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silvermine arts center

Summer Art Studios & Workshops
Ages 4 – 12

Silvermine Summer Art Studios offers children the opportunity to experience the arts, to have fun creating while challenging their imaginations and to meet friends. The Art Studios run for 10 weeks beginning on June 20 through August 26. Your child is invited to join us for one or more weeks of ART!

Please call the School Office at 203.966.6668, Ext. 2 to register or you can download our registration form from the website to mail or fax (203.966.8570) to our office. Please contact our office if you have any questions.

Students should bring a NUT-FREE snack. All snacks must have original ingredient label (printed by the manufacturer). If snack does not have a label, it will be put away and returned to students at the end of class. The school provides all materials. Age groups are strictly enforced.



AUGUST 22 – 26

From Storybooks to Art

Ages 4-5
Wendy MacCordy
Monday – Friday | 9:30am – 12pm | $290
Five-Day | August 22 – 26

Explore the imaginary world of illustrated children’s books through art. Each class we will read a book together and create whimsical and fun works of art inspired by the story. We will read a range of books by authors such as Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Peter Reynolds and more! Through drawing, collage, painting, printmaking, and simple bookbinding we will express the imagery and interpretation of the stories we read, and even create small storybooks of our own!

Art and Drama Studio

Ages: 5–9
Martha Bloom
Monday – Friday | 9am – 1pm | $400
Five-Day | August 22 – 26

This art studio combines a wide range of fine art experiences with the process of theater. The students will develop an idea for a play then write a script, design for costumes, scenery and the playbill. On the last day they will perform their collaboration for the student body and parents. Another focus of this program will be to develop their fine art skills through a variety of art materials and techniques. There will be an exhibition of their work on the last day along with the dramatic performance.

Watercolor Washes, Widgeons, Willows and Wurzels to Studies from Nature

Ages: 5-9
Marta Violette Kot
Monday – Wednesday | 9am – 12pm | $240
Three-Day | August 22 – 24
Thursday & Friday | 9am – 12pm | $190
Two-Day | August 25 & 26

This late summer studio will include an exploration and increasing awareness of our natural world through an investigation of various watercolor materials and artwork of different artists. Young artists will develop understanding of blending, mixing, "washing," transparent and opaque effects, dry brush using watercolor sticks, liquid, dry pigment and more.

Watercolor Washes, Widgeons, Willows and Wurzels to Studies from Nature

Ages: 5-9
Marta Violette Kot
Monday – Wednesday | 1pm – 4pm | $240
Three-Day | August 22 – 24
Thursday & Friday | 1pm – 4pm | $190
Two-Day | August 25 & 26

This late summer studio will include an exploration and increasing awareness of our natural world through an investigation of various watercolor materials and artwork of different artists. Young artists will develop understanding of blending, mixing, "washing," transparent and opaque effects, dry brush using watercolor sticks, liquid, dry pigment and more.

Pottery Exploration

Ages: 7-10
Lisa Scroggins
Monday – Friday | 9:30am – 12:30pm | $350
Five-Day | August 22 – 26

Clay is a wonderful, tactile medium and in this workshop we will reflect on the theme of summer as inspiration. During this workshop children will experiment with a variety of building techniques including pinch pots, slabs, coils, and finally the wheel. We will be creating narrative tiles, bowls, whimsical containers, and animal sculptures. All levels are welcome. Clay pieces take three to four weeks to be fired. The school will notify parents when pieces are ready to be picked up.

Creative Comics

Ages: 8-12
David Ferreira
Monday – Friday | 9:30am – 12:30pm | $325
Five-Day | August 22 – 26

If you have an interest in comic books, creating character driven stories and like to draw, this class is for you! Whether you love Super-heroes, Sci-fi, Manga, Fantasy or The Sunday Funnies, the structure within is all the same. Students will learn about storytelling and pacing, page layout, character design, drawing and composing for comics, simple perspective, inking techniques and some tips on lettering their comics. Students should s personal sketchbook if they have one.

Drawing, Painting and More!

Ages: 9-12
Megan Collins
Monday – Friday | 9am – 1pm | $400
Five-Day | August 22 – 26

Get ready to roll up your sleeves and paint and create some masterpieces! Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, you will be exploring the world of aesthetics and what goes into art making. Through observation and special attention to detail, you will learn about shapes, space, drawing techniques, color mixing, paint handling and more. Your subject matter can be self-portraits, pet portraits, landscapes and still life, or anything that strikes your interest! Together, we will learn more about what makes you a unique and emerging young artist.

Exploring Photography: Pinhole, Film and Digital

Ages: 10-13
Bruce Dunbar
Monday – Thursday | 9:30am – 12:30pm | $300
Four-Day | August 22 – 25

Students will have the chance to investigate different photographic practices. We will explore the pinhole camera, the 35mm camera and film, and the digital camera. We will cover principles of photography, composition and design. Film cameras will be available for students to use during class sessions. Students will receive a roll of film and one package of paper.

Exploration of Artists Media

Ages: 11-14
Christine Goldbach
Monday – Friday | 9am – 12:30pm | $370
Five-Day | August 22 – 26

This workshop will explore various media introducing students to a new way of working or enforce the skills already learned. We will work in a variety of media such as oil paint, various surfaces, giant oil sticks, ink and we will employ new watercolor techniques. Come try some new things and be amazed at what there is out there besides the simple pencil or marker.

Pottery Exploration

Ages: 11-15
Lisa Scroggins
Monday – Friday | 1pm – 4pm | $350
Five-Day | August 22 – 26

Clay is a wonderful, tactile medium and in this workshop we will reflect on the theme of summer as inspiration. During this workshop children will experiment with a variety of building techniques including pinch pots, slabs, coils, and finally the wheel. We will be creating narrative tiles, bowls, whimsical containers, and animal sculptures. All levels are welcome. Clay pieces take three to four weeks to be fired. The school office will notify parents when pieces are ready to be picked up.

AUGUST 29 – 31

Creatures and Animals

Ages: 4-5
Wendy MacCordy
Monday – Wednesday | 9:30am – 12pm | $215
Three-Day | August 29 – 31

This workshop will introduce various materials and media including drawing, painting, and sculpture through the theme of real life animals and imaginary creatures. Projects will explore the use of color, line, shape, texture, pattern, and setting.

Art Studio

Ages: 11-13
Wendy MacCordy
Monday – Wednesday | 1pm – 4pm | $240
Three-Day | August 29 – 31

Students will stretch their imaginations and refine their artistic skills through exploring various art processes. A wide range of materials and techniques will be introduced, giving each young artist a chance to have fun and make new discoveries. There will be an overview of the elements of art, composition, perspective, and color mixing, as well as drawing, basic printmaking, and sculpture. Influence will be drawn from historical and contemporary artists and from our own imaginations and surroundings.

The Studio Academy Workshop

Ages: 5-10
Marta Violette Kot
Monday – Wednesday | 10am – 1pm | $235
Three-Day | August 29 – 31

Students will witness how to build on a work of art creating a final piece through layering techniques. The academy will include a variety of methods and styles while young artists will develop an understanding of the properties of art materials. Students will be introduced to works of art by well-known artists and will be encouraged to develop an arts vocabulary in ongoing informal discussions.