Art First’s Amazing Art Instructors

Our Art First instructors are truly A-MA-ZING!!!!!

They are

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Love art

Love teaching art

Love kids

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Our instructors are









Stay late

Share expertise and passions

Ask each other for help

Challenge our young artists

And so much more!

They start with an idea…a glimpse of a theme featuring art activities and lots of fun! They develop age appropriate lesson plans that help our students develop and grow, learn new skills, experiment with new mediums, have new experiences and have FUN!

Our instructors research the newest techniques, follow contemporary artists, experiment with new mediums, learn from each other and other artists, take classes and bring those experiences and expertise to our students.


They take the children where they are. Art First Inc. Summer Camp for Children, Hockessin, DelawareCan’t cut with scissors? What to do? Roll play dough snakes and cut, cut, cut…with scissors! Perfect! “I can’t draw.”Oh, yes you can – because you can draw a line and lines make squiggles, zig zags, go up hills and down hills, make curves…make pictures. They’re all lines!

Part of the fun is process art: Experimentation, Exploring, Learning. The young artists gain skills that can be used to create amazing masterpieces as our instructors guide them, teach new methods and encourage them.

On any day at Art First our instructors engage our young artists in:

Experimenting with finger paints, foam paints, BioColor paints

Painting with fly swatters, marbles, fireman’s helmets

Exploding elephant’s toothpaste, watching colors dance

Sculpting miniature worlds, rolling monsters, ice castles

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Competing in the Art First Olympic Games

Listening to treasured books

Playing with snow dough

Constructing fairy doors

Making paper and Kokeshi dolls

Freeing a Lego Man from an ice berg

Constructing tree houses, chairs and shelves

Playing a game of crochet using pink flamingoes

Knitting infinity scarves, wiggling under a “laser” maze

Painting with wool, making colorful ice cream cone collages

Creating princess cone hats, knights’ helmets, hobby horses to ride

Stitching pajamas, walking the red carpet, building faerie houses that astound

Our instructors make art fun! They believe in their students. “Trust yourself, we do.” They are the heart and soul of Art First. They bring art alive!

They help children

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Be spontaneous

Solve problems in different ways

Trust themselves

Work together

Stretch their wings and “FLY”

They delight in the wonder in our young artists’ eyes. They delight in our young artists’ accomplishments and the pride swelling inside of each child. They are Art First. They are a team. They are A-MA-ZING!!!

We Absolutely Love Faerie Houses!

We love faerie houses!!!!!!  Why?????

The pure fantasy

The magic

The students’ visions

The creativity

The joy


Every year we see the creativity of our students emerge by leaps and bounds.  From one central theme a unique creation appears before our eyes.  It is a house created for whimsical faeries but it is more than that.  It is a work of art that captures our students’ imaginations…their visions…their art!

It is not watercolors. Nor is it acrylics.  But it is the art of creating with a vision…a plan all of their own… and executing it with enthusiasm, determination, and resourcefulness.  They make their vision come alive.  They plan, design, problem solve, build, sew, work with clay, paint, print and tweak until the masterpiece tells their story.

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Rudolph’s Rooftop Reindeer Lodge

In past years, our students have told many stories and created fabulous faeries houses for these enchanted creatures.  They have ventured to the North Pole and created frosty establishments such as Rudolph’s Rooftop Reindeer Lodge, The Hot Chocolate and Coffee Shop, Pam’s Bakery, The North Pole Café, Elsa’s Enchanted Eatery, the North Pole Bait and Tackle, Bumble Bee Bakery and many more delightful creations.  They have gone on art adventures and created studios for artists, musicians, karate masters, dancers, engineers, floral designers and more.  They have created a Faeries Village and the shops that gave the village life – inns, coffee houses, salons, boutiques, and bakeries.  And they have ventured to a tropical island and created a paradise complete with living spaces and decks meant for lounging and entertaining

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Music theme wallpaper for the bedroom

And always, always… the faeries are treated to an amazing apartment complete with hand hung wallpaper, lusciously appointed beds with lacy bed skirts, luxurious comforters and pillows galore, soft hand-crocheted rugs, intricate hanging lights, hand upholstered furry chairs that invite relaxing, hand painted artwork and even a studio kitchen for preparing meals.  What more could a faerie want?

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In New York City, faeries live in an apartment above a boutique with a rooftop garden and the skyline in the background.

This year the faeries are headed to New York City with its neon lights, hustle and bustle, and distinctive skyline.  It is going to be A-MA-ZING!!!  The classroom will be immersed in creativity, hustle and bustle just like the city, and pure excitement as our students transform a wooden structure into a work of art.

Ground floor boutiques, stores, shops, studios

Second floor studio apartment

Roof top garden

Hand painted skyline of NYC skyscrapers


This week will be the culmination of some student’s visions.  They have planned all year just for this faerie house – finding the right accessories or the perfect furry material for a chair.  They will incorporate their treasures into their plan.  Others tour the myriad of available materials, hatch a plan and start designing.  It is a week alive with creativity, ideas, and fun!  Students are engaged, instructors are in constant motion, materials are replenished, new ones mysteriously appear, and faerie houses are being born.  It is magic!

Oh, yes!  We LOVE faerie houses!

Crazy Colorful Collage

“Crazy, Colorful Collage” was so much fun!  The kids painted their own collage papers then ripped, tore and stripped it into usable collage pieces.  Everyone created amazing art work and had a ball…. regardless of whether they were four or seven!  Come join us this year for more creative collage fun!  This camp will be offered again this summer during week 8 (August 1-5). Register now for a week full of fun!

Summer art camp for kids - Crazy Colorful Collage

At top, paper for use in collage. At the bottom are several collage works in progress.

Summer Art Camp for Kids - Crazy Colorful Collage

Creating a collage- deciding which colors and shapes to use and where to glue them.

Summer Art Camp for Kids - Crazy Colorful Collage

A large collage in progress.

Summer Art Camp for Kids - Crazy Colorful Collage

A student uses a variety of brushes to create the desired effects for the paper.


Milking the Paint Cow

Ever seen a cow give green or pink milk?  The children, ages 4 and 5, in “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” got to milk the very artistic Elsa who gave a different color milk each day.  They also had fun giving her a fresh new appearance.  Every cow needs a ninja turtle on her belly!




Fashion Week – 2015

Last week fashion ruled Art First!  From knitting to sewing the school was abuzz with creativity, originality and fun!  The students learned to finger knit while creating a dragon and made an amazing infinity scarf while knitting with their arms only…no needles!  They created their own knitting needles complete with original Sculpey clay toppers and began work on a colorful poof!  It was amazing to see their creativity, concentration and complete love for this fiber art!

Our students also spent the week in Fashion Design. They planned, created, designed and learned to sew.  Simple white and black tee shirts were transformed into chic tops with scissors, block printing, appliques and great imagination.  The girls’ outfits were completed with a simple wrap skirt finished off with colorful trim.  Headbands and hats were also on the week’s creative agenda as well as design contests creating garments from the myriad of colorful materials and trims.  The designs were amazing!

They topped off their week with a stroll down the red carpet to the appreciative applause of parents and peers!  It was fabulous!  Who knows!  The next great designer may have gotten their start this week!



Giraffes, Oh My!

Giraffes are coming to Art First! Not the stately tall ones that amble across the lawn munching on tree vegetation; but whimsical ones adorned in color, pattern and texture. No ordinary giraffes here…just fun, creative creatures that elicit smiles from all!

These endearing works of art will begin life on wood and evolve into towering four feet tall mixed media creations. Just like real giraffes, no two will be alike. However, they will be sporting coats of amazingly bright spots.

I’ve been having fun preparing for the class, experimenting with colors and different techniques, and trying out new products. Take a look at what’s in my studio now. The kids are going to have so much fun this summer planning, painting, collaging and creating amazing giraffes!

This class will be held Week 5 (July 6-10, 2015) for ages 8-10 and 11-14.

I can’t wait to see the creativity of the kids.

Tea Party

Ladies wear hat and gloves to a tea party. So did the young ladies and gentlemen at an Art First Tea Party…but they made their own! Tall, handsome top hats and large brimmed, floppy hats, all in a rainbow of hues, adorned the heads of the tea party invitees. The students had so much fun creating their multicolored hats with liquid watercolors. The young ladies even had special “fittings’ for their creations. Gorgeous placemats in a circle design were painted with acrylic paint and then trimmed to perfection. The students also had fun creating decorative plates, clay cups and saucers, silverware, and, of course, teapots to be used in hours of imaginative play. They even embellished their gloves with jewels and lace and learned the proper way to drink tea…pinkies up!

Now it was time for the “pièce de résistance”…the tea party!

Who wouldn’t have been excited to put on their best dress, or pants and shirt, don hats and gloves, and head off to a tea party – the highlight of a week of creativity and fun! The table was set with their own place settings, flowers adorned the table, watercolor hot balloon lanterns hung above the table…and there was food…finger sandwiches, fruit and pastries…and tea! Polite ladies and gents served themselves and enjoyed music and great conversation with friends while the adults marveled at their accomplishments. What fun! We’ll be having tea parties again! Wanna’ come?