Classes in the gallery’s Edna Mellis Education Center

CCAA offers a variety of classes for children and adults throughout the year. Please check our calendar page for upcoming classes. Some are offered in cooperation with the City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods. For registration, call or visit the gallery. For more information, contact education coordinator, Linda Knoll, at

Art Scholar Program

Download an application for 2017 program. youth_at_risk-__art_scholar_forms

The Art Scholar program began over 25 years ago with the idea of serving at risk youth who were having difficulty at school or in the home environment. Recommendations are solicited from foster agencies, teachers and counselors from around our regional area in an effort to select those students who would most benefit from this program.

The program is taught by credentialed art educators and meets once a week for eleven weeks. The class begins in February and goes through mid May.  Students range in grade level from 7th through 12th grades. The classes are culminated with a show and reception.

Research indicates that the fine arts can provide a unique avenue for reaching challenging students who are at risk of school and social failure. Participation in fine arts programs reduces student risk for violence, while significant improvements are made in self esteem, school achievement, and grade point averages.

The Youth Art Scholar program is funded through grants and donations.  For more information  contact coordinator, Henrietta Sparkman.

Complementary Art Therapy

CCAA at Mistlin Gallery hosts Memorial Medical Center’s complementary Art therapy classes. These classes are offered at the gallery for cancer survivors and their caretakers.

For more information, contact the Mistlin Gallery (209) 529-3369 or email