At The Messy Artist, art is a platform for learning. Our station play for 1.5 – 5 year olds is not only fun, but serves a specific purpose in promoting social, emotional, and intellectual growth.
As students advance, they enter our Studio 356 program for ages 6 and up, where they begin learning principles of art, art history, and technical skills using a variety of media.
Adults can indulge in our Create-A-Canvas workshops, where they can create with friends while they enjoy refreshments and an evening of socialization.
Children 2 and up can even celebrate their birthdays here. Regardless of age, we encourage students to explore, create, and grow.
I had a great time in art class, today. I don't remember the last time I painted something that wasn't meant to be a decoration (either on our wall or as a gift), but is instead about telling a story or reflecting a feeling. You should seriously consider checking out The Messy Artist's classes -- they've got loads of classes for kids, and my daughter asks to take classes there every session because she loves them so much. The teacher is entirely awesome -- she'll give you really detailed, straightforward advice on how to make your art look the way you want it to, but if you're some weird hippie and you tell her you want a color that feels like a Long Island beach in winter, she will totally work with that, too. :)
My son, who is 2.5 years old, was walking upstairs with my husband. He says, "Daddy, we are upstairs and that is high. We go downstairs and that is low." So my husband told him that was right and asked him where he learned it. Aiden replies, "Ms. Fran teached me with the paint brushes." I know the moment he was remembering, as I saw them talking and painting "high" and "low" on the easel. It makes me so happy to see and hear how Aiden is growing and learning. For him to remember that, in detail, and carry the concept to a completely different setting, shows me what an impression your staff leaves on him! Thank you for such a great place!!!
Nicole Sudol, NJ
My son tried out the Messy Artist class for 3rd – 5th grade children. As a primary educator, I am always worried that art programs will stifle, or limit my child’s creativity. This was not the case with Messy Artist at all!!! The program is geared for creativity. The management of the kids is amazing. Every child was engaged because of the positive, accepting atmosphere that has been created there. All children were complimented on their choices. Every project was different. They were completely done by the child. This was so refreshing and wonderful!! My son can’t wait to go back. I applaud the Messy Artist staff for their wonderful, developmentally appropriate approach to teaching children how to create, be creative and just have fun with art!
Margaret Krupa, NJ
The TMA Difference
The arts develop neural systems that produce better fine motor skills, creativity, and improved emotional balance.
Art changes the learning environment to one of discovery, which often re-ignites the love of learning in students tired of just being fed facts.
Art programs help students learn to become sustained, self-directed learners, causing students to seek higher levels of proficiency in academic subjects.