124 South State Street | Geneseo, Illinois 61254

Saturday Afternoon Children's Art Classes

Smith Studio's Saturday Afternoon Children's Art Classes are usually the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
2023 Winter/Spring Children's Art Class Schedule
Grades 1st – 6th  •  1:00 – 3:00
Cost: $20 / child
All materials are included in the cost.

Saturday, January 21st
Painting on Stretched Canvas
In this special class our young artists will have the opportunity to work on a professional artist’s canvas to paint a winter image. Artist’s easels will be made available to each participant who wishes to paint in a vertical format. The advantages and problems of painting vertically will be explored as the creative ideas of our young artists expand.
GRADES 1 – 6     TIME 1:00 – 3:00      COST $20/child      Geneseo Park Dist
# 33021-11

Saturday, February 11th
King/Queen of Hearts Sculpture
We will be going beyond a Valentine pop-up card as we look at special Valentine sculpture techniques. Hidden messages behind hidden doorways will make these unique sculptures a fun and exciting Valentine treat. Using construction paper our participants will discover ways in which engineering techniques will increase the strength of their structures.
GRADES 1 – 6     TIME 1:00 – 3:00      COST $20/child      Geneseo Park Dist
# 33022-21

Saturday, February 25th
Aurora Borealis Landscape Painting
The Aurora Borealis has mystified mankind for centuries. Its’ illusive light seems to be a glowing curtain in the night’s sky. In this unique class we will guide students to understand how light and paint can work together to create a dramatic landscape painting that embraces art and science.
GRADES 1 – 6     TIME 1:00 – 3:00      COST $20/child      Geneseo Park Dist
# 33023-21

Saturday, March 11th
Pastel – Irish Landscape
Pastels require careful use as they can easily become overused and “muddy”. Learning how to make glowing hills of Irish green fields, wooded forests, perhaps a flowing creek and a stone cottage is a creative and educational spring activity. As we approach St. Patrick’s Day our participants will be surprised with the unique detail they add as their pastoral image comes to a completion.
GRADES 1 – 6     TIME 1:00 – 3:00      COST $20/child      Geneseo Park Dist
# 33025-31

Monday and Tuesday
March 20th and 21st, 2023

Smith Studio partners with the Geneseo Park District to bring you quality art classes for children. You can register for Children’s Saturday Art Classes in person at the Smith Studio or register in person or line at the Geneseo Park District Community Center. www.geneseoparkdistrict.org. All materials are included in the cost. Payment is due when you register.

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 and a public restroom on the main floor.

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 been 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 of the Year”, and in 2014 he was recognized as an IAEA Distinguished Member. On occasion you can find David teaching art workshops at the Geneseo Public Library and Geneseo Child Care; and Smith Studio is the official children’s art classes for the Geneseo Park District. David Smith did not retire from teaching art . . . he moved it into the Smith Studio and Gallery.

Can’t make our scheduled art classes . . . consider planning your own private art class or art party that best fits your schedule and group's interests.

Plan a Private Art Class with Family and/or Friends

Plan a Private "ART PARTY" with refreshments, great for Girls Night Out or Office Holiday Party

Children's Art Birthday Party, you can choose from a variety of age-appropriate art activities. Parents bring the cake and drinks. We set up party area, run art activity, and clean up the mess.

Girl Scout Troop Art Badge, art materials and instruction are provided to complete the various art badge requirements.