From 4/20–4/26, COCA's entrance off Washington Avenue will be temporarily closed. Please enter COCA through the Trinity Avenue entrance.

Welcome to COCA’s Class Guide!

Join us this summer to develop and build your skills—or experience something new! We have hundreds of ways to find your place in the arts. Whether you’re looking for classes to take in-person at our newly-expanded campus, virtually from your own home, or a combination of both options, we have you covered. Wherever you decide to take a COCA class, our talented Teaching Artists lead students of all ages through a creative and fulfilling experience.

Explore our classes by browsing the options below, filtering based on category, day, or course type. We are so excited to connect and get creative this season with you!

NOTE: For all Virtual Art & Design, COCAcooks, and Early Childhood classes, students receive all supplies needed for the class (supplies will be distributed the week before classes at COCA). 

Registration Opens: COCA Member registration for summer classes is now open. General public registration opens March 19, 2021.

Last day to register: June 19, 2021 is the last day to register, transfer, or withdraw from semester-long activities. For all other activities, contact the Registration Office for deadlines. Last day to withdraw for a refund is June 5, 2021.

First Day of Classes: June 7, 2021
Last Day of Classes: August 22, 2021

No Classes: June 19, 2021 and July 4–5, 2021

Livestream: A class streamed at the same time as an in-person class and is interactive utilizing Zoom
Virtual: A class that is fully online and is interactive utilizing Zoom
In-Person: A class that takes place at COCA
Hybrid Classes: Some classes occur in person, others will be Virtual

View Closure Protocol & Makeup Policy:

In the Event of Closure
In the event of closures, to protect public health, COCA has pre-recorded classes and created an online curriculum and infrastructure that will be immediately available to protect the continuity of your instruction. In the event that COCA experiences a closure, students will receive access to a website with content for their class within 24-hours.

Classes will continue in a virtual format as long as necessary to ensure that all students have a full semester of classes.  Please note that pointe students will receive instruction in ballet technique only, as they are not able to safely work on pointe from home.

Make-up Policy
Due to St. Louis County capacity regulations, all make-up classes will be held online during the Fall 2020 semester using either existing live online sessions or pre-recorded options. Specific make-up assignments can be accessed by contacting COCA Patron Services at patronservices@cocastl.org. Please have the date and class title of the course that will be missed

Courses Found: 25


Artist Explorer – August 14

Artist Explorer – August 14

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A workshop version of this class, which introduces creative preschool children to a variety of art forms as they practice drawing, painting and sculpture. Students activate their imaginations and crea...
Birdhouse Building – July 10

Birdhouse Building – July 10

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Upcycle a wide range of materials- boxes, cans, jars and crates- to create and decorate a fun birdhouse for your home. use bright colored paints or use natural materials to create mosaic patterns- cra...
Birdhouse Building – June 12

Birdhouse Building – June 12

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Upcycle a wide range of materials- boxes, cans, jars and crates- to create and decorate a fun birdhouse for your home. use bright colored paints or use natural materials to create mosaic patterns- cra...
Circus Stars – August 14

Circus Stars – August 14

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High-energy children enjoy practicing circus skills, such as balancing peacock feathers, ring and scarf juggling, and stilt and low wire walking. They also look at the beautiful book Sidewalk Circ...
COCAfamily: Improvisation – August 21

COCAfamily: Improvisation – August 21

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They say laughter is the best medicine. Laugh together as a family as you invent scenes and scenarios, learn popular improv games and ignite your collective imaginations. Beyond keeping you on your to...
Do You Want to Dance with Somebody? (Ages 21+) – July 29

Do You Want to Dance with Somebody? (Ages 21+) – July 29

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Grab a date and learn some basic ballroom dance skills in preparation for an upcoming wedding. In this workshop, couples learn steps commonly used in ballroom dancing, enjoy Mexican wedding cookies wh...
Do You Want to Dance with Somebody? (Ages 21+) – June 17

Do You Want to Dance with Somebody? (Ages 21+) – June 17

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Grab a date and learn some basic ballroom dance skills in preparation for an upcoming wedding. In this workshop, couples learn steps commonly used in ballroom dancing, enjoy Mexican wedding cookies wh...
Dye It! – August 21

Dye It! – August 21

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Reimagine an oversized T-shirt into a new form- and cut, tie, or sew to transform it. Then, practice one or more of a range of dye techniques to leave with something you can wear or use in a new way! ...
Dye It! – July 17

Dye It! – July 17

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Reimagine an oversized T-shirt into a new form- and cut, tie, or sew to transform it. Then, practice one or more of a range of dye techniques to leave with something you can wear or use in a new way! ...
Lil' Performer – August 21

Lil' Performer – August 21

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A workshop version of a typically full semester class, "Lil' Performer." The foundation for acting begins with dramatic play and imagination development. Using familiar narratives as well as origin...
Magnificent Me – August 21

Magnificent Me – August 21

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We celebrate each child's unique gifts through multidisciplinary activities in this fun exploratory class. We read stories that celebrate individuality and kid power, such as Incredible You, ...
Mobiles and Kinetic Art – July 24

Mobiles and Kinetic Art – July 24

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Upcycle a wide range of materials- gears, keys, bottle caps, toys and more- connected with wire and thread to reimagine them as art that moves in the wind. Create balance and use bright colored paints...
Mobiles and Kinetic Art – June 26

Mobiles and Kinetic Art – June 26

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Upcycle a wide range of materials- gears, keys, bottle caps, toys and more- connected with wire and thread to reimagine them as art that moves in the wind. Create balance and use bright colored paints...
Playhouse Painting – August 21

Playhouse Painting – August 21

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Young Artists enjoy a variety of projects using a playhouse frame as their easel. They play with watercolor, finger paint, stamps, crayons, markers, and more to express themselves! Then, we settle in ...
Playhouse Painting – July 24

Playhouse Painting – July 24

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Young Artists enjoy a variety of projects using a playhouse frame as their easel. They play with watercolor, finger paint, stamps, crayons, markers, and more to express themselves! Then, we settle in ...
Playhouse Painting – June 26

Playhouse Painting – June 26

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Young Artists enjoy a variety of projects using a playhouse frame as their easel. They play with watercolor, finger paint, stamps, crayons, markers, and more to express themselves! Then, we settle in ...
Retro-Dance Exploration: Footloose – July 15

Retro-Dance Exploration: Footloose – July 15

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Grab some friends and come to COCA for a fun night exploring the dance/movement from an iconic dance that we remember from a movie, video, or just from our own childhood. We watch and explore our favo...
Retro-Dance Exploration: Maniac (Flashdance) – June 24

Retro-Dance Exploration: Maniac (Flashdance) – June 24

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Grab some friends and come to COCA for a fun night exploring the dance/movement from an iconic dance that we remember from a movie, video, or just from our own childhood. We watch and explore our favo...
Retro-Dance Exploration: Single Ladies – August 5

Retro-Dance Exploration: Single Ladies – August 5

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Grab some friends and come to COCA for a fun night exploring the dance/movement from an iconic dance that we remember from a movie, video, or just from our own childhood. We watch and explore our favo...
Salsa Rueda Date Night (Ages 21+) – August 12

Salsa Rueda Date Night (Ages 21+) – August 12

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Bring a date and come to COCA for a fun and unique night out! Salsa Rueda originated in Cuba, and the basic steps are Cuban style salsa that we put together in the round to build community. In this fu...
Salsa Rueda Date Night (Ages 21+) – July 8

Salsa Rueda Date Night (Ages 21+) – July 8

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Bring a date and come to COCA for a fun and unique night out! Salsa Rueda originated in Cuba, and the basic steps are Cuban style salsa that we put together in the round to build community. In this fu...
Splatter Paint Saturday Mornings – August 14

Splatter Paint Saturday Mornings – August 14

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Enjoy messy art projects in COCA's outdoor studio. Play with splatter paint, drip, pour, bubble paint, pendulum paint, finger paint, and more as we get creative! Children will be given smocks, but sho...
Splatter Paint Saturday Mornings – July 10

Splatter Paint Saturday Mornings – July 10

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Enjoy messy art projects in COCA's outdoor studio. Play with splatter paint, drip, pour, bubble paint, pendulum paint, finger paint, and more as we get creative! Children will be given smocks, but sho...
Splatter Paint Saturday Mornings – July 31

Splatter Paint Saturday Mornings – July 31

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Enjoy messy art projects in COCA's outdoor studio. Play with splatter paint, drip, pour, bubble paint, pendulum paint, finger paint, and more as we get creative! Children will be given smocks, but sho...
Splatter Paint Saturday Mornings – June 12

Splatter Paint Saturday Mornings – June 12

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Enjoy messy art projects in COCA's outdoor studio. Play with splatter paint, drip, pour, bubble paint, pendulum paint, finger paint, and more as we get creative! Children will be given smocks, but sho...

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US Bank Foundation
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The Saigh Foundation
Dula-Kobusch Charitable Trust
Norman J. Stupp Foundation
Spoehrer Charitable Trust