Studio Art


Become a master of visual language, develop a greater understanding of technique through the fundamentals of art, and learn expression through different mediums while expanding upon your craft. The Morris Museum offers studio courses for children, teens, and adults throughout the year.

All skill levels welcome.

Advanced registration is required for all courses and workshops.
To register:
Phone: 973.971.3710
Email: [email protected]
 
Studio Art Department Policies

CHILDREN AND TEENS 

WINTER 2018

NEW! INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION AND CARTOONING WITH SEBASTIAN GOMEZ 
9 Saturdays: January 27-March 24, 12:00-2:00PM 
Ages 14+

Join artist and professional Illustrator, Sebastian Gomez, for an introductory course in the professional field of illustration and get a first-hand look at what a college Illustration course entails. Students will acquire fundamental illustration skills, become familiar with principal areas within the field, and will be introduced to a variety of techniques used in Sebastian’s illustrations. Students will work on three projects throughout the nine weeks, including character design, interior book illustration, and a comic book/book cover illustration.

Members: $180
Non-Members: $200


POPULAR! ART EXPLORATIONS WITH NINA NEMETH
8 Sundays: January 21-March 18, 12:00-2:00PM (no class February 18)
Ages 7-14

Join artist, Nina Nemeth, in this continuation course of exploring and experimenting with a variety of mediums and techniques through engaging projects and hands-on activities. Whether you are a past participant or new student, you are invited to learn different approaches to pastel, watercolor, drawing, and collage while creating new masterpieces. Always new projects!

Members: $180
Non-Members: $200
Supply fee $10


POPULAR! DISCOVERING GREAT ARTISTS WITH NINA NEMETH 
8 Sundays: January 21-March 18, 2:00-4:00PM (no class February 18)
Ages 5-9

Calling all mini-masters of art! Join us in this continuation course of discovering popular master artists throughout history and how their techniques have been used for decades, some even centuries! Students will be exposed to an assortment of work from Picasso, Monet, Degas, and more, through a hands-on integrated study.

Members: $180
Non-Members: $200
Supply fee $10


NEW! AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM ELEMENTS OF DRAWING WITH NINA NEMETH
10 Wednesdays: January 24-March 28, 3:45-5:15PM 
Ages 9+

Learn about the elements of design: Line, form, color, space, texture, and value. Students will learn the basic fundamentals to create their own works using these elements in various mediums. The class will look at a work from master artists to see how they used these elements in different ways. Bring a sketchbook!

Members: $165
Non-Members: $185
Supply fee $10


NEW! AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM EXPLORE COLOR WITH NINA NEMETH
10 Thursdays: January 25-March 29, 3:45-5:15PM 
Ages 11+

A fun class aimed at exploring the basics of color theory. Mix beautiful colors and create an innovative color wheel of your own. Using the color wheel, students will explore compositions using primary, secondary, and tertiary colors while learning about basic color mixing in different mediums. Color theory principles will be experimented using various techniques and students will learn why the foundation of color is a key component when creating artworks.

Members: $165
Non-Members: $185
Supply fee $10


AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM PORTRAIT AND FIGURE DRAWING WITH LAURIE HARDEN
9 Fridays: January 26-March 23, 3:00-5:00PM 
Ages 11+

Students will learn the fundamentals of drawing portraits and the human figure from both photographs and live models. Sessions will begin with quick, gesture sketches, and conclude with completed drawings from longer studies. Learn proportions and correct relationship between features and parts of the body, using guides like plumb-lines and negative spaces. This class is for beginners as well as the more experienced student who wishes to continue the “practice” and challenge of portrait and figure drawing. A clothed model will be present for 5 of the 10 sessions.

Members: $240
Non-Members: $265


NEW WORKSHOP! THE MATHEMATICS AND DESIGN OF ORIGAMI
Monday, January 15, 11:00AM-12:30PM
Ages 9+

Join us to make your own origami art piece! Students will be led in this craft by an origami expert and build their own unique structures by folding and connecting a variety of colored paper while discovering how this craft’s related mathematics is used in space, medical devices, and automotive airbags.

Members: FREE
Non-Members: $3


ADULTS

WINTER 2018

NEW! SEASONAL CRAFT CREATIONS! REGISTRATION CLOSED
Monday, December 11, 3:00-4:00PM

Project: Ribbon Wreath

The Morris Museum is excited to launch its new workshop series: Seasonal Craft Creations! Led by staff members of the Education Department, students will participate in various craft sessions throughout the year. This winter, join us in creating your own ribbon wreath in just 5 simple steps! Students will receive their own 12” wire wreath frame and learn to ribbon wrap using seasonal burlap fabric. Feeling festive? Add florals or other décor of choice!

Members: $15
Non-Members: $20


NEW! HANDMADE PAPER-MAKING WITH ROCCO SCARY 
9 Saturdays: January 27-March 31, 1:00-5:00PM
(no class February 10)

Join artist, Rocco Scary, showcased in our current exhibition, Book Art: A Novel Idea, and learn about the process of handmade papermaking.  Students will examine the basic concept of papermaking techniques creating sheets of handmade paper using a standard deckle and mold. The multiple uses of handmade paper will also be explored which will include basic image transfer processes. Techniques of mold making and relief casting involving paper pulp will unfold in understanding a three-dimensional process as well.

Members: $390
Non-Members: $415


POPULAR! ACRYLIC PAINTING WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI 
9 Mondays: January 22-March 26, 10:00AM-12:00PM

Learn fundamental elements of composition, including abstract form, light and shadow, blocking in of color, and value accuracy while using acrylic paint. Learn to work wet in wet as well as glazing techniques to build up a finished painting. Demonstrations will be given as well as individual attention to all students. All levels welcome – beginners encouraged!

Members: $200
Non-Members: $220


POPULAR! PASTELS WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI  
10 Tuesdays: January 23-March 27, 10:00AM-12:00PM

Pastel is an exciting medium with seductive color and relatively quick results. Learn to achieve various values, tones and textures in still life and landscapes. If you’ve never tried it, here’s your chance! Demonstrations will be given as well as individual attention to all students. All levels welcome – beginners encouraged!

Members: $220
Non-Members: $245


POPULAR! FUNDAMENTALS OF DRAWING WITH LAURIE HARDEN 
9 Fridays: January 26-March 23, 12:30-2:30PM

Learn the fundamentals of drawing a variety of subject matter, focusing on the formal elements of line, shape, tone, form, space, and depth. Practice with still-life to render the look of 3-D through value and shadow. Draw from life the last 2 weeks observing a live model. There will be a short demonstration in every class as well as individual attention to all students. All levels welcome – beginners encouraged!

POPULAR! PORTRAIT AND FIGURE DRAWING WITH LAURIE HARDEN 
9 Fridays: January 26-March 23, 3:00-5:00PM 

In this two-part course, students will learn the fundamentals of drawing portraits and the human figure from both photographs and live models. Sessions will begin with quick, gesture sketches, and conclude with completed drawings from longer studies. Learn proportions and correct relationship between features and parts of the body, using guides like plumb-lines and negative spaces. This class is for beginners as well as the more experienced student who wishes to continue the “practice” and challenge of portrait and figure drawing. A clothed model will be present for 5 of the 10 sessions.

Members: $240
Non-Members: $265

SIGN UP FOR BOTH AND SAVE $25!
Members: $455
Non-Members: $505


NEW WORKSHOP! BOOK ART CREATIONS PART I WITH ALICE HARRISON 
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 1:00-4:00PM

Start with a stack of paper and end with a book! Build a simple book form and decorate, illustrate, paint, collage and write in the pages. An accordion book is great because it allows you to view page by page or open as a panorama.

NEW WORKSHOP! BOOK ART CREATIONS PART II WITH ALICE HARRISON
Sunday, February 18, 2018, 1:00-4:00PM

Recycle and transform a discarded book into a one of a kind work of art combining bookmaking, collage, journaling, paper craft, embellishing and more. Have a theme, tell a story or obscure the book and create art not related to the book.

Members: $60
Non-Members: $70

SIGN UP FOR BOTH AND SAVE $10!
Members: $110
Non-Members: $130 


CALL FOR INSTRUCTORS 

The Morris Museum is seeking to expand its studio art program and is currently accepting proposals from qualified instructors of diverse mediums to teach future courses for children, teens, and adults.

Proposals should include:
CV and cover letter
3-5 examples of work
Type of medium/class you would like to teach
Times of year you are available/course availability (morning, afternoon, weekend, weekdays)
A brief description of previous course(s): days/week, length of course(s), how many students, etc.
Age group(s) you would like to teach
Facility requirements, if any (example: kiln)
Examples of student work, if applicable
Link to website, if applicable

Please send proposal material as (1) PDF file to [email protected] with “Call for Instructors” in the subject line.


Image credits:
Orange Street, Rocco Scary 2007 Handmade Paper, Steel, Mixed Media – 12″x9″x14″- Opened View
Neighbors, Sebastian Gomez, 9×12 inches, Mixed Media (colored pencils, watercolor and oils)
Face the Sunshine, Nina Nemeth, Mixed Media and Collage.
Student work, Kandinsky project, courtesy of instructor, Nina Nemeth.
Student work, Charcoal drawing, courtesy of instructor, Nina Nemeth.
Student work, Color Theory, courtesy of instructor, Nina Nemeth.
Skeletal Octohedron, Medium: Post-it Notes, Number of Units: 6 Water Bomb Base and 6 Bird Base Units
Holstens, Rocco Scary, Colored pencil, chalk and charcoal on handmade paper, 2015
Acrylic class, photo courtesy of Morris Museum staff
Landscape, Francesca Pelaggi, Pastel on paper.
Portrait study, Laurie Harden, Charcoal on toned paper.
Gentler Times, Alice Harrison, Altered book.