Youth + Teens | Visual Arts

Origins: Visual Arts

Ages 3 – 4
Saturdays at 10:15 - 11:15 AM
for $300 | Register

Explore a range of hands-on processes including drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture, all designed to foster language and listening skills, increase fine motor skills, and encourage creative problem solving. Our goal is to have fun, play, get dirty, and make art.

Artist: Elizabeth Boyle

2D / 3D / 4D

Ages 5 – 7
Thursdays at 4 – 5 PM
for $300 | Register

Learn the foundations of drawing, painting, and building sculpture. Young artists will create unique artworks using direct observation and their imagination. Material exploration includes pencil, charcoal, paints, paper, clay, wood, wire, plaster, and fabric while experimenting with line, shape, color, texture, and space. Final objects will be evidence of an adventurous process!

Artist: Jay Moorthy

Op Art

Ages 8 – 10
Tuesdays at 4 – 5:30 PM

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Dazzle the eye and trick the mind! Using optical illusions, young art makers will create virtually kinetic projects including light sensitive agamographs, junk sculptures that cast figurative shadows, and classic page popping blue/red linear designs.

Artist: Ryan Toth

Tooncraft: Video Game Design

Ages 11 – 13
Thursdays at 4 – 5:30 PM
for $291 | Register

Design your own characters, storyline, and musical score for a concept video game. Working collaboratively, young artists will bring 2D drawings to life using animation techniques. Final videos will be screened in Abrons Underground Theater.

Artists: Jess Worby, Joel Lambdin

Saturday Morning Cartoons

Ages 11 – 13
Saturdays at 11:30 AM – 1 PM
for $370 | Register

Young artists will investigate how their favorite visual artists, cartoonists, and illustrators create their work. Sketch and brainstorm original characters and visual stories in various forms, starting with simple sketches and working your way up to an original series or sequential narrative. Address methods of drawing from both observation and imagination, tying into the fields of comics, illustration, fine art, and animation. By experimenting with a variety of materials, participants will become more comfortable in their mark-making and begin to develop a visual vocabulary.

Artist: Jess Worby


Ages 14 – 18
Saturdays at 1:30 – 3:30 PM
for $430 | Register

Through master studies, mixed media experiments, and conceptual exercises, students will learn the process of creating narrative art while developing a strong artistic voice. Work your way up from concept, composition and character sketches to finished full color illustrations.

Artist: Jess Worby


Ages 14 – 18
Wednesdays at 5 – 7 PM
for FREE | Register

This is an intensive program for teens that are committed to exploring what it means to be a visual artist. StudioCollective is a comprehensive class where students investigate 2D/3D materials while developing professional artistic vocabulary. Participants will work collaboratively, meet artists, curators, and arts-workers, visit contemporary exhibitions and films throughout NYC, and organize their own exhibitions.

Artist: Chantara Ellis