Youth Arts Programs

2019 Summer Youth Program is dedicated to introducing children to a broad range of art mediums. The 25 classes offered are taught by experienced artist and teachers and may be taken in full or half day sessions.  We hope your child will find something exciting to introduce them to art, or further their interest.

Morning classes run 9am to 12pm. Afternoon classes run 1pm to 4pm. Please let us know if you need early drop-off (8:30am) or late pick-up at 4:30pm. There is no class time in those periods. Full day enrollment includes a supervised home-packed lunch (and snacks) which may be enjoyed outdoors, weather permitting. Students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and are requested to refrain from cell phone use during class. 

Half day sessions are $175/week or $350/week for full days. This fee includes materials. Additional charges may apply for supplies to some classes, which will be specified upon registration. Student membership to the Academy is $25 annually. Family membership (3 or more) is $60.

 Download Summer Youth Programs brochure and Registration. (PDF Summer Youth Programs)

WEEK Four - July 15 to July 19 - Summer Youth Programs

Classes for the week

Fundamentals of Drawing - Mornings

with  Eliza Moser

Beginner Level (Ages 10 and up) - Morning

   

Learn the fundamentals of drawing, starting from the very beginning. Students will start by learning how to copy shapes and proportions in line-drawing, then move on to understanding the relationship of light, values, and planes; finally, students will learn the components of form to create a convincing sense of 3D. Excellent for beginners looking for a strong start to drawing

Fee : $175 with membership
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Fundamentals of Drawing<br>

Fundamentals of Painting - Afternoons

with  Eliza Moser

Beginner Level (Ages 10 and up) - Afternoon

   

Learn the fundamentals of oil painting, starting from the very beginning. Through a series of lectures and class exercises you will learn how to depict light and shade through a value-scheme, how to create desired effects of color, as well as blending tricks to achieve a realistic sense of form. This is an excellent course for beginners looking to understand painting, both in concept and practice.

Fee : $175 with membership
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Fundamentals of Painting<br>

WEEK Five - July 22 to July 26 - Summer Youth Programs

Classes for the week

Paper, Thread, Beads and Embroidery Squares - Afternoons

with  Lynn Payette

Ages 10 and up – Afternoon

   

The design for this class is a 4.5" x 4.5" square (on an even-weave ground) that has been divided into 9 individual 1.5" squares. The squares are filled with a variety of different artist’s papers, gilded paper towel (this will be taught), a variety of fabrics, (including) metallic fabrics with beading and stitching embellishments. The student will learn how to apply the fabrics, as well as beading techniques and a variety of embroidery stitches to create their own design. Stretcher bars and even-weave ground as well as the embellishments for this class will be supplied.

Fee : $175 with membership
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WEEK Six - July 29 to August 2 - Summer Youth Programs

Classes for the week

Portrait Drawing From a Photo - Mornings

with  Eliza Moser

Intermediate Level (Ages 10 and up) Morning

   

Learn how to create a realistic portrait working from a photo! Students will learn how to create accurate proportions to capture the likeness of their subject.

Additional concepts covered will be facial anatomy and the the structure of individual facial features. Prerequisite Fundamentals of Drawing course recommended, but not required.

Fee : $175 with membership
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Portrait Drawing From a Photo

Plein Air in Old Wethersfield - Mornings

with  Nick Frasco

Intermediate Level (Ages 10 and up) Morning

   

Plein Air is an adjective which is used to define the manner of a 19th-century style of painting outdoors, or with a strong sense of the open air, that became a central feature of French impressionism. In this class we will take our work outside and sketch through observation a scene in Old Wethersfield and add color reminiscent of classical Frech Impressionist painters.

Fee : $175 with membership
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Plein Air in Old Wethersfield

Painting Portraits in Oil - Afternoons

with  Eliza Moser

Intermediate Ages (10 and up) Afternoon

   

Learn how to create a realistic portrait working from a photo. Students will start with a transfer drawing and underpainting, capturing accurate proportions. Next, we will cover the basics of color mixing to learn how to mix fleshtones, and finally learn to apply paint and create a convincing sense of form. Prerequisite Fundamentals of Painting course recommended, but not required

Fee : $175 with membership
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Painting Portraits in Oil

Decorative furniture painting - Afternoons

with  Nick Frasco

Intermediate Level – Ages 8 and up - Afternoon

   

With a small piece of furniture, jewelry box, bird house, chest, chair or end table that needs a creative touch up, students will go through the process of surface preparation the application of a paint base-coat and developing a color scheme best suited to the students own vision. The piece of furniture should be easily portable and should be no larger than a small end table.

Fee : $175 with membership
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Decorative furniture painting

WEEK Seven - August 5 to August 9 - Summer Youth Programs

Classes for the week

FORTNITE Creating Characters and Skins

with 

Beginner to Advanced (Ages 8 and up) Morning

   

Do you like the game Fortnite or any other "P.V.P." games? How would you like to create your own Fortnite character from imagining your own “skins” to coming up with your own weapons.

If you have the imagination, we will help you realize it onto paper and then help you turn that drawing into a full colored character straight out of the world of Fortnite.

Fee : $175 with membership
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CREATING IN CLAY - Afternoons

with  Nick Frasco

Beginner Level (Ages 8 and up) Afternoon

   

DESIGN AND PAINT ORIGINAL CHARACTERS IN CLAY, Students will design, sketch and create their own original characters; First, using only their pencils and a 2 dimensional piece of paper.

Once these ideas are in a finished format, we will then take these drawings and start to construct these characters into 3 Dimensional figures using clay and sculpting tools, oh yes and their imaginations. Fortnite characters from the morning session can be used.

Fee : $175 with membership
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Copying the Masters in Oil - Mornings

with  Eliza Moser

Advanced Level (Ages 10 and up) - Morning

   

Learn to paint from the masters! Students will learn the secrets of oil painting by copying a classical work of art. Following a step-by-step process, we will complete an oil painting using traditional methods, learning everything it takes to make a masterpiece. Prerequisite Fundamentals of Oil Painting recommended, but not required.

Fee : $175 with membership
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Designing a Skateboard - Afternoons

with  Jared Standish

Intermediate level (Ages 8 and up) - Afternoon

   

Back by popular demand is Jared’s awesome skateboard class. You will build your own skateboard and design the graphics. You will learn the methods and materials used to make skateboards by building your own board and create a custom collage graphic. At the end, choose trucks and wheels and go home with your own unique handmade skateboard.

Fee : $175 with membership
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WEEK Eight -  August 12 to August 16 - Summer Youth Programs

Classes for the week

3-D painting with Eye Popping effects - Mornings

with  Nick Frasco

Intermediate - Ages 10 and up - Morning

   

Students will draft, sketch and plan out a 3 Dimensional painting by first transferring a drawing of their own onto Masonite board with the intension of putting and eventually gluing 3 Dimensional objects onto a 2 Dimensional surface. This will give their pieces a very cool and unusual effect that will "POP" right out at you!!!

Fee : $175 with membership
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3-D painting with Eye Popping effects

Still Life Week - Half or Full Day

with  Eliza Moser

Advanced Level (Ages 10 and Up). Half or full day course

   

Learn how to create a beautiful and realistic still life oil painting. Following a simple step-by-step process, students will bring the painting from a simple underpainting to a finished piece. Along the way we’ll cover the basics of values, form, color mixing and paint application.
Prerequisite course Fundamentals of Painting recommended but not required.

Fee : $175 with membership
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Still Life Week

Drawing Super Heroes in Color - Afternoons

with  Nick Frasco

Beginner to Advanced - Ages 7 and up - Afternoon

   

Do you like reading comic books, or even drawing superheroes? Did you ever think about trying to create your own superhero or comic book?

I want to show you how to draw one of these "Super Humans". From basic human anatomy to exaggerating these muscle bound characters, to creating and laying out an actual comic book cover page in full color. Everything starts with the drawing, so let’s start there and see how far we get.

Fee : $175 with membership
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Drawing Super Heroes in Color

Youth Arts Programs

Ages 6 and Up 6-week sessions

Saturdays

Youth Drawing & Painting

with  Nick Frasco

Saturdays – 2 hours between 9am to 12pm,
can start anytime  - Ages 6 & up
- 6-week session ongoing

   

This ongoing and very popular course will teach young people the fundamentals of drawing, composition and painting, how to mix and apply paint, and the use of a variety of art materials. Students may bring a project of their own on which to work. The ultimate goal of the Youth Program is to create a work of art that is satisfying
Class fee does not include materials.
Please email us for the materials list. info@wethersfieldarts.org

Fee : 195 with membership
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Youth Painting and Drawing<br>

Tuesdays

Character Development

with  Nick Frasco

Tuesdays, 4 - 6pm can start anytime
Ages 6 & Up - 6-week session ongoing

   

Learn to create your own original Cartoon Character. Students will discover the different characteristics of drawing a dynamic character of your own. Starting by drawing their faces in a “cartoon style”, simplifying them into shapes and paying attention to depth while giving them a 3 dimensional look and drawing them from every imaginable angle. Once you have learned to render, you will be well on your way to creating your own dynamic cartoon character.
Class fee does not include materials.
Please email us for the materials list. info@wethersfieldarts.org

Fee : 180. with membership
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Nick Frasco Character Development<br>

Deposit / Cancellation Policy

Deposits are required for all classes and workshops in the amount of half the tuition to secure limited spots. Full payment is due two weeks before the start of the session. All cancellations must be made 2 weeks before the start of a class or workshop. We are not responsible for issuing refunds, credits or transfers for classes/workshops missed due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control. If a workshop is cancelled by us, all money will be promptly refunded.

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