Fostering the Next Generation's Imagination
Designed for ages 3½ to 12, our children’s program motivates students to discover their sources of inspiration and express themselves in new ways. From painting to sculpture, and printmaking to ceramics, our four-day workshops promote self-expression, foster inquisitiveness, and inspire the pursuit of meaningful ideas.
Housed in the original teaching and studio spaces of PenArt’s founder, Madeline Tourtelot, our youth studios are packed with history, filled with natural light, and equipped with all of the tools and materials needed for each lesson. In these spaces, young artists are encouraged to engage in the creative process from start to finish through new and unique lessons developed by our summer-long instructors in collaboration with PenArt’s Director of Education. Instructor-led tours of the exhibitions in the Guenzel Gallery, field trips through the grounds, demonstrations, and group brainstorms will provide sources of inspiration throughout the week for collaborative and independent projects. On the final day of class, young artists share their week’s work with family and friends in a studio exhibition.
While our program explores a range of media and technical skills, the goal of any workshop is to help children discover a myriad of ways to use their imagination to turn the ordinary into extraordinary; a skill we deeply value and believe will serve our students well beyond the classroom.