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Art Classes for Kids

Art Classes for Kids


With school out and graduations over, you are probably cooking up plans for your children or grandchildren this summer.  With seven different children’s art courses offered in July and August, as well as two children’s concerts and an open orchestra rehearsal during the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, the Yates County Arts Center offers another opportunity for kids to have fun and experience something new this summer.

Inspired by a board decision to increase children’s programming in 2004, board member and then president Fran Bliek spearheaded a grant proposal last fall to the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Decentralization Program to help fund this project.   The Yates County Arts Center’s bid was successful, and many of the children’s classes being held this summer are funded in part by the NYSCA Decentralization grant, administered locally by Finger Lakes Arts Grants & Services.  This grant, as well as funding from gallery sales, memberships, and other sources, has enabled the arts center to hire experienced teachers and keep the workshop fees low.

This summer children can enjoy watercolor painting, drawing, stamping, working with clay, and creating art that is inspired by the work of famous artists studied in class.  One workshop, “Paint Music!” with well-known local artist Matt Robbins, encourages children to listen to a piece of music and paint what they hear.   Expanding their courses beyond visual arts this summer, the Yates County Arts Center has also invited actress, director and playwright Kathy Gill to teach a 5-day mornings-only theater arts workshop in August that will culminate in a short production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream.  Robin Secrest, Melissa Shipman, Fran Bliek and Barbara Havill are among the other distinguished artists teaching courses for children this summer. 

The Yates County Arts Center launched its expanded children’s program this winter with four six-week art workshops aimed at reaching home schooled and other children who may not have access to arts programs at school.  The arts center expects to expand their children’s programming further in 2005, offering courses available at a time that is accessible to all school-age children.  “With so many public and private schools on tight budgets these days, and with precious few resources available to expand art classes, we think it is important for our group to step in to fill the gap where we can,” says Allison McKenzie, current president of the Yates County Arts Center.   “In the meantime we have a jam-packed, creative summer program that kids of all ages can enjoy.”

If you are wondering if there are art classes for adults this summer, you are in luck.  In addition to the ongoing memoir writing group and the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, you can take yoga at the arts center every Thursday or take any of the five adult art classes left this summer, including landscape drawing, stained glass, theorem painting and learning how to make books and boxes.

For a complete schedule of summer art courses and the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival, pick up a brochure at The Gallery, located at 119 E. Elm Street in Penn Yan, across from the Wagner restaurant, or visit their web site at The Yates County Arts Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance life in Yates County through education and the advancement of the arts.

Gallery Summer Programs:

Childrens’ Classes
Finger Lakes Chamber Music Concerts

Call 315-536-8226, or visit and

Concert at Norton Chapel, Keuka College
Sunday, July 11, 8 PM

Musicians from the Manhattan Chamber Orchestra playing
Dvorak’s A Major Quintet
Brahm’s F Minor Quintet

Tickets $15, (available at the door)
or buy 6 for $75 and use them in any combination during our season.

Reception sponsored by Hunt Country Vineyards

Children’s Stamp Camp
M/W/F July 12, 14, 16, 1:00-2:30 PM at The Gallery

$30 includes all project materials plus stamps and inkpads to take home.

Rubber stamping is a fun hobby!  Come learn some cool techniques like crayon resist and shaving cream backgrounds while creating pop-up greeting cards, gift items, and even a hand stamped tote bag—great for keeping your art materials together.  Project themes will include sports, nature, animals and more. 

Melissa Shipman, instructor.

Every Thursday (except July 15) 5:45-7:00PM at The Gallery

Angela Fishbaugh, Instructor
$5 session for members, $7 for non-members, payable monthly. Join any time.
Check our website for stained glass, drawing, theorem painting, theatre arts, clay, concerts.
Yates County Arts Center, 119 East Elm Street, Penn Yan
Open Tuesday – Friday Noon -4:00 PM, and Saturday 9-3.


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