Spark Studios

Spark Studios (formerly Drop TV and Media Magic) is part of The Art Effect’s workforce programs, a section of programming that is comprised of arts-based career and skills training programs.

Spark Studios media producers learn the ropes of a fully functioning film set, while also learning workplace skills, receiving training in camera operation and filmmaking techniques, and gaining experience with production software, technology, and the Adobe Creative Suite. 

UPCOMING PROGRAM: Spark Studios Screenwriting Intensive
May 11 – May 22
Class meetings via Zoom
Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 3:00 – 5:00pm  
Writing lab/independent asynchronous work on T/Th
For Ages 14-19
PAID minimum-wage work opportunity for youth in Dutchess County

To apply to either one of The Art Effect’s upcoming intensives, please fill out the application form here:

This program is partially funded by monies received from the United Way of Dutchess County, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Dutchess County.


COVID-19 Statement
Current Status:
— Spring art classes are moving online. Enrolled students and families will be contacted with specific information about their classes.
— The residential component of Session 1 of the Summer Art Institute is no longer available.
— The Art Effect is posting daily on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter home projects and resources to help individuals and families stay creative. An archive of these projects is available here.
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The Art Effect is monitoring the spread of COVID-19 in New York and will continue to implement health and safety measures to protect our students and their families. The Art Effect is not currently running in-person programming. As long as Dutchess County and New York State have mandated school closures and there is local, state, and federal guidance to avoid social gatherings, we will not run in-person programs. When we postpone, reschedule, or shift the format of classes, parents and participants will be notified immediately. Should it become necessary for The Art Effect to cancel scheduled camps or classes, prorated refunds will be issued to those affected by the cancellation. We thank you for your continued support and we will keep everyone apprised of any major changes at The Art Effect that may occur.