BEACON – Mixed Media Art Studio @ Compass Arts

Each session, students will have fun exploring and creating in a different art medium. With a focus on natural and recycled materials, our experiments in mixed media will include printmaking, sculpture, textiles, natural dye, and more! First, we’ll investigate the art technique and creative process used by professional artists or a particular culture, along with the social context of the work. Students will interpret artworks, discuss how media is used to tell stories or makes functional objects, and do warm-up art exercises. The majority of each session will be time for students to develop and express their own ideas through play and making art. At the end of each session, students will present their pieces to share.  For specific questions regarding curriculum, please email Amanda directly @

Amanda E Gross is a Beacon, NY-based visual artist and educator. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and a Master of Art Education from The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Amanda taught art in a variety of media – and English as a second language – outside Boston, worked at a children’s museum in San Francisco, and designed instructional materials for adults. As an artist, Amanda creates paintings, drawings, and embroideries with a deep reverence for nature and playful irreverence for social mores, often with re-purposed wood, fabric, and tiles. Her artworks have been widely exhibited, including a January solo show at Beacon’s Catalyst Gallery, and her illustrations and graphics have been featured in educational and commercial contexts. If not doing something art-related, Amanda is probably petting a cat, brewing kombucha, pad-drumming, or enjoying an awesome Hudson Valley hike or cultural offering with her ecological designer fiancé. For more information, please see and follow @themagicaeg on Instagram.

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BEACON – Sing and Move Jamboree @ Compass Arts

Sing and Move Jamboree is a singalong-style class that will get your child moving! Welcoming children ages 0-5, this 45-minute class combines classic children’s songs and yoga-inspired movement with the exploration of rhythm and melody through props and small instruments. This class also exposes your child to the banjo and violin through fun, American folk tunes tailored for children.

Jessie Shaffer officially got her start in music playing classical violin as a child, but way before that she was singing and picking out melodies by ear with her mom at home. She used to spend hours alone, listening to her Fisher-Price record player, while her mom got SO MUCH DONE around the house. Now as a mom herself, Jessie is constantly delighting in the joy of sharing music with her daughter, and with the children of other parents. She has also practiced yoga for the past two decades and earned a master’s degree in art history from Brooklyn College that allows her to teach college students in addition to toddlers. Over the years, Jessie has honed her improvisation and songwriting skills, and recently picked up the banjo as her main instrument for singalongs. Since 2015, Jessie has co-led singalongs and taught music classes with the Brooklyn based children’s music group, The Sparrow Sisters. A recent transplant to Beacon, Jessie has been blown away its ultra-creative and welcoming community, as she finds her path here.

RECOMMENDED FOR AGES 6 months-5 years and a caregiver


BEACON – Parent’s Night Out @ Compass Arts

Parents!! This is exactly what you have been wanting for – a couple of hours off for date night, errand running, grabbing a drink with friends. Let us help! Children ages 4 and up will get a pizza party, the opportunity to explore an art project AND some movement fun, all led by some super fun creative adults. And on top of that, we are partnering with Dogwood! Parents who sign up for this event will receive a special discount coupon for one of our favorite local joints.

Pizza & Stuff – Compass Arts is proud to be partnering with local businesses and orders all their pizza through family-owned business Pizza & Stuff right here in Beacon. We hope you’ll take that as a strong recommendation and do the same whenever you need pizza (or stuff!).

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BEACON – Still Still Moving Art Exhibition @ Howland Cultural Art Center

The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, New York is pleased to present Still Still Moving, an exhibition of upwards of 80 drawings, prints, photographs and paintings by over 30 artists in celebration of Women’s History Month 2019. The show, curated by Eleni Smolen, TheoGanz Studio, will be on view from March 2 – 31, 2019. The opening reception is Saturday, March 2nd from 2:30 – 4:30 pm. Come and join us!

Artists include:

Lori Adams, Elizabeth Arnold, Tina Bernstein, Gabe Brown, Laura Currier, Barbara Smith Gioia, Theresa Gooby, Mimi Czajka Graminisk, Beth Haber, Laura Kaufman, Insun Kim, Carole Kunstadt, Flynn Larsen, Claire Lofrese, Bibiana Huang Matheis, Lori Merhige, Andrea Moreau, Chantelle Norton, Samantha Palmeri, Susanna Ronner, Chris Sanders, Jackie Skrzynski, Kazumi Tanaka, Judy Thomas, Susan Walsh, Catherine Welshman, Anna West, Jayoung Yoon, among others…

BEACON- Kids + Canvas – “What Did The Fox Say” @ Eat. Paint. LOVE.

Bring the little ones in for some quality creative time! We have designed a program for a wide age range that is ever changing from weekend to weekend. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Smaller aged children must be assisted by their adult but the adult does not need to be registered to do so.  Parents are encouraged to register themselves and paint with their child.

We will walk you through creating an 8x 10″ masterpiece!