Living in Northern Westchester, we have access to an incredible amount of arts and culture that’s only an hour away in NYC. There are also gems all around us that make it easy to cultivate our kids love of the arts such as at the Katonah Art Center.
Located in Mount Kisco, this cultural hub offers an impressive roster of classes, workshops, and events for your kids and adults to hone in on their artistic skills (and learn some new ones!). ‘
During a recent visit, I had the opportunity to tour their bright, new facility (they moved from Goldens Bridge) that featured several classrooms for creation, imagination and creativity.
This includes a bright, airy room where little ones can take Expressive Twos and Expressive Threes & Fours that are designed to stimulate visual thinking for toddlers and younger kids. For kids who are a little older, they offer Drawing & Painting for Pre-K & K and Clay for Threes and Fours, to name a few offerings.
They also have an excellent afterschool program for grade-school kids as well as for teens. During my visit, I saw kids creating in the Drawing & Painting for grades 3 – 5 class and the Drawing & Painting for grades 1 and 2.
The kids in the drawing and painting class for grades 3-5 were working on a still life drawing using charcoal; while the kids in the grade 1 and 2 program were drawing and then painting a picture from one of the many inspirational art books that are housed at the Katonah Art Center. Throughout the 11-week program, they have the chance to work with a variety of mediums such as pastels, watercolors, acrylics, and charcoals as they learn to draw and paint from observation.
There was also a Pottery Wheel & More and Sculpture & More class going on where the kids were making all sorts of cool objects as well as painting their finished works. In the Pottery Wheel class, kids learn how to throw on a wheel and in the sculpture class, kids learn how to make basic and complex sculptures following different techniques.
For teens, they also have some great workshops like Create A Decal Skin For Your Laptop, Embroider It!, and Paint Your Jacket and Jeans, to name a few offerings. They also have a portfolio development program that is designed to help teenagers with the preparation of their art school portfolios, covering still life, outdoor painting, portraiture, life drawing, life sculpture, technical drawing, mixed media and more.
And the beauty of the center is that they offer programming for adults as well. As a busy mom, I really appreciate that they offer workshop-style classes for one night as a way to gather some friends and create without the stress of committing to a longer program. Some of their upcoming offerings for adults include Pinot & Paint, Color Mixing, and Mud & Merlot. In addition to the workshops, KAC also has a full class schedule for adults.
Be sure to check out their page for all of the latest news on their events, upcoming classes, and camps.
Ready to learn more about the Katonah Art Center!? Visit them during their upcoming Open House on January 5th from 1:30-3:30pm to learn more about their programming, meet the teachers, and have the chance create!
Visit: Katonah Art Center at 40-2 Radio Circle Drive in Mount Kisco, NY
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