Art Studio Workshops

Saturday – April 16th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
John C. Swartley Arts Center
For Students Grades 2, 3, 4

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Recycled Art Extravaganza
This 3-hour workshop will immerse participants in the creative process and give them a new perspective on recyclables.  An artistic movement has spread across the globe where recyclable materials are being used for architecture, fashion, musical instruments, furniture, large scale artworks, and much more.  In this workshop students will have the opportunity to learn about these kinds of projects and make their own unique fine art piece using a combination of recyclables, paint, and other art materials.  Get ready to invent, design, explore, and create with a new and unexpected art medium.

* Note: For the workshop, students are encouraged to bring a bag of recyclables with them to be used for their artistic creations.

Registration for this program is open to students (Grades 2, 3, 4) who attend Dwight-Englewood School as well as public and private schools in our area. To complete the online registration form for the April Art Studio Workshop, click here.

Rachel - color head shotLead Workshop Facilitator: Rachel Brusky
Rachel Brusky is a faculty member at Dwight-Englewood School, where she teaches Middle and Upper School Studio Art, as well as Physical Computing. Rachel is the Director of Visual Arts for the Summer Enrichment Program and the Young Visionaries Experience at Dwight-Englewood school and teaches many of the art and architecture classes with the D-E Summer Connections. She has also been a private art teacher and workshop instructor since 2001, teaching students from kindergarten to adults. In addition to teaching, Rachel has exhibited her artwork around the U.S., receiving awards and recognition for her work. Rachel formerly worked as an Art Director and graphic designer at SoHo Publishing Company in NYC, and as an Artist-in-Residence in the pediatric oncology and neurology clinics at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Rachel graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (with Honors) in 2001, earning a B.F.A in Illustration, with a concentration in Art History. She received her M.F.A. (cum laude) in Painting from the New York Academy of Art in 2006.

Saturday – May 14th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
John C. Swartley Arts Center
For Students Grades 5-8

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Young Artists’ Painting Workshop
In this workshop, students will learn about the art of the Australian Aboriginal culture, its influence on contemporary art, and how color, pattern, and symbolic imagery are used to create striking and meaningful works of art.  We will also explore essential artistic concepts including composition, contour drawing, contrast, balance, and unity.  Students will come home with a bold and whimsical painting based on their favorite animal. Registration for this program is open to students (Grades 5-8) who attend Dwight-Englewood School as well as public and private schools in our area. To complete the online registration form for the May Art Studio Workshop, click here.

Lead Workshop Facilitator: Liza Littlefield
Liza Littlefield has been on faculty with the Summer Connections program for the past several years. A native of New Jersey, Ms. Littlefield went to school in Maryland and New York where she got her in BFA Graphic Design, and previously majored in Illustration as well. She spent three years at the Maryland Institute college of Art in Baltimore. Then after spending a semester abroad in Australia and traveling to Indonesia, New Zealand, Fiji and across Australia, Ms. Littlefield chose to take a gap year to give herself a chance to gain new perspective before finishing school. She returned to school at Parsons New School of Design in New York, where she completed her degree. It’s obvious from Ms. Littlefield’s teaching that she is passionate about her artistic endeavors. She also currently works as a cognitive specialist and brain trainer at LearningRx, and is the owner of Curious Cotton – a graphic apparel company she created with the deep thinkers of the world in mind.