Arts Education Summer Semester Reopening!

Arts Education Summer Semester Reopening!

The City of Tracy, Grand Theatre Center for the Arts is excited to open their doors once more! The Arts Education Program welcomes back instructors and students of all ages to in-person programming at the Grand this summer. Summer Semester will begin on Tuesday, July 6 and continue through September 2, 2021.

“We have classes planned in all five disciplines: dance, drama, music, literary arts and visual arts. Classes will include some of our student’s favorites such as Tahitian dance, musical theatre camps, drawing classes, and a Paint Night event. We will also have a new literary arts camp involving puppets” says Valerie Pavlakis, Cultural Arts Program Coordinator at the Grand.

Modifications for all classes will be made using current local and state safety guidelines, and will be updated as needed.

Registration for Arts Education Program classes can be made online at or in person at Patron Services at the Leona Darr Willis Box Office, during normal business hours.

While the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts remains closed to the public due to COVID, the on-going Spring/Summer semester of Distance Learning continues through June 30, 2021.

AD - Summer 2021 Semester

April is Arts Month – Interactive Window Display

A Symphony of Creative Disciplines

The Arts Education Program playfully reveals an eye catching display of color, A Symphony of Creative Disciplines. Take a peek at our current Contract Instructor’s work while enjoying this splashy installation. Community members will learn about the instructors currently offering distance learning classes at the Grand. They may also interact with this display by using a smart phone.


Can you guess how many picks were used in the hanging Treble Clef display? 

(Answers are listed below)


Scavenger Hunt

Can you find the items listed below within the A Symphony of Creative Disciplines window display?

  •  A swan
  •  A creature from the deep sea
  •  A waterfall
  •  A glittery pick
  •  A nail
  •  A paint bucket
  •  A tuning peg
  •  Oversized piano keys
  •  A superhero


Trivia about the Grand Theatre center for the arts

(Answers are listed below)

1. How many kilns does the Grand theatre Center for the Arts have?

2. How many music rooms does the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts have?

3. What is the open air enclosed porch located on the second floor called?

4. What style theatre is the Madame Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis Theatre?

5. What year was the theatre originally opened?

6. What year was the theatre renovated and reopened as the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts?

7. What five creative disciplines does the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts offer classes in?









298 picks were used in the hanging Treble Clef display!

1. 4 – Three are ceramics kilns and one is used for fused glass.

2. 4 – One for group instruction, one percussion lab, one for private instruction and one is a digital recording lab.

3. Louise Russell Clever Loggia Lounge

4. Vaudeville Half-House with Classic Architecture

5. 1923

6. 2007

7. Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts, and Literary Arts


Thank you for viewing the Arts Education Program’s Window Display!

Arts Education Program Announces Distance Learning beginning September 8th!

The City of Tracy, Arts Education Program announces a new way to learn this year at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts.  Beginning in fall semester, virtual classes will be offered to provide a safe learning experience for you and your family.

The skilled instructors at the Grand will be teaching classes through the web application ZOOM.  All classes will be accessible online via computer, tablet, or cell phone.  Class registration will begin on August 20, with classes starting September 8.

Registration is available online at and in-person at the Box Office ticketing window during normal business hours.

Distance Learning 2020-21

Distance learning classes meet in the comfort of your own home through Zoom. Your Zoom class link will be emailed to you prior to the start of your class. Please make sure the student’s email is correct when registering for a class!

Our Fall 2020 semester will include the following Distance Learning classes:


  • Ballet Folklorico – Beginners and Intermediate/Advanced
  • Movin’ Your Groove
  • Groovin’ Fridays   NEW!


  • Voice Overs… Now is your Time!


  • Exploring the Guitar
  • Exploring the Ukulele
  • Music Together Family Class
  • Private Music Lessons


  • Creative Writing
  • Essay Writing


  • Elementary and Cartoon Drawing
  • Comic Book Creation   NEW!
  • Anime/Manga Figure Drawing
  • Introduction and Intermediate Acrylic Painting
  • Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Photography
  • Knitting for Beginners
  • Pencil Sketching with Paulette
  • Paint Night!

updated 8/17/2020

Free Online Paint Night

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents a free Paint Night through Facebook live!  Join the Arts Education Program featuring visual arts instructor Amanda Trask for a 1-hour painting you can do from the comfort of your own home! Participants can follow along in the video below to create their one-of-a-kind painting!

This Paint Night is family friendly and appropriate for school-age students as well as adults.

You will want the following supplies to complete this painting:

  • canvas, canvas board, or canvas paper (we used a 14″ x 11″ canvas)
  • one small paint brush
  • one large paint brush
  • one paper plate for mixing colors
  • one plastic cup for water
  • paper towels used to make the leaf texturing on the painting
  • 6 colors of paint:
    • White
    • Black
    • Yellow
    • Red/Orange
    • Dark Green
    • Blue

Or you can opt to use any supplies you have available at home!

Please click on the video below to begin painting!

Free Online Art Classes

Grand Art Live Flyer 2020

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, Arts Education Program presents free online art classes through Facebook Live!  Join visual arts instructor and artist Amanda Trask for a virtual art class.  Each week starting April 8th, Amanda taught a different topic centered-around drawing.  Students at home can follow along using basic art supplies such as paper, pencil and colored pencil.

Check out the videos below to try one of these drawing classes!

Classes are family friendly and appropriate for school age students as well as adults.

The Arts Education Program is pleased to announce the addition of these Facebook Live art classes during this uncertain time. The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts is currently closed to the public until further notice in response to the current health concerns related to COVID-19.

April 8, 2020     Week 1: Fantasy Drawing: Unicorns & Dragons


April 15, 2020     Week 2: Anime/Manga Style Drawing


April 22, 2020     Week 3: Figure Drawing: Faces 


 April 29, 2020       Week 4: Figure Drawing: Hands & Feet  


May 6, 2020       Week 5: Having Fun with Patterns!


May 13, 2020       Week 6: Cartoon Drawing: Animals 


 Thanks for drawing with us!