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Continuing Education - Youth and Precollege

Summer 2014 Youth Programs in the Arts:
Young Artists

Young artist painting

Grades 1–9

Typical Day

Whether you want to introduce your child to the visual arts for the first time or encourage his or her already-awakened artistic interests, Young Artists is designed to foster creativity and imagination, individuality, and collaboration—and to help boys and girls discover and develop their innate gifts and talents. Our instructors are highly imaginative art educators, dedicated to making art an adventure and a lifelong joy for the young artist. Children, grouped by age and in small classes, use drawing and painting, sculpture, collage, and crafts to discover and express their creativity.
This program returns to the College’s Visual Arts Building – 160,000 square feet of art-making opportunity. Our Visual Arts Building is one of the largest facilities of its kind in the Northeast, providing students with superb studio environments, as well as state-of-the-art software and hardware specifically geared to the demands of professional design and art making.

  • Family members are invited to attend and celebrate their young artists’ accomplishments at the culminating exhibition on the last day of the session.
  • All art supplies are included.

To broaden skills and exposure to the arts, Young Artists can be combined with Young Nature Explorers (new!), Code Breakers and Designers (new!), Minecraft™ Designers and 3-D Video Game Creators (new!), Creating Comic Books, Young Architects, Young Actors, Shakespeare Workshop, Young Filmmakers, Creative Vocal Lab, and/or Vocal Intensive to make for a well-rounded summer experience.

THEME: To be announced

young Session I: June 30–July 11
Monday–Friday, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
$1,115 for the first registration
$1,003.50 for the second registration in the family, Purchase College employees and alumni, and early registrations (received by May 2, 2014)

About the Instructors

Dan Smalley (lead instructor) has been an art educator for more than 25 years and has spent 19 of those years at Purchase College as a part of the youth and precollege programs in the arts. Dan holds an MFA from the New York Institute of Technology and is passionate about enhancing each child’s knowledge of art.

Gillian Cantavero (instructor), an artist and teacher, earned her degree in art education at SUNY New Paltz and her BFA in graphic design at Purchase College. Gillian is a substitute art teacher in some local school districts and has worked as an art teacher in various summer camps for several years. She is also an art tutor and commission artist. Feel free to visit her website, She loves working with children and guiding them through the creative process. She helps give them the support and confidence they need to try new things and see all possibilities.

Updated June 4, 2014

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