Creative Expression Summer Retreat

Does your rising 7th or 8th grader enjoy creative writing, painting, drawing, or photography? A pair of dynamic Horace Greeley teachers will nurture your children’s passions in KevsMill Tutoring’s one-week summer retreat. July 19-23, 9:30 AM-1:30 PM. On a delightful Sleepy Hollow back patio. During the first half of each session, Tiffany Peralta will help your child build writing skills. After a nice “Retreat Style” snack break, Katie Ottomanelli will help your child develop a connected artistic component. Children will be supported to nurture their passions while learning new skills, as they create a meaningful project. Finally, they will celebrate their success, sharing out on the final retreat day.


The first half of each session will focus on writing. Each day, tools will be provided to guide you through the writing process. Choose from these tools to compose an extended piece of writing in a genre of your choosing. You might write a short book of poems, a short piece of fiction, a personal memoir…sky is the limit! Your peers and teachers will support you with ample feedback throughout your journey.


The second half of the session will focus on Art. Each day will start with a creative problem, question or challenge. We will follow the Design Process as we move through our work together, which consists of 4 steps : Brainstorming, Prototyping, Creating, and Presenting. Projects and materials will include drawing, painting, sculpture, and/or photography.


Your Teachers

Tiffany DePeralta is an English teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua. She has 13 years of experience teaching in grades 5-12. Her passion and expertise is in the workshop model–a practice that prioritizes choice, freeback, and skills. Over the past year, while on maternity leave, she has been conducting Book Clubs on herback patio.


Katie Ottomanelli is an Art teacher at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua. She has 10 years experience teaching in grades 5-12. Through making, researching, & discussing art, her students gain the motivation and ability to think and act critically in all subject areas. Students this summer will be encouraged to make personal connections in their art making, learning more about themselves and building upon that knowledge to communicate through The Arts.



Where: In these challenging times safety is our number one priority. The retreat will be held outdoors in the comfort of Mrs. DePeralta’s Sleepy Hollow backyard.

When:   July 19-23. 

   Children will meet from 9:30am-1:30pm daily.

Cost: $500