Kind Words from Our Parents and Students
"I've taken classes elsewhere but have not found the same level of indiviual attention like here.
"Mrs. M and her staff have created an environment for any artist of any level to work with any medium they wish. They are extremely nurturing and really work with each individual to bring
You can pick your own medium and your own subject as others in the class choose theirs.
Individual attention allows for a rewarding experience painting what I want to paint. I have
become better and have taken to painting harder subjects with satisfaction. It really is head
shoulders above other studios."
-Belle D., Asbury Park, NJ
out their best through their work. Our daughter's art skills have improved beyond what we could
have imagined and her love for art as expanded in a way that has impacted her for life. She would
go there daily if she could!"
-Hayley S., New City, NY
"Wonderful and caring environment! A level of patience and kindness for any level artist."
-Karyn R., Congers, NY
"I have been taking adult classes with Charlene for several years. She is an exceptional teacher
who possesses the ability to bring out the best in her students by encouragement and by the pride
she takes in seeing their accomplishments. Whether you have not had any prior art instruction,
or you are seeking to improve your skills, Charlene always gives you her personal individual attention and encouragement to achieve your goals. She teaches techniques in all mediums, encourages freedom of expression, and brings out the best in you by her gentle guidance and
pleasant disposition. "
-Anne G., New City, NY
"What a find! After doing much research for art classes we luckily stumbled upon the Art &
"We were very fortunate to have found Art & Design Studio of Rockland! My daughter has
Design Studio. My daughter absolutely loves it. They offer a large variety of art classes (pencils, charcoal, paints, graphic design etc.) she looks forward to her class every week and I have to say
her projects are amazing. Charlene just knows art and people. She brings out the best in you.
Thank you Charlene!"
-Jen D., Tuxedo Park, NY
taken many art classes in the past few years in the area. However, she has never received such individualized attention and support as she does here. She has learned wonderful technique and is always given the option of different mediums to try. The small classes and flexible scheduling is ideal. She loves the Thursday night teen class the best. "
-Roe C., Orangeburg, NY
"My son has been attending this school for 11 years, at the urging of his preschool teacher,
my daughter for three years. I cannot say enough great things about this school, Charlene, or Maribeth! They have been good not just for both my children's artistic abilities but have shown
my children how caring adults can be. Everyone gets individualized attention and there is no
right or wrong way to do something. Charlene had no problems with my son when he was four
years old and had trouble sitting still - she still doesn't now that he's 17! The students are treated
as family. "
-Brenna P., Piermont, NY
"This school is the best. My daughter is able to experience different mediums of her choice.
"I am an Art & Design Studio alum. I attended from '94 to '99. My experience there really
The teachers are there to not just help her improve on her skills but to also encourage her to try
new methods, subjects, mediums, ... Most importantly, she finds a sense of peace whenever
she spends time in this school. Charlene, along with the other teachers, has a passion for art
and it shows. "
-JL., Orangeburg, NY
prepared me for college, where I studied to become an illustrator. I'm now a full-time illustrator
and author of several children's books and working on my first graphic novel. What I loved
most about Art & Design Studio is that every student gets one-on-one attention and can pic
whatever project or medium they choose. The staff has an array of knowledge in all sorts of mediums, from traditional to digital. I'll always be grateful for the skills I learned here as an
aspiring arist, many of which I still use today in my professional career. "
-Mike C., Northhampton, MA
"Best art school for children and adults of all ages... Individualized instruction... and a professional and competent staff!"
-Luci B., East Quogue, NY
"I have been taking classes at Art & Design since I was ten, and it has been an absolutely wonderful experience. Now seventeen, and beginning to develop a portfolio for college,
Mrs. M has assisted me every step of the way, and is constantly boosting my confidence. I have made incredible strides in my artistic ability since I began at this studio, and without Mrs. M, and the comfortable , encouraging atmosphere I would never have had the confidence and drive to take on increasingly difficult projects. The programs are incredible, and suitable for all ages and skill levels. Mrs. M works with every every student individually, and helps them to enhance their abilitites, and discover new mediums that they wouldn't have even thought of undertaking.
There is no where else I would want to go to take art classes, and pursue my passion.
-Danielle S., Nanuet, NY
"My daughter's have created many a masterpeiece at this studio. With Charlene and her talented
staff, they have supported, encouraged and nurtured their talent. My girls were free to choose
which ever medium the wanted to created and express themselves. Charlene has helped them
with developing thier portfolios for college. It is a very inspiring place for anyone, adult or child
to come and explore their own creative side. We cannot say enough good things about Art &
-Christine D., Montvale, NJ
"Two of my children went to Art & Design. Charlene is extremely talented and knowledgeable.
She and her staff are patient and encouraging. When the time came, she helped both my children put together their portfolios. Now that they are off to college, I take classes at Art & Design. Charlene is an excellent teacher. I've attended classes elsewhere and none compare to what I've learned at Art & Design. The classes are small which allows for individual attention. Great experience for all of us!!"
-Linda K., New City, NY
"Our family loves this studio. Both my children attended for years. My eldest said to me recently "Ma the best after school activity I did growing up was going to Art & Design Studio. Countless times in my career, I have referred back to many things I learned at this studio. Charlene, the owner, is extremely talented and just a real sweetheart to work with. If you are interested in taking lessons or sending your children, this is the Studio to go to. "
-Lisa L., Pearl River, NY