After School STEM Programs in Westchester

Written by Cristina Calabrese, Director of Operations & Founding member of The Digital Arts Experience

When The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) of White Plains opened its doors in July 2012, our main purpose was to provide After School & Summer Tech Camps to kids and teens throughout Westchester County.

As The DAE began to expand upon the courses taught inside our facility, so did the demand for us to bring our programs offsite as well. With this came the idea for our Mobile Classroom, The DAExpress (The Digital Arts Express).

The DAExpress was created to provide the most cutting edge technology in a state of the art learning environment available to the Westchester community.

Inside The Digital Arts Express, or The DAExpress.

Inside The Digital Arts Express, or The DAExpress.

Able to accommodate up to 10 students at once, The DAExpress is designed to act as one of our classrooms on wheels. With this mobile computer lab, we can offer nearly every single class that we teach in our White Plains facility, anywhere in Westchester, Southern Connecticut and Rockland.

The DAExpress is equipped with 10 brand new Mac Book Pros, a Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer, and the best digital teaching tools. We bring The DAE to you!

Since its inception in September, we’ve run classes and programs with nearly 15+ unique local schools and organizations, including:

  • Children’s Village of Dobbs Ferry
  • Don Bosco Community Center
  • Greenville School
  • Greenwich Academy
  • Greenwich Country Day School
  • Heathcote Elementary
  • JCC on the Hudson
  • Rye Arts Center
  • SAR Academy
  • Seeley Place
  • Solomon Schechter School of Westchester: Upper & Lower School
  • Westchester Hebrew High School
  • Westchester Library System
  • Westfield Day School
  • White Plains YMCA
  • White Plains Youth Bureau

…and more! We also run private, custom classes that we bring right to your door.

Students at Solomon Schechter show off their final projects in Scratch coding!

Students at Solomon Schechter show off their final projects in Scratch coding!

In addition to that, we don’t always use our Mobile Classroom when we travel to schools. Often times we will drive over and use the school’s computer room or media lab and provide classes out of there. In many cases, schools and organizations do not have the necessary equipment to provide such classes on their own. That is one of the reasons that The DAExpress came about.

The DAExpress allows us to bring everything: instructor, class content, and equipment. And the best part is – we come to you! Topics that we teach include:

  • 2D & 3D Animation
  • 3D Minecraft Animation
  • 3D Printing
  • Game Programming with Java
  • Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Computer Science with Python
  • Scratch Coding
  • Stop Motion Animation
  • Visual FX & Video Production
Animation Instructor Nicholas Sceusa teaching 3D Minecraft Animation using a powerful 3D Animation program, Blender.

Animation Instructor Nicholas Sceusa teaching 3D Minecraft Animation using a powerful 3D Animation program, Blender.

We can also provide Professional Development to school staff. In short, there is a lot we could do with our Mobile Classroom. As time goes by, we discover new and unique uses for it. We are excited to keep it “rolling” and see where the future takes us!

Do you know of a school or local organization in need of After School STEM related programming? Contact us at or feel free to visit our website to learn more.

March Spring Break Programs (03/24-03/28) Kids & Teens | Westchester County, NY


What are your plans this March Spring Break? From the 24th to the 28th The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester County, NY will be hosting weeklong spring break programs for kids and teens ages 8-17. These programs include:

  • 3D Minecraft Animations with Blender
  • 3D Printing & Design
  • Anime/Manga Drawing
  • Game Programming with Java
  • Game Programming with Scratch
  • Visual FX & Video Production

Small, hands-on tech classes with a max of 6 kids per group. Each student gets their own computer to work on for the duration of the program and leaves with a completed project in their newly developed skill. We offer both moring & afternoon sessions for school breaks OR kids have the option to choose both and create a full day out of it!

Check out our registration form for more information on our Spring Break: Programs:

To learn more about The DAE, visit our website at or give us a call at (914) 644-8100.

MEET THE STAFF: Jordan Grobe

The DAE presents its latest Meet the Staff post, which highlights a special member of our DAE creative community!

Today, we interviewed one of our interns, Jordan Grobe, who is a rising sophomore at George Washington University!

Jordan Grobe, Intern in the Spotlight

Jordan Grobe, Intern in the Spotlight

Name: Jordan Grobe

Age: 19

School & Year: George Washington University ‘16

Major/Interests: Business & Event Management and my interestes are music, technology, and sustainability.

What do you do at the DAE? Produce, Direct, and Host my web series, Reflectivity!

What’s your favorite part of working at the DAE? All the people I get to work with, and the amazing professional equipment I have access to!

What do you hope to accomplish this summer? To produce the best quality YouTube videos I can, with all of these awesome people at the DAE!

3D Character Design

Intro to 3D Animation with Blender: Classes at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester

Hey Westchester! Summer is fast approaching. It officially begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21, 2013, at 1:04 A.M EDT, to be exact. At around the same time, The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) in White Plains, NY will be busily preparing to begin its summer camps for kids and teens that start the second week of July.

Although their camps will run Monday through Friday from 9:00AM – 4:00PM, The DAE wanted to provide alternate options for weekend classes. Starting the day after the summer solstice, The DAE will begin an 8-week Saturday 3D Animation class for teens ages 16-20.

The class, entitled “Intro to 3D Animation using Blender” will give teens the opportunity to explore the open source program Blender, and learn how to create their own stunning 3D characters and animations.

The DAE’s very own Animation instructor, Nicholas Sceusa, was recently interviewed by Phil Shapiro, educator and open source software enthusiast via In the interview, Nick discusses his use of Blender at The Digital Arts Experience in Westchester, and how he teaches it to high school students. To view the blog entry, please follow the link: Teaching the open source creative tool, Blender, to high school students.

The Digital Arts Experience’s classes are small, 100% hands on and focus on collaboration so your teen will develop social, technical and creative skills for the present and for the future. The classes are held at a max of 6 students so that everyone gets the personal, individualized attention they deserve. Everyone also gets their own 21.5” iMac computer to work on throughout the class, to enable them to work with the most up to date digital arts tools and technologies. To sign up today, please refer to the teen program application form.

As for the Summer Camps at The DAE, kids & teens can choose their area of interest in either: Animation, Graphic Design, Moviemaking, Photography and Web Design. These 2-week programs are all project based, so everyone will leave with completed projects and work to show for a portfolio. To view the summer camp application, please refer to this link.

The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) is a community focused learning & production facility located in downtown White Plains that teaches courses for kids, teens and adults in Animation, Graphic Design, Moviemaking, Photography, Web Design, Blogging, computer/smart phone basics and more. In addition to teaching classes, The DAE also offers creative and design services to help your business grow. With their in-house professional photography/video studio, fully equipped recording studio, 4 computer labs with all of the latest professional software and industry active staff, The DAE prides itself on being not only a resource for the community, but a productive place you can go to meet other like-minded individuals who share your interests.

Stop by at any time for a tour of its brand new, state-of-the-art 8,000 sq. ft facility, or feel free to call 914-644-8100, e-mail, or visit for more information!

Partnership with the International Film Institute



Beginning in March, The Digital Arts Experience is teaming up with the International Film Institute of New York to bring you top of the line filmmaking programs. Classes are for all who are interested in exploring film production. Together, we will be offering short and long term courses in all areas of filmmaking & storytelling.

Although technology is constantly changing, a good story will always attract an audience, and that is something that will never change. The International Film Institute of New York strives to preserve that tradition. One does not simply see a movie because of the camera used to film it; they go because it has a good story, actor, director, producer, and film crew who all work together to bring that idea to life. Good stories invoke emotion, feeling and move people. This is in direct alignment with the values and mission of the International Film Institute of New York.

The IFI has been running professional and hands-on filmmaking courses since 1998 and also runs partnership programs at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY and the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah.

The courses running in our facility include an Introductory Lighting Workshop, a Weekend Introduction to Filmmaking Seminar, a Screenwriting Seminar, and a Commercial Production Lab. We are not only pleased to be working in conjunction with the IFI, but excited to be able to present the White Plains and Westchester community with the opportunity to take part in these amazing classes.

For more detailed information, and a breakdown of each class, please refer to the partnership page on our website:

We will be hosting an open house on Saturday, March 9th from 12:00PM – 3:00PM where lots of amazing film equipment and  will be brought into our facility, and you can see firsthand just how fantastic it is to learn the fundamentals of good filmmaking and storytelling. To register for open house, click here!

Spring Break Bootcamp at The Digital Arts Experience


Need something to keep your child occupied during their Spring Break?

Sign up for our ONE WEEK BOOTCAMP at The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains, where they will work on and complete a finished HD video project!

Students will work with like minded individuals and discover new creative outlets by working with the most up-to-date digital tools and technologies!

  • BRAINSTORM, collaborate on ideas, storyboard & film their project
  • RECORD using high definition microphones & audio tools
  • EDIT using Final Cut Pro X, Adobe AfterEffects, and Logic Pro

Students will have access to our on-site equipment, including HD Canon Vixias, GoPro Hero 2 cameras, our fully equipped recording studio, and our beautiful photo/video lab with green, black and grey backdrops.

Monday, March 25th – Friday, March 29th


Summer Camps at The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains

Summer Camp at The DAE

The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains is now enrolling for summer camp programs!

Beginning in July, The Digital Arts Experience in White Plains will be running summer camps for kids and teens ages 10+.  Our programs enable kids and teens to DISCOVER new creative outlets & possible career paths, DEVELOP digital skills to succeed in the 21st century, WORK hands-on with the most up-to-date technology, CREATE work for a portfolio or college application, and WORK side-by-side with like-minded individuals & our talented, industry-active instructors. During the programs, students will have the opportunity to choose their area of interest in:

Our schedule and pricing is as follows:


Monday – Friday: 9AM-4PM
  • July 8th – July 19th
  • July 22nd – August 2nd
  • August 5th – August 16th
Monday – Friday: 9AM-4PM
  • August 19th – August 23rd
  • August 26th – August 30th
For more information, feel free to visit the summer portion of our web site,, where you can fill out an interest form.

Spring Sessions at The Digital Arts Experience


Classes Begin 01/14/13, register today!

Teen Animation Class at The Digital Arts Experience

The Digital Arts Experience offers one-of-a-kind extracurricular programs for Teens. This Spring, whether you are looking to try something new or build on existing skills, our programs welcome a noncompetitive, collaborative and, most of all, fun experience in mastering the the Digital Arts. You will learn hands on with today’s most up-to-date tools and technologies, and apply those skills towards real world projects.

Our program is focused on hands on learning, so each concept learned will be immediately applied. Each student will have a computer to work on and each student will get the opportunity to present their work and receive feedback. By the end of the program, each student will have completed work to show for their time in our program.

The areas of study to choose from are:


Classes start the week of January 14th and run for 15 weeks, with makeup classes for February and Spring Breaks.  Students have the option to attend class:

Once a week for 15 weeks: $600
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday OR Thursday
4:00pm-6:00pm OR 6:00pm-8:00pm

Friday – Open Lab Time 

Audio Production students in our Recording Studio

Start now!

Fill out this interest form so we can contact you with more information!

ENROLL NOW!: Fall After School Programs for Teens

The Digital Arts Experience provides a unique opportunity for young adults to work hands on with professional level tools and technologies in the digital arts. We strive to provide a completely unique learning environment in which students work with like minded individuals in a non-competitive environment. Our goal is provide an environment that fosters open communication and collaborative learning in order facilitate personal growth within our students. 


Our mixed digital arts program is designed to give students a broad overview of the digital arts and the opportunity to work collaboratively with their peers on a large scale project. Throughout the duration of the program the students will gain foundational knowledge in:

  • Digital Photography
  • Video Production
  • Graphic Design and/or Computer Illustration
  • Animation (stop motion, 2D or 3D)
  • Audio Production 

Back to School Programs for Teens at The Digital Arts Experience

Please contact us at 914-644-8100 or for more information.