At the Art Studio summer program

First grader Irie Sawyer, stands in front of her “happiness banner” at the closing reception for ATAS’s winter session. For this project ATAS instructor Mercedes Buhner, instructed students to create mix media banners composed of watercolor, pastels and ink. Each student chose six things to draw on their banner that brings them happiness. Drawings ranged from pizza to family and friends.

OSWEGO - At the Art Studio (ATAS) has announced art teachers who will teach students in the summer program. Returning again this summer is artist/educators Asli Kinsizer and Mercedes Bruhner. Joining the ATAS team from Oswego Public School district are Billie Jo Peterson, Stacey VanCampen, Ashley Scaccia, and Crystal Mason.

According to ATAS’s director Cynthia Clabough, “the newly formed partnership between local art teachers will strengthen ATAS’s mission to assist students with acquiring artistic skills through engaging creative projects.”

ATAS is a local workshop series for children and young adults offered by the art department at SUNY Oswego. Summer sessions run from July 8-19. Multiple participation options are being offered and fees range from $100-$275 depending on the number of days registering. Material costs are included. ATAS has the ability to support and welcome participants, regardless of financial means. Families in need are encouraged to apply for a scholarship or payment plan. Sessions take place in Tyler Hall from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with before and after care available.

Scheduled projects are designed to expose participants to various forms of art and provide the opportunity to play and create. Due to limited space families interested are encouraged to register early. Students entering first through 12th grade are welcomed. For information about the program or to register online visit People can also call 315-312-4836 or email

The program acknowledges the following foundations and funds for the support that allows tuition fees to remain reasonable, and provides scholarships for students and families in need: the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, the Anne Carlone Scholarship Fund, and the Borman Family Foundation.

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