• 124 South State Street
  • Geneseo, Illinois 61254

Plan Your Own Private Art Class or Party!

Schedule your own 2 hour art class or party.
Cost $15/participant
All materials are included in the cost.
Minimum age for children’s parties is first grade.
Younger children can participate in a family group art class, however the parents are responsible for the child’s actions.

For an additional $5/person (minimum 4 people). We can supply a variety of snacks, such as bite-size desserts, cheese platter, vegetable and/or fruit platter, nuts and candy. Beverages are supplied gratis. Note: If everyone attending is over 21 we can include a little adult beverage.


At Smith Studio and Gallery we offer a variety of 2-D and 3-D art activities to choose from, however please feel free to come in with your own ideas and we will try to accommodate you. We even offer the ever-popular, “Step-by-Step Painting on Canvas Board”, however you paint an image we created just for your group and take the time to instruct you on how and why you approach a painting in a given way. Most art activities can be modified to fit the 2-hour time frame, and we are happy to assist you in choosing the best art activity for your group, based on age, number of participants, and interests. We keep our art classes small so everyone can receive assistance to start and develop their artwork. Minimum number of participants is two. Our ideal maximum group size is 12-16, however larger groups can be accommodated.


Below is a sampling of art activities we offer for our children’s and adult art classes. 
Most of these art activities can be scheduled for a private 2-hour art class, party or event. We are happy to assist you in choosing the best art activity for your group, based on age, number of participants, and interests. 



PAINTING with Tempera Paint, a smooth opaque paint resembling “Gouache”, on canvas board, or Painting with Watercolors on watercolor paper.


DRAWING with Oil Pastels on colored paper, or use oil pastels with solvent to create a more translucent watercolor effect. You can even explore drawing with soft pastels.


DRAWING with Pen & Ink or Colored Pencils. Learn to use a variety of drawing techniques such as shading and crosshatching to develop your drawing.


CREATING WITH AIR-DRIED CLAY Sculpt an imaginative person on a spoon “Spoon People”, or build whimsical figures, sculptural boxes and pins using Model Magic.


PRINTMAKING Design, carveand print your own stamp. Create “monoprints”, a painterly printmaking technique whereby only one print is made.


MAKING CARDS Create cards using a variety of printing and painting techniques such as “Rosemaling”. Also, learn easy ways to make pop-up cards.


BUILDING WITH PAPER Design 3-D whimsical large-scale sculptures, hand puppets, or structures out of paper. Learn how to fold paper to make it structurally strong. Lean paper-folding techniques to create small books.

CREATING A COLLAGE Learn the art of “Silhouette”, add colored paper to make a “Crazy Hair” portrait, or build a collage using paper and found objects.


SCULPTING WITH PAPER MACHE Build 3-D sculptures using paper mache and your imagination.


CREATING WITH METAL Fashion a basic human figure out of metal wire and make it uniquely yours by adding your own embellishments. Also you can learn the ancient technique of metal tooling. Transfer a 2-D image onto a flat sheet of metal then transform it into a 3-D metal low relief sculpture..

You only need 2 people . . . to schedule your own Art Class/Party!
You pick the Day, Time, and Art Activity

Cost $15/participant  
• 2 hour Art Class/Party
• All materials are included
   in the cost

• Minimum age of
   participant is 1st Grade

For an additional $5 we can include refreshments*
*NOTE: If everyone in your group is over 21 we will also include a little adult beverage. 

GREAT FOR . . . Children’s Birthday Party, Family or Grandchildren Visiting, Friends Getting Together, School/Organization Outing or Fundraisers.
Also, we offer art classes for Girl Scout Troops, where they can earn a variety of art badges, and curriculum based classes for children being home schooled.

Art projects can be modified to take into account the age of the participants and time limit of the art class or party. All activities are taught by David Smith, a licensed art educator for over 40 years. The art activitiy starts with David Smith instructing you on how to use the featured art medium, and ends with you following your own creative path. Drawing and painting can be taught two ways:
1. Everyone in the group chooses his/her own inspirational image and is given individual assistance in their creative endeavor.
2. We can take you Step-by-Step through a painting or drawing created just for your group, such as a “Winter Farm Landscape” or  “Still Life Floral Motif”

NOTE: David Smith was recognized by the National Art Education Association as the 1994 Illinois Art Educator of the year, the Illinois Art Education Association as the 2011 Elementary Art Educator and also in 2014 he was recognized as an IAEA Distinguished Member.