Winter Studio Programs / Children and Youth 2017

Family Open Studios

Spend some creative time with your family. We provide the space and basic materials. No reservations necessary. No open studios on 12/25/2017, 1/1/2018, 1/15/2018, and 2/19/2018.

Mondays, 1pm – 4pm
$3 fee per person; Free for members with their own supplies. 



All materials provided for children’s classes unless otherwise specified.

Ages 3.5 – 5 

Art ABCs

Expose children to a variety of media and processes through projects that stimulate imagination and creativity. A different take-home project is explored each week.

Mondays, 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Members $12 / Public $14 per class
Members $10 / Public $12 per class when you sign up for 5 or more


Treasure Island
Mary Addison

Yoho, it’s a pirate’s life for you! Children create a fantastic world of adventure on the high seas by decorating wooden chests and filling them with collected treasures.

Monday, November 20, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Mad Scientists
Mary Addison

Children experiment with chemistry to make art.

Monday, December 4, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Holiday Candy Clay
Mary Addison

Students make and decorate their own edible clay sculptures to enjoy or take home to share.

Monday, December 11, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Winter Landscapes 
Mary Addison

Students will learn how to properly use and experiment with a variety of materials including paint, pastels, markers and watercolor pencils to create a series of winter wonderland scenes.

Monday, January 8, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


MLK inspired “I have a Dream” Art
Mary Addison

Young artists celebrate diversity and civic pride while creating art that reflects their hopes and dreams of the future.

Monday, January 15, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Marvelous Mittens
Melissa Skiadas

Working with tissue paper collage techniques and other multi-media, students will design their very own cozy mitten inspired by the children’s classic book, The Mitten, by Jan Brett.

Monday, January 22, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Experimental Painting…No Brushes Allowed
Mary Addison

Children get their hands dirty while using nontraditional painting materials such as bubble wrap, forks, sponges and cotton swabs to create different textured backgrounds for their masterpieces.

Monday, January 29, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


“Unique” Self-Portraits
Mary Addison

Based on the book It’s OK to be different, students will create their own book filled with self- portraits that reflect the qualities that make them unique.

Monday, February 6, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Shaving Cream Hearts
Mary Addison

Students experiment with fun process art to make marbleized and splattered paper valentine cards for that someone special.

Monday, February 13, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Block Art
Mary Addison

Students will turn assorted blocks and other toys into stamps to create castles, skyscrapers, and more.

Monday, February 20, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Dr. Seuss Sculptures
Melissa Skiadas

Inspired by the whimsical artistic style of Dr. Seuss, students will create three-dimensional sculptures using clay, pipe cleaners and beads.

Monday, February 27, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


STEAM Filled Windsocks
Mary Addison

Students combine science, technology, engineering, art and math to make windsocks- just in time for the windy month of March.

Monday, March 6, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Box Monsters
Melissa Skiadas

Will your monster be silly, scary, or sweet? Using a simple cardboard box, students will design and create their very own monster using an assortment of multi-media.

Monday, March 13, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Kandinsky Flowers
Mary Addison

Young artists welcome spring by creating a wild flower garden inspired by the circle designs of artist, Wassily Kandinsky.

Monday, March 20, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Up Up and Away!
Kim Menacho

Let your imagination soar to new heights as you travel away on your very own painted hot air balloon. Using watercolor paints and crayon resist techniques, students will paint their design and create a short adventure story to go with it.

Monday, March 27, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Moving to Music
Lisa Lyman Adams

Students explore how music can affect the way that we create art. Children will test how line, color choice, and subject matter can change as they paint to different genres of music.

Monday, April 3, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Rain Rain Go Away!
Kim Menacho

April showers bring out the amazing artist in us all. Using crayon resist techniques, students create brightly patterned raindrop paintings.

Monday, April 10, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Nature Mobile
Melissa Skiadas

Students create an Earth Day mobile using natural materials such as leaves, flowers, and sticks imprinted into clay medallions.

Monday, April 17, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Mixed Up Chameleons
Mary Addison

Young artists have fun with “bleeding” tissue paper to redesign Eric Carle’s chameleon character from the popular children’s book.

Monday, April 24, 4:30pm – 5:30pm


Ages 6 – 9

Art Explorers

Inspire your child’s imagination and interest in art with fun educational projects in drawing, painting, and mixed media. Students learn fundamental art concepts and art vocabulary.

Tuesdays, 4:15pm – 5:45pm
Members $18 / Public $21 per class
Members $15 / Public $18 per class when you sign up for 5 or more


Aesop’s Fables
Gretchen Lally

Inspired by classic tales like “The Tortoise and the Hare”, students learn to fold and illustrate a small comic book.

Tuesday, November 21, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Melissa Skiadas

Children explore texture and design by pressing objects into clay to create ornaments or tiles.

Tuesday, December 5, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Winter Wonderland
Mary Addison

Students capture the look and feel of winter in mixed-media collage.

Tuesday, December 12, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Northern Lights Landscape
Mary Addison

Using both chalk and oil pastels, students will color the night sky while learning about this fascinating phenomenon.

Tuesday, January 9, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Snowflake Quilt
Amelia Onorato

Brighten up a winter’s day with a colorful paper quilt. Students will learn how to cut out paper snowflakes and turn them into an artistic display.

Tuesday, January 16, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Log Cabin Engineering
Melissa Skiadas

Students tap into their inner architect and build cabins out of sticks and clay.

Tuesday, January 23, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Create an Environment
Lisa Lyman Adams

Students learn basic drawing concepts by designing an environment of their choice, be it a city, rainforest, desert, or underwater scene.

Tuesday, January 30, 4:15pm – 5:45pm 


Mini Comics
Amelia Onorato

Hero or villain? Young artists decide as they learn how to design their own character and to structure a plot. They will take the first steps to creating a mini comic book.

Tuesday, February 6, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Crazy Patterned Hearts
Mary Addison

Working with Model Magic clay, students will sculpt Valentine’s-themed jewelry for that someone special.

Tuesday, February 13, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Serengeti Silhouettes
Melissa Skiadas

Students escape the winter cold and head into the heart of the African Serengeti. Using watercolors, young artists paint a background to fill with silhouetted cut-outs of their favorite African animals.

Tuesday, February 20, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Lisa Lyman Adams

In honor of the talented and infamous Dr. Seuss, students will recreate a page from their favorite books.

Tuesday, February 27, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Playing with Paper
Amelia Onorato

Young artists explore a variety of paper arts from collage to origami.

Tuesday, March 6, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Assemblage Sculptures
Melissa Skiadas

Using cardboard cutouts and overlapping and layering techniques, students assemble and spray paint their modern creations.

Tuesday, March 13, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Animal Sculptures
Melissa Skiadas

Using wire, clay, feathers and a variety of other materials, children invent small sculptural animals.

Tuesday, March 20, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Recycled Fairy Houses
Mary Addison

Using a simple cardboard tube, artists design a whimsical fairy or other fantastical character house complete with a creature made of clay to inhabit it.

Tuesday, March 27, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Ode to Spring
Melissa Skiadas

Working in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe, students experiment with pastels and glue to make floral art.

Tuesday, April 3, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Sensational Seascapes
Lisa Lyman Adams

Artists use paint, bubblewrap, gems, foam sheets, sand and other assorted multimedia to paint an imaginative underwater scene.

Tuesday, April 10, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Modern Masters
Melissa Skiadas

Artists learn about Modern Art by creating work that reflects the styles of Abstraction, Surrealism, and Cubism.

Tuesday, April 17, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Giacometti Sculptures
Mary Addison

Inspired by the unique, simple style of the sculptural artist Alberto Giacometti, students will use foil to learn about the human figure in 3D form.

Tuesday, April 24, 4:15pm – 5:45pm


Ages 8 – 12

Drawing & Painting Fundamentals
Lisa Lyman Adams

Working from various sources, including still lifes and other reference material, young artists strengthen their skills in drawing and paint application. Foundational basics like form, color, space and line will be discussed and explored. The teacher encourages returning students to advance their abilities and develop their styles.

Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 6pm
January 10 – February 7
March 28 – April 25
Members $85 / Public $100 per session


Comics & Cartooning
Amelia Onorato

Young artists learn the art of caricature while developing essential skills for drawing people, animals and fantastical creatures. Students will learn drawing and illustration techniques as well as structuring plots and writing dialogue. Their imaginations will come to life as they create their very own short comic book.

Wednesdays, 4:30pm – 6pm
February 21– March 21
Members $85 / Public $100

Ways to Save

Early Bird Discount

Participants may request $10 off any class $100 or more when registering at least three weeks before start date.

Refer a Friend

Participants may refer a friend to any class and both will receive $15 off registration fees of $75 or higher. Both parties must register before discount is applied and register for classes running during the same session. The friend must be a newcomer to MMOA classes.

The Two-Fer

Any student signing for two classes during the same session will receive $15 off his or her 2nd class (both classes must be $100 or more).

Only one discount may be applied and must be requested at the time of registration.

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