Visual Arts & Crafts

Classes vary from term to term. Please check current program schedule for activities available this semester.
Art Explorers
Explore 2-D and 3-D formats using a variety of materials and lots of imagination! In this fun workshop children are encouraged to explore their creativity through different activities – drawing, cutting, gluing, assembling, weaving, and decorating. Each week will be dedicated to a different theme linked to a story, a seasonal event or a song. Hands-on theme-based art projects will use a variety of materials including papier-mache, pipe cleaners, yarn, buttons, recyclables, cardboard, and others.
ClayWorks (Lenny)
In this workshop children learn how to manipulate clay using their hands, rolling pins and other tools. Projects include cups, plates, vases, pinch pots, stamps and more. All clay projects are painted, glazed and baked in one of our two clay room kilns.
Comic Art I (Tati)
If you love telling stories through pictures this class is for you. Learn the basics of comic art and explore the tools and tricks of the trade. Students will create their own characters, develop a story board and translate their ideas into paper and pencil using simple drawing skills. Imagination a must!
Comic Art II:  Cartooning & Animation  (Tati)
A natural continuation of Comic Art I for children who choose to create an animated project (as opposed to those who want to draw a comic strip).Taking visual story-telling skills to the next level, kids will develop their story board, designing and drawing on paper and working out ideas that can transition to digital animation form. Students will bring their characters to life by creating flip-book animation and/or working with a special Animation App for the iPad. Characters and stories – along with music and audio recordings – will be compiled into a video project at the end of the school year. One of our most ambitious undertakings!
Digital Photography (Monica) – New This Year!
This 90-minute workshop will examine the role of photography and its various methods of communication and presentation. Students will partake in theme-based photo projects and explore different topics such as portrait, landscape and still-life. We will also examine the many forms a photograph can take, including learning how to choose and edit images to be displayed in magazines and digital platforms. Students will take neighborhood walks, document afterschool activities, and learn about various photographic techniques. The semester will culminate in the creation of a book or magazine and group exhibition. The class will be lead by Monica Siwiec, a Visuals Editor at GQ magazine and GQ Style magazine.
* Students must have a point and shoot digital camera, battery, and memory card
* Class will leave PS3 to photograph the neighborhood
Face Painting (Hannah Ho) – NEW This Year!
If you attended a PS 3 event in recent years, you probably saw Hannah’s beautiful designs and colorful patterns! For the first time this Fall, this PS 3 parent and celebrated artist will be teaching her craft in the Afterschool. Children are taught how to manipulate tools and cosmetic-like paints using their own real size head mannequin. After learning the basic tear shape and color combinations, students are encouraged to design their own version of butterflies, tigers, sea creatures, and other imaginative and colorful creations. If you love art and painting, this is a great chance to learn from a PRO!
In partnership with Hobby Quest
Take your love of fashion to the next level!  In this workshop students get to create really cool clothes and accessories out of different fabrics. You’ll learn everything there is to know about designing and creating original outfits such as skirts, vests, even a mini backpack. From designing and sketching, to altering and decorating, you’ll be guided through the process, step-by-step, to create some incredible, one-of-a-kind pieces. No experience necessary. You will learn all of the skills needed to create your own chic garments!
Printmaking (Tati)
Back by popular demand! This introduction to printmaking is for children interested in putting the basic techniques of printing to their creative use.  We will explore pattern making and texture, experiment with traditional techniques like carving soft blocks as well as unconventional methods like making prints without a press! These classes use a variety of materials including found objects and recyclables.
Sewing Arts
In partnership with SewHappy 
Sewing is a life skill which requires concentration and focus, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. Completing a sewing project from start to finish fosters a sense of accomplishment that can boost a child’s morale and self confidence.  Sewing provides children with a lifetime vehicle for personal and creative expression. In this workshop students create cool projects out of different fabrics. Join the fun!
Wood Arts & Crafts (Tati)
Learn how to assemble projects in wood, using simple tools and techniques. We will emphasize safety in our explorations, and the pleasure of designing and making our own objects. The class will focus on creativity and functionality and how to merge the two. Children will have the option to decorate finished pieces using different materials.