18 Years in RED HOOK!

The iStation now has been operating in Red Hook for 18 years!

Since 2000, our art school has been supported by the community of Red Hook and we are grateful to all who have been a part of this.  Many former students cherish their memories of the fun-filled classes at IS, where the “creative process” is also valued, as much as the finished product. Previous students have gone on to to study art at Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, NYU,  Brooklyn College, Bard, Bowdoin College, etc. and continue to amaze us with what they are up to. Some of our former students currently: at The NY Times, as an assistant to a successful Manhattan interior designer/decorator, studying fashion in London & NYC.

Today children from around the Hudson Valley, Manhattan, Paris, London, Beijing, Holland, Japan, etc. are joining our sessions, relishing their unique experience and learning various mediums of art with us.

We now offer teen and adult painting classes.  Our instructors this year include:  Aurora Abzug & Brittany Tucker for painting & Dezi Sienty for figure drawing & clay; Debbie Jeffreys, Hannah Myers, Lily Lasher for K-3rd gr, COJO for Sat cartooning workshops.

(Photo above: Our early beginnings at IS, our second year in 2001)

“New Works” Group Painting Show at Taste Budds — May 2015

Taste Budds Cafe in Red Hook is pleased to present a group exhibition of exciting new works by iStation painting classes through the month of May. The show is a collection of about 15 or so paintings in oil and acrylics depicting images of self-portraits, still lifes, nature and a few other subjects.

Instructor Rob Bazer guides his teen and adult students through the process where they learn about various techniques to create these glowing paintings. From beginners to experienced, the artists may start with hesitation, and then soon enough find him/herself confident with their second work. “Learning to see” and create form, understanding the essence of color and hues: these are only a few of the many aspects that are involved in the process with these classes.

Inspired by some of the old masters for their handling of light and attention to detail, one can see these influences in some of the paintings that currently hang in the cafe. Self-portraits are not always the easiest subject matter and yet how moving to see these painterly faces, as their eyes gaze out at the viewer. There are still-lifes that are like those from another time, a sunset with cat umbrella or magnolia warbler.

The show also includes Bazer’s pieces as “Circle of Humanity”, a satirical glimpse into the ring of man by orangutan. This group show will run from May 1-May 31, 2105, with an opening reception on May 10th, Sunday 7-8:30 p.m.


iStation Halloween Costume Bash — Oct 25th, 2014

All IS Students & Parents, mark your calendars and be ready for our annual awesome Halloween Costume Bash!

When: Saturday October 25th, 2014, 6-9pm.
Where:  iStation Studio @ The Chocolate Factory
What:  Potluck Dinner & Costume Party (everyone please come in disguise, parents too 😉


Exhibits & Shows: IS Horse Paintings

When: Saturday, March 1 – Monday, March 31, 2014
Where: Imagination Station – The Chocolate Factory 54 Elizabeth St., Red Hook

To celebrate the Asian calendar “Year of the Horse,” art students at Imagination Station have created paintings of this beloved free-spirited animal. The younger students (PreK–2nd grade) will have their colorful paintings hanging at The Chocolate Factory North Wing entrance area. A separate exhibit showcasing the artworks of the studio’s students in 3rd–10th grade will run at the Starr Library in Rhinebeck from 3/1 to 3/8.

Comic Book Classes

Our Saturday Comic Book Classes are back! Join us twice a month with instructor Taylor. Our next session is September 27th, 2014:

  • 10am-12noon:  ages 4-12
  • 1-3pm:  ages 12-18

Sign up early:  imaginst@gmail.com


Welcome to Our New Website & Blog!

We’ve recently updated our site so you can find out everything you need to know about Imagination Station right here, whether you’re a currently enrolled student or prospective one!  There’s info and updates on class schedules and registration, events, and everything I.S. related.  We hope you’ll visit often!