Creative Kids: After School Art Program

Enrollment for art classes is offered for children from K to 8th grades. We offer a fun and supportive environment to help grow your child's creativity. In this relaxed atmosphere, your child will learn to have fun with art while practicing the basic elements of art, including various types of artistic styles and art history influences. We draw and paint. We use pencil, watercolors, acrylics, markers, charcoal, and paints.  Sometimes we have guest artists who bring a whole new element to learning.  We love being part of a child's artistic journey!

Pricing: $150 for 5 wks, $250 for 10 wks, drop-ins are $35/class 

Call us at 845-419-5219 for more information on sibling discounts and scholarships!

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Grades K-2

Tuesdays 4:30 - 6:00pm

In Session One (1/30 - 2/27), kids will work with a variety of mediums including paint, paper, colored pencils and clay. They will be exploring the works of Georgia O’Keefe and Claude Monet and many of the projects will be multimedia based to expose kids to the freedom of artistic expression.

Session Two (4/3 - 5/1) will focus on dimension in art. Clay, tissue paper, and found/recycled objects will be used make sculpture, teacups, and collages. They will look at the work of George Seurat and Pablo Picasso.

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Grades 3-5

Thursdays 4:30 - 6:00pm

Session One (2/1 - 3/1) will take on slightly bigger projects including a multimedia flower garden, painting a landscape, and a fall collage. They will look at famous works for inspiration including those of Grandma Moses.

Session Two (4/5 - 5/3) will focus on portraits. Kids will learn the basic rules of drawing faces and then move on to drawing self-portraits, and animal portraits. They will also use oil pastels to paint an autumn themed still life. 

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Advanced Workshop - Grades 5-8 

Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:00pm

The Advanced Workshop for Grades 5-8 will focus on drawing and painting. It will work on developing natural ability, improving skills, and explore new techniques. Students will have the option to draw or work with paint.

Session One (1/31 - 2/28) will be a study of the figure, focusing on the body and its many shapes and forms.

Session Two (4/4 - 5/2) will be natural habitat themed, focusing on animals and the environment.


Make-up Policy: Up to 1 make up class per session may be scheduled with an instructor based on their availability.

Meet The Teachers:

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Elissa Rinaldo

Elissa's background in education is a mix of visual arts (WCC and SUNY Purchase) and Horticulture (UCC). She combines these to create her floral designs and environments for weddings and special events, as well as Holiday wreaths and garlands etc. Elissa has been teaching workshops for over thirty years throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley. As a Gardiner resident, she would like to be even more involved in sharing her passion and experience for creating different art forms with the local community.

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Tara Platania

Tara was raised in Queens, NY, and currently resides in New Paltz, NY. She attended both public and private schools, and has always intended on becoming an educator in the visual arts. Tara earned her BS in Art Education and BFA in Printmaking at SUNY New Paltz in May 2017, and plans to get an MFA degree within the next five years. She is currently employed at the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County, Roost Studios in New Paltz, and Sunflower Art Studios in Gardiner. Her professional goal is to find the balance between creating her own personal artwork and serving her community with excellent art instruction.

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Liz Glover Wilson

Liz is passionate artist, professional event planner and community organizer. She became more broadly known to the local art scene in August of 2015 when she inaugurated the Sunflower Art Festival, held on the grounds of the Tuthill Town Distillery in Gardiner. Her focus is an ongoing effort to bring visibility to the arts in the Mid-Hudson region and generate opportunities to support a broad scope of creative activity. In her long career she has developed several successful charitable initiatives and community events for both adults and children. She has studied the fine arts at a SUNY college in Sullivan County, fashion illustration at FIT, and studied independently with various artists throughout her life. Since being a young artist, she has always been dedicated to creating experiences that bring people together through art, music and food. She loves nothing more than seeing the arts bring happiness to so many.