The Arts are a fundamental tool to enhance learning…a child’s interaction with art sparks inspiration, creativity and imagination.  Summer Art Classes at Mills Pond Gallery...a wonderful opportunity for children to explore their creativity within the colorful and vibrant surroundings of a contemporary art gallery. Open to children of all experience levels. Always new projects for students taking multiple weeks/same classes!  All classes will run with minimum 5 students.

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Fantasy Art for Teens           July 9, 10, 16, 17   Ages 13-16      11 am – 2:30 pm    $190            Learn to combine drawing from your imagination and drawing from observation to create impressive fantasy art.Using graphite and colored pencils we’ll work on simple techniques to make your beasts, demons and strange creatures come alive! Your instructor Amal is a professional illustrator and fine artist whose work has been widely published and exhibited for traditional and educational children’s books, magazines, posters, fine art galleries in the US and abroad.  Register Early...limited space available. All materials included.  

Junior Fashionistas                   July 9 – 11                Ages 5-7          9 am – 12 pm          $125              It’s never too early to get into fashion. Students will learn everything they want to know about the fashion world and how to draw beautiful fashion figures and clothes. Lace, sequins, glitter, shimmer fabric and buttons are just a few of the things we’ll use to embellish our collections. A must for any budding designer. Instructor: Irene Tetrault

Painting Flowers                       July 9-11                   Ages 5-7                    1 – 4 pm       $125     Painting large scale flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keefe. Little Artists will learn about this Master artist and paint large scale flowers from observation. Instructor: Patricia Caracappa

Cartoons, Characters and Storyboards    July 9 – 13    Ages 7-10    9 am – 12 pm or  1-4 pm   $190 Full Day Available            This class gets really creative as we develop stories to go along with our artwork! In cartooning, we will focus on learning basic cartooning and storyboarding skills. We will create and develop our own characters and storylines. Each student will produce their own original comic by the end of the class!  Instructor: Kim Falco

Art Adventure in Painting and Drawing         July 9 -13                  Ages 7-10        1 – 4 pm        $190 Full Day Available            This exciting class has something for everyone! We will explore a different technique and material each day! We will develop our observational skills and find inspiration for our projects in the gallery and outside in nature. Our technical skills will be expanded by experimenting with pastels, pen and ink, watercolor and more! Instructor: Kim Falco

The Art of Pet Portraits       July 9-13                   Ages 8-11        1 – 4 pm         $190     Kids are natural portrait artists, and drawing animals is always a great place to start!  Kids explore media such as acrylic paint, charcoal and pastel to create original art featuring their favorite fuzzy, finned and feathered companions!  Bring photos from home or choose from the class stash (dogs, cats, horses, birds, lizards and more).  All levels welcome...no experience necessary, just a love of animals and eagerness to learn more about our best friends! Instructor: Ivy Berg

 Let’s Paint! Water Soluble Oils  July 11 – 13     Ages 11-13     9 am – 12 pm      $125 Full Day Available                 In this workshop, we will build a water soluble oil painting. Students will learn how to start an underpainting in tempera, to a finished painting in water soluble oil colors. We will explore various painting techniques and applications. Full day students will expand their use of mediums and explore additional techniques in their work. Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

Let’s Paint! Water Soluble Oils  July 11 – 13            Ages 11-13     1 – 4 pm         $125 Full Day Available      In this workshop, we will build a water soluble oil painting. Students will learn how to start an underpainting in tempera, to a finished painting in water soluble oil colors. We will explore various painting techniques and applications. Full day students will expand their use of mediums and explore additional techniques. Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

Fashion Illustration                       July 16-19    Ages 7-8          9 am – 12 pm         $150 Full Day Available    Students will learn how to draw the fashion figure in several poses. They also will create their own fashion line worthy of NY Fashion Week! Many techniques for drawing fashion detailing such as drapery, sequins, fur, lace, leather and more will be covered as well as instruction on faces, hands and feet/shoes. Instructor Irene Tetrault

Space Exploration Through Art!  July 16-19    Ages 7-8          1 – 4 pm        $150 Full Day Available    Planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae...tricks of light born millions of years ago or nearby neighbors waiting to be explored? In this class, we'll learn about the mysteries of the night sky while making our own otherworldly art with paint pours, pastels and even some sculpture! Ever built a solar system before? Now's your chance!  Instructor: Ivy Berg

Art Adventure in Painting and Drawing    July 16-20    Ages 7-10    9 am – 12 pm    $190 Full Day Available     This exciting class has something for everyone! We will explore a different technique and material each day! We will develop our observational skills and find inspiration for our projects in the gallery and outside in nature. Our technical skills will be expanded by experimenting with pastels, pen and ink, watercolor and more! Instructor: Kim Falco

 Cartoons, Characters and Storyboards   July 16-20    Ages 7-10        1 – 4 pm            $190 Full Day Available     This class gets really creative as we develop stories to go along with our artwork! In cartooning, we will focus on learning basic cartooning and storyboarding skills. We will create and develop our own characters and storylines. Each student will produce their own original comic by the end of the class! Instructor: Kim Falco

Let’s Draw! Mixed Media    July 17 – 19  Ages 11-13      9 am – 12 pm          $125 Full Day Available      This class will focus on a variety of approaches to mixed media. There will be an emphasis on using a more confident and robust approach, rather than slowly building an image. We will draw both from life and photo reference. Full Day students will expand their use of mediums and projects.  Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

 Let’s Draw! Mixed Media    July 17 – 19  Ages 11-13      1 – 4 pm        $125 Full Day Available     This class will focus on a variety of approaches to mixed media. There will be an emphasis on using a more confident and robust approach, rather than slowly building an image. We will draw both from life and photo reference. Full Day students will expand their use of mediums and projects.  Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

Watercolor and More             July 23-27    Ages 7-10     9 am – 12 pm $190 Full Day Available          Watercolor is a fun, exciting and unpredictable media! We will paint a variety of different subjects such as flowers, landscapes and abstract designs. We will experiment with how water color interacts with different things like salt and lemon juice while creating amazing artwork! Instructor: Kim Falco

Art and Ecology                    July 23-27    Ages 7-10        1 – 4 pm        $190 Full Day Available        Young scientists will love this class! Our incredible living planet inspires so much of what we see as wondrous in art. Come on a journey of learning about the natural world and its celebration through art. Explore a different ecosystem each day (oceans, rainforests, deserts) and discuss the plants and animals that inhabit them. Art projects (primarily painting, but also some mixed media) feature the ecosystem and animals of the day. We also learn about recycling and creating art out of "found objects"  Instructor: Ivy Berg

Stitchin’ Time                        July 23-25  Ages 7-10      9 am – 12 pm       $125      Learn to sew! Students will learn techniques in hand stitching to make an assortment of fun masterpieces. A wide array of supplies will be used to create; including beautiful fabrics, buttons and sequins. We will also learn to hand dye and make our very own fabric design! A must for any young designer. All materials included. Instructor: Irene Tetrault

Spanish Arts Exploration            July 23-25                Ages 7-10        1 – 4 pm       $125 Full Day Available     Explore Hispanic artists and create drawings and paintings in the styles of Frida Kahlo, PABLO Picasso and Salvador Dali. Students will explore this beautiful culture through art history, drawing and Painting. Emphasis on culture, color and style through Spanish Arts. Each day dedicated to a different artist while creating an original work of art. Instructor: Patricia Caracappa

 Let’s Paint! Plein Air            July 25 – 27  Ages 11-13      9 am – 12 pm          $125 Full Day Available      In this class, students will make a Plein Air painting with water soluble oil colors. Students will learn how to mix color, and how to trust the expressive and intuitive quality of their mark making more often. There will be an emphasis on Impressionism and contemporary landscape painting applications. Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

Let’s Paint! Plein Air            July 25 – 27  Ages 11-13     1 – 4 pm                     $125 Full Day Available     In this class, students will make a Plein Air painting with water soluble oil colors. Students will learn how to mix color, and how to trust the expressive and intuitive quality of their mark making more often. There will be an emphasis on Impressionism and contemporary landscape painting applications. Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

Junior Fashionistas                   July 30 – Aug. 2                Ages 5-7          9 am – 12 pm          $150               It’s never too early to get into fashion. Students will learn everything they want to know about the fashion world and how to draw beautiful fashion figures and clothes. Lace, sequins, glitter, shimmer fabric and buttons are just a few of the things we’ll use to embellish our collections. A must for any budding designer. Instructor: Irene Tetrault

Rainbow Color Exploration    July 30-Aug 3       Ages 5-7        1-4 pm         $190     Little Artists will develop their own style of expression through color by exploring the style of rainbow colors and patterns that artist Alma Thomas used in her paintings. Mediums include watercolor and acrylic Paint. Instructor: Patricia Caracappa

Creating Desserts        July 30- August 3   Ages 7-10        9 am – 12 pm          $190 Full Day Available             In this class, we won’t be baking we will be painting and drawing cupcakes, cakes, donuts and ice cream! Finding inspiration in the dessert still life art of Wayne Thiebaud, we will use paint, colored pencil, oil and chalk pastel to create delicious looking masterpieces! Instructor: Kim Falco

Watercolor and More      July 30 – August 3        Ages 7-10        1 – 4 pm        $190 Full Day Available        Watercolor is a fun, exciting and unpredictable media! We will paint a variety of different subjects such as flowers, landscapes and abstract designs. We will experiment with how water color interacts with different things like salt and lemon juice while creating amazing artwork! Instructor: Kim Falco

Let’s Draw! the Figure    July 31 – Aug. 3    Ages 14-16    9 am – 12 pm         $150 Full Day Available     In this class, students will create figure drawings. Students will model for each other (clothed, of course!) and will learn how to trust their eye to hand coordination when drawing from life. We will also focus on drawing faces & hands with a variety of media. Full day students will have the opportunity to expend their use of media. Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

Let’s Draw! the Figure    July 31 – Aug. 3    Ages 14-16     1 – 4 pm                  $150 Full Day Available     In this class, students will create figure drawings. Students will model for each other (clothed, of course!) and will learn how to trust their eye to hand coordination when drawing from life. We will also focus on drawing faces and hands with a variety of media. Full day students will expand their use of media. Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

 Art Adventure in Painting and Drawing   August 6-10   Ages 7-10  9 am – 12 pm    $190 Full Day Available         This exciting class has something for everyone! We will explore a different technique and material each day! We will develop our observational skills and find inspiration for our projects in the gallery and outside in nature. Our technical skills will be expanded by experimenting with pastels, pen and ink, watercolor and more! Instructor: Kim Falco

Spanish Arts Exploration            August 6-10            Ages 7-10    1-4pm           $190 Full Day Available     Explore Hispanic artists and create drawings and paintings in the styles of Frida Kahlo, PABLO Picasso and Salvador Dali. Students will explore this beautiful culture through art history, drawing and Painting with emphasis on culture, color and style through Spanish Arts. Each day dedicated to a different artist while creating an original work of art. Instructor: Patricia Caracappa

Fantastic Beasts & How to Paint Them!   August 6-10    Ages 7-10    1 – 4 pm $190 Full Day Available         Who doesn't love a creature born of the imagination? Dragons, unicorns, griffins and beasts yet unknown! This class gives young artists the opportunity to bring their own imagined beasts of air, land and sea to life in paint! We begin by brainstorming & sketching our creatures using a combination of imagination and real-life animal reference photos. Then we transfer those creatures to canvas and infuse them with beautiful acrylic color!  Instructor: Ivy Berg

Fashion Illustration Workshop Junior    August 6-8    Ages 8-11    9 am – 12 pm    $125       Attention future design stars! If your child is interested in fashion, this fun workshop is for them. Learn how to draw the fashion figure and how to dress it. Techniques are covered on how to draw all kinds of styles such as sportswear, casualwear, cruise wear and evening gowns. Students will also be taught how to execute different fabrics and embellishments like plaids, fur, leather, sequins and lace. Beginners are welcome and former fashion students are welcome to extend their skills. Instructor: Irene Tetrault

 Watercolor and More     August 13-17    Ages 7-10    9 am – 12 pm    $190 Full Day Available        Watercolor is a fun, exciting and unpredictable media! We will paint a variety of different subjects such as flowers, landscapes and abstract designs. We will experiment with how water color interacts with different things like salt and lemon juice while creating amazing artwork! Instructor: Kim Falco

Creating Desserts               August 13-17     Ages 7-10            1 – 4 pm      $190 Full Day Available        In this class, we won’t be baking we will be painting and drawing cupcakes, cakes, donuts and ice cream! Finding inspiration in the dessert still life art of Wayne Thiebaud, we will use paint, colored pencil, oil and chalk pastel to create delicious looking masterpieces! Instructor: Kim Falco   

Portrait Drawing     August 13,14,16     Ages 5-7    9 am - 12 pm     $125 Full Day Available     This fun class explores the art of Portraiture and how to draw them. Students will learn step by step how to do a picture portrait. We will draw in a different style every day after. Styles will include Cubism, Warhol, Impressionistic and much more. Instructor: Irene Tetrault

 Painting Animals, Plants and Landscapes      August 13-15     Ages 6-8          1 – 4 pm        $125        This class is designed with the nature-loving young artist in mind. Work from beautiful photos of familiar and wild animals and plants to create brilliant textural acrylic paintings! Color is our friend and guide as we capture our beautiful world in strokes of light, swirls of a brush and dabs of a sponge! We'll get a closer look at trees, water, sunsets, rainbows, clouds, flowers, fins, fur, whiskers and more! All levels welcome. Instructor: Ivy Berg

Let’s Draw! No Erasers    August 14 – 17    Ages 11-13    9 am – 12 pm    $150 Full Day Available      In this class, students will learn how to deal with using marks that are permanent. Many teachers often tell students to erase their marks if they are not correct. In this class, students will learn to draw with mediums that are permanent and that cannot be erased such as ballpoint pen, markers, watercolors and ink. Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

Let’s Draw! No Erasers        August 14 – 17       Ages 11-13      1 – 4 pm    $150 Full Day Available     In this class, students will learn how to deal with using marks that are permanent. Many teachers often tell students to erase their marks if they are not correct. In this class, students will learn to draw with mediums that are permanent and that cannot be erased such as ballpoint pen, markers, watercolors and ink. Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

 Art Adventure in Painting and Drawing   August 20 – 24   Ages 7-10   9 am – 12 pm    $190 Full Day Available     This exciting class has something for everyone! We will explore a different technique and material each day! We will develop our observational skills and find inspiration for our projects in the gallery and outside in nature. Our technical skills will be expanded by experimenting with pastels, pen and ink, watercolor and more! Instructor: Kim Falco

Art and Artist                              August 20 – 24       Ages 7-10        1 – 4 pm            $190 Full Day Available     Learning about famous artist can be fun and even more exciting when we create art in the same style that the artist did! In this class we will learning about Vincent Van Gogh and paint our own Starry Night, explore Monet’s Garden and even create a Cubist portrait like Pablo Picasso! Instructor: Kim Falco

Painting Flowers                   August 20-22          Ages 5-7          1 – 4 pm                   $125       Painting large scale flowers in the style of Georgia O’Keefe. Little Artists will learn about this Master artist and paint large scale flowers from observation. Instructor: Patricia Caracappa

Stitchin’ Time                        August 20-22       Ages 8-11      9 am – 12 pm       $125          Learn to sew! Students will learn techniques in hand stitching to make an assortment of fun masterpieces. A wide array of supplies will be used to create; including beautiful fabrics, buttons and sequins. We will also learn to hand dye and make our very own fabric design! A must for any young designer. All materials included. Instructor: Irene Tetrault

Fashion and the Figure - Learn how to draw both!     August 20 – 24  Ages: 11-14    $190  9 am - 12 pm or 1 - 4 pm  or Full Day   Learn how the fashion figure is drawn in the professional industry! In the mornings, students will create completed fashion illustrations using a variety of drawing and painting materials. Different eras of fashion will be covered, and each student is encouraged to develop their own style.      In the afternoons, explore figure drawing, learning how to draw exciting poses and actual people in front of you! Students will choose to develop their fashion illustrations or focus solely on their figure drawings. This class is designed for each student to identify and explore their own interests within fashion and drawing people from life. Instructor: Krista Biedenbach

Let’s Draw! Incorporating Photographs    August 21 – 24    Ages 11-13    9 am – 12 pm     In this class, students will learn how to incorporate photographs and prints into their drawings. Students will be encouraged to use their own photographs and will be shown a variety of techniques and media that they can use to incorporate into their drawings. Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

Let’s Draw! Incorporating Photographs    August 21 – 24    Ages 11-13    1 – 4 pm     In this class, students will learn how to incorporate photographs and prints into their drawings. Students will be encouraged to use their own photographs and will be shown a variety of techniques and media that they can use to incorporate into their drawings. Instructor: Nicholas Frizalone

Summer Saturdays

Off the Runway! Fashion Illustration for Beginners     Ages: 9 – 12    Saturdays 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28     11:30 am - 1:30 pm   $120 all materials included  Learn how the fashion figure is drawn in the professional industry. See trends from different eras and develop your own style. Experiment with different media to show excitement and attitude in your fashion illustrations. Draw your own dream outfits! Also, create a work of wearable art! Continuing and repeat students are welcome with new projects.     Instructor: Krista Biedenbach

Off the Runway! Fashion Illustration for Beginners     Ages: 9 – 12    Saturdays 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25     11:30 am - 1:30 pm   $120 all materials included  Learn how the fashion figure is drawn in the professional industry. See trends from different eras and develop your own style. Experiment with different media to show excitement and attitude in your fashion illustrations. Draw your own dream outfits! Also, create a work of wearable art! Continuing and repeat students are welcome with new projects.     Instructor: Krista Biedenbach

You Can Draw!  Ages: 7 – 10    Saturdays 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28      1:45 - 3:45 pm      $120 all materials includedOur Drawing program is designed to introduce students to a variety of drawing techniques & mediums. Whatever the student’s technical skill level, we will encourage you to use creative thinking to make artwork that reflects both your inner and outer worlds. Class directed interests decide the subject matter of our drawing explorations and typically revolve around: animals, people, landscapes, plant life and popular cartoons. Mediums include: pencil, pen, ink, oil pastels, chalk pastels, charcoal, watercolor, and more. Continuing and repeat students welcome with new projects as each class is catered to meet the needs and interests of each student. Instructor: Krista Biedenbach

Famously Fashionable   Ages: 9 – 12   Saturdays 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25     1:45 - 3:45 pm                $120 all materials included    Come and explore far-out media and fun fashion influences to boost the attitude in your fashion figures! Also, create a wearable work of art from your very own fashion illustrations. This class is designed as a continuation of the "Off the Runway” beginners’ class. Instructor: Krista Biedenbach