Education Omi


About Education Omi

Education Omi is at the forefront of our effort to bring art to the community.

Education Omi encourages people of all ages to interact with contemporary art and ideas in a community-oriented environment. Through a variety of programs, we aim to build bridges between the local community and professional artists and their artwork.

Camp Omi is offered in two summer sessions: one for children; another for teens. A freewheeling exploration of technique and inspiration, the experience instills confidence while stimulating curiosity in the arts. It has become a favorite activity for dozens of local children.

During the school year, a Saturday morning program welcomes children from five to twelve years of age at the Charles B. Benenson Center. The drop-in program does not require registration, and costs $12 per session, or $20 for two siblings. Hours are 10:00 to 12:00.

Sasha also visits local schools to talk about art and OMI programming, and brings groups of students to tour our grounds. For further information you can contact her at, or call (518) 728-9256.

Spring & Summer Art Camps

2014 Spring Art Camp

April 15, 16, & 17, 9 AM - 3 PM

Drop-off and Pick-up at the Visitors Center. Camp is $60/day or $160 for all three days. Children bring a snack, a lunch, boots, and appropriate cold-weather clothing.
Spring Art Camp is an active and imaginative way to bring in the new season! This three-day program features a variety of creative adventures for kids ages 5-12. Daily activities include a 2D and 3D art project, nature studies, exploration of The Fields sculpture park, storytelling, and play. Each day features a special music and movement workshop led by a guest artist.

Refund Policy: Refunds can only be issued up to 14 days after purchase (online, cash, or check). If beyond the 14 day period, funds may be applied to any other Education program within 1 year.

A limited number of scholarships available.

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2014 Summer Art Camp

9 AM - 3 PM

Week 1: June 23 - 27

Week 2: June 30 - July 3

Week 3: July 7 - 11

Week 4: July 14 - 18

Week 5: July 21 - 25

Week 6: July 27 - August 1

All sessions are priced at $325 per week, with an exception for the week of July 4, which will be $275. If your child enrolls for 2+ weeks, the fee is $300 per week. 

Summer Art Camp is a unique way to combine art and education with summer time fun! Daily activities include: 2D Art Studio which includes drawing, painting, printmaking, fiber arts, mixed media and collaborative 2D projects, Sculpture Shop which includes ceramics, woodworking, weaving, stone/foam carving, 3D mixed media, and large scale, collaborative projects, Music & Movement which includes group games, improvisational play, yoga, dance, and music through song and simple instruments. Children create performances, make their own instruments & dress-up clothes, build 'sets', and experiment with photography and video art, and Field Studies where children explore The Fields Sculpture Park and Visitors Center Center Gallery, visit international artists-in-residence, hike through the woods, learn to cultivate a mini garden, and participate in nature studies in Omi's diverse landscape. Drop-off and Pick-up at the Visitors Center. Children bring a snack, a lunch, walking shoes, and swimwear.

Refund Policy: Refunds can only be issued up to 14 days after purchase (online, cash, or check). If beyond the 14 day period, funds may be applied to any other Education program within 1 year.

A limited number of scholarships available. For more information, please contact Sasha Sicurella at

To register:
1. Click here to fill out the registration form
2. Complete your payment below. For payment, enter the total amount as shown at the end of page 1 on the registration form.

Teen Arts Lab

Back by popular demand, Education Omi is pleased to offer increased offerings for young creative minds ages 13 and up!


As a note for all Arts Lab workshops: students MUST be age 13 to participate, all programs include daily pool time, and all programs are in session from Monday-Friday.

To register, fill out the Registration Form & submit payment through the buttons below.


Playwriting in The Fields

Instructor: Jenny Wai-Lan Strodl
Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM, June 23 - July 3

Ages 13+
A limited number of scholarships are available.

The sky is the limit in this outdoor collaborative playwriting workshop. Let your imagination run wild as we dream up, write, rehearse, and perform an original play. In the first week, we explore the elements of playwriting and write a full script together. The second week is dedicated to aspects of theatrical production including staging, set building, costume design, and rehearsal. Our efforts culminate in a final performance, set against the landscape of The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi, for friends and family on June 3.

For more information, please email Sasha Sicurella at or call (518) 728-9256.

Exploring Artistic Practice: Field Trips & Studio Visits
Instructors: Beth Thielen & Melissa Sarris
Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM, July 7 - 18
$600 + museum entrance fees
Ages 13 +
A limited number of scholarships are available.

Engage in direct encounters with artists and their works, consider the context and content of contemporary art, explore working methods, process, and where ideas come from. Visit several area art venues such as MASS MoCA and Dia: Beacon, and meet Art Omi's international artists-in-residence. Experience The Fields Sculpture Park as a resource & make connections to the artists and venues visited.

Schedule: There will be five travel/meeting days where students will be driven to off-site locations by instructors. Alternating days the group will stay at Omi and participate range of arts-based activities to process and solidify what was learned or begin a conversations to prepare for the next field trip.

For more information, please email Sasha Sicurella at or call (518) 728-9256.

Summer Writers' Intensive

Instructor: Jenny Wai-Lan Strodl
Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 3 PM, July 28 - August 1
Ages 13+
A limited number of scholarships are available.

Whether you want to write a novel, compose a collection of poems, pen your college application essay, create a monologue for stage, ink a journalistic travelogue, or craft a nonfiction narrative based on an ancient civilization, this weeklong summer intensive takes your work to the deepest level. Each writer has the opportunity to focus on a single piece of writing—developing process, refining craft, and polishing work. Days are filled with individualized writing instruction, one-on-one editing, structured free writing time, and outdoor summer activities including daily pool time.

For more information, please email Sasha Sicurella at or call (518) 728-9256.

Sculpture Workshop

Instructor: Melissa Sarris
Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 3 PM, August 4 - 15
Ages 13+
A limited number of scholarships are available.

Make three-dimensional art and learn about sculptural form, materials, context, and processes! Construct an armature, do simple body casting, and manipulate natural materials. We'll investigate form, space and process using clay, cardboard, wood, plaster, and recyclables. Projects will include working with clay to translate emotions non-representationally, then scaling these works up and re-constructing them with sculptural materials. Demos on how to work with a variety of tools, developing simple internal support structures, and plaster mold making will be included.

For more information, please email Sasha Sicurella at or call (518) 728-9256.

Saturday Workshops


Saturday Childrens Workshops
Every Saturday through June 7
$12 or $20 for two
Ages 4 1/2 - 12
A limited number of scholarships are available.

Meet at the Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center.
No pre-registration necessary.

These workshops offer studio experiences for children ages 4 1/2 -12. Themes and activities are connected with the artists, artworks and ideas featured in the current exhibition in The Fields Sculpture Park. Workshops begin with an adventure in The Fields focusing on artworks pertinent to a weekly theme.

Projects are announced weekly via email - join our mailing list hereFor more information, please email Sasha Sicurella at or call (518) 728-9256.

Now & Then: Ancient Knowledge, Art History, and Life Drawing

Each Saturday from March 29 - April 19, 10 AM - 1 PM
Ages, 11+

Ye gods! Over the course of four three-hour-long sessions, local artist Beth Thielen (along with Patricia Manos & Tabitha Sanchez) will develop an introductory knowledge of art-creation and architecture in Southern Europe circa 1000-400 BCE. Throughout the program, the writing of art history will be explored and questioned. Works will be discussed in their historical contexts, and the development of different formal approaches to representing the human body, concepts of divinity, and the spaces that each inhabits will be examined. Each session will include an hour-long conversation about art history, followed by an hour of instruction in figurative and architectural drawing. A portion of each art-historical conversation will be focused on inquiry into the ways in which modern and contemporary artists have interpreted and/or subverted notions of figurative representation associated with or deriving from this period. Join in now for $40/class, space available.

Beth Theilen received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has included unique experimental book forms that represent her interests in the developmentally disabled, individuals with Alzheimer's, and incarcerated youth and adults. Her works are included in museums, libraries, and private collections worldwide. She was the recipient of artist-in-residence grants from the California Arts Council and the Blue Mountain Center in New York.

For more information and to reserve a space, please email Sasha Sicurella at


You Can Do A Graphic Novel with Barbara Slate

Saturdays from May 17 - June 14 10 AM - 12 PM
Ages 11 - 15

Everybody can draw, even if it is stick figures! Barbara Slate is one of the most well-known and prolific comic book artists and graphic novelists of the past 40 years. She will guide budding cartoonists to create characters, plot storylines and layout images, culminating in a final showing at Omi's Field Day on June 14. Tuition is $200 for all 5 Saturday classes. To learn more about Barbara Slate, please visit

For more information and to reserve a space, please email Sasha Sicurella at

Support & Scholarships

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Education Omi has grown tremendously since our first summer camp in 2005. 

Now, with year-round educational offerings, we are serving more children and adults than ever before. As our program continues to expand and develop, so do our operating costs. In order to continue to offer low-cost, quality art education to families of all income levels we need your help. 

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship please click here or contact Education Director, Sasha Sicurella for more information.


Please consider a tax-deductible, charitable donation to encourage creativity in our community.
One important way you can directly support the program is by giving to our Scholarship Fund; where each gift of $250 sends a local child to Camp Omi for one week. 
Please contact Education Director, Sasha Sicurella to donate today. 
Scholarships and multiple-child family discounts are available. 

The Pavilions Exhibition Series


Education Omi Pavilions Exhibition Series

The Education Omi Pavilions Exhibition Series gives opportunities to emerging local artists of all ages. Set in the open-air pavilions in The Fields, these public shows encourage experimentation and provide an educational experience throughout the process. Past exhibitions have featured Bard College Fine Art students, K-12 students of Ichabod Crane School, and adults of the Coarc organization.

Activities & Updates

Find out more on our Blogspot blog.

Sasha Sicurella, Director

Sasha Sicurella is a Canadian-born arts education specialist and the Education Director at OMI International Arts Center. She has been the Director of Camp OMI since its inception in 2005. Educated in visual arts and photography, Sicurella received her MFA from New York University and her BFA from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.

Previously, she taught art to students ages 3-18 in both public and independent school systems and continues to develop arts enrichment programs at local schools in her community. Sicurella is also the founder and director of the I AM: International Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides art workshops for underprivileged children and/or children living in densely populated regions of the world.

The I AM: Project began as a photography workshop for regional children, and has since expanded globally to projects including I AM: India, I AM: Ethiopia, and I AM: Israel.

Click here for the website.

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