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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.

Preregistration 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 Katy Matsuzaki, Coordinator of School & Family Programs, at (860) 229-0257 ext. 220 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Apr. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
Registration ENDS: March 31
Apr. Project: All Aboard the Boat You Built
Ahoy, future shipbuilders! Join the fun while learning about boat construction and the effects of water. Inspired by the amazing seascapes of Over Life’s Waters: The Coastal Art Collection of Charles and Irene Hamm, this project will have students building little wooden boats and other nautical elements, and painting mixed media seascapes with shading techniques. Register today to be a part of this creative crew.

Artist-in-Residence Rashmi Talpade
Rashmi Talpade is from Bombay, India. She has shown and sold her work throughout the world, and since immigrating to Connecticut, has exhibited her paintings, drawings, collages, and installations in Hartford, New Haven, and New York. Deeply involved in the local art community, Rashmi has taught and served as Fine Arts Supervisor for Wallingford Parks and Recreation for ten years, and has helped to put on City-Wide Open Studios since 2005. She also plays an advisory role at both Artspace and the Arts Council of New Haven.

May 7, 14, 21, and 28
Registration ENDS: May 5
May Project: Razzle Dazzle
Using colorful beads, metallic thread, glitter glue, feathers, and other sparkling objects, young artists will design a three dimensional piece of eye-catching art that can either be worn or displayed. Inspired by the exhibition The Enchanting Jewels of Elizabeth Gage, this glitzy art will brighten each day with new eye-catching designs!

Artist-in-Residence Inez Faillace
Experimentation and exploration underpin self-taught artist Inez Faillace’s art. Her work has been shown in the NBMAA’s 41st Annual Members Exhibition as well as the Connecticut Watercolor Society’s Annual Exhibition. Inez has devoted nearly four decades to teaching arts through special programming in the Avon Public School System.

June 4, 11, 18, and 25
Registration ENDS: June 2
June Project: Illustration & Graphic Design
Graphic design is everywhere with advertisements, magazine covers, food containers, and movie posters! Join illustrator and graphic designer Edward LaRose for a crash course in the basics of this exciting medium, inspired by the Museum’s own Low Illustration Collection. Learn to illustrate in charcoal while exploring concepts such as graphic design, positive and negative space, typography, and composition. Discover the professional practice of transforming a simple sketch into a finished product through font placement, layout, and the printing process. Director Douglas Hyland will award ribbons to his favorite two works, which will then be showcased in the Museum’s elevators for a part of summer.

Artist-in-Residence Edward LaRose
Photographer, illustrator, and graphic designer Edward LaRose brings a fresh perspective and powerful vision to the studio experience. A graduate of Montserrat College of Art, he deftly works across disciplines, bringing a cinematic eye to his illustrations and a painterly touch to his photographs. He combines his varied talents as a graphic designer for Truth Revolution Records, and teaches at local schools and museums. Check out his amazing work at his website


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