Summer is a great time to foster your child's artistic side, and there are plenty of activities around the county from which to choose.
Perhaps you have a budding Matisse or Leonardo Di Vinci. Sign your child up for one or more Artists in the Garden classes, where guest artists provide inspiration for the day's art project. For ages 7-13. Pre-registration required. July 13, 20 and 27. 4:30-5:30pm. $15. Edward Hopper House, 82 North Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-0774. www.hopperhouse.org.
Learn marbleized painting techniques in a Tie Dye Peace Vase Painting Class at Glaze. Grades one and up. Pre-registration and pre-payment required. July 23. 11am-12:30pm. $40. Glaze, Orangetown Shopping Center, Orangeburg. 845-359-9020. www.glazeartstudio.com.
Turn black asphalt into a work of art at the Rose Memorial Library's Sidewalk Art event. For children entering fourth grade and up. July 27. 4-6pm. Rose Memorial Library, 79 East Main Street, Stony Point. 845-786-2100. www.rosememoriallibrary.org.
Set aside your inhibitions and sing your heart out in front of a friendly crowd at the Songwriters' "No Fear" Song Circle. Limited to eight participants. Bring eight copies of lyrics to your original song. July 12. 7:30-9:30pm. $3. Edward Hopper House, 82 North Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-0774. www.hopperhouse.org.
Miss Barb demonstrates how to make your own Foamerator. July 7. 4:30-5:30pm. FREE. Suffern Free Public Library, 210 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern. 845-357-1237. www.suffernfreelibrary.org.
Art can be created from any material, including balloons. Find out what you can make at the Teen Balloon Twisting Workshop. July 20. 5:30-7:30pm. Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library, 85 Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-429-3445. www.hkdpl.org.
You're never too young to learn about the arts. Edward Hopper House offers Art & Music Play for Tots. Sukey Molloy, an award-winning recording artist of children's music, interacts with kids through music and art. For ages 2-4. Wednesdays, July 6-27. 10-11:15am. $80 for four sessions. Edward Hopper House, 82 North Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-0774. www.hopperhouse.org.
Cooking is yet another form of artistic self-expression. Teens are invited to a Hands-on Stir-Fry Cooking for Teens class. Presenter Norma Chang's hands-on cooking programs are renowned throughout the state. Class maximum 15. July 8. 6:30-8:30pm. Rose Memorial Library, 79 East Main Street, Stony Point. 845-786-2100. www.rosememoriallibrary.org.
For even more family and children's activities in Rockland County, NY, visit our Online Calendar.