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Studio School Open House

Sunday, September 10th, the Art Center will feature a free open house event from 11:00am-3:00pm. Both members and the public alike can watch Art Center instructors demonstrate some of the techniques they’ll be teaching during the Studio School’s fall session, which begins on September 17.

Open House Fall 2017 Flyer

Highlights include:

  • A raku firing demonstration with Peter Syak and Lisette Bedoya
  • A wheel throwing demonstration with Barry Zawacki
  • A stone sculpting demonstration with Michael Wolf
  • Kids’ art projects with Rebecca Roman
  • A silk painting demonstration with Jim Cusmano
  • A precious metal clay demonstration with Jacqueline Kucks
  • A Photoshop demonstration with Peter Lester
  • A quilting demonstration with Sue Erdreich
  • An Artist Introduction with Winter instructor Dean Field
  • A drawing demonstration with Stephen Yavorski
  • A painting demonstration with Philla Barkhorn
  • A basket weaving demonstration with Sandra Kehoe

Summer Wonder Camp

We are so excited to have Summer Wonder Camp starting soon!

Families signing up by June 15 will receive a $40 off gift certificate to use on any future class or workshop!

Kids Art Camp is for kids 5-12

Kids are grouped by age (we can also put friends together; just ask). Camp starts Monday, June 26, and you can sign up for one week or more all summer through the last week in August. Each week will have a different theme and projects, and kids will do all sorts of art from building sculptures, printing t-shirt designs, making puppets, creating toys –not to mention painting, drawing sculpting and more. Early drop-off is available.
Camp Tuition:$400 per week.*

Teen Art Camp, 13-16

Teens also have a camp, following the same schedule with the projects geared more toward teens and including digital media and ceramics. Early drop-off is available.
Camp Tuition:$400 per week.*

*Week of June 26 only, sign up for single days if you prefer at $95 a day. The week of August 28-31 is 4 days and tuition is $340.

Portfolio Development Intensive

College-bound kids interested in applying to art or design school? Check out our Portfolio Development Intensive classes!


You can register online (see links above), over the phone 908-273-9121, or in person at the Art Center, 68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions!

Raku•Fest This Weekend


June 3 & 4, 9-5pm

Led by our inimitable Peter Syak and assisted by Lisette Bedoya, we will have a full-blown Raku firing weekend! Beginners are welcome! Now is your chance to learn the fascinating firing process originally developed in 16th century Japan. Experience the fun of a Raku firing first-hand while learning the process of glazing and the meaning and aesthetics of Raku. Workshop will also cover safety issues and pieces you fire are yours to take home at the end of the workshop.

Drop by the Art Center for RAKU•FEST! We will be firing all day, with snacks provided!


Total beginner? No problem! Buy pre-made pieces to paint and fire, right before your very eyes. It takes 2 hours from glazing to amazing – you can make art in the time most people would take to watch a movie!

  • Small pots: $55
  • Plates: $20
  • Jewelry pieces: $10


Are you a ceramicist? Bring up to 3 pieces of your own small bisqueware and fire them for $20 each! Stay all day and you can learn the process from top to bottom!

Call us today at 908.273.9121 to reserve your space!


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Open House: Spring 2017

Open House Spring 2017

Come tour our studios and see everything that the Visual Arts Center of NJ has to offer this spring and summer! Hear about our summer art camp and our spring classes, and meet many of our talented teachers! Admission is free and all ages are encouraged to come. April 6th, 5:30-8pm.

Summer Wonder Camp

We have an entire room dedicated to the Summer Wonder Camp! You can meet teachers and see what all we are planning for your children this summer.

Spring Semester

Renee Furst will work and demonstrate Pique Assiette applications. To quote Nancy Olliver, “Pique assiette, also known as shard arts, is a very popular folk art style of mosaics. In French, pique assiette literally means stolen from plates. This kind of art incorporates recycled bits of broken china, porcelain, ceramic tile pottery, stoneware and found objects that are used to make one-of-a-kind and eye- catching art creations.”

Michael Wolf will have soapstone and stone carving tools so that students can try their hand at stone carving.

Megan Becker will show work examples and will welcome visitors to try out Photoshop for themselves

Mark Saenger will bring small sample works and will demo some small black and white paintings with opportunities for hands-on participation.

Peter Syak is planning demonstrations with hands-on participation (making pendants). He will promote Raku Fest by offering the opportunity to glaze and fire their pendants at that event. Will also promote classes and the ceramics department. Will have a display of his works.

Mary Jean Canziani is bringing in different types of printing plates and the prints that were made from them. She will also demonstrate how to carve a design in a linoleum substrate and allow attendees to try inking and burnishing with a spoon. 

Ellen Monroe has a great contour line drawing demonstration, including a big exuberant still life in the center of the room and supply paper, pens and pencils, charcoal, and easels for visitors. Learn drawing from observation. As she teaches children as well, she will help you create neon heads/busts out of model magic with your kids!

Kate Eggleston will be doing an indigo shibori demo (binding fabric and dyeing it) to promote upcoming her 9-week class. 

Sue Sachs is showing students’ finished pieces so people can see what they do in the studio. She will be bringing some of her own work so people can see her sensibilities and skills and will demonstrate tools so people can see what goes into making a piece.

Kelsey House, who teaches a color class for teens,  will have examples of her work. The students can look forward to lots of brainstorming and exploring what colors mean and how they are used in famous artworks, how we see colors every day, and how they are used to communicate messages to us.  Students can plan to take away an idea of what their pieces will look like and gain a better understanding of color.

Paper Mill: Watercolor Students of Fernando Catague

The satellite gallery at the Paper Mill Playhouse saw a great turn out at the opening for the students of Fernando Catague’s watercolor class. On Sunday, April 2nd , a crowd formed on the on the second floor of the Playhouse to admire the work of Fernando Catague and his talented students. Fernando has been working at the Visual Arts Center as a watercolor instructor for several years and is incredibly beloved by his students.

The show consisted of a mix of content from landscapes to portraiture, wildlife imagery to street scenes and even a few abstract pieces. The layout, done by Paper Mill Playhouse Facilitator Lauren Katz, really lent itself to creating a smooth transition between the different subject matter. The great thing about Fernando’s teaching style is that he gives his students the knowledge and techniques they need to succeed but then allows them the freedom to each to paint about which they are passionate. The result is a diverse show full of works done by truly gifted artists. The show will be up until April 27th,followed by the opening for Howard Nathanson’s painting class on Sunday, May 28th.