About Tumbleweeds:

Tumbleweeds Art Group is a private art program for children and teens located in a small and cozy studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. We offer after-school art classes, one-on-one private lessons, museum & gallery trips, holiday & summer art camps and weekend workshops! Our class sizes remain small (no more than 6 kids) so all our students receive plenty of one-on-one attention and guidance with their creations. Tumbleweeds students are exposed to covering a wide range of artistic movements, crafts, skills and techniques including, but not limited to sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, mixed- media, fiber art, recycled art, earth art, classical art, decorative art and so on! Each of our classes begin with a lesson and discussion based on our weekly topic then on to our structured project and creating!

We are located at 117 Dobbin St., Suite 202A // Greenpont/Williamsburg area.


About the founder and instructor:

Hayley Youngs is an art instructor, abstract painter and crafter living and working in Brooklyn. She holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and her art has been included in group shows and benefits at the Sears-Peyton Gallery, Fischbach Gallery, and A.I.R. Gallery in NYC. She is passionate about early childhood arts education and has taught at many NYC children's art programs, including the Children's Museum of the Arts, Léman Preparatory School, The Painted Cloud, St. Nicks Alliance, The School Settlement Association, various New York elementary schools, early childhood enrichment centers, The YMCA, and the America Reads program.

Hayley's mission statement:

As a teaching artist I strive to create an environment for the children to discover their own inner artist through experimenting with a variety of materials. I want my students to come away from each class with a better understanding of the many forms of art including the classics - printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture as well as non-conventional ways of making art. I try to combine experiential sensory art as well as projects inspired by artists through out art history into our classes so the children can gain a full appreciation for all areas of creation. I allow the students to also become involved with project planning process so that they can see ideas from their own imaginations come to life.

I feel my role, as a teaching artist is to influence my students to express themselves in a positive and healthy way, always aiming to show them new ideas and ways of creative thinking that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. Through teaching art I have seen my students grow with confidence, create new ranges of intelligence, expand their fine motor skills, and learn how to work together as a team and successfully set a goal and see the results. I am committed to encouraging my students to be free with their creativity so that they can produce unique and personal artwork. I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to work with my students and being a part of helping them grow as an artist and an individual.


*To join an art group or for more information please contact Hayley at: tumbleweedsartgroup@gmail.com