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Welcome to Kate's Crafty Cottage

Welcome to our Arts and Crafts School, the welcoming environment where you can learn new skills, meet new friends and feel accomplished with the support of your peers and without any fear of judgement. Take a look at our courses or classes and get in touch to find out more.

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Painting Pottery

Kate's Crafty Kids

Discovery Group: Ages 4-6 (K+1st)   Explorer Group: Ages 7-10 (2nd-4th)   Expressionist Group: Ages 11-14 (5th-8th)

Through this course, students have the opportunity to push their skills, techniques and confidence to a new level in a fun, dynamic way. This main course is what Kate's Crafty Cottage was founded on; we don't believe in the idea of "natural talent" when it comes to art. Every piece, every project comes from YOU, and that makes it EXTRAORDINARY! Every student in this course will learn to express themselves in a healthy manner and build up self-esteem by taking pride in their creations. Crafts and projects are hand picked and developed to provide every child the confidence to let their creativity shine! Contact us today!

Finger Painting

Young Children's Beginner Course

Ages 4-6

Every child is brimming with creative energy, but not all kids have an outlet for it. At Kate's Crafty Cottage, we strive to provide the ideal environment to cultivate and encourage creativity of all sorts. This class is much less structured than the Crafty Kids Classes, and focuses more on play and discovery than a specific project each week. 


Mindfulness Through Creating

Adult Class

This course is perfect for adults who want to get more in touch with their creative side! Minimal experience is necessary; if you've held a paint brush or hot glue gun, this class is the perfect foundation to enter the next level of learning. Get in touch with questions or to learn more.


We are very accommodating when it comes to class placement. Please contact us if you have any special requests.
We would also love to hear from you with any questions, suggestions or project requests!

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About Kate's Crafty Cottage

"You don't have to be named after a Ninja Turtle to make something beautiful!" - Kate

My name is Katelyn Gerhard and I've grown up in East Moriches my whole life. Coming from such a small community, I noticed early on that there were not many options for extra-cariculars in our area.   

The summer before I entered 3rd grade, I began attending a wonderful camp, which I continued annually until I reached the age to become a counselor. I learned so much from those experiences: about myself, my passions, my values, friendships and what it means to be supportive, and eventually as a counselor, the great joy I received from guiding young people to discover all those wonderful things for themselves.   

I'd return to school each year with happy memories, but back to the same stifling school environment. I always looked forward to Art class, but I was a shy and quiet child, and never really received the attention needed to build confidence in myself as an artist or a creator. I would feel embarrassed when my work didn't look as realistic as other's, and eventually I just gave up.   

Looking back, my heart breaks for that little girl, brimming with creative energy and enthusiasm and desperate for just one person to help guide her. It wasn't until I was out of college that I decided to give it another go, and I began teaching myself, practicing, and taking up more creative hobbies than any one person should ever have!!!  

It's on that foundation that Kate's Crafty Cottage was formed. I believe that every child deserves an outlet, guidance and to feel pride in what ever it is they do. Creating something is such a personally rewarding experience,  but even more so when you have the support of those around you. Art and beauty are subjective, and children need to be taught that if they did their best, put their heart into it, and, most importantly, enjoyed the process, what they've created is a part of them, and therefore, extraordinary!

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East Moriches, NY, USA


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