Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy

Art Start Program



Offered each Fall!

(Students may begin during the year if openings are available)


The Art Start program provides a foundation in academics incorporating music, movement,

and art to develop and nurture a child’s innate artistic and creative exploration.


A new program offered at SCAA designed for ages 3.5 to 6 years, with a two or three day option. Class will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:15-1:15 p.m.

Art Start is a STEAM program created by Abby Johnson. Drawing on her extensive background in youth education, pedagogy, Montessori, and the arts, this program aims to engage all aspects of learning.  

Building upon a child’s inherent creativity, Art Start engages students at every sensory level. Through the use of hands-on lessons and interactive manipulatives, children will move, explore, build, and invent. Abby has carefully curated each lesson and created every material to engage with the living world and to teach students to engage with both the concrete and the abstract.

We are thrilled that Abby Johnson is able to extend her love for teaching into this new offering. Her warm and friendly personality is sure to motivate students to actively learn through exploration.

What will your child learn:

Math-Learn basic mathematical concepts and functions, including quatinity, place value, and numeration. 

Language-Introduce the alphabet, phonics, and progress towards learning to read which will lead to writing.  

Cultural-Explore the universe; including astronomy, geography, history, and biology lessons.  

Science- Investigate the natural world of animals, life cycles, and environments.

Art- Nurture creative processes, basic design principles, and techniques.

Creative Movement-Refine spatial awareness while working on fine and gross motor skills.   

Music-Practice rhythm, pattern, and sound with musical instruments such as rhythm sticks, bells, xylophones, and drums. 

The Art Start Day:

Daily lessons are geared to the needs of the specific child/children within the classroom. 

Lessons are multi-sensorial and presented using vivid imaginary. Lessons are hands-on and creative in nature to further their understanding of the concepts being taught.  

Children will participate in daily large group lessons, as well as smaller individualized lessons.  

Daily schedule (sample):

9:15- Small group work

9:30- Circle time (calendar, weather, etc.) followed by a large group lesson

10:00-12- Activities and lessons that are both teacher and student directed

12:00-12:30- Clean up and lunch

12:30-1:15-  Group reading, imaginative play, learning centers, and preparing to go home


Students will be registered for the full academic year (32 weeks)

Tuition: $100 per week (two days per week)
Tuition: $150 per week (three days per week)
Time: 9:15-1:15 p.m.
Location: SCAA room 308
Instructor: Abigail Johnson

Non-refundable deposit: $100 (for a 2-day per week registration); $150 (for a 3-day per week registration)

Non-refundable SCAA 2022-23 Registration Fee: $35

Payment Plans are available for monthly payments (Deferred Monthly Payment Plan)

Art Start 2022/Spring 2023 Online Registration


Fall/Winter 2022 Holidays/Closures

No Classes: November 23 – 27
November 28: (Classes after 5 p.m. cancelled due to the Old Town Christmas Parade/Street closures)
No Classes: December 17 – January 2


Winter/Spring 2023 holidays/closures

No Classes: January 16
No Classes: April 3 – 8
No Classes: May 4 – 6