Children's Classes

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Final Week to Register before classes begin!

On-site and hybrid classes will run from Monday, Septemer 27th through Thursday, December 16th. 

Most classes will be held on-site at the Bronx River Art Center, with sessions taking place within our well-ventilated open space studios. Classes will meet for ten (10) sessions, with the exception of the Thursday Crochet class, which will meet for five (5) sessions.

We will offer Four hybrid classes – Teen Project Studio, Digital Photography, Digital Illustration and Digital Animation: these classes will have the instructor teach the course remotely over Zoom, while students will have the opportunity to take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab with a teaching assistant.

BRAC is providing temporary subscriptions of Adobe Photoshop for registered participants in our Digital Illustration classes. Anyone interested in this offer should email to and put "Need Adobe Photoshop" in the subject line. Subscriptions are limited and are assigned on a first come first served basis.

For general questions about classes, please email

Youth and Young Adult Classes (ages 7 - 25): $95 for 10 sessions ($20 off for SNAP recipients)
Youth & Parent (child must be ages 6 - 12): $160 for ten sessions ($20 off for SNAP recipients)
Adult Classes (26+): $120 for ten sessions ($20 off for SNAP recipients)


September 27; October 4, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; December 6

Cartooning and Graphic Novels with Gregory Maldonado

4:30pm - 6:30pm (Tweens and Teens)

Whether you call it graphic novels, sequential art, manga or just comics. I will teach you to draw Marvel or DC-style action or build sh?nen manga spectacle like Dragon Ball Super or Naruto. You will learn how to tell a story in the sequential art form. We start with a few panels and by the end of the course you’ll be telling a story with more than a few pages. You begin with the basics, learning the rules, then create a character that will be the star of your comic/manga and leave with the tools to create your own graphic novel like the pros.

Teen Project Studio with Hector Canonge

4:30pm - 6:30pm (Ages 15-26) | FREE VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON CLASS



September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 9, 16, 23, 30; December 7

Basics of Drawing with Tiffany Miller

4:30pm - 6:30pm (Youth and Tweens)

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. Join us as we draw on paper and in sketchbooks. 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 discuss different approaches to drawing by sketching the landscape, still life and figurative drawings of master artists, contemporary artists, illustrators and photographers. We will also practice drawing shapes, structures and forms in abstract, expressionistic ways. Between classes students will be encouraged to draw from life and imagination.

Digital Portrait Photography with Hosea Johnson

6pm - 8pm (Teens and Adults) | VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON CLASS

Photo 2.0 - Past the Basics: Pick a genre and stick with it for a semester. This hybrid class is for the intermediate photographer ready to push their technical skills and sensibilities to the next level. Students should be ready to invest in equipment to achieve their visual goals. This class will be hybrid so students can take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab, with a teaching assistant there to help assist you.


September 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8

Digital Illustration with Maria Ferrari

4:30pm - 6:30pm (Tweens and Teens) | VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON CLASS

Having Photoshop skills and knowledge provides great creative possibilities. For this class, we will work on projects that incorporate Photoshop tools and techniques that will serve students well as they progress into higher education and beyond. This class teaches the basic skills and good work habits that are essential to mastering Photoshop – skills that will prepare you for a lifetime of creating digital art with ease. This class will be both fun and valuable, and the lessons learned here will enable students to build portfolios suitable for high-school submissions or college applications. At the end of the course, each student will be able to exhibit prints of their work.

This class will be hybrid so students can take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab, with a teaching assistant there to help assist you.

Access to Adobe Photoshop is required for this class. BRAC can provide a few temporary subscriptions of Adobe Photoshop for registered participants.

Teen Project Studio with Hector Canonge

4:30pm - 6:30pm (Ages 15-26) | FREE VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON CLASS



September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 18; December 2, 9, 16

Introduction to Art and Mixed-Media Painting

4:30pm to 6:30pm - Youth and Families

Let’s get creative! The first five classes will have Jennifier Tomaiolo teach you how to use to a variety of art materials and methods to create unique works of art. We will learn about: drawing, painting, collage, 3D multi-media and sculpture. We will look at art & artists from all over the world to inspire our creativity and learn new skills every week. Join us to paint, draw, use paper, make clay figures, create masks and other 3D projects!

The following five classes will have Marta Blair teach students to explore the multiple sources of abstraction inherent in natural forms. Sharpening the way we approach and look at nature and reviewing the basic properties of line, shape, space, form, texture, pattern, and color; we will open up a space for personal expression while giving painting and mixed media techniques to work around these concepts along with the brief introduction of artists and artwork to reinforce the same.


October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11

Ceramics: Wheel Throwing with Ana Ruiz

11am to 1pm (Teens and Adults)

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.

Printmaking and Drawing with Tammy Wofsey

11am to 1pm (All Ages)

In this class, we will explore different kinds of printmaking and drawing methods. We will incorporate our drawings into the printmaking process. We will learn about repetition of color, line and pattern, positive and negative shapes. We will use printmaking and drawing tools such as watercolor, linocut tools, inking rollers, pencils, charcoal, pens, brushes, paper, mulberry paper and found material. You will use our wheel press to hand crank through your artwork. Printmaking allows students to duplicate artwork. Printmaking uses material that can be drawn, carved or chosen from material such as leaves, found paper or cardboard that is then placed on an inked plate. We will make a portfolio book for storing and displaying your finished artwork.

Digital Animation with Hector Canonge

2pm - 4pm (Tweens and Teens) |  VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON CLASS

Through the use of digital software, lecture, demonstration, and hands on learning students will learn animation. By the end of the course students will have created their own animated short (30 seconds max.)

This class will be hybrid so students can take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab, with a teaching assistant there to help assist you.

Access to Adobe Photoshop is required for this class. BRAC can provide a few temporary subscriptions of Adobe Photoshop for registered participants.

Intermediate Painting on Canvas with Ana Ruiz

2pm to 4pm (Teens and Adults)

This course will focus on the use of acrylic on canvas to paint still life. Students will sharpen their ability to see and interpret objects, while focusing on composition, line, shape and mix of colors. Students will have the freedom to work on a realistic manner or in an abstract way.

Ceramics: Hand Building with Christopher Quinones

2pm to 4pm (Youth and Families)

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.

Registration & Fee Information:

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

Registration opens Monday, August 23th, 2021. 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.

Click here to view our complete policies and procedures.

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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Saturday: 12 - 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.