Drop-in art-making is available Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1pm-5pm, unless we have another program or special event going on. Please call ahead if you are coming from afar: 413-625-2782.
After-School & Drop-In Program Philosophy
At The Art Garden, children and teens are encouraged to be self-directed artists; to develop and explore their own creative ideas in a nurturing and non-judgmental studio environment. Prompts, project ideas and instructional guidance are provided when needed. Our programs encourage freedom of expression, self-discovery, caring, and respect for differences. Kids bring their curiosity and imagination, and should anticipate being inspired by each other. Experienced art teacher, Jane Beatrice Wegscheider, facilitates most of our programs.
Advanced artistic mentoring is available upon request for teenagers preparing portfolios for college, or seeking advanced instruction in drawing, painting and mixed-media. Instruction is tailored to the student’s interests.
Parents/guardians are welcome to work on their own projects simultaneously with their children in the studio. Additional family members receive a 50% discount for drop-in studio time. Family memberships are also available (see Hours and Fees.)
Parent/child Creative Playtime
Parents/guardians with children under the age of 7 and parents/guardians who want to work and play collaboratively with their older children are welcome at The Art Garden also. (Please see Family Memberships under Hours and Fees.) Ideas, support and resources for age-appropriate activities are available.
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