ArtStart Preschool


    The ArtStart program offers a developmentally appropriate, arts-based curriculum with the goal of enhancing the students’ creative, physical, social, emotional and intellectual development.         ArtStart provides children the opportunity to explore in a nurturing environment with highly qualified and experienced staff and classes of no more than 12 students with two teachers!                  The ArtStart curriculum is a solid academic foundation for kindergarten but fosters skills in a playful and meaningful way.  We integrate the arts into our curriculum – not as separate subjects, but as a pivotal elements in the development of language and literacy, emergent math, problem solving and other skills. Find out more about this stimulating classrooms where the children set the tone and help guide the specifics of the curriculum!

2019-2020 Registration Info

ArtStart registration sheets can be printed by clicking on the following link, Registration 2019.

***ArtStart is full for the 2019-20 school year, but there is currently a waiting list. Please print the registration sheet and bring it in and your child’s name will be added to the wait list. We may have cancellations over the summer and will contact those on our wait list at that time.

ArtStart registration priority will be taken in the following order:

  • Current ArtStart students returning get first priority if the registration is complete between February 1 - 16

  • The siblings of current and former ArtStart students get priority if registration is complete between February 17 - March 3

  • Registration is open to the public starting March 4

2019-2020 Classes and Tuition

Class Schedule

  • April and Ashley’s Class ( Blue Team for 4-5 years) 8:45-11:45 a.m.

  • Summer and Maia’s Class (Green Team for 3-4 years) 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Tuition cost for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • 4 day program – $ 1800  (this includes a PAC family membership) -This can be paid in 9 monthly payments of $200

  • 2 day program – $ 975  (this includes a PAC family membership) - This can be paid in 9 monthly payments of $108

The first tuition payment for the school year will be due on August 1 then by the 15th of the month September through April

*PAC family membership means you and your immediate family can get our e-newsletter, attend exhibit openings at no cost, get 20% discounts on art classes, 20% discount at The Framing Gallery, 20% discounts on summer Camp Creativity and attend any member-only events.

2019-2020 Tentative Calendar

  • August 29/30 Classes begin

  • October 17 & 18 No school

  • November 26-29 Thanksgiving Break

  • December 24-January 3 Winter Break

  • March 17-20 Spring Break

  • April 10 No School

  • May 13 Tentative last day

ArtStart Teaching Team


ArtStart Program Director, Jessie Siefert, has been teaching since 1991.  She has a M.S. in Education from Bank Street College in New York, NY. Jessie has presented at local conferences and at National Conferences (NAEYC), has written parenting columns for local magazines and teaches early Childhood Education and Child Development at WVU-P. Before coming to the Parkersburg Art Center in 2005 her experiences included teaching preschool and kindergarten; working as a teacher/naturalist at a nature center and a national park; consulting for the Cincinnati Art Museum; presenting teacher education programs in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, working as an adjunct teacher at WVU-P and raising her two children. Jessie can be reached via email at

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April Jenkins is a mother of four, a Marietta College graduate in Studio Art and Psychology. She has worked as the Curator of Education at the PAC, with Washington County Children and Family Services and, most recently, as an in-home child care provider.  In addition to teaching in the preschool, she will also be our education outreach instructor, taking weekly art lessons into two area elementary schools. Email April at


Ashley White has devoted her career to working with children and families. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a specialization in Early Childhood Education from West Liberty University. In her spare time, Ashley volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation acting as a liaison between families and staff.  She has a passion for nurturing young children and watching them discover and grow through their play and experiences.  Email Ashley at


Maia Day is a mother of two children; a son and daughter. Both of whom attended ArtStart and loved every minute of it. "There is nothing better than experiencing life through the eyes of a child. They see wonder, magic and beauty in everything. That's what makes ArtStart so wonderful, we cultivate those sweet, special interests through learning, art and play!"  Email Maia at


Summer Webb-Sundstrom is a proud mother of two intelligent, beautiful girls, both of whom are ArtStart preschool graduates. Summer loved being part of the ArtStart family as a parent and classroom volunteer. In the spring of 2015 Summer joined ArtStart as a substitute teacher and later became a regular part of the ArtStart teaching team! She has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University and enjoys working with children. Email Summer at