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SUMMER PROGRAMS image for Newsletter 823


Rising K-1st graders can enroll in Summer Arts on the Hudson (SAH)

Rising 2nd-8th graders can enroll in both SAH and Art a la Carte (ALA)

Rising 9th-current 12th graders can enroll in Summer Art Institute (SAI)




Summer Arts on the Hudson is Garrison Art Center’s highly acclaimed arts immersion program for children entering grades K – 8. SAH is a unique opportunity for children to learn new skills and expand their worlds. While the focus is on art, the program is designed to serve all children's interests and creative potential. Students will use a wide range of materials in traditional and experimental approaches, emphasizing shared discovery and friendly fun. Each year a different theme is chosen to guide the curriculum and, along with the study of many artists and ideas, children develop a richer artistic language. We welcome all young artists in 2023 as we further explore the theme of You are Here!

Our teaching staff is comprised of highly credentialed teaching artists whose knowledge and open approach will encourage and nurture all students. This summer’s theme will allow our teaching artists to introduce students to various artists, art history, and art-making. Students will be engaged in collage, painting, sculpture, papier mache, and more.



The Summer Art Institute was established in 1998 to offer high school students artistic opportunities that their school programs may not offer. This pre-college program can provide total immersion in making art and a way for students to gain valuable skills that can prepare them for a college of the arts or whatever path they choose. 

​High school students are divided into three groups during the program to ensure small class sizes. They will have a full range of our facilities, enabling the development of creative abilities under the guidance and encouragement of outstanding teaching artists. Classes will take place in our printmaking, drawing, and pottery studio, and we will use our outstanding location on the banks of the Hudson River when the weather allows. This program is a great opportunity for high school students to explore their creativity, push themselves, and develop and advance their artistic abilities.



Art a la Carte offers children entering 2nd through 8th grades the opportunity to experience multiple types of art-making at our studios. This program features week-long classes, with students having the option to take half-day classes in the morning or afternoon. Half-day registrants can join our Lunch Bunch for an additional fee. Or you can register for a morning and an afternoon class and spend an entire day with us on the banks of the majestic Hudson River. Students registered for a full-day experience will be supervised for lunch and free time between classes. Classes this year will focus on collage, clay, and other subjects and materials. 

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The Garrison Art Center would like to thank Hudson Valley Credit Union for their support of our summer programs scholarship program.

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