Adult Online Classes & Workshops


To participate in online classes and workshops, students will need to have access to a computer, tablet, or phone with internet and access to Zoom.

4197 NEW! Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
Instructor: Bill Blanchard
Mondays, 6:30–9 PM
Many people today have cameras capable of taking beautiful and detailed photos but don’t know how to utilize a photo-editing program such as Adobe Lightroom to really make their images shine. Over the course of this class, students will take their own photographs to the next level by using the powerful tools available in Lightroom. By the last class, students will walk away with a collection of refined and perfected photos.
10 sessions: 4/5–6/14 (no class on 5/31)
Tuition: member $355, non-member $385

4274/4275 Technology & Vision: Developing Your Photographic Voice—online with Don Polzo
Instructor: Donald Polzo
4274 Tuesdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
4275 Wednesdays, 6:30–9 PM
This course is designed to allow students to develop their own individual photographic voice and share that voice with others through photograghy examples. This virtual on-line class will help photographers develop their digital technical skills and their individual artistic voice. Students will undertake an in-depth exploration of Lightroom & Photoshop’s potential to develop and enhance their images to their specific vision. Third party creative plug-ins are also incorporated. Students will work independently between classes to “develop” the same image in software, allowing individual interpretation of the original image based upon each person’s artistic voice. Critiques and discussion will then help students share and identify certain techniques, concepts, and elements of composition, they are interested in exploring further. Each class will contain supplemental materials & videos to assist in expanding creative awareness and new editing techniques.
4274 10 sessions: 4/6–6/8
4275 10 sessions: 4/7–6/9
Tuition: member $355, non-member $385

4086 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. Instructor will provide both demonstrations and one-on-one instruction.
6 sessions: 4/13–5/18
Tuition: member $185, non-member $205

4198 NEW! Introduction to Photoshop
Instructor: Bill Blanchard
Tuesdays, 6:30–9 PM
This class covers the basic concepts and tools used in Photoshop. Through demonstrations, instructional handouts, and hands-on computer use, learn the fundamentals of digital color, retouching, colorizing, and inkjet printing. The use of adjustment layers, layer masks, and filters will also be explored to emphasize image enhancement and creative freedom. This class is intended to prepare the student for the next level of Photoshop skills.
10 sessions: 4/6–6/8
Tuition: member $355, non-member $385

4095 Watercolor: Pure & Simple
Instructor: Mark de Mos
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 and/or sketches or from a reference provided by the instructor.
10 sessions: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4134 Art Appreciation 103
Instructor: James Adkins
Thursdays, 7–8:30 PM
This easy-to-understand discussion series covers cultural influences, ideas, and times that informed artists’ and architects’ great works throughout history. Beginning with the dramatic Baroque period with its theatrical works in sculpture, painting and architecture, we’ll then move through the 18th- and 19th-centuries, overflowing with masterful painters in competing movements. Finally, we’ll conclude with the modern art of the 20th-century, including Cubist and pop art. We’ll see how an ever-changing world and new technologies shaped and directed the trajectory of art. All students welcome; there is no required pre-requisite.
10 sessions: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $95, non-member $105

4057 Achieving the Magical Look In Landscapes
Instructor: Mark Saenger
Fridays, 10 AM–12:30 PM
Paint luminous landscapes! With engaging lectures and demonstrations on value, atmosphere, color mixing, composition, and dynamic light effects, learn how to turn simple landscape photographs into luminous landscape paintings. You can create magical, light-filled landscapes that pop on canvas with the skills you will acquire in this class.
10 sessions: 4/9–6/11
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340


4031 Handmade Paper Creations
Instructor: Louise Wheeler
Create artistic squares of handmade paper from recycled paper pulp, craft paints, dried flower petals, and more. Finished paper squares will then be arranged and mounted to make a unique framed piece of wall art. Students will learn the process of making paper from pulp including adding color and texture, shaping, and proper drying. The decorative possibilities are endless and defined by your aesthetic and creative approach. Some materials provided in a kit that can be either shipped or picked up prior to the workshop.
Sundays, 4/25–5/2, 1–4 PM
Tuition: $110, Materials fee: $30

 4036 NEW! Ansel Adams lecture with Nancy Ori
Instructor: Nancy Ori
Nancy Ori, well-known New Jersey photographer and former student and colleague of Ansel Adams, offers an online presentation of one of the world’s most famous photographers. She will share the story of a man and his life of dedication, adventure, achievement, friendships, and concern for nature, along with her own personal experiences of knowing him. “In 1978 and 1980, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study with Ansel in California and then teach at the Ansel Adams Workshop for eight seasons. Through this association, I was exposed to his philosophy on preservation and documentation of the landscape and learned a special respect and love of the land.” Nancy’s presentation will be in the form of a slide presentation with time for questions.
Sunday, 4/25, 1–2:30 PM
Tuition: $45

4030 NEW! Nature as Inspiration for Art
Instructor: Nancy Ori
Nature has always been one of the biggest sources of creative inspiration for artists. Learn why in this workshop! Look at the elements of design found in nature and respond to them through photography. Natural forms and patterns will be studied, observed, and contemplated, then artistically interpreted by techniques such as cropping and assigning colors. A lecture, discussion, and image critiques will be at the core of our time together with assignments to complement and inspire investigation into the spring landscape.
Sundays, 5/16–5/23, 1–4 PM
Tuition: $110, Materials fee: $25

4205 Bob Ross Painting
Instructor: Mark Saenger
This online workshop by certified and Bob Ross-taught instructor Mark Saenger is perfect for someone who has never painted before or wants to paint using the wet-on-wet technique made popular by the famous TV series. Just like the show, multiple cameras will show every step in creating a beautiful spring landscape, so making “happy trees” will be a breeze. Repeat students welcome!  Students will be contacted approximately one week before the date of the workshop to pick up their supply kit at the Art Center. If needed, shipping is available for an additional $10 charge (please contact the Art Center at 908-272-9121 for more information).
Sunday, 6/13, 10 AM–4 PM
Tuition: $110, Materials fee: $40

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