Education Programs Foundation Programs

Saturday Studios

Please note: Joan Mitchell Foundation is not currently offering any studio or portfolio development classes. Through the end of 2017, the Foundation is focusing on research and piloting innovative educational opportunities for the artist community. We look forward to sharing the new education model with you in 2018. 

For those families looking for new art program opportunities, we have created a comprehensive resource directory of various ongoing youth art programs and opportunities in the NYC area. The free booklet is available to download here.

Read on to learn about our past programming.


The Joan Mitchell Foundation Saturday Studios program offered a balance of technical instruction with the opportunity for creative expression to students in grades 3–12. Students experiment with various drawing, painting, and sculpture methods, while gaining exposure to contemporary and historical artworks. Through this process students develop critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills, while mastering visual art techniques.

Saturday Studios were free of charge, with no previous art-making experience required, and co-taught by two professional artists at various sites throughout New York City. There were three levels of classes offered: Beginning for grades 3–5, Middle School (MS) for grades 6–8, and High School (HS) for grades 9–12. Participating students had access to our Student Opportunities and Support (SOS) Program, which offered one-on-one guidance in developing a portfolio for specialized high school or college admissions along with additional resources and workshops. You can view and download some of these free resources provided on our Resources page.

  • Photo collage by Saturday Studios high school participant.

  • Drawing by Saturday Studios high school participant.

  • Artist-Teacher Natalie Beall and Saturday Studio high school participants at "Joan Mitchell: Trees" at Cheim & Read Gallery

  • Still life drawing by Saturday Studios high school participant.

  • Mixed media work by Saturday Studios high school participant.

Slideshow: a selection of Saturday Studios participants and artwork from 2013-2014.