Summer 2023 Schedule

Summer 2023 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 10 kids per week with two staff members.

Summer 2023 Schedule At-A-Glance

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 1A: July 5, 6 & 7 (9-11:30am)  Art Exploration (Ages 5-10)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 1B: July 5, 6 & 7 (1-4pm) Fiber Fun in the Sun (Ages 6-11)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 2A: July 10-14 (9-11:30am) Drawing and Painting (Ages 6-11)

Session 2B: July 10-14 (1-4pm) Experimental Photo Lab (Ages 11-15)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 3A: July 17-21 (9-11:30am) Sculpture (Ages 6-11)

Session 3B: July 17-21 (1-4pm) Sewing and Fabric Design (Ages 9-12) 

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 4A: July 24-28 (9-11:30am) Art Exploration (Ages 5-10)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 4B: July 24-28 (1-4pm) Sewing and Fabric Design (Ages 9-12) 

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 5A: July 31-Aug 4 (9-11:30am) Art From Nature! (Ages 6-11)

FULL, REGISTER FOR WAITLIST–Session 5B: July 31-Aug 4 (1-4pm) Fiber Fun in the Sun (Ages 6-11)

Session 6A: August 14-18 (9-11:30am) Experimental Photo Lab (Ages 6-11)

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

Registration Info

Spaces are held on a first come, first serve basis once a registration form, completed waiver, AND full payment (check or Venmo @Lindsay-Fogg-Willits) are received. Students who withdraw from a summer session before June 16, 2023 will receive a full refund. After that point, an 80% refund will be issued.

Art Exploration (Ages 5-10) 

Session 1A – Full, register for waitlist
July 5, 6 & 7 (3 days)

Session 4A – Full, register for waitlist
July 24-28  

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

Drawing and Painting (Ages 6-11) – Full, register for waitlist

Session 2A
July 10-14

Instructor: Lindsay Fogg-Willits

This week will be spent helping students to develop their painting and drawing skills through daily technique demonstrations, materials 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!

Register for Drawing and Painting

Experimental Photo Lab

Session 2B (Ages 11-15)
July 10-14
1- 4:00pm

Session 6A (Ages 6-11) – Full register for waitlist
August 14-18

Instructor: Sara Lasser Yau

Using found images, family photos, and photographs we make in the studio, we will transform ordinary printed photographs into objects like magnets, 3-dimensional scenes, hybrid photo-drawings, and incredible image transfers onto wood. We will explore different shooting techniques and alternative printing methods like cyanotypes, which use the sun to create bright blue images without a darkroom. Artists are encouraged to bring a camera if they have one, along with a collection of any personal photographs they might like to incorporate into projects. Please let us know if you would like to borrow a camera during class.

Register for Experimental Photo Lab

Sculpture (Ages 6-11) – Full, register for waitlist

Session 3A 
July 17-21
9- 11:30am

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 3B
July 17-21

Session 4B – Full, register for waitlist
July 24-28

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 From Nature! (Ages 6-11) – Full, register for waitlist

Session 5A
July 31 – Aug 4

Instructor: Lena Garcia

We can make art with just about anything, including natural materials!  This nature themed week will use sticks, rocks, leaves, and other natural treasures along with traditional art materials for the work we create.  Creatures, landscapes and the materials themselves will be our inspiration for our projects (mostly sculptures, but some drawing and painting, too)!

Register for Art from Nature!

Fiber Fun in the Sun! (Ages 6-11)

Session 1B – Full, register for waitlist
July 5, 6 & 7 (3 days)

Session 5B – Full, register for waitlist
July 31-Aug 4

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 Fiber Fun in the Sun!

Our Staff: 

Lindsay Fogg-Willits is the owner of Art Always, a mama, a painter, and a 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. 

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 artmaking spaces.

Lena Garcia loves creating things with kids, teens and adults.  She has taught drawing, watercolor, acrylic painting, puppetry, sculpture and found object creation.  When not teaching, she creates oil paintings in her home studio, does lots of cooking, and parents two kids with her husband.

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.