The Morris Museum offers studio art programs for all to enjoy!
- Year-round classes for children, teens, and adults
- New classes offered every season in a variety of mediums
- All levels welcome
- Receive a 10% 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!
SUMMER 2019 COURSE LIST
Teens and Adults
FUNDAMENTALS OF FIGURE DRAWING WITH LAURIE HARDEN
Fridays: July 12, 19, 26 Aug 2, 9, 16
9:30AM – 11:30AM
Learn to draw the human figure from life – beginning with quick, gesture sketches, and concluding with completed drawings from long poses. Learn proportions and correct relationship between the parts of the body, using guides like plumb-lines and negative spaces. Build the figure from the inside out- using the line of action as an armature. Discover how to make your figure have mass and weight by blocking in the shadows and the use of judicious highlights. Live Model
SPRING BOTANICALS WITH HEIDI SANDECKI
May 10 & 17, 2019, 10:00AM – 4:00PM
June 14 & 21, 2019, 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Have you ever wanted to record the details of a spring flower after enjoying it? This workshop teaches how to observe and create realistic botanical art. A combination of regular colored pencils with watercolor colored pencils will be used. 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. These techniques provide students with an opportunity to connect and capture nature’s beauty. Four sessions, different flowers each session. Sign up for one, a few or all.
Members: $90 per session (one date) or $180 for both dates per month
Non-Members: $100 per session or $200 for both dates per month
BOTANICAL ART FROM THE GARDEN WITH HEIDI SANDECKI
August 1 – Background Garden Flowers
August 8 – common vegetables found in a NJ Garden
Celebrate the growing season by capturing the beauty of seasonal fruit and flowers. Demonstrations and foundational drawing instruction based on direct observation will be done. A combination of regular colored pencils with watercolor colored pencils will be used. Learn techniques necessary to express the subtlety of light, shadow, and color to turn shape into form. Whether you are new to botanical or have previous experience, these all-day workshop will leave you feeling inspired and encouraged.
Members: $90 per session
Non-Members: $100 per session
VENTURE INTO OIL PAINTING WITH DANNIELLE MICK
Fridays, July 12, 26, August 2, 9, 16
12:00PM – 2:30PM
Oil painting is the process of painting with pigments that use drying oil as the binder. It is one of the oldest methods of painting. The depth and richness achieved with oil paints is unmatched in any other media. In this class students will learn oil painting basics and become familiar with paint, mediums, brushes and surfaces. Value, color theory and composition will be covered on a regular basis. Students will be encouraged to work from nature, photographs, still life and their own imagination. Dannielle will demonstrate and work one on one with each student to help achieve their own artistic vision.
PASTEL / ACRYLIC COMBO CLASS WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI
Tuesdays June 18 – August 6 – No Class July 9th or July 30th
1:00PM – 3:30PM
Work with your choice of ether acrylic paints or pastels. Learn to develop skills in your chosen medium as you experiment with different techniques and discover the nuances of the medium. Art fundamentals of line, shape, form, lighting, texture, composition and perspective will also be discussed. If you’ve never tried it, here’s your chance! Supplies included for beginners for 2 finished works of art. All levels welcome, beginners encouraged!
Materials Fee $25
TRADITIONAL FANTASY ILLUSTRATION WITH SEBASTIAN GOMEZ (Ages 12+)
Monday – Friday, July 8 – July 12
2:00PM – 5:00PM
Using a Mixed Media technique (watercolor, acrylic and oil) Students will create a fantasy illustration that could be used for a cover of a book or an interior of a fantasy table top game guide (e.g. Dungeons and Dragons or Magic the Gathering). Throughout the week the students will learn the process of taking a concept from sketches to photographing their own reference and finally paint application.
COMIC BOOK ILLUSTRATION WITH SEBASTIAN GOMEZ (Ages 12+)
Monday – Friday July 15 – July 19
2:00PM – 5:00PM
Students will learn narrative Illustration by creating a short 3 page comic. They can create their own stories or I will provide sample scripts from real comic book companies. In this course, the students will only do the pencils stage of creating comics.
OODLES OF CRAFTS WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI (Ages 7-11)
Monday – Friday July 22 – July 26
Kids will get a chance to create a variety of artful crafts to keep or give as gifts. They will build skills using their hands and various tools along with their imaginations in making unique items: Plaster cast animal, Mosaic picture frame, Polymer Clay vessel, Decorative mask
Materials fee – $20
MASTERPIECES IN ACRYLIC PAINT WITH FRANCESCA PELAGGI (Ages 7-11 )
Monday – Friday, August 5 – August 9
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. Kids will be painting on stretched canvas with vivid colors that they will be proud to display.
Materials fee – $15
ADVENTURES IN DRAWING WITH DANNIELLE MICK (Ages 8-13)
Monday – Friday August 12 – August 16
10:00AM – 11:30AM
The young artist is offered individual attention in this exciting, fun and creative environment. Starting with a variety of exercises in value, shape, line and form, and then expanding into composition and light source they will learn to appreciate common everyday scenes with new eyes. They will work from still life, photographs and their imagination. Students will learn at a young age how to keep a journal of their drawings as a record of their growth. Join the fun and learn the basics.
Materials Fee: $10
Non-Members: $ 95
Advance registration is required for all studio art programs:
Email: [email protected]
*Registrations can also be taken in person at the front desk
STUDIO ART DEPARTMENT POLICIES
- Current course offerings 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
- Payment will not be processed until after the course start date.
- 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.
- Check made payable to Morris Museum 6 Normandy Heights Road Morristown, NJ 07960 Attn: Studio Art
- Credit Card (Visa, Amex, Discover, MasterCard)
- 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.
Monday: Closed (select courses run on Monday mornings and afternoons)
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 and 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.