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
September 23, 30
October 7, 14, 22, 28
November 4, 11, 18
December 2, 9, 16
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
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17
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)
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20
December 4, 11, 18
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.
Watercolor Painting for the Lively
3, 4, 5 years of age
October 3, 10, 17
November 7, 14, 21
December 5, 12, 19
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
October 5, 19
November 2, 16
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!
Saturday Ceramics for children ages 7 to 12
with Nancy Blank
November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6, 13
A series of pottery experiences, glazing and firing
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.
September 20—Circus Art
September 27—Pisarro’s Love for Harvest Time
October 11—A Duet: Magic of Art, Magic of Chocolate
October 18—My Sky
November 1—Outer Space Adventure
November 8—Funny Faces
November 15—Wonder of Horses
December 6—Curious Reality
December 13—Art of Doll Making
January 17—Warm Glass Fusing I
January 24—Warm Glass Fusing II
January 31—Medieval Times
A Curious Reality
Dreamlike and fantastical and surreal and tenderness—Philip C. Curtis’ artwork is really more like artmaking anchored in everyday reality, but with overtones of fantasy and wonder. Magical realism seeks to truthfully depict the exterior of an object in such a way as to expose the spirit (i.e. magic).
Doll Making in the French:
delicate and sweet style at play
Learn how to make a doll to play with, from scratch, using soft fabrics to create the shape, form, doll’s head, body, and clothing. Hand painted faces will be the creative work of thin brush strokes. It is really a keepsake. This is the second art offering to incorporate the beauty of stitching and creating dolls. The color chords are youthful, playful, and beautiful for certain! Serveral seamstress artists will join us to ease our work with sewing needles and threads.
January 17, 24
Warm Glass Fusing I, II
Students will learn the basics of glass fusing using a portable glass kiln. This exciting tool reduces the firing and cooling process to less than one hour. The focus will be on glass cutting techniques and design. Warm glass is what the process is called. We will make small tiles and beautiful objects in each class I and II.
Let us go back in time and explore all the adventure and excitement of the medieval world—fire-breathing dragons, knights in shining armor, princesses, queens, kings, and castles. We will make intricate mosaics, and medieval designs and sketches of costumes. We will dance and sip tea, nibble on cookies, as if we were at our own Renaissance Fair!
Join artists Calder, Picasso, Chagall and a troupe of other young painters and sculptors in creating Great Circus Art. Clowns, horses, elephants, trapeze artists, jugglers, lions, tigers, and bears are just a few acts we will recreate with pastels, paint, paper maiche, and an array of delightful materials scavenged from far corners of our world. In the spring we will create a performance of our circus with friends. Our artmaking will involve a series of opportunities to work at home and together on the creative pieces of our Circus Art. Imagine!
Pisarro’s Love for Harvest Time
Pisarro’s love for the bounty of harvest season is our focus. Pisarro’s desire for equality for all and among all peoples is one of his precious gifts that his paintings offer us. Not only will we attempt to paint rich fall corn fields and orchards at this harvest time, we will enjoy roasted corn on the cob and butter, right from our own fire pit at the Children’s Studio Garden. A discussion of Pisarro’s ideas will be a stimulating part of our day as well.
A Duet: Magic of Art, Magic of Chocolate
“The reason I love chocolate: it makes me happy! The reason I love art: it makes me smart!” –words from one young artist. We shall celebrate the fun, festive offerings of our FCA Chocolate Festival by creating our art work. Painting with chocolate syrup and making homemade icecream, and chocolate, of course! Fun. Hilarious. Edible Art, you might say. It is a tradition. Join us.
We will focus on artful techniques and tips for drawing and painting skies and clouds. Watercolor paints are excellent for creating atmospheric skies—JMW Turner’s Rain, Steam, and Speed, painted in 1844 will be studied! Specifically, watery clouds, summer sky, rainy sky and a starry night will be created today. A new exhibit in Boston for children visiting the modern museum of art will be reviewed—the literature offered to us is superb! Perhaps we can organize a road trip for families to view the exhibit in person.
Young astronauts will rochet deep into outerspace, exploring faraway planets and discovering alien life! We will make drawings, paintings and sculptures based on real and imaginary adventures we have along the way today!
We express ourselves in all kinds of ways! We will look at different shapes and sizes of eyes, noses, mouths, and ears. We will think about how we talk, think, and feel through faces we make. We will focus on communication. Children will have fun exploring their senses and, while learning, we shall conclude by creating one portrait.
Wonder of Horses
We have had a request to revisit this art adventure that offers us a morning to enjoy horses of the world that have captured our imaginations. Inspiring and rich stories, mythology, music, and movements relating to the spirit of the horse will be shared. We will be inspired by photographs given to us by Jean Campbell, a superb photographer who has a love for the horses of the farms and pastures of West Tisbury . . . All close at hand on our small island.