SPRING SEMESTER 2021

Adult Painting & Drawing Classes

4050 Self-Expression Through Painting
Instructor: Matthew Langley
Mondays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Express yourself! This comprehensive class embraces all personal styles—figurative, expressionistic, or abstract. The class focuses on oil and acrylic, but you are welcome to use mixed-media, other tools, and other media. 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. It is a “no rules” class relying on the laws 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.
10 sessions: 4/5–6/14 (no class on 5/31)
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4051 Painting from A-Z
Instructor: Kit Sailer
Mondays, 9:30 AM–12 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.
10 sessions: 4/5–6/14 (no class on 5/31)
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4001 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 drawing as students learn to think in basic shapes and gestural line. 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: 4/5–5/3
Tuition: member $165, non-member $175

4002 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 acrylics or watercolors.
5 sessions: 5/10–6/14  (no class on 5/31)
Tuition: member $165, non-member $175

4069 Exploring Color
Instructor: Kit Sailer
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: 4/5–6/14 (no class on 5/31)
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4068 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 people who have 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.
5 sessions: 4/5–5/3
Tuition: member $165, non-member $175

4023/4024 Landscape Painting
Instructor: Valeri Larko
4023 Mondays, 3:30–6 PM
4024 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: 4/5–6/14 (no class on 5/31)
Tuition: member $320, non-member $350

4073 Introduction to Encaustic
Instructor: Kathy Cantwell
Mondays, 4–6:30 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 supplied.
8 sessions: 4/5–5/24
Tuition: member $255, non-member $275
Materials fee: $115

4020 How to Draw for the Absolutely Terrified
Instructor: Victoria Starger
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: 4/6–6/8
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4007 Color and 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: 4/6–5/4
Tuition: member $165, non-member $175

4084 How to Paint Like the Impressionists
Instructor: Victoria Starger
Tuesdays, 12:30–3 PM
Learn to paint with the same palette of colors and brush strokes as the impressionists. In 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: 4/6–6/8
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4085 Figure Painting
Instructor: Dustin Adamson
Tuesdays, 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.
10 sessions: 4/6–6/8
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340
Materials fee: $65

4025 NEW! Mastering Realistic Color in Oils
Instructor: Stephanie Deshpande
Tuesdays, 6:30–9 PM
Many elements go into completing a successful painting and it can be intimidating to try to focus on everything at once. This class will concentrate on the element of color and teach various techniques for achieving realistic colors using oil paint. Working on a simple still life each week, we will practice scumbling and glazing, balancing warm and cool color relationships, and mixing colors. This class will help you master color so that you have the skills to tackle more ambitious paintings.
10 sessions: 4/6–6/8
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4125 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: 4/6–6/8
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340
Materials fee: $65

4054 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.
10 sessions: 4/7–6/9
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4089 Painting: Making Your Creative Mark
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
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, techniques, and furthering your artistic creativity. Demonstrations in various media such as oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, and others will be given throughout the session. Every week a new technique or idea will be discussed and demonstrated 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: 4/7–6/9
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4090 Exploring the Potential of Soft Pastel
Instructor: Anita Gladstone
Wednesdays, 12:30–3 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: 4/7–6/9
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4087 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.
6 sessions: 4/7–5/12
Tuition: member $185, non-member $205

4129 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 then progress to your medium of choice.
10 sessions: 4/7–6/9
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340
Materials fee: $65

4056 Fearless Drawing
Instructor: Stephen Yavorski
Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Develop your drawing skills and boost confidence as you explore different concepts and media. Study form, value, proportion, perspective, and surface texture working from still lifes provided by the instructor and, for two weeks, from a model. This will enable you to explore figure and portrait drawing. Demonstrations occur in each class; some weeks using charcoal, and others, watercolor and ink.
10 sessions: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340
Materials fee: $35

4039 Mixed Water Media on Paper
Instructor: Donna Read
Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
This class will explore the luminosity of watercolor, the opacity of gouache, and the permanence of acrylic to use to your best advantage. Most watercolorists know the frustration of losing the white areas of the paper and not being able to get them back. Start with watercolor and build on it using gouache and acrylic for an opaque contrast. This allows you to make changes that can’t be made in watercolor, which will free you to be more creative. Take some of those old watercolors that you gave up on, start layering, and create a whole new painting!
10 sessions: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4094 Painting in Color & Light
Instructor: TBD
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: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4091 Watercolor Florals
Instructor: Donna Read
Thursdays, 12:30–3 PM
Would you like to learn the skills necessary to create a floral painting? We start with demonstrations of techniques working wet-in-wet. Learn to mix and apply paint to achieve a luminous look. Your painting will come together by experimenting with backgrounds as you develop your own style.
10 sessions: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4093 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: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4132 Draw Everything with Confidence
Instructor: Stephen Yavorski
Thursdays, 7–9:30 PM
Build confidence in your drawing skills! Learn how to take what you see in our 3D world and successfully translate it to a flat paper surface through clear instruction on the principles of drawing. If you feel ready to take your work to the next level, you may develop your drawings into paintings.
10 sessions: 4/8–6/10
Tuition: member $310, non-member $340

4047 Introduction to Watercolor Pencils
Instructor: Traci Zaretzka
Saturdays, 10 AM–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 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 learned in class.
5 sessions: 4/17–5/15
Tuition: member $165, non-member $175

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