Studio Art

The Morris Museum offers studio art programs for all to enjoy!

  • Year-round classes for all ages
  • New classes offered every season in a variety of mediums
  • All skill levels welcome
  • Receive a discount on classes when you become a Member
  • Learn a new skill or further develop your craft
  • Meet new people who share your love for art
  • Week-long summer classes for children and teens
  • Experience new techniques from professional teaching artists
  • Create take-home pieces each week
  • Participate in student exhibitions throughout the Museum

We want to hear from YOU! Filling out our brief online survey allows us the opportunity to learn more about your interest in studio art and the types of classes you’d love to see offered!

STUDIO ART ONLINE SURVEY


FEATURED WORKSHOP: OIL PAINTING WITH GREG DECKER

Registration is limited!

Morris Museum is proud to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity to learn with a master. If you have ever wanted to learn oil painting technique, now is the time.

To start, follow Greg’s Demo as he paints a before your eyes, explaining his process step by step. In Beginner Painting, try the techniques yourself! Continue to expand your skills in Beginner II. Come to one, two or all three sessions.

Greg Decker is a professional painter who lives in rural Tennessee and teaches classes in oil painting in Nashville. He has been painting for over thirty-five years and holds two Masters degrees, one from Cranbrook Academy of Art, and, more recently, from the New York  Academy of Art.  He has taught as a Visual Teaching Artist with the Museum of Modern Art (NYC) as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Greg grew up overseas (in Africa) and sees African patterning as an influence in his work. A self-described ‘adventurous figure painter’, he takes inspiration from poetry, and from literature which is concerned with myth.  “Control is freedom. I paint what I want to see.”

GREG DECKER DEMO
May 2, 2020
1:00PM – 4:00PM
$25

Oil painting is often thought of as being ‘finicky’, messy and complicated. In this demo, Greg Decker will take students through the basics of oil painting in a way that is as fresh and direct as a acrylic painting, and more forgiving than watercolor.  Using a step-by-step procedure and a way of “laying in” large basic geometric shapes to begin a painting by drawing with the brush, this demo promises to be engaging and informative for students who are interested in this masterful medium.


BEGINNING PAINTING
May 16, 2020 and May 17, 2020 (three hours per day, 6 hours total)
1:00PM – 4:00PM
$150

Using a clear and direct approach to oil painting, Greg Decker will continue on the basics introduced in his demo, working with oil paint in a clear, clean and direct way.  Careful drawing and a study of basic geometric shapes in a simple still-life set-up will introduce students to  basic color mixing and paint application.Teacher and students will finish a basic, realistic color sketch together, with hands-on guidance from the instructor, who will provide all the paints.  A few additional materials are all that is needed!


INTERMEDIATE (or BEGINNING II)
May 23, 2020 and May 24, 2020 (three hours per day, 6 hours total)
1:00PM – 4:00PM
$150

A continuation of the Beginning Painting workshop, or for students who have some familiarity with oil painting, this workshop will study color as it relates to light and shadow. We will address how to “turn” the form in space, and study how light and shadow works to create a realistic image.  Working once again from a simple still-life set up, this is a hands-on class with more complex color-mixing, and a lot of information for the beginning or intermediate student. Instructor provides all of the paint; a few simple materials are all you need!


Greg Decker Bundle – all three classes – Demo, Beginning Painting, Beginning II: $325

Online Registration Form 


SPRING COURSE LIST

TEENS AND ADULTS

ART EXPLORATION WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI 

Saturdays:
March 28 – May 30 (10 weeks)
March 28 – June 13 (12 weeks)
10:00AM-12:30PM 

This is an opportunity for students to work on art that is in progress, a subject of concentration (hands, florals, reflections, etc.) or try something new with the guidance of a professional artist and instructor. Students will acquire useful techniques of application be it in acrylic, pastel, graphite, pen & ink as well as art fundamentals of line, shape, form, lighting, texture, composition and perspective using a medium of your choice. Work from photos or a set up still life. All experience levels and mediums welcome! Supplies can be included for beginners with a materials fee of $25. Specify medium.

Materials fee $25 (optional)

10 weeks:
$275 Members / $300 Non-members
12 weeks:
$330 Members / $355 Non-members


ADULTS


Acrylic on canvas, Francesca Pelaggi

ACRYLIC PAINTING TECHNIQUES WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI

Mondays:
March 23 – May 25 (10 weeks) or
March 23 – June 8  (12 weeks)
10:00AM-12:30PM

Enjoy learning how to use acrylics and its quick drying advantages to create beautiful works of art that have depth and luminosity. Learn easy techniques of acrylic painting for both the beginner and experienced artist. Students will be able to choose their own subject matter from a live still life arrangement set up in the studio or paint from a photo; landscape, animal/pet, florals, etc. Fundamental elements of form, light and shadow, blocking in of color, value, composition, etc. will be covered. Learn to work wet in wet as well as with glazing techniques to build up a finished painting. All levels are welcome!

SUPPLY LIST

10 weeks:
$275 Members / $300 Non-members
12 weeks:
$330 Members / $355 Non-members


PASTEL PAINTING TECHNIQUES WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI

Tuesdays:
March 24 – May 26 (10 weeks) or
March 24 – June 9 (12 weeks)
10:00AM-12:30PM

Pastel is an exciting medium with seductive color yielding relatively quick results. Artists will learn techniques for handling and layering pastels to achieve soft blended transitions of color, to heavier textures. Students will be able to choose their own subject matter; live still life arrangement set up in the studio or paint from a photo of your favorite landscape, pet/animal, floral, etc. Fundamentals of light and shadow, form, value, composition and atmosphere will be integrated into each project to improve current skills. Demonstrations will be given as well as individual attention to all students. All levels are welcome!

SUPPLY LIST

10 weeks:
$275 Members / $300 Non-members
12 weeks:
$330 Members / $355 Non-members


Elizabeth, pencil, Laurie Harden

DRAWING FUNDAMENTALS WITH LAURIE HARDEN

Fridays: April 17 – June 5, 2020
12:30PM – 2:30PM

Learn the fundamentals by drawing a variety of subject matter, focusing on the formal elements of line, shape, tone, form, space, and depth. We will cover drawing still-life, animals, perspective, nature & portraiture.  We will draw from life when-ever possible to train your eye to see nuances and detail. You will be shown how to render a 3 dimensional look through value, using high-lights, mid-tones and shadow. There will be a short demonstration in every class as well as individual attention to all students. Beginners encouraged, advanced students welcome!

SUPPLY LIST

$180 Members
$200 Non-Members


ART EXPLORATION WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI 

Saturdays:
March 28 – May 30 (10 weeks) or
March 28 – June 13  (12 weeks)
10:00AM-12:30PM 

This is an opportunity for students to work on art that is in progress, a subject of concentration (hands, florals, reflections, etc.) or try something new with the guidance of a professional artist and instructor. Students will acquire useful techniques of application be it in acrylic, pastel, graphite, pen & ink as well as art fundamentals of line, shape, form, lighting, texture, composition and perspective using a medium of your choice. Work from photos or a set up still life. All experience levels and mediums welcome! Supplies can be included for beginners with a materials fee of $25. Specify medium.

Materials fee $25

10 weeks:
$275 Members / $300 Non-members
12 weeks:
$330 Members / $355 Non-members


Blue Hyacinth, colored pencil, Heidi Sandecki

BOTANICAL ART WITH HEIDI SANDECKI
One day sessions: 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Saturday, June 6, 2020

Kick off the season by learning how to create Botanical Art! This all-day workshop will teach how to observe and record botanicals by using a combination of regular and watercolor colored pencils. Demonstrations will review how to capture intimate botanical details through the use of foundational principles such as proportion, form, perspective, tone, value, and basic color theory. Whether you are new to botanical art or have previous experience, this workshop will leave you feeling inspired and encouraged. $5.50 supply fee paid to instructor on first day

SUPPLY LIST 

Each session:
$90 Members

$100 Non-Members


Children

Week Long Summer Classes for Children with Francesca Pelaggi:


FUN WITH ACRYLIC PAINT – Ages 7-12
June 29 – July 3, 2020
10:00AM – 12:30PM

Acrylic paints are versatile with its quick drying capabilities it allows for multiple layers, textures and colors. Students will work on larger canvases ( 16 X 20 ) and complete 2 paintings during this class. Subjects will be fun “Pop Art” themed, combining iconic imagery into playful arrangements.

$140 Members
$155 Non-Members
$15 Supply Fee to Instructor


CLAY CREATIONS – Ages 7-12
August 10 – August 14, 2020
10:00AM – 12:30PM

Children will work with polymer clay and will learn hand molding techniques as well as the use of various tools to sculpt animals, fantasy figures, space ships, flowers, beads for jewelry or just about anything that their imaginations can create.

$140 Members
$155 Non-Members
$15 Supply Fee to Instructor


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Advance registration is required for all studio art programs:
Phone: 973.971.3710
Email: [email protected]

Online Registration Form 

*Registration forms can also be found and turned in at the Museum front desk, or mailed, with payment


STUDIO ART DEPARTMENT POLICIES

The Morris Museum offers four methods of registration:
Phone: 973.971.3710
Email: [email protected]
Online registration form
In person

  • Current course offerings and registration forms can be found in print form at the Morris Museum’s front desk and online at morrismuseum.org/studio-art
  • To ensure a seat, and that classes will not be canceled due to low enrollment, registrations should be received no later than 1 week prior to the course start date. After that time, prospective registrants must call the Studio Art Coordinator at 973.971.3710 at least 24 hours beforehand to check availability.
  • Morris Museum reserves the right to cancel any class before the start date. If for any reason a course is canceled, all registrants will be notified about a week prior to the start of the course.
  • Payment must be received PRIOR to the start of the course date to confirm your registration unless special arrangements with the Studio Coordinator have been made.
  • Prorating is not available.
  • Select classes will have an additional supply fee to be paid to the instructor upon arriving at the first class.
  • If you wish to cancel your registration, the Studio Coordinator must be notified at least 1 week prior to the start date. Payments on cancellations after that date will not be refunded, and will still be required.

Payment options:

  • Check made payable to Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown, NJ 07960 Attn: Studio Art
  • Credit Card (Visa, Amex, Discover, MasterCard)
  • Cash
  • Gift Certificate

GIFT CERTIFICATES

  • Gift certificates are available in any denomination and can be applied to a course of the recipient’s choosing.
  • Gift certificates expire 12 months after the purchase date.
  • Classes that are canceled due to holidays, instructor absence, inclement weather or other circumstances will be made up at the end of the quarter and coordinated by the instructor.
  • Students who miss class on their own accountability, will not be issued a refund unless special arrangements have been made with the Studio Coordinator in advance.
  • Please visit morrismuseum.org or call the front desk at 973.971.3700 by 8:00 AM and throughout the day for delayed openings and closing announcements due to inclement weather.
  • The Morris Museum is not responsible for artwork or property left on the premises, and has no liability if a property is lost, stolen, or damaged, with the exception of displayed exhibitions.
  • If an item has been left behind, please call the front desk at 973.971.3700. Students are also welcome to check the Museum’s Lost  & Found area, located in the entrance pavilion.
  • Any artwork left at the museum at the end of the quarter will be discarded.
  • The Museum does not have available space for artwork and personal supplies to be stored during the quarter, therefore, students are responsible for transporting their materials to and from class.

OPERATING HOURS:
Monday: Closed (select courses run on Monday mornings and afternoons)
Tuesday-Saturday: 11:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 12:00-5:00 pm

*The Museum is open from 11:00am 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of each month.

  • Students may arrive up to 15 minutes prior to the course start time to set-up.
  • All students must sign in and out at the front desk upon arriving and leaving.
  • Due to other scheduled events, students must leave the classroom immediately after class.
  • Class location may change throughout the course duration.
  • Students are responsible for set up and clean up of their materials unless special arrangements have been made between the instructor and Studio Coordinator.
  • Borrowed supplies are limited to easels, clipboards, rulers, paint brushes, and water cups. If materials outside of those listed are needed, please alert your instructor to call the Studio Coordinator at 973.971.3710. Please be aware, that not all requested items may be available, therefore, students are advised to bring all necessary materials with them to and from class.
  • Guardians must accompany students in and out of the building for drop-off and pick up.
  • Instructors will accompany students to the entrance pavilion for pickup. Guardians are to arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the course’s scheduled end time.
  • The guardian must alert the instructor and Studio Coordinator in advance for early pick-ups or if the child is being picked up by someone other than the drop-off guardian.

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 Kathy Francis at [email protected] with “Call for Instructors” in the subject line.

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