Education Programs Foundation Programs
Please note: Joan Mitchell Foundation is no longer offering studio or portfolio development classes. The Foundation is focusing on research and piloting innovative educational opportunities for the artist community. Read below to learn about our past programming.
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.