• 124 South State Street
  • Geneseo, Illinois 61254

2019 Children's Art Classes Schedule

Saturday Afternoon Art Classe &
Thanksgiving Break Art Camp

Grades 1st – 6th  • 1:00 – 3:00

2019 Fall/Winter Childrens Art Class Schedule.pdf

Smith Studio and Gallery partners with the Geneseo Park District to bring you quality art classes for children year round. Stop in at Smith Studio and Gallery to learn more about Children’s Art Classes. Also, you can find a list of the art classes in the Geneseo Park District's Winter/Spring 2019 Activity Guide and on their website.

You can register for Children’s Saturday Afternoon Art Classes and Spring Break Art Camp in person at Smith Studio or register on line at the Geneseo Park District. All materials are included in the cost. Payment is due when you register. All art class art listed with the Geneseo Park District are taught at Smith Studio and Gallery



Saturday, November 9th From 1:00 – 3:00
“Critter Character”using air-dried clay
This is the first time we are offering this art project as a children’s class, that was originally created for a private family event. Each student will be supplied with a basic two-legged armature that they will develop into their own unique “Critter Character”. Using an air-dried clay, and other craft media, each participant will develop a critter of their own design which will have a background story that distinguishes and dramatizes their sculpture.
Cost: $15/child – Grades 1 thru 6


Geneseo has “NOT SCHOOL” for the entire week of Thanksgiving Break.
We are offering an educational opportunity for your child to be out of the house on Monday and Tuesday.

Cost for our 2-Day – All Day Art Camp is $120 / child

Thanksgiving Break All Day Art Camp will feature a comprehensive puppetry program that spans both days.
Our featured 2-day puppet program will start on Monday with everyone creating their own hand puppet character made with a sculptural paper mâché head and cloth body. On Tuesday everyone will work to finish their puppet. Then the class will be divided into small teams; participants will work together to combine their talents in developing a short impromptu puppet play. Family and friends will be invited to come around 4:00 to see their children’s dramatic plays and celebrate with punch and cookies.
The art of puppetry is not made to just look at . . . Puppets are made to perform!

At the Smith Studio we are fortunate to have the space, materials, time and expertise to guide students through a
wide range of innovative artistic endeavors. In addition to our featured puppetry program students will have the
opportunity to create a variety of smaller 2-D and 3-D art projects, play educational games, watch a short movie
about an important artist, and enjoy a morning and afternoon snack interacting with other participants.

Children bring their lunch and enjoy a day of challenging, unusual and exciting art projects and friendship.
We supply the morning and afternoon snack, and have extended hours for those who need it, at no additional cost.

Thanksgiving Break All Day Art Camp • Grades: 1st – 6th
Geneseo Park Dist # 23027
Monday, Nov. 25 and Tuesday, Nov. 26  •  9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: 2-Day – All Day Art Camp is $120 / child

There will be NO scheduled Saturday Afternoon Art Classes in December.
We wil be listing our 2020 Scheduled Saturday Afternoon Art Classes in the near future.
Also, you will be able to view the 2020 Saturday Afternoon Art Classes Schedule in the upcoming Geneseo Park District 2020 Winter/Spring Activity Guide and on their website at www.geneseoparkdistrict.org

Consider planning your own Art Class or Party with friends and/or family.

When you visit Smith Studio and Gallery you will realize teaching art to others is a very important part of our business plan. We have dedicated a large portion of our main floor gallery to setting up a classroom complete with large hard wood tables, good lighting, kid/adult height sinks, public restroom and even a drinking fountain. We believe the wide variety of professional artist’s work on our walls inspires children and adults to experiment with various art mediums when discovering their own creative path.

David Smith, owner and Illinois licensed art teacher, teaches all the scheduled and private art class at Smith Studio and Gallery. For over 37 years David has taught in both private and public schools at all levels; elementary though college. He has held workshops in India, Singapore and Australia for Very Special Arts an organization to help people with disabilities. David 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. David Smith did not retire from teaching art . . . he moved it into the Smith Studio.

When you are downtown bring your children in for a short impromptu art outing. We always have drawing paper, marker and crayons out for anyone who wants to have fun drawing, or you can relax in our upper gallery . . . enjoy the artwork on the walls, peruse through our books or play a game.

Consider Planning Your Own Private Art Class or Art Party.
You only need 2 people to schedule a 2 hour art class that fits your schedule and interests . . . Great for friends getting together, family outing, children’s birthday parties.
Note: You need a minimum of 6 people to schedule an Art Party.