In the ARTROOM our process-based art projects provide a safe space space for practicing the courageousness, concentration, experimentation, sensory stimulation, and independent thinking that your child craves and needs.
FIND US in the Bantam Arts Factory, 931 Bantam Rd, Bantam CT
CONTACT JESSICA by text at 860.201.7767 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LINK BELOW to register for our after school studios, private parties, playdates, and special events.
WINTER SEMESTER I
Adventures in Cursive ages 7-10
Cursive is the calligraphy of our children's generation. Process-art guru Rachelle Doorley's newly published a book, Creative Adventures in Cursive, has inspired this series of classes for kids passionate about drawing. From bookplates to pop-up cards, embroidery to pillowcase decorating, w will complete 3 multimedia projects exploring of expression through line.
Training the hand to control line quality is foundational to both handwriting and drawing. Win-win! Plus, these projects will make amazing handmade holiday gifts!
Creative Kid’s Lit ages 4 - 7
Because illustrated stories provide endless inspiration, every few weeks we'll take readings of a new favorite book into process-based projects. This semester spans man holidays, so our work will take our cues from related stories by writer-illustrators such as Mercer Mayer, Jan Brett, and Hans Van Allsberg.
FRIDAYS 3:30 - 4:30
Teen Studio ages 12 -15
Tweens and Teens gather every Friday for 1-2 hours of drawing and painting with guest artist Sarah Zahran. This relaxed, yet in-depth class opens at 2:30 for students who wish to come hang out or work on a personal project. Formal lessons won't formally start until 3:30.
This class is ideal for your child serious about making art, ready to make portfolio-ready artwork, or just needing a confidence boost for budding abilities.
"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 her own studio space beside a 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 developed with inspiration from Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori, bringing their own experience and style to classes, while ALWAYS remaining in service of the greatest gifts your children bring to the world: their unique creative expression.Your developing child deserves more creative opportunities.
In the ARTROOM our process-based art projects provide a safe space space for practicing deep concentration, messy experimentation, sensory stimulation, courageous decision making, and independent thinking.
YOU’RE INVITED to come 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
LINK BELOW to find our more about our after school studios, private parties, playdates, and special events.
All ARTROOM teachers work with children in the same open, positive, non-judgmental developed with inspiration from Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori, bringing their own experience and style to classes, while ALWAYS remaining in service of the greatest gifts your children bring to the world: their unique creative expression.