Summer Spree TEEN STUDIOS 2017 (ages 12-17)


Summer Teen Studios are especially designed for young artists ages 12 and up. Our Teen Studios are the perfect place for teens to follow their interests in a welcoming, supportive environment. Small classes are ideally suited for all levels—from the dabbler to the most serious art student.  Teens will have fun while they explore the arts—master skills and learn new techniques—concentrate on a single medium—receive individual instruction from an outstanding teaching artist.

Classes in all sessions meet Monday – Friday, either 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm or 2:30pm to 4:00pm  (CLAY WHEEL CLASSES RUN FOR 2 WEEKS ONLY)

SESSION 1 June 26 to 30 – SESSION 5 August 7 to August 11 & SESSION 6 August 14 to August 18 (1 WEEK) – member $85/non-member $100 per class

SESSION 2 July 3 to July 7 No class July 4 (4 DAYS) – members $65/non-members $80

SESSION 3 July 10 to July 21 & SESSION 4 July 24 to August 4 (2 WEEKS) – member $155/non-member $170 per class


Advanced Drawing Techniques with Artist Nicole Campbell Session 2, Extended studio 1 – 4 pm THIS CLASS IS FULL

This is a 3 hour, 4 day intensive course for young artists who are serious about fine tuning their drawing skills.  Students will have the opportunity to work from life and the imagination working alongside a professional teaching artist.

Architectural Models with Josh Irvan Session 3, 2:30 – 4parchitecturem

Students will construct houses out of foam board, balsa wood and other materials while learning various model building techniques. This will include basic design, model construction, model detailing and painting. You’ll leave with a finished model.

Bookmaking with Carol Gannon Session 4, 2:30 – 4pm

This class will introduce students to the art of making simple books.  Working with a variety of papers, students will learn basic techniques such as folding papers, stitching and binding.  Students will walk away with three of their own functional, one-of-a-kind books.

Cartooning, Comic Books & Illustration with Desire Grover Session 5, 1 – 2:30pm

This class covers the basics of cartooning. We will learn to tell stories with pictures and to use other cartoons as references for developing our own. A key component of the class will be character design, including conceptualizing characters in 3 dimensions. We will also explore various popular styles of cartooning and illustration.

Digital Drawing with Drew Arata Session 4, 2:30 – 4pm

Bring your iPad or any other model of tablet to this class and learn how to use a number of interesting and versatile apps that can be used to draw, manipulate and then animate pictures! We will draw from our imaginations, as well as taking our tablets outside to draw from nature before taking our digital illustrations to the next level.

Digital Photography Session 2, 1:00 – 2:30pm with Patti Kelly Session teen photo6, 1:00 – 2:30pm with Suzanne Baker

Digital photography opens up new possibilities for capturing images. These days almost everyone has a digital camera, but getting great results takes practice. Explore the art of photography in the digital realm including camera function and composition. Bring a digital camera.

Divine Desserts with Jeffrey Miller Catering Session 6, 2:30 – 4pm

You’ll never look at desserts in the same way after taking this class led by Chefs from Jeffrey Miller Catering.  Students will learn how to bake a variety of sweet, delicious and decadent desserts – all from scratch using only the best ingredients.  You’ll be amazed by how simple, fun and rewarding baking can be…especially after you taste your own creations!

DIY Photo Crafts with Suzanne Baker Session 6, 2:30 – 4pm

Have you been taking a ton of photos and can’t figure out what to do with them?  Bring your images to this class to download, manipulate and print to incorporate them into beautiful collages and artworks, which will finally put them to good use!

Drawing and Pastel with Pat Scarano Session 3, 2:30 – 4pm

Students will train their eyes and hands and increase artistic confidence by building a solid foundation in drawing. We will work from still life, landscapes, and the figure using pencil, charcoal, colored pencil and pastel. Learn to recreate what you see in an expressive way.

Duct Tape Mania with Emily MacDonald Session 1, 1 – 2:30pm

Duct tape isn’t just a useful household item.  There are endless possibilities for art making.  This fun-filled class will introduce you to dozens of creative ideas for using this marvelous tape – from accessories to clothing to sculptures.  Who knew something so simple could be so extraordinary!

Eco Textile Design with Quincy Carpenter Session 1, 1 – 2:30pm

Art is all around us! In this class, we will discover ways of making art to give new life to discarded fabrics and other unconventional materials. Stitch, print, dye, collage and learn new techniques to create fun and beautiful surfaces and designs.

Fabric Dyeing and Painting with Carol Gannon Session 3, 1 – 2:30pm

Explore the fun of creating your own unique, printed fabrics with CAC Summer Fellow, Carol Gannon. Students will have the opportunity to explore different forms of resist dyeing and painting on silk. No experience needed, just an interest in rolling your sleeves up and getting your hands messy!

Gelli Printing with Jeannie Cammarota Session 4, 1 – 2:30pm

Come join the fun in making monoprints on paper and fabric using the gelatin printmaking technique. We will use water soluble inks and a pre-made gelatin slab. We will play with color, pattern, texture, stencils and experiment with layering and ghost prints on our Gelli blocks for amazing creative results! We can even draw and collage into the prints. The possibilities are endless!

Hand Built Ceramics Session 1, 2:30 – 4pm (Mask Making with Justin Benn) 

Sessions 2, 4 & 6, 2:30 – 4pm (Basic Hand Building with Kate White) Session 3, 2:30 – 4pm (Smoke fired coil pots and Fairy Houses with Effie Brenner and Kate White) Session 5,  2:30 – 4pm (Boxes and Jars with Kate White)

Hand building opens up new possibilities in clay. Learn basic techniques to create fun and useful pieces using pinch, coil and slab construction. Try your hand at mask making, figures and functional pieces like boxes and jars. Clay preparation, glazing, and the firing process are included.

 Jewelry jewelry& Small Metals with Dori McClennen Session 5, 2:30– 4pm

Learn tools and techniques to create jewelry out of metal that are uniquely your own! You will saw, file, polish, and create textures to fabricate distinctive jewelry from copper and brass wire and sheet metal. You will create a number of pieces, including a charm, a ring, and colorful copper pendants using colored pencils and more!

 Mandalas and Mindfulness with Lindsay Jamison Session 2, 2:30 – 4pm

Discover the connection between creating art and practicing mindfulness meditation. In this session, we will explore how the art of mandala making is a tool for self-discovery and inner transformation. Learn about setting intentions and affirmations, breathing techniques and how to use a compass and rulers to create intricate geometric works of art. Meditate, create and transform.

 Mosaic Arts with David Woods Session 4, 1 – 2:30pm

A mosaic is a pattern or picture made using many small objects (traditionally with stone, tile and glass).  This studio is a unique opportunity to learn the mosaic process.  Each student will design and create a piece of mosaic art to take home. All supplies will be provided.

Movie Making Using Your Home Computer with Margaret Ewing Session 5, 1 – 2:30pm

Kids will learn the basics of movie making in three parts: start with a concept and develop our ideas through sketches and storyboards; shoot stop motion animation and capture live action footage to make our ideas come alive; and use iMovie and Adobe Creative Cloud. We’ll add graphics, sound, effects and music, finalizing our movie creations. After taking this class you will be able to go on and be the director of your OWN original movie!

Nature Inspired Art, with Quincy Carpenter Session 1, 2:30 – 4pm

In this class, we will literally use everything under the sun to make art.   We will seek, forage and explore the grounds of the CAC to find inspiration and supplies for our art projects.  Projects will include, but not be limited to nature journals, sun-prints and sculptures utilizing found natural materials.

Painting Techniques with Pat Scarano Session 3, 1 – 2:30 pm

Learn to understand the basics of acrylic and watercolor byworking on fun and simple projects like still life and landscapes.  Basic techniques and materials will be explored with endless possibilities for creativity.

Paper Dyeing and Collage with Jessica Eldredge Session 2, 2:30 – 4pm

CAC Summer Fellow, Jessica Eldredge, will guide students through the process of paper dyeing and give them an opportunity to experiment and discover their own personal dyeing techniques. Students will then use their papers to create unique, colorful works of art.wheelpottery2

Pottery on the Wheel with Mary Martin Sessions 1, 3, 4 & 5, 1 – 2:30 pm

Learn all about the potter’s whe
el. Create beautiful shapes and functional forms that will last a lifetime. Students should have some experience with clay. ALL WHEEL CLASSES RUN FOR 2 WEEKS (Register in Sessions 1, 3, 4 & 5)

Printmaking Techniques with Drew Arata Session 5, 2:30 – 4pmPrintmaking

Drew Arata, from Earth & State in Media, will introduce a variety of printmaking techniques from monoprints to silk screen. He will cover how to use the equipment and tools, and share basic tips and tricks necessary to printing your own unique designs.  You’ll walk away witha handful of original works of art.

Sketchdrawing2ing in Nature with Gail Herring Session 5,1 – 2:30 pm

Experience and interpret natural objects and the landscape using a variety of drawing materials. Students will be inspired by exploring the grounds of the CAC and sketch from observation, as well as photographs. Back in the studio, we’ll practice techniques and develop drawings from our sketches based on personal style and creative expression.

Upcycled Art with Emily MacDonald Session 1, 2:30 – 4pm

In this class, we will turn everyday materials and recyclables into beautiful works of art.  We’ll use old toys, buttons, screws, re-purposed objects and might just go hunting on the grounds of the CAC for materials to use in our sculptures.  Let your imagination run wild and come create!


Don’t see what you are looking for? Teens ages 18 and up are welcome in adult classes.  Take a look at our Summer Adult Brochure or check out our Web site at for a complete listing of adult classes.

You will enjoy reduced tuition if you become a member of the Community Arts Center. Members receive reduced class tuition throughout the year and more…

Junior Membership: $30 (per child)   Household Membership: $75

We offer a 10% sibling discount for additional children from the same family who will be registering in the same session.