ART ROOM's mission is to serve creativity and community with an art studio for you and your children.
Unpressured, process art allows for messy experimentation, sensory stimulation, hand-eye coordination, material exploration, courageous decision making, and independent thinking.
Please come take a free trial class - parents & caregivers of children over 4 years are welcome to drop off. Those with children under 4 are asked to stay. Don't hesitate to email or text Jessica with questions or comments. Contact information is below.
FREE trial classes, DISCOUNTS for siblings, SLIDING SCALE FEES - just ask!
REGISTER to save a spot by clicking the links at the bottom the page: $120 for a 7 class card, or $20 drop in. Cash, check or credit in person on the first day of class.
FIND US in a beautiful, sunlit room on the top floor of the Bantam Switch Factory, 931 Bantam Rd, Bantam CT 06750.
WHAT THEY’VE BEEN SAYING
"What a gem you and the ARTROOM are, and how lucky Litchfield County is to have you. I have lived all over the country and what you are bringing to Bantam is AMAZING!!"
-Mother of a 2 year old
"Our son has dabbled in a few activities, but never really enjoyed anything enough to stick with it. His enthusiasm for ARTROOM is unparalleled."
-Mother of a 6 year old
"The moment when synchronicity steps in are the 'wow' times which reinforce and inspire our belief that allowing creativity is essential for the human brain. The way children think when they are given the space to do so, and when we take the time to listen, is amazing."
-Early Childhood specialist
JULY-AUGUST CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
MON+WEDS Toddler Camp
ages 1-5 years 10 - 11:30, $180 for an 8 clack pack
Toddlers and their siblings are invited to spend up to two summer mornings a week in the beautiful, air-conditioned ARTROOM. Changing weekly painting play, sensory stations, and process-art projects designed to stimulate and soothe. Maria Montessori called this the first "sensitive plane of development", where the child absorbs experiences of the world like a sponge. Time spent at ARTROOM offers a diverse array of opportunities for children's eager and capable minds and hands.
FRI, SAT, SUNDAY Pilobolus Five Senses Festival
FREE! All ages workshops 3 - 5pm,
7/27-7/29 & 8/3-8/5
Multimedia Mobile Art Room projects will be offered to all ages as part of this exciting new festival designed to stimulate the mind, body and soul in a newly designed outdoor venue in beautiful Washington, CT! Please register at the fivesensesfestival.com
FIRST SATURDAYS + WAA Sculpture Walk
ages 3 - 9, 9:45 - 12:15 pm 7/7, 8/4, 9/1, 10/6, $15
Creative experiences for children in concert with tours of the Washington Art Association's Sculpture walk. Drop in or drop off children while you take a free WAA sculpture walk tour. We will dive into exploration of art materials and sensory activities while contributing to an open-ended collaborative sculptural artwork. Drop off ages 5-9, parented ages 3-5. No preregistration necessary, but the class will be limited to 10 children a time. $15 suggested donation.
Birthdays and other special occassions can be celebrated in the ARTROOM, or at your home. These events are uniquely intimate and always personalized, including painting, a process art project, classic party games and outstanding cakes. Our aim is to provide a celebration that is stress-free to plan, unique and engaging! Base price on site is $300, curated events at your home, including an assistant, and up to 3 work stations, start at $500.
Link to birthday registration below, and contact Jessica by voice or text at 860.201.7767.
PLAYDATES: Assemble a multi-age group (4-8 children) for a special day in the Art Room. Contact Jessica directly to discuss project possibilities. Playdates include 2-3 projects, sensory stations, and an (optional) BYO snack. 1.5 hours, $20 per person, $100 minimum.
MOBILE ARTROOM is available to come to your organization or event space.
We offer a range of stimulating team building and therapeutic projects for corporations and non-profits, taking a special interest in working with healing trauma in women and children. We have worked with children and teens at The Susan B. Anthony Project, The Forman School, The School on the Green Preschool, Litchfield Montessori School, Hotchkiss School’s Maker's Faire, Litchfield's Minds in Motion, the Taste of Litchfield Festival, Pilobolus' Festival of the Senses, and Troutbeck Family events.
Offsite events include 1-2 teachers and 1-2 hours of process art projects, at a base price of $450. Contact Jessica to discuss the many possibilities.
Don’t hesitate to contact Jessica with any questions:
text or call 860.201.7767
Teaching artists and ARTROOM founder Jessica Jane Russell is a former Montessori Mom, and an artist trained in architecture. She was raised in Larchmont, New York and later spent most of her undergraduate years in her birthplace, Sydney, Australia. She returned to the US with degrees in Fine Art and English, and spent few years teaching art at the New Orleans Children’s Museum. She later did a Masters in Architecture at Yale.
Jessica Jane established her art studio as her first born approached her second birthday, beside a the Bantam River in the old brick Switch Factory in Bantam. She fell in love with the old factory building, and the burroh of Bantam, a growing center of innovative small businesses.
After ten years working in the local art community in different capacities, she recognized a need among young families for more creative time and space for their children. This was the beginning of Art Room Atelier.
Art Room Atelier
931 Bantam Rd, top floor
Bantam CT 06750
(please do not send mail to street address)
Jessica J Russell
PO BOX 933
Litchfield, CT 06759