About On-Site Art


On–Site Art offers children ages 8 - 14 an education in the visual arts. Our program focuses on teaching the skills of observational drawing and painting and gives each student the opportunity to explore their own perceptions, feelings, and innovative thoughts about the extraordinary museums and collections that we will visit. These exhibitions provide wonderful inspiration and guidance for their art work. Additionally, we will draw and paint from nature and use the city and its environs, as another vehicle to create and interpret directly from life.

Location as a theme is a premise of these classes. Together we will explore the secret places that the city has to offer including the Conservatory Garden, The Cooper Hewitt Museum Garden, The great lawn, as well as other hidden gems in and around Central Park. These spaces provide rich experiences and possibilities like nothing else can. As we absorb and inquire about art and our surroundings, we become self-reliant seekers of knowledge and creative thinkers. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a guided inquiry and develop their skills, perceptions and opinions about art and to create something unique each week. 

Maria Katzman, NYC based artist received her B.F.A from The Kansas City Art Institute and her M.F.A from Yale University. Several years after moving to New York City, Maria established a studio in Woodstock, New York at the Byrdcliffe Artist’s Colony. In the summer of 2012, she traveled to Turkey to paint at the “Babayan Culture House,” an Artist in Residence Program in Cappadocia. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including the WFG Gallery, Greene County Council on the Arts, Adelphi University, the National Academy Museum, Bowery Gallery, Fletcher Gallery, Windham Fine Arts Gallery, and Cappadocia, Turkey. Maria has taught art to children and adults for over 20 years in NYC and abroad. Institutions include: ACS, Athens Greece, National Academy Museum and School, Touro College, Adelphi University, Saint Davids School, and the Metropolitan Montessori School. Check out images of Maria's work at: mariakatzman.com