We are THRILLED to be back in the studio with you for in-person art making! We've got lots of chances for you and your family to come and make art with in the fun, inspiring, supportive environment you remember. Please note that masks are required for all participants in all programs, and click here for a closer look at additional measures we've put in place to keep you, your families, and our staff members safe now that we are back together. Keep reading to learn more about current and upcoming programs, and please email us with questions, concerns, feedback, and suggestions!

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   FOR FAMILIES

   current:

  • Private Group ARTLAB: Beginning in September, the studio has limited availability for your family's social bubble to participate in ARTLAB together! Masks are required for all participants ages 2 and up. Contact us for dates and pricing.

   FOR KIDS

   current:

  • Art After School + Art After Lunch: Weekly 2.5-hour classes for students in grades K-2 and 3-5. Register for a quarter-long series and explore responsive projects and concepts that build on each other while emphasizing process, problem solving, and experimentation. Outdoor time is incorporated whenever possible. Includes all materials and culminates in an Art Show and celebration for friends and family! Fall 1 series runs though November 13th.

  • Social Bubble Art Classes: Going DIY this school year? Get together with your pod and let us design an art workshop to complement whichever way your child is learning this fall. Students will learn about artists and art techniques, as well as investigate materials, processes, collaboration, and creative risk-taking. Our teaching artists are also able to work with mixed ages, and can integrate curricular connections across any subject, should you so choose. Morning, midday, and afternoon slots available. Contact us for dates and pricing.

   FOR TWEENS & TEENS

   coming up:

  • Saturday Art Club: Portfolio Edition: Our student-driven classes for middle school artists balance open studio time with guided explorations in a variety of media, and are co-planned by students and a professional Teaching Artist in accordance with the class’ interests. Possible units of study include drawing from observation, acrylic painting, relief printing, and sculpture using both traditional and found materials. Saturdays 2-5:30pm.

   FOR ADULTS

   current:

  • Figure Drawing: Enjoy a fun, relaxing evening practicing your life drawing skills! Spend two hours with an Eckford Street Studio teaching artist and one of our carefully selected professional models. Open to all levels; just bring your favorite materials (no fumes, please) and enjoy an evening of putting pencil (marker, ink, charcoal, etc.) to paper! Wednesdays 7:45-9:45pm.

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Activity: Sketchbooks and Drawing Games

 

A sketchbook is an important tool for many artists. Among other things, it can serve as a portable studio, when you are not able to make it to yours! In this demo, artists will learn to make a sketchbook from any piece of paper with a single cut. Then we will practice some drawing games that can be played alone, or with a partner!

Materials:

  • Paper, ideally 8.5” x 11” or larger

  • Pencil, any kind

  • Paper plate or stiff piece of paper or cardboard

Questions to ask your child before you watch:

  • How do you like to use your sketchbook?

  • What else might a sketchbook be used for?

Activities included in recorded demo:

  • Making a poncho sketchbook

  • Neverending shape game

  • A thousand lines game

  • Blind contour drawing

 

Reflection questions to ask your child:

  • Which drawing activity would you like to try again? What might you do differently?

  • Which drawing surprised you the most?

  • What will you put on the blank page of your book?

 

We welcome photos or videos of students sharing their work! Please email to info@esscp.org

Additional resources

"Letter of Recommendation: Blind Contour Drawing"

How to fold a poncho book from Esther K. Smith’s How to Make Books (Amazon link)

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