Summer 2020 at Eckford Street Studio

While COVID-19 has forced us to close our doors, it cannot keep us from bringing you art! We've got lots of chances for kids, teens, and adults to participate in interactive, virtual classes all summer. We are also hopeful we might be able to run small group classes in August (as an educational and cultural organization, we will be permitted to re-open in Phase 4), for adults if not kids too, and will share those updates as we have them. Finally, we are rolling out new initiatives in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and will be here with you and your families as a community resource throughout this fight for racial and social justice. We are, and always have been, your community art studio. Please email us with questions, concerns, feedback, and suggestions!

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  • Art as Contemplative Practice: Explore the connection between mindfulness and creativity with teaching artist Reuben Lorch-Miller. Drop in and pay what you wish on Sundays from 4:30-6:00pm EST! Weekly, starting July 12th.


  • ESS Art Club: Art making (including drawing instruction and explorations in painting, printmaking, sculpture, and more!) for students ages 11-15 with teaching artist Stefanie Lewin. Drop in and pay what you wish on Tuesdays from 3:00-4:30pm EST! Weekly, starting July 7th.



  • Windows for Black Lives: A paid opportunity to transform our studio windows into a public art installation in support of the Black Lives Matter movement! The call for proposals is open to Black and POC artists for the months of July and August.


  • ESS Art Kits: Bring the art studio home! ESS Art Kits are curated packs of materials that are sure to inspire lots of art making and creativity this summer. $75 includes a hand-picked selection of high-quality supplies, delivered anywhere in the country, and two complementary drop-in classes. Buy one for yourself, or purchase a kit for a family in need! 

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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!


  • 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

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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