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THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING THERE IS NO SCHOOL! We are 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 snack. Also, we have extended hours for those who need it, at no additional cost.

Thanksgiving Break All Day Art Camp will feature a comprehensive puppetry program that spans both days. Each day will also include using various art materials to create additional 2-D and 3-D art projects, watching a short movie about an important artist, playing educational art games and MUCH MORE!

The art of puppetry is not made to just look at . . . Puppets are made to perform!
Our featured 2-day puppet program will start on Monday with everyone creating a special hand puppet made with a sculptured paper mâché head and cloth body. On Tuesday everyone will work to finish their puppet. Then the class will be divided into small teams, in which participants will work together to combine their talents in developing a short impromptu puppet play. Parents will be invited to come in to see our dramatic plays at the end of the afternoon.

9:00 am - 4:30 pm | M - TU
DATE: 2 Day Camp; November 25 & 26, 2019
FEES: $120 / child
GRADES: 1st - 6th


4 FUN FILLED DAYS OF CREATIVE ART ACTIVITIES AND FRIENDSHIP. Sign up for only one day and/or days that your child wants. Participants bring a lunch and enjoy a day of challenging, unusual and exciting art projects, both inside and outside as weather permits. We have extended hours for those who need it, at no additional cost.

9:00 am - 4:30 pm | M - TH
GRADES: 1st - 6th
DATE: March 23 – 26, 2020 (4 Day Camp)
FEES: $65 per day / student or $220 Full Camp/Student ($40 savings!)
Sign up for only one day and/or days that you want. Each day this Camp has a theme for those parents-children looking for something unique.

MONDAY Art and Architecture
TUESDAY Art and Science
WEDNESDAY Art and Math
THURSDAY Art and Engineering

Note: Some of our activities take us outside as the spring weather permits. We may have to change certain planned activities, such as drawing in the City Park, depending on which day has the best weather prediction. We cannot know this more than a few days in advance.


On Saturday each child will be guided on how to create a dramatic animal portrait using vivid colors. Oil pastels are a smooth and fluid media that has been shown to increase a child’s creativity as it allows ideas to easily flow onto the paper. Students will be encouraged to bring in a photo of their pet or favorite animal in order to make their artwork a more personal statement.

1:00 - 3:00 pm | SA
DATE: January 25, 2020
FEES: $15 / child
GRADES: 1st - 6th


Our young artists will paint on a stretched canvas as they explore a variety of abstract painting techniques. Being the Saturday before Valentine’s Day our participants will be guided towards patterns and designs that speak of this special day. Each student will start with “sketch paintings” as they work towards their final masterpiece on canvas.

1:00 - 3:00 pm | SA
DATE: February 8, 2020
FEES: $15 / child
GRADES: 1st - 6th


Mardi Gras is just around the corner. With this festival in mind, each participant will have the supplies needed to create a spectacular Mardi Gras mask. Imaginations will explode as the students learn different ways to expand their original idea, while also exploring their use of color and composition.

1:00 - 3:00 pm | SA
DATE: February 22, 2020
FEES: $15 / child
GRADES: 1st - 6th


This special class is the Saturday before Easter Sunday. Using air-dried clay each participant will sculpt a seasonal setting that includes a bunny and its’ surroundings . . . this will all be done in miniature so that it fits in a small box! Families who are expecting children to visit for the weekend will find this to be a wonderful seasonal art class that all the children and grandchildren will enjoy.

1:00 - 3:00 pm | SA
DATE: April 11, 2020
FEES: $15 / child
GRADES: 1st - 6th


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 papers, textured papers, metallic tape and small objects to depict their robots enjoying a warm spring day. Everyone will be challenged to create a science fiction art piece that tells a story.

1:00 - 3:00 pm | SA
DATE: April 25, 2020
FEES: $15 / child
GRADES: 1st - 6th


Smith Studio, Geneseo IL
124 South State Street | Geneseo, IL | (309) 945-5428

At the Smith Studio and Gallery we always have markers, paper and crayons for families to come in for an impromptu art outing. Come in and explore our Gallery and check out our wide range of art classes and community events for both children and adults.

Upcoming Events

January 19


The North Gym is CLOSED (Racquetball Courts & Walking Track will remain OPEN for Gymnastics Meets & Clinics)

January 20

FREE Special Day Swim

Come swim at The Center's Indoor Pool on your day off!
1:00 - 3:00pm

January 20


A special Parent-Led Play group just for kids with disabilities or sensory processing disorders
8:30 am - Noon on Mondays
January 6 - May 18, 2020*
FREE Members / General Admission Non-Members
*No registration required. No play group held March 23, 2020

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