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Spring 2020 Fine Arts & Digital Media Classes

March 30, 2020 - June 20, 2020

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Bronx River Art Center

Dear BRAC students and Families, 

Our priority is to keep our community safe and creatively occupied during this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus. We are still accepting reservations on-line at Eventbrite (no payments at this time) for our spring fine arts and digital media classes. We are developing an at-home education art program. If we still cannot offer classes at our building by early April, we will implement virtual on-line classes. Once classes begin we will accept payments, and if we do have to do virtual learning our classes will be half price and materials will be included with the fees. We are in the process of refunding current registrants for Spring 2020 Classes and re-adding them to our Reservation lists. We will communicate important updates periodically on our website over the next two weeks so please check in often. For now, stay home if you can, and stay safe, healthy and positive. 

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 advantage 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 weekday classes.



Mondays, 4:30-6:30pm: March 30, April 6, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15

Drawing for Ages 7-12 with Tiffany Miller - 2-D Studio 4th floor

Ages 8-12 ($85 before 3/15 then $95)
Ages 6-9 with Parent ($144 before 3/15 then $160)
Adults, ($108 before 3/15 then $120)

Learn To Draw By Drawing
Drawing is one of the oldest forms of communication and storytelling. Discover the beauty, magic and power of this artistic discipline in a relaxed, supportive environment. Learn to express your own personal visions, ideas and observations. Draw with charcoal, graphite pencils, colored pencils, markers, pastels, paint, etc. Draw from life, imagination, reference materials and class exercises. All levels are welcome.



Tuesdays, 4:30-6:30pm: March 31, April 7, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, June 2, 9

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

Ages 10-15 ($85 before 3/15 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

March 31, April 2, 7, 21, 23, 28, 30, May 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, June 2, 4, 9, 11, 18

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

Young Adults ages 15-26 (Free by application only)
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 and is available by application only. TPS+2.0 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.


Please click HERE to fill out our application form. If you are under 18, you will need to have a parent or guardian fill out their section as well. Successful applicants will need to be interviewed at BRAC in order to attend this once in a life time opportunity.



Wednesdays 4:30-6:30pm: April 1, 8, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10

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

Ages 10-15 ($85 before 3/15 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: April 2, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18

Introduction to Art and Design with Kathie Halfin - 2-D Studio 4th floor

Ages 7-12 ($85 before 3/15 then $95)
Ages 6-9 with Parent ($144 before 3/15 then $160)

Introduction to Art with Mixed-Media 
During this workshop students will focus on an exploration of mixed-media drawing/painting, printmaking and collage and will develop and understanding in the Elements Of Art and Design. Participants will experiment with shapes, lines and textures and will use their imagination to develop a unique visual vocabulary. We will work with a range of materials such as fabrics, colored paper, yarn, found images and objects. Through playful explorations, participants will practice expressive new techniques and create unique stamps and prints, mix colors and work in acrylic and watercolor techniques.



Fridays, 4:30-6:30pm: April 3, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12, 19

Drawing and Printmaking with Tammy Wofsey - 2-D Studio 4th floor

Ages 7-20, ($85 before 3/15 then $95)
Ages 6-9 with Parent ($144 before 3/15 then $160)
Adults, ($108 before 3/15 then $120)

Introduction to Printmaking 
All ages welcome! Especially Parents with young children working together!

In this class we will explore different kinds of printmaking methods. We will first learn how to make our own handmade and marbled papers for chine collé then linocut prints, water color monotypes, stencils, drypoint and collagraphs. We will explore drawing and color with the printmaking tools we learn.



Saturdays, 11:00am-1:00pm: April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 30, June 6, 13, 20

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

Teens, ($85 before 3/15 then $95) plus optional $5.00 for 5 prints
Adults, ($108 before 3/15 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.


11am-1pm: April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 30, June 6, 13, 20

Intro to Painting and Drawing for Youth Ages 6-9 with Joel Adas - 2-D Studio 4th floor

Ages 6-9  -  ($85 before 3/15 then $95)
Ages 6-9 - with a Parent ($144 before 3/15 then $160)

Painting and drawing for Kids: color and the creation of dreamlike worlds
In this course we will examine art from various cultures with a particular emphasis on color and how it is used to create a fantastical world. Artists we will examine include Hiroshige, Matisse, Kerry James Marshall, Chagall and Joan Brown.


11am-1pm: April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 30, June 6, 13, 20

Intro to Painting and Drawing for Youth Ages 10-12 with Ana Ruiz-Castillo

Ages 10-12  - 3-D Studio 4th floor ($85 before 3/15 then $95)
Ages 10-12 - with a Parent ($144 before 3/15 then $160)

Painting and Drawing with Pre-Teens
This class is designed to develop a foundation in drawing, perspective, composition, color, tone, and value. Students learn to observe and interpret still life subjects, as well as study the dynamics, character and essence of the model. They will gain a variety of skills needed to create their own artwork, incorporating a broad range of approaches and materials including: graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, marker, ink, oil pastel and acrylics.


Saturdays, 2-4pm: April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 30, June 6, 13, 20

Ceramics for All Ages with Ana Ruiz-Castillo - 3-D Studio 4th floor

Ages 7-19  ($85 before 3/15 then $95)
Ages 6-12 - with a Parent ($144 before 3/15 then $160)
Adults ($108 before 3/15 then $120)

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: April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 30, June 6, 13, 20

Digital Animation with Hector Conoge - Computer Lab 2nd floor

Tweens/Teens Ages 10-15 ($85 before 3/15 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: April 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 30, June 6, 13, 20

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

Teens, ($85 before 3/15 then $95)
Adults, ($108 before 3/15 then $120)

Painting and Drawing for Adults: Collage in Many Forms
We will take an artistic tour through the history of collage, with it’s beginnings with Picasso and Braque. We will  study surreal photo collages, Matisse’s late work in the medium, and on to Donald Baechler’s contemporary works.





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
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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.