Studio Art

The Morris Museum offers Studio Art for children, teens, and adults throughout the year.

For additional information on courses and registration, please contact Colleen Mackenzie:

Phone: 973.971.3710

Email: [email protected]

Registration Form


July 24-29

Morning  9:30AM – 12:30PM
Fun with Polymer Clay – Francesca Pelaggi
Ages 7-12

Children will work with both polymer clay, which comes in an array of colors and air dry clay which will be painted with acrylic paints. Students will learn hand molding  techniques and to work with various tools to sculpt animals, fantasy figures, space ships, flowers, beads for jewelry or just about anything that their imaginations can create.

Museum member $180/Non-member $200/Supply fee $20 to instructor.

July 31-August 4

Morning  9:30AM – 12:30PM
Mixed Media Collage – Nina Nemeth
Ages 7-12

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.

Afternoon 1:00 – 4:00PM
Water Color Week – Nina Nemeth
Ages 7-12

Explore basic techniques of the medium, such as controlled wet-into-wet painting, color theory, value, and the elements that make a good watercolor painting. Learn about perspective of various shapes, and color mixing from the primary colors, while working on various compositions. If weather permits, we might even paint out-of-doors!

Each section pricing: Museum member $180/Non-member $200/Supply fee $10 to instructor.

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Museum Members $330/Non-Members $370/Supply Fee $20

August 7-11

Morning  9:30AM – 12:30PM
Making Masterpieces in Acrylic – Francesca Pelaggi
Ages 7-12

Each day kids will follow along as they learn a step by step technique creating their own masterpieces of the featured artist and/or movement of the day. Covered artists include Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Winslow Homer. Movements include Modernism and Pop Art.

Museum member $180 Member/Non-member $200/Supply fee $15 to instructor.

August 14-18

Morning  9:30AM – 12:30PM
Let’s Draw Exotic and Endangered Animals – Kelly Bogucz
Ages 6-12

Learn to create birds and various other animals with an array of textures and mediums. The animals displayed in the museum will be your inspiration as you learn how to bring these creatures “to life” with line, value, and texture.  Bring a sketchbook!

Museum member $180/Non-member $200/Supply fee $12 to instructor 

Afternoon 1:00 – 4:00PM
Drawing on Animation – Kelly Bogucz
Ages 8-13

Explore the origins of animated movies and TV shows. Try your hand at the old styles of animated characters and move along the time-line to contemporary ones. Develop colorful backdrops for your story to create a cartoon atmosphere. Make your very own storyboard and illustrated storybook. Sample a computer application that designers use today to make your own virtual character (free open-source software that you try out on the computer in class, and download on your computer). Bring a sketchbook!

Museum member $180/Non-member $200/Supply fee $10 to instructor.

Sign up for both classes during the same week and SAVE!
Museum Members $330/Non-Members $370/Supply Fee $20


Tuesdays, July 11 – August 15
Pastels with Francesca Pelaggi
2:00 – 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!

Museum member $145/Non-member $165/Supply list.