Saturday Studios

The Joan Mitchell Foundation Saturday Studios program offers a balance of technical instruction with the opportunity for creative expression to students in grades 3–12. No experience is necessary and all are welcome, providing students of all levels with access to the arts.

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 are free of charge, and co-taught by two professional artists at various sites throughout New York City. There are 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. Registration for the program takes place three times a year, in September, December and March.

Participating students have access to our Student Opportunities and Support (SOS) Program, which offers one-on-one guidance in developing a portfolio for specialized high school or college admissions along with additional resources and workshops.

Saturday Studio classes are held at the following locations:


St. Nicks Alliance at the Grand Street Campus HS
850 Grand Street (at Bushwick Ave), Williamsburg
Beginning, MS and HS Studios: 11:00 AM–2:00 PM


Goddard Riverside Community Center
92nd Street & Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side
MS and HS Studios: 11:00 AM–2:00 PM

University Settlement
184 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side

MS Studio: 12:00 PM–3:00 PM

Saturday Studios Portfolio Classes ONLY:
Joan Mitchell Foundation Education & Research Center
137 West 25th Street, 2nd Floor, between 6th & 7th Ave
MS and HS Studios: 10:30am–1:30pm


Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House
10-25 41st Avenue, Long Island City
Beginning, MS and HS Studios: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM

The Boys' Club of New York
133-01 41st Road, Flushing
MS and HS Studio: 11:00 AM–2:00 PM