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2019 Saturday Art Camp for Kids

Explore sculpture, drawing, painting, collage, and other art forms over the course of seven Saturdays. During each session, campers will create two projects. You can register your young artist for just one date or all seven sessions to gain an immersive art experience. Featured project themes include Summer Fun; Art & Nature; Pop! Goes the Color Palette; Comics, Cartoons & Characters; Animals & Wildlife Art; Mini Masters; and Upcycled Art.
Tuition: $65 per day or $375 for all 7 weeks.

All seven Saturday sessions, 7/13–8/24, 10 AM–1 PM
July 13, 10 AM–1 PM
July 20, 10 AM–1 PM
July 27, 10 AM–1 PM
August 3, 10 AM–1 PM
August 10, 10 AM–1 PM
August 17, 10 AM–1 PM
August 24, 10 AM–1 PM

Spring 2019 Raku-Fest

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey presents Raku-Fest
Saturday & Sunday, June 29–30, 10 AM–5 PM

Join us for raku-fest! This public event showcases the art of raku, a ceramic firing process in which red-hot ceramic pieces come out of a special kiln and go directly into a container of combustible materials. The heat of the ceramic causes the material to ignite and the resulting smoke creates one-of-a-kind results in the ceramic glaze. It’s amazing to watch! For the more adventurous, there will be opportunities to participate. Beginners will be able to purchase pre-made pieces to glaze and have fired the day of the event, and Art Center students will be able to fire their own work made with raku clay. Raku-fest is open to the public and will be led by Art Center instructors Peter Syak and Lisette Bedoya.

Option One: Watching
Want to see for yourself? Everyone is welcome to watch the action as multiple raku firings take place throughout the day. Watching, and learning is FREE!

Option Two: Glazing
Excited to try it, but a total beginner? No problem! Purchase a pre-made piece, apply glaze just like you would paint, and our artists will fire your work. It takes 2 hours from glazing to amazing (you may leave and return later to pick up your work). No reservations required.

  • Jewelry Piece: $10
  • Small Plate: $20
  • Small Pot: $25
  • Medium Pot: $40

Option Three: Student Special
Have your own ceramic work already made that you want to raku fire? Instructors will fire them during the event for $20 each. No reservations required. Note: to ensure proper firing, pieces must be made with raku clay purchased from the Art Center.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Spring 2019 Adult Workshops and 5-Week Mini Sessions

Deepen your techniques or explore new mediums in these one- or two-day workshops and 5-week mini sessions.

5-Week Mini-Sessions

NEW! Monotype Printmaking with Gel Plates
Instructor: Alicia Cotter
Mondays, 12:30–3 PM, 4/29–6/3
(no class on 5/27)
Gel plates have a soft, gelatin-like feel, but are durable, reusable, and simple to work with. Learn the process of acrylic paint monotyping with this versatile printmaking tool. Explore mark making and layering techniques to create prints that can stand alone as artworks, or be used as a foundation for overlaying with other mediums. Make stamps and stencils to incorporate designs into your prints, and use prints to collage. Some materials provided.

Fabric Art
Instructor: Traci Zaretzka
Tuesdays, 12:30–3 PM, 4/30–5/28
Want to work with fabric, but don’t want to sew? Fabric can be used for much more than just sewing! In this course, you will learn about quilts, landscapes, and still lifes, as well as basic art principles such as composition and pattern, and even art history. Students will create nine fabric collages; no sewing required.

The Essence of Gouache
Instructor: Sajal Sarkar
Tuesdays, 6:30–9 PM, 4/30–5/28
Explore gouache—an opaque, water-based painting medium—in this five-week course. Because of its opacity, gouache behaves like acrylic or oils as you paint from dark to light, but is able to achieve a beautiful layered effect. Learn various techniques specific to working with gouache, as you explore painting on handmade papers and mount your finished pieces onto mat board.

Silkscreen Printmaking
Instructor: David DiMarchi
Thursdays, 10 AM–2 PM, 5/2–5/30
This course approaches silkscreen printing as a medium of artistic expression, concentrating on techniques and experimentation. All basic screen printing techniques will be covered, from image-making, screen, and material preparation, to the use of silkscreen printing as a creative outlet, including monoprinting and edition printing. Artists will develop a suite of prints while exploring the ins-and-outs of the rich world of silkscreen printing.


Jewelry Wax Carving
Instructor: Jeannette Mullarkey
This two-day intensive workshop will focus on teaching the techniques of creating jewelry using wax carving and construction methods. Wax is a very versatile medium and allows the artist to create fluid, intricate, and sculpturally exciting works. Once the wax model is completed the piece will be sent out for casting into silver or gold, and finished in the studio. Students may register for multiple sessions.
2555: Sundays, 5/19 & 6/2, 10 AM–4 PM

NEW! Introduction to Watercolor Pencils
Instructor: Traci Zaretzka
Watercolor pencils are a versatile medium. Experiment with a variety of watercolor pencil techniques: using them as traditional watercolors, drawing with them and blending the colors with water, drawing on wet paper for bold vibrant colors, and using them for fine details. The first part of the workshop will be a series of small drawings applying the different techniques. In the second part of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to create their own small watercolor paintings using any or all of the techniques.
Sunday, 5/5, 10 AM–4 PM

NEW! Exploring Encaustic Painting
Instructor: Kathy Cantwell
Explore encaustic, the art of painting with pigment-impregnated molten beeswax mixed with resin. This unique medium provides results like no other—mysterious, deep, and translucent. Techniques such as layering, fusing, and incising will be covered. Beginners will be introduced to the basics of working with the medium, while experienced students will receive critique and guidance in developing their skills. Some materials included.
Sunday, 5/5, 10 AM–4 PM

Floral Painting in Oils
Instructor: Stephanie Deshpande
Learn how to capture the beauty of a fresh floral arrangement using the alla prima oil painting technique in a single sitting. Students will learn to block in the composition directly on the canvas, measure main landmarks, and mass in large value areas. We will discuss the importance of comparing values, measuring, finding edges, and looking for color relationships. The instructor will demonstrate the steps necessary to create a successful floral painting. Please bring canvas and oil painting supplies.
Sunday, 5/19, 10 AM–5 PM

Perspective for the Petrified
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
You will conquer your fear of perspective in this one-day workshop! Through step-by-step guided demonstrations and exercises, you will learn how to apply perspective in your drawings and paintings. Learn about one- and two-point perspective, as well as vanishing points, to bring a new level of realism to your work. See the world in a whole new way!
Sunday, 6/2, 10 AM–4 PM

Raku Fever!
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Raku fever is in the house! This workshop will get you prepped and ready for the Art Center’s upcoming raku event. Throw some pieces in raku clay on day one, then trim and decorate them on day two. After they are bisque fired, students will have a body of work ready to be glazed and fired for raku.
Sundays, 6/2 & 6/9, 10 AM–2 PM

NEW! Working with Watercolor
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
Watercolor is a beautiful, but sometimes challenging medium. This workshop is all about working WITH watercolor, not against it. Learn techniques of how to harness and conquer this medium while keeping the freedom of its fluidity. Various topics such as wet-on-wet, dry brush, color, and brush handling will be demonstrated and discussed. How to use watercolor in non-traditional ways will also be shown.
Sunday, 6/9, 10 AM–4 PM

Pen & Ink Drawing
Instructor: Drew Maillard
Explore pen and ink as a medium. Through demonstrations and instruction, students will be introduced to the strengths of the medium such as the ability to create dynamic values and textures.
Sunday, 6/16, 10 AM–4 PM

NEW! Still Life in Pastels: Capturing the Light
Instructor: Jeri Greenberg
Learn how to capture the light of a still-life using hard, medium, and soft pastels. The focus will be on learning to see color, light, reflections, and shadows for a pleasing, finished pastel still-life painting. Students will also learn what to consider in setting up a still-life arrangement for a successful painting.
Sunday, 6/16, 10 AM–4 PM

NEW! Photography Portfolio Development and Review
Instructor: Alina Oswald
Students will receive step-by-step guidance in this workshop to help them develop a photo portfolio (digital and print) worth showing to potential clients. Students will learn how to photograph with a portfolio in mind, write an artist statement and bio, and present their work in class. Portfolios will be evaluated throughout the workshop—image by image, as well as in terms of a body of work.
Sunday, 6/16, 10 AM–4 PM

Glazes Galore
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Need glaze guidance? Do you have unfinished pieces from last session? Learn techniques and ways to glaze your previously bisque-fired unglazed work. As long as you created the pottery using clay from the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, we can finish it! Bring at least five previously fired, never-glazed works to this workshop.
Sunday, 6/23, 10 AM–2 PM

Painting Play Day: No-Stress Approach to Painting
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Grab your paintbrushes and leave your stress at the studio door! Explore painting in this class designed for students of all levels. You will have the freedom to express your emotions through painting while learning techniques for manipulating paint, celebrating the emotion of color, and how to make the biggest impact with every brushstroke. The experienced instructor will provide instruction, support, and guidance on your painting journey. Please bring a reference image to work from.
Sunday, 6/23, 10 AM–4 PM

NEW! Wire Sculpture
Instructor: Kailyn Cavaluzzo
What would happen if your doodles could jump off the page? Learn the art of three-dimensional drawing using metal wire and make your drawing come to life! From portraits, pets, and landscapes, to anything else you can imagine, try your hand at bringing it to life as a sculpture. Learn to use different gauges of wire to vary the weight of lines. Consider cast shadows as an element to use in your 3D drawing. Some materials provided.
Sunday, 6/23, 10 AM–4 PM