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.

Kyle Henesy Art Scholarship:  We are pleased to announce that we are offering a new scholarship in 2019.  The Kyle Henesy Art Scholarship is open to all aspiring artists below the age of 21 who have an interest in studying art and becoming a professional artist.  The award is for $500 and will include an exhibit of 2-4 pictures in the stairwell exhibit space at the Wallkill River School.  Deadline for submission is September 15, 2019.  Please fill out the 2019 Application:  2019 App Kyle Henesy Scholarship

Spooky Cartoon Characters with Isaac Lopez!

Character design is a huge component in all forms of entertainment. Our favorite scary season films are great examples of how a character’s story and appearance shape the character themselves. The goal of this class is to engage the student in the many elements and principles of art at a beginner level, while also showing the steps of building their very own spooky character. Each day as an element is introduced it will be explored and tied in with a step to building their character till it is enough to fully develop their project. Color, texture, shape, rhythm and harmony will be utilized and taught to create the figure, clothing, color, and even pet of the child’s spooky character. Ages 6+

Saturdays 12:00-2:00 PM

Instructor: Isaac Lopez
Session Dates: October 19th ($35.00)
October 26th ($35.00)
November 2nd ($35.00)

Alan Lewis Beginning Watercolor

This is a beginner watercolor class that will cover all the basics to get you making watercolor paintings to be proud of. We will discuss finding your own style, and painting in a way that excites you, with an emphasis on painting fast and loose, rather than a highly detailed approach.  We will cover color mixing, building the painting through layers, composition keys, the importance of contrasts between light and dark, and some  watercolor techniques, such as methods for keeping white. The first part of the class will be devoted to a discussion of materials from paper to brushes to paint, so bring whatever you have.  The class is very flexible so the instructor can cover any specific areas of watercolor that the students would like to learn about.
Date: Sunday Mornings 10am – 12pm
Price: $120 ($100 members) or $40 per session
Instructor: Alan Lewis
Session Dates: Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24th 10-12:00 ($120.00)
Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24th MEMBERS 10-12:00 ($100.00)
Nov. 3rd 10-12:00 ($40.00)
Nov. 10th 10-12:00 ($40.00)
Nov. 17th 10-12:00 ($40.00)
Nov. 24th 10-12:00 ($40.00)

Drawing for Beginners for Adults & Teens with Antonio Mastria

Learn the basics of drawing!   Drawing skills are the foundation of all artistic media.  Learn how to use professional drawing materials.  Identifying basic shapes to build drawings with depth, develop an understanding of lighting value, and put it all together to make a cohesive drawing.  Start from scratch or hone your skills!

Saturday afternoons, 3-5:00 PM at Nailed It! Hardware in Washingtonville.  Nailed It Location Info*

*Classes must be paid for in advance for this location.  Payments can be made online, with a credit card over the phone at 845-457-2787 or in person with cash check or credit card at Wallkill River School 232 Ward St. Montgomery NY 12549.  This venue cannot accept payments in person on the day of the class.

Please bring your own materials:

• Drawing pad 11 x 14
• Drawing pencils ( H, HB, 2B, 4B range)
• Kneaded eraser
• White vinyl eraser
• Pencil sharpener

Instructor: Antonio Mastria
Price: $140/month ($120 Members)
Session Dates: November 2, 16, 23rd 3-5:00 ($125.00)
November 2, 16, 23rd 3-5:00 Members ($105.00)
Nov 2nd 3-5:00 ($40.00)
Nov. 16th 3-5:00 ($40.00)
Nov. 23rd 3-5:00 ($40.00)

Plein Air Painting with Matthew Mcdonald

In this casual plein air painting class, Matthew will focus on specific aspects of painting with each student depending on their level.  As well as discuss general concepts with the whole group. Some of the concepts we will cover will include blocking in, atmospheric perspective, creating a sense of space, mass vs interest, mixing greens and the prismatic palette.  Depending on the amount of students and their interest, Matthew will do occasional demos during the class.  Students are welcome to watch the demonstration or work on their own paintings during this time.

Classes will start at 9 am and run until 12 pm.  This will give students enough time to finish a study without the light effect changing too dramatically.  I will ask students to arrive on location about quarter to so we can have a quick group chat before everyone spreads out.  I will send out emails ahead of time to let everyone know the locations as well as a follow up email the day before to remind and confirm with everyone.  In the event of inclement weather we will have that class someplace with cover or reschedule for another date.  You may find the suggested materials list by clicking the link below.


Instructor: Matthew McDonald
Session Dates: October 20th ($40.00)
October 20th Members ($35.00)
October 27th ($40.00)
October 27th Members ($35.00)
Oct. 20th & 27th ($80.00)
Oct. 20th & 27th Members ($70.00)

Traditional Inking with Antonio Mastria

Have you always wanted to learn the secrets to the seemingly of traditional illustration?  Then this is the class for you!  This class is focused on traditional inking with brush and dip pens to achieve several different styles of classical ink illustration.

We recommend that you attend all three sessions as they build one on the other but they can be taken individually.

Session 1 will focus on the cartooning style of inking

Session 2 will explore traditional illustration styles

Session 3 will cover the use of ink washes.

Friday afternoons from 3-5:00 PM

Students must supply their own materials, see the materials list below.

• India Ink (Speedball, Pelican, Dr. martins Black Star, No Higgins ink please)
• White ink
• Speedball pen sketch set
• Good quality round watercolor brush (Raphael Kolinsky 8404 size 2, or Windsor Newton size 3)
• A rag
• Plastic well palette
• Scrap paper

Instructor: Antonio Mastria
Price: $110/month $100 Members
Session Dates: September 13, 20, 27th ($110.00)
September 13, 20, 27th ($100.00)

Beginner Palette Knife with Nicole Asendorf

This class is for anyone who has always wanted to learn to paint with a palette knife.  You can choose to work in either acrylic or oil.  I personally prefer oil.  Basic techniques will be taught.  Feel free to bring reference photos of basic landscape and cityscapes for inspiration for your painting.

10am-12pm Sunday

$40 a session

Supply your own materials or pay $10/day


Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Price: $40 a session, monthly discounts for members
Session Dates: Acrylic Materials Fee Single Day ($10.00)
Oct 20th & 27th ($80.00)
Oct 20th & 27th + Materials ($100.00)
Oct 20th & 27th MEMBERS ($70.00)
Oct 20th & 27th + Materials MEMBERS ($90.00)
October 20th ($40.00)
October 27th ($40.00)
Nov 3, 10, 17th ($120.00)
Nov 3, 10, 17th + Materials ($150.00)
Nov 3, 10, 17th MEMBERS ($105.00)
Nov 3, 10, 17th + Materials MEMBERS ($135.00)
Nov. 3rd ($40.00)
Nov. 10th ($40.00)
Nov. 17th ($40.00)

Drawing Super Heroes for Teens with Antonio Mastria

Ages:  12-18

Time:  4:00 – 6:00 PM

Location: Nailed It! Hardware, 4 South St (Rt-208), Washingtonville, NY, 10992  Nailed It Location Info  *

A month long workshop for creating a dynamic superhero drawing. Covering the basics of superhero proportion, anatomy, and foreshortening to create a powerful superhero action pose and then finishing in traditional brush and pen ink.

Antonio Mastria works as a freelance artist, contributing work to creator owned and small press comics. He is a graduate of the Joe Kubert school of cartoon and graphic art, where he studied the visual storytelling medium of comic books and illustration. He works in several mediums including oil, acrylic, gouache, watercolor, ink and digital media.

*Classes must be paid for in advance for this location.  Payments can be made online, with a credit card over the phone at 845-457-2787 or in person with cash check or credit card at Wallkill River School 232 Ward St. Montgomery NY 12549.  This venue cannot accept payments in person on the day of the class.

Instructor: Antonio Mastria
Session Dates: Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22nd 4-6PM ($150.00)
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22nd 4-6PM MEMBERS ($135.00)
Nov. 1st 4-6PM ($40.00)
Nov. 8th 4-6PM ($40.00)
Nov. 15th 4-6PM ($40.00)
Nov. 22nd 4-6PM ($40.00)

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.

Class is 10:00am-12:00pm and is open to all styles of drawing (illustration, observational realism, etc)

Instructor: William Vogel
Session Dates: September 7th ($35.00)
September 14th ($35.00)
September 21st ($35.00)
September 28th ($35.00)
September 7, 14, 21, 28th ($140.00)
September 7, 14, 21, 28th (Members) ($120.00)
Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 ($140.00)
Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 Members ($120.00)
Oct 5th ($35.00)
Oct 12th ($35.00)
Oct 19th ($35.00)
Oct 26th ($35.00)
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 ($140.00)
Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 Members ($120.00)
Dec 7, 14, 21 ($105.00)
Dec 7, 14, 21 Members ($90.00)

Advanced Illustration with Ayanna Terry (Ages 12-18)

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 12 to 18

on going – every Saturday, 2-4pm October through December.

Instructor: Ayanna Terry
Price: $35 per class, or $140 for a month (4 weeks) for nonmembers, $120 for members
Session Dates: October 12, 19th, 26th, & November 2nd Nonmembers ($140.00)
October 12, 19th, 26th, & November 2nd Members ($120.00)
October 12 ($35)
October 19 ($35)
October 23 ($35)
October 30 ($35)
November 2 ($35)
November 9, 16, 23, 30 Nonmembers ($140)
November 9, 16, 23, 30 Members ($120)
November 9 ($35)
November 16 ($35)
November 23 ($35)
November 30 ($35)
December 7, 14, 21, 28 Nonmembers ($140)
December 7, 14, 21, 28 Members ($120)
December 7 ($35)
December 14 ($35)
December 21 ($35)
December 28 ($35)

Sip and Paint With Nicole Asendorf

Sip and Paint with Nicole, Paint beautiful and easy paintings for kids and adults!  We provide the instructor and materials, you provide any refreshments you would like.  Get a group of 6 or more together and schedule a private party!

Regular parties (painting with acrylic on canvas board) $35 per person

Charity Benefits/Fundraisers $40 per person (50% of proceeds goes to your charity!)

Special projects & signs will be custom quoted – Inquire!

Call us at 845-457-2787 to schedule a party!

Instructor: Nicole Asendorf
Price: Different for each project!
Dates: ($),

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]

Oil Painting Studio with Mike Jaroszko

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Learn tips from a pro in painting high realism and luminist light techniques. Bring in a photo or other reference and Mike will assist in achieving the painting you have always wanted to paint.  Each month offers four consecutive workshops in oil (acrylic is also welcome). Learn everything from paint mixing, brushstrokes, and techniques to specific ways to capture the illusion of light and realism.

Saturday, 10:00-12:00 PM









Instructor: Mike Jaroszko
Price: $120 ($100 WRS Members)
Session Dates: September 7, 14, 21, 28th Sat. 10-12:00 ($120.00)
September 7, 14, 21, 28th Sat. 10-12:00 MEMBERS ($100.00)
September 7th ($30.00)
September 14th ($30.00)
September 21st ($30.00)
September 28th ($30.00)
October 5, 12, 19, 26 Sat. 10-12:00 ($120.00)
October 5, 12, 19, 26 Sat. 10-12:00 MEMBERS ($100.00)
November 2, 9, 16, 23 Sat. 10-12:00 ($120.00)
November 2, 9, 16, 23 Sat. 10-12:00 MEMBERS ($100.00)
December 7, 14, 21, 28 Sat. 10-12:00 ($120.00)
December 7, 14, 21, 28 Sat. 10-12:00 MEMBERS ($100.00)