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 complete the form below: 

Registration Form

Please review the following registration policy: 
1. Classes may not run due to low enrollment. If registered, you will be notified of any cancellation prior to the start of the course
2. Registrations should be received no later than 1 week prior to the course start date. For late registrations, please call to confirm class availability
3. Payment must be received PRIOR to the start date for registration to be complete (unless special arrangements have been made)
4. Please call 973.971.3710 for payment options
5. Payment will not be processed until after the course start date

CHILDREN AND TEENS 

Explore the Museum galleries with one of our professional art instructors and discover different mediums and techniques while learning about famous artists throughout history.  Students will create their own masterpieces in response to what they see using watercolor, mixed media, animation, and more!

Academic Year: Classes meet once a week for 6-10 week sessions on Saturday or Sunday during the fall, winter, and spring. Vacation day workshops are conducted on select holidays throughout the year.

Summer sessions: Classes consist of five-day morning or afternoon classes, focusing on a specific theme.

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

Whether you are advanced in your skills or looking for new ways to expand your interests, adult studio courses are a great way to explore different mediums, improve your technique, and meet new people who share your love for art! Students will create works from still lifes, live models, plein air, and more while exploring the fundamentals of painting and drawing.

Classes meet once a week for 4-10 week sessions during the morning and afternoon. Workshops are offered on select Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year.

ACRYLIC PAINTING WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI- REGISTRATION CLOSED
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- REGISTRATION CLOSED
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 5-November 16, 10:00AM-12:00PM 
(No class November 9) 

This course is for anyone with little or 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)
Ages16+

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
Ages16+

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

Ages16+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

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.