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Fall Virtual Visual Art & Digital Media Classes

Registration for Fall classes begins Monday, August 31, 2020 at 5pm through Eventbrite!

Classes run from October 5 - December 19, 2020.

10% off early registration from September 1st - September 19th.

All classes will be held on Zoom.

BRAC is pleased to present five virtual visual art classes, two digital media classes, and our signature TPS+2.0 (teens plus young adults) Project Studio course this fall semester.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to challenge us emotionally and financially, BRAC is committed to providing relief through creative-art programming for all ages. We will continue to offer our classes virtually this fall, due to the uncertainty of the reopening of schools and the continued health risk of the virus. Accordingly, we are reducing our fall semester class fees with a special COVID-19 discount of 20% off our traditional on-site prices. You can save an additional 10% off during early registration from September 1 - September 19th!

Because both the Digital Illustration and Digital Animation classes require access to Adobe Photoshop to engage in the course, BRAC can provide up to five temporary subscriptions of Adobe Photoshop per class for registered participants. Anyone interested in this offer should send an email to

For general questions, please email

Select from a wide variety of media and age groups at affordable prices.

Youth Classes (ages 7 to 18):

$95 for 10 sessions

$76 for 10 sessions 

$67 for Early Registration

Youth & Parent Participation (ages 6 to 12, with a parent):

$160 for 10 sessions

$128 for 10 sessions

$115 Early Registration

Adult Classes:

$120 for 10 sessions

$96 for 10 sessions

$86 for Early Registration

Seniors - 10% Discount:

$96 for 10 sessions

$86 for 10 sessions

$78 for Early Registration

All fees must be paid in full at the time of registration. Registration and payment will be through Eventbrite.

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All classes will be held on Zoom.


Oct. 5, 19, 26
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Dec 7, 14

(No classes on Oct. 12th)

4pm to 6pm: Learn To Draw By Drawing with Tiffany Miller

Ages 7 - 18: $76 for 10 sessions

Youth and Parent: $128 for 10 sessions

Seniors: $86 for 10 sessions

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 how to express your own personal visions, ideas, and observations. We will discuss and sketch images from master artists, as well as contemporary artists, animators, photographers, and more.

Materials: paper or sketch book, drawing materials such as graphite pencils (#2 pencils, 2b or 4b), medium-soft charcoal pencils, colored pencils, ballpoint pen, markers, oil pastels, etc., kneaded or rubber eraser.


Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov. 10, 17, 24
Dec 1, 8, 15

(No class on Nov. 3rd)

4pm to 6pm: Art Around the World (Painting & Sculpture) with Jennifer Tomaiolo

Ages 7 - 18: $76 for 10 sessions

Youth and Parent: $128 for 10 sessions

Adults: $96 for 10 sessions

Seniors: $86 for 10 sessions

In this class, we will take a journey around the globe through artwork. Every class will introduce participants to a new location, explore examples of incredible art, and make your own creation inspired by the session. Participants will work with many different materials and styles, including 2D painting, collage and drawing, 3D multi-media, and sculpture with an emphasis on materials that are easily found at home. Tour the world through art!

Materials: paint, watercolor paper, construction paper, markers, pencil, ruler, scissors, glue, tape, clay, string/yarn, assorted household/decorative materials such as wrapping paper, tissue paper, foil, cardboard, etc.


Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 11, 18
Dec. 2, 9, 16

(No class Wednesday Nov. 25th)

11am to 1pm: Collage with Kathie Holfin

Adults: $96 for 10 sessions

Seniors: $86 for 10 sessions

There are so many reasons to love the art of collage! One beautiful element of collage is its ability to tell stories in a tangible and playful way through a variety of materials, expressive textures and techniques. This class will reference the work of artists like Judith Pfaff, Mickalene Thomas, Robert Raushenberg, Romare Bearden, Henry Martisse and others. Students will dive into the basic principles of design, patterns, weaving, and sculptue - all through the lens of collage. Participants will incorporate found objects and materials into their collage work to create rich textural compositions.

Materials: scissors, fabric glue, tape, mix media paper, paint brush, markers


4pm to 6pm: Digital Illustration: Learn Photoshop! With Maria Ferrari

Ages 11 - 26: $76 for 10 sessions

Photoshop skills and knowledge provide great creative possibilities. In this class, we will work on projects that incorporate Photoshop tools and techniques that will serve students well as they progress into higher education and beyond. This class teaches the basic skills and good work habits that are essential to mastering Photoshop – skills that will prepare you for a lifetime of creating digital art with ease. This class will be both fun and valuable – lessons learned here 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.

Access to Adobe Photoshop is required for this ten-week class.


Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29
Nov. 5, 12, 19
Dec 3, 10, 17

(No class Thursday Nov. 26)

4pm to 6pm: Teen Project Studio+2.0
KaN Landscape - Tactical Urbanism in time of Pandemic Part II: How to safely activate a forgotten land into a community hub

Teens & Adults (Ages 15 - 26): Free! By Application Only

Teen Project Studio + 2.0 is an intensive, project based, six-week digital and design 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 design arts and career opportunities in the creative industries in an interactive and challenging way. It is also an opportunity to meet other teens and young adults from throughout the city with similar eagerness to learn and create.

Applications will be accepted until Saturday, September 19, 2020. Click here to Apply!

Tactical Urbanism in time of Pandemic Part II: How to safely activate a forgotten land into a community hub with KaN Landscape.

Following our summer class on Tactical Urbanism, this fall session will focus more closely on the details of the design that we hope will be built and installed on the plaza at Devoe Avenue.

Participants will explore design elements such as painted graphics, benches, planters, dividers, and other site furnishing. The final design will be in compliance with pandemic safety guidelines and DOT regulations for public engagement. The class will also work on the design of a new fence for BRAC garden.

Applications accepted until September 19th!


Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30
Nov 6, 13, 20
Dec. 4, 11, 18

(No class on Nov. 27)

11am to 1pm: Marta Blair, Mixed Media Painting and Textiles

Adults: $86 for 10 sessions

Seniors: $78 for 10 sessions

Participants are introduced to different textile communities throughout history. With a focus on each community's unique techniques and visual elements, students will create expressive artworks with materials easily found at home

Materials: sturdy paper to work on, paint of any kind, brushes, colored scrap paper, scissors, glue, masking tape, recycled cardboard from cereal boxes, etc.


4pm to 6pm: Postal Mail Art with Tammy Wofsey

Ages 11 - 18: $76 for 10 sessions

Adults: $86 for 10 sessions

Youth and Parent: $128 for 10 sessions

Seniors: $86 for 10 sessions

Now, more than ever, the U.S. postal service needs our support. What better way to help our mail carriers and the U.S. post office than by creating mail art? The mail art movement began in the 1940s and is now reaching a new audience in a digital age faced with too much screen time. This movement is driven by people that seek tactile hand-made material to create friendships and art through mailing letters and postcards to one another. Together we will create pen-pal teams. We will learn about altered postcards, printing multiples, reusing found materials, making our own envelopes, and pop up cards. By the end of the program, students will be able to make multiple postcards and letters.

Materials: multi-media paper, cardboard, acrylic, water, paintbrushes, tape, glue, and more.


Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31
Nov. 7, 14, 21
Dec. 5, 12, 19

(No class on Nov. 28)

11am to 1pm: The Artist’s Garden with Joel Adas

Ages 7 - 18: $76 for 10 sessions

Youth and Parent: $128 for 10 sessions

Adults: $96 for 10 sessions

Seniors: $86 for 10 sessions

In this class, we will investigate artists who found creative inspiration from the garden. Looking at examples of Monet, Frida Kahlo, and Joan Mitchell, among others, we will celebrate the color and vitality of gardens in paint and collage.

Materials: water-based paints, brushes, glue, pencils, scissors, multimedia paper


2pm to 4pm: Digital Animation with Hector Canonge

Ages 11 - 26: $76 for 10 sessions

Discover how digital animation can be used to make everyday objects come to life on screen. Working with computers, cameras, and crafts, participants will work on small projects to develop, direct, and film their own original animated movies.

This Digital Animation class consists of six sessions, with each one building sequentially on the others. In this course, participants will learn the fundamental tools and techniques for 2D animation, through hands-on examples and an overview of optical toys, stop-motion, and frame-by-frame animation. Drawing skills are not required, but participants should be knowledgeable of working with computers. Participants are required to have Photoshop installed on their computer to allow for screen-sharing.

Access to Photoshop is required for this ten-week class. 

All classes will be held on Zoom. Once you register through EventBrite, you will receive an email with the Zoom link an hour before each session. 



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T (718) 589-5819

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