ART ROOM is an atelier (ah-tul-yay), an art studio, for you and for your children. We are creating space here for creativity through positive, child-centered, process-art experiences. We engage the senses, spark the imagination, and learn to speak in many visual languages.
In this bright and intimate room, creating independently and confidently comes with practice and familiarity. With regular visits, your children quickly feel safe to explore and express themselves freely, working with assistants and artist Jessica Jane Russell to find their unique voice.
New to Art Room? Please feel free drop in and try your first class for free (workshops excluded). Please email or text Jessica with questions or comments. Contact information is below.
FAMILY DISCOUNTS are offered to those with financial need. Art Room operates on a sliding scale basis.
CLASSES + CAMPS:
ARA TODDLER CAMP 7/10 - 8/23 (Extended!)
Please join us for Toddler Camp, Mondays and Wednesdays 10 - 11 am, July 10 - August 23rd
Choose 1 of 2 days a week to spend an hour reading stories, exploring process art and sensory play. Ages 22 months - 4.5 years.
Drop-ins for our final weeks are welcome, just pleaseregister here and text Jessica to let her know you'll be coming at 860.201.7767.
MONDAY 10 - 11 am ages 5-10y, $20 per 1 hour session, $15 for siblings
WEDNESDAY 10 - 11 am $20 per 1 hour session, $15 for siblings
Monday - Thursday, 8/28 - 8/31, 10 am - 12 pm including a snack time. $120
*Children starting school 8/30 are welcome to join for the first two days! $60
We will collect, create, and document natural and found objects. We will start with an indoor scavenger hunt, then work to organize and display our findings, test and explore the creative possibilities if found-object art.
Together we will weave a giant nature loom, individually create our own talismans, testing our findings by drawing, tracing, rubbing, pounding and painting.
SCHOOL DAY ATELIERS (STARTING 9/5)
Pre-school and after school sessions are seasonal. The 11th week is a makeup week for missed classes. Sunday Studios are also available for make-ups (within the 11 week session). $200
MONTHLY SUNDAYS, held the first Sunday of every month, will be $60 for the fall session (these classes do not expire and roll over to the following season).
TODDLER TUESDAY 10 am - 11 am ages 2 - 4 (includes story and snack time)
HALF DAY WEDNESDAY 1 - 2 pm ages 4 - 6
WEDNESDAY PAINTING STUDIO 3:30 - 4:30 pm ages 5 - 9
THURSDAY SCULPTURE STUDIO 4 - 5 pm ages 7 - 11
FRIDAY TEEN STUDIO 2:30 - 4:30 pm ages 12 - 16
MONTHLY SUNDAY STUDIOS (1st Sundays) 11 am - 12 pm
Contact Jessica to discuss creative possibilities for time working with HS groups, where mixed ages and independent thinking is welcome.
SUNDAYS & HOLIDAYS
8/27 (Sunday) DREAMING WITH ROSE Sunday Atelier (a parent-child workshop) 11am - 12:30pm, for parents together with children ages 7 - 11. $30 (per 1 parent-child pair), $20 to drop off
Illustrator, Art Therapist, and Kundalini Yogi Rose Petruzzi comes to Art Room on Sunday, August 27th to offer a parent-child workshop. She will lead a short meditation and then guide parents and children to work side by side in the practice of painting from the subconscious mind.
9/4 (Monday) If I Had a Hammer LABOR DAY PIZZA PARTY! 11am - 12:30 pm: ages 5 - 11, drop off only, $30, $15 for siblings
What better day than Labor Day to master using basic tools? Starting with foam and golf tees, then graduating to hammering nails in wooden offcuts (assistance provided), children will hammer nails and then finish their creations with yarn to create their own weave and pattern. Assistants will be on hand and a choice of pre-nailed and pre-drilled stumps (depending on skill and age) will be offered. This workshop will include a pizza lunch!
10/9 (Monday) Slime Extravaganza COLUMBUS DAY 11am - 12:30 pm: ages 5 - 11, drop off, $30, $15 for siblings
Our popular slime workshop revisited to include new recipes with ingredients for 3 kinds of slime. Includes a snack and discussion of the science behind Newtonian Solids. 11am - 12:30pm
11/10 (Monday) VETERAN'S DAY Fluid Paint & Dance with Guest Artist Amber Maida! 11 am - 12:30pm. Ages 7 - 14y, drop off, $40
Artist and Dancer Amber Maida will lead us through a poured-painting project, dance sequences and movement-based games for this special workshop exploring interdisciplinary art, and the connection between music, movement, and paint.
PLAYDATES + PARTIES
Do they have a group of friends or family they wish to create with? Just email or call Jessica about arranging a private group series or one-time playdate.
PLAYDATES: Assemble a small multi-age group (of 3 or more, including caretakers who wish to participate) for a special day in the Art Room. Reserve your date here and contact Jessica directly to discuss project possibilities and other details for your special day in the Art Room!
BIRTHDAYS in the Art Room are relaxed and totally unique! Art-centric with all details personalized for your child, including a craft, painting, treat bags, and outstanding cakes by AmandaBakes! Click below for more info.
EVENTS: Art Room is a unique space for an intimate event for 8 - 12 adults, including baby showers, bridal showers, tea parties, or creativity & cocktails. And for parties of more than 12 guests, Mobile Art Room is available to come to your home. Adult parties start at $45 a person, and offsite events include 2 teachers and 2 projects, at a base price of $300. Just contact Jessica to discuss the many possibilities. Please reserve a date here.
Please register by clicking the link below. Email or call Jessica with questions: email@example.com or 860 201 7767
CONTACT teacher and artist Jessica Jane Russell with questions, drop in plans, or to schedule private playdates and special events.
firstname.lastname@example.org, or 860 201 7767.
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