Class Descriptions


Art Adventures

(1 hour) Age group: All

Children are introduced to modern and contemporary artists and diverse cultures using a wide variety of mediums and techniques including: paint, clay, wood, sand, foam, paper-mache, wire, cloth, photography, animation and more. Myriad museums and galleries of NYC provide us with ample ideas from which to create, keeping our curriculum current with the art world of today. Children will join us on a trip to a NYC museum or gallery each semester. Older children will have a longer class time, visit museums more frequently, will be introduced to more advanced techniques and art vocabulary in Art Adventures Studio (see below.)

Class size is limited to 10 children. *Pickup or drop-off is available for All Souls School only.

Art and French

(1 hour) Age group: 3 –5’s

In addition to Art Adventures, this class includes exposure to French vocabulary and common phrases. Children will gain exposure to the French language, accent and utilize basic French pertaining to art, while not even aware they are doing so! Parents are invited to join us on a trip to a NYC museum or gallery each semester.

Class size is limited to 10 children. *Pickup or drop-off is available for All Souls School only.

Rendezvous: (Art, Lunch, (French) and Conversation!)

(1 hour and 30 minutes) Age group: 3 –5’s

In addition to Art Adventures curriculum, this fun picnic-style lunch group will engage in directed conversation practicing Art (and/or French) vocabulary and phrases related to the day’s project and artist, allowing children to interact as a group, learn sharing and turn taking with an emphasis on social development and responsibility. Children will also go on a trip to a NYC museum or gallery each semester. Lunch is either before or after art depending on class time. (Children bring their own packed, nut-free lunch.)

Class size is limited to 10 children. *Pickup or drop-off is available for All Souls School only.

Art Adventures Studio

(1 hour and 30 minutes) Age group: 8–12 

This studio class is a place for students to use the artistic process as a means to make choices to express who they are as individuals. In addition to the Art Adventures Curriculum (above) students learn to overcome technical obstacles and to approach creative thinking in an ever-expanding way, promoting self-esteem and a sense of courage when encountering new experiences. Outside of unique materials, advanced media and studying the arts of different cultures, our students learn to appreciate their classmates’ varying styles and differences in approach, discovering that there is no one solution to an artistic problem, there are many. No experience necessary, however, advanced art students will be appropriately challenged. Our teachers are trained artists, while outside visiting artists are also invited to share in the diversity of art processes.  Included are trips to NYC museums and galleries each semester. Sketchbooks are kept in class to reinforce topics and to record development throughout the year, which return home at the end of the semester/year.

Class size is limited to 10 children.

All About Acting 

(1 hour and 30 minutes) Age group: 8-16’s

This playful acting class is designed for the budding and seasoned young acting student interested in exploring and deepening their experience with the joy and craft of acting. Harvard trained Acting Teacher, Dina Ann Comolli, will offer 12 weeks of inspiring ensemble building theatre games, acting exercises and techniques to approaching scripted monologues, duo scenes and on-camera acting experiments. Rehearsal and text work will reveal a sense of Character (who we are), Given Circumstances (where we are) and Action (why we are doing what we are doing.)  Expect a splash of spontaneity, though, as we play with improvisation, vocal warm-ups and theatrical movement. A Performance Sharing of Monologues and short Duo Scenes for friends and family will round out this All About Acting journey with applause!

Class size is limited to 12 children.  More about Dina

Young Actors PlayShop  

(1 hour and 30 minutes) Age group: 4-7’s

Young Thespians unite! This super charged acting and movement class is powered with creative explorations through fairytales and children’s stories. With the use of fun improvisational games and techniques; budding Actors will come together and play; becoming familiar with the fundamentals of character development, story structure and boundless creativity. Imaginations run wild as students are encouraged to collectively re-imagine and re-create their chosen stories in preparation for a Young Actors PlayShop Sharing on the final day of class for an invited audience of family and friends. Come and join in on the fun!  Led by Dina Comolli.

Class size is limited to 12 children.

On-Camera Commercials Audition Technique

(1 hour and 30 minutes) Age group: 7-16’s

TV commercial acting is a LOT of FUN! But commercial acting means winning at the commercial AUDITION. Never fear… this course teaches Student Actors expert techniques, tricks of the trade and audition do’s and don’ts that make commercial auditions turn into callbacks and bookings. Harvard trained Instructor and Commercial Actress, Dina Ann Comolli, will guide Actors through the basics of audition slates, introductions, marks, takes and happy mistakes. We will dig deeper and work with text and acting techniques; delivery styles, improvisational scenarios, group and solo auditions. Students will have the opportunity to review their work on-camera and make adjustments that will help them grow into vibrant young commercial actors.  This class is bookended with Parent/Child question and answer information sessions on the topics of Headshots, Agents, Managers, Casting Directors and Unions. Arm yourself with the tools to win the job!

Class size is limited to 12 children.

Saturday Monthly Art Adventures Studio (Parent/Child Classes)

(1 hour and 30 minutes) Age group: 5 and up + Parent

You and your child will be introduced to modern and contemporary artists and diverse cultures using a wide variety of mediums and techniques including: paint, clay, wood, sand, foam, paper-mâché, wire, cloth, photography, animation and more. Join your child, side by side, in the experience of learning about art through making hands-on projects using unique materials! This Saturday (montly) Art Adventures Studio will meet at All Souls Church to work on the museum and gallery-inspired projects.

Class size is limited to 12 participants.  1/24, 3/12, 4/16, 5/7 (Mother’s Day Project!)




Mini-Art Adventures (with adult or drop off)

(45 minutes) Age groups: 2’s–Early 3’s with Adult/ Early 3’s Drop Off

The Curriculum is responsive to the developmental needs of each age group, carefully tailored and ever changing to suit the children’s interests. Instead of pushing children through activities, they are given ample opportunity to be active collaborators in the design of their class. Using a wide range of interesting art materials such as clay, wire, eyedroppers, diverse painting tools and techniques (to name a few) children explore, identify and reinforce language, colors, shapes, numbers while practicing motor skills and appropriate art language in a fun and nurturing environment. Each class begins with our unique group “sticky mural” decoration, with items changing each week. Through all of our activities, our goal is to promote confidence through choice-making as well as the freedom of self-expression while applauding and encouraging each stage of development.

Class size is limited to 12 participants

Art and Music Combination Classes

(1 hour and 15 minutes ) Age group: 3–4’s Music, art and storytelling are included in this comprehensive class. Enjoy a combination of our Art Adventures and Music Adventures programs for children 3 years and up. Includes group mural time, original art processes and music to boot!

Class size is limited to 10 children.

Grown-Up Classes!

Sip and Sketch

Age group: Grown-ups Come discover the secret to drawing and enjoy wine! Learn the principles of “seeing” in a relaxed and comfortable environment using a core line and shape vocabulary. Demystified and inspiring, drawing is not exclusive to those born to be “artists.” Everyone can draw if given the proper insight! Call to schedule your private or group evening class.

Art Adventures June Summer Camps 2016    

3 weeks of fun at All Souls Church, the outdoor courtyards and local museums!   5% discount for All Souls School students, siblings or multiple week registration.

June 13-17  June 20-24  June 27-July 1
Age groups: late 3-6’s/ 7-11’s
Monday – Friday
Mornings 9:30am – 12:30 pm (Children bring a packed, nut-free lunch.)
Afternoons 1:30-3:30 pm

Sprinkled with contemporary artists + inspirational projects, these 3 weeks are gonna fly!

Summer is for longer art-making, larger-scale projects and diverse classes each week! …Culminating in a wrap-up Friday museum tour to see the artists discussed throughout the week, right here in the Big Apple. What don’t we use? Diverse materials are our forte! Clay, wood, metal, fabric, found objects, paint, video, stop film animation and more! Everything to inspire your child’s imagination and creativity. Courtyards are used for sketching and outdoor art! Plus, they’ll enjoy daily easel painting, group murals, free-choice art stations, story telling + inspiring art processes to tantalize and engage every age and skill level.

Even lunch is art! 9:30-12:30 session only: Children bring their own for a Picnic Style lunch (nut-free) to practice group etiquette + the sharing of individual ideas, art-related concepts, visuals and topics of the day. Class size is limited to 10 children – So don’t wait!

Each summer there are new artists and museum exhibitions to explore… so join our Facebook Page to know what’s coming up for our summer programs! Here’s a peek at where we’ve been: Shostakovich’s Opera The NOSE, Christo, Tim Burton, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roni Horn, Tom Otterness, Jessica Stockholder, Exquisite Corpse games and so much more.

What did we do?  Summer 2015!  Summer 2013!   Summer 2012!   Summer 2014 Gallery

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