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Winter 2020 Fine Arts & Digital Media Classes

January 6, 2020 - March 21, 2020

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Bronx River Art Center
January 6 - March 21, 2020

Each art class meets for 2 hours once a week for 10 weeks.

All Art Supplies are provided.

Registration opens November 25.
Register before December 15 for a 10% Discount

For additional information call 718-589-5819 x16 or email


FREE After School Program Open Only to registered BRAC Students from 2:30 to 4:30pm.

BRAC provides all of its after school students with a safe place to stay and work from 2:30-4:30 before our Art Classes start. During this time they can work on individual art projects and/or homework under supervision. You must be enrolled in a class in order to take advanatage of this program on the day of the class.

Space is limited, so please register to attend this program when ordering your class tickets. To register for this program you must also enroll for one of our week day classes.




Mondays, 4:30-6:30pm: January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 2, 9, 16

Drawing for Ages 7-12 with Tiffany Miller - 2-D Studio 4th floor 
Cancelled - Please register for Cartooning or Intro to Art instead

Ages 7-9 with Parent ($150 before 12/15 then $160)

Ages 8-12 ($85 before 12/15 then $95)

The Pure Imagination: Introdcution to Drawing
In this Introduction to Drawing class students will learn basic drawing skills with a range of media such as charcoal, pastel and pencil in order to be able to draw anything from fantasy or reality in their own unique style with the freedom of pure imagination. Parents are welcome to register with their children for an extra fee as they develop deeper bonds and experience greater self-esteem, while learning to express themselves together.




Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30pm: January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17

Cartooning with Segun Braithwaith - 2-D Studio 4th floor.

Ages 11-15 ($85 before 12/15 then $95)

Sequential Art
How are Comics and Manga made? How can you create your very own? In this course, students will develop an original short comic story featuring their very own characters! Students will learn about lettering their stories, drawing backgrounds efficiently and effectively using perspective, as well as creating dynamic compositions. Work will be hand drawn with pencil and ink, students seeking additional challenge can add color to their work and will be guided on how to select colors that "pop"! Past BRAC Cartooning students will find this series as "the next step" in their development. Beginners with a strong interest in comics, cartoons, and art are welcome!


Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:30pm

January 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30 February 4, 6, 11, 13, 25, 27 March 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19

Teen Project Studio (TPS+2.0) with Kathie Halfin- 3-D Studio on 4th Floor and Computer Lab 2nd Floor

Young Adults ages 15-26 (Free by application only)

From Bauhaus to Our House: Pattern as Principal of Design

Teen Project Studio + 2.0 is an intensive, 10-week, digital and fine arts program for teens and young adults ages 15-26. This free program is limited to 15 students that is available by application only. TPS is a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the visual arts & creative industries in an interactive and challenging way. It is also an opportunity to meet other teens with similar eagerness to learn and create.

From January 7 to March 19, students will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:30pm, at the Bronx River Art Center located at 1087 East Tremont Ave, Bronx NY, 10460 for the Course titled “From Bauhaus to Our House”. There will also be 2 field trips to art exhibitions and cultural events. BRAC’s TPS Teen Project Studio award program introduces selected participants to principles and practices of design.  This is an intensive 10 week-long professional design studio course that focusses on the creative industries and addresses different media or techniques each semester throughout the year. “From Bauhaus to Our House” will address graphic and textile design through the art principle of pattern utilizing digital and hands-on techniques including: photoshop, printmaking, fabric dyeing and 3D construction. Students will learn the historical precedents and contemporary application of pattern design through monthly field trips to design studios, museums and galleries as well as through the development of their own poster and product designs. 

Please respond to the questions below and submit by the due date of December 30, 2019. If you are under 18, you will need to have a parent or guardian fill out their section as well or fill out our application available for pick up from our location at 1087 East Tremont.

All interested participants must fill out an application form by clicking HERE.




Wednesdays 4:30-6:30pm: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 4, 11, 18

Digital Illustration for Tweens and Teens with Maria - Computer Lab 2nd Floor

Ages 11-15 ($85 before 12/15 then $95) plus optional $5.00 for 5 prints

Learn Photoshop - Create Great Art

Photoshop skills and knowledge provide great creative possibilities.In this class we will work on projects that will incorporate Photoshop tools & techniques that will serve students well as they progress into higher education and beyond. This class teaches basic skills and good work habits that are essential to mastering Photoshop – skills that will prepare for a lifetime of creating digital art with ease. This class will be both fun and valuable – lessons learned will enable students to build portfolios suitable for high school submissions or college applications. At the end of the course each student will be able to exhibit prints of their work.




Thursdays, 4:30-6:30pm: January 9, 16, 23, 30 February 6, 13, 27 March 5, 12, 19

Intro to Art for Children and Parents with Jennifer Tomaiolo - 2-D Studio 4th floor

Ages 7-15 ($85 before 12/15 then $95)

Ages 7-9 with Parent ($150 before 12/15 then $160)

Painting, Drawing and Clay
Let’s get creative! This class will introduce you to a variety of art materials and methods that artists use to express themselves. We will paint, draw, make clay figures, create & paint masks, use tiles, stones, and paper. This class can be taken as a beginning art class or as a continuation of Intro to Art Fall classes. Parents with young children are invited to take the class together!




Saturdays, 11:00am-1:00pm: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 29 March 7, 14, 21

Digital Photography for Teens and Adults with Hosea Johnson - Computer Lab 2nd Floor

Teens, ($85 before 12/15 then $95) plus optional $5.00 for 5 prints

Adults, ($110 before 12/15 then $120) plus optional $5.00 for 5 prints

Digital Photography 102 
This course will emphasize studio photography and natural light photography. Students will be encouraged to study commercial still life and portrait photography. Techniques like Natural light, fill light, flash fill, meter reading, color balance, professional strobe and continuous light source equipment use will be covered. This course will cover the basic concepts and practice of digital photography, including understanding the history and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic, light meter, photographic equipment. This course will use Photoshop for editing. The course will address aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light and color. Technological requirements of digital formats will be addressed, such as file types and resolution. Basic digital manipulations of images will be taught in preparation for creating a photo portfolio of images.


Saturdays, Youth Painting and Drawing: Second Session Added
11am-1pm: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 29 March 7, 14, 21

Intro to Painting and Drawing for Youth with Parents
Ages 6-9 with Joel Adas - 2-D Studio 4th floor
Ages 10-12 with Ana Ruiz-Castillo - 3-D Studio 4th floor

Ages 6-12 - with a Parent $160

Ages 7-12 - $95

Watercolors and Drawing: The 2D Art of Line and Color
In this course the children will learn a variety of approaches to making 2 Dimensional art. Following processes used by several artists we will explore the fantastic possibilities of watercolor and gouache. Alongside this we will do projects that reinforce the students’ skills in drawing from life.


Saturdays, 2-4pm: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 29 March 7, 14, 21

Ceramics for Teens and Adults with Ana Ruiz-Castillo - 3-D Studio 4th floor

Ages 13-20, ($85 before 12/15 then $95)

Adults ($110 before 12/15 then $120)

This class is for students with some experience in working 3-Dimensionally, or who have taken at least one semester of ceramics already. We will build upon the basics of ceramics with an emphasis on the creative use of clay to produce a unique body of your own work. Participants will be guided to expand their creative ceramics skills while creating uniquely formed objects such as vases, boxes, cups, pots, realistic and abstract sculptures. Students will continue perfecting their different modeling techniques such as pinching, coiling, slabs and glazing, with a basic introduction to the potters wheel. Emphasis will be on working on independent project goals.


Saturdays, 2-4pm: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 29 March 7, 14, 21

Digital Animation with Hector Conoge - Computer Lab 2nd floor

Tweens/Teens Ages 11-15 ($85 before 12/15 then $95)

The Color of Your World
Do you love animated shows from Cartoon Network and Netflix? Want to learn how to bring your own drawings to life? Here at BRAC, we are welcoming students who are passionate about art and want to take their work to the next level. In our Digital Animation class, you will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop to create your very own animated works with absolutely no prior experience needed. Not only will we develop your skills as young artists, but this is also an opportunity to add more unique work into your portfolios. You will also have the opportunity to demonstrate your animations to others through BronxNet.


Saturdays, 2-4pm: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 29 March 7, 14, 21

Painting for Teens and Adults with Joel Adas - 2-D Studio 4th floor

Teens, ($85 before 12/15 then $95)

Adults, ($110 before 12/15 then $120)

Landscapes Real and Imagined
In this class we will use a variety of art making processes to come up with images that exist somewhere between abstraction and landcape. We will study the art of Mark Rothko and Milton Avery among others to better understand how such images operate. We will also do a number of life drawings of the incredible views of The Bronx from around our fantastic building to see how the urban environment can contribute to the process.



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, Andy King, Ruben Diaz Sr., Mark Gjonaj the Bronx Delegation of the City Council, Con Edison Power of Giving, 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 - Friday: 10 AM - 6 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.