New Location for Summer Art Institute

Poughkeepsie Day School – Kenyon House Location

Summer Art Institute (and Junior Art Institute) is coming to the beautiful Poughkeepsie Day School Campus!
Poughkeepsie Day School, 260 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie 12603

The Summer Art Programs are designed to help develop students’ ideas and build skills in the visual and digital arts. Multi-week classes allow young artists ages 11-19 to develop a stunning portfolio this summer.

Summer Art Institute | Ages 14-19

The Summer Art Institute (SAI) is a pre-college art portfolio development program for motivated teens. SAI hosts several college visits throughout the summer, allowing students to talk with admissions representatives and get feedback on their portfolios.

Students may select one of three majors to focus on:

Drawing & Painting Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 22
Session 2: July 25 – August 12

Digital Art & Illustration Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 22
Session 2: July 25 – August 12

Advanced Drawing & Painting Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 22
Session 2: July 25 – August 12


Junior Art Institute | Ages 11-14

The Junior Art Institute (JAI) allows middle school students to take their love of art to the next level. Young artists explore a variety of mediums to help define their creative direction in preparation for more advanced instruction in high school and beyond.

Students may select one of two majors to focus on:

Fine Arts Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 15
Session 2: July 18 – July 29
Session 3: August 1 – August 12

Digital Arts Major
Session 1: July 4 – July 15
Session 2: July 18 – July 29
Session 3: August 1 – August 12

High Contrast International Juried Exhibition Artists

Eliot Allen, Portland, OR

Hale Allen, Philadelphia, PA

Destiny Arianna, Wappingers Falls, NY

Greg Bahr, Fort Worth, TX

Angelica Banales, Rowland Heights, CA

Monica Banks, San Francisco, CA 

Desmond Beach, New York, NY

Rebecca Beach, Windsor, CO

Stacy Bogdonoff, New York, NY

Carol Boram-Hays, Columbus, OH 

Harrison Brisbon-Mckinnon, Poughkeepsie, NY

Paula Castillo, Brooklyn, NY

Natalie Christensen, Santa Fe, NM

Kayla Corradi, Califon, NJ

Meghan Crandall, Seattle, WA

Serena Domingues, Lagrangeville, NY 

Ellen Jouret-Epstein, Germantown, NY

Megan Mickael, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Hilary Nylander, Marshall, NC

Anais Ost, New York, NY

Spencer Owen, Port Wentworth, GA

Canon Parker, Bozeman, MT

Jack Reilly, Lahaina, HI

Edward Shmunes, West Columbia, SC

Jerry Wein, Milton, NY

Yunqui Yang, New York, NY

Spring Workforce Intensives

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The Art Effect’s 2022 Spring Break Intensives are open to students age 14-19 who live in Dutchess County.

Monday – Friday, April 11-15, 12-5pm
Trip April 11 to NYC to visit the artists’ studios of BoogieRez.

Students can choose from one of these exciting programs:

In the Public Art & Design Intensive, youth will will work with guest artists BoogieRez to create elements of public art installation to be unveiled at this fall’s PKX: Wonderland Festival, as well as original public art sculpture designs.

In the Video Production & Editing Intensive, youth will learn to produce short documentary films, from producing and capturing “fly on the wall” footage to learning the ins and outs of editing with Adobe Premiere Pro.

Youth who successfully complete an intensive will earn a $100 stipend.

Spark Students Featured in Black Girlhood Exhibition

The Art Effect is proud to share that three of Spark Studios students are featured in the Picturing Black Girlhood: Moments of Possibility exhibition at Rutgers University from February 17 to July 2, 2022. Leila Zachary, Kalecia Douglas, and Olivia Barker-Duncan will be three of over eighty photographers and filmmakers featured in the exhibit.

Screenshot from Leila Zachary’s accepted video

Exhibition Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 12-5 pm, Thursday 12-8 pm, Saturday 12-5 pm. Admission is free.

The exhibition features over 150 works by Black women, girls, and genderqueer artists, ranging in age from 8 to 94, and focuses on exploring the common theme of Black girlhood. The exhibition will span across all three of the main exhibition floors of Express Newark at Rutgers University-Newark and put the work of Black girls alongside that of Black women, centering Black girls as the subjects, artists, and agents of their own lives. Learn more about the exhibition here.

“The Art Effect could not be more proud of the hard work and dedication of its students, teachers, and staff,” said Nicole Fenichel-Hewitt, Executive Director at The Art Effect, “To be featured in such an incredible, transformative artistic experience goes to show the sheer amount of potential that our students harness. The Art Effect believes that art can truly impact not only the lives of its students, but also inspire positive social change by conveying to others the importance and power of art.”

Spark Studios allows students to hone their professional skills and gain real-world experiences to excel in film and media arts. Spark Studios goes beyond simple instruction by teaching students how to use art as a way to learn more about their past, their present, and their future. They learn how to take the experiences that have shaped them into who they are and transform them into impactful works. Leila Zachary, Kalecia Douglas, and Olivia Barker-Duncan are three great examples of how Spark Studios has helped teach students to embrace their histories and shape them into significant works. Learn more about Spark Studios here.

Sign Up for Junior Art Institute

Junior Art Institute
For ages 11-14

Learn new skills in drawing, painting, digital art, mixed media and more to turn your ideas into impressive finished work. Supportive instructors guide you on advancing your studio practices and developing a strong art making process to pursue your artistic goals. You will learn the basics of composition, color schemes, proportions, perspective, depth, and more through a combination of observational & conceptual art making.

Students can choose between two majors:

  1. Fine Arts majors focus on introducing studio practices and developing techniques using various paints, pastels, charcoal, ink, and more during most of their day. Fine Arts majors will minor in Digital Art 
  2. Digital Arts Majors learn the foundations of photo manipulation, photography, animation, and digital illustration & painting while exploring different forms of technology and proper equipment usage. Digital Art majors will minor in Fine Art

DAC Red Hook is Back!

Dutchess Arts Camp in Red Hook
For ages 5-10
Dutchess Arts Camp – Red Hook is back for 2022! Creativity thrives as campers explore their artistic abilities, games and play. Enjoy both individual and collaborative art making based on an engaging weekly camp theme. Experienced and friendly staff support hands-on art experimentation with a wide variety of artistic mediums including painting, sculpture, collage, animation, performance, and more. The pieces created at camp will portray original narratives connecting to each campers’ interests and lives.

Summer Art Institute Sign Up

The Summer Art Institute is designed to help develop students’ ideas and build skills in the visual and digital arts. These intensive multi-week sessions allow young artists ages 11-19 to develop their portfolios. Students can select a major of study to focus on.

For ages 14-19

Teen artists will develop skills that prepare them for advanced artistic study. Students can major in Drawing & Painting, Advanced Drawing & Painting, or Digital Art & Illustration.

Excel your artistic knowledge, techniques, and studio practices by learning from a supportive and knowledgeable team of Teaching Artists. Share this experience with other like minded individuals who have their sights set on pursuing a career in the arts. Emerge with an impressive portfolio including both digital and fine art that highlight a strengthened understanding of color theory, composition, narrative, creative intention, and more. Create a balance between an observational and conceptual style with a strong focus on how to design pieces to include your personal voice. Develop an advanced artistic vocabulary and receive constructive critique on your work from peers and teaching artists. You will have a hand in curating, hanging, and presenting your sessions’ artwork for the Final Showcase art exhibition where your family and friends are invited to celebrate your work. One of your pieces may be chosen for The Art Effect’s Teen Visions exhibition in September!

Students can choose between three majors:

  1. Drawing & Painting – Intermediate artists ready to begin their journey in portfolio development will receive guidance in what colleges look for in a strong portfolio and how to begin to develop pieces with foundational techniques using various paints, inks, charcoals, pastels, and more. 
  2.  Digital Art & Illustration – Intermediate and advanced digital artists will focus on broadening your knowledge about digital tools, resources, and programs to take your work to the next level. Utilize these skills to create stunning original digital illustrations, paintings, animations, and photo manipulations. 
  3. Advanced Drawing & Painting – Advanced level, dedicated students ready to strengthen their artistic knowledge will dive deeper into advanced artistic techniques, practices, and principals. Expand your skills and portray how you see the world using various paints, ink, charcoals, pastels, and more. Advanced Drawing and Painting students will receive a portfolio review from esteemed colleges and learn about the programs they offer. 

Sign Up For Summer Programs!

It’s time to think about warmer weather, outdoor play, and messy art – Summer Camp Sign-ups are NOW OPEN! A variety of programming for youth ages 5-19 are Led by professional artists and certified teachers, young artists will explore and excel in their artistic abilities this summer.

2022 Summer dates
Summer Art Institute dates
Dutchess Arts Camp

Click on any of the camps below for more information and sign up:

Dutchess Arts Camp in Poughkeepsie
For ages 5-10
Creativity thrives as campers explore thier artistic abilities, games and play. Enjoy individual and collaborative art making experiences based on an engaging weekly camp. Experienced and friendly staff support hands-on art experimentation with a wide variety of artistic mediums including painting, sculpture, collage, animation, performance, and more. The pieces created at camp will portray original narratives connecting to each campers’ interests and lives

Dutchess Arts Camp in Red Hook
For ages 5-10
Creativity thrives as campers explore their artistic abilities, games and play. Enjoy both individual and collaborative art making based on an engaging weekly camp theme. Experienced and friendly staff support hands-on art experimentation with a wide variety of artistic mediums including painting, sculpture, collage, animation, performance, and more. The pieces created at camp will portray original narratives connecting to each campers’ interests and lives.

Summer Art Program

Ulster Arts Camp in New Paltz
For ages 5-10
Creativity thrives as campers explore their artistic abilities, games and play. Enjoy both individual and collaborative art making based on an engaging weekly camp theme. Experienced and friendly staff support hands-on art experimentation with a wide variety of artistic mediums including painting, sculpture, collage, animation, performance, and more. Unique to Ulster Arts Camp, campers adventure into the Dorkey Museum through guided tours gaining museum knowledge and inspiration for their own artistic process. The pieces created at camp will portray original narratives connecting to each campers’ interests and lives.

Summer Art Institute

The Summer Art Institute is designed to help develop students’ ideas and build skills in the visual and digital arts. These intensive multi-week sessions allow young artists ages 11-19 to develop their portfolios. Students can select a major of study to focus on.

Click on any of the programs below for more information and sign up:

Junior Art Institute
For ages 11-14

Learn new skills in drawing, painting, digital art, mixed media and more to turn your ideas into impressive finished work. Supportive instructors guide you on advancing your studio practices and developing a strong art making process to pursue your artistic goals. You will learn the basics of composition, color schemes, proportions, perspective, depth, and more through a combination of observational & conceptual art making.

Students can choose between two majors:

  1. Fine Arts majors focus on introducing studio practices and developing techniques using various paints, pastels, charcoal, ink, and more during most of their day. Fine Arts majors will minor in Digital Art 
  2. Digital Arts Majors learn the foundations of photo manipulation, photography, animation, and digital illustration & painting while exploring different forms of technology and proper equipment usage. Digital Art majors will minor in Fine Art
Summer art program

Summer Art Institute
For ages 14-19

Excel your artistic knowledge, techniques, and studio practices by learning from a supportive and knowledgeable team of Teaching Artists. Share this experience with other like minded individuals who have their sights set on pursuing a career in the arts. Emerge with an impressive portfolio including both digital and fine art that highlight a strengthened understanding of color theory, composition, narrative, creative intention, and more. Create a balance between an observational and conceptual style with a strong focus on how to design pieces to include your personal voice. Develop an advanced artistic vocabulary and receive constructive critique on your work from peers and teaching artists. You will have a hand in curating, hanging, and presenting your sessions’ artwork for the Final Showcase art exhibition where your family and friends are invited to celebrate your work. One of your pieces may be chosen for The Art Effect’s Teen Visions exhibition in September!

Students can choose between three majors:

  1. Drawing & Painting – Intermediate artists ready to begin their journey in portfolio development will receive guidance in what colleges look for in a strong portfolio and how to begin to develop pieces with foundational techniques using various paints, inks, charcoals, pastels, and more. 
  2.  Digital Art & Illustration – Intermediate and advanced digital artists will focus on broadening your knowledge about digital tools, resources, and programs to take your work to the next level. Utilize these skills to create stunning original digital illustrations, paintings, animations, and photo manipulations. 
  3. Advanced Drawing & Painting – Advanced level, dedicated students ready to strengthen their artistic knowledge will dive deeper into advanced artistic techniques, practices, and principals. Expand your skills and portray how you see the world using various paints, ink, charcoals, pastels, and more. Advanced Drawing and Painting students will receive a portfolio review from esteemed colleges and learn about the programs they offer. 

Meet Lauren Hollick, SAI and JAI Director!

This summer, Lauren Hollick is leading a dream team of inspirational staff in our Summer Art Institute and Junior Art Institute as Director!
She is a dedicated Artist, Educator, Program Director, and an alumna of The Art Effect. She has been working in our various programs for eight years, spearheading Dutchess/Ulster Arts Camps, Empire After School Program, Arts for Healing, and our National Art Honor Society. Lauren has lived in the Hudson Valley her whole life and obtained a Bachelors in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz.

Lauren strives to have all programs focus on designing inclusive, positive, & safe environments for all young artists where they can experience a wide variety of mediums and technology through the arts! Register HERE for any of our summer camp programs.

Lauren enjoys working with a wide range of mediums from oils, ink, and charcoal to ceramics, animation, and more.

Find Lauren on: Insta @LHollickArtist

Double Take Exhibition

Youth Curated with Guest Juror: Rachel Seligman Head curator of The Tang teaching museum 

January 21-February 24, 2022

Gallery Hours
Wed-Fri 2-5 PM • Sat 12–4 PM
(during exhibitions only)

Double Take, this exhibition’s title and theme, is both enduringly engaging, and particularly timely, with its suggestion of second chances, opportunities to see anew, and encouragement to review that which we have passed over or passed by the first time around. Our world has changed dramatically in the last few years, and we are all being required to reconsider and reflect, in effect, to see with new eyes and question our assumptions.


Being a part of the youth curatorial team changed my relationship with the show, in the fact that I have a better appreciation for artworks than before working with The Art Effect as a juror. — Olivia Barker-Duncan 

The team has given me constant perceptions of art that explores and offers a diverse experience while keeping the art and artist identities intimate. — Karla Zarate 

Embracing compromise when making decisions as a team, creates an unbiased understanding for me as both an artist and juror. — Harrison Brison-McKinnon 

Click here to learn more about current and upcoming exhibitions!

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