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6/14/17: There are no spots left in the age 3-7 class or the age 8-12 class; registration is closed for those groups. There is still plenty of room in the 13-19 class.

The Art Association of Oswego will be holding a 2-week ART for YOUth series of classes in 2-dimensional (drawing, painting) and 3-dimensional (ceramics and sculpture) art. Classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from July 10 through July 21 – that’s 6 classes in 2 weeks instead of last year’s format of 7 classes in 7 weeks.

Classes are tailored to the following age groups at these times:

  • Ages 3-7 from 8:30-10:00 (1.5 hours) – ages 3-5 must be accompanied by a teen or adult to assist. It is fine for one teen/adult to assist two children.
  • Ages 8-12 from 10:15-12:15 (2 hours)
  • Ages 13-19 from 1:15-3:45 (2.5 hours)

Each participant will work on projects in both 2D and 3D every day. The topics will be the same for all age groups, but instruction and projects will range from general to detailed depending on the age group and capability of the students. All supplies are provided.

There is a limit of 20 students per age group. Students must be pre-registered in order to get a spot in the classes. Pre-registering consists of filling out the registration form AND paying the registration fee of $10. There is a $25 group rate available for 3 or more participants from the same household. This is the only fee to participate in the program because it is primarily funded by grants and donations. Once your registration form and payment have been completed online, you’ll receive an email from the AAO confirming your child/ren into the program. If the 20 available spots have already been filled, your registration fee will be returned in full.

Participants are expected to:
…be interested in taking art classes.
…have fun, get dirty, and learn about art. Please dress in clothes that can get dirty OR bring a smock with you to class every day.
…attend every class. Missed classes can’t be made up at a later time. If participants have other commitments during this series of classes, please do not sign up for ART for YOUth so that someone who can attend every class may participate instead.
…behave appropriately. Participants who misbehave will be dismissed immediately and will not be allowed to return for the remainder of the 2 weeks of classes.

AAO Staff are expected to:
…provide art instruction and materials in a professional, engaging manner geared toward age group abilities, and to expand participants’ knowledge about and skill in creating art.
…treat participants respectfully and keep them safe.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. Additional funding is provided by generous donations from: Bosco & Geers Food Market, LTD; Fred & Karen Ringwald; Fulton Management Services, Inc; Fulton Savings Bank; GSA Broadwell, LLC; Oswego County Federal Credit Union; Pathfinder Bank; and Roger & Randi Taylor.

Register here

6/12/17: There are no spots left in the age 3-7 class; registration is closed for that group. There are only 1-2 spots left in the 8-12 class. There is still plenty of room in the 13-19 class.

After you have registered you may use this PayPal button to pay.:

One-Time Registration Fee:
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DRAWING WITH COFFEE at the Art Association of Oswego

It’s like 2 hours of SPA TIME for your mind!
Bring your own coffee!
We’ll supply all the materials and the inspiration.
Make drawings along with a variety of guest instructors.

$10 per person all materials provided.
Ages 16 and over.
No experience necessary!

Saturdays 10:00-noon

June 10 Totally Abstract Drawing w/ Bill DeMott
June 17 Perspective Drawing w/ Bill DeMott
June 24 Gesture Drawing w/ Suzanne Beason
July 1 TBA
July 8 Drawing Like it’s 1966 w/ Larry Rapshaw


Adventures in Screen Printing with Justin Mastrangelo
June 6 & 7, 6-8 pm

Learn to screen print your own posters, greeting cards, and paper prints of any kind. You’ll learn how to create your own screens using a variety of techniques; the use of screen printing equipment, supplies, and tools; and how to screen print onto paper. You’re encouraged to bring two or three drawings or designs to screen print and as many sheets of paper as you can print! Attendees will be given sample papers, use of inks, squeegees, and equipment. You’ll leave with a variety of screen prints and the confidence to continue screen printing!

Justin Mastrangelo is a community based artist, printmaker and art educator. He is an Adjunct Professor of Art and alumni of SUNY Oswego. Justin is the founder of “Learn Create Share” a traveling studio focused on cultivating creativity through workshops in printmaking. He is the creator of “The Art Cart,” a mobile printmaking space offering a variety of printmaking processes to communities and art centers across New York State.

Class will be held June 6-7, 2017, 6-8 pm. $30 per person. Pay the instructor  first night of class.

Register here
Raku Pottery with Billie Jo Peterson
Tuesdays in July
Using hand building techniques and the potter’s wheel, students will create 2-3 original pieces to fire in the outdoor RAKU kiln. Students will learn to make a traditional RAKU tea bowl and a brief history of the RAKU tradition. Additional pieces will depend on the students’ personal vision. Both pottery and sculptural pieces are welcome.Ages 16 and up
Beginner – Advanced
Class size limit:  8
Tuesdays- July 11, 18, 25 (9-12) & Aug. 1 (Firing Day,9-3) Register here.
 Registration coming soon.

Check back frequently. We’ll be adding more classes as soon as they are set up.