Education: Art Nest

Year Round Monthly Schedule 2017

Open every Saturday, 12-5 PM year round

Winter Art Nest Hours, October-April, Sat 12-5

Wassaic Project offers free weekly drop-in art activities for youth and their families at the Art Nest! The Art Nest is a space where kids of all ages can do individual and collaborative art projects, build creative skills, and engage with contemporary art. Wassaic Project staff will be on hand to supervise projects, but children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Art Nest participants are welcomed to choose from an array of projects and are perfect for parent-child creative teams.

All projects can be scaled to suit the age of your child. Contact if you have any questions, special needs or to let us know if you are bringing a group! The monthly schedule is below.

For this new school year, the Art Nest will be focusing on community building themes- each month reflecting on the kind of culture we want to create together. These ideas were inspired by the Culture Lab Manifesto written by Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

A CULTURE OF FUN. Play is innovation. Play is care. Play is life. This month is about making costumes just for yourself for fun or for Halloween. From masks to outfits, explore your fantastical self.


A CULTURE OF EQUITY. Everyone shares in the work. This is the month of collaborative projects. Working with others allows ideas to grow. Let’s design a town together. How does this town make life special for all its members?


A CULTURE OF RELEVANCE. This month is about engaging in the present. This month we will think about the world around us at this moment in time and make art about things that we see happening. Through thinking about current events in our immediate environment and the world, we will make mixed media works that tell a story about the present.


A CULTURE OF BELONGING. Everyone is welcome to our space. Let’s explore the history of the Mill building. What did it look like in the past and how was it transformed?  Listen to the stories of those who knew the building before it was The Wassaic Project. Let’s make art about the Mill placing yourself in it. What did people use to look like back when it was a functioning Mill? Let’s imagine ourselves from that era. What would we have worn and what would our job have been? What would our lives have looked like?


A CULTURE OF BEAUTY. What is beautiful to you? Who gets to decide what is beautiful? Let’s create the most divine creatures that the world has never seen before. Beauty is the thing that makes us unique and stand out from the crowd.


A CULTURE OF IMAGINATION. There is value to daydreaming. Let’s dream up inventions that the world has never seen before using everyday objects. What inventions does the world need?


A CULTURE OF ACTION. Actions create change in the world when we connect with others. What messages do we want to send other children in the world? Let’s make drawings and send notes to children in the world through art teachers. What do we want them to know about our views and ourselves? What is important to express?


A CULTURE OF AMBITION & EVOLUTION. Where do we see ourselves in the future? Who are the people we are becoming and who do we want to be? Let’s make detailed drawings that tell the story of a future we imagine for all of us.


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Art Nest

Art Nest

during our 2014 Summer Festival