Afternoon Program

The Austin Village Academy afternoon program is an extension of the regular school day and is available to all members of the Austin Village Academy community, including currently and previously enrolled students, siblings and others directly referred by AVA community members.

Our programs are designed to empower young people. They allow participants to explore, play, learn to build healthy relationships, and step into leadership roles. We support and guide students to pursue personal interests and to serve the school, local and worldwide community.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Mix It Up! Cooking and More Art Explorations Wide World of Wonder/ Creative Play Lego Free Building
Creative Computing (Ages 9+) Selah/ Jewish Studies
Times are from 3:45-6:00pm

Creative Computing:  This class is an introduction to the creative world of computer programming! Students will explore fundamental programming concepts, art design, and storytelling by creating projects that reflect their personal interests and creative approach.  This class is hosted by Art Atikune.  Available to children ages 9 and up.

Wide World of Wonder, Creative Play:  All ages welcome with a focus on ages 5 – 8. Dress up and make believe are an important and treasured part of childhood. This afternoon will be dedicated to wild costumes and wilder imaginations!

Art Explorations:  Join Summer Strotkamp for an afternoon of Art Explorations! The possibilities are virtually endless and will include such things as; found objects art, “using what you have” (ex: cards from paintings, homemade wrapping paper,), sun prints, paper making, book making, basic hand sewing, collage, projects with materials from nature, shadow marionette puppets, resist painting of various types, block printing, vegetable printing, printmaking, marbling paper, paper mache, paper cutting, embossing, origami, weaving, drawing techniques and more.

Mix It Up! Cooking and More:  Join Dorion DeMeyer for Mix It Up!  This after school program gives students plenty of opportunity to see, feel, smell, and taste ingredients and learn hands-on how to make healthy recipes. Each student will also participate in activities that help to promote healthy living and habits. Each session will include:

  • Art projects – Example-design your own apron.
  • Stories and songs – We will share stories and songs from around the world that relate to cooking, nutrition, gardening, fitness, science and math of cooking, and healthy living habits.
  • Gardening – each week we will harvest from our campus garden to use in our recipes.
  • Cooking – as a group, we will prepare the foods and complete the recipes. Students will learn how to use their own knives and cutting boards and get to cut, chop, slice, wash, mix, stir, whisk, blend, pour, and measure foods. We will use only natural and nutritional ingredients. All students will get to eat the food they made.
  • Recipes – all recipes will be handed out to take home.

***Special dietary restrictions due to allergies will be accommodated***

Lego Free Building:  Lego play is SO fun and SO educational that one hardly knows where to begin – perhaps we should leave it at this: Thousands of Legos, a wide open floor and time to explore! What could be better?

Selah/Jewish Studies:  Selah is a South Austin Jewish community which hosts a Hebrew school class Thursdays at AVA for ages 4-12. For more information please check out the group’s web page at:
or contact Nina Miller, an AVA parent, at
Lego free-building will run simultaneously.