The Art Nest
Summer hours: Fridays 3–7pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12–5pm
Year-round hours: Saturdays 12–5pm
The Art Nest is kind of like a big treehouse. Located above our main office in the Maxon Mills, it’s a free artmaking space for kids — drop in and we’ll have project ideas (for all ages) ready, complete with any and all materials. But just as often a kid will come in excited about something totally different — we love that. Our education director, education fellows, and interns are there to help out with all projects.
Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
The Art Nest is closed for the holidays from December 18–January 7.
For grades K–6
Saturdays in July, 10:30am–12:30pm
$25 material fee
Every Saturday in July our Education Fellows, along with our team of talented artist interns, assemble a band of scouts and sally forth into the uncharted territory of Maxon Mills' summer exhibition. Along the way, they embark on scavenger hunts, make observational drawings, and have gallery conversations. Returning to the Art Nest, our intrepid adventurers work on individual and collaborative projects based on their travels — culminating in a mini-exhibition of their own at the end of the month.
For grades 6–9
August 7–12, 10am–3pm (BYO lunch)
$150 Webutuck School District residents, $300 non-residents
Under the guidance of our Education Fellow, campers will spend a week drawing inspiration from artists-in-residence, group acting games, and Wassaic Project buildings — all capped off by a public performance at our August Festival.
Our school programs are all about capturing kids’ creativity. Programs like Architectural Beasts — a playful introduction to the architectural design process led by Cosmo Design Factory at Cornwall Consolidated School — and Worm Creatures — where kids create uncommon creatures from common materials, led by Jeila Gueramian at Webutuck Elementary School. Other programs include stop-motion animation lessons, float-designing workshops, explorations in creative geography, and fabric dyeing classes.
We’re always looking for new partnerships, new programs: reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any ideas.
We love working with school groups — reach out to email@example.com and we’ll put together a customized visit featuring hands-on projects and tours of the Maxon Mills, the Luther Barn, and our artist-in-residency studios.
Art Scouts and Wassaic x Webutuck are made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program: a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts administered by Arts Mid-Hudson with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Worm Creatures was funded by Berkshire Taconic Foundation’s The Webutuck Quest for Excellence Fund.
We want to work with all kids in the area — if any of our programs present a significant financial hardship, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work something out.
Photos by Verónica González Mayoral and Walker Esner