Children's Art Classes

  • Please register early, as it can determine if a class will run or not.

  • Registration deadline is 1 week prior to start of class to secure your spot and ensure that the class will run.

  • Late registrations will be accepted if class minimum has already been met. If class is filled you will be added to a wait list.

  • There is a 4 child minimum for all classes. If class minimum is not met class will be rescheduled or canceled.

  • Registrations will not be refunded less than one week prior to start of class or workshop.

  • Payment is due at time of registration.

  • Reimbursements for class registrations occur only if class is cancelled. No refunds for registered students who do not attend.

  • 6 week sessions are offered on an ongoing basis during the school year for kids who are genuinely interested in arts enrichment

  • Although flexible, they are designed to be taken continuously to support proper skill building

  • Fees include all materials

  • If your child has any special needs, please communicate with us prior to registering for the class


How to Register

  • choose your workshop price and pay via Paypal (no account required). Please specify in checkout the workshop you are attending and your phone and email address
  • download the registration form here and mail it in with payment
  • please download the emergency form here and return it the first day of class


All workshops taught by Cheryl Ray
Minimum of 3 students to run each class





Found Object Animals

Are you looking for the perfect pet? Create your own using small rocks, cardboard tubes, small bottles or other recyclables. 

  • ages 6-8
  • Monday 4/10/17, 2:00-3:00pm
  • $15 per child


Mask Making Workshop

If you like to pretend, Mask Making is for you! Create a favorite animal, a super hero or an imaginary creature using fabric, paint and heavy paper

  • ages 6-8
  • Tuesday 4/11/17, 10:00-11:30am
  • $20 per child


Collage Workshop

Are you adventurous? Love to try new things? Come and make a collage that can stand up and pop out! Let your imagination run wild!   

  • ages 8-12
  • Wednesday 4/12/17, 10:00-12:00am
  • $20 per child  


Fiber Arts/Mixed Media Workshop

Do you like to experiment with mixed media? Create your own wild and crazy images using special rubbing plates, Shiva oil sticks and fabric.   

  • ages 8-12
  • Thursday 4/13/17, 10:00-11:30am
  • $20 per child


Weaving Workshop

Hello, World!

Weave a tapestry of your own design using a simple loom and a variety of yarns and knotting techniques.   

  • ages 10-12
  • Friday 4/14/17, 10:00-12:00pm
  • $20 per child



Taught by Melissa Wyse

“Let the wild rumpus start!” - Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

This creative writing class invites young writers ages 8-12 to engage their creativity and imaginations! We will explore imaginative writing exercises, spark creative ideas, and create poems and stories. Students will have opportunities to try their hand at several fun creative writing forms and projects as we nurture creativity and build confidence. All young writers are welcome to join us and experience the joy of creative writing!

AGES 8-12:

4-Week Sessions 1 HOUR CLASS |TBD|$80

Multi Media Art Lab

Taught by Cheryl Ray

Students will have fun with resists, fabric, collage and a variety of drawing and painting media.



Ages 6-7:

4-week Session |4/22 - 5/13 | 10-11am | $60

Cartooning (ages 8-10)

Taught by Cheryl Ray

Create your own characters and super heroes as you explore many cartooning techniques including Manga, Anime and other cartooning styles using inks, watercolors and markers. 

4-week Session| March 9-30 | 4:00-5:00pm| $60

Cartooning II-The Graphic Novel (AGES 9-12)

Take your favorite cartoon character and illustrate your own graphic novel as your character moves from one adventure to the next. Take home a completed and bound novel.  

4-week Session| 4/20 - 5/11 | 4:00-5:00pm| $60

Drawing & Painting

(ages 10-12)

Taught by Cheryl Ray

Discover the magic of color flowing across paper, canvas and other painting surfaces.  Use washes, resists and overpainting to create a variety of images that are just waiting in your imagination. Everyone will have the opportunity to display their work in our annual Kid’s Art Show at the Great Pumpkin Festival in downtown Putnam in October.


6-week sessions | TBD | 1hr | $125


tween art club


In this fun and relaxed environment she'll have the opportunity to make new friends, create art, all the while feeling supported and strengthened.
We'll work with a variety of mediums, with varying degree of complexities, which will ultimately help boost confidence within the group as well as outside the group.


  • 4 week session: March 13 - April 3
  • 4:00 - 5:00pm
  • 95.00
  • Led by Johanna Pike, ATR, CLC



Private Art Sessions

If your school, organization, or child is in need of private group or individual art classes please contact us for more information. Off-site capabilities based on schedule and need. Choose from our current offerings or we may be able to tailor something to fit your interests and needs. Email us for more information.

Photo by kirin_photo/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by kirin_photo/iStock / Getty Images


Please contact us to schedule a 2-hour party for your child with a tailored art project for 6-12 children. Parties include time for cake/food/presents per request.



●      $150 for up to 5 children including birthday guest -- $25 per additional child

●      price includes all art materials and private instruction


Available Times (availability contingent on current class schedule):

●      Saturday 9:00 - 11:00am

●      Saturday 6:00 - 8:00pm

●      Sunday 10:00 - 12:00pm

●      Sunday 5:00-7:00pm

about our instructors

Christina Cirillo Schmidt:

Christina received her BFA in Scenic and Costume Design at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Since then, she has worked around Connecticut in theatres, designing as well as teaching. Christina has also featured her artwork in various galleries and theatrical productions throughout the state. Christina has a strong passion for teaching- she brings a fun and nurturing energy as well as a unique perspective. She has taught a variety of classes at Silver Circle, as well as classes in Providence. This year Christina also became co-owner of Silver Circle Art Center.

Cheryl Ray:

Cheryl Ray is a certified art teacher and fiber artist who trained at the University of Minnesota, Boston University and Rhode Island School of Design.  She has participated in the Connecticut Artists Show at the Slater Museum in Norwich and has had work shown in galleries in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Winnipeg, Canada.  Cheryl belongs to Artist Open Studios, Windham Arts and the Guilford Art Center.

Carolyn Wagner:

Carolyn Wagner has worked at Pomfret School since 1997 as School Counselor. Carolyn’s undergraduate study in psychology led to an unusual program at Rhode Island School of Design, where she received a departmental award for developing a course curriculum on enhancing creativity. The studio component of that degree was in textile design. Carolyn has more than thirty five years of experience working with young people and their families. She just completed a five year program at UMASS Medical School and is now a trained MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) teacher. Additionally, she is a certified .b mindfulness teacher. She owns sukiblue a small artisan jewelry company, exhibits her work in galleries, and teaches jewelry workshops. She and her partner Mike operate Hamlet Hill, a USDA certified organic farm in Pomfret, CT.

Melissa Wyse:

Melissa Wyse is a writer, educator, and arts administrator. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from American University and has been awarded Fellowships at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is the recipient of an Individual Artist Ruby Grant from the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance, and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Shenandoah, Urbanite, and decomP. Melissa has taught writing and literature at Pomfret School, the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, American University, SpiderSmart, and Writopia. She is the founder and director of Idlewild Arts, which holds the annual Idlewild Writers Retreat in northeastern Connecticut in the autumn. Melissa is currently completing a collection of linked short fiction set in World War II Hawaii titled Moon Over Sand Island. She will hold a residency at the Ragdale Foundation in Chicago in 2017.