Fall schedule is coming August 27th. Classes begin September 16

Things may be different this year…
our commitment to help each artist
find and express their own creative voice
is the same.

Scroll to see all summer options for K-5, Middle/High School, and Adults.
New workshops will be added as the summer rolls on!


Summer Studio

Grades K-4 (limit 10)

9:00 am-12:00 pm

7 One-week sessions:
July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24
August 3-7, 10-14, 17-21

Tuition: $240 (10% discount for members)**

Our popular Summer Studio program is adapted for Covid-19 to minimize risk:

  • extra space between artists

  • masks inside the building

  • frequent hand-washing and sanitizing

  • LOTS of outside time

  • minimal supply sharing

  • Virtual art show each week for families

Small Artists have BIG Imaginations! Summer Studio is a semi-structured program that balances material exploration, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and art appreciation, while enjoying the same creative self-expression that is always the hallmark of any FYACS experience. 

Each day focuses on a different medium with activities that are adaptable to multiple ages. Various styles and artists will be pulled into our work each week:

  • Drawing Monday: We focus on drawing materials (chalk, oil pastel, pencil), properties of each, and the concepts of drawing (line, texture, shape) and what these can express to the viewer.
  • Painting Tuesday: Experiment in acrylic, watercolor, techniques and applications of paint in various styles, and examine and discuss how different artists use paint to express emotion.
  • Sculpt your Wednesday: With challenges in clay and construction, explore how sculpture turns space into our “canvas” and making art that is interesting from every angle.
  • Collage Thursday: We play with two dimensional design using the media of some of children’s favorite artists.
  • All Together Friday! We finish up pieces from the week, find themes in each artist’s portfolio, and make one final piece that puts together some of their favorite parts of the week. This year, our weekly Art Show will be virtual so all families can enjoy the group’s work safely. Details to come.

Summer Studio Daily Schedule:

9:00-9:50: Get ready, get set, get creative! Artists can experiment with that day’s materials and themes, test out ideas, and try new things.  Different techniques will be encouraged.

9:50-10:00 Look up, Clean up! We pin up everyone’s favorite creative experiments of the morning, clean up, wash hands. 

10:00-11:00 Arts OUTSIDE: Artists work in communities as well as in the studio. We’ll head over to Felton Park (behind FUMC) for snack, and use our powers of observation to inspire creations in chalk, drawing, and outdoor sculpture. Free play is always an option here. 

**NOTE: If the weather is truly fowl, we will snack inside before venturing out, but our plan is to go outside for part of every day. If it looks like rain, please send your child in shoes that can get wet and a raincoat!

10:50-11:50 Masterwork: We’ll talk about what we experienced that morning, look at images of relevant artists and styles for the day’s media, and make a plan for the final project of the day. Artists design and create a final original piece based on what has inspired them most.

Artists that sign up for more than one week will be introduced to new artists, art styles, and have the opportunity to use materials in new ways, and gain mastery over styles and skills.

To register, click the purple button, then select Summer Studio and the month in the search. 

Open Studio

Grades 5-12 (limit 6)
Weeks of July 6, 13, 20, 27
Aug 3, 10, 17

Mon-Thurs 1:00-3:00pm

Tuition: $50 per two hour block ($45 members)**
Want all four days in a week? Email info@fyamelrose.org and get a coupon code worth $50!

Open Studio: Our most flexible and successful summer option for middle and high school artists.

This program allows artists to sign up for individual days that fit your family schedule. These are small, independent groups for artists to dive into a creative project, explore multiple forms of expression, or learn a new technique.

We work with each artist to design and develop projects based on age, interest and ability levels, taking into account the number of hours he or she will be attending Open Studio. Drawing, painting, mixed media, collage, clay, plaster are all options. Because each hour is limited to 6 artists, there will be plenty of individual attention for your artist to learn how to take his or her creative expression to the next level. Having a two hour window enables artists to dive in deeply.

Please note: Due to Covid-19 protocols, we can no longer offer Open Studio as a drop in option. You must pre-register for the whole two hour block, and space is capped to allow for physical distance between artists. You can register multiple times, or take it week by week as space allows. 

To register, click the purple button, then select Open Studio and the month in the search. Choose from the listed dates.

Get one afternoon FREE when you sign up for 4 in a week. Email info@fyamelrose.org for details. 

Summer Studio Mini Edition

Grades K-5 (limit 4)
Weeks of July 27
Aug 3, 10, 17

Mon-Thurs 1:00-4:00 pm

Tuition: $185 (10% discount for members)**

Small size means BIG potential for creative fun!
A NEW program to offer small-group (4 artist), semi-structured programming for younger artists in the afternoons.


This program offers four afternoons that balance structure and flexibility. It is based on our Summer Studio morning program, but due to it’s small size can offer more options to head in different directions as a response to the interests of the group each week.

What’s the same: Just like the morning program, artists will draw, paint, collage and sculpt, with a plan to focus on a different material each day. They will spend time outside at the park, work on experiments and create some final pieces, and follow all of the same protocols as the morning program. 

What’s different: This program has less structured lessons. Because it is limited to 4 artists, it allows for more flexibility based on the interests of the group. There is no final art show as part of this program. In this program, it’s possible that a group may decide they love painting so much they do it twice, or work for several hours on recycled cardboard structures. 

Please note: This program is a Monday-Thursday program, no program on Fridays.

Teen Outdoor Drawing

August 18, 19, 20
RAIN DATES Aug 25, 26, 27
Ages: 13-19
Tuition: $140 (does NOT include supplies)

Member Discount Available

Spend some time outside and sharpen your drawing skills on three summer mornings.

No matter what field of study your teen may be preparing for, learning to draw should be
part of that preparation. Michele Lauriat teaches drawing with an eye toward skill building, increasing confidence and creativity, sharpening observation skills and attention to detail.

This class will meet outside the Big Yellow House or at Ell Pond. Please note the rain dates and this class MAY extend over two weeks if the weather challenges. 

Simple drawing supplies needed; facilitator will provide a list the week before. Email info@fyamelrose.org if you require assistance with supplies.

Learn about Michele’s teaching experience and her work at www.michelelauriat.com

Creative Writing for Adults

Online Creative Writing for Adults

Ages 16+
Sunday August 23

10:00-11:00 am
Cost: $10

Note: This is an online class that can be taken from anywhere! 

Kick your quarantine blues and play with words! At this virtual writing workshop, you’ll do fun prompts, get tips on craft, and have the option to share your work with the group. An internet connection and computer with a camera are required to participate. 

This month’s facilitator is Shaun Bossio. Shaun is a fiction writer born and bred in Boston. He holds a BA in English from Boston University and an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College. He is the former Fiction Editor of Redivider, and his short stories have appeared in Typehouse, Firewords and Palooka. He is currently at work on his first novel.

These classes are completed, but we hope to run them again...

Online Watercolor Workshop Series for Adults

Three Separate Workshops:

Watercolor TREES July 7 10:00-11:30

Watercolor SKIES July 14 10:00-11:30

Watercolor WATER July 21 10:00-11:30

Tuition: $35 per workshop (must provide own supplies)
Member Discount Available

This is an online class; an internet connection and a device with a camera are needed.

Explore watercolor through a series of workshops with Margie Samuels. Each workshop may be taken on its own or in a series. All workshops are appropriate for beginners and experienced artists.

No special materials will be needed other than than your usual palette of watercolor paints and paper. You will receive an email a few days before the class is scheduled with the Zoom link, password, and additional information.

Margie Samuels is an experienced watercolor artist and art teacher.  She is a Signature Member of the New Jersey Watercolor Society, the Garden State Watercolor Society and the Essex Watercolor Club, and has won numerous awards for her paintings. Samuels has an impressionistic style with a strong sense of composition; her paintings invite the viewer in through exciting brushwork and color combinations.

See her work at: https://www.margiesamuelswatercolor.com/

T-shirt Painting with Bleach

July 17
2:00-3:30 pm 
Ages: 12+
Tuition: $30 (includes supplies and a T-shirt)
$25 if you bring your own!
Member Discount Available

Local teen and artist Ellie Ungashick has been perfecting her painting skills this pandemic, and we are thrilled to have her share those skills with us! Learn some tips and pointers on how to work with this fund medium, and make and take home a hand-painted shirt.

Due to physical distancing requirements, this workshop is limited to 9 participants. Everyone must bring and wear a mask. We will make every effort to keep work stations a minimum of 6 feet apart to allow for mask removal while sitting and working. 

T(w)een Zoom into Creative Writing 

July 6-10
3:00-4:15 pm
Ages: 11-16
Tuition: $145

Member Discount Available

Note: This is an online class that can be taken from anywhere! An internet connection and a device with a camera are needed.

Practice important aspects of storytelling or poetry with  prompts focused around character development, conflict, setting and dialogue. The goal is to produce a more complete short story or series of poems. Bring your creativity and your favorite writing tools. Repeat students welcome!

Sara Reish Desmond’s work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Los Angeles Review, Water~Stone Review, and Front Porch. A longtime English Teacher, she teaches writing workshops for FYACS. She is nearing completion on a novel set in rural Pennsylvania.

** As always, financial assistance is available.
Please email our Director, Kris Rodolico,  
at krodolico@fyamelrose.org,
or leave a message at 781 665 4140