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While COVID-19 has led much of our programming online, it cannot keep us from bringing you art! We've got lots of chances for you and your family to participate in interactive, virtual classes. See below for current and upcoming programs, and please email us with questions, concerns, feedback, and suggestions!

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  • Community Wednesdays: Art making for students in grades K-5. Drop in and pay what you can on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30pm EST! Ongoing.

  • Virtual Art After School + Art After Lunch: Weekly hour-long Zoom 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. Includes an ESS Art Kit and culminates in a virtual Art Show for friends and family! Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1:00-2:15pm and 3:00-4:15pm.

  • Build Your Own Art Club: Gather up your closest friends and create your own art club -- the perfect complement to any blended or fully remote school plan! Work with an ESS teaching artist to create a multi-session program tailored to your children's interests and/or curricular connections. Weekly 75-minute classes include looking at art and learning about artists, exploring new materials and methods, extended activities and additional resources for more art learning and fun away from the screen, and lots of chances to share creativity and inspiration with friends! Ongoing.



  • Virtual Art After School: Portfolio Prep: 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. Mondays, 4:30-5:45pm.



  • Virtual 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! Select Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm.


  • 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 while you keep your distance at home. Each kit includes a hand-picked selection of high-quality supplies, clear written instructions, and demo videos for all levels of experience! Art Kits can be picked up from the studio or delivered anywhere in the country.

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Activity: Sketchbooks and Drawing Games

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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?



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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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70 Eckford Street

Brooklyn, NY 11222

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