Kids Summer Art Programs 2017

PLEASE NOTE: Outdoor art programs happen at Benedict Town Park, 1675 State Route 17K, Montgomery, Indoor art programs happen in our Montgomery galleries, 232 Ward St..

50 Scholarships available to specially-talented or financially qualified families. Scholarship Application


Mommy Time! Mom’s drop your child off for an art class and spend a little quiet time yourself! Enjoy coloring in our adult coloring book in a quiet place for two hours. Tea, coffee and cookies provided. Just a little bit of time to yourself to relax and decompress! $10 for the coloring book, use our colors or colored pencils, and enjoy a quiet space for the time your child is in class for the whole week!

Portraiture with Liam!

Liam VogelLearn the basics of anatomical proportion, shading to capture skin tones, and getting a good likeness! Fun class drawing faces and portraits from busts and live models. Learn how to use charcoal and graphite. Materials supplied (sketchbook, charcoal, white pastel, pencils) For experienced artistic children, pre-teens, and teens.

Session runs 1 week $125.00–(July 24-28)(August 22-27) 1:00-3:00pm


Instructor: William Vogel
Price: $125. Mon.-Fri. 1-3pm
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Session Dates: July 24-28 ($125.00)
August 22-26 ($125.00)
Repeating Dates: Sunday ($)

Art of Balance with Karen Gersch!

Circus skills & thrills return to Wallkill!   Longtime circus artist Karen Gersch teaches how to balance objects, balance yourself and balance others!  All props provided, as well as costumes for each session’s end performance, where kids get to show their newfound skills to their friends and family.   NEW THIS SUMMER: introducing tightwire & rolling globe, as well as juggling, hula hoops, devil sticks, rola bola, tumbling and partner acrobatics.   Hurry, hurry, hurry – join the Wallkill River Little Top! Ages 6 and up!

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Instructor: Karen Gersch
Price: $125 for Mon.-Friday 10am-noon
Session Dates: any single class ($30.00)
July 10-14 ($125.00)
July 31-Aug. 4 ($125.00)
Aug. 7-11 ($125.00)
Aug. 14-18 ($125.00)
Aug. 21-25 ($125.00)

Nerf Camp! - with Ronan, Philip and Greg!

Great camp for boys and tomboys! Children will learn play imaginative war games based on World War II, Zombie Infection Games, and Scavenger Hunt style games. Great camp to get the kids out of the house, and away from the video/t.v. Please note that this camp will take place at Benedict Park and will be held outdoors rain/shine with shelter. Water and low-sugar snacks will be served.  Class led by two adults and one teen helpers. $125, 10:15am-noon Min. of  6 max. 14 per week


Instructor: Philip Barron
Price: $125/week
Session Dates: July 10-14 10-12 ($125.00)
July 17-21, 10am-12 ($125.00)
July 24-28, 10am-12 ($125.00)
July 31, Aug. 4 ($125.00)
August 7-11 ($125.00)
August 14-18 ($125.00)

Pizza Party Lunch Between Camps

children cookingYour child gets to have pizza for lunch everyday! Plus hang out with a teen for the hour between the morning session of summer camp and the afternoon session begins. We supply drinks and pizza for $50/week per child. If your child is registered at a camp happening in our main building and at Benedict Park, transportation will be provided from the park to the building for the afternoon session with a licensed adult. If transportation is provided you must sign a waiver:  Hold Harmless. If your child is not transported than a waiver is not necessary.

Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $50/week
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Session Dates: July 10-14 ($50)
July 17-21 ($50)
July 24-28 ($50)
July 31-Aug. 4 ($50)
August 7-11 ($50)
August 14-18 ($50)
August 21-25 ($50)

“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)
August 21-25, 10am-noon ($125.00)
Adult for week ($50.00)

Drawing a Comic Strip with Catherine DeMaio

8-12yrs. learn to draw your own cartoon characters, developing a cartoon story, and produce your own comic strip. Please bring a 9×12 drawing pad (30 sheets) and a set of colored pencils. 10:00am-12:00pm, $125, July 17-21

Instructor: Cathy DeMaio
Price: $125.00
Session Dates: July 17-21 ($125.00)

CLOWNING or The Art of Being Funny!

A SERIOUS look at how to be funny!   Comedy Acrobat Karen Gersch explores the world of clown and physical humor.   Students study elements of timing, slapstick, falls, slaps, trips and learn how to create their own character.  All props and costumes provided.  Each session will close with a performance in which children present individual routines of their own creation, as well as group clown acts.  The perfect place for children who like drama and theatre, dance or gymnastics, or who are known for making their classmates and families laugh!
Instructor: Karen Gersch
Price: $125 for five days; Mon.-fri, 1-3pm
Session Dates: try any one class ($30.00)
July 10-14 ($125.00)
July 31-Aug. 4 ($125.00)
Aug. 7-11 ($125.00)
Aug. 14-18 ($125.00)
Aug. 21-25 ($125.00)

Outdoor (plein air) Painting for Beginners with Shawn Dell!

Ages 7 and up-adult Have you ever wanted to paint the outdoors like the Impressionists? Now is your opportunity! Every day students will have the opportunity to paint a new outdoor scene at the beautiful Benedict Farm Park in Montgomery using a different media each day. Various painting techniques and the use of color will be learned and discussed, follow along step by step starting with a value sketch and ending with a finished piece. Class is open to children and adults, all materials provided including easels, canvas, etc. Join for a day or a week!  10am-12pm Materials Included $125





Friday-free choice

Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: Mon.-Fri. 10am-12pm at Benedict Farm Park, 1675 Route 17K Montgomery

Scavenger Sculpture workshop with Amy!

AGRISCULPTURE Amy at Storm King Art CenterEver find an object and think, “Wow, this would make a great _____ but how would I ever create that?”  Walk the beautiful Benedict Farm Park with AGRISCULPTURE founder Amy Lewis, find natural and man made objects of interest, and learn strategies for transformation!   From architectural joinery to high-heat cutting and bonding, Amy will safely demonstrate fine art sculpture techniques for combining your finds with other supplied materials… with an end result of a totally unique sculpture to bring home!  Designed for ages 5 to 15 years,  open to children, teens and adults, happens at Benedict Town Park.


Instructor: Amy Lewis
Price: $125/week 10-noon M-F
Session Dates: July 24 - 28 10am -noon ($125.00)
July 31 - Aug 4 10am-noon ($125.00)

Sewing and Fiber Art Class with Stefanie Hixon

 for ages 8 and above. Children will have fun creating projects using silk flowers, cloth, felt, thread, string and needles or glue. They will get the opportunity to learn some basic hand sewing skills and make a small stuffed animal (many patterns to choose from). The first class project will be selected by the instructor, but future ones will be based on the desires of the children. Many different designs to choose from.
$125 (5 classes) August 14-18. 1-3pm


Instructor: Debbe Cushman Femiak
Price: $125 for Mon.-Fri., 1-3pm
Session Dates: August 14-18, 1-3pm ($125.00)

Liam's Cartooning 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!

One week of classes $125.00 – (July 3-7) (August 7-11) 1:00-3:00pm

Instructor: William Vogel
Price: $125.00

Drawing with Watercolor Pencils (Ages 8-12)


this class will focus on building skills in a variety of watercolor techniques that will be used to create watercolor pencil masterpieces! blending, layering, and shading will be used to create vibrant floral and still life paintings. Students are required  to bring a set of watercolor pencils, and a 9×12 pad of watercolor paper (30 sheets) for class. We can supply students with materials for an additional $20.00.
Students who have completed The beginner level class (July 10-14) or (July 31-August 4th) or have more experience with watercolor pencils, are highly encouraged to take the advanced classes(August 7-11) or (August 21-25). Classes Run from 10am-12pm
Beginner Sessions: $125
(July 10-14)(July 31- August 4)
Advanced sessions: $125
(August 7-11) (August 21-25)
Instructor: Cathy DeMaio
Price: $125.00
Session Dates: Materials Fee ($20.00)
July 31-August 4 ($125.00)
July 10-14 ($125.00)
August 7-11 (ADVANCED) ($125.00)
August 21-25 (ADVANCED) ($125.00)

Collage with Cathy DeMaio (age 6-12)

Students will learn to make collages using a variety of different materials such as construction paper, felt, colorful design paper, and magazine clippings will be used for creating animals, landscapes, and faces. all of the projects are for beginners, and are incredibly fun! All supplies included. Sign up quick, as there is a 6 person maximum to this class.

Session dates:

(July 24-28) 10am-12pm $125.00

Instructor: Cathy DeMaio
Price: 125.00
Session Dates: July 24-28 10-12pm ($125.00)