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What if after-school felt like a play-date at your best-friend's house?

It can. And it does.

AUDUBON ELEMENTARY, CHICAGO

AUDUBON ELEMENTARY, CHICAGO

COONLEY ELEMENTARY, CHICAGO

COONLEY ELEMENTARY, CHICAGO

AG BELL ELEMENTARY, CHICAGO

AG BELL ELEMENTARY, CHICAGO

SOLD OUT!  HAMILTON ELEMENTARY, CHICAGO

SOLD OUT! HAMILTON ELEMENTARY, CHICAGO

To register for a single day, choose the Crafter-School Single Day option for the date of your choice using this calendar.  Other after-school activities can be found on our Classes page, including the Crafternoons drop-in program.

Crafter-School Family Announcements:

  • please use crafterschool {at} wishcraftworkshop {dot} com to send a message to the Crafter-School team.

  • bring a new friend to Crafter-School and you get a tuition credit equivalent to your friend's weekly rate. This can be done multiple times- 2 new friends sign up for the session, and you get 2 credits. Don’t you love math? Friends must be new to the Crafter-School program.

"To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of the arts." -Henry David Thoreau

After-School Enrichment: It starts with the art™. Now entering its 11th year, the Crafter-School program for students in grades K-8 is familiar, nurturing and planet-friendly, and includes daily arts enrichment and/or elective courses in addition to homework, reading, open play, open art, dramatic play, games, tinkering/analog arts, youth activism, tumbling/balance and snack time. Program hours are 2:30pm-6:00pm Monday-Friday (optional evening program through 6:30pm is available) and day camps are offered for school-closure days. Contact the workshop by email or phone to learn more and join our community of parents and educators who choose Crafter-School for their children. #creativecuriousconfident

How is Crafter-School™ different from other after-school programs?

  • We operate with a culture of do’s rather than don’ts, and believe in the capabilities of each student to do their best and encourage positive support of one another. Our focus on self-awareness builds confidence and respect, develops self-regulation and self-advocacy and strengthens conflict-resolution and communication skills. We grows artists, thinkers and good citizens.

  • Our deliberately small program size creates a nurturing environment with student-favorable ratios. Students from multiple schools throughout the neighborhood get to know one another. We get to know your family and your student and their needs and interests (even if it includes saxophone practice.)

  • Constructive behavior is modeled, and students are given opportunities to develop their own social emotional and leadership skills, including participation in our student-driven clubs (baking, band, entrepreneurialism, craftivism..) and individualized SEL goals.

  • Creatively, we value the process of exploration and experimentation over the product. Materials are explored, techniques are demonstrated, and throughout an opportunity to stretch, grow and creatively problem- solve is created. 

  • All Crafter-School students have access to Wishcraft Workshop after-school elective courses and workshops.

  • Our environment includes two large open workshop spaces, a quiet room, technology for homework/research support (Chromebooks, tablets and printer), multiple work/play spaces (including tumbling mats and a balance beam) and (weather permitting) is walking distance to local parks and playlots.

  • Campus pick-ups (walking "school bus") at Audubon, Bell, Coonley and HamiltonElementary schools in Chicago are offered daily, and students from all other schools are warmly welcomed with their own transportation. 

  • Program operates on school-closure days (other than observed holidays or school breaks) and discounted day-camps are offered on school closure-days and many holidays.

  • Programming in our colorful workshop provides students a change of scenery and a clean, green and truly comfortable place to learn, create and play.

  • We understand working parents and utilize technology to make staff (and your kids!) available to parents by mobile phone, text messaging and email.

  • Good, planet-friendly cleaning practices create a safe environment for those students with even the most severe allergies or intolerance.

  • Full-Time (5 days/week), Part-Time (4/3/2 days/week) and Single-Day (1 day/week) memberships are available. Single-day registration is also available ($35/day or $15/day for students enrolled in a course or workshop for the same day). "Phew!" memberships are available to purchase multiple single-day visits at a discount. Part-Time Crafter-Schoo families design a weekly schedule that works best for them.

  • Online registration allows families to take care of business during off-hours.

2019/20 Crafter-School™ September 2, 2019-June 12, 2020

Things to note for this school-year:

  • Deposits for Crafter-School memberships of 3-5 days/week guarantee a Crafter-School spot for Fall 2019.

  • Fees are spread in even installments across the duration of the school-year (August-May).

  • Evening membership (6:00pm-6:30pm) is a month-to-month option for the 2019/20 school-year.

  • Students in the intermediate Grades 6-8 may alternatively enroll in the Crafter-School Leadership Program* that includes additional training and activities to help support their growth as mentors and leaders. Space in this program is by interview and very limited. Early inquiry and registration is recommended.

*Space in this program is limited and requires a current Self-Transport waiver. Early inquiry and registration is recommended.

Crafter-School fees are excluded from promotional offers and discounts unless specified otherwise in the promotion.