KIDS: Creative Arts Workshops

{More Kid Stuff Page Header} +More Kid Stuff
Creative Arts Workshop - Summer 2015 Art Programs for Young People
{Creative Arts Workshops Logo}
Creative Arts Workshop Summer Session June 22, 2015 to August 14, 2015
 Art Programs for Young People

Ages 4-6
1. Color Magic with Eva Scopino. Explore the exciting world of color mixing, watercolor, pastel, spin art, finger-painting, easel painting, string painting, chalk, colored tissue paper, color clay and color collage . Mon - Fri, 9am - 1pm, 6/22 - 6/26.

2. Leo Lionni with Eva Scopino. Celebrate this favorite author of children’s books, including Swimmy and Frederick . Create art with watercolor, collage, clay and papier mâché, plus make your very own picture book. Mon - Fri, 9am - 1pm, 6/29 - 7/3.

3. Robots, Aliens & Monsters with Eva Scopino. Explore the exciting world of color mixing, watercolor, pastel, spin art, finger-painting, easel painting, string painting, chalk, colored tissue paper, color clay and color collage. Mon - Fri, 9am - 1pm, 6/22 - 6/26.

4. Fairy Tales & Folktales with Eva Scopino. Castles and witches and wizards,
oh my! Bring your favorite storybook characters to life from the page . Mon - Fri, 9am - 1pm, 7/13 - 7/17

5. Blast Off! with Jennifer van Elswyk. Space-based projects using clay moonscapes, space helmets and model rocket ships created with papier-mâché, clay, paint, collage and drawing materials . Mon - Fri, 9am - 1pm, 7/20 - 7/24.

6. Forest Friends with Eva Scopino. 2-D and 3-D art projects inspired by trees, leaves, twigs, pinecones, acorns and wonderful woodland creatures . Mon - Fri, 9am - 1pm, 7/27 - 7/31.

7. Natural Inspiration with Judie Cavanaugh. Play in nature and draw, paint, collage and use 3-D materials to create masterpieces based on Andy Goldsworthy, Hundterwasser, Monet and Eric Carle. Mon - Fri, 9am - 1pm, 8/3 - 8/7.

8. African Safari with Jennifer van Elswyk. African animals and their habitats are explored through clay animals, masks and miniature landscapes, animal drawings and paintings. Mon - Fri, 9am - 1pm, 8/10 - 8/14.

Grades 2-4
1. Nature Sightings with Nellie Shevelkina. Birds, butterflies, bugs, animals, trees, leaves and flowers will inhabit our creations as we sketch outdoors at CAW and the Peabody Museum to create inventive sculptural artwork using cardboard, paint, collage, mixed media and printmaking. Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 6/22 - 6/26.

2.  All About Clay with Gul Rukh Selim. Explore slab, coil, carving and glazing techniques and try throwing on the wheel . Emphasizing the creative process allows students a relaxed and adventurous experience .
Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 6/29 - 7/3.

3. Under Construction with Nellie Shevelkina. Experience the excitement, color, textures, sounds and variety of the city through art . Viewing and sketching buildings and streets in the surrounding area will inform 2-D and
3-D mixed media creations. Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 7/6  - 7/10.

4. Multiples of Fun with Judie Cavanaugh. Printmaking with a variety of tools and techniques to create monoprints, stencils, collographs, stamps, handmade books, marbleized papers, origami and nature impressions. Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 7/13 - 7/17.

5. Art & Yoga with Judie Cavanaugh. Combining fun, secular, mindful art projects in many mediums with kid-friendly yoga poses, breathing techniques, visualization and music . Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 7/20 - 7/24.

6. Marvelous Toymakers with Martha Savage. Explore the art of making toys with paper, cardboard, recyclables, household materials, art supplies and the most important ingredient: imagination! Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 7/27 - 7/31.

7. Gravity, Magnetism & Observation with Jennifer van Elswyk. Exciting art experiments using moonscape relief, sundials, bubble sculpture, action spinning, magnet painting and crayon etchings. Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 8/3 - 8/7.

8. Green Thumb with Kris Wetmore. Get your hands dirty creating a mini garden in a hand-built clay vessel, terrarium greenhouse, nature weaving, drawing and painting from nature and a field trip to the Peabody Museum to study dioramas. Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 8/10 - 8/14.

Grades 5-7
1. Artists-in-Residence with Violet Harlow. Dive into sketching, painting, collage and sculpting, work with different media and learn to create materials from scratch, discuss masterworks, experiment with new ideas through a field trip to the Yale Art Gallery. Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 6/22 - 6/26.

2. Picture This! with Kris Wetmore. Explore creative photography using the darkroom method . Learn about photograms, pinhole cameras, making photo-collages, composition and camera angles, plus view the photo collections at Yale Art Gallery. Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 6/29 - 7/3.

3. Potters Delight with Alice Chittenden. Total clay immersion, including hand- building, wheel-throwing, surface design, painting and glazing to create vessels, bowl and pots, slab work and coil projects. Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 7/6  - 7/10.

4. Think Theater with Nellie Shevelkina. Discover visual side of theater from Greek tragedies to Japanese Kabuki and Broadway to contemporary theater . Learn how to make backdrops, curtains, props, costumes, masks and more to create the show! Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 7/13 - 7/17.

5. Art & Yoga with Young People's Faculty. Combining fun, secular, mindful art projects in many mediums with kid-friendly yoga poses, breathing techniques, visualization and music . Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 7/20 - 7/24.

6. Print & Hang Your Banner with Young People’s Faculty. The basics of stencil, stamp, splatter and silkscreen through color, pattern, design and composition to create beautiful prints, wall hangings and your own banner .
Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 7/27 - 7/31.

7. All About Clay with Alice Chrittenden. Explore slab, coil, carving and glazing techniques and try throwing on the wheel . Emphasizing the creative process allows students a relaxed and adventurous experience. Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 8/3 - 8/7.

8. Clay, Paint, Water, Wind & Rain with Martha Savage Become an expert with these quintessential art materials, creating clay pots for growing plants, a bird bath from recyclable plastics, pinwheels, ceramic mobiles and drip technique rainbows. Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 8/10 - 8/14.

Art Intensives for Grades 8-12
1. Sculpture in Clay with Gul Rukh Selim. Basic sculptural techniques, including modeling, adding and taking away material, and construction of base forms . Both new and experienced artists are welcome! Mon - Fri, 9am - 3pm, 7/27 - 7/31.

2. Explore New Haven with Phil Levine. Guided tour through the archives of Yale University, local galleries, natural history at the Peabody Museum and the architecture of our city to expanding your portfolio, developmental drawing techniques, and new media experiments. Mon - Fri, 10am - 1pm, 8/3 - 8/7.

3. Drawing Intensive with Phil Levine. A supervised, professional studio setting with guided art practice tailored to age and experience . Expand your portfolio with projects in color, collage and sculpture, art history, architecture, natural history, observational drawings, and self-portraits. Mon - Fri, 1:30 - 4pm, 8/3 - 8/7.

4. Metalsmithing Intensive with Connie Pfeiffer. Basic metalworking techniques, including use of hand tools and a soldering, to create 2D and 3D forms, mini sculptures, and jewelry. Mon - Fri, 1:30 - 5pm, 8/3 - 8/7.

New Explorers: Discover Art with Catherine Lendler. Summer inspires painting, drawing, collage, clay and constructions to develop motor skills and imaginations . Tue, 4 - 5pm, 6/23 - 7/28.

Ages 4-6
Smart @ Art: Summer Fun with Judie Cavanaugh. Celebrate summer colors, beach scenes, fish and fun in the sun through painting, collage, printing, clay, wood and papier mâché . Wed, 4 - 5:30pm, 6/24 - 7/29.

Grades 1-2
Draw & Paint with Eva Scopino. Explore lines, shapes and forms, design, shading and composition with spiration from the summer season: botanicals, trees, skies, and creatures . Fosters visual literacy and motor skills; sparks creativity. Wed, 4 - 5:30pm, 6/24 - 7/29.

Grades 2-5
Go Buggy with Eva Scopino. Buzz! Flutter! Click! Create art inspired by bugs and butterflies: wings, antennae, patterns, flowers and plants . Promotes connections to natural science; sparks motor skills, problem-solving and creativity. Mon, 4 - 5:30pm, 6/22 - 7/27.

Hooray for Clay! with Violet Harlow. Imagination leads the designing, hand-building, and glazing of clay vessels, figures, and sculptures including circus and lifelike animals, slab buildings and coil visionary vessels and more. Wed, 4 -
5:30pm, 6/24 - 7/29.

Grades 3-5
Summer Adventures with Nellie Shevelkina. Remember special moments from summer in an imaginative, hand- bound travel journal with drawings, collage and words. Mon & Wed, 4 - 6pm, 6/22 - 7/8.

Fun with Metal with Connie Pfeiffer. Make jewelry and mini-sculpture with copper sheet metal and wire to wear or hang, including pendants, medallions, and forms from nature . Thu, 4 - 5:30pm, 6/25 - 7/30.

Grades 5-7
Landscapes of Your Own with Nellie Shevelkina. Get outside and explore shapes, colors and textures on Audubon Street, in Edgerton Park and at the Peabody Museum . New observational skills will inform a mini mural using painting, collage or drawing. Tue & Thu, 4 - 6pm, 6/23 - 7/9.

Grades 8-12
Teen Drawing & Watercolor with Young People’s Faculty. Learn the fundamentals of drawing and watercolor, with a focus on color using pencils, ink and pastels, plus liquid, pan and tube watercolors . Individual expression is encouraged! Open to students at all levels. Fri, 4:30 - 6:30pm, 6/26 - 7/31.

Teen Clay with Michael Bradford. Enter the world of ceramics and sink your hands into the cool, soft texture of clay through sculpture and functional pottery, such as cups, bowls, boxes and trays . Explore hand-building, wheel-throwing, slip decoration and glazing. Thu, 5 - 7pm, 6/25 - 7/30.

  {Child at Art Class}      {Children in Art Program Painting}
Creative Arts Workshop employs over 55 professional artists part-time to teach classes and workshops to nearly 2,000 adults and 1,000 young people each year. Classes are available for students at all levels of experience and are kept small to ensure that individual attention can be given to everyone. Students learn in a supportive environment and are encouraged to fully explore their creativity and strive for excellence. Advanced students and professional artists come to the Workshop to learn new techniques and to take advantage of open studio sessions with access to equipment, live models and critique sessions. CAW also offers a wide array of WORKSHOPS, perfect for beginning students looking to try out an art class or advanced students looking to focus on a specific area or develop a new skill.  

Summer session begins June 22 and ends August 14 except as noted. Beginning and ending dates are noted with each course description. Most course prices include model fees, additional fees are noted. Course descriptions specify suggested minimum levels of experience. If you are  unsure whether a certain course is suitable for you, please don’t hesitate to ask. If necessary, we can arrange for the instructor to contact you to answer your questions. We encourage you to enroll by June 15,2015. All classes have limited enrollment. You can register NOW by mail or on our website You may also register by telephone or in person at CAW between 10 and 4, Monday through Friday.  A $3.00 handling fee will be applied to each registration.  All registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received. Please note that your place in a class is only secured with the receipt of your payment. The decision to cancel a class which does not meet its required minimum enrollment is made as close as possible to a week before the class begins. Students are only notified if a class is full or canceled. If you would like confirmation of your registration, please email the Registrar at It is expected students will regularly attend all classes for which they are registered. 
  {Child with Cartoon Art}    {Children in Art Program Painting}

Creative Arts Workshop is a nonprofit regional center for education in the visual arts that has served the Greater New Haven area since 1961. Located in the heart of the award-winning Audubon Arts District, the Workshop offers a wide range of classes in the visual arts in its own three-story building with fully equipped studios and an active exhibition schedule in its well known Hilles Gallery. More than 3,000 adults and young people enroll annually in the over 300 courses offered by Creative Arts Workshop, while thousands of visitors enjoy the exhibitions in both galleries throughout the year.
Creative Arts Workshop makes the arts available to all who want to participate. CAW is supported by its membership, tuition fees, arts-related fundraising events and sponsors. Additional funding is received from corporate and individual contributors as well as from grants for special projects from both public funds and charitable foundations.
From I-91:
Take exit 3 (Trumbull Street). At the bottom of the exit ramp at the light, make a left (Orange Street). Go to the next light and make a right (Grove Street). Go to the next light and make a right (beginning of Whitney Avenue), one block up on right is Audubon Street (one-way). CAW is half-way down the block.
From I-95:
Pick up I-91 North and take exit 3 (Trumbull Street). Follow directions above.
From Route 34:
Pass Yale Bowl. Take a left onto Ella Grasso Boulevard, go to Whalley (Dunkin Donuts on corner). Take a right onto Whalley and continue until Whalley becomes Elm Street. Keep going straight down to Church Street (Court House on your left). Take a left, go past 2 traffic lights (Church becomes Whitney Avenue). Audubon Street is your first right.
From Merritt Parkway:
Take Dixwell Avenue Exit (Hamden). At 3rd light (past the Post Office) take a left onto Mather Street, follow Mather to Whitney Avenue (Mobile Gas Station). Turn right onto Whitney Avenue, continue towards New Haven. Take a left onto Trumbull Street. At 2nd light (Orange Street) turn right, go to the next light (Grove Street), turn right. Turn right again onto Whitney Avenue, Audubon Street is your first right.
Parking is available in the Audubon Court Garage. The entrance is on Orange Street, just past Audubon Street, or on Audubon Street just past CAW. Tickets may be stamped at the front desk for a discount.
Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510

Phone: 203-562-4927
Fax: 203-562-2329

Back to Top

Images and descriptions on this page are used by permission of the Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, Connecticut, and are protected under United States Copyright Laws. For information, contact the Creative Arts Workshop.

Back to Events Main Page


Content Last Modified on 5/5/2015 2:09:30 PM