Children can reveal an artistic temperament at a young age by spattering ice cream on white tablecloths and denying that a pacifier is a pacifier. Encourage an early brush with greatness with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$129 for one week of kids’ summer art classes—choose between papermaking or book binding (a $300 value)
- July 15–19 from 9 a.m. to noon
- August 5–9 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.<p>
$219 for two weeks of kids’ summer art classes—papermaking and book binding (a $550 value)
- July 22–26 from 9 a.m. to noon
- August 12–16 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.<p>
During papermaking sessions, students learn a 2,000-year-old technique for creating their own unique paper from recycled materials and scraps. They also learn how to emboss images through paper, infuse different colored pieces of paper together to form landscapes, and cut out different shapes using cookie cutters. They can then use their creations for journals, art projects, or book-binding endeavors.<p>
In book-binding sessions, instructors guide young authors and book lovers as they use tools and materials to fashion their own European- and Asian-style books. As the week progresses, students will design their books to match specific content, such as poetry or sketches.<p>
If the two-class option is purchased, it is recommended that students take papermaking before book biding.<p>
Art Academy at Caprali Studio
Burgeoning artists grasp colorful bouquets of used packaging and crumpled paper as they gather in the 1,200-square-foot studio. Karla Caprali stands in the center, explaining composition and balance as students mold their castoff items into freestanding sculptures. Similar displays of inventive creation characterize the Art Academy at Caprali Studio, where owner and artist Karla limits the size of each of her classes, allowing her to shower students with the proper amount of encouragement and constructive critiques. Karla maintains her class sizes even when instruction spills out into her studio backyard, where pupils breathe in open air as they hone woodworking skills, orchestrate large-scale installations, or quickly sketch a cloud shaped like a fruit bowl.
Karla brings knowledge accrued at a university in São Paulo to each course and draws from influences including the impressionists, Salvador Dali, Dorothea Tanning, and the whimsical film sets of Georges Méliès. Her emphasis on developing new approaches to art has helped students in portfolio-preparation courses earn admission to Pratt, SVA, and other prestigious schools without having to defeat Monet's ghost in Pictionary. The instructor also worked to help found the Falls Arts District, which launches bimonthly art walks to 15 privately owned galleries. On such nights, Karla clears her studio space to put students' work on display alongside her own paintings and installations, and transforms the ample backyard into an outdoor gallery bathed in the glow of decorative lights and vocal reviews from local owls.