FALL SEMESTER 2022

Adult Painting & Drawing Classes

Artist taking an online art class

5338/5336/5337 Painting from A-Z
Instructor: Sandy Ruda
5338 Mondays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
5336 & 5337 Tuesdays, 6:30–9 PM
This general painting class places the emphasis on oil painting, but you may work in the medium of your choice. Each class will begin with a short talk or demonstration covering multiple topics. Explore your inspiration and discover your vision!
5338 10 sessions: 9/19–11/28 (no class on 9/26)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365
5336 5 sessions: 9/20–10/25 (no class on 10/4)
5337 5 sessions: 11/8–12/6
Tuition: member $180, non-member $200

5479 Self-Expression Through Painting
Instructor: Matthew Langley
Mondays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Express yourself! This comprehensive class embraces all personal styles—figurative, expressionistic, and abstract. The class focuses on oil and acrylic, but you are welcome to use mixed media and other tools. The goal of this class is to have you create the best possible piece of art you can, and to express what you have envisioned as closely as possible. This is a “no rules” class relying on the principles of shape, color, and intuition where you will work on individual projects at your own pace. Individual instruction and class discussion create a warm and supportive atmosphere.
8 sessions: 9/19–11/14 (no class on 9/26)
Tuition: member $265, non-member $295

5332 Sketching for Every Artist
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Mondays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Every artist can improve their drawing abilities, whether as a basic foundation skill for work in another medium or for the simple pleasure of sketching itself. Develop your observational and rendering skills through sketching in charcoal and pencil from still lifes, photos, and plein air studies (weather permitting). Emphasis will be on creating accurate and simplified drawings as students learn to think in basic shapes and gestural lines. Principles such as line quality and tonal values will be addressed. Sketches by noted artists will be discussed to reinforce concepts in class.
5 sessions: 9/19–10/24 (no class on 9/26)
Tuition: member $180, non-member $200

5335 NEW! Children’s Book Illustration
Instructor: Kat Block
Mondays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Learn how to bring a story to life visually and create a look that is dynamic, compelling, attractive, and FUN! Join Kat Block, the artist of Little Mouse, to develop an illustration style for your own original story or existing nursery rhyme. Students will be instructed in the best ways to emphasize the most important aspects of their story using composition and page placement, color, values, and proportion. Students will also learn techniques for researching images online to ultimately create more accurate and convincing drawings.
5 sessions: 9/19–10/24 (no class on 9/26)
Tuition: member $180, non-member $200

5333 Interior Paintings
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Mondays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Because of recent events, many of us have spent more time indoors than ever before. In this class, we will use our indoor surroundings for inspiration to make paintings of rooms that are imbued with much more than their actual furnishings. Interior rooms and spaces can project many personalities or moods that have an effect on our feelings. Students will learn technical aspects such as how to use the grid system for transferring photographs to canvas and using washes to lay in colors that reflect the feeling of the space. We will also study celebrated interior painters and their work such as Hopper, Vuillard, and Vermeer. Instruction will focus on painting with water media such as acrylic and watercolor.
5 sessions: 11/7–12/5
Tuition: member $180, non-member $200

5345 Exploring Color
Instructor: Alicia Cotter
Mondays, 12:30–3 PM
Explore color theory, mixing, layering, usage, and more through demonstrations, exercises, and free-paint sessions with the medium of your choice. Get a better understanding of color by experimenting and building upon new concepts to develop as an artist. This class is perfect for beginners as well as experienced painters.
10 sessions: 9/19–12/5 (no class on 9/26 & 10/24)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5480 Getting Started: Painting
Instructor: Matthew Langley
Mondays, 12:30–3 PM
Painting can be a fun and enriching pastime! This class will help break down uncertainties and fears that often give new painters problems and turn them into strengths. Designed for beginners or anyone who has been away from making art for a while, this class will teach how to prepare to start painting in any kind of style, building confidence and knowledge along the way. Learn how to set yourself up for success with easy-to-do exercises that will allow you to confidently handle your supplies and work with acrylic paint.
8 sessions: 9/19–11/14 (no class on 9/26)
Tuition: member $265, non-member $295

5411/5412 Landscape Painting
Instructor: Valeri Larko
5411 Mondays, 3:30–6 PM
5412 Mondays, 6:30–9 PM
Learn the basics of creating a successful landscape painting through instruction on color, composition, light and shadow, paint application, and different atmospheric effects. We use oil paint and oil pastel, but all media are welcome.
10 sessions: 9/19–11/28 (no class on 9/26)
Tuition: member $345, non-member $375

5370 How to Draw for the Absolutely Terrified
Instructor: Stephen Yavorski
Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Build and refine basic drawing skills and gain self-confidence as you develop powers of observation, learning at your own pace in this structured class. Explore a broad range of drawing materials while defining your individual style.
10 sessions: 9/20–11/29 (no class on 10/4)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5349 Color & Shape: Abstract Portraits
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Create abstract portraits in gouache by defining planes, areas, and features of the face. Working from a photograph, students will learn to identify and define areas of the face. A tracing paper overlay will be used to help observe and outline features and different areas of tone. This will provide a template of abstracted shapes to use for making color studies. Students will be encouraged to use their imaginations to experiment with nontraditional portrait colors and unique effects. Paintings will be completed using gouache on heavyweight paper.
5 sessions: 9/20–10/18
Tuition: member $180, non-member $200

5351 NEW! Pastel Portraiture
Instructor: Amanda Ciurciu
Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Take advantage of the unique ability of soft pastel to capture life-like portraits in this class! Learn how to accurately paint the basic building blocks of the face and add refined details to achieve the likeness of the subject. Working with a variety of references including a session with a live model and guidance from demonstrations, techniques such as rendering accurate skin tones, creating texture through light and dark, and conveying a person’s essence will also be taught.
10 sessions: 9/20–11/22
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365
Materials fee: $15

5350 NEW! Painting from Photographs
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Creating successful paintings from photographic references goes beyond simply copying. Learn how to analyze and redesign images to produce stronger compositions. By sketching basic shapes and values, decide what to leave in and what to edit out. Changing or introducing new colors will also be discussed. Students may work in their choice of wet media and use their own or copyright-free photos. Painting techniques, including how to transfer their finished sketch to canvas through the grid system, will be demonstrated and discussed.
5 sessions: 11/1–11/29
Tuition: member $180, non-member $200

5461 How to Paint Like the Impressionists
Instructor: To Be Determined
Tuesdays, 12:30–3 PM
Learn to paint with the same palette of colors and brush strokes as the Impressionists. In this class you can paint sunflowers, bowls of fruit, drapery, and still lifes, or you can opt for starry nights, snowy streets, rivers, hills, and mountains. Recreate luminous portraits and figures from the impressionist period. Explore how colors are used for atmospheric effect and amazing light.
10 sessions: 9/20–11/22
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5418 Understanding Landscape Painting
Instructor: Gerry Heydt
Tuesdays, 12:30–3 PM
Learn to create atmospheric and painterly landscape paintings from your own photos. Instruction includes: how to structure a painting; mixing realistic colors; and capturing accurate perspective, scale, and atmosphere. Learn how to handle skies, grasses, trees, water, and other landscape elements by simplifying and using expressive brushwork. The instructor will provide both demonstrations and one-on-one instruction.
8 sessions: 9/20–11/8
Tuition: member $265, non-member $295

5356 NEW! Cartooning & Character Design
Instructor: Doug Baron
Tuesdays, 6–8:30 PM
An adult version of our popular youth cartoon drawing and character design course is finally here! Join artist Doug Baron, creator of Sugar Ray Finhead, to learn the ins and outs of cartoon drawing, character design, inking techniques, and coloring with watercolor. Students will work on simple and effective techniques for creating their own character concepts. Master a unique style of creating cartoon, anime, and comic book art!
10 sessions: 9/20–11/29 (no class on 10/4)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5384 Drawing the Figure with Confidence
Instructor: Joel Tidey
Tuesdays, 7–9:30 PM
Figure it out! Learn to simplify the complex nature of drawing the human form by getting familiar with basic anatomy to better understand the figure. Because our poses are short, you will be able to focus on how to initiate a figure drawing through basic structuring. Repetition and practice are key elements in expressing yourself with confidence. Please note: This class uses both female and male life (nude) models. Students under 18 years of age must have written permission from a parent or guardian to participate. Please contact studioschool@artcenternj.org for more information.
10 sessions: 9/20–11/29 (no class on 10/4)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365
Materials fee: $65

5422 NEW! Drawing & Pastels
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
Wednesdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
This class is perfect for anyone looking to pursue a colored medium with a drawing mindset. Color theory, value, and form will be addressed and demonstrated in both step-by-step and exercise-based lessons to help students learn how to take their drawing skills to the next level while introducing color with pastels.
10 sessions: 9/21–11/30 (no class on 10/5)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5481 Introduction to Abstract Painting
Instructor: Matthew Langley
Wednesdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
A painting doesn’t need to be realistic to be outstanding. Discover your voice as a painter as you explore non-representational painting techniques to express your visual ideas. Abstract painting is no different than painting from life; you will learn the structure of making images including format, composition, rhythm, color, surface, and texture. A wide variety of painting styles and approaches will be addressed.
7 sessions: 9/21–11/9 (no class on 10/5)
Tuition: member $235, non-member $255

5423 Painting: Making Your Creative Mark
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
Wednesdays, 12:30–3 PM
Whether you are an experienced painter or looking to brush up on your skills, this class is perfect for exploring new styles and techniques and furthering your artistic creativity. Demonstrations in various media such as oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, and others will be given throughout the semester. Every week a new technique or idea will be discussed and shown to expose students to new ways of tackling painting within their own practice. No matter what your style or medium, all artists will get exposure and inspiration throughout the course while picking up useful tips to experiment with along their painting journey.
10 sessions: 9/21–11/30 (no class on 10/5)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5432 The Beautiful Art of Chinese Brush Painting
Instructor: Diana Hsu Kung
Wednesdays, 12:30–3 PM
Intrigued by Chinese brush painting? Learn to use simple brush strokes to create vivid images of flowers, birds, fish, bamboo, and more while also practicing how to incorporate texture and unique wash techniques essential for landscape painting. Individual attention is given to students of all levels.
8 sessions: 9/21–11/16 (no class on 10/5)
Tuition: member $265, non-member $295

5431 Introduction to Figure Painting
Instructor: To Be Determined
Wednesdays, 12:30–3 PM
This focused figure painting class will cover drawing correctly from nature as a basic foundation for good figure painting. Students will work from a live model while learning how to represent the figure in oil using a limited palette. Working with a limited palette of only white, yellow, red, and black simplifies the process of accurately mixing flesh tones while also keeping the painting harmonious. Emphasis will be on gesture, proportion, coloring mixing, and the use of light in the composition. Students will work alongside the instructor as each stage of the process is explained and demonstrated. Discussions and lectures, as well as personalized instruction and feedback, will be given. Please note: This class uses both female and male life (nude) models. Students under 18 years of age must have written permission from a parent or guardian to participate. Please contact studioschool@artcenternj.org for more information.
10 sessions: 9/21–11/30 (no class on 10/5)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365
Materials fee: $65

5482 Experimental Drawing
Instructor: Matthew Langley
Wednesdays, 12:30–3 PM
Push the boundaries of what can be achieved with drawing media. Go beyond a traditional approach to drawing: this course is designed to spark questions of what drawing can be as students experiment with unfamiliar/unexpected materials, methods, theories, and techniques. There will be a variety of exercises and projects designed to expand your visual and critical thinking. The studies created during this class will be a means to an end, not the end itself, helping to grow your skills and perceptions beyond what you already know about drawing.
7 sessions: 9/21–11/9 (no class on 10/5)
Tuition: member $235, non-member $255

5446/5447 Watercolor: Pure & Simple
Instructor: Mark de Mos
5446 Wednesdays, 6:30–9 PM
5447 Thursdays, 12:30–3 PM
Create loose, expressive watercolor works based on weekly demonstrations which focus on specific concepts. Work from your own original reference photos, sketches, or from a reference provided by the instructor.
5446 10 sessions: 9/21–11/30 (no class on 10/5)
5447 10 sessions: 9/22–12/1 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5358 NEW! Fashion Sketching & Illustration
Instructor: Janine Weiss
Wednesdays, 6:30–9 PM
Always wanted to draw a fashion figure or fashion illustration? Explore the figure with a live model and learn about the “Fashion Figure” from an instructor with many years of experience in the fashion field. Through different medium and techniques, students will develop their own style of fashion illustration. The principles taught in this class will carry over for both fashion illustration and fashion design.
10 sessions: 9/21–11/30 (no class on 10/5)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365
Materials fee: $65

5448 The Art of Portraiture
Instructor: Joel Tidey
Wednesdays, 7–9:30 PM
Examine the art of portraiture by drawing from a life model and/or photograph. Study key elements through a logical and informative approach by watching demonstrations and receiving individual instruction. Instruction begins with graphite and progresses to your medium of choice.
10 sessions: 9/21–11/30 (no class on 10/5)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365
Materials fee: $65

5426 Exploring the Potential of Soft Pastel
Instructor: Anita Gladstone
Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Through landscapes and still lifes, students will have the opportunity to explore the beauty and potential of painting with soft pastels. With demonstrations and one-on-one instruction, we will look at all aspects of pastel painting, including basic principles such as composition, color, value, techniques, and materials. Students will work on developing a solid foundation in pastel in an effort to find their individual creative voice.
10 sessions: 9/22–12/1 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5359 NEW! Make Your Portraits Pop
Instructor: Stephen Yavorski
Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Capturing your subject’s likeness with drawings and paintings can be tough. In this class, Stephen Yavorski will teach you multiple methods of approaching portraiture, including the French academic method and the Loomis method. As a class, students will learn these techniques and then apply them when drawing a live, clothed model.
10 sessions: 9/22–12/1 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365
Materials fee: $45

5449 NEW! Painting Your Way
Instructor: Sandy Ruda
Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
If you have been thinking about trying a new painting medium, come learn about and sample new mediums in this class. Students can continue to use any medium they choose each class while learning about the technical aspects of various painting mediums and how to approach them differently. Demonstrations will be given each week in a different medium including oils, acrylics, pastels, and colored pencils. Find out how learning a new medium can strengthen your abilities in another. Some materials provided.
5 sessions: 9/22–10/20
Tuition: member $180, non-member $200
Materials fee: $40

5450 NEW! Fundamentals of Gouache
Instructor: Amanda Ciurciu
Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Learn how to paint with a vibrant, versatile medium—gouache! Spanning from realism to abstract to illustration and beyond, this class will teach students the fundamental techniques of gouache while encouraging them to be as creative as possible. As an introduction to the world of gouache, the subject matter of this class will change each week.
5 sessions: 11/3–12/8 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $180, non-member $200

5452 Hyper-Realistic Drawing & Painting
Instructor: Stephen Yavorski
Thursdays, 12:30–3 PM
Want to learn to draw and paint images that are “better than a photograph”? This class focuses on techniques that allow students to draw and paint with a high level of detail and precision. Students will learn versatile, foolproof problem-solving techniques for achieving hyper-realistic renderings and will focus on gaining mastery of their chosen media.
10 sessions: 9/22–12/1 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5425 Painting in Color & Light
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
Thursdays, 12:30–3 PM
Add color to your canvas with instruction on achieving correct color, value, texture, temperature, soft and hard edges, atmospheric perspective, and much more. Demonstrations and topics enhance this fun and relaxed class where you choose to work from either a still life or reference photo. All colored media welcome.
10 sessions: 9/22–12/8 (no class 10/6 & 11/24)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5451 NEW! Introduction to Colored Pencils
Instructor: Sandy Ruda
Thursdays, 12:30–3 PM
Learn the basics of rendering three-dimensional, life-like images in colored pencils! Principles such as color theory, color observation, composition, and layering techniques will help students achieve painterly effects in this unique medium. Discussion of materials including papers and the use of solvents and gel pens will be included.
5 sessions: 9/22–10/20
Tuition: member $180, non-member $200

5401 NEW! Techniques in Watercolor & Watercolor Pencil
Instructor: Traci Zaretzka
Thursdays, 6:30–9 PM
This class will explore a variety of techniques that can be used with traditional watercolors and with watercolor pencils, such as creating washes, glazing, layering, and creating textural effects. We will look at the specific properties of watercolors vs. watercolor pencils, exploring when to use each and how to use them together to create even more effects. Basic color theory and drawing techniques will be covered as well. Students have the option of painting the same subject as the instructor or working on their own project.
10 sessions: 9/22–12/1 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5459 Draw & Paint Everything with Confidence
Instructor: Stephen Yavorski
Thursdays, 7–9:30 PM
Build and sharpen foundational skills that will help you become a more proficient and self-sufficient artist. Subjects include, but are not limited to, mastering perspective and understanding composition, gaining control over darks and lights, and breaking down complex forms into simple shapes. Beginning students will start with drawing to gain confidence in rendering compositions successfully. Returning students can continue to sharpen their drawing skills and advance into working with color media such as oils, acrylic, and watercolor, if desired.
10 sessions: 9/22–12/1 (no class on 11/24)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365

5434 Encaustic Painting: The Basics & Beyond
Instructor: Chase Cantwell
Fridays, 12:30–3 PM
Encaustic is the art of painting with molten beeswax combined with colored pigments and resin. The results are like no other medium—mysterious, deep, and translucent. Gain fundamental knowledge of working with encaustics while receiving hands-on time for personal exploration. Informal critiques and discussions are encouraged so students can take risks, let go of preconceived ideas, and, most of all, have fun with this beautiful and versatile medium. Some materials provided.
10 sessions: 9/23–12/2 (no class on 11/25)
Tuition: member $335, non-member $365
Materials fee: $125

5402 Introduction to Watercolor Pencils
Instructor: Traci Zaretzka
Saturdays, 10–12:30 PM
Watercolor pencils are a versatile medium. Experiment with a variety of watercolor pencil techniques: using them as traditional watercolors, drawing with them and blending colors with water, drawing on wet paper for bold vibrant colors, and using them for fine details. The first part of the semester will be a series of small drawings applying the different techniques. In the second part of the semester, students will have the opportunity to create their own small watercolor paintings using any or all of the techniques learned in class.
5 sessions: 9/24–10/22
Tuition: member $180, non-member $200