Spark Studios Spring Session

Ages 14-19

  • February 8, 2022 - April 7, 2022
  • 10 weeks, Tuesday - Thursday, 3-5:30pm
  • Location:
    PUF Studios, 3rd Floor
    8 N Cherry St. Poughkeepsie, New York
  • Teacher: Paul Thompson

Please note preference for our youth employment programs is given to Dutchess County residents.

Spark Studios is a filmmaking and videography program for youth interested in developing their film production and professional skills including:

  • working with clients on commercial videos
  • bringing a creative vision to life across stages of production


Reminder – The Art Effect's youth workforce programs are application-based and accepted applicants will be contacted by instructors before program begins.

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Paul Thompson, Associate Director of Media Workforce Programs, is the director of Spark Studios and lead teacher. He has actively worked in the film industry since graduating from The College of Saint Rose with a BA in broadcast media and film. Paul has produced web commercials, creative shorts, and short documentaries for Hudson Valley businesses and organizations, including the Westchester Library System. Paul also has experience as an employment specialist for Ability Beyond, where he was responsible for providing individuals with disabilities the necessary skills to obtain and maintain employment. Paul has used his degree, as well as his experience in human services and video production since 2015, to help create a growing, creative and expressive environment through Spark Studios working closely mentoring youth in our community. In Paul’s spare time, he enjoys going to food and film festivals.