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:
Phone: 973.971.3710
Email: [email protected]
Registration Form
 
Studio Art Department Policies

CHILDREN AND TEENS 

SPRING 2018

NEW! ILLUSTRATION CREATIONS WITH SEBASTIAN GOMEZ 
6 Saturdays: June 2-July 7, 2018, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Ages 7-11

This is course is focused on the basic fundamentals of illustration which include (Composition, Value, Color, and Texture) and the importance of storytelling. Throughout six weeks, students will do a series of fun activities using watercolors and colored pencils while working on storytelling by translating text to images from their favorite books.

Members: $135
Non-Members: $150


ILLUSTRATION AND CARTOONING WITH SEBASTIAN GOMEZ
6 Saturdays: June 2-July 7, 2018, 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 two projects throughout the six weeks focusing on storytelling by doing an interior book illustration and a book/comic cover illustration.

Members: $135
Non-Members: $150


NEW WORKSHOP! WELCOME SPRING WITH CLAUDE LARSON
Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00PM
Ages 16+

Transform a 6” X 24” wood panel into a colorful interpretation of the reawakening of trees in the springtime. You will be guided through the processes of this workshop using acrylic paints and markers, stencils, and your imagination to create a one of a kind piece that reflects your personality and color preferences. You will leave with a piece ready for display and a new set of skills that you can continue to play with.

Members: $60
Non-Members: $70


NEW WORKSHOP! INDOORS TO GET OUTDOORS WITH TRACY POLLOCK
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 11:00AM-3:00PM
Ages 16+

This workshop will focus on a quick study that will stress composition, form, and value. Students will be working from a still life learning to train the eye and develop their senses to carry the experience outdoors.

Members: $70
Non-Members: $80


THE MATHEMATICS AND DESIGN OF ORIGAMI PART II
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Ages 8+

Join us to make your own origami creations! 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 learning about the history of origami and how it is used in space, automobiles, and more!


ADULTS

SPRING 2018

NEW WORKSHOP! INNOVATIVE APPROACHES TO DRAWING WITH CARL BURGER
Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 1:00-3:00PM

Practice different drawing techniques including gesture, shadow, and composition while experiencing first-hand knowledge from one of New Jersey’s most decorated and well-known artists. Studies will include the figure, drapery, and an unexpected addition!

Availability is limited.
To receive priority registration, Members can enroll starting March 12.
For Non-Members, enrollment begins March 19
Workshop fee: $75


NEW WORKSHOP! THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BOOK ILLUSTRATION WITH LENA SHIFFMAN
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 12:30-3:30PM

This fun workshop will take the students through the wonderful process of illustrating children’s books. Illustrator Lena Shiffman will guide you through the different steps of book design. The students will learn how to create storyboards, sketches, layout and finished art. This class is geared to fit both the student who would like to pursue a career as an illustrator and the novice student who would just like to learn something new and have fun in the process. Lena will bring a text for students to work on, but you are welcome to bring your own text, as long as it is no more than 500 words. All skill levels welcome.

Members: $60
Non-Members: $70


ACRYLIC PAINTING WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI 
9 Mondays: April 23-June 25, 2018, 10:00AM-12:00PM (no class May 28)

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


PASTELS WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI  
10 Tuesdays: April 24-June 26 , 2018, 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


NEW WORKSHOP! WELCOME SPRING WITH CLAUDE LARSON
Sunday, June 24, 2018, 1:00-4:00PM

Transform a 6” X 24” wood panel into a colorful interpretation of the reawakening of trees in the springtime. You will be guided through the processes of this workshop using acrylic paints and markers, stencils, and your imagination to create a one of a kind piece that reflects your personality and color preferences. You will leave with a piece ready for display and a new set of skills that you can continue to play with.

Members: $60
Non-Members: $70


NEW WORKSHOP! INDOORS TO GET OUTDOORS WITH TRACY POLLOCK
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 11:00AM-3:00PM

This workshop will focus on a quick study that will stress composition, form, and value. Students will be working from a still life learning to train the eye and develop their senses to carry the experience outdoors.

Members: $70
Non-Members: $80


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 any 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:

W. Carl Burger, Turnpike Revisited, graphite, colored pencil, bronze, white watercolor on paper, 1999. Generously donated by W. Carl Burger to the Morris Museum Collection.

Welcome Spring, Claude Larson, acrylic, markers, and stencil on wood panel. 6”x24”.

Mice, Lena Shiffman, watercolor on paper.

New Found Confidence, Tracy Pollock, oil on masonite, 20”x16”.

Eternal Wealth, Sebastian Gomez, colored pencil on paper.

The Warning, Sebastian Gomez, colored pencil on paper.

Origami art class, Morris Museum, photo taken by photographer, Karen Mancinelli