Teen Classes

Here at the Wallkill River School of Art, we are dedicated to promoting and nurturing the next generation of young artists in our community. One of the biggest challenges young artists face in this area is a general lack of advanced independent art programs, geared towards the fine arts. By providing teens professional level classes, in a real fine art gallery, we hope to give young artists an opportunity to experience the world of professional fine art, in a way not found in a traditional school setting. If you would like to schedule one on one classes for your teen artist, dont forget to check out our private lessons page, where you can find a selection of artists that offer one on one classes for teens.

Expressive Holiday Still Life: Pastel Workshop with Elizabeth Muise

 Paint a holiday inspired still life with Elizabeth Muise! In this class we will cover the basics of painting with pastel while we paint a unique holiday still life!  The still life will include beautiful fabrics, ornaments, antlers and more to create an image rich in texture and color! It is up to the artist whether they create a more simple or complex painting based on what they focus on in the still life, We will cover basic concepts such as composition and value and the class with incorporate instruction, practice and friendly critique! No experience necessary. All levels of ability are welcome.  Bring a friend, bring your teenager, come have fun!

December 14th 6:00 – 8:30

Materials List:

10-20 sheets of 12″x18″  sanded pastel paper (UArt 400 grade or Wallis paper recommended)
scrap paper
board and clips
coarse bristle paint brush
basic pastel set (Sennelier and/or Faber-Castell recommended)

Elizabeth Muise is a visual artist and performer based out of the Hudson Valley NY.  After graduating from Alfred University with a BFA in visual arts, she continued her studies with artist Gayle Clark Fedigan, where she fell in love with pastels. Elizabeth has since immersed herself in the local arts scene, interning with photographer Spencer Tunick, creating art for private collections, and studying with her current mentor, Garin Baker. When Elizabeth is not painting, you may find her teaching and performing bellydance, and performing with her band Boom Boom Shake.  For more information on Elizabeth, please visit www.redmuise.com and www.boomboomshake.com.

Instructor: Elizabeth Muise
Price: $35.00
Session Dates: December 14th 6:00-8:30 ($35.00)

Watercolor Collage with Cathy DeMaio

Students will learn how to paint and cut watercolor paper into beautiful collages, making their own designs.  They will use the elements of art: line, shape & color along with values, space and form.




9″x12″ Pad of watercolor paper

watercolor paint



1-2 bottles of Elmer’s glue


Instructor: Cathy DeMaio
Price: $35.00
Session Dates: February 21st (Thursday) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM ($35.00)
March 21st (Thursday) 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM ($35.00)

Advanced Cartooning and Illustration with Ayanna Terry (Ages 8-18)

Advanced class building upon basic cartooning skills.  Take your cartoon character and make them move!  Learn the skills needed to create a 3D world and build a story around your character.  All materials supplied

Open to ages 8 to 18

Saturdays, 2-4pm


Instructor: Ayanna Terry
Price: $25 per class, or $100 for a session
Session Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29 2-4:00 ($100.00)
Sept. 8th ($25.00)
Sept 15th ($25.00)
Sept 22nd ($25.00)
Sept. 29th ($25.00)
October 6, 13, 20, 27 2-4:00 ($100.00)
Oct. 6th ($25.00)
Oct. 13th ($25.00)
Oct 20th ($25.00)
Oct. 27th ($25.00)
November 3, 10, 17 2-4:00 ($75.00)

Sip and Paint With Nicole Asendorf

Come bring a friend and spend an enjoyable evening painting, sipping and snacking!  You bring refreshments and we will provide all of the materials.  Nicole will walk you through all the steps to create this fun painting!

Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Dates: ($),
Session Dates: January 18th Snowman 6:30-8:30 ($30.00)

Watercolor Basics with Lana Privitera

Easy, fun projects! NO drawing skills necessary!! Learn the basics of watercolor painting while having a blast! Lana teaches composition, brushwork, color mixing, basic watercolor techniques, and many other skills necessary to get you started in watercolor.

Teens and Adults. 

Materials list: WRS supply list

Wednesday Morning Sessions: 10-12:30 pm 

Instructor: Lana Privitera
Session Dates: October 3, 10, 17, 24 10-12:30 ($140.00)
October 3, 10, 17, 24 10-12:30 MEMBERS ($120.00)
October 10th ($35.00)
October 17th ($35.00)
October 24th ($35.00)
November 7, 14, 10-12:30 ($70.00)
November 7, 14, 10-12:30 MEMBERS ($60.00)
Nov 7th ($35.00)
Nov. 14th ($35.00)
December 5, 12, 19th 10-12:30 ($105.00)
December 5, 12, 19th 10-12:30 MEMBERS ($90.00)
Dec. 5th ($35.00)
Dec. 12th ($35.00)
Dec. 19th ($35.00)

Watercolor Studio with Liam Vogel (Children and Adults)

This painting class is for Children and Adults of all levels looking to get into the loose and colorful world of watercolor! Many times when students develop an interest in watercolor, the biggest obstacle is getting the paint to do what we, as the artist, want it to do! this class is designed to give students an understanding of the techniques used by professional watercolorists to achieve difficult textures, shapes, and compositions. Some of the topics covered will include, how to use the specific and unique materials used in watercolor painting, how to successfully mix very subtle or specific colors, how to maximize your control over the paint, and how to strategically paint with layers to create a sense of realism.  Students will work from a mix of photographs and still life setups, to complete painting exercises based on the topics previously mentioned. each class will finish with a comprehensive analysis of each students work, as well as a list of tips and projects that may be completed at home, if the student desires. Basic student level materials will be supplied, but students are encouraged to bring specific specific brushes/paints, if they have them. It is highly suggested that students purchase a basic watercolor palette. you can find professional quality Japanese watercolor palettes for low cost on amazon, ranging in price from $8-$30 (depending on the amount of colors desired)

Click here to view the palette that I use



November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th 12:00-2:00

$125 for 4 sessions – $200 for parent and Child

$35 for an individual session – $60 for Parent and Child ( if choosing this option online, please call to specify desired class date)

This class has a minimum age of 10 for any student attending without a parent




Instructor: William Vogel
Session Dates: November 24th ($35.00)
November 17th ($35.00)
November 10th ($35.00)
November 3rd ($35.00)
November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th ($125.00)
November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th (parent and Child) ($200.00)
Parent and Child individual session ($60.00)

PORTFOLIO DROP-IN FOR TEENS WITH LIAM VOGEL ( for Teens and Advanced Children)

This 90 minute drop in is designed to give students professional assistance in completing drawing exercises, personal art projects, as well as school projects, in an effort to build up works with a college portfolio level of quality .  Not only will students receive assistance with their own project, they will also be given drawing assignments and exercises with the purpose of improving the students quality of work, which is one of the most crucial aspects to a successful portfolio. This class is open to any students looking to put together a consistent, high quality, body of work. students are not required to be working on a portfolio to participate in the class, and may use the instructors assistance during 90 minute session on any desired fine art projects. In addition to the high quality drawing exercises, students will also learn the importance of “breadth” in their portfolio ( the diversity of artistic approaches used within a body of work.) if necessary, students will also receive assistance in selecting a “concentration,” or focus within fine art, something that is required for every portfolio. Students are not required to bring any drawing/painting materials to the class, although its suggested that students bring photos of previously completed artwork for assessment. If students have any specific drawing materials they prefer, such as professional markers or pens, they are certainly welcome to bring them

This is a very individual program, focused on each individual students existing strengths and weaknesses. During the first ninety minute session, the instructor will review the students abilities, weaknesses and desired area of study, to determine the best course of instruction. wether you are looking to narrow down your area of artistic focus, simply improve the quality of your work, or complete a college level portfolio submission, this program will provide you professional guidance for the next step in your artistic journey!

This Class is also available as a privately scheduled session. Contact the Wallkill River School with your desired dates and times for classes, and we will schedule private portfolio sessions.

SATURDAYS  2:30-4:00

$30 per session

Instructor: William Vogel
Dates: November 24, 2018 ($30), December 15, 2018 ($30), December 22, 2018 ($30), January 12, 2019 ($30), January 19, 2019 ($30), January 26, 2019 ($30),