124 South State Street | Geneseo, Illinois 61254

Saturday Children's Art Classes and Art Camp

Our afternoon Children's Art Classes are usually the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
 Time: 1:00 – 3:00  •  Grades: 1st – 6th  •  Cost: $15/child
All materials are included in the cost. Payment is due when you register.
To keep everyone safe, we are following the Covid-19 CDC, IDPH and Geneseo Park Dist. current mask mandates.


Checkout Smith Studio and Gallery 2-Day /All-Day
Thanksgiving Break Art Camp


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. Payment is due when you register.

2021 Saturday Children's Fall/Winter Art Class Schedule

Saturday September 25thth
Clay Beasties

A special armature (frame) is provided to each participant as they are challenged to create a unique and imaginary animal. These “beasties” stand on two legs and one of the first challenges for each child is to decide which end of the armature is the head …because the head and the hind-side do not look the same. A colorful air-dried clay is used in this fun art activity, so all creations go home on the same day.
$15/child • GRADES 1 – 6 • Geneseo Park Dist. #23023


Saturday October 9th th 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Robots From Space

Building a 2-D collage is a fun and creative way to explore ideas while also experimenting with composition and design. Our young participants will use a variety of colorful construction paper, textured paper, metallic tape and small objects to depict their robots enjoying a chilly October day. Everyone will be challenged to create a science fiction art piece that tells a story.   
$15/child • GRADES 1 – 6 • Geneseo Park Dist. #23024


Saturday October 23rdth
Puppet Monsters

At the Smith Studio a very popular event has been our special “Origami Puppet” creations. This fun art activity is a sculptural art project that creates a unique character from the child’s own imagination. They are functional! …as the character that is created can perform; which results in every child wanting to create more! Being Halloween we assume that a lot of monsters might be made …a joy for us as this unique puppet form was invented at the Smith Studio.
$15/child • GRADES 1 – 6 • Geneseo Park Dist. #23025


Saturday November 13th th
Stretched Canvas Painting

Children love coming into the Smith Studio when they can work at an artist’s easel and paint on a stretched canvas. Students will be allowed to paint an image of their own choice, but fall landscapes will be a focus for the day. Special brush techniques will be demonstrated, as well as methods for painting without a brush! All canvases are dried and ready to go home with the children. students compose their paintings. Using a professional grade watercolor paper, students will find that their painting’s dimensions can then be changed as their imaginations soar.   
$15/child • GRADES 1 – 6 • Geneseo Park Dist. #23026



Thanksgiving Break 2-Day Art Camp
Monday, November 22 and Tuesday, November 23

Time: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm • Grades 1st thru 6th

Cost: $120 per Child 
Geneseo Park Dist. # 23027 

Smith Studio and Gallery is offering an educational opportunity for your child to be out of the house on Monday and Tuesday. Children bring their lunch and enjoy a day of challenging, unusual and exciting art projects and friendship. We supply a morning and afternoon pre-packaged snack. Our top priority is to keep everyone safe, so we will be adhering to Illinois guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing.  We have extended hours for those who need it, at no additional cost. 

Thanksgiving Break All Day Art Camp will feature a comprehensive 3-D sculptural project that spans both days.

On Monday everyone will start by creating a real or imaginary animal. Participants will be shown how they can create their own mini universe that magically appears inside a box when it is opened.  Each environment will be the choice of the child, but an emphasis will be placed on completing the story that this art piece tells.  Time of day, weather, climate, plant life, animals, shelter will all have to be considered as the students have fun with this sculptural project.
On Tuesday everyone will work to complete their animal and environment box from the previous day.  Both days will also include a variety of art activities using a wide array of materials, a short movie about an important artist, new 2-D drawing and painting techniques, educational art games and MUCH MORE!


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 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 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

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

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

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