Classical Meets Contemporary At LIAFA


The Long Island Academy of Fine Art announced its upcoming Young Artist Summer Program, running weekly from July 5 through Aug. 19. The camp is open to students entering fourth through seventh grades and it runs Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Teenagers are invited to create a customized program during the regular summer semester (June 27 to Sept. 4) that suits their individual interests and needs. The school is located at 14 Glen St., Glen Cove.

The seven-week schedule includes Paper Arts (July 5 through July 8 and Aug. 1 through Aug. 5); Portraits: Features & Faces (July 11 through July 15 and Aug. 8 through Aug. 12); Characters: Sketch & Sculpt (July 18 through July 22 and Aug. 15 through Aug. 19); Art Safari (July 25 through July 29).

Young artists will enjoy an enriching experience during the summer program.

Students have the unique opportunity to learn classical techniques rarely available to their age group. Every week students work on projects that improve drawing and painting skills and expose them to a variety of 2D media. In addition, each week focuses on a different theme, listed above, that allows students to delve into art forms and materials with other art professionals who come to share their particular area of expertise in paper arts, traditional sculpture, toy production and others.

“Beginners are welcome,” said co-director Rebecca Forster. “We believe that every child and adult can learn how to draw, given the right environment. What drives us at LIAFA is not the number of students we have, but the quality and depth of education we offer and our passion for art. We intentionally keep our classes small so that our teachers have time to give each student individualized attention and guidance.”

Each camp session is limited to eight students. Discounts are available for registrations of two or more weeks and for siblings who register together. The cost per five-day week is $495 and materials are provided. “Characters” weeks are $525 due to higher materials costs.

Paper Arts: Functionality meets creativity in this camp. Students will explore various methods of printmaking, as well as paper-making, book-binding, box-making, and even creating original art lamps. Some aspects of paper arts allow students to freely experiment, while for other projects precision and patience are key.

Portraits: Features and Faces: Portraiture has had a significant place in cultures from the beginning of art history. In these sessions, projects focus on who we are in the flesh and the many ways artists depict their fellow men and women. The most drawing-intensive of the camps, students will sculpt (“draw in space”) from plaster casts, experience life drawing and even investigate creative portraiture using photography.

Characters: Sketch and Sculpt: Students have an extraordinary opportunity to explore character design, toy-making, life casting and more. Teachers will guide students through the sophisticated process of bringing a 2D idea into 3D reality. In this session, science is a big player in the creative process.

Art Safari: A light-hearted week of enjoying the animal kingdom as a subject in art-making. From reality to imagination and across mediums, students improve their drawing, sculpting and creative thinking skills by celebrating and immortalizing furry-or slimy-creatures and critters.

ArtCamp_061516CThe serious teenage student can enjoy exclusive art training at LIAFA. During the summer, teenagers join the adult or teen portfolio development classes for weekly classes, or LIAFA can work with each student on a customized program according to the student’s interests and schedule. For registration and information, call Rebecca Forster at 516-590-4324.

The Long Island Academy of Fine Art is dedicated to the advancement of classical art for students of all ages and experience levels. LIAFA also offers adult classes and a High School Portfolio Development program. Visit or call 516-590-4324 for more information and for specific information in regards to the Young Artist Summer Program.

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