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Summer 2018 Fine Arts & Digital Media Classes

July 16, 2018 - August 16, 2018

(Adult classes run July 17, 2018 - August 18, 2018)

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Each class is five sessions. If space allows, on-site registration will be available. Art supplies will be provided. For additional information, call 718-589-5819 or email

KIDS (ages: 6 to 9)

Painting Your Favorite Sport with Joel Adas/Ana Ruiz
Mondays, July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13 / $55
11am - 1pm

Participants will talk about sports and go over some examples of how sports have been depicted in art. Students will then create a mixed-media collage, using a variety of materials depicting their favorite sport. The option will be then to do a self-portrait painting, playing their favorite sport.

Ceramics Class with Matthew Burcaw
Tuesdays, July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14 / $55
11am - 1pm

In this ceramics class, students will experience numerous techniques for working with clay. Each student will learn how to make pinch pots, hand-build with slabs, slump, sculpt, and work on the pottery wheel. Through these explorations, students discover what area of ceramics they want to focus on to create a final project, and learn about the various glazes they can use to finish their work. This is a good chance to get messy with a purpose.

Cartooning with Devon Purkiss
Wednesdays, July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15 / $55
11am - 1pm

Students are given the opportunity to create (write & draw) a short story from their own imagination. Over the five-week course, we will cover some basic drawing techniques, design our very own characters and start them off on their own adventure!

Drawing with Tiffany Miller
Thursdays, July 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16 / $55
11am - 1pm

Students will experiment with basic tools such as colored pencils, graphite, pen, and pastel on various kinds of paper. Participants will develop a drawing practice that inspires them to think of drawing as an exciting artform that can help them relax, focus, plan, invent, expand their imagination, solve problems, and express their personal style and point of view.

TWEENS (ages: 10 to 13)

Drawing and Printing on Handmade Paper with Michele Brody
Mondays, July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13 / $55
11am - 1pm

During this class, students will learn how to make their own handmade papers from such materials as junk mail, old blue jeans, and plants. Students will design their own logo to hand-print onto unique sheets of stationery to give as gifts, as well as collages and drawings of fine art for our final exhibition.

Color & Abstract Painting with Diane Davis
Tuesdays, July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14 / $55
11am - 1pm

This session is an introduction to color theory and abstract painting. Using primary colors and black & white, students will develop a personalized color line, referencing a still life setup for an abstract painting.

Sculpture with Ana Ruiz
Wednesdays, July 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15 / $55
11am - 1pm

During this 3-D class, students will explore the art of making sculptures through interacting with our environment. Students will learn how to assemble and glue natural and man-made found objects to create sculptural art work inspired by the community surrounding BRAC. Students will interact with the Bronx River, neighborhood gardens, and parks in order to transform these sites into places of creativity.

Ceramic Sculpture with Jennifer Tomaiolo
Thursdays, July 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16 / $55
11am - 1pm

This class will focus on mosaic and ceramic tile-making. Students will learn about the artistic possibilities of stone, glass, and ceramic tiles. Lessons will include how to design and layout stone or glass tile mosaic, culminating in the student's creation of a unique, handmade ceramic tile.


Painting with Joel Adas/Diane Davis
Tuesdays, July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14 / $65
2pm - 4pm

Participants will start by doing watercolor studies of The Bronx River from the BRAC backyard, and then discuss the different aspects of light and color that the river presents. Afterwards, the class will move inside for painting in acrylic on canvas board to create vivid abstractions based on The Bronx River.

Clay Creations with Matthew Burcaw
Saturdays, July 21, 28, August 4, 11, 18 / TEENS: $75 / ADULTS: $90
12pm - 3pm

Why buy it when you can make it in clay? This class will explore numerous possibilities of what can be made in clay, from mugs to vases to keepsake boxes and more! With a focus on numerous hand-building techniques, we will learn the proper way to assemble and glaze our projects. Each student will learn how to make pinch pots, hand-build with slabs, slump, sculpt, and have a chance to work on the pottery wheel.

FREE PROGRAM for Ages 14-19!

Teens! Join us as the Bronx River Art Center leads an interdisciplinary art and design program with weekly field-trip adventures throughout the Bronx and New York City. We'll visit museums and other arts destinations. Our goal is to broaden access to the arts and provide free access to culture across all five boroughs.

Classes will run from 2 to 4pm Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, with field trip days going from 1 to 5pm.

It's free to participate, but you must register using Eventbrite, call 718-589-5819, or email You can also complete our registration form and return it to BRAC.


This program is supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the NYC Materials for the Arts program, as well as Mayor Bill de Blasio, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Council Member Ritchie Torres, the Bronx Delegation of the City Council, Con Edison, and the generousity of our patrons.


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

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Wednesday - Friday: 3 - 6 PM
Saturday: 12 - 5 PM
Gallery hours are only in effect during the
exhibition dates.

Monday - Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10:30 - 4 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.