Art Center


Art Center PhotoThe Art Center is a state-of-the-art facility offering quality art instruction for youth, teen and adults at an affordable price.

Located in Fort Boise Community Center, the 4,500-square-foot Art Center encompasses three studio spaces. More than 200 different classes are offered each year for children age 2 1/2 to seniors.

Professional instructors teach classes in a wide variety of art mediums, including:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Clay
  • Sculpture
  • Multi-media

The Art Center encourages opportunities for people with disabilities by providing accommodations or specialized classes such as Access to the Arts offered by the Boise Parks and Recreation Department's AdVenture program

Fort Boise Community Center and the Art Center are operated by Boise Parks and Recreation.

Self-concept is positively enhanced through the arts, as are language acquisition, cognitive development, critical thinking ability and social skills.  Visit Online Registration for a list of current classes.

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Open Studio Times 

**Open studio time is included when you enroll in an art class. Come as much as you want at no additional charge. Daily drop-in rates of $11.25 for pottery and $2 for drawing/painting (payable upon arrival at Fort Boise) is available for those who are not enrolled in a class.**  

Pottery Lab Times (September 24-November 18)

Mondays 7am – 3:45pm, 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Tuesdays 7am – 1pm, 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Wednesdays 7am – 6:30pm
Thursdays 5:45pm – 6:30pm
Fridays Variable
Saturdays 11am – 3pm, 5:00 – 9:00pm
Sundays 10am – 4pm, 5:00 - 9:00pm

Draw/Paint Lab Times (September 24-November 18)

Mondays 7am – 6:30pm
Tuesdays 7am – 9:15am, 5:45 –6:30pm
Wednesdays 7am – 9:15am
Thursdays 7am – 1:00pm, 5:45 – 6:30pm
Fridays 7am – 7pm
Saturdays 11am – 3pm, 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Sundays 10am – 4pm, 5:00pm - 9:00pm 

Friday Night Teen Pottery 
7-9 p.m. FREE

Oct 12: High School Grade Only
Oct 19: Grades 7-12th
Oct 26: High School Only
Nov 2: Grades 7-12th
Nov 9: High School Only
Nov 16: Grades 7-12th
Nov 30: High School Only
Dec 7: Grades 7-12th
Dec 14: High School Only
Dec 21: Grades 7-12th

Amenities & Details

Public Art

artcenterpublicart.jpgUntitled by mosaic artist James Turner and students

This community mural at the entrance of the Art center illustrates the high level of skill and dedication by staff and art instructors. Artists statement: "Congratulations to Molly C., Molly H., Mike, CeCe, Nancy, Janie, Amber, Jereme, Allison, Jean and Anna. If not for these students' hard work, team effort and willingness to learn, this workshop could have never worked. A huge thank you to Alton Dean for fabricating and donating the beautiful stainless steel frames."

Smoking Prohibition

Boise Smokefree Park SignSmoking is prohibited in all public parks, including within 20 feet of the Boise Greenbelt, except in designated areas within Ann Morrison and Julia Davis parks and city-owned golf courses.

NOTE: E-cigarettes are not prohibited under the ordinances.


Unauthorized vehicles will be towed at owner's risk and expense. Boise Valley Towing at (208) 389-9707.