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The Art Effect strives to be a catalyst for youth empowerment and community engagement through the arts and media across the Hudson Valley. We are dedicated to fostering personal and professional development for youth through progressive, dynamic classes and programs that encourage youth to Explore, Experienceand Excel.

At each step in their growth and learning, our students will be exposed to a cross-disciplinary approach to visual arts and media education. Children between the ages of 4-11 can Explore their talents and favorite art forms through immersive, introductory-level experiences at Dutchess Arts Camp, arts classes, after-school arts programs, and expressive arts therapy workshops. Once their imagination has been piqued, students ages 11-14 can begin to Experience and cultivate any of the variety of art forms in our Junior Art Institute, school-based residencies, and community programs focusing on using art as a hands-on tool for self-discovery, life skills development, and interpreting the world around us. Excel provides youth ages 14-24 with arts-based paid work placements, pre-college portfolio development, and mentorship to prepare them for entrance into higher education or career.

Courses for ages 5-8

Courses for ages 8-11

Courses for ages 11-14

Courses for ages 14-19

Workshops for Adults

Course Locations
All courses, unless otherwise noted, take place at our Poughkeepsie studios located at 45 Pershing Avenue.

By telephone: 845.471.7477 • Online:
By mail or in-person: The Art Effect, 45 Pershing Ave., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Office Hours: M–F, 9am–5:30pm
Checks, cash and VISA/MC credit cards accepted. Registrations will not be considered valid without payment, and must be paid in full prior to the class start date.

Changes & Cancellations
The Art Effect reserves the right to substitute teachers, adjust class schedules and/or cancel classes due to under-enrollment. All students registered in a cancelled class will be notified, and a full refund of tuition (and materials fee, if relevant) will be made.

Unless otherwise indicated, the tuition INCLUDES all necessary materials for the class.