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Judith Collester Art Center

Attention Young Artists!


Now offering Art Classes!

Art classes are being offered for

a variety of ages for aspiring artists

  upstairs in our cozy art room.

 What better place to create art than at the

Sweetbriar Nature Center with its

wonderful animals and beautiful grounds for




Classes at the Judith Collester Art Center

Nature and Art Collide at Sweetbriar Nature Center this Summer and beyond

 For more information call Sweetbriar at 631-979-6344 and ask for Eric or  e-mail Meagan at


Children’s Art Classes


These classes are designed to help children build new habits while exploring art and nature.  Sweetbriar is such a great place to combine these things.  Children will spend three weeks drawing, journaling and implementing creative techniques that they will sue to recreate and record many of the animals and plants at the nature center.  Each child will then use the last three weeks to complete a final project using all their experiences and the skills they have learned.  These projects might include paintings, sculptures, puppets or anything that takes advantage of their best talents.

 To learn more about Sweetbriar and the classes go to   You can also e-mail the instructor, Meagan Flaherty at or call Sweetbriar and ask for Eric, 631-979-6344, ext. 302

 When: Saturday, April 20 through May 25, 1 to 3pm

Who:  Children ages 7-17

How much: $180/child for six week session or $35/class, early bird discount $150 if you register by March 30


 Bring a friend get a 5% discount!


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 Fees can be paid by cash, check, or credit.  The materials fee which must be paid in cash.

Register early! Classes must have a minimum of 4 students.  The art center has capacity of 10. Payment will be refunded for classes that Sweetbriar cancels.  No refunds for missed classes.


Sweetbriar Art Teacher

About the Artist

Meagan Flaherty is a professional artist, born and raised on Long Island where she frequents state and county parks to draw inspiration from the natural world.  Prolific since childhood, Meagan spent over a decade fine tuning her skills and talents under the instruction of Jeffrey K. Fisher. Her work has been featured in advertisements and publications across the US and displayed in local galleries.

In 2017 Meagan joined up with the dedicated staff Sweetbriar Nature Center with the goal of bringing  a unique art experience to children and adults on Long Island. Combining her enthusiasm for the outdoors and her passion for art, these classes are designed to educate and inspire both new and seasoned artists, as well as to promote environmental stewardship and respect for local wildlife. Classes will include time in the studio, as well as time on the grounds as students learn how to work from life, often interacting with the rescued animals, or gathering supplies in the trails.

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