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.

For additional information on courses, please contact Colleen Mackenzie:

Phone: 973.971.3710
Email: [email protected]


To register for a studio course(s), please fill out the form below: 

Registration Form


CHILDREN AND TEENS 

ART EXPERIENCES WITH NINA NEMETH
8 Sundays: September 24–November 19, 12:00-2:00PM
(No class October 15)

Ages 7-14

Have fun exploring and experimenting with a variety of visual art techniques and mediums through engaging projects and hands-on activities. If you were in a previous Art Experience class, come see what Nina has in store for you. Materials and techniques will involve pastel, watercolor painting, drawing, and collage. Always new projects!

Member $180 | Non-Member $200 | Supply fee $10


DISCOVERING GREAT ARTISTS WITH NINA NEMETH
8 Sundays: September 24–November 19, 2:00-4:00PM
(No class October 15)
Ages 7-14

This course will introduce Art History to children through a hands-on integrated study. Students will be exposed to a variety of art techniques and styles while learning about famous artists such as Picasso, Monet, Degas, Kandinsky, O’Keeffe and more.

Member $180 | Non-Member $200 | Supply fee $10


MIXED MEDIA COLLAGE WITH NINA NEMETH
8 Thursdays: September 28-November 16, 3:00-4:30PM
Ages 9+

Explore some of the many mixed media methods using various tools – you might use paint, you might use “bleeding paper,” maybe ink, or collage materials from any number of sources! Enjoy eye-opening classes viewing demos and receiving instruction in different mediums and methods to create a unique work of art.

Member $180 | Non-Member $200 | Supply fee $10


Image Credits:
Recent student work. Photos Courtesy of Nina Nemeth
Squares with Concentric Circles, Kandinsky

A DAY WITH PICASSO WITH NINA NEMETH
Monday, October 9, 9:30AM-12:00PM
Ages 7-14

View a sampling of works by Pablo Picasso, one of the world’s Master Artists. Learn about his life and times, while you explore his unique and revolutionary art. You will create your own masterpieces in the styles of this master.

Member $50 | Non-Member $55 | Supply fee $5


A DAY WITH KANDINSKY WITH NINA NEMETH
Thursday, November 9, 9:30AM-12:00PM
Ages 7-14

View a sampling of works by Kandinsky, one of the world’s Master Artists. Learn about his life and times, while you explore his unique and revolutionary art. You will create your own masterpieces in the styles of this master.

Member $50 | Non-Member $55 | Supply fee $5


A DAY WITH VAN GOGH WITH NINA NEMETH
Friday, November 10, 9:30AM-12:00PM
Ages 7-14

View a sampling of works by Van Gogh, one of the world’s Master Artists. Learn about his life and times, while you explore his unique and revolutionary art. You will create your own masterpieces in the styles of this master.

Member $50| Non-Member $55 | Supply fee $5


Image Credit: Recent student work. Photos Courtesy of Nina Nemeth 

ADULTS

ACRYLIC PAINTING WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI
10 Mondays: September 25-December 4, 10:00AM-12:00PM
(No class October 9)

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!

Member $220 | Non-Member $245 | Supply list will be provided


PASTEL PAINTING WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI
10 Tuesdays: September 26-November 28, 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-Member $245 | Supply list will be provided


WATERCOLOR WITH PEGGY DRESSEL
6 Thursdays: October 2-November 16, 10:00AM-12:00PM 
(No class November 9) 

This course is for anyone with little of no experience who wants to learn to paint watercolors.  Color theory, value, how to mix paint and basic watercolor techniques will be covered.  A demonstration will be given at each class.  Subject matter changes each session, which may include flowers, landscape or still life.

Member $135 | Non-Member $145 | Supply list will be provided


FUNDAMENTALS OF DRAWING WITH LAURIE HARDEN
10 Fridays: October 13-December 22, 12:30-2:30PM
(No class November 24)

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!

Member $240 | Non-Member $265 | Supply list will be provided


FUNDAMENTALS OF PORTRAIT & FIGURE DRAWING WITH LAURIE HARDEN
10 Fridays: October 13-December 22, 3:00-4:30PM
(No class November 24)

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. Clothed model will be present for 5 of the 10 sessions.

Member $240 | Non-Member $265 | Supply list will be provided



Image Credits:
Acrylic painting by instructor, Francesca Pelaggi
Pastel painting by instructor, Francesca Pelaggi
Purple Lilacs, water color by instructor, Peggy Dressel
Craig, drawing by instructor, Laurie Harden

ACRYLIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI 
Saturday, October 14, 10:00AM-4:00PM

Students will be able to choose from various still life arrangements set up around the studio or their own photographs of landscapes (No portraits please). Fundamental elements of composition, abstract form, light and shadow, blocking in of color, value accuracy, etc. will be covered. Learn to work wet in wet as well as glazing techniques to build up a finished painting.

Member $90 | Non-Member $100


PASTEL PAINTING TECHNIQUES WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI
Saturday, November 4, 10:00AM-4:00PM

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!

Member $90 | Non-Member $100