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CAA Creative Writing Classes

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The Community Arts Academy (CAA), is a division of the Buffalo State School of Arts and Humanities.

Our mission is to nurture student creativity, critical thinking, and applied skills through joyful cultural experiences in the arts and humanities.

Designed by Buffalo State faculty, CAA classes and workshops are researched-based and provide students with engaging hands-on experiences rooted in the most contemporary pedagogical approaches. Exceptional instruction is provided by Buffalo State faculty, graduates, and advanced student interns teaching under faculty supervision.

CAA offers courses in visual and digital arts, music, dance and creative writing for children, birth through grade 12. We can tailor programming for homeschool groups and organizations off-site. Reach out to us to pursue other instructional options by contacting Anthony Chase, Assistant Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities via e-mail ( or telephone (716-878-6326).

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with your child and hope you will share this Buffalo State cultural resource with a friend.

Popups & Comic Books

Course description: Create Popups and Comic Books while learning about the history and conventions of these genres. Each piece will mimic the style and design of a popular children's publication that will be discussed in great detail throughout the duration of the course.

Grade Level: K-5th

Schedule: Saturdays, March 4-April 1 - 10AM-Noon (2hrs)

Instructor: Natalie Haid - 

Class Location: Ketchum Hall 320   Campus Map

Class fee: $89 - 5 classes

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Additional Information: Students are asked to provide a personal supply of writing and drawing materials that may include pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue, glue stick, ruler. 

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New Approaches to Creative Writing

Course description: Creative writing takes many forms. Some of it is literal text and other aspects include illustration, acting out parts of a story, and making visualizations of a narrative. We will build stories in a variety of mediums and methods and watch our imaginations come to life!

Grade Level: K-5th

Schedule: Saturdays, April 8*-May 20 (no class April 15 or May 6) - 10AM-12:30PM (2hrs 30min)

*The instructor is treating the first lesson as a trial (free) lesson, as well as a “bring a friend” day. This means that late registration is allowed in the week following the free lesson, and any students (and friends) who decide to commit to the course will be given an extra and make-up lesson at the end of the session.

The dates and times for the course are thus:
Saturday April 8, 2017: 10-12:30 Free Trial and Bring a Friend Class: The Flap Book
Saturday April 22, 2017: 10-12:30 Myth, Fables and/or Fairy Tales
Saturday April 29, 2017: 10-12:30 Mystery
Saturday May 13, 2017: 10-12:30 Popups
Saturday May 20, 2017: 10-12:30 Make-up class: Comics

Instructor: Natalie Haid -

Class Location: Ketchum Hall 320   Campus Map

Class fee: $89 - 4 classes

*To register for the Free/Demo day on April 8th only, email To register for the full session B, click the REGISTER button below.


Additional Information: Students are asked to provide a personal supply of writing and drawing materials that may include pencils, crayons, markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue, glue stick, ruler. It is also suggested your student pack a snack or lunch.

Policies and Procedures

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School of Arts and Humanities

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Rockwell Hall 222
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-6326 •  Fax: (716) 878-6914