Category: Studio School

You are here:
Home Studio School ()

Register Now For Summer Workshops!

Adult Workshops

The Art of Collagraphy
Instructor: Andrea Epstein
Saturday & Sunday, 7/20–7/21, 10 AM–4 PM
Collagraphy is a unique relief printmaking technique where textures are built up on a plate which is then run through a press to create an image. Through demonstrations students will learn how to create a collagraph plate, the use of various tools, and methods for printing the completed collagraph plate. On day one, students will create their collagraph plate. On day two, students will learn the proper use of the printing press and how to print their plates. Some materials provided.

Drawing in Perspective
Instructor: Drew Maillard
Saturday, 7/27, 10 AM–4 PM
Want to add depth and realism to your drawing and painting? Learn step-by-step to draw one-, two-, and three-point perspective; measure in perspective; and to achieve uniform proportions throughout a drawing. Follow along with the instructor through various exercises for hands-on learning.

Drawing in Perspective

NEW! Jewelry Making for Total Beginners
Instructor: Elizabeth Tokoly
Saturday, 7/27, 10 AM–4 PM
Never made jewelry before, but always wanted to try? Maybe you have some experience, but are just looking to add some new techniques to your repertoire. Learn foundational techniques such as forging, forming, soldering, roll printing, circle cutting, shallow forming, and more in this workshop. Students will fabricate a set of three forged copper or sterling silver bangle bracelets, and a roll-printed copper or sterling silver pair of earrings. Some materials provided.

Animal Portraiture
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
Sunday, 7/28, 10 AM–4 PM
Come and learn how to capture the essence of your favorite furry friend. Demonstrations about the structure, texture and anatomy of animals will be given. The workshop will look at how to start a drawing loosely with gestures in charcoal and graphite, and then complete the image with more structured techniques. Students will be able to work in any medium they desire and will receive individual attention. Bring any color media and supplies you prefer to work with.

Fused Loop in Loop Chain Making
Instructor: Jill Hurant
Saturday & Sunday, 8/3–8/4, 10 AM–4 PM
Loop in loop chains represent the most classical pieces of jewelry from ancient times. This workshop will introduce the fascinating procedure of loop in loop chain making. We will cover coiling and cutting jump rings, fusing links, loop in loop construction, and finishing processes. We will discuss terminations (fused, as well as soldered) and “S” hook clasps. Basic and more complicated chains will be covered. Students may have time to complete a small project, but will leave the workshop with the knowledge to complete a chain on their own. Students will use a crème brûleé torch provided by the instructor for a great introduction to working with a flame for first-timers or those nervous with working with torches.

Indigo Dyeing & Shibori Techniques
Instructor: Kate Eggleston
Saturday, 8/3, 10 AM–2 PM
Shibori is a Japanese method of resist dyeing where beautiful patterns are created by folding, binding, and sewing fabric before dyeing (akin to tie-dyeing). Students will learn a variety of folding and binding techniques, and then immerse their pieces in indigo-dye baths. Wear clothes that can get messy and prepare to have fun. Some materials provided.

NEW! Garden Painting with Mixed Watermedia
Instructor: Donna Read
Sunday, 8/4, 10 AM–4 PM
Combine different watermedia to spark your creativity. Use the luminosity of watercolor, the opacity of gouache, and the permanence of acrylic to your best advantage. Begin a garden scene painting with watercolor then build on it using gouache and acrylic to add an opaque contrast and make changes which would not be possible in watercolor alone. Students will also experiment with adding marker and other watermedia. Most materials provided.

NEW! A Day of Sketching: Drawing for All Levels
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Saturday, 8/10, 10 AM–4 PM
Working in charcoal and pencil from a still life, students will work on increasing their observational skills and honing their drawing techniques. This workshop offers the sketching practice that all artists need, whether as a foundation for working in other media or for the simple pleasure of drawing.

NEW! Color Theory & Mixing
Instructor: Mark Saenger
Sunday, 8/11, 10 AM–4 PM
Learn the ins and outs of color theory and how to mix the colors you want in this fun and informative, hands-on workshop. Topics include: making a color wheel, warm vs. cool colors, the physics of color and light in a landscape, choosing colors for your palette, how to mix colors, and much more. Students will leave this course with a comprehensive understanding of how color works and how to mix them confidently.

Color Theory

 NEW! Still Life Photography
Instructor: Bill Blanchard
Sunday, 8/11, 10 AM–4 PM
Learn the various techniques for shooting high-quality photography still-lifes, whether classical or for commercial use. Topics will include: setting up a still life photo shoot; natural light; studio strobe and continuous studio light systems; using light to create emotion, mood, mystery and drama; natural and studio backdrops; and creating strong photographic compositions. This workshop is limited to six students to allow for maximum time and attention.

NEW! Bookmaking for Everyone
Instructor: David DiMarchi
Saturday & Sunday, 8/17–8/18, 10 AM–4 PM
Become familiar with the tools, materials and tricks of the bookbinding trade! Explore contemporary bookbinding to create multiple book structures for highly personalized soft and hardcover books—ideal for journals, sketchbooks, and artist books. Every artist will leave with beautiful handmade books, and all the knowledge needed to explore binding in their own work.

NEW! Anticlastic Beaded Cuff Bracelets
Instructor: Elizabeth Tokoly
Saturday, 8/17, 10 AM–4 PM
Anticlastic raising is a technique of forming where sheet metal is shaped directly with a hammer and a sinusoidal stake. Surface curves are formed from a flat sheet by compressing its edges and stretching its center. Learn anticlastic forming techniques to fabricate bracelets which will then be set with rondel gemstones.

NEW! Out of the Fire: Horsehair & Naked Raku
Instructor: Peter Syak
Sunday, 8/18, 10 AM–2 PM & Sunday, 8/25, 9 AM–5 PM
Join Peter Syak to explore alternative raku firing methods. This workshop will focus on horsehair and naked raku techniques. Participants should bring three or four greenware pieces made from raku clay to the first session. The pieces will be prepared with terra sigillata, a burnishing and whitening agent, for bisque firing and Peter will discuss firing strategies for both horsehair and naked raku. The second session will be devoted to firing the bisqued pieces in the raku kiln.


Painterly Silkscreen Printmaking
Instructor: David DiMarchi
Saturday, 8/24, 10 AM–4 PM
Explore silkscreen printing in painterly and fluid techniques! In this course, artists will learn the basics of creating and printing painterly stencils, printing both unique and repeatable works of art! Using mono-printing and reductive techniques, artists should anticipate completing this course with a suite of prints as well as a new toolbox of skills and processes ready to influence their own art practices. Some materials provided.

Painting Play Day: No-Stress Approach to Painting
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Saturday, 8/24, 10 AM–4 PM
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.

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