Children's Classes


Sketching with Shawn Dell Joyce

Sketching from direct observation in nature! Open to children, adults and teens! Follow in the Footsteps of Jane Colden, and learn about Coldenham’s founding family, and America’s first female botanist; Jane Colden, who at 13, identified indigenous plants in our region. Participants will learn to identify and draw at least 10 indigenous plants, and keep a sketchbook with botanical notes and illustrations. Participants will learn the basics sketching from direct observation (plants, fields, buildings), and plant identification. Field hikes (walking) every day and sketchbooks plus materials provided to take home.  All ages welcome! Camp happens at Benedict Town Park in Montgomery$125 10-noon, Mon-Fri. 

Following in the Footsteps of Jane Colden

Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $125 from 10-noon, all materials provided
Session Dates: July 31-Aug. 4 ($125.00)
Single day w/materials ($30.00)

“Painting with the Stars” with Shawn Dell Joyce

Paint with the Art Stars! Learn about the Old Masters and a few modern/contemporary artists as well! Great class to learn about art history and different art making techniques. Each class you will be introduced to the work of a different artist, and work from the same subject using the same materials as that artist, and make a complete painting every day! Classical art training for children, easy to follow, step-by-step instruction, painting from direct observation using real art materials, easels, and still lifes. Class happens at Wallkill River School.  10-Noon Materials provided (ages 8-15) Adult may join in with child for $10/day extra for the week! children-painting

Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $125 for the week per child, $50/week for adult
Session Dates: Adult 1 class only ($20.00)
July 17-21, 10am-12 ($125.00)
August 21-25, 10am-noon ($125.00)
Adult for week ($50.00)

All About Art for Children

Screen Shot 2015-05-02 at 7.27.41 AMSuperfun art program for the child who LOVES art and wants to learn how to do all different things like sketching, drawing with colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, watercolors, and more. Children will get a 100 PIECE ART KIT, SKETCH PAD as part of the class! YIPPEE! All materials included!

Monday; learn to draw a still life from observation, make several sketches playing “musical easels”

Tuesday: Take your best sketch of the still life and turn it into a painting using watercolor (learn basic watercolor techniques)

Wednesday: Learn to use oil pastels by scratchboarding

Thursday: Learn to use colored pencils to shade and create values, mix colors and blend!

Friday: Learn to use markers to create many different techniques including water and alcohol washes, airbrush, etc.



Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $125 (materials included)
Session Dates: July 10-14, 1-3pm ($125.00)
Aug. 7-11, 1-3pm ($125.00)

Teen Portfolio Building-with Liam Vogel

Teens will practice the essentials of drawing and painting from observation such as how to sketch ellipses, symmetrical shapes, and work with value to create high-quality pieces of work for your portfolio. Whether you’re preparing your portfolio for college or honing your skills, working from observation is one of best ways to improve and maintain artistic skill. All equipment and materials provided. $25 per hour

Liam Vogel

Instructor: William Vogel
Price: $25/hour schedule a week in advance, afterschool or weekends
Session Dates: any hour you choose ($25.00)

Liam's Cartooning/Anime Fun!

Learn basic drawing techniques to draw your favorite cartoon characters, as well as create some of your own! Each day will focus on a different skill used by professionals when creating their own cartoons, and will build on what we learned in the previous class. By the end of the week, each student will have created their own cartoon character, and completed their own original cartoon story using that character. This class is designed for total beginners, with no experience necessary. Recommended for all ages, but geared towards younger audiences. Materials supplied!


Liam Vogel Anime

Instructor: William Vogel
Price: $100 for four classes afterschool Weds. or Sat.
Session Dates: Saturday May 6,13, 20, 27 ($125.00)
Saturday May- 6,13,20,27 (members) ($100.00)

Anime and Manga with Liam!

Anime/Manga with Liam – Learn techniques that Anime artists use, and the basic anatomy of an Anime character, so you can create your own! Each class will focus on a different aspect of Anime/Manga drawing that will lead up to making your own Anime/Manga character, and a story to go along with them. Build up your skills and portfolio! This is the moderate level, recommended for all ages, but geared towards those with a basic understanding and interest in drawing. Make sure you have taken a basic cartooning class. Materials supplied.Liam Vogel Anime

Instructor: William Vogel
Session Dates: ($)

Private Lessons with Nicole Asendorf

Nicole will come to your house ($50/hour) or meet you at our school ($40/hour) for one to two children. She teaches painting and drawing lessons for children ages 4 and up.

Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Price: $50/hour at your house, $40/hour at our school
Session Dates: you set the date for your house ($50.00)
you set the date for our school ($40.00)

FAMILY FUN CIRCUS! with Karen Gersch-

FAMILY FUN CIRCUS! Kids – grab your mom or dad, grandparents or a fave aunt and run away to the circus with them!  A Brand New Special Saturday Class starting in July that teaches adults alongside children, fundamentals of juggling, balancing objects, spinning plates, walking a tightwire and how to partner each other in simple acrobatic moves.  You don’t need to be in tip top shape, but the class will both strengthen, condition and give everyone a sense of confidence and accomplishment!   The last session will feature a performance so everyone can present their newfound skills and artistry.   Best, it offers parents a refreshing way to connect and work alongside their children.

Saturdays 10-12pm



photo by Gloria Bonelli


Runs every Sat. in July: from the 8th thru the 29th.  The performance would be on the 29th, the last session.

Instructor: Karen Gersch
Price: 4 consecutive Saturdays in July, $100 for adult, $65 for child, 1-3pm
Session Dates: Adult, July Saturdays ($100.00)
Child, July Saturdays ($65.00)
Single day adult ($30.00)
Single day child ($20.00)

Artist Series with Nicole Asendorf

Ages 7-12 Students will learn about a variety ofartists from different periods in time. They will create artworks based on theseartists. This class is a great way for students to experience a wide variety of mediaand techniques. New artists are always being added. September 10, 17, 24, & October 1 10am-12pm $120 Materials Included

Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Price: $120.00
Session Dates: September 10, 17, 24, and October 1 ($120.00)

Learn to Draw with Nicole Asendorf- One Point Perspective (Ages 7-14)-

Students will learn to draw using one-point perspective. We will look at differentexamples of one point perspective seen in life as well as in other artists’ work. By the end of the four weeks students will be able to create a city and landscape usingone point perspective. October 8, 15, 22 and 29 $120.00

(4 classes) plus MaterialList Or $150.00 with Materials Supplied 10:00pm-12:00pm

Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Price: 120.00 (150.00 with materials)
Session Dates: October 8, 15, 22 and 29 ($120.00)

Learning to Draw- Gesture and Contour with Nicole Asendorf

During these sessions students will focus on two different methods of drawing; gesture and contour. These methods of drawing are designed to aid the students in developing their visual skills, which will help them become better drawers. $120.00 (4 classes) plus See Material List OR $150.00 with Materials Supplied 10:00pm-12:00pm January 14, 21, 28 February 4

Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Session Dates: January 14, 21, 28 February 4 (W/ Materials Supplied) ($150.00)
January 14, 21, 28 February 4 (Supply own Materials) ($120.00)

Costuming and Dress Up with Sara

“Princesses! Creatures! Superheroes! Oh my! This class will allow students to use their artistic skills and their imagination to bring their creative fantasy worlds to life! Students will learn how to make various costume accessories to have fun as a fairy princess, a monster, a superhero, or an animal (magical or not!). This is an excellent way for kids to learn DIY techniques to create simple costumes while still making their accessories uniquely their own. Students are welcome to come to class already dressed up, and they will end the week with new costumes to add to their collections!” Ages 5+Renaissance Faire 2016_0022
Instructor: Sara Tomazzolli
Price: $125 for the week
Session Dates: July 10-14, 1-3pm ($125.00)
July 17-21, 1-3pm ($125.00)
July 31-August 4 , 1-3pm ($125.00)
August 7-11, 1-3pm ($125.00)

Masterpiece Mondays with Nicole Asendorf

Each week a new artist or subject will be taught. A range of mediums will be explored. This is the perfect camp for those that cannot commit to a full week. All classes are appropriate for ages 6-12 unless otherwise specified.


June 26- Art Making Fun (Ages 4-6)

This class is designed for your littlest artist. learn a variety of “art making” techniques such as painting, drawing, and printmaking





July 10- Yarn Painting

This class will explore the works of the Huichol Indians. Students will create a “painting” of an animal using yarn.

July 17- A Day at the Beach

The focus of this class is the beach. Students will be given step-by-step instructions for painting a beach scene. Beginners welcome!






July 24- Food Painting

Students will create 3 food inspired paintings of their choice



July 31- All about Watercolor

Watercolor techniques will be explored and a final painting of the student’s choice will be completed.


August 7- Birds

Students will paint a beautiful majestic peacock and if time allows collage a bird of their choice







August 14- Portraits 

Students will have the option to paint or draw realistic or cubist portraits. Pablo Picasso will be discussed.






August 21- Alexander Calder

This class focuses on the amazing artist, Alexander Calder. Options for projects will be based on his mobiles, stabiles, and circus


Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Price: 9am-12pm $50.00 a session
Session Dates: June 26- Art Making Fun Ages 4-6 ($50.00)
July 10- Yarn Painting ($50.00)
July 17- A day at the Beach ($50.00)
July 31- All about Watercolor ($50.00)
July 24- Food Painting ($50.00)
August 7- Painting Birds ($50.00)
August 14- Portrait ($50.00)
August 21- Alexander Calder ($50.00)

Drawing and Painting Animals With Liam Vogel

Learn how to create beautifully realistic drawings and paintings of your favorite furry friends! In this month long workshop, you will learn a variety of drawing and painting techniques that will be used to create your very own animal themed masterpiece! Topics covered in the class will include drawing birds to learn anatomical proportion, drawing dogs and cats to learn how to render realistic fur textures, and learning how light and color can be used to make your furry friend as visually pleasing  as possible. Students will spend the first 2 classes learning all of the necessary foundational techniques, and will move into acrylic painting during the rest of the sessions to complete an artwork of their favorite animal! All Materials will be supplied, but if the student wishes to do their final painting larger than 8×10, they may bring their own stretched canvas (no larger than 18×24.) Students must register for all 4 sessions to participate in the class, no single day drop-ins permitted. This is a beginner level course designed for teens, and pre teens. Class will be held 4 fridays in April from 6-7:30

4 session workshop $125.00–  ( April 7,14,21,& 28th)  6:00-7:30

($100.00 for Members of the Wallkill River School)


Instructor: William Vogel
Price: $125.00 for 4 sessions in April
Session Dates: April 7,14,21, & 28th ($125.00)
April 7,14,21,& 28th (Members Price) ($100.00)

Structured Painting with Nicole Asendorf (Ages 7-14)

Structured Painting with Nicole Asendorf (Ages 7-14) – Have you ever wanted to paint using an easel? Now is your opportunity! This class is open to students of any level. Students will be painting on canvas using acrylic paint. Color Mixing and the process it takes to get to an end result will be explored and discussed. $120 (4 Classes) 10am-12pm April 2, 9, 23,  30

Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Price: $120.00
Session Dates: April 2, 9, 23, 30 ($120.00)

Art Making Fun! With Nicole Asendorf (Ages 4-6)

This class is designed for your littlest artist. Your child will be exposed to a variety of art mediums and techniques such as painting, printmaking, and sculpture. $100 (4Classes) 1:00pm -2:30pm April 2, 9, 23, & 30

Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Session Dates: April 2, 9, 23, & 30 ($100)

One-Day Artist Series with Nicole Asendorf

Paint like some of the world’s most famous artists in Nicole Asendorf’s one-day artist series! Each individual session will focus on a notable artist, and their corresponding style of work. By the end of each session,  students will have completed a painting in that artist’s style. Have fun creating your very own masterpiece while learning about some of the world’s most notable artists!

Van Gogh with Nicole Asendorf (Ages 7-14) May 7 10am-12pm $30

Artist Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings and impasto style of painting will be used for inspiration for this class. We will specifically be using his Almond Blossom painting as a guide for our own Blossom painting!

Kandinsky Circles with Nicole Asendorf (All Ages) May 7 1:00pm-3:00pm $30

Students will use artist Wassily Kandinsky as inspiration for this class and create a colorful drawing using oil pastels. Concentric circles will be the subject of the drawing. Color and blending will be discussed.

Edvard Munch with Nicole Asendorf (Ages7-14) May 21 10am-12pm $30

Students will learn about artist Edvard Munch. They will then reproduce his iconic painting, The Scream.Blending colors on canvas will be a technique explored in this class.

Eric Carle Collage with Nicole Asendorf (All Ages) May 21 1:00pm-3:00pm $30

Students will learn about author and illustrator Eric Carle. His books will be read and used as inspiration for the animal collage they will create.  Shape, overlapping, and texture will be discussed.

Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Session Dates: "Van Gogh" May 7 10:00am-12:00pm ($30)
"Kadinsky" May 7 1:00pm-3:00pm ($30)
"Edvard Munch" May 21 10:00am-12:00pm ($30)
"Eric Carle" May 21 1:00pm-3:00pm ($30)

Sip and Paint With Nicole Asendorf

Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
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Session Dates: July 14th "Sailboat Sunset" ($30)