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Art Workshops, Classes and Camps

Students of all ages and levels enjoy the art workshops, classes and camps. Give the gift of creativity to your family, friends, children, grand kids and colleagues!
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  • Adult Art Classes/Workshops
  • Youth Art Classes
  • Summer Art Camps
  • Private Lessons
  • Teaching Artists
  • Summer Adult Classes

279: Intuition and Creative Felting

$95. Members   $105. Non-Members
3 Wednesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm July 24 to August 7, 2019
Teaching Artist: Nelly Kouzmina

Let your intuition lead you. In a nice summer evening listen to your inner voice and create a unique felt - from abstract form to fantasy landscape. Wet felting technique.
A $15 material fee will be payable to the instructor.

Anne Gannon275: Plein Air Painting at Patterson Farm

$75. Members   $90. Non-Members
3 Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:00 pm July 25 to August 8, 2019
Teaching Artist: Renee Egan

Capture the light and shadows as the sun sets, the twilight of early evening in an outdoor painting course on Patterson Farm.

Impasto style painting, drawing, composition, color mixing, oil or acrylics, and painting application techniques will be discussed and applied. 

All levels welcome (Beginner and intermediate).  Supply list sent to you when a class roster has been established.

276: Studio with Instruction, All Levels Oils/Acrylic

$75 Members  $90 Non-Members
3 Tuesdays,  6:30-9:30 pm
July 30 to August 13, 2019
Teaching Artist: James Bongartz

All levels, realistic to abstract, for those who've taken at least one oil or acrylic painting class session at AOY, notably, I've Never Painted Before, Beginning Oils, or Approaching Abstraction.

Continue your studies in a group setting regardless how remedial or if you are a painter looking for ongoing support, constructive feedback and setting up a plan for your work. 
This time is really about putting in those painting hours that take you where you want to go!

277: Wands and Wine

$75 Members  $90 Non-Members
2 Thursdays,  6:30-9:00 pm
July 25 & August 1 , 2019
Teaching Artist: Bette Sovinee

A Harry Potter inspired arts and craft time for grownups who love all things Harry Potter. Why should kids have all the fun! We will make personal wands, sort you in to houses, make snitch ornaments, memorialize your favorite quotes on a wood sign for your home, make a monster book cushion, paint a flower pot, and explore the culinary delights of butterbear in a variety of recipes. Maybe even try a Molly Weasley Cinnamon Sunset Cocktail as in Potions Class! A $15 material fee is included in the price.

  • Youth Classes
Fall Classes will be listed here in the coming months.

Creative and Fun Summer Art Camps for children ages 5-16.

Weekly Camps running June 17 through August 16, 2019. 

2019 Summer Camp Calendar PDF format

Register Here            Questions?       View our Camp Catalog


AOY Art Center has updated our registration system this year...this will allow you to have more information about your child’s registration and fill out less forms!  It is called Community Root and it will ask you to Sign Up, create an account first. The next task is to set up the names of the persons you want to register.  You, as the Parent are the primary account holder.  Then, Select your child’s name, click Submit and Continue to get into the Programs section. We suggest you use the filters at the top to search for Summer Camps. Select the camps that you want (green dot to the left) and scroll back to the top to Submit and Continue.  The next screen shows you the calendar. Continue to Submit and Continue to the payment page.  If you are registering prior to 4/1/2019 the 10% discount will be applied at checkout.  To register a second child, repeat the process unless they are in the same exact class, then they can be registered together.

New features
: You will not be charged for a camp until such time as the minimum number has been met.  Once the minimum has been met and the camp is confirmed, your account will be charged and you will receive an email.  If a camp has reached a designated maximum and you register you will be notified that you are on a waitlist.  Should your child be moved from “waitlist” to “registered,”  the system will notify you accordingly.  This system will also allow us better management of any refunds as well (see policy). 

There are over 70 camps across 9 weeks.  We’re sure that you and your young artist will find many topics of interest and we look forward to meeting you or -  seeing you again - this summer!

Before and After Care: We are again offering a wide selection of options for Before and After Camp care. The hours of Extended Care are 7:30-9:00 AM and 4:00- to 6:00 PM. During these times, campers can participate in supervised games and creative activities.

Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration. Your child is not registered until tuition is paid and emergency contact form is complete. Failure to make full payment may result in the loss of the camp spot when the camp is completely filled.

Advanced registration for Extended Care is required and Extended Care is only available to registered campers.  Please note: Late pick up requires an additional fee. The late pick-up fee is $15 for every 15 minutes.

Before and After Camp:

5 day camps: AM program 7:30 am to 9:00 am,  $75 per week
PM program 4 pm to 6:00 pm - $100 per week
Before and after program combination - $150 per week

3 day camps: AM program 7:30 am to 9:00 am,  $45 per week
PM program 4 pm to 6:00 pm - $70 per week
Before and after program combination - $95 per week
Fee for late pick up after 6:00 pm is $15 per every 15 minute interval.

Additional Camp Policies:

All campers must be signed in & out each day. 
Weekly campers enrolled in both a morning and afternoon session enjoy free, supervised hour during lunchtime. Please send a bag lunch with each child.

Extended day options can be added after initial registration but will not be eligible for early discount.

AOY Refund and Cancellation Policy for Summer Camps

Early registration is recommended for all summer camps. A child is not registered until payment is received by the Camp Director.

All camps have both a minimum and a maximum enrollment.  If a minimum number of students are not enrolled by 1 week prior to the start of a session, AOY reserves the right to cancel the program and will issue a 100% refund.

Notification of withdrawal: 

If received by the registrar 14 or more days prior to start of camp, with receive a 90% refund.   If notice of withdrawal is received after the starting date, there will be no refund or credit for any absence.

AOY reserves the right to remove a student from camp⁄class⁄workshop for unacceptable behavior with no refund or credit for the time remaining.

Summer camp notifications should be addressed to

Private/Semi-Private Lessons

Fall Youth Classes - Artists of Yardley

Please read the following about private/semi-private lessons: Students may request private or sem-private lessons with the following mediums/instructors
Private Lessons are not offered in the summer months, June, July and, August

Note: If you hover over the links below with your mouse, you will see samples of the artists' work

  • Drawing Adult Students - David Rivera

    Learn the basics of drawing in pencil or charcoal. A "three dimensional" rendering is nothing more than an accurate representation of proportion, perspective and tonal values on a two dimensional surface. There are proven methods which can help to unveil the mystery about drawing accurately. With the right tools you can learn how to make educated decisions which will allow you to render a believable still life, portrait, figure or whatever else you wish to draw. A few of the lessons that I teach include sight-size and comparative measuring, compositional sketching, the rules of perspective, various shading techniques and anatomical studies for figures and/or portraits.

  • Design and Illustration - Elaine Morales

    Enter the world of graphic design and illustration. Learn branding skills and discover bold ways to capture thoughts and ideas through original artwork created by you!

    Practice different styles and techniques in finalizing design pieces for your personal projects or portfolio. 

    Receive personalized tips and pointers to enhance the over all aesthetic of your design.

  • Adobe Photoshop - Elaine Morales (note: Students must have a computer, laptop, or ipad on which to access the Adobe Creative Cloud). This is for beginners or those with intermediate knowledge of the most recent photoshop version available on adobe creative cloud.

    While in session we will cover : photo manipulation, photo restoration, digital painting/illustrating, save/print settings, creating and editing brushes, as well as review tools and techniques to better enhance your photoshop skills and familiarity with the program.

  • Acrylic Painting - Jim Bongartz

    Students will learn the necessary steps to produce a finished painting on canvas exercising concepts of composition, under painting, color mixing and blocking-in. Photographic references will be utilized for source imagery as students learn rendering techniques.
    I have been a full-time art teacher for 35 years while maintaining a professional painting studio. Happy to work with any student willing to build their creative skills and talent. Preferring acrylic painting as a teaching medium I am fluent with two-dimensional mediums such as oils, watercolor, pastels, drawing and mixed medium. Helping students build a strong, professional portfolio is one of my most rewarding teaching experiences.   Please visit my website for details regarding my Bio and passion for painting.

  • Oil Painting - Nancy Lloyd

    Instruction will be oriented to helping the student achieve his or her own goals. Using photos and still life set-ups, painting fundamentals will be referenced, including color theory, paint application, values, contrasts, composition, and perspective. A variety of approaches and surfaces will be explored. A supply list will be provided.

Private/semi-private lesson packages are offered in 3 or 4 class blocks with times of 1-1/2 hours, 2 hours, 2-1/2 hours, or 3 hours per class.

Payment for Private/Semi-Private lessons are as follows: Individual: $75/hour

Group of 2 people: $65/hour per person

Group of 3 people: $55/hour per person

Payment is made ahead of time and after submitting the request for a private/semi-private lesson. Once you hear back from your instructor, follow this link to make payment . For semi-private lessons, all payments must be received prior to the first session.

Cancellation Policy For Individual Private Lessons:
  • Rescheduling a lesson requires a minimum of 24 hour notice to the assigned instructor.
  • No refunds for cancellations or absences.

  Cancellation Policy For Small Group Lessons:
  • If there is any change in group size prior to the start of the first lesson, the student or students who cancel will not be refunded.
  • Rescheduling a private group lesson requires a minimum of 24 hour notice to the assigned instructor.
  • Group rescheduling is done as a single group lesson for all participants.

Request for private or semi-private art lessons
 Payment for private or semi-private lessons


Teaching Artists

Jim Bongartz Watch Video

James Bongartz began his passion for art during formal childhood lessons at the Carnegie Institute and continuing at Carnegie-Mellon University following a BSEd in art education from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania. He has painted for over thirty years, exhibiting in galleries and juried shows throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Many of his works are in private collections. Most paintings are responses and interpretation from his own photography. Mastering the use of color and brushwork as a form of processing imagery and evoking experiences are current inspirations. James is a member of Art+10, a Princeton based artist group and AOY. A portfolio of Jim's paintings and further details about current and past exhibits can be seen on his website:

Anne Gannon Watch Video

Anne was educated at the Traphagen School of Fashion, NYC and at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Early on, she worked as an Illustrator for Well Being magazine in San Diego, then at Hammacher Schlemmer in NYC, where her drawings were published weekly in The New York Times and in the Wall Street Journal. She also designed licensing artwork for Merrill Lynch and other Wall Street firms. In 2003, Anne started teaching art classes while beginning a new career as a surrealist and an abstract painter. Recently she has had much success with her Encaustic work. Anne has been with the AOY since their inception in 2004, serving on the board and in various other areas of the organization. An award-winning artist, Anne’s work has been shown locally, in east coast states and abroad."

Barry Koplowitz

Barry Koplowitz, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, studied with Lester Polokov at the Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City.  He has taught classes at various Art Centers and privately. In his early career he worked in New York Theater doing sets for small Off-Broadway shows as well as doing murals in private homes.  He participated in various Design Shows for his mural work.  During this time, he also worked in fine art galleries in the Upper East Side and on Broadway.    Barry moved to Pennsylvania long ago and now paints Landscapes and Figurative subjects, both in Plein Air and in his Chalfont Pennsylvania Studio.  He shows his work in various juried exhibitions as well as participating in Juried Plein Air Events.

Nelly Kouzmina

Fiber Artist & Instructor, Feltinelli LLC, Member of International Association of  Feltmakers  IFA,U.K, Member of Northeast Guild of Feltmakers, U.S. and Member of Surface Design Association, U.S. I am a self taught fiber artist working with natural fibers and dyes creating variety of pieces from wall art to wearable art  exploring the broad possibilities of felt making. All of my work is original and one of a kind. It is my passion, hobby and love. I share my knowledge and experience with students of all age groups. I participate in various juried art shows in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania., email: .

Elaine Morales

Elaine's main priority as an artist is to express a deeper connection between works of art and their admirers. She believes that artists are never done learning, therefore her passion for art has been flourishing since she first picked up a pencil at a young age. Art has always been a part of who she is and to this day she continues to cultivate her skills in multiple media forms.  She studied Multimedia Arts and Animation at the Art Institute in Philadelphia where she then went onto freelancing and teaching art classes to all ages. As an artist Elaine has acquired many skills both digital and traditional.  Aside from digital artwork and animating, Elaine also enjoys working with all types of paints, creating ceramics, sculpting with cut paper, printmaking, airbrush art, mixed media, graphic design, drawing and illustrating, character design, and anything else she can get her hands on.  Her love for visual arts has her constantly thriving to learn more as she shares with others the unconstrained possibilities of the art world. Feel free to visit her website for samples of her work:

Jo-Ann Osnoe Watch Video

holds a BFA from Parson’s School of Design and is celebrated for her watercolor work. She moves effortlessly from still life to landscape to florals and local scenes. Expanding recently into oil painting, she has gained recognition in this medium as well, winning First Place in a recent Bucks County art competition. She finds inspiration in nature and her Bucks County surroundings, where she has made her home for the past fifteen years. A dedicated and focused artist, she has exhibited in over one hundred local group shows, including over a dozen juried regional and national exhibitions.

Joanne Donnelly Seglem Watch Video

Joanne is an award winning artist and photographer. For many years she has worked as Teacher, Art Director, Book Designer and Gallery Manager. She currently has the good fortune to create full time. Joanne's painting and photography has garnered recognition and awards throughout the United States. Her work can be found in private and public collections in Europe, Australia and the United States. Joanne continues to explore new artistic territory with continuing education and exploration. She believes that everyone can unleash their artistic potential and free their imaginations by letting go of self-imposed rules and restrictions. Her collage class aims to do just that with a variety of tips and techniques offered in a fun and carefree manner.

Donna Sheehan

Donna Sheehan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, with two degrees focused in general illustration and graphic design. In her early career as a graphic designer, Donna designed marketing materials for malls around the country while working at Pembrook Management in Long Island, New York. With a move to Yardley, Pa in 1993 and taking time to raise her children, Donna transitioned to a fine arts career with commissions to paint hanging murals for the St. John the Evangelist Community Center and St. John Evangelist rectory. Versed in a wide variety of mediums, she enjoys oil painting using direct and indirect methods, choosing subjects from life and her own photography. Donna shows her work in juried and local shows and continuously grows and explores as an artist, drawing inspiration from teaching students from her in home Yardley studio and at AOY in beautiful Bucks County Pennsylvania

Nancy Shill

Collage and Collage/Mixed Media to Oils, I find new ways to create dynamic relationships between colors and shapes. I interweave discards with paint, new paper, ink, charcoal etc searching for something new and compelling. I create my unique vision of motion, form and space. Web site

Jill Tressel

Jill studied studio art while an undergraduate student at Muhlenberg College, PA. She focused continuing studies on her preferred medium: watercolor. A thirty year resident of Bucks County, PA, she earned an MAT from the College of New Jersey. After a teaching career in public schools, Jill became a member of Artists of Yardley by way of a thoughtful retirement gift from her children. She studied with AOY’s teaching artists and mentors, Anne Gannon and Jo Ann Osnoe. She recently participated in PAFA’s Master Class with watercolorist, Eileen Goodman. Jill is an Open Studio artist at AOY. She enjoys painting with a talented group of members and shows her work locally. Jill teaches “Exploring Watercolor Painting” for beginning students. She hopes to encourage others to explore this lovely transparent medium.