Young Children's Art
In the Children's Studio
Weekday and Weekend ClassesGoals of Featherstone’s Young Children’s Art Programs:
- To encourage children’s creativity through art
- To be with them so that we might foster their enjoyment through art
- To be sensitive to children and allow them to unfold naturally while with us
- To be quiet, wise and gentle as we guide them
If new to us, kindly come early (15 minutes) to familiarize your child with our wonderful Children’s Studio. Welcome.
Please let us know if your child requires any particular considerations.
Our Children’s Studio is a loving and caring, peaceful place for superb quality art making.
Learning is also, fun!
*All weekday and Teen art classes are $35 per student.
Acrylic Painting for the Young and Vibrant
3, 4, 5, 6, years of age
Young painters will achieve brilliant luminescence and surface with this medium. Emphasis on white brush stokes and transparent layers of color will be applied to realize thrilling and stunning results . . . lots of fun.
Animals in Art
5, 6, 7, 8 years of age
Animals . . . their homes and their adaptations will be studied, sketched and painted. Youth have desires to love animals and to observe their terrain intimately. This is our focus. Our artmaking will reflect that love! We value the health and abundance of species. Our art course offering will widen our conscience, ever more, of our natural world. We will be inspired by Edward Hicks, Alexander Calder, Rufino Tamayo, and Rosa Banheur.
7, 8, 9, 10 years of age (Advanced)
Making art like contemporary artists—Enoc Perez: retroish; Cy Twombly: abstract and robust color chords; Josef Albers: a master painter of blocks of color inside each other; Aaron Curry: modernist that loves to paint “wild things”; Jack Bush: color field painter; Serge Poliakoff: known for colorful canvases like intricate puzzles; Sarah Morris: known for her companion canvases—like a ping-pong effect where colors go back and forth on each canvas; Julia Dault: whose shiny, acrylic sheets seem to explode through vigorgously patterned paintings, masking industrial and brights. Dault is a rising star at the Guggenheim and with us. We shall immerse ourselves for eight weeks as if we were shoulder to shoulder with these incredible and inspiring artists. We shall follow the order, as presented here with—one artist per week. The mediums, with which our advanced students will engage, are like kind of the artist we are studying for that week. Art “talk” will conclude each class session so as to facilitate the enjoyment of a greater understanding and awareness of the featured artist’s profile.
Additional new artists will be announced each week.
Watercolor Painting for the Lively
3, 4, 5 years of age
May 1, 8, 15, 22
June 5, 12
Children will explore the beauty and subtleties of watercolor painting. They will build unique colors through layering transparent washes. They will create their own compositions and master new processes and techniques.
Large Scale Abstract Painting
every third week
Teens will use acrylic paint, textured media and mixed media to create large scale abstract art. We shall experiment with melted wax, sewing on canvas, and incorporate other inventive painting techniques. We will learn more deeply the brilliance of color chords as well as line and texture dynamics as they become subjects of our art work!
with Nancy Blank
for children ages 7-12
July: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August: 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 2:00 - 4:00PM
Fee: $30 per class
Saturday Art Adventures
The cost is $45 per child for each adventure class.
All Saturday Pre-school age and Elementary school age Arts Adventures are for ages 3-8
from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
NO snack is provided. Please pack your child a healthy,
nut-free snack to bring to class.
POSTPONED - Color your World with Collage Robots
May 23 - Painting with Mosaics
June 13 - A Painter’s Paradise
July 11 - Eagle Days
July 25 - Fantasy ~ Form and Color
POSTPONED - World Penguin Day (date TBA)
Painting with Mosaics
Mosaics are a free, expressive and forgiving medium. Using mosaic tesserae (glass, stone, pottery, found objects, mirror and china) we will create painterly compositions that children love.
Realistic or abstract - each child will imagine their design and enjoy their result. Self-expression at its best. Art is in our HeARTS!
A Painter’s Paradise
Monet loved the hills and flowers that surrounded the Seine versus all the noises and lights of Paris. For Monet, urban life had lost its appeal...and Giverny became his paradise. Humble and private Monet never expected that many European and American artists would find inspiration at Giverny. The paths of the French Master and these artists did cross and surprising results ensued. He invited friends to make the trip, visit him and paint together. The artful beauty ~so abundant!
We will look at John Singer Sargent’s painting, Caillebotte, Cezanne and Renoir’s works of art. We, in our Children’s Studio, celebrate daily the sparkling freshness of color! As if in his garden, children will paint what “they see” from the gardens at Giverny that touch their hearts. The Beauty we will then view from these young artists’ works of art.
We shall learn together more about the magnificent bird that is our national emblem!
The bald eagle and golden eagle will be our focus. With binoculars and spotting scopes, we will glimpse at the ways they roost and soar. Several nature centers have helped us to make our art experience authentic and meaningful. Their research makes us smart… and as we paint our eagles, we will be mindful of the enormity of their might and beauty. Our American and mighty bird – soar, soar, soar.
Fantasy ~ Form and Color
Form and color captures and attracts our eyes like magic.
We will create beautiful tissue paper transparencies. Appearing to move, even though fixed to windows...our creations stimulate our thinking. Is it a sparkling star? Is it the sun’s ball rotating slowly? Does it radiate warmth? Is it a cold blue snowflake?
We will use tissue paper and fold and fold and fold. Calm and astonishment lead one’s endeavors. Beauty the result.
World Penguin Day
A day of awareness for these amazing creatures celebrated by many conservation groups. Penguins spend 75 percent of their life at sea. They can dive to 1,850 feet. There are 17 species of these flightless birds. Annually on April 25, the Adelie penguins begin their northward migration in Antarctica. One of our own young artists, Broden, is our research expert on Penguins! We will ask his wise assistance and also enjoy the NEW Princeton Press book, Penguins.
Color your World with Collage Robots
A recognizable shape - we will vary the size, shapes and colors, backgrounds and embellishments - however our robots will “rock”. Ten collages each will be created - children will delight in a series so original and colorful to enjoy and use to play.
Absorbed...happy...we may catch ourselves having way too much fun!
Beach houses, hearts are possibilities if we may find ourselves unable to stop the joy these variations propose for us. Spontaneous - intuitive - art making fills our hearts, tickles our hands!