Children's Classes


July 11th - August 12th


(Or register in-person at BRAC, Tues-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm)

Children and Teen Classes (7-20): $45 for five sessions

Child and Parent together: $77 for five sessions

Wish to experience more than a single art class? Sign up for Bronx Summer Art Focus: a five week daily program to learn and develop your skills and creativity in Visual Arts working with professional teaching artists. The program meets five days a week for five weeks, where students learn various media and techniques according to their age group.

Children and Teens | Monday through Friday, 10am to 1:30pm
Drop your kids in the early morning and pick them up after class or have lunch in BRAC’s private garden.

Monday: Introduction to Painting
Tuesday: Introduction to Drawing
Wednesday: 3D Mixed Media
Thursday: Ceramics Handbuilding
Friday: Digital Animation


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INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING for Children – 11am to 1pm

Instructor: Jonathan Berry

This class is an introduction to the skills and techniques for working in painting. It will guide students through their preliminary painting experience. Students will learn to work with multiple paint mediums: acrylic and watercolor, and be introduced to the basic concepts of painting exploring color, form, and composition.

INTERMEDIATE PAINTING for Teens and Adults – 2pm to 4pm

Instructor: Jonathan Berry

This course will cover foundations of color theory, composition ideas, and canvas layout. Students will refine their technical skills using acrylic and watercolor as well as other techniques and methods in painting in order to expand their painting vocabulary. This course will culminate in an instructor-led multi week project aimed at producing a finished painting based on participants interests and themes.

TEEN PROJECT STUDIO +2.0 for Teens and Young Adults – 4pm to 6pm (FREE CLASS)

Instructor: Julia Pontés

Imagine that you could create a map that better represents the place where you live… This Summer, selected participants in the program will work collectively to create a new form of mapping representing the West Farms and the Bronx River in "3D Interactive Mapping: Expanded Cartography." The five-week program will introduce production practices using photography, family and public archives, geology, and geography to create 3D maps and an art installation. We will collect materials in the river's surroundings, record sounds, and learn how to investigate satellite images. We will have 2 field trips to a museum to look at and observe different types of art installations and a library/archive where research methods will be shared. Our class goal is to have an art installation showcasing our final map. And our hope is that it serves as an expanded portrait of the West Farms and the Bronx River region.

Teen Project Studio +2.0 is an intensive, five-week, twice a week (Monday and Wednesday) visual arts program for teens and young adults ages 15-23 yrs. The free program is limited to 15 students, begins on July 11th, 2022, and meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 4pm to 6 pm. TPS is a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the visual arts and creative industries in an interactive and challenging way. TPS is also an opportunity to meet other participants with similar interests; design experience is not required, just the willingness to learn, share, and create.

INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING for Children – 11am to 1pm

Instructor: Tiffany Miller

Drawing is one of the oldest forms of communication and storytelling. It is also the foundation for many masterful works of art. Discover the beauty, magic, and power of this artistic discipline in a relaxed, supportive environment. `We will draw what we see and imagine as well as learn how to express our personal visions, ideas, and observations. With a focus on composition, we will practice our craft by sketching the landscape still life, abstract, and figurative drawings of master artists, contemporary artists, illustrators, and photographers. Students will be drawing with graphite (#2 pencils or 2b, 4b, 6b, 8b pencils), medium-soft charcoal pencils, color pencils, markers, ink, ballpoint pens, and pastels, and use kneaded and rubber erasers.

ANIME & MANGA ILLUSTRATION for Teens and Young Adults – 4pm to 6pm

Instructor: Gregory Maldonado

This class focuses on learning about the structures of manga / anime characters using shapes and anatomy for movement. Students will focus on the creation of Chibi Style caricatures, develop pacing, setting up scenes using panels, working with depth, and the use of lighting and shadow techniques. Students will work on developing their own manga and anime characters to tell their own stories.

3D MIXED MEDIA for Children and Teens – 11am to 1pm

Instructor: Jennifer Tomaiolo

Bring your imagination to construct creations out of exciting materials in this summer art class! This class will teach you how to use a variety of art materials and methods to create unique 3D mixed media works of art. We will look at art & artists from all over the world to inspire our creativity and learn a new skill each week. Projects will explore a variety of three-dimensional media – using paper, wood, and non-traditional materials to make landscapes, figures, masks and other 3D projects!

DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION for Teens and Adults – 2pm to 4pm

Instructor: Maria Ferrari

Arm yourself with the best tools possible for creating art digitally using Adobe Photoshop. This class teaches basic skills and good work habits that are essential to mastering Photoshop, and its complex range of possibilities - skills that will better prepare students for a lifetime of creating digital art with ease. Geared for ages 13 and up, this class will be valuable both for building portfolios for school applications and expanding job opportunities for adults in the digital design fields. In this course you will have great fun exploring your creative vision on the computer. This class is being offered hybrid with the teacher leading the class virtually on our large screen monitor. Students can take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab with a teaching assistant there to help you, or work virtually from their home. (Access to Adobe Photoshop is required for this class. BRAC welcomes students in this class for the Open Lab sessions).

TEEN PROJECT STUDIO +2.0 for Teens and Young Adults – 4pm to 6pm (FREE CLASS)

3D Interactive Mapping: Expanded Cartography

Instructor: Julia Pontés

Registration is by application only! See the Teen Project Studio +2.0 page for more details.

CERAMICS HANDBUILDING for Children and Teens – 11am to 1pm

Instructor: Cristen Shea

Building Up with Clay by Hand. Learn how to build pots, cups, plates, vases and other vessels in class using only the simplest hand building techniques. Begin with a slab of wet clay and through the course learn what it takes to sculpt your vessels from the bottom up. Decorate your creation with glaze before we fire them in our kilns for you to take for home use or display.

CERAMIC WHEEL THROWING for Young Adults and Adults – 2pm to 4pm

Instructor: Cristen Shea

This course introduces students to creating ceramic forms utilizing the potter’s wheel. A range of techniques will be demonstrated as starting points to using the wheel as a tool for creating forms. The design, function, decoration, and presentation of the thrown forms will be emphasized through course assignments.

DRAWING & PRINTMAKING for Children and Teens – 4pm to 6pm

Instructor: Tammy Wofsey

In this class you will learn drawing and printmaking skills. You will make our own sketch books to be used throughout the semester, and will learn to draw from life and incorporate this in our printmaking artwork. What is printmaking? Printmaking allows students to duplicate artwork. Printmaking uses material that can be drawn, carved or chosen from material such as leaves, cloth or paper that is then placed on an inked plate. Printmaking is best described as a surprise using ink and paper. The process is like a sandwich created from your artwork. First, you ink the plate you have your artwork on, then the paper you want to print the art on is placed on top, followed by a felt blanket. Using our wheel press, you will hand crank through your artwork. Each layer is peeled off to get to the bottom of your print. Your paper is pulled off the plate to reveal a surprise picture that is in reverse from the original plate.

DIGITAL ANIMATION for All Ages – 11am to 1pm

Instructor: Hector Canonge Through the use of applications, demonstrations, and hands-on learning students will learn animation. By the end of the course students will have created their own animated shorts (30 seconds max.) This class is being offered hybrid with the teacher leading the class in our Media Lab and virtually through online platforms. Students can take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab with a teaching assistant on-site to help you, or work virtually from their home. (Access to Adobe Photoshop is required for this class. BRAC can provide a few temporary subscriptions of Adobe Photoshop for registered participants who chose to work remotely).

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY for Teens and Adults – 2pm to 4pm

Instructor: Christopher Lopez

Participants will learn how to analyze, create, and speak about the images they see in their everyday lives. By discussing the technical aspects of digital photography students will learn about composition, framing, and form to better understand the deeper meaning of photographs. Students will have the opportunity to create their own original photos during every class in BRAC’s Media Lab and the immediate surroundings, BRAC’s garden and Green RoofTop.

NOTE: Classes may not run if there are less than eight registered students. If the class is canceled, you will be notified before classes start.
Proof of vaccination will be required upon entering building for first class. Negative tests required for under 12. Use of masks is required.

Registration & Fee Information:

Please note that we have a first-come, first-serve policy. Reserve your spot as soon as possible!

Register Online Here.

All fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. In addition, you can contact us at or call 718.589.5819

Cancellation Policy: If a class does not meet capacity, it may be canceled, in which case students will have the option to either take another class or receive a full refund.

Unless otherwise noted, all classes include materials and use of professional equipment.

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Locations of Classes & Travel Directions:

In-person classes will take place at the Bronx River Art Center, located at 1087 E. Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10460

Virtual classes will take place over Zoom, with links sent out no latter than two hours before class time.

Bronx River Art Center
1087 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY 10460
T (718) 589-5819

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Tuesday - Friday: 2 - 6 PM
Saturday: 12 - 5 PM
Gallery hours are only in effect during the
exhibition dates.

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Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM

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DIRECTIONS TO CENTER:  By Train: Take #2 or #5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street. By Bus: Take #'s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road. By Car: Take Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway, and exit at East Tremont Ave. Turn left at the traffic light one block down onto East Tremont. Turn left after one block onto Bronx St. (Cross Bronx Expressway) towards Rosedale Ave, then exit. Turn left onto Rosedale Ave, then take a left onto Tremont Ave. Drive four blocks to West Farms Square.