Painting a beautiful world, one child at a time
Little Picasso NYC is a children’s art studio. It is a place where children can have fun, get messy,create and experiment with studio and visual arts. The youngest group of children being 2 years old and up to NO LIMITS in age, they are taught to think outside the box and venture into their own magical world of pure imagination while exposed to studio skills at their age appropriate level. It is not an arts and crafts establishment. It is an artists studio for and about budding young artists.
My name is Isabella Grossman, founder of Little Picasso NYC. Inspired by my now 8 year old granddaughter Novella, I have established the studio back in May of 2011. I have lived in China for several years running and managing a company that manufactures women’s fine accessories and related sportswear separates made of Eco-friendly fabrics and materials. Acted as the head designer, chief production officer and CFO, I was faced with the challenge of having to make a decision when I learned that my daughter was about to become the mother of my first grand child: Do I go back home and face the uncertainties of a tough economy, in competition with young college graduates working at entry level internship positions for what ever jobs might be available, if any, be the grandmother, or keep my ideal job in Guangzhou until retirement? I had no life, married to my job and working on the average of 15 hours a day – It was about time to come home!
My worst fears came to be: Looking for work, overqualified and middle aged my resources were dwindling while watching Novella grow up. Spending every precious moment available with her and grooming her into a little young artist as soon as she was old enough to stand up and grab things. Forced to work at odd jobs and freelance gigs (not too many available – the jobs were in China) I was creating a Little Picasso without realizing it. My daughter was watching us with joy when she dropped the brilliant brainstorm idea shortly before Novella’s 2nd birthday. “Mom stop looking for a job, the ideal job for you no longer exists in this country. Take what ever money you have left and do this for a living. Open up a children’s art studio – This is your calling” A month later Little Picasso NYC opened the doors to the public in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, one block south of where my granddaughter lives. I am home!
At Little Picasso NYC we dedicate ourselves to creating through intense multimedia artistic expressions:
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
At Little Picasso NYC we dedicate ourselves to nourishing our little students with good brain food.
Experimenting with art activities freely and without fear of making a mess or painting “outside the box” is right at the top of our gourmet menu of fine cuisine for the young and developing brain.
We encourage our young art students to express themselves freely without being inhibited by the traditional and outdated methods of engaging in art activities that are no more than the adult’s perception of what the art project should be or look like.
Coloring books, painting over adult manufactured stenciled pictures, staying within the lines are some of the No No’s in our studio. We recognize the detrimental effect that these traditional methods have on the child’s developmental process and how these methods stifle their creativity.
We allow our students to create their own unique art as opposed to completing adult-made art projects.
Every child is an artist.
The problem is how to remain an artist when we grow up.
~ Pablo Picasso
Little Picasso NYC Children’s Art Studio and The Ballet Club join forces to provide a creative, nurturing, and fun Movement and Art Summer Program Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 am until 2:30 for children ages 3.5 to 8 (extended hours are available).
All activities are taught by teachers with extensive training in their field and who are experienced working with children. There are a maximum of 12 students per group, with a staff on hand of at least one adult per five children.
Art activities include: projects like sculpting with air dry clay, three dimensional paintings, animal drawings and portraits. All art classes are held at Little Picasso NYC Children’s Art Studio – 313 E 61 St (between 1st & 2nd Ave).
All Ballet, creative dance, drama and yoga classes are held at The Ballet Club at 328 East 61st Street, Second Floor, across the street from the art studio.
Cost: $750 per week. You may pick and choose the weeks that you would like to attend. To register, download brochure and form and contact The Ballet Club at 917-281-1030 or email@example.com.
Morning and afternoon sessions available. Please contact studio for available spots in each age appropriate group.
$450.00 per week – Mon-Fri. 9:30 a.m-12 p.m (OR $120.00 per day – you may choose your days of the week) .
At Little Picasso we encourage undergraduate and graduate students of the visual arts, studio arts or art education to enroll into our internship program. Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year and we accommodate with the cost of transportation and meals for those students that enroll on a full time basis.
Please submit all materials to firstname.lastname@example.org
Little Picasso NYC –
Children’s Art Studio
313 East 61st St
New York, NY 10065
Tel: (646) 559-1588
If your child is 3 + or-5 & up the options are:
Small Group Sessions – $90 per 45 minutes per child
You also have the option to come in for a FREE FORM OPEN ART session for $35.00 for up to the first 45 minutes and an additional $15.00 for the first 30 minutes. This is not an instructional class and it is ideal for a Mommy and Me – Daddy and Me – Nanny and Me, etc. It is also an opportunity to get acquainted with the studio and feel it out. Subject to availability of space with prior reservation required.
Summer Art Workshop $450 for 1 week – Mon-Fri – 9:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m – OR 3 p.m to 5:00 p.m. Per day optional – choose your days of the week – $120 per day – For ages 4 and up +
Full Summer Day Camp “Children’s Movement & Art” 2016
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