At ARTROOM we provide a safe space space for practicing the courageousness, concentration, experimentation, sensory stimulation, and independent thinking that your child craves and needs.
We don’t know what the the future looks like, and one could say that parenting is a process of getting comfortable with that not knowing. We do our best prepare our children, and then learn to let go as they follow their own path. What is certain is that our children’s adult lives will require increased adaptability and creativity as they find their way in a rapidly changing economy.
Contrary to some understandings, creativity is not a gift given to a few. Creativity is universal, and the skill of creative thinking can be cultivated, must be practiced, and then applied to all areas of our lives.
JOIN US in the Bantam Arts Factory, 931 Bantam Rd, Bantam CT
CONTACT JESSICA by text at 860.201.7767 or email email@example.com
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SPRING SESSION 2019
APRIL 21st - MAY 26th (6 weeks)
WEDNESDAYS 3:45 - 4:45: ages 6 - 9
Paint Wall Wednesdays
The ARTROOM paint wall calls to children, allowing them to stand and move as they work, mixing colors and sharing ideas with friends. Jessica will give simple prompts in color theory and composition to inspire this hour of colorful, drippy creativity.
THURSDAYS 3:45 - 4:45: ages 4 - 7
Connecting Through Nature
Seasoned art teacher and founder of Integrative Healing Arts Kait Clark joins us at ARTROOM to lead children through imaginative explorations in a variety of media and techniques, creating art inspired by nature. Introductions will be made to a new process every week. Materials and techniques will include paint, pastels, clay, collage, sculpture, and more!
FRIDAYS 3:30 - 4:30 (open studio option 2:30 - 3:30)
Teen Studio ages 12 -16
Gather every Friday for 1-2 hours of drawing and painting with guest artist Sarah Zahran. This relaxed, in-depth class encourages individual creative risk taking and personal development of portfolio quality work. The ARTROOM opens at 2:30 for students to come hang out and work on a personal project. A 1 hour technique-based lesson starts at 3:30.
SATURDAY MAY 11th 1 - 2:30pm
at the The Judy Black Park and Garden, Washington CT
Tiny Builders: Woodland Faerie Houses
Jessica will be joined by guest artist Anne Leviness guiding children of all ages (drop off optional, multigenerational partnerships encouraged) in the creation of Faerie Houses. We will offer a selection of natural materials collected from the forest floor for adorning pre-made cardboard structures.
SUNDAY MAY 12th 1 - 2:30pm
at Troutbeck, Amenia NY
Freeform Embroidery Hoop Sewing
Join us in the Troutbeck gallery for an all-ages embroidery hoop sewing experience. Drop off or stay and create with your child. This is not your grandmother’s needlepoint! No experience necessary. Combine with reservations for an outstanding brunch in the Troutbeck restaurant to make it a completely magical day. Register with the Troutbeck front desk 845.789.1555
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BIRTHDAYS & PLAYDATES & EVENTS
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"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 in response to an ARTROOM instagram post
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, attended Brown University until her family moved back to Sydney, Australia, her birthplace, where she spent the remainder of her undergraduate years. 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.
Over a decade ago, with her first born approaching two, she founded a studio space beside the Bantam River in the old brick Bantam Switch Factory. She fell in love with the old building and the borough of Bantam, Litchfield’s growing center of innovative small businesses.
Jessica soon recognized a need among young families for more creative time and space for their children. This was the beginning of ARTROOM Atelier, an incubator space for childhood creativity.
All ARTROOM teachers work with children in the same open, positive, non-judgmental philosophy developed in Montessori and Reggio Emilia schools, bringing their own experience and style to classes, while always remaining in service of the child. Positive experiences and individualized pacing is a priority here.
At ARTROOM atelier our process-based art projects invite deep concentration, messy experimentation, sensory stimulation, and courageous decision making.
New students are welcome to join us at any time for a FREE trial class!
FIND US in a beautiful, sunlit room on the top floor of the Bantam Switch Factory, 931 Bantam Rd, Bantam CT 06750
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