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Painting on a Canvas #13020

One of our most popular activities is painting on a canvas board. Participants will work on an image of their own choice. Instruction focuses on composition principles, different ways to apply paint to the canvas surface and finishing with attention to detail and the story that the painting relays. All student work will be matted at the end of the lesson.
Grades: 1 - 6

Jun 8 | SA
1:00 - 3:00 pm ($20 / child)

Fireworks Resist #13021

Oil Pastels first appeared in Osaka, Japan, 98 years ago. Since then, many artists have fallen in love with the smooth and creamy manner of this drawing media. But, to combine this unique oil-based art media with a water-based paint creates an exceptional combination as the medias Resist each other. Participants will expand their painting knowledge as they use a resist technique to create seasonal images.
Grades: 1 - 6

Jun 29 | SA
1:00 - 3:00 pm ($20 / child)

Watercolor [Animals & Nature] #13022

In this watercolor class our participants will learn how a natural environment can be created using different painting techniques and tools. It is important to understand that the animal that they will paint exists in a natural environment. So we will look at what is included in a natural environment, and students will learn different techniques that make an exciting scene easy and interesting to paint.
Grades: 1 - 6

Jul 20 | SA
1:00 - 3:00 pm ($20 / child)

Olympic Sports Painting #13023

In this athletic artwork our participants will focus on the Olympic events that they find most interesting. Track & Field, Soccer, Swimming or Gymnastics …each child will paint an image of their favorite event …then, on a second canvas, they will paint the crowd of viewers, flags and stadium. These two paintings will be combined into a single creative art project that reveals a spectacular Olympic event.
Grades: 1 - 6

Jul 27 | SA
1:00 - 3:00 pm ($20 / child)

Spook the Loop

A FREE art event to celebrate Butch Patrick’s visit to Geneseo. Children can come to the Smith Studio and Gallery to create a special “Grandpa Munster” art project.
This is a Drop-In event. No registration required.
Grades: 1 - 6

Aug 10 | SA
1:00 - 3:00 pm (FREE)

Yarn Painting #13025

The Huichol are an indigenous people of Mexico. They are well known for the vibrant beauty of their art and weaving. In this unique class we will look at Huichol yarn painting and then create our own unique image in yarn. Each participant will be encouraged to include personal symbols and color into their overall design.
Grades: 1 - 6

Aug 24 | SA
1:00 - 3:00 pm ($20 / child)


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

July 17


The Geneseo Park District and the QC Pickleball Club are teaming up to offer a youth Pickleball Clinic. Come out and join us for a two day clinic which will include teaching, stations and game play.
Ages: 8 - 16 yrs

July 19


Join us for a family friendly Flick & Float at the Aquatic Center.
Movies begin at Dusk.
FREE Admission & FREE Popcorn thanks to the Geneseo Park District Foundation

July 19


The Geneseo Park District along with Pickleball Professional Jeffrey van der Eems with PiQCkleball & More will be hosting a beginners clinic (skill level 2.0-3.0), and an intermediate clinic (skill level 3.0-3.5).
8:30 - 9:45 am [BEGINNER]
10:00 - 11:15 am [Play with Pro - BEGINNER]
11:30 am - 12:45 pm [INTERMEDIATE]
1:00 - 2:15 pm [Play with pro - INTERMEDIATE]

All Upcoming Events