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, please inquire about private lessons.  Advanced teens may also join any of the adult classes.

July 8-12th AM Summer Drawing & Sketching with Shawn Dell Joyce

Ages:  8 – Adult

Time:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Benedict Town Park, 1768 Route 17K, Montgomery, NY 12549

Learn how to draw what you see, using simple shapes to start, the sketching with values to create realistic and dimensional sketches with correct perspective and proportion. Sketchbook and pencils supplied.  Ages 8 and up, adults welcome to register too!

Instructor: Shawn Dell Joyce     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $125/week
Session Dates: July 8-12th 10:00-12:00 ($125.00)

BEACH Pallet Sign with Nicole Asendorf

Come join Nicole Asendorf and make this fresh, summery wooden sign which can be hung on a wall or is tall enough to lean next to a doorway for a charming entrance.  The finished sign is 11″x32″!!

Grab a friend and get ready for summer fun!
Thursday, June 7 from 6-9pm $60
Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Price: $60.00 per person
Session Dates: June 7th BEACHES Sign 6-9 PM ($60.00)

Self Portrait Painting with Galen Pittman

Learn one of the most difficult aspects of portrait painting to capture the likeness of one’s self.  Observing and recording the subtle intricacies that define an individuals unique characteristics are the tools one needs to create an accurate portrait.

The understanding of value, color and their importance as essential components in mastering he art of portrait painting will also be strongly emphasized in this course.

This is an intermediate/advanced class open to all media.  Bring the materials for working in a media that you are very familiar with (oil, acrylic, drawing, pastels, etc.)

In this unique two day workshop we will work from both photos and life trough the mirror.

DAY 1:  Through the study of a photo of one’s self, the student can observe their own characteristics without constant unnoticeable angle shifts, as well as removing the dynamic of how one sees them self in the mirror.

DAY 2:  Working from life.

Required materials:  photo of your self, medium and supplies of choice (oil paint, acrylic paint, etc.) Mirror with a stand (we do have small 8×10 mirrors available, but a larger mirror will be much easier to work from)

Instructor: Galen Pittman
Dates: ($),
Session Dates: April 11th & 12th (Thurs & Friday) 3:30-6:30 PM ($100.00)


Springtime collage cards!  Springtime, Easter and the season of renewal inspire the imagery in this mini workshop. Explore the art of collage with this practical easy approach.  Create a couple of unique and charming handmade cards in this afternoon workshop.  All materials will be supplied.   This is suitable for artists and students of any level.  Collage is a fun and stress-free medium for exploring ones creativity.  Each participant will go home with two completed unique cards of their own making.

Saturday, April 6th  2-4pm

Instructor: William Noonan     [View Instructor Video]
Price: $30.00 per person (includes materials)
Session Dates: April 6th  2-4pm ($30.00)

Skill Building Drawing Program with Liam Vogel

This semi private drawing program is intended to help students develop and improve their drawing ability, no matter what skill level they currently have. Students will be given different traditional drawing exercises depending on their skill level and artistic interests. The instructor will work with each student one on one, in a semi private format, to determine the best possible course of development. Classes will end with a discussion of that days assignments, followed by a critique of  the work that was accomplished. Students may bring outside assignments if they require assistance with a particular drawing that they hope to complete. All materials for in class assignments will be supplied by the instructor, but students are encouraged to get a sketchbook for working outside of class. The instructor will provide each student with optional sketchbook assignments for drawing exercises, which is considered an essential practice for any developing artists. Due to the class being offered in a semi private format, class size is very limited, so students must pre register in advance.

Instructor: William Vogel
Session Dates: March 2nd 12-2pm ($35.00)
March 9th 12-2pm ($35.00)
March 16th 12:30-2:30pm ($35.00)
March 23rd 12:30-2:30pm ($35.00)
April 6th 12:30-2:30pm ($35.00)
April 13th 12:30-2:30pm ($35.00)
April 20th 12:30-2:30pm ($35.00)
May 18th 12:30-2:30pm ($35.00)
May 11th 12:30-2:30pm ($35.00)
May 4th 12:30-2:30pm ($35.00)

Memento Mori - Pastel Still Life with Elizabeth Muise

Paint a macabre still life with Elizabeth Muise! In this class we will cover the basics of painting with pastel while we paint a unique still life!  The still life will include beautiful fabrics, furs, antlers, skulls and more to create an image like you may have never painted before! 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!

Friday, March 8th 6:00-8:30

Materials List:

1-3 sheets of  9″x 12″ or 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)

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

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

on going – every Saturday, 2-4pm September through June

This class will take a break for the summer, July – August – Check out our exciting week-long summer classes!



Instructor: Ayanna Terry
Price: $25 per class, or $100 for a month (4 weeks)
Session Dates: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30th ($125.00)
March 2nd 2-4:00 ($25.00)
March 9th 2-4:00 ($25.00)
March 16th 2-4:00 ($25.00)
March 23rd 2-4:00 ($25.00)
March 31st 2-4:00 ($25.00)
any saturday (call or email to specify) ($25.00)
April 6, 13, 20,27 ($100.00)
April 6th ($25.00)
April 13th ($25.00)
April 20th ($25.00)
April 27th ($25.00)
May 4, 11, 18, 25 ($100.00)
May 4th ($25.00)
May 11th ($25.00)
May 18th ($25.00)
May 25th ($25.00)
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 ($125.00)
June 1st ($25.00)
June 8th ($25.00)
June 15th ($25.00)
June 22nd ($25.00)
June 29th ($25.00)

Beginners Introduction to Oil Painting with William Noonan

This class will focus on the basics of oil painting and form a foundation for absolute beginners or painters with some experience who need a “restart.”  Oil painting is enjoyable and easier than most people think: just master a few basic concepts and you’ll be sailing!

Class meets three times a month on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:00.  See below for specific dates.

For a fee the materials can be included for those who don’t yet have a kit of their own.
If you would like to bring your own materials, please see list: Materials List Oil William Noonan
Instructor: William Noonan     [View Instructor Video]
Session Dates: March 6, 13, 20th ($120.00)
March 6, 13, 20th Tuition + Materials ($140.00)
March 6, 13, 20th MEMBERS ($100.00)
March 6, 13, 20th Tuition + Materials MEMBERS ($120.00)
March 6th ($40.00)
March 13th ($40.00)
March 20th ($40.00)
April 3, 10, 17 ($120.00)
April 3, 10, 17 Tuition + Materials ($140.00)
April 3, 10, 17 MEMBERS ($100.00)
April 3, 10, 17 Tuition + Materials MEMBERS ($120.00)
May 1, 8, 15 ($120.00)
May 1, 8, 15 Tuition + Materials ($140.00)
May 1, 8, 15 MEMBERS ($100.00)
May 1, 8, 15 Tuition + Materials MEMBERS ($120.00)

Painting Skill Building Program with Liam Vogel

The skill building painting program is intended to give students of all ages and experience levels a more in depth understanding of different painting techniques. Students will learn the importance of color, composition, and value, and how each particular painting medium handles these elements. Students will alternate between working from still life setups, and working from photographic reference to produce completed drawings, which we will critique as a group, in an attempt to discover the strengths/weaknesses of each student individually! Basic student level materials will be supplied, but students are encouraged to bring specific materials if they have them. Advanced Students may bring their own project or idea, and the instructor can assist the student with completing the project. Every Month the skill building painting program will cycle through a new painting discipline. Each month will have a particular medium and style associated with it.


Experimental Acrylic Paintingthis round of classes is intended to give students a feel for working with acrylic paints. from heavy body paint paint worked with a palette knife, to transparent and fluid acrylic brush painting, This class will give students an opportunity to produce abstract and experimental paintings, without the restrictive rules of traditional approaches to acrylic painting. below you can find examples of the alcohol painting project (left) the finger painting project (right)



Fluid and Controlled Watercolor painting: this class will take students through different approaches to watercolor painting, particularly looking at the contrasting approaches used by artists. Students will complete 2 “loose and expressive” watercolor Paintings, and 1 “tight and realistic” watercolor painting, all while learning the fundamentals of color mixing, composition, and brushwork. below you can find examples of a “loose” painting (left) and a “tight” painting (right)



Mixed Media Art Making: This group of classes is focused on combining varying artistic mediums to gain new and unique effects. Students will work with 2-3 different mediums per class to produce a finished artwork. Students are particularly encouraged to experiment and have fun with the techniques. The instructor will show students how to create traditional and contemporary styles of painting, through a mixture of pastel, watercolor, acrylic, and collage. below you can see our “color as value” pastel and acrylic project (left)  and the watercolor/pastel project (right)


$35 for an individual session. Saturdays 2:30-4:30pm

(class is open to all ages, but children under the age of 6 must attend with adults)

Instructor: William Vogel
Dates: ($),
Session Dates: March 10th 2:30-4:30pm ($35.00)
March 17th 2:30-4:30pm ($35.00)
March 30th 2:30-4:30pm ($35.00)
April 13th 2:30-4:30pm ($35.00)
April 20th 2:30-4:30pm ($35.00)
April 27th 2:30-4:30pm ($35.00)
May 11th 2:30-4:30pm ($35.00)
May 18th 2:30-4:30pm ($35.00)
May 25th 2:30-4:30pm ($35.00)

August 12-16th PM Summer Fashion Illustration with Ayanna Terry

Ages: 12 – 18

Time:  1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location: Wallkill River School, Patchett House, 232 Ward Street, Montgomery, NY 12549

Fashion has existed for centuries as a form of expression. For those who want to express their sense of style through illustration, this is the class for you! Students will learn the techniques necessary to convey their ideas, such as using textures and color. By the end of the summer course, every student will have their own illustrative line of work to show off!


Instructor: Ayanna Terry
Price: $125.00 for one week
Session Dates: August 12-13th 1-3:00 PM ($125.00)

August 19-23rd PM Summer Advanced Illustration with Ayanna Terry

Ages:  12-18

Time:  1:00 – 3:00 PM

Location: Wallkill River School, Patchett House, 232 Ward Street, Montgomery, NY 12549

Are you a young illustrator looking to grow your abilities and skill-set? Then look no further! This summer camp provides guidance to the future artists of the world through illustrative techniques and multiple mediums, such as ink, markers, color pencils, and watercolor, and. Students will not only walk away with a stronger skill set but also companions that share their love of the arts.

Instructor: Ayanna Terry
Price: $125.00 for one week
Session Dates: Aug 6-10th 1:00-3:00 PM ($125.00)
Aug 27-31st 1:00-3:00 PM ($125.00)

Beginning Illustration Summer Workshop with Ayanna Terry


illustration exists everywhere in the world around us, from television to books. Young ones who are interested in how to create through this stylized form of art are welcome to this week-long summer camp. Children will learn the building blocks of illustration, from line and form to value and color. Students will have the ability to

illustrate whatever comes to their imagination by the end of the course.

Ideal for ages 5-10 but older students are welcome and will be given more advanced projects.

This is a week-long course with morning sessions from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Wallkill River School




Instructor: Ayanna Terry
Dates: ($), ($),
Session Dates: Aug 6-10th 10:00-12:00 PM ($125.00)
Aug 27-31st 10:00-12:00 PM ($125.00)

Summer Figure Drawing Workshop with Liam Vogel ( Ages 13-18)

Have you wanted to improve your ability to draw people? perhaps your characters just don’t look right, or you would like to be able to sketch people on the bus, train, or other public places? well, this is the class for you! This introductory figure drawing class is intended to teach students the foundational skills needed to draw the human figure. Students will work from a mix of images, and live models in class, to learn the essential elements and principles of figure drawing, such as shape, form, proportion, and overall anatomy. students will start each class with a warm-up period, followed by a lesson on the elements and principles. each class will end with a longer drawing, followed by a group critique.

Although this is an introductory class, it is suggested that students have some understanding of basic drawing.

Instructor: William Vogel
Session Dates: July 30-August 3rd 1:00-3:00pm ($125)
August 20-24 10:00-12:00 ($125)

Summer Pastel Studio with Liam Vogel

This beginner level class is intended to give students a basic understanding of pastel painting techniques. Students will learn the importance of color, composition, and value while using a variety of pastel painting approaches. students will work from still life setups to produce completed drawings, which we will critique as a group, in an attempt to discover the strengths/weaknesses of each student individually!

basic student level materials will be supplied, but students are encouraged to bring specific pastels/papers if they have them.

an advanced version of this class will be offered the week of August 27-31 from 1:00-3: 00 pm for students who are looking to learn more complex pastel skills, or for students who have taken the pastel studio class, and enjoyed it. ( basic drawing skills required for the advanced session)



Instructor: William Vogel
Price: $125 for week
Session Dates: Aug 20-24 1:00pm-3:00pm ($125)
Advanced session Aug 27-31 1:00-3:00 ($125)
individual session ($35)

Sip and Paint With Nicole Asendorf

OPEN TO EVERYONE!  Tired of the winter?  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! $35.00

Friday March 15th 6:30-8:30 PM

Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Price: Different for each project!
Dates: ($),
Session Dates: March 15th Beach 6:30-8:30 ($30.00)

Watercolor Basics with Lana Privitera

Lana Privitera is on sabbatical April and May 2019. Classes will resume in June.

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: May 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th ($140)
May 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th (members) ($120)
May 1st ($35)
May 8th ($35)
May 15th ($35)
May 29th ($35)

Sip and Paint Party with Nancy Reed Jones

Create beautiful luminous paintings and charming projects! Instructor will paint with you step by step to help you complete an amazing work of art that you can take home the same night. Even if you have never painted before, this experience will bring out your hidden talents!  Materials, smocks, and cookies included. Feel free to bring additional snacks or beverages!  Reserve your spot now!





Instructor: Nancy Reed Jones     [View Instructor Video]