About Us


Imagination Station, established in Red Hook in 2000, is a year-round visual arts program that offers innovate art class for all ages: children (PreK & elementary), teen, adult & senior classes. A hands-on experience that allows students to experiment with a wide range of mediums including drawing, painting, 3D construction/sculpture, clay, craft projects and more. The IS studio is a place for creative exploration and self-expression. Art history from the ancient to the modern is introduced; world culture is another source of inspiration with our lively year-round curriculum. Our sessions are “experiential” and enriching, within an informal setting at a large bright studio located at the Chocolate Factory in Red Hook, NY in the Hudson Valley.


norineNorine Nakao-Peyton (Director of Imagination Station) is a graduate of UC Berkeley. She has studied studio art and art history at Boston College, Barnard College and UC Berkeley. Born in Hawaii and raised in Tokyo, she teaches with 20 years+ of experience: sessions in drawing, painting, clay, 3D construction, Japanese arts, silk painting, amongst other mediums.

Aurora Abzug (Painting Instructor, Teen & Adult Sessions) was raised in family of artists, as were her father & grandmother. She naturally gravitated to painting as a child, and by age 11 was enrolled in a formal oil painting class at The Ridgewood Art Institute. In her senior year of high school, Aurora won the Institute’s highest scholarship for intended college art students. Currently a studio art major at Bard, she is focusing on her senior project & enjoys teaching painting to the IS students.

COJO (Comic Workshop Instructor) is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (NYC), commercial artist, illustrator (lead illustrator at Maxim Magazine for 4 years), graphic designer & painter for clients such as Marvel Comics (colorist at age 16), MTV, Nickelodeon, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Vibe; Nike, AT&T and WWE. His artwork has been printed in 16 countries and translated into 15 languages. He first rose to fame in the early 2000s for his signature style predominantly in the print and fashion world. COJO inspires students with his energy and passion for comic/cartooning.


At IS we strive to create an optimal uplifting environment for our students to bring out the spirit of the artist within. Exposing our students to aesthetics, art history, world culture and a wide spectrum of mediums, we also encourage the importance of self-expression. Our classes aim at exploration, tapping one’s imagination, and fully enjoying the artistic experience. Students benefit at IS in developing their own style, learning new skills and building self-confidence with the rewards of seeing all the results of their creative endeavors.

Student & Parent Testimonials

Painting Classes with Rob Bazer:

“This is the best painting class I have ever taken.   And believe me,  I have taken many art classes over the years.”  K.T.  (Rhinebeck) 

“I had no idea I could paint like this, but Rob is such a patient and amazing teacher! My framer is going to be so surprised when he sees how good my work is. ”  E. A.  (Rhinebeck)

“I tell people not to call or bother me on Friday nights as I look forward to this all week!”  G. T.  (Red Hook)

Comic Workshops with Taylor Cohen Cha:

“…the kids will be in the city all day.  Will you take lots of pics??  This comic book class is genius!!!  They absolutely love it.”   M.M.  (NYC)    

“She has really learned alot in the Comic Book class and it’s been so great for her!  She absolutely loves it!”   N.H.  (Red Hook)

“The boys loved it and can’t wait to return next week!”   A.M.  (Tivoli)

Summer Camp & Year-round Classes with Norine Nakao-Peyton:

“Her work from camp is still proudly displayed throughout the house, and she’s looking forward to getting back to work with you in August…  She speaks often of her time in your studio. It’s a great source of pride for her, and a big part of why she identifies as an artist.”   A.H.  (New Paltz)

First I want to thank you so much: for the camp itself but also for the way you do things… I think you understand her pretty well and she very much admires you.  That can be a lot when you are trying to teach a wide range of kids…  I can’t get over all the work she’s done with you and how much you accomplished in the shorter week…  It is very inspiring, that environment you’ve created.”  K.B.   (Marist College)

“(They) had such an amazing experience at the camp. We have so many wonderful creations to treasure for years to come and share with family.  I have noticed how much more creative all three of them have become as a result of their two weeks with you 🙂  H.L.  (NYC)    

“(She) couldn’t imagine life without IS.   I understand that she would go the Tuesday session this year? Count her in!”  M.V.  (Tivoli)

“Absolutely gorgeous. What you do for (and GIVE) all these kids is so inspiring!”   M.M.  (Red Hook)

“I’ve changed his and my schedules regarding other things to accommodate the art classes. We are both very excited about seeing you again and getting immersed in all the glorious art-making.”  
O.V.     (Bard College)