Summer ArtVentures is a children’s art class program offered at the Nassau County Museum of Art.
ArtVenturers spend two weeks immersed in the creative process, having fun as they explore a variety of art materials. Kids learn from working artists and one another, and we have a 7:1 student-instructor ratio.
Artventures meets from 10 AM to 1 PM and the day is split into two activity blocks, Art from Nature and Art Exploration. These activity blocks are student-centered and structured to introduce a wide variety of media and artistic processes, but they also evolve dynamically, allowing for the exploration of each fledgling artist’s voice and its expression through a range of visual themes and materials.
Art Exploration introduces studio art materials such as charcoal, graphite, acrylic paint, clay, and the stretched canvas at an early age. Familiarity with such artistic media encourages children to experiment, be creative, and become confident young artists.
Art from Nature stresses exploration of our natural surroundings. ArtVenturers are encouraged to find visual elements (pattern, line, texture, value, weight, continuity, shape, etc) in everyday life, especially in natural settings such as the woods which encompass the museum grounds.
Q: How is ArtVentures different from art classes at school?
1. More time is given to the children here
2. more outdoor time (art from nature)
3. techniques like pointilism were new and exciting for our children
4. excellent tie-ins to the museum
—-parent of 3 Artventurers
An on-site component also sets the Artventures program apart, as students spend time in the museum galleries, sculpture gardens, and “wild” sections of the grounds each week, further developing their art background knowledge and refining their visual and artistic vocabulary.