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For Children Ages 8 - 11
Class size limited; $12/month Members, $22/month non-members

Ongoing Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m.
Work with Museum educators and guest artists to learn about art materials, processes and production while getting a behind-the-scenes look at Museum pieces. You will work in Museum galleries, on Museum grounds and in the American Savings Foundation Art Studio.

Pre-registration is required for each monthly session; enrollment is limited and varies per session. New sessions begin on the first Thursday of each month. We offer scholarships for New Britain students, so please feel free to ask if you qualify.

To register or for any questions or concerns, please contact Kathryn Matsuzaki, Coordinator of School & Family Programs: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or (860) 229-0257 ext. 220.

June 5, 12, 19, and 26
Preregistration ends: June 3
June Projects: Art in Miniature
Our creative project Art in Miniature is inspired by the art of NEW/NOW artist Joe Fig, who interviews artists, studies their spaces, and then meticulously recreates their studios in miniature. Let your creativity shine with Deb on the smallest of scales! With a variety of art materials to choose from, you’ll design your own miniature environment and then bring it to life with every tiny detail that your artist’s eye can possibly imagine. Turn a plain old cardboard box into your secret art space by decorating the walls with stamps and collage scraps, building and placing furniture, and even sculpting mini versions of yourself and your friends!

Artist-in-Residence Deb Lasher
Artist Deb Lasher is a favorite teacher at Artsplace in Cheshire, where she has taught for the past 12 years. She currently teaches kindergarten through 6th grade classes in drawing and multi-media. She leads year-round programs as well as her summer programs, which include her original creation, the popular “Fairytopia” art camp. Lasher creates a welcoming environment that allows children’s creativity to flow. While her formal education is in business (she holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees), she is always learning and continues to study a variety of art media, focusing especially on colored pencil.

July 10, 17, 24 and 31
Pre-registration ends: July 8

Artist-in-Residence Sarah Segovia
Sarah Segovia was born in Bristol, CT and received her BFA in Painting from the Hartford Art School, at University of Hartford. She moved to New Orleans where she immersed herself in the arts community, building her stained glass business and making a name for herself through her artwork. She taught stained glass to children and adults at the New Orleans School of Glassworks, as well as the New Orleans School of Art & Design. She recently returned to Connecticut, where she continues to create stained glass artwork for shops and clients.

July Projects: Family Glass Workshop
Be inspired by the special exhibit Glass Today: 21st Century Innovations to create vibrant artworks in stained glass. Sarah Segovia returns to the Art Studio this summer to share her tools, tricks, and expertise in the medium of glass. Learn how to use a glass nipper and grout a mosaic as you work through a variety of small glass projects, from coasters to flower pots. By popular demand, Sarah’s workshop is open to all ages. Families, from children to grandparents, are encouraged to attend together. Join us for just the month of July, or sign up through the whole summer. Space is limited, so please make sure to pre-register for this special family studio workshop!

Aug. 7, 14, 21, and 28
Pre-registration ends: Aug. 5
Artist-in-Residence Sarah Segovia

(See bio above.)

Aug. Projects: Family Glass Workshop II


The creative fun with glass continues, as Sarah Segovia spends four more weeks with participants of all ages in the Art Studio. Those who joined the class in July will continue to build their skills with extended or advanced projects, while new students will work with Sarah on the basics of the craft of glass. Children ages 8 and up, as well as adults, are welcome to join; please note that the class fee will be charged for each participant. Whether you’re interested in making something wonderful for your garden, home, or even for a friend, Sarah will guide everyone through an intensive and enriching experience with glass.

Sept. 4, 11, 18, 25
Pre-registration ends: Sept. 2
Artist-in-Residence Mary Cottle Smeallie

Mary Cottle Smeallie has been an artist as well as an arts instructor for many years. She currently teaches art at the elementary level for the Berlin Public Schools, where she is also the Fine Arts Coordinator. She is a juried member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society and the West Hartford Art League, and teaches watercolor for adults at the NBMAA. Mary maintains a studio at her home in West Hartford, where she paints, prints, and makes all sorts of fabulous art all year round.

Sept. Projects: Artful Architecture
Ever wonder what it’s like to design houses or question why buildings in your town look the way they do? Join Mary Smeallie for a full-on exploration of all things architectural in this back-to-school Studio@4 session. Not only will you learn about buildings old and new but you’ll also have the opportunity to construct your own structure out of varied shapes, colors, and textures on the page. Steps into the shoes of an architect as you take on a large-scale painting project and infuse the design of buildings with your own unique artistic style!



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