Summer 2024 Schedule

Summer 2024 Schedule

Another fun summer of art-making on the patio.

All summer programs will be held under cover on our outdoor patio (with some time spent each day inside the studio). Max 12 kids per week!

Summer 2024 Schedule At-A-Glance

Summer 2024 Schedule At-A-Glance

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 1A: July 1 – 3 (9-11:30am) Sensory Fun! (Ages 5-10)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 1B: July 1 – 3 (1-4pm) Fiber Fun in the Sun (Ages 6-11)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 2A: July 8-12 (9-11:30am) Drawing and Painting (Ages 6-11)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 2B: July 8-12 (1-4pm) Experimental Photo Lab (Ages 9-14)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 3A: July 15-19 (9-noon) Exploring Art & Music in collaboration with Little Roots! (Ages 6-9) ** Drop off at Little Roots; Pick up at Art Always

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 4A: July 22-26 (9-11:30am) Sculpture (Ages 6-11)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 4B: July 22-26 (1-4pm) Sewing and Fabric Design (Ages 9-12) 

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 5A: July 29-Aug 2 (9-11:30am) Art Exploration (Ages 5-10)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 5B: July 29-Aug 2 (1-4pm) Fiber Fun in the Sun (Ages 6-11)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 6A: August 5-9 (9-11:30am) Go Figure! (Ages 8-12)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 6B: August 5 – 9 (1-4pm) Creature Houses! (Ages 8-12)

Registration Info

Spaces are held on a first come, first serve basis once a registration form, signed waiver AND full payment are received (check or venmo @Lindsay-Fogg-Willits). Students who withdraw from a summer session ON or BEFORE May 15, 2024 will receive a 75% refund. After May 15, 2024 no refunds will be issued.

** Sibling Discount: take 15% off the sibling’s tuition

Daily Schedule (Morning Programs)

  • 9-9:10am arrival and meeting
  • 9:10-10am Art Block 1
  • 10-10:30am snack and games
  • 10:30-11:15am Art Block 2
  • 11:15-11:30am finish, choice, clean-up and goodbyes

Daily Schedule (Afternoon Programs)

  • 1-1:15pm arrival and meeting
  • 1:15-2:15 Art Block 1
  • 2:15 – 2:45 snack and games
  • 2:45-3:45 Art Block 2
  • 3:45-4pm finish, choice, clean-up and goodbyes

Sensory Fun! (Ages 5-10)

Session 1A: July 1-3 (3 days)

Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits

A (short) week devoted to all the sticky, goopy stuff that feels wonderful and gross all at the same time! Think: slime, paper pulp, puffy paint, clay, water beads, sensory bins–you get the idea! A program devoted to art-making and play with some fun materials!

Register for Sensory Fun

Fabric Fun in the Sun (Ages 6-11)

Session 1B: July 1-3 (3 days)

Session 5B: July 29 – Aug 2

Instructor: Talia Lefton

Spend the week exploring all the fun ways to make art with fabric!! Projects will include tie dye, wet felting, fabric collage, and more!! Lots of fun, wet and drippy, active art-making for kids who love creating functional and decorative art.

Register for Fabric Fun in the Sun

Drawing and Painting (Ages 6-11)

Session 2A: July 8-12

Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits

This week will be spent helping students to develop their painting and drawing skills through daily technique demonstrations, material experimentation, and projects exploring a variety of themes including landscape, portraiture, still life, figure drawing, abstraction and more. We will also learn ways that line, value, color, perspective and design principles can enhance a work of art. This is a fun and relaxed week of 2D art-making for children of all levels!

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Experimental Photo Lab (Ages 9-14)

Session 2B: July 8-12

Instructor: Sara Lasser Yau

Turn your digital photos into mixed media masterpieces! We will liberate our digital photos from their memory cards and transform them into two- and three-dimensional works of art. We will do some photographing in class but will also have opportunities to work with images we have already taken and pictures brought in from home. Students’ digital files will be available for students and caregivers at the end of the session.

Please bring a digital camera if you have one – simple point-and-shoot cameras or camera phones/tablets are preferred, but other cameras will work, too! Let us know if you need to borrow one.

Register for Experimental Photo Lab

Little Roots and Art Always team up for a week of art-and-music-filled summer mornings!!

Exploring Art and Music (Ages 6-9)

Session 3A: July 15-19

Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits and Annie Lynch

We’ll start each morning at Little Roots exploring a variety of musical subjects and styles, including group singing, ukulele, global rhythm, music games and more. After a snack break, Little Roots and Art Always staff will walk the group over to the Art Always studio where we’ll dive into creating a variety of 2D and 3D art throughout the week using varied supplies and prompts, including projects that explore music and sound! Plan to pick your child up each day at Art Always.

Register for Exploring Art and Music

Sculpture (Ages 6-11)

Session 4A: July 22-26

Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits

A great workshop for children who have big imaginations and a love for building! We will work with clay, wood, cardboard, paper mache, wire and more to create a variety of small and large-scale sculptures.  Projects will explore a variety of themes and will occasionally be inspired by sculpture artists working locally and abroad. Come ready to get your hands messy!

Register for Sculpture

Sewing and Fabric Design (Ages 9-12)

Session 4B: July 22-26

Instructor: Talia Lefton

Learn how to use a sewing machine so you can make your own clothes and accessories! We will decorate fabrics with dye, fabric paint, and embroidery, and then sew these customized fabrics into one of a kind items that you can wear and use all summer. No previous sewing or dyeing experience needed!

Register for Sewing and Fabric Design

Art Exploration (Ages 5-10)

Session 5A: July 29-Aug 2

Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits

A great program for kids who love making art and want to explore a variety of approaches and materials! Projects throughout the week will focus on drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, fiber arts, printmaking and more and will be inspired by a variety of themes and artists. 

Register for Art Exploration

Go Figure! (Ages 8-12)

Session 6A: August 5-9

Instructor: Molly Carlisle

A perfect week for kids who want to better understand the human figure as a subject for art making, and want to become more confident in portraying it! Working abstractly and representationally, students will explore the figure through drawing, painting, sculpture, and collage. Come join the fun and be ready to get messy!

Register for Go Figure!

Creature Houses! (Ages 8-12)

Session 6B: August 5-9

Instructor: Talia Lefton

Spend the week building a home for a creature from start to finish! Start with boxes, add furniture and wallpaper, sew pillows, weave little rugs, build clay food and accessories, needle felt animals to live inside, design landscaping, and more!

Register for Creature Houses

Our Staff: 

Lindsay Fogg-Willits is the owner of Art Always, a parent, painter, and frequent visiting artist/teacher to local schools and programs.  Before diving into Art Always full time, she was an art teacher at Northampton High School and spent 9 years as Administrative Director of Deerfield Academy’s Summer Arts Camp (DASAC). She lives in Florence with her husband and two children. 

Molly Carlisle is an artist and educator living in Florence, Massachusetts. When she isn’t at the drawing board or in the classroom, she can be found exploring the woods and riverbanks with her husband and dog.

Talia Lefton has been a maker and daydreamer for as long as she can remember. She hot glued everything until she finally learned how to sew. Since graduating from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2011, Talia has developed her fiber art and teaching practice with a focus on community building and facilitating welcoming art-making spaces.

Sara Lasser Yau grew up looking through her camera’s viewfinder, looking for new perspectives of the world. She earned a BA in Photography and History of Photography from Bard College and an MA in Arts Education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is now an arts and museum educator, which means that she gets to help viewers and makers of all ages to connect with works of art. She has taught photography in several arts and museum programs for adults and kids across Massachusetts and lives in Florence, where she takes oodles of pictures of her husband and two sons.

Lexi Walters Wright, owner of High Five Books, isn’t part of our official summer program staff, BUT you’ll likely see her busying herself with High Five Books business while we’re in the midst of our art-making! She might even join in the fun from time to time.