“The Art Table Studio represents a family sitting at a table sharing, just as our family sits at our table to create art,” said Pierce.
Recently, the studio partnered with New York Trolley Company on a new initiative.
“This unique opportunity is The Art Table Studio's first step towards a truly mobile studio,” said Pierce. “We will have all supplies in one place, enabling the flexibility to operate as a stationed brick-and-mortar studio, but on wheels.”
On April 15, the trolley will be in front of Bookshop+Storytelling Lab at 458 Bergen Street in Park Slope, followed by Fort Greene Park at DeKalb Avenue and Washington Park. On April 16, the trolley will be across from Ancient Playground at East 85th Street and 5th Avenue, followed by a stop across from the Harlem YMCA at 180 West 135th Street.
On April 17, the trolley will be in Forest Hills across from La Boulangerie at 109-01 72nd Road. Updates will be posted on facebook.com/arttablestudio,@arttabstudio on Twitter, and TheArtTableStudio.com.
Adapting the trolley to accommodate art classes presents a unique challenge.
“All of the seats have to remain in place, and creatively I'm up for the challenge,” she said. “I will utilize the benches and open space, and I believe I will even be able to fit a table inside.”
For Pierce, the Art Table trolley will bring to fruition a significant component of The Art Table Studio, and provide the opportunity for further outreach throughout Queens and other boroughs
“It provides our studio with tangible quantitative and qualitative evidence that our really cool idea provides a solution for parents seeking creative experiences for their little or school-aged children,” she said.
After the inaugural events, The Art Table Studio will begin an eight-week program that lasts through June.
“It is our hope to have at least two public schools offering after-school programs during the fall within our Art Bus and possibly in the beginning of 2020,” Pierce added.
Beginning April 8, pop-up art classes will be offered throughout Forest Hills. Spencer Pilates at 108-12 72nd Avenue will host the “Little and Big Artist” class for kids ages one to four years.
“This is a time for young artists to create art among studio friends and excitedly swaps stories while developing confidence and self-expression,” Pierce said. “We introduce lines, shapes, color, patterns, and a splash of art history for our little drawers and painters to attach real-world connections to their works.”
In 2018, The Art Table Studio established four summer camp programs through partnerships with Poesie Cafe in Forest Hills, The Learning Experience in Long Island City, Kuei Luck Early Childhood Center in Rego Park, and Q Studio Lab in Sunnyside.
After-school programs have been offered at PS 139 in Rego Park and PS 166Q, as well as Free Art in the Park events at Yellowstone Park, Ehrenreich-Austin Playground, and Willow Lake Playground.
Partnerships have also been formed with Yellowstone Park Alliance and Brooklyn’s Town Square, and events have been held at Oba Mediterranean Gyro & Grill at 70-35 Austin Street and Pink Forest at 72-01 Austin Street.
At Elly’s Place at 100-31 Metropolitan Avenue, kids can participate in “Café Art Kids.”
“This is a family-owned business and we want to support them within our neighborhood,” Pierce said.