Armory Art Center Offers Thanksgiving And Winter Vacation Workshops For Kids

Looking for creative activities for children ages 6 – 11 during Thanksgiving Break and Winter Vacation? Do you know Middle School and High School students looking for some original and artistic happenings during Winter Vacation?  The Armory Art Center has everything you can imagine!  The Rickie Report shares the details, including day rates and full schedules.  Sign up now before the spaces are reserved!





811 Park Place    W. Palm Beach, FL 33401





H O L I D A Y             W O R K S H O P S







Give Thanks with Art

Youth Art Workshops During

Thanksgiving Break

Ages 6-11 years old
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm daily
November 19-21, 2018
$50 per day

Call (561) 832-1776 to register

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Winter Workshops

Wednesday, December 26th –Saturday, December 29th
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
$50 per day

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Visual Arts Prep Workshops for Middle School
Wednesday, December 26th – Saturday December 29th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$25 per class / $88 for the four days

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Visual Arts Prep Workshops for High School
Wednesday, December 26th – Saturday, December 29th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
$25 per class / $88 for the four days

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About The Armory Art Center:



The Armory Art Center’s art school and galleries provide creative opportunities to enhance your life. The Armory has served the community for over 30 years. The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art and the Armory’s vision is to be the leading community resource for arts education. Serving over 3,000 students annually, the Armory Art Center offers 160 courses per term in six terms throughout the year to students ranging in age from pre-school to retiree. Classes in drawing, painting, photography, jewelry, fiber, ceramics, and sculpture are held in 12 state-of–the-art studios. Twelve exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Exhibitions, lectures, and special events are open to the public.


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Art On Park Announces Multiple Classes For Adults And Youth In April

Art on Park Gallery in Lake Park, home of Artists of Palm Beach County, announces numerous classes and workshops for youth and adults in addition to original art exhibits.  Marsha Bhagwansingh offers drawing and painting techniques including: learning to use light and create shadows; painting skies and clouds, waves, coastlines and reflections of water.  The Rickie Report shares the details here.





Art On Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue   Lake Park, FL 33460



APRIL, 2016



Students MUST pre-register in advance 561 507 4527

Ongoing Classes With :





“Peaches” by Marsha Bhagwansingh

Every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Ongoing Classes in Drawing and Painting:

Bring your projects and materials and paint or draw with guidance. Schedule classes at your convenience and move at your own pace. $15.00 per hour.






Painting by Marsha Bhagwansingh




April 2nd

Light & Shadow Workshop: Creating 3-dimensionality

12:30 pm – 3:30pm $35.00




Drawing by Marsha Bhagwansingh


Learn the fundamentals of transforming your two-dimensional sketches into convincing three-dimensional drawings by applying the laws of light and shadow (the five areas of tone and how they relate to a light source). This is a lesson needed for renderings of any medium and subject.
Medium: Any painting or drawing medium




APBCMarshaBhagwansinghwork in progress

Work in progress by Marsha Bhagwansingh


 April 16th

Painting Skies and Clouds Workshop

Explore techniques in painting skies and clouds with an opaque medium like oil or acrylic. Understand the structure of different types of cloud formations and their characteristics to produce convincing skies in your paintings and learn how to use color to change mood.
Medium: Oil or Acrylic




Mom (or Dad) & Me: Parents & Kids Art & Craft Hour

11:00am – 12:00pm

(Grandma, Grandpa, Aunty or Uncle are welcome)

Parent/Guardian MUST RSVP 561 507 4527

$25.00 per pair – all materials included


A fun creative activity to do together with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew (4-9 years). Take home projects that your child will not only learn from by creating, but be proud to say he or she made.



Sunday, April 3rd This week’s project: A Clay Coil Pot
Sunday, April 10th This week’s project: A Canvas Painting
Sunday, April 17th This week’s project: A Mosaic
Sunday, April 24th This week’s project: Constructing and Decorating a Cube




Tuesdays through May 17th

Improve Your Drawing Workshop

6:00pm – 8: 30pm



“Window View” by Marsha Bhagwansingh


This workshop introduces four methods of improving your sketching skills, teaches the fundamentals of light and shadow to create 3 -dimensionality and demonstrates techniques in applying tone with graphite (pencil). So if you’ve always wanted to learn to draw or better your ability, this 3 hour workshop is for you.
Medium: Graphite



April 27th

Painting Mandalas Workshop

6:00pm – 8:30pm


Mandala by Marsha Bhagwansingh



The word `mandala’ is a Sanskrit word meaning `circle’ or `completion’. The circle is the constant and eternal flow of energy that flows within and without. The mandala is recognized for its representation of wholeness, the cosmos and the universal life force. Join us to learn the basics of mandala making and benefit from not only your finished painting, but from the process of creating a powerful personal expression as individual as you are.
Medium: Oil , Acrylic, Watercolor, Chalk or Colored Pencil




April 22nd

Young at Art Night, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Bring a drink or snack

 $35.00 all materials provided

Come relax and explore with guided instruction for a creative adventure in painting, mandala making, hand-building with clay, pottery, mosaic making etc. Bring an edible or potable treat and take home a work of art made by you.


Schedule your own art party with your friends Monday to Saturday 6:00pm – 9:00pm or Sunday 3:00pm – 6:00pm. 2 people: $40.00 per person, 3-5 people: $35.00 per person, 6-10 people: $30.00 per person.  Must be 21 and over.



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First Encounters With Art – Part Two

Welcome to Part II of “First Encounters With Art”, as we continue to look at ways to teach and be role models for future art appreciators and future artists!   The Rickie Report invited Caren Hackman to investigate how to best introduce young people to art experiences and at what age. This is the second section of a two part article, for which Caren consulted with three experts. We are grateful to Glenn Tomlinson and Lyda Barrera and Christina Barrera for taking the time to share their experiences with our readers. Caren Hackman is a fine artist, graphic designer and author of “Graphic Design Exposed”. We hope you will share these articles with friends, family and neighbors. Let’s Keep The Arts Alive!



First Encounters With Art

Part II


Glenn Tomlinson has served as the William Randolph Hearst Curator of Education at the Norton Museum of Art since January, 2001. ( Prior to that time he worked in museum education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. He lives in Jupiter with his family. 
Lyda Barrera has taught elementary school art in the Palm Beach County School District for 25 years. She and her daughter, Christina Barrera, also work privately with students to prepare them for auditions at Bak Middle School of the Arts ( and Dreyfoos School of the Arts (


Christina Barrera, a professional artist, is an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City ( She spent two years working as a Museum Educator at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland (



CH: What kind of programs does the Norton Museum have for young children?

GT: Every Saturday, from 10:30am-12:30pm, the Norton Museum of Art now offers a program called Family Studio Children, ages 5-12, and accompanying grown-ups participate in a gallery tour and a related art workshop. Because of demand for the 25 spaces in each week’s class, pre-registration on our website is required, but Museum admission is free to all Palm Beach County residents every Saturday.  The expansion of Family Studio and Free Saturdays are made possible thanks to the generosity of Damon and Katherine Mezzacappa.

At particular times throughout the year – especially during the summer months and during school breaks – we offer DIY Art Projects at Art After Dark .  These programs, on select Thursdays from 6-8 pm are drop-in art projects related to special exhibitions and collection themes.  On Thursday nights during the summer we have served over 100 children in these programs!  Similar projects with a Chinese theme are offered at our Moon Festival and Chinese New Year Celebrations.

Like Family Studio programs we want DIYs to be an opportunity for children to explore, play, make and learn with their elders who visit the Museum with them, whether they are parents, grandparents, aunt and uncles, whomever.  We find that the intergenerational activity is a very special part of the process.

For families that visit at other times, we offer ArtCards  in English and Spanish that suggest simple looking activities that children and accompanying adults can enjoy together.  Prompts can be about finding certain animals in the Chinese art galleries and learning why they are important, or looking across the collections for works that “tell stories,” “look like a dream,” “use warm or cool colors,” or “make you smile.”  Simple prompts like these can inspire closer looking and great conversations among family members.

Beyond our family programs, we also serve school and summer camp audiences  or . These begin with children as young as 5 (kindergarten age).  While the majority of school programs are single visits, the Museum hosts Norton School Partnerships that introduce young students to art through multiple visit programs.

Our PACE program serves children as young as 5 as well.  Through this program we work with community organizations in underserved neighborhoods around Palm Beach County to provide quality arts education to hundreds of children year ‘round.



Young visitors examine Stuart Davis’ painting at the Norton Museum of Art Photo Courtesy of LILA




CH: At what age do you believe that it is appropriate to introduce young people to art?

GT: The sooner the better!  Young children delight in discovering new things and art has so much to offer in this regard.  Their great capacity for imagination can also spur terrific conversations with just a single question or prompt from an older person. And when parents or caretakers stay engaged with the child’s responses, a really memorable experience can take shape.  The validation and encouragement of an older person can turn a single Museum visit into a lifelong interest.



CH: How do you approach the introduction to art? Example: through gallery shows and explanations or through hands on projects?

GT: Both of these avenues can be exciting and creative. Through tours we strive to make the experience an interactive one (for all ages) so rather than having staff and docents “explain” the art on view, the children discover the works, describe what they see and what they think about what they see.  These age-appropriate conversations about artworks are much more fulfilling and impactful than just passive listening. Our talented Museum docents guide the conversation and add important information about the work or artist as appropriate to the goals of the lesson and the students’ age and interest.



CH: Are there basic principles to which beginners should always be introduced as a first exposure or lesson? Or do you work with exhibits that are available in the galleries?

GT: There are so many points of entry into art.  One of the ways that we like to work is by developing literacy skills and critical thinking skills.  Exploring the elements of art (line, color, shape/form, space, texture) is a good way to help develop a vocabulary for looking at art (and everything else, by the way!).  Then, by discussing how the elements of art work together to create composition, for example, you exercise a child’s critical thinking skills.  Take it one level further, by looking at a second artwork, and comparing the second to the first… learning can happen in such meaningful ways through this kind of process.  And we can use a wide variety of artworks for these lessons, so we do use special exhibitions and the collection.


Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.



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P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Armory Art Center Presents Image d’Or Prize-Winning Filmmaker & Lecture Plus Two Gallery Exhibits By Students

The Armory Art Center is bringing internationally acclaimed artist, Faten Safieddine to present her short film, “La Chrysalide”, and give a lecture.  She is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, having won the  Image d’Or Prize.  In addition, the public is invited to view the culmination of Armory Art Students’ work in printmaking, digital, and related arts plus drawing and painting workshops and classes.  Offering something for all ages, there are still spaces available at Summer Art Camp! The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to see what a bounty of activities The Armory Art Center has to offer!  





Armory Art Center

1700 Parker Avenue      W. Palm Beach, FL 33401




Tuesday, June 2nd

6:30 – 7:30 pm

 Armory Art Center Library







Photography by Faten Safieddine




Internationally renown artist Faten Safieddine will show her short film “La Chrysalide” and talk about her work. This lecture is free and open to the public. In a dreamlike style, this film shows the struggle of women to extricate themselves from the yoke of the cultural and social conditioning and achieve freedom and fullness.





Born in Lebanon, Ms. Safieddine lives and works in Marrakesh and Paris. She was educated at the Sorbonne and the Université d’Abidjan and has shown her work throughout the Middle East, France and Canada.


Her photographic work explores the themes of the shadows, reflections and transparencies and has been the subject of several international exhibitions.  In addition to working as a photographer and film maker, Ms Safieddine is a journalist, art critic and writer focusing on culture and history. In 1988 the Metropolitan Museum of Art commissioned her to create a documentary on the restoration of the Minbar in the Grand Mosque of Koutoubia. The documentary received the Image d’Or prize in France.





For more information please visit:









Exhibits Continue Through July 2nd

Armory Art Center Student Exhibition

Armory Art Center Student Exhibition



The exhibition featuring work by Armory students in the Printmaking, Digital, and Related Arts departments in the
Armory Art Center – Greenfield Gallery




The exhibition featuring work by Armory students in the Drawing and Painting departments.

 Armory Art Center – East Gallery


For further information and reception times please contact:561-832-1776








Summer Art Camp

June 8th – August 14th
Ages 4½-7, 8-10, 11-13, and 14-17




Summer Art Camp at the Armory Art Center is filled with fun, creativity, character development, and self-esteem initiatives. The arts have the power to do all that and more! Our innovative theme weeks will include drawing, painting, sculpture, jewelry, fiber arts, ceramics, and printmaking as a major focus enhanced with music, dance, games, and team building.



Our camp leaders are skilled in working with youth in the arts. They take a special joy in supporting the imagination of our youth and know how to work with a variety of skill and dexterity levels. We look forward to partnering with you, the parent, to provide a safe, enriching, fun summer for your child.

Learn more

Activities include:
A week filled with art education
Immersion in various creative techniques for diverse interests and skill building
Field trips to local venues
Art show openings in July and August




Link to the Class Catalog




The mission of the Armory Art Center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. The Armory’s vision is to be Palm Beach County’s leading visual arts education and exhibition center. Housed in an historic art deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures, and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries.



Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more. For more information, visit or call 561-832-1776 x33.



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P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


Summer Camp At The Boca Museum: Let The Fun Begin!

THE FUN STARTS June 8th and continues through August 14th at the Boca Raton Museum of Art SUMMER CAMP for youth ages 5 – 12!  The burst of color on this cover of the brochure says it all – Fun! Creativity! Summer Art for Children!  The Rickie Report shares the details and urges you to check out the  various activities and themes. We’re sure that your children and grandchildren will thank you!  And WE thank you for nurturing the next generation!  Adults and Teens: remember that Summer Classes are available for you, too!


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Adults and Teens:

Summer classes start May 26, 2015


For more information, please contact:

Boca Raton Museum of Art – The Art School
801 W. Palmetto Road, Boca Raton FL 33486



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The Rickie Report

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