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Winter Break Workshops for Kids, Tweens & Teens

Calling all creative kids, tweens, and teens. The Art Center is running winter workshops for aspiring artists ages 5–9, 10–12,  and 13–17 the last week of December (December 26–28)! Each session features an art project inspired by the winter season, using a variety of art media and techniques. Sign up for just a morning or afternoon workshop, or pack a lunch and spend the day at the Art Center! All materials provided. Check below for all our offerings:

Winter Wonderland Snowmen (ages 5-9)
Wednesday, December 26, 10 AM–12 PM
Kids will use model magic and other art materials to create 3D snowmen, friends, and other characters inside a wintry environment.

Northern Lights in the Tree Tops (ages 5-9)
Wednesday, December 26, 1–3 PM
Create a mixed media painting using watercolor, pastel and acrylic to depict the Northern Lights behind a forest with snow dusting the treetops and the ground below!

Cozy Penguin Paper Collage (ages 5-9)
Thursday, December 27, 10 AM–12 PM
Learn fun paper collaging techniques and tips in this workshop, where kids will create an artistic bundled up penguin collage.

Fish Swimming in Frozen Pond (ages 5-9)
Thursday, December 27, 1–3 PM
Using various types of layered cut paper, markers and glue, imagine looking through the cracking ice to see the creatures of the deep swimming down below.

Holiday Lights in Pastel (ages 5-9)
Friday, December 28, 10 AM–12 PM
Explore how to draw and paint with chalk pastels while creating a vibrant holiday scene.

Igloo Paper Sculpture on an Iceberg (ages 5-9)
Friday, December 28, 1–3 PM
Make an invincible three-dimensional Igloo that will last through any season from just paper and glue, then decorate it and our iceberg with markers and colored pencils to make it feel like home.

Impressionist Ripped Paper Mountain Scene (ages 10-12)
Wednesday, December 26, 10 AM–12 PM
Using ripped, pinched and glued paper of many varieties, create an impressionist snowy mountain scene with tons of texture and color.

Holiday Ornaments (ages 10-12)
Wednesday, December 26, 1–3 PM
Tweens will experiment with oil pastel and watercolor paints to create festive ornaments. Hang them on a tree or display them as fun decorations!

Wire Sculpture Ornaments (ages 10-12)
Thursday, December 27, 10 AM–12 PM
Create winter themed sculptures using wire and learn techniques to create 3D shapes with continuous line drawings! Great to hang in front of windows, walls, or even on a tree!

Snow Globe Collage (ages 10-12)
Thursday, December 27, 1–3 PM
This workshop will cover techniques and tips for collaging, and tweens will create unique snow globe inspired collages.

Pom-Pom Penguins and Polar Bears (ages 10-12)
Friday, December 28, 10 AM–12 PM
Learn how to make your own pom-poms and use them to create wintery creatures like penguins and polar bears or something fuzzy from your imagination!

Winter Self-Portraits (ages 10-12)
Friday, December 28, 1–3 PM
It’s time to bundle up! Tweens will create self-portraits showcasing the many layers of winter gear and accessories, using Sharpie makers and colored pencils.

3D Marbled Snowflakes (ages 13-17)
Thursday, December 27, 1–3 PM
Learn to make your own DIY marbled paper, then cut, twist and fold the paper into a flurry of stunning 3D snowflakes.

DIY Mixed Media Garland (ages 13-17)
Friday, December 28, 1–3 PM
Experiment with a variety of mixed-media art techniques, including wax resist, painting, and fiber art, to create a one-of-a-kind garland, perfect for decorating your space.

Study in Italy with the Art Center!

The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey has partnered with the Hudson Valley Art Association (HVAA) to offer two very exciting art workshop sessions in Perugia, Italy, in the spring/summer of 2019. The two sessions will take place: June 11–22 (Session I) and June 25–July 6 (Session II).

Each session will include four instructors from across the U.S. teaching a total of eight unique courses, both studio-based and en plein air. Beyond the art workshops in Perugia, travelers will enjoy a couple of days touring the museums of Rome, and day trips to both Florence and Siena. These trips will be a great learning opportunity and experience for artists of all ages and skill levels, and part of the price helps support the Art Center’s ongoing programs and initiatives.

Additionally, the HVAA board is proud to offer scholarship money for young artists aged 18–24 to cover the cost of attending the workshop of their choice. We encourage all those that are interested to apply for the scholarship opportunity. The scholarship application deadline is December 31, 2018. Click here to view the scholarship application.

For full course descriptions, instructor bios, and pricing and payment info, please click here: Perugia Workshops.

Workshops for Kids During the NJEA Convention

The NJEA Convention takes place on November 8 and 9 and that means no school. No worries … we have a fun and creative activity for your kids during the mini-break. The Art Center is conducting special workshops to help your kids make their time off as creative as possible. Register today!


Mixed-Media Thanksgiving Dessert Workshop (grades 1–2)
Thursday, November 8, 10–11:30 AM
Instructor: Lynn Celler, Tuition: $40
Be inspired by artist Wayne Thiebaud, know for his love of painting cakes and pies. Then, imagine and create your own gourmet Thanksgiving dessert using paint and mixed media!

Thanksgiving Mosaic & Painted Trays (grades 3–5)
Friday, November 9, 10–11:30 AM
Instructor: Lynn Celler, Tuition: $40
Create a great Thanksgiving gift for your family. Students will design, mosaic, and paint their own wooden tray. All materials provided.

Thanksgiving Family Portrait Workshop(grades 3–5)
Friday, November 9, 12;30–2 PM
Instructor: Lynn Celler, Tuition: $40
Bring a photo of your family for inspiration, and use acrylic paint on canvas to create a painted group portrait based on your photo. This will be a gift your family will treasure!

Register for Fall Classes & Workshops

The fall semester begins at the Art Center on Monday, September 24. Sign up now for one of the more than 200 classes and workshops being offered for adults, teens, and kids of all skill levels. Click the links below for more information and to register.