Children's Classes

Winter Art Classes begin January 10th! 

Registration begins December 22, 2021 

10% discount will run from Dec 22 – January 3, 2022.


SNAP Recipients or Proof of Unemployment receive $20 off

On-site and hybrid classes will run from Monday, January 10th through Monday, March 28th. 

Most classes will be held on-site at the Bronx River Art Center, with sessions taking place within our well-ventilated open space studios. 


In-person classes may go hybrid or fully virtual as per updated government COVID-19 regulations.

**NYC COVID regulations: all persons age 12 or over must show proof of vaccination.**

Children under 12 must show regular negative tests 

Proof of vaccination will be required upon entering building for first class. Negative tests required for under 12.

Masking, social distancing, hand washing, temperature check and exposure questionaire will be strictly enforced.

We will offer two hybrid classes – Digital Illustration and Digital Animation: these classes will have the instructor teach the course remotely over Zoom, while students will have the opportunity to take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab with a teaching assistant.

BRAC is providing temporary subscriptions of Adobe Photoshop for registered participants in our Digital Illustration classes. Anyone interested in this offer should email to and put "Need Adobe Photoshop" in the subject line. Subscriptions are limited and are assigned on a first come first served basis.

For general questions about classes, please email

Youth and Young Adult Classes (ages 7 - 20): $95 for ten sessions ($20 off for SNAP recipients)
Youth & Parent (child must be ages 6 - 12): $160 for ten sessions ($20 off for SNAP recipients)
Adult Classes (21+): $120 for ten sessions ($20 off for SNAP recipients)


January 10, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28

Cartooning and Graphic Novels with Gregory Maldonado

4:30pm - 6:30pm (Tweens and Teens)

Whether you call it graphic novels, sequential art, manga or just comics. I will teach you to draw Marvel or DC-style action or build shonen manga spectacle like Dragon Ball Super or Naruto. You will learn how to tell a story in the sequential art form. We start with a few panels and by the end of the course you’ll be telling a story with more than a few pages. You begin with the basics, learning the rules, then create a character that will be the star of your comic/manga and leave with the tools to create your own graphic novel like the pros.

Teen Project Studio: FASHION 101 with Edwin Reyes

4:30pm - 6:30pm (Ages 15-26) | FREE IN-PERSON CLASS

Mondays and Wednesdays



January 11, 18, 25; February 1, 8, 15; March 1, 8, 15, 22

Basics of Drawing with Tiffany Miller

4:30pm - 6:30pm (Youth and Tweens)

Drawing is one of the oldest forms of communication and storytelling. It is also the foundation for many masterful works of art. Discover the beauty, magic and power of this artistic discipline in a relaxed, supportive environment. Join us as we draw on paper and in sketchbooks. We will draw what we see and imagine as well as learn how to express our personal visions, ideas and observations. With a focus on composition, we will discuss different approaches to drawing by sketching the landscape, still life and figurative drawings of master artists, contemporary artists, illustrators and photographers. We will also practice drawing shapes, structures and forms in abstract, expressionistic ways. Between classes students will be encouraged to draw from life and imagination.

Digital Photography with Hosea Johnson

4:30pm - 6:30pm (Teens and Adults) 

This course will encourage advanced students to pursue their independent study of photography. This course covers basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic photographic equipment. The course will address aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light and color. This course will study successful photographers.

This class will be hybrid so students can take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab, with a teaching assistant there to help assist you.


January 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9, 16; March 2, 9, 16, 23

Mixed-Media Painting with Marta Blair

4:30pm to 6:30pm - Youth and Families

This class will teach students to explore the multiple sources of abstraction inherent in natural forms. Sharpening the way we approach and look at nature and reviewing the basic properties of line, shape, space, form, texture, pattern, and color; we will open up a space for personal expression while giving painting and mixed media techniques to work around these concepts along with the brief introduction of artists and artwork to reinforce the same.

Digital Illustration with Maria Ferrari

4:30pm - 6:30pm (Tweens, Teens, Adults) | VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON CLASS

Arm yourself with the best tools possible for creating Art digitally with Photoshop! This class teaches the basic skills and good work habits that are essential to mastering Photoshop, and its complex range of possibilities - skills that will better prepare students for a lifetime of creating digital art with ease. Geared for ages 13 and Up, this class will be valuable for building portfolios for high-school or college applications and expanding job opportunities for adults in the digital design fields, as well as having great fun while exploring your creative vision on the computer.

This class will be hybrid so students can take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab, with a teaching assistant there to help assist you.

Access to Adobe Photoshop is required for this class. BRAC can provide a few temporary subscriptions of Adobe Photoshop for registered participants.


January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17; March 3, 10, 17, 24

Introduction to Art (Painting & Sculpture)

4:30pm to 6:30pm - Youth and Families

Let’s take a trip around the world! We will look at art & artists from all over the world to inspire our creativity and build our skills each week. Students will explore the way art is a visual, universal language and develop their own ability to communicate.

This class will teach students how to use to a variety of art materials and methods to create unique works of art, including drawing, painting, collage, clay, 3D multi-media and sculpture. This class is open to beginners or for students who have experience but want to try new materials!


January 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19; March 5, 12, 19, 26

Ceramics: Handbuilding with Ana Ruiz-Castillo

11am to 1pm (Youth and Families)

Building Up with Clay by Hand. Learn how to build pots, cups, plates, vases and other vessels in class using only the simplest hand building techniques. Begin with a slab of wet clay and through the course learn what it takes to sculpt your vessels from the bottom up. Decorate your creation with glaze before we fire them in our kilns for you to take for home use or display.

Printmaking and Drawing with Tammy Wofsey

11am to 1pm (All Ages)

In this class, we will explore different kinds of printmaking and drawing methods. We will incorporate our drawings into the printmaking process. We will learn about repetition of color, line and pattern, positive and negative shapes. We will use printmaking and drawing tools such as watercolor, linocut tools, inking rollers, pencils, charcoal, pens, brushes, paper, mulberry paper and found material. You will use our wheel press to hand crank through your artwork. Printmaking allows students to duplicate artwork. Printmaking uses material that can be drawn, carved or chosen from material such as leaves, found paper or cardboard that is then placed on an inked plate. We will make a portfolio book for storing and displaying your finished artwork.

Digital Animation with Hector Canonge

2pm - 4pm (Tweens and Teens) |  VIRTUAL AND IN-PERSON CLASS

Through the use of digital software, lecture, demonstration, and hands on learning students will learn animation. By the end of the course students will have created their own animated short (30 seconds max.)

This class will be hybrid so students can take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab, with a teaching assistant there to help assist you.

Access to Adobe Photoshop is required for this class. BRAC can provide a few temporary subscriptions of Adobe Photoshop for registered participants.

Painting on Canvas with Ana Ruiz-Castillo

2pm to 4pm (Teens and Adults)

This course will focus on the use of acrylic on canvas to paint still life. Students will sharpen their ability to see and interpret objects, while focusing on composition, line, shape and mix of colors. Students will have the freedom to work on a realistic manner or in an abstract way.

Ceramics: Wheel Throwing with Ezekiel Taveras

2pm to 4pm (Teen and Adults)

This course introduces students to creating ceramic forms utilizing the potter’s wheel. A range of techniques will be demonstrated as starting points to using the wheel as a tool for creating forms. The design, function, decoration, and presentation of the thrown forms will be emphasized through course assignments.

Registration & Fee Information:

Please note that we have a first-come, first-serve policy. Reserve your spot as soon as possible!

Registration opens Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021. Register Online Here.

All fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. In addition, you can contact us at or call 718.589.5819

Cancellation Policy: If a class does not meet capacity, it may be canceled, in which case students will have the option to either take another class or receive a full refund.

Unless otherwise noted, all classes include materials and use of professional equipment.

Click here to view our complete policies and procedures.

Locations of Classes & Travel Directions:

In-person classes will take place at the Bronx River Art Center, located at 1087 E. Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10460

Virtual classes will take place over Zoom, with links sent out no latter than two hours before class time.

Bronx River Art Center
1087 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY 10460
T (718) 589-5819

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Tuesday - Friday: 2 - 6 PM
Saturday: 12 - 5 PM
Gallery hours are only in effect during the
exhibition dates.

Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM

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DIRECTIONS TO CENTER:  By Train: Take #2 or #5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street. By Bus: Take #'s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road. By Car: Take Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway, and exit at East Tremont Ave. Turn left at the traffic light one block down onto East Tremont. Turn left after one block onto Bronx St. (Cross Bronx Expressway) towards Rosedale Ave, then exit. Turn left onto Rosedale Ave, then take a left onto Tremont Ave. Drive four blocks to West Farms Square.