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By Discovery: Our Mission

We offer elementary school children opportunities for exploration and growth through creative project-based learning in art. 

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By Discovery: Our Philosophy

Through student-centered and process-based projects and activities, students learn by doing and make discoveries along the way. Multiple points of view are valued and we emphasize that there are numerous ways to solve a given problem or to approach a task.


After School Art Enrichment

By Discovery Philosophy, in Detail:

We believe in student-centered and process based activities that give children the opportunity to explore and problem solve at their own pace.


We believe children should have the opportunity to work collaboratively and across grade levels to be successful in a world in which multiple points of view exist and negotiation skills are key.


We believe exposure to nature and modeling respect for nature will encourage children to embrace and protect the natural world.


We believe that children should be given the opportunity to share and make discoveries outside of the school and within the community of which they are a part through exhibitions and workshops.


Finally, we believe in educating the whole child to support, challenge and engage learners in a safe and healthy environment.

By Discovery: Our Inspiration

We are inspired by children’s inquisitive and imaginative nature and nurture these attributes in all that we do!

By Discovery Curriculum

Our curriculum is developed with a strong focus on the arts and is organized by weekly themes. The very nature of art can propel, foster and engage us in topics that are far reaching, including service, nature, the environment, and historically and culturally important figures, in addition to artists of the past and present.

  • encourage curiosity and creativity

  • provide insights into the natural world

  • foster resourcefulness

  • help our children become independent thinkers

Our Curriculum is Designed to:

Our program is structured with an understanding that children, following a lengthy day at school, need to decompress, recharge with a snack and engage in self-directed play or activities meaningful to the child before they jump into our project for the day.

Program Structure:

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Safety First!


Safety is a most important priority in By Discovery. Safety considerations, both physical and emotional, guide all of our interactions and activities: from how students enter the classroom and engage with each other, to how we work with materials and navigate on the playground, to behaviors and choices made throughout the afternoon.

Covid-safety measures are a top priority and we will closely follow all CDC protocols that may continue into the 2022/23 school year. These may include: wearing a well fitted mask, maintaining 6 ft social distancing, and washing and sanitizing hands as needed.


Also, PLEASE NOTE: Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19, programming is conditional: D97 must maintain its regular M-F full day schedule, 8am to 3pm, for By Discovery's After School Art Enrichment program to take place.


By Discovery has you covered! We follow the Oak Park District 97 school calendar and we are open every full day school is in session, from dismissal through 6pm. To learn more about our programs at Beye and Lincoln elementary schools and to register, please click the green button below.

Summer Adventures Camp

Imaginative... Playful... Skill Building!

OUR SUMMER ADVENTURES CAMP is inspired by artists both past and present; the natural world; and our own experiences, interests and dreams.


Through painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, sculpture, and fiber/textile art, children will develop their skills and imagination, to produce innovative works of art.

NEW SUMMER LOCATION (across from Stevenson Park):

44 W Lake Street, Oak Park, IL 60302


Weekly Sessions begin June 12th through August 18th

Morning Session only, 9am - 12pm ($150 per week)
Afternoon Session only, 1pm - 4pm ($150 per week)
Morning + Afternoon Sessions, 9am - 4pm ($325 per week)

Early Bird Drop Off:  8am - 9am (Add $40 per week)

Extended Day: 4 - 6pm (Add $80 per week)

A limited number of partial scholarships for both half-day (morning or afternoon sessions) and full-day enrollments are available. A child qualifies for the scholarship if she/he receives free or reduced lunches during the school year. Scholarship recipients are awarded a 50% reduction in program fees.

A 10% discount is awarded to families with 2 or more children enrolled at the same time in the summer program.

PLEASE NOTE: A NUT FREE bagged lunch and snack from home are required for students who attend both the morning and afternoon sessions. Also, a snack and water bottle should be packed for those who attend only morning or afternoon sessions.


We will follow all guidance from the CDC and State Health Departments should a Covid spike occur.

Summer Adventures Camp is facilitated by Jocelyne Adkins, Program Director & Co-Lead Educator; Stacey Grieff, Co-Lead Educator; and our talented Teaching Artists. Please visit "our team" page to learn more about us!

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Registration opens Feb 1st, 2023 and is first-come, first served. Enrollment is limited to 20-24 students per camp session. Tap green the button above to access the registration form ; )

Invoices are generated via "Wave" online accounting and emailed within 1 week of your registration. Payment information will be provided on your invoice and is also outlined below:

Payment is due within 1 week of your registration or for those who prefer to pay in monthly installments, the final payment must be made 1 week prior to your child's camp attendance. If timely payment is not made, the registration will be voided.

CANCELLATION POLICY: A cancellation must be made 30 days prior to your child's first participation day. A $35 cancellation fee will apply. No refunds are given should a cancellation occur within 30 days or less of your child's first participation day and for each session they are enrolled

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