and a refund will not be given. Additional cancellation fees will apply and will be determined with each contract.