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 email@example.com
LINK BELOW to register for our after school studios, private parties, playdates, and special events.
WINTER SEMESTER II 12/31 - 2/10
Making Faces: drawing portraits
In this class we will begin to explore the art of portraits, adding to your toolkit for drawing and painting faces. We will deconstruct facial details, exploring the effects of different methods and mediums, and practice right-brained techniques for drawing from observation.
Creative Kid Lit: Animalia ages 4 - 7
Continuing picture-book inspired process art projects, stories featuring the diversity of the Animal Kingdom will prompt representations of our favorite animals.
The first reading will be Jan Brett's Annie and the Wild Animals, a wintertime story of a resourceful girl who feeds the animals of the forest surrounding her home in an effort to lure back her missing cat. The surprise ending: Taffy the cat finally returns with a litter of kittens!
Yogapaint for Toddlers 10:30 - 11:30
ARTROOM is thrilled to be partnering with the divine Deborah Dayal, founder of happymammahappybaby.org, offering yoga for early childhood paired with art experiences for toddlers. This will be a class that nurtures both caretaker and baby - moving and making - in a relaxed, exploratory atmosphere.
1/2 Day Slime & Paint Club 1:30 - 3
Scheduled to coincide with Litchfield Public School district's 1/2 days, we will spend the afternoon getting creative, making slime, and other STEAM-based sensory experimentation.
Meeting monthly, you can choose to do the full series or just a few dates. Find it under the “camp/events” section in registration. We will be meeting 1/9, 2/6,3/6, and 5/8.
FRIDAYS 3:30 - 4:30 (optional open studio 2:30 - 3:30)
Teen Studio ages 12 -16
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.