Visual Arts

Classes vary from term to term. Please check current program schedule for activities available this season.
Art Adventures 
Explore 2-D and 3-D formats using a variety of materials and lots of imagination! In this fun workshop children explore their creativity through different activities – drawing, cutting, gluing, assembling, and decorating. Hands-on theme-based art projects will use a variety of materials including papier-mache, pipe cleaners, yarn, buttons, recyclables, cardboard, and others.
Working with Perler beads students design and create colorful projects using original patterns. Fun for all ages!
Cartooning & Animation
Children develop their story board, designing and drawing on paper and working out ideas that can transition to digital animation form. Students will bring their characters to life by creating flip-book animation and/or working with a special Animation App for the iPad. Characters and stories – along with music and audio recordings – will be compiled into a video project at the end of the school year. One of our most ambitious undertakings!
Comic Book Art 
Students will learn how to write and draw their own comics like professional creators. The course will cover how to make iconic characters, structure comic panels, storyboard, write scripts, and more. By the end of the course young artists will have several of their own finished comic stories. All genres welcome!
Drawing & Painting
In this workshop children learn basic fine arts concepts such as texture and light, and explore different painting techniques. Some days we will get messy, some days we will draw and paint neatly. Our goal is to teach children how to manipulate the medium so they can produce interesting visual work.
In this fun workshop children get to design, cut, sew, and create fun (mini) outfits and accessories. 
Filmmaking Workshop 
In this workshop students work together to write, act, and direct their own short films. Throughout the process children learn the technical and creative skills needed to transform their ideas into finished works. We will explore the various roles on a film set, how to direct actors and crew,  as well as the basics of screenwriting, cinematography, and editing. By the end of the term our group should have at least one short film completed.
Children are invited to build creative lego projects in a relaxed environment. A perfect way to unwind after another busy school week. Fun for all ages!
Needlework & Design: The Art of Embroidery 
Learn the foundational embroidery skills such as how to thread the needle, how to start and end your threads, and how to use an embroidery hoop. Students will have the opportunity to explore design ideas and practice stitching with different kinds of threads. In addition to the fabric for the finished design, you will be provided with a “doodle cloth” for practicing your embroidery stitches.
Pottery Workshops • NEW this Fall!Held at the Greenwich House Pottery School on Jones Street
•••  Gr. K-1Pottery 1Explore your creativity through clay in this beginner class. Children learn the basic hand-building and sculpture techniques plus how to paint and glaze their own pottery. 
•••  Gr. 2-3Pottery 2 •  Students will create work using a variety of hand-building techniques and will be asked to work both individually and in groups. 

•••  Gr. 4-5 • Pottery 3 •  This workshop is designed for students with prior experience who are sincerely interested in refining their pottery skills. This class encourages independent projects and introduces working on the wheel. 
Sculpture Workshop  
Create 2-D and 3-D art pieces using a variety of materials. This new workshop is led by Ben [PS 3 artist in residence and clay teacher].
Stop Motion Animation
Have fun with Tech & Media!  In this workshop children will learn stop motion, rotoscoping and pixilation techniques to create short animated videos. Over the course of the term students will get to make characters with clay, legos and puppets, and send them on original adventures they get to write, shoot and edit.
Textile Arts Workshop   
Dive into the rich and colorful world of textiles! This hands-on workshop will introduce children to a variety of techniques. Class projects rotate through Weaving, Printing & Dyeing, Felting & Soft Sculpture, and Sewing & Fashion. Projects may span between 2-4 sessions, providing ample time for in-depth exploration of processes, ideas and materials. Each project will be introduced along with a specific artist or arts genre as a jumping-off point for inspiration!
Yarn Magic: Knitting & Crochet
From your first slip knot and cast on, through the knit stitch, the purl stitch, and casting off, learn the basics of knitting and crochet and create your own projects. Share tips, tricks and find solutions to common knitting problems. No experience required.