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Toddler Tuesdays

$225

with Amy Chaple

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 23, 2024 at 9:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

Offered to toddlers aged 18-24 months and their parent/ caregivers. Spend the morning with your toddler and one of our certified instructors every Tuesday from 9:30a-10:15a and 3:30p-4:15p. 

Introducing young children to art as creators and observers opens the door to self expression and creativity. The act of producing art assists toddlers in developing fine motor skills. Holding a paintbrush so that it will make the desired marks, snipping paper with scissors into definite shapes, drawing with a crayon, or squeezing glue from a bottle in a controlled manner; all help develop a child’s fine motor skills. 

Toddler Wednesdays

$225

with Amy Chaple

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 24, 2024 at 9:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

Offered to toddlers aged 18-24 months and their parent/ caregivers. Spend the morning with your toddler and one of our certified instructors every Wednesday from 9:30a-10:15a. 

Introducing young children to art as creators and observers opens the door to self expression and creativity. The act of producing art assists toddlers in developing fine motor skills. Holding a paintbrush so that it will make the desired marks, snipping paper with scissors into definite shapes, drawing with a crayon, or squeezing glue from a bottle in a controlled manner; all help develop a child’s fine motor skills. 

Paint and Sip (BYOB optional)

$35

with Agata Tria

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 25, 2024 at 5:45 pm

Enjoy art studio time or set up an easel outside, where you can enjoy sketching, painting, or creating a mixed media work of art.

**Please note that this event takes place after gallery hours; the gallery may be closed/bar may not be open.

Faces in Clay with Bianca Barroca

$85

with Bianca Barroca

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 25, 2024 at 6 pm

Thursday, April 25th from 6-8 PM

Learn the basics of sculpting a face with Brazilian ceramicist & sculptor, Bianca Barroca. In this two hour workshop, Bianca will guide you with easy steps to creating your own face mask out of clay, with ample opportunity to add your own personal flair & expression. We provide the clay, tools & glaze options, you make your mask, choose your glaze, and pick up your finished creation one week later. This is the ultimate intro class for people that have always wanted to sculpt human form, but didn’t know where to start.

Friday Art Crawl

$225

with Amy Chaple

Calendar Next available session starts Apr 26, 2024 at 9:30 am, runs for 6 weeks

Enjoy Fridays from 9:30a- 10:15 with your baby! Offering your baby their first developmentally appropriate sensory art experiences! This class is offered to parents/ caregivers and their child(ren) up to 20 months old. 

One Hour Sunday Drop In for Kids

$25

with Agata Tria

Calendar Current session started Apr 21, 2024 at 1 pm
3 additional sessions through May 12, 2024

Offered on select Sundays from 1-2 PM for up to 1 hour for children ages 3-7 (must be potty trained).

Register your child for an hour of Academy Art Studio time while you enjoy our exhibition. Parents must sign in, stay on-site, and provide a cell phone number so we may contact you during this time.

Shibori Indigo Dyeing Workshops

$125

with Laura Berkowitz Gilbert

Calendar Next session starts Apr 28, 2024 at 1 pm

Embrace the blues and get ready to dive into the exciting world of natural dyeing with indigo! We’ll spend our workshop learning about indigo dyeing and exploring shibori techniques to create patterns on cloth. 

INSTRUCTOR: Fiber artist Laura Berkowitz Gilbert/Tocco Studio

HISTORY: We begin with a brief history of indigo and discuss the various indigo growing regions across the world. Laura will focus on Japan and share her experience meeting with seventh-generation indigo farmers, dyers and designers in Tokushima on the island of Shikoku. 

USING AN INDIGO VAT: We will discuss plant-based indigo as a dye, how it differs from other natural dyes and synthetic indigo, and practically, how dyers get the indigo to adhere to the fiber. We explore why the fabric is green when it is pulled out of the vat and then slowly turns blue. 

SHIBORI: We’ll learn the resist dye technique called shibori and how it works with indigo. Laura will show us several types of shibori bindings and how to maintain a healthy vat while dyeing. Then we will spend the remainder of the class dipping our prepped textiles into the vat multiple times to achieve rich color and pattern. Laura will provide finishing and care instructions to implement at home.

Sunset Plein Air (BYOB Optional)

$35

with Agata Tria

Calendar Next available session starts May 2, 2024 at 5:45 pm
2 additional sessions through May 16, 2024

Thursdays from 5:45-7:15

Enjoy the sunset and spring weather at our plein air painting class. Stationed on the front lawn, set up your easel and paint from life or follow along with the instructor to complete a guided painting. 





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