Private Lessons

Silvermine offers private lessons to students ages 4 and up in one-on-one sessions or for groups up to 18 participants. These private lessons are a great way to try a medium before committing to a course or if you have a specialized interest that is not offered in a regularly scheduled program. Available mediums include: painting, drawing, ceramics, metal sculpture, mixed media and collage, printmaking, and jewelry. Live art models can be made available for an additional $22 per hour.

Group arrangements can be made for corporate team building, a night out with a group of friends, portfolio development for teens, teacher’s enrichment day or a course for home-schooled children.


Hourly rates are determined by the following: instructor, number of attendees, supplies, and additionally incurred costs as needed.


Scheduling is dependent on studio and instructor availability. A private lesson is not confirmed until payment is made in full. Students can expect these lessons to take  1 – 2 weeks to arrange.

Please note:

Ceramic private lessons (wheel throwing or handbuilding) will not be possible due to lack of studio availability From June 17 – August 23. We would encourage you to look at a different medium for the Summer session. Private lessons for ceramics can be booked again after August 23.


  • To start the process of setting up a private lesson, Click here to fill out the submission form.

This form is required.  Once the  form is submitted, the school will contact you via email regarding your lesson within 1 – 2 business days. Forms submitted on the weekend or on holidays will not be viewed until the following Monday.

  • Private lessons canceled within 24 hours of the lesson start date will be issued a credit only.


Birthday Parties

Celebrate at Silvermine Arts Center

Have a unique and memorable art party for your child! Children ages 3 to 15 can experience the arts in an actual art studio. Choose from a variety of art projects and themes to have your child and their friends create a one-of-a-kind piece of art in a safe, fun, and educational environment. Projects are designed to accommodate individual interests.

A Silvermine instructor teaches parties for one and a half hours, leaving time for refreshments. Parties can be held in one of our spacious studios, ceramic or print studios. For more information, please call the School Office at 203.966.6668, ext. 13, or email

Party Package
Cost – 
includes all art materials
One-Hour Art Party $450  Up to 12 children*
One-and-a-Half-Hour Art Party $500  Up to 12 children*
Two-Hour Art Party $550  Up to 12 children*
Additional Half-Hour for Refreshments $50 Refreshments supplied by parents

*There is a $25 fee for each additional child.

*Please note that any party with 15 or more attendees will require an assistant. Please speak with the school office for more information.

We offer several options for you party, catered to the birthday person’s interest-

Ages 5 – 8

  • Clay Animals 
    Colored Model Magic or air-dry clay
  • Jewelry
    Make your own jewelry and jewelry box
  • Animal or Themed Paintings
    Tempera paint on canvas panel

Ages 9 – 13

  • Portrait Painting
    Acrylic paint
  • Realistic or Fantasy Landscape Painting
    Acrylic paint
  • Clay Animals-Realistic or fantasy
    Colored Model Magic or air-dry clay

Rules of the Party – Parent/Guardian MUST:

  • Be present for the full duration of the party.
  • Provide and arrange the setup and cleanup of all refreshments.
  • Make sure all children are picked up prior to leaving.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Reservations can only be made with a non-refundable $150 deposit towards overall total and completed Birthday Party Contract. The remainder due will be charged the Friday before the party occurs.
  • The maximum number of children included in the party package is 12. A charge of $25 per additional child beyond 12 will be applied. A final count of children attending the birthday party is required 7 days prior to the party date.
  • Cancellations of party must be received in writing at least two weeks prior to party date.
  • Cancelations made within two weeks of the party date will receive a partial refund minus the cost of the supplies and $150 non-refundable deposit.
    • Special considerations will be given if the cancelation is due to Covid-19 or weather. We will do our best to reschedule the party as early as possible but no guarantees can be made as they are based on instructor and studio availability.
  • No refunds for cancellations on the day of party. No refunds for paid guests who did not attend.
  • At least one parent or guardian will be present for full duration of the party, provide and arrange setup and cleanup of any and all refreshments, and arrange for drop off and pick up of all children.
  • At least one parent waits until all children are picked up.