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.
2024 Winter/Spring Schedule
Saturday Children's Art Classes
Grades 1st – 6th  •  1:00 – 3:00
Cost: $20 / child
All materials are included in the cost.

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.orgPayment is due when you register.


Saturday, January 13th 2024
Frosty New Year’s Painting on canvas board
The New Year may be cold, but there is also the warmth of what the future holds for us. We will focus on how color can reveal temperature and emotion in your art work. Our young participants will be encouraged to expand their ideas of what they might usually paint in a snowy landscape.
GRADES 1 – 6     TIME 1:00 – 3:00      COST $20/child      Geneseo Park Dist
# 33021-11

Saturday, January 27th 2024
Winter’s Silhouette Build a paper landscape
During this class we will develop a “Silhouette Landscape”. This will be accomplished by introducing special paper techniques that allow our images to be dramatically arranged and built.
GRADES 1 – 6     TIME 1:00 – 3:00      COST $20/child      Geneseo Park Dist
# 33022-11

Saturday, February 10th 2024
Pop-Up Cards Just in time for Valentine's Day
Pop-up cards are a fun way to explore art, while developing skills in engineering. We will introduce a variety of pop-up card techniques that our young artists can use to build a wide array of bigger and more imaginative Valentine Cards!
GRADES 1 – 6     TIME 1:00 – 3:00      COST $20/child      Geneseo Park Dist
# 33023-11

Saturday, February 24th 2024
Metal Tooling
“Tooling” is an unusual art technique that requires skills that are different from drawing or painting. Participants will be shown how to “Tool” a simple image onto a sheet of aluminum, transforming their line drawing into embossed artwork.
GRADES 1 – 6     TIME 1:00 – 3:00      COST $20/child      Geneseo Park Dist
# 33025-11

Saturday, March 9th 2024
Create A Cottontail Puppet
This puppet form was first created at the Smith Studio. It starts with an origami paper structure that then evolves into an animated puppet with a functioning mouth. We will show you how to build a rabbit puppet, however we encourage our young artists to develop their own whimsical puppet creations.
GRADES 1 – 6     TIME 1:00 – 3:00      COST $20/child      Geneseo Park Dist
# 33026-11


Check out Smith Studio and Gallery All-Day Art Camp
Spring Break – 2-day Art Camp

Monday & Tuesday, March 18th – 19th 2024
Grades 1st – 6th  •  9:00 am – 4:30 pm
•   •   •  Cost: $150 / child   •   •   •


Saturday, April 13th 2024
Build a Butterfly using a wire armature
This NEW sculpture project will be inspired by the artwork of Illinois artist, Heather Shore. Working on a wire armature our young artists will build a unique collage butterfly while taking their color palette from magazine photos. An opportunity to create a larger environment exists as our participants night wish to add to their original design.
GRADES 1 – 6     TIME 1:00 – 3:00      COST $20/child      Geneseo Park Dist
# 43021-11

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.