2016 Summer Art Workshops

Our classes for kids are designed for their creativity to flourish. There is nothing worse than my kids coming home from school saying their art and music classes were boring. These creative outlets should be encouraged and embraced. These are the building blocks of their self esteem, belief in their own thoughts and ideas. Instead of following trends, blazing their own trail.

Our Summer Art Workshops this year will be run by Aliah Cortes.
We love Aliah here, and we’re sure you will too.  Bryan will also be stepping in and out of the sessions throughout the summer.

Some proposed classes for the summer:

Nature Art: Whether you gather supplies in your neighborhood or at the crafts store, your kids will love bringing the outdoors inside with these easy natural art projects featuring supplies found in nature such as rocks, leaves, shells, shadows, etc.

Printmaking: There are four main types of printmaking. The process and materials of these techniques influence the appearance of the final print. We will be exploring relief printing which are made from flat sheets of material such as wood, linoleum, metal, styrofoam etc. After drawing a picture on the surface, the kid will use tools to cut away the areas that will not print. A roller – called a brayer – is used to spread ink on the plate. A sheet of paper is placed on top of the plate and the image is transferred by rubbing with the hand or a block of wood, or by being run through a printing press. The completed print is a mirror image of the original plate.

Zentangle: This is a beautiful art form that marries doodling and meditation, so wonderful for the child’s mind and soul! Zentangle is an abstract and unplanned, yet semi structured drawing, but it never has to be perfect, it’s more about the process, the peaceful, meditative doodling that is of importance and we will be doodling up a storm!

Batik/Tie dye: Batik is a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent to cover parts of a design, dyeing the uncovered fabric with a color or colors, and dissolving the wax in boiling water. We will be getting our hands dirty by creating batik with different materials such as Elmer’s glue, tie dye techniques, and melting crayons and dipping into colored dye.

Book Making: We will be making hand-made journals, comic books, flip books and much more using different kinds of paper, paint, and drawing techniques. The kids will also learn how to bind the books with different sewing and folding techniques.

Recycled Art: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle which is what we will be doing with creation. We will be using all kids of materials such as egg cartons, paper towel rolls, bottle caps, anything that can be recycled we can make into a masterpiece!

Abstract Exploration: Abstract art portrays what an artist feels and thinks, rather than what he or she sees. An abstract artist uses colors and shapes to express his or her emotions and ideas.  Just as we do not know other people’s thoughts, we do not always know what abstract art portrays but if you ask the artist, he or she can explain the painting to you. We will be exploring abstract art by using paint, drawings materials, and found materials to portray who they are through expression and confidence!

Self Portraits: We will be making all kinds of self-portraits using paint, nature, drawing etc. We will also be exploring different ways of expressing oneself through abstracting, non-objective, realistic, collage and much more!

Class Pricing

Classes will be $30 per class (includes materials)
We also offer a package if you pre buy multiple sessions.

For more information  about pricing, class availability and any other questions email us at info@rutlandstudios.com

Aliah Cortes Bio:


Hello, my name is Aliah Cortes, and I have been teaching art at Woodman Park School for six years and feel extremely fortunate to be teaching what I love! I grew up in a very artistic family in New Boston, New Hampshire. I enjoy multimedia, collage, ceramics, painting, jewelry making, etc.

I went to Plymouth State University for art education and explored all different types of art. I have been attending the University of Florida online Master’s program and will be graduating in May of 2017.

While I was in college, I studied abroad with a program called Semester at Sea and explored art in 10 different countries, and have traveled a lot since then which is defiantly one of my passions.

Outside of art, I enjoy spending time with my dog Duke and family, hiking, snowboarding, and going to the beach any time of year. During the summer, I am eager to teach kids that are interested in exploring art and thinking outside the box. I want to help kids find their inner confidence and creativity through all types of art and am so excited to be able to do so!