SPRING SEMESTER 2024

Adult Painting & Drawing Classes

Artist taking an online art class

6760 Color & Shape: Abstract Portraits
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Mondays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Let your imagination run wild with color! In this class, students will be encouraged to explore abstract portraits where the focus will be more on design, color, and expression. Working from a photo, students will learn how to transform planes, areas, and features of a face into abstracted shapes. An array of abstract portrait examples will be shown for students to gain some inspiration. Gouache is recommended, but students may work in their medium of choice.
5 sessions: 4/1–4/29
Tuition: member $190, non-member $210

6764 Painting from A–Z
Instructor: Sandy Ruda
6764 Mondays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
This general painting class places the emphasis on oil painting, but students may work in their medium of choice. Each class will begin with a short talk or demonstration covering multiple topics. Explore your inspiration and discover your vision!
9 sessions: 4/1–6/10 (no class on 4/29, 5/27)
Tuition: member $312, non-member $342

6763 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 online researching of images to ultimately create more accurate and convincing drawings.
5 sessions: 4/1–4/29
Tuition: member $190, non-member $210

6965 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.
8 sessions: 4/1–5/20
Tuition: member $280, non-member $310

6966 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 students 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.
8 sessions: 4/1–5/20
Tuition: member $280, non-member $310

6770 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.
9 sessions: 4/1–6/10 (no class on 5/13, 5/27)
Tuition: member $312, non-member $342

6778/6779 Landscape Painting
Instructor: Valeri Larko
6778 Mondays, 3:30–6 PM
6779 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. This class is suitable for both beginners and advanced painters!
10 sessions: 4/1–6/17 (no class on 4/22, 5/27)
Tuition: member $364, non-member $394

6791 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: 4/2–6/4
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384

6792/6793 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 be 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.
6792 5 sessions: 4/2–4/30
6793 5 sessions: 5/14–6/11
Tuition: member $190, non-member $210

7074 Color Theory for Oil Painters – 8 weeks, START 4/16
Instructor: Duane Lutsko
Tuesdays, 12:30–3 PM
In this class, students will learn about color concepts when painting from observation. Students will gain insight and develop skills of color mixing by modifying and neutralizing their paints to reflect the three attributes of color: hue, value, and chroma.
8 sessions: 4/16–6/4
Tuition: member $280, non-member $310

6798 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 and painting exercises to help students loosen up their technique.
8 sessions: 4/9–5/28
Tuition: member $280, non-member $310

6807 Cartooning & Character Design
Instructor: Doug Baron
Tuesdays, 6–8:30 PM
An adult version of our popular youth cartoon drawing and character design courses 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: 4/2–6/4
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384

6810/6811 Painting from A–Z (5 sessions)
Instructor: Sandy Ruda
6810/6811 Tuesdays, 6:30–9 PM
This general painting class places the emphasis on oil painting, but students may work in their medium of choice. Each class will begin with a short talk or demonstration covering multiple topics. Explore your inspiration and discover your vision!
6810 5 sessions: 4/2–4/30
6811 5 sessions: 5/14–6/11
Tuition: member $190, non-member $210

6812 Drawing the Figure with Confidence
Instructor: Joel Tidey
Tuesdays, 7 PM–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 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: 4/2–6/4
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384
Materials fee: $73

6967 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.
8 sessions: 4/3–5/22
Tuition: member $280, non-member $310

6819 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.
9 sessions: 4/3–5/29
Tuition: member $312, non-member $342

6823 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: 4/3–5/22
Tuition: member $280, non-member $310

6825 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, 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 concept 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.
9 sessions: 4/3–5/29
Tuition: member $312, non-member $342

6968 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.
8 sessions: 4/3–5/22
Tuition: member $280, non-member $310

6839 How to Paint Like the Impressionists
Instructor: Duane Lutsko
Wednesdays, 6:30–9 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 life, 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: 4/3–6/5
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384

6837/6838 Watercolor: Pure & Simple
Instructor: Mark de Mos
6837 Wednesdays, 6:30–9 PM
6838 Thursdays, 12:30–3 PM
Create loose, expressive watercolor works based on weekly demonstrations that focus on specific concepts. Work from your own original reference photos and/or sketches or from a reference provided by the instructor.
6837 10 sessions: 4/3–6/5
6838 10 sessions: 4/4–6/6
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384

6840/6841 The Art of Portraiture
Instructor: Joel Tidey
6840 Wednesdays, 7 PM–9:30 PM
6841 Fridays, 12:30–3 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 progresses to your medium of choice.
6840 10 sessions: 4/3–6/5
6841 10 sessions: 4/5–6/7
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384
Materials fee: $73

6858 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: 4/4–6/6
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384

6857 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 to approaching portraiture, including the French Academic method and the Loomis Method. As a class, we will learn these techniques and then apply them when drawing a live, clothed model. Materials fee cover the cost of a live model that will provided for a portion of the classes.
10 sessions: 4/4–6/6
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384
Materials fee: $53

6846 Loosen Up Your Paintings
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Learn how to loosen up your paintings in a painterly way! Each week, students will study various artists to analyze what gives their work its loose character and vitality. The class will perform weekly painting exercises, after which they will apply learned techniques to their own canvas. Students are encouraged to bring in some photos and ideas. Students may also bring in a painting they’ve finished and try again on a new canvas with looser results. The instructor will provide direction, support, and encouragement throughout the duration of the class.
5 sessions: 4/4–5/2
Tuition: member $190, non-member $210

6848 Inner Landscapes
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Thursdays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
In this class, students will be inspired by indoor spaces to create rooms that are imbued with much more than their actual furnishings. Interior rooms are spaces that can project many personalities or moods that have an effect on one’s feelings. Students will have the choice to include figures, depict a whole room, or focus on a detail within the space. Each week, the class will view and discuss interior paintings from noted artists like Matisse, Vermeer, and Hopper. These will inspire students’ ideas on how to approach their own painting. Students are encouraged to bring images of rooms they are inspired by or use photos of their personal space. Work in your choice of painting media.
5 sessions: 5/16–6/13
Tuition: member $190, non-member $210

6861 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.
9 sessions: 4/4–5/30
Tuition: member $312, non-member $342

6860 Propel Your Painting: Explorations in Oils
Instructor: Stephen Yavorski
Thursdays, 12:30–3 PM
Painting can be difficult, but it doesn’t need to be! Learn how to use oil paint effectively to create the artwork you want. We will explore techniques that can make your painting process easier, allowing you to make your work stronger and more realistic. Topics will include exploring various painting surfaces such as canvas and wood, learning about how oils function as a medium, and how different additives can change the way the paint is able to be applied.
10 sessions: 4/4–6/6
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384

6868 Painting with Pastels
Instructor: Sandy Ruda
Thursdays, 3:30–6 PM
Learn how to layer pastels with a focus on composition, value, and color theory. You will experiment with pastel application, color mixing, and blending while taking this class. There will be opportunities to enhance your skills using pastels to create landscapes and still lifes. Additionally, a demonstration will be given on underpainting, a painting technique that affects the brightness of a white canvas. A variety of materials for the class will be discussed and you will be able to choose your favorite materials to use for your finished painting.
10 sessions: 4/4–6/13 (no class on 4/25)
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384

6875 Draw & Paint Everything with Confidence
Instructor: Stephen Yavorski
Thursdays, 6:30–9 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, watercolor, and more if desired. The materials fee covers the cost of the model that will be scheduled during a class session.
10 sessions: 4/4–6/6
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384
Materials fee: $22

6874 Techniques in Watercolor and 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 and layering, and creating textural effects. We will look at the specific properties of watercolors versus 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: 4/4–6/6
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384

6879 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: 4/5–6/14 (no class on 5/10)
Tuition: member $354, non-member $384
Materials fee: $125

6896 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: 4/13–5/11
Tuition: member $190, non-member $210