The Jackson Heights Art Club offers several weekly adult classes in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel and drawing. Each student receives individual guidance and assistance from our professional instructors at the Club’s Studio.

 Year-round classes for children aged seven and above are available on each Saturday.

To register for a class or for further information call Geraldine Benfante at 718 446-4709.

Our instructors include:

Despina Argyros:  At a very young age, Despina Argyros began to draw whatever she saw and with the help of her artist grandmother, she developed her artistic skills. She studied art in Greece, and New York, studied with Basil Baylin and received her AAS degree from the Parsons School of Design. Her work includes a variety of subjects, such as still life, landscape and floral, but her favorite is portraits of people and animals. Utilizing mostly oil, watercolor, or pencil, she works from both photos and real life. She has exhibited at Queens College, the Hellenic Cultural Center in Astoria, NY, Flushing Town Hall, Clothesline Art Exhibition at the Guild Hall in East Hampton, and the Jackson Heights Art Club. Despina has been featured in the Art Calendar Magazine (now renamed Professional Artist) and on radio station Cosmos FM 9l.5. She has received numerous awards. Despina can be reached at 917 332-7917 or Her webpage is:  

Annie Patt:  Annie Patt is an artist based in Astoria, NY, working in India ink, oil and printmaking. She studied at The Art Students League of New York and Parsons School of Design, and has a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from NYU. Much of her work depicts the urban and industrial areas in New York and her home state of New Jersey. Annie currently serves as Chairman of the Art Committee at the Salmagundi Club of New York and as a member of the Coast Guard Art Program Committee. She is also the Recording Secretary for Allied Artists of America and previously served as Sculpture Director for that organization. She has also taught at the National Academy School. Annie’s website is  

Ann Procacci:  Ann Procacci earned her BFA from Queens College. She studied with Gustav Reyberger and Frank Mason, at the Art Students League and has worked as acommercial artist for a number of years.