In 1992, we began as an art studio in the basement of Mom and Dad's house, known as Cold Spring Hills Art School. The main focus of the school was to create an artistic, inspiring atmosphere, friendly to all ages (3-99) with an interest in the fine arts.
In 1995 we moved the studio to Huntington Village and The Village Artist Fine Arts Center was born! We offer year-round classes/workshops in drawing, painting (watercolor, acrylic, oils, pastel) sculpture, cartooning, fashion design, life drawing, portfolio preparation and more. We have an exciting summer program offering daily workshops in a variety of mediums for both children (6-12) and teens (13-18).
In addition we also offer birthday parties, school vacation workshops and paint-n-sip events.
The Village Artist is also known for its custom frame shop. We have a wide array of frames, so you are sure to find something that suits your taste and budget. Whether its a ready-made for a poster or a high-end hand crafted moulding for a collectible, we have it. Whatever needs to be framed we can professionally frame it.
MEET OUR TEAM
Lori Hochberg - Founder / Instructor
Lori earned a BFA from Alfred University and a Masters in Art Education from LIU. She is a certified K-12 art teacher. Additionally, she has continued her art education with post-graduate work in N.Y.C and on Long Island. Lori has been teaching Fine Arts classes in private and group settings on Long Island for over thirty years. In 1995, Lori founded The Village Artist in Huntington Village. It is here that Lori has been able to create her true masterpiece: a creative and inspiring environment for anyone interested in exploring their artistic side.
Diana DeSantis - Art Instructor
Diana graduated from Parsons School of Design and the Traphagen School of Design. In 1989, she received a one-year scholarship to study with artists, David Leffel and Harvey Dinnerstein at the Arts Student League. Her love of art continued overseas to Italy, Russia, and France, where her work and articles were featured among those in pastels exhibits, museums, and international publications. Her landscape artwork, done in plein air technique, is part of many private collections. She is an official Coast Guard artist. With over 200 awards and 15 gold medals for her art, Diana brings her international experience to Huntington.
Anne Gunthner - Art Instructor
After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in Fashion Design with an Art minor, Anne continued her education at Fashion Institute of Technology and School of Visual Arts. With years of advertising experience, both as a layout artist and art director, She retired and returned to her love of the fine arts. She started studying pastel work with award-winning pastel artist Dianna DeSantis. Anne’s paintings focus on vibrant color, texture, and the use of light. Anne is an associate member of the Pastel Society of America, as well as a member of the following organizations.
Kate Smith - Art Instructor
Kate was born in the south and moved to New York City after graduating from the University of Florida. Kate fell in love with art on her first trip to Italy in 1987. Upon commissioning portraits of her children and watching the images develop. She then began to study with portrait artist, Victoria Carlin at The Village Artist. Ms Carlin tutored Kate in oils and inspired her to look at the world from the perspective of an artist. In addition she has extended her studies in watercolor, oil and the fundamentals of drawing and painting with world-renowned artists and teachers.
CHILDREN and MOMMY & ME CLASSES
CHILDREN CLASSES:The Village Artist welcomes children ages 3 and up into small classes with individualized attention, creating a perfect environment for young artists to be inspired and learn. For young artists, there is Exploring Art Class. They will be introduced to drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking and wood crafts. For the elementary age, the Fine Art Studio class is a perfect fit. It includes drawing, cartooning, sculpture and painting. Using mediums such as charcoal, pastel, watercolor, acrylic. We also offer a fashion design course for the young fashionista. Group, semi-private and private classes are available.
MOMMY & ME CLASSES:Young artists (ages 2 - 3 1/2 yrs) have the opportunity to explore the world of art with a parent (caretaker) by their side. Process vs. product type projects will be Introduced to the young artist, so they enjoy their creative time. Painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, crafts and sculpture are the visual arts introduced in this course. The goal of these classes is to familiarize our young artist with different materials to enjoy and explore their creativity, while bonding with their parent.
TEEN CLASSES: Let our instructors help to improve your artistic skills, while allowing you to develop your own style. Small intimate classes focus on each student's needs and goals in the medium of their choice. Whether it be to assemble your college portfolio or to expand on your artistic skills. They offer Life Drawing from a model. Drawing and Painting include the following media, pastel, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic and oil. Subjects can be still-life, landscape, portraits (both people and animal) are subjects studied. Working in various media will help students to understand value, composition, line quality and other drawing concepts. Further exploration can be very exciting when adding color into the mix with other soft pastels, watercolors or oils. Lessons will introduce one to color mixing, application, various types of media and surface to work on, etc. Fashion Design course includes studying the croquis and creating your own designs.
ADULT CLASSES: Adults can study portraits, landscapes and / or still life in a variety of media – pastels, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic and oil. Students work in oil or pastel as they enter the world of portrait painting from a live model. In teaching the fundamentals of classical drawing/painting the following will be introduced: sight-drawing technique, model posing/lighting, portrait palette and more. Still-life, landscape, florals and portraits (both people and animal) are subjects studied. Pastels are the perfect combination of drawing and painting. Painting on canvas can be very exciting in oil or acrylic.. Whether it's a landscape, still-life, portrait or abstract. Students will be taught various techniques while developing their own style. Color mixing, paint application, medium use, value and composition design are some of the concepts studied. In watercolor classes, wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, dry brush, glazing, masking, splattering and washes are some of the techniques introduced.
Every summer, the Village Artist offers their exciting Summer Art Workshops (for ages 6-teens) Their studio is the perfect place for children who enjoy the fine arts. Workshops are designed to teach and inspire the experienced young artist as well as the beginner. A set schedule offers a variety of projects in the many areas of art. In each 2 ¾ hour workshop, students complete an art project and take it home! They are in small workshops, led by talented art teachers, in a professional art studio. Two sessions (morning + afternoon) are offered Tuesday - Friday. The workshops can be taken individually for a flexible enrollment policy, lets you design your own schedule. Sign up for a half-day, full day, one week or the whole summer. You can pick the workshops you want to do! Do just 1 or all 76.
These workshops are designed for the portfolio student and teens interested in fine arts. This is a great opportunity for teens to develop their portfolios under the guidance of experienced art teachers. By choosing one or more areas of concentration, students are able to gain experience and a depth of work that will greatly enhance their portfolios. The Teen Art Workshops/ Portfolio Preparation Program is intended for ages 13 and up.
Customized classes are designed to give the unique artists a positive experience. Our art educators work with parents / therapists to create a special program, that suits the individual's / group’s needs. They will have the opportunity to paint, sculpt, draw, craft, etc. in a nurturing and friendly environment. Process vs. product will be emphasized while exploring the different mediums. In the past 22 years we have been fortunate to teach the highly creative and enthusiastic individuals in a private or group setting.
The Village Artist Fine Arts Center is proud to host your next birthday party. Enjoy a fun and creative time with your family and friends. Their parties are a unique fun way to celebrate your child's birthday. The birthday child selects the project from the following
• Clay sculpture (animals, masks, desserts, etc.)
• Painting on canvas with acrylic
• Watercolor or pastel paintings
• Wood crafts
• 2 hours of studio time
• Creative art project of your choice
• Step by step instructions
• Art supplies
• FREE art class gift certificates for each child
• Invitations with directions
• •Separate dining area for food or cake
Join us for a fun and creative night out. For $40, you'll receive a canvas, apron, paint and brushes. BYOB Bring snacks and your choice of beverage and be ready to enjoy a relaxing, creative time you will sure enjoy. You must be 21 to drink alcohol. Our Paint n Sip events include step-by-step painting instruction in a social environment. You will have professional art teachers leading you to create a beautiful painting.
Fundraisers | Couples Night | Girls Night | Birthdays | Friends and Family | Bachelorette Party | Anniversaries
The Village Artist Fine Art Center offers professional framing for any budget. We've been framing for more than 18 years and are a member of PPFA. Bring your artwork in and we will work with you to find the perfect fit. Choose from our ready-made frames or our extensive selection of beautiful custom frames. We specialize in framing original art work. In addition, we frame posters, prints, photos, sports memorabilia, mirrors and more. We can cut a custom mat (arch, multi hole, double, triple, etc) to your specific requirements. We offer conservation framing packages or more simple applications using acid-free materials. We carry a variety of glass / plexi-glass including museum grade, UV protection and anti-reflection. Call us today for great framing options!
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