• 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, September 14th From 1:00 – 3:00
Large Horizontal Painting
This class will help your children expand their understanding of what a painting might look like when you drastically alter the size and dimensions of the paper. Participants will explore new composition ideas as they have fun painting “LARGE”. They will learn alternative techniques to apply paint in a more efficient and creative way.
Cost: $15/child – Grades 1 thru 6


Saturday, September 28th From 1:00 – 3:00
Cartooning a Storybook 
There are many different ways to develop a cartoon character that does not rely solely on your drawing skills. Our participants will develop a unique cartoon character using torn paper and their imagination. Everyone will then be encouraged to combine his or her language arts storytelling skills and visual art skills to create a storybook featuring their cartoon character.
Cost: $15/child – Grades 1 thru 6


Saturday, October 19th From 1:00 – 3:00
Painting on a Square Canvas
Children will be introduced to new ideas in “image based” and abstract concepts as they develop their paintings. Participants will also learn more about alternative non-paintbrush painting techniques that will enhance their understanding of a painting’s development.
Cost: $15/child – Grades 1 thru 6


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

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.