GAC logo icon

9 Art-Filled Weeks of Summer for Kids at Guilford Art Center

Summer Youth Program Begins Soon!

Have you seen all the new classes and workshops we have for kids and teens this summer? Check it all out in our summer youth catalog that can link directly to our registration page.

Registration is now open for summer youth classes online, via phone or in person. You’ll see there are weekly programs for kids ages 5-12, plus tween and teen workshops from June 20-August 19. Attend morning or afternoon sessions, or full-day with bridge care in between.

Additionally, six new instructors have joined our summer faculty – read more about them below. And we’re so happy that many of the instructors you know and love from past semesters (Claudia Mathison, Renee Soares, Jasmine Ahern, Alice Chittenden, Betsy Chichester, Bonnie Han, Connie Pfeiffer, Lynn Sheft, Katie Coleman, Colt Allen, & Eileen O’Donnell) are returning as well!

We are here to help and answer questions, so reach out to or call (203) 453-5947 (M-F, 10am-4pm).


Meet Our New Instructors

Our faculty is a diverse group of professional artists who work across a variety of media, providing our students with high quality instruction and helping them to experience, expand and embrace their creative potential. A good number of our instructors have taught at GAC for decades, while others are newer. Their personal style, technique and approach can attract students to study with them. But what makes them good teachers is their ability to balance the tenets of their own work with meeting students’ needs and creative interests.


Ben is a freelance videographer who also teaches one-on-one tutorials with students. He studied photography and filmmaking at Hampshire College, and has taught at Hampshire’s Creative Media Institute summer program. He loves helping students explore and discover new ways to create art and documentary work with a camera. Ben’s class: Digital Photography for Kids: Session A and Digital Photography for Kids: Session B.

Fiber, Mixed Media

Emma is a costume designer with a passion for sustainability education and historical fashion. Since earning her degree from Middlebury College, Emma has spent her time creatively collaborating with various small businesses that advocate for environmentally friendly living, outdoor stewardship, and responsible consumption. When she’s not sewing, Emma enjoys leading wilderness trips for teens and petting dogs. Emma’s class: Recycled Fashion.


Cheilaugh has a BFA from Boston University and an MA in Art Education from Columbia. She has been an art educator for decades and has taught in NYC, NJ, CT and most recently in Tunisia, China and Vietnam for the past 10 years. Cheilaugh currently teaches art at the Princeton Junior School in Lawrenceville, NJ. Cheilaugh taught at GAC 10 years ago, but returns to us after her overseas adventures! Cheilaugh’s class: Printmaking for Kids: Collagraphy, Drawing Humans, Fiber Arts Exploration.

Ceramics, Mixed Media

Kate is a Junior in College currently attending Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Kate was hired as the GAC Summer Youth Program Coordinator in the summer of 2021, and will be returning for the 2022 session. She takes many classes herself, some of her favorites include Lamp-Work Glass Bead Making and Ceramics. Kate has enjoyed art since she was young, and has always been an avid drawer. She enjoys being creative and coloring outside of the lines. She lives in Clinton, Connecticut and sells some of her work through her Etsy shop, KleinsKicks. Kate’s class: Rule Breaking 101

Mixed Media

Lynn works as a contracted home gardener and instructor in the Fresh Air group children’s summer program. Additionally, she’s been involved in the development and management in the Home Services field for the past 35 years. Lynn’s class: Can You Hypertufa?

Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media

Nellie holds a B.A. in Fine Arts and Education from the Art College of Moldova. She also studied Textile Design at the Textile Institute in Ivanovo, Russia and Parson School of Design in New York. Nellie has taught visual arts in public schools and community centers for more than 25 years and teaches private lessons in her home studio and at Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, where she also heads the Young People’s Department. Her teaching goal is to provide students with as much as possible skills to enhance their creativity and enrich their lives with visual arts. Nellie’s classes: Drawing the World Around Us, Art Playground, Art Lab, Beauty of Nature, Art & Geometry, Still Life for Young Artists.