Classes and Workshops

Farmstead Arts Center offers a variety of classes and has something for everyone!         

Register for all classes at http://farmsteadarts.eventbrite.com or by clicking on the link contained in each class description. Please contact us by phone or email if you wish to pay by check. Paying by check allows you to avoid online processing fees.

Please note: Some classes require a minimum enrollment. If the minimum is not met, a full refund will be given. In the event of a class cancellation, you will be notified at least 3 days in advance.

2019 Fall Classes

September to November

We have something for everyone!
Our instructors are working artists, illustrators or cartoonists who are passionate about engaging the community in the arts and dedicated to bringing out the creativity in their students. Our classes and workshops in drawing, illustration, painting, collage, ceramics and more are offered year-round for all ages and skill levels.

Farmstead Members enjoy discounted class rates.  

Download summary: Farmstead Arts Center 2019 Fall Art Classes

Fall19DL1 - Play with Clay - By Appointment

Play with Clay Ceramic Studio Art Classes with Debbie Limoli

2 Sessions (scheduled by appointment) – $60 (all supplies included)

Class dates/times scheduled by appointment with Debbie at 908.705.2266 or customcrittersbydeb@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Fall19DS8 - Painting on the Passaic (Workshop) - Sunday

Painting on the Passaic for Teens & Adults (One-Day Workshop)

Doug Schiller

Sunday, September 8th from 1pm to 3pm

$40 for member/$45 for non-members

Spend an evening enjoying a Sunday picnic in the bucolic setting of the Passaic River on the grounds of the Farmstead Arts Center. Have fun drawing or painting the surrounding landscape and buildings while exploring color, light, shadow, and perspective. No previous experience required. All materials provided, bring your own lunch.

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Fall19DS1 - Colored Pencil Drawing - Tuesdays

Colored Pencil Drawing

Doug Schiller

Tuesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

6 weeks, October 1 – November 5

$160 members/$180 non-members

Explore and discover the range and special qualities of watercolor colored pencils. Drawing and painting principles will be applied in the of mixing and blending of colors on paper, overlays, washes, and value judgments. Choices of still life arrangements, landscapes, and personal compositions. Appropriate for beginners and beyond, all materials included.

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Fall19DS2 - Intro to Watercolors - Tuesdays

Intro to Watercolors

Doug Schiller

Tuesdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

6 weeks, October 1 – November 5

$160 for members/$180 for non-members

Students will learn basic watercolor techniques, both traditional and non-traditional. Still lives and landscapes will be explored, as elements of composition, design, and basic skills will be refined through color, shading, value, and proportions. No previous experience required.

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Fall19LS1 - Introduction to Collage - Tuesdays

Introduction to Collage: Use What You’ve Got

Laura Shabazz

Tuesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

6 weeks, October 8 – November 12

$160 for members, $180 for non-members

In this class, we will explore the artistic potential of materials in their environment, namely the recycling bin. Students will investigate how the artistic process changes when the palette comes from found magazines, and how to view limits as opportunities. How do we have to consider color, texture, shading and composition differently when we can only use what we have in front of us? All levels welcome.

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Fall19OP1 - Intro to Portrait Drawing/Painting - Tuesdays

Intro to Portrait Drawing/Painting (Ages 12 & up, all levels welcome)

Oscar Peterson

Tuesdays, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

6 weeks, October 15 – November 19

$185 for members, $205 for non-members

Students will learn the techniques used to start, establish, and finish a painting, or drawing, using different methods (grisaille layout, block-in, wipe-out, etc.). While learning fundamental principles of light, planes, structure, and proportion, students will learn to construct images that look realistic. The class will usually consist of at least one long pose, allowing the student to attain a fully realized painting or drawing

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Fall19DS3 - Introduction to Pastels - Wednesdays

Introduction to Pastels

Doug Schiller

Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

6 weeks, October 2 – November 6

$160 members/$180 non-members

This course in chalk pastels will introduce students to the basic principles of this medium, as well as experimental techniques. Students will learn how to develop their imagery, working from direct observation and photographic references. No previous experience required. All materials provided.

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Fall19DS4 - Drawing and Painting for Adults - Wednesdays

Drawing and Painting for Adults

Doug Schiller

Wednesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

6 weeks, October 2 – November 6

$160 members/$180 non-members

Learn how to develop and apply the fundamental principles of drawing and painting and gain a greater understanding of varied mediums and techniques. Light and shadow, color, perspective, and composition will be explored in still life arrangements, nature studies and personal imagery. Demonstrations and individual attention will be given. All levels welcome.

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Fall19DS5 - Indoor Studio Landscapes - Wednesdays

Indoor Studio Landscapes

Doug Schiller

Wednesdays, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

6 weeks, October 2 – November 6

$160 members/$180 non-members

Students will complete an outdoor landscape indoors working from direct observation, photographic references and imagination. Step-by-step instructions and demonstrations will further develop an understanding of perspective, shading, color and compositional elements as representational three-dimensional spaces are created. Personal understanding and progress reinforced with individual and group critiques. No previous experience required.

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Fall19PF1 - Create a Ghost Pumpkin - Wednesdays

Create a Ghost Pumpkin

Patricia Farley

Wednesdays, 9:00am – 12:00am

2 weeks, September 25 – October 2

$55 for members, $65 for non-members

Enjoy the fun of painting a Ghost Pumpkin. Use your imagination to create your face. Remember to wear old clothes or bring an apron!

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Fall19SRH1 - Mixed Media Mosaics - Wednesdays

Mixed Media Mosaics

Shelley Rosen Howard

Wednesdays, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

5 weeks, September 25 to October 30 (October 9th skipped)

$235 for members, $245 for non-members ($60 supplies cost included)

Reduce the clutter in your junk drawer, reuse broken tiles and china, recycle bottle caps and small glass bottles! Eclectic Mosaics can be made with an assortment of recyclable items, broken glass, beads, charms, broken china, found objects, or treasures from your favorite junk drawer! Each piece contributes to the color, texture and unique quality of a collage-like mosaic. We’ll take a non-traditional approach to create mosaic frames in this workshop. Students must provide: an object to mosaic, such as a birdhouse, a mirror, an old frying pan, etc. End the class with a finished piece of your own design!

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Fall19DS6 - Trompe L'oeil - Thursdays

Trompe L’oeil: The Art of Illusion

Doug Schiller

Thursdays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

6 weeks, October 3 – November 7

$160 members/$180 non-members

This course will explore drawing techniques that develop illusionistic, three dimensional compositions that “fool the eye.” Learn how to manipulate color, light, and shadow to create optical illusions that make you question your initial perception of what is real. All materials provided, no experience necessary.

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Fall19DS7 - Drawing and Painting (Ages 9 to 12) - Thursdays

Drawing and Painting (Ages 9 – 12)

Doug Schiller

Thursdays, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

6 weeks, October 3 – November 7

$135 for members/$155 for non-members

This class is an ideal way to introduce young artists to a variety of different materials, techniques, and the fundamental principles of drawing and painting. Students will strengthen established skills, as they have fun developing and exploring new understandings in color, perspective, and composition through still lives, photographic references, and imagination. Demonstrations and individual attention given. No previous experience required.

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Fall19MF1 - Morning Acrylic Painting - Thursdays

Morning Acrylic Painting

Margaret Fanning

Thursdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

6 weeks, October 10 – November 14

$160 for members/$180 for non-members

Students will practice the steps and techniques to composing an acrylic painting. Learn how to mix colors on the palette and understand the properties of value and shapes. By experimenting with a variety of mediums that acrylic painting has to offer, you can develop a style unique to you!

Materials needed: canvas or canvas board (any size you feel comfortable working with). 2-3 to work on is recommended.

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Fall19MF2 - Fundamentals of Drawing - Thursdays

Fundamentals of Drawing

Margaret Fanning

Thursdays, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

6 weeks, October 10 – November 14

$160 for members/$180 for non-members

Drawing has been the foundation of art throughout the centuries. This class will help students build and refine the techniques needed for drawing. Learn how to use line, shape, and value to form a composition and how to use your observation skills to bring objects to life on paper.

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Fall19MF3 - Evening Acrylic Painting - Thursdays

Evening Acrylic Painting

Margaret Fanning

Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

6 weeks, October 10 – November 14

$160 for members/$180 for non-members

Students will practice the steps and techniques to composing an acrylic painting. Learn how to mix colors on the palette and understand the properties of value and shapes. By experimenting with a variety of mediums that acrylic painting has to offer, you can develop a style unique to you!

Materials needed: canvas or canvas board (any size you feel comfortable working with). 2-3 to work on is recommended.

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Fall19OP2 - Drawing and Painting the Figure - Thursdays

Drawing & Painting the Figure (ages 12 and up, all levels welcome)

Oscar Peterson

Thursdays, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

6 weeks, October 17 – November 21

$185 for members, $205 for non-members

Students will learn the techniques used to start, establish, and finish a painting, or drawing, using different methods (grisaille layout, block-in, wipe-out, etc.). While learning fundamental principles of light, planes, structure, and proportion, students will learn to construct images that look realistic. The class will usually consist of at least one long pose, allowing the student to attain a fully realized painting or drawing.

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Fall19PF2 - Create a Penguin Gourd - Thursdays

Create a Penguin Gourd

Patricia Farley

Thursdays, 9:00am – 12:00am

2 weeks, October 24 – October 31

$55 for members, $65 for non-members

Paint a whimsical-looking penguin using sponges instead of brushes.

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Fall19PF3 - Create a Snowman Gourd - Thursdays

Snowman Gourd

Patricia Farley

Thursdays, 9:00am – 12:00am

2 weeks, November 14 – November 21

$55 for members, $65 for non-members

Create a unique snowman just in time for the holiday season using acrylic on a gourd “canvas”!

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Fall19DS9 - Master Gardens - Fridays

Master Gardens

Doug Schiller

Fridays, 10 am – 12 pm

2 weeks, October 4 – October 11

$75 for members, $85 for non-members

Garden paintings of established Old Master artists will be studied and replicated in a medium of choice by students in this two-day workshop. Students will paint or draw a selected famous garden painting referencing one example from provided copies. No previous experience required.

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Fall19MF4 - Taking Your Art to the Next Level - Fridays

Taking Your Art to the Next Level

Margaret Fanning

Fridays, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

6 weeks, October 18 – November 22

$275 for members/$295for non-members

This class is dedicated to those artists who not only want to improve their skill, but wish to learn about how to get their work shown. You can work in a variety of media in this guided Open Studio. Each week, the instructor will go over a different aspect of managing your art such as framing your work, creating an artist statement, how to submit your work to galleries and other ways to promote your work.

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Fall19DS10 - Drawing and Painting (Ages 9 to 12) - Saturdays

Drawing and Painting (Ages 9 to 12)

Doug Schiller

Saturdays, 9:30am to 11am

6 weeks, October 19 – November 23

$135 for members/$155 for non-members

This class will introduce students to the fundamental principles of drawing and painting. Working with a variety of drawing and painting materials, they will learn to create convincing 2D imagery of the 3D world. No previous experience required.

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Fall19DS11 - Teen Drawing and Painting - Saturdays

Teen Drawing and Painting (Ages 13 to 17)

Doug Schiller

Saturdays, 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

6 weeks, October 19 – November 23

$160 for members/$180 for non-members

This class will introduce students to the fundamental principles of drawing and painting. Working with a variety of drawing and painting materials, they will learn to create convincing 2D imagery of the 3D world. No previous experience required.

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Fall19OP3 - The How's and Why's of Drawing - Saturdays

The How’s and Why’s of Drawing

Oscar Peterson

Saturdays, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

6 weeks, October 19 – November 23

$160 for members, $180 for non-members

If you’ve ever asked these questions:

“How do you draw an eye?” “Why does my drawing of hair look like spaghetti?” What pencil should I use when rendering shadows?”

Then the “Why’s and How’s of drawing” class is for you! This class explores and defines why we typically make mistakes in drawing and how to correct them. Visual artist and teacher, Oscar Peterson will guide you through the trickiness of drawing. Each week we will explore a single task – drawing an eye, rendering hair, how to draw lips, etc. Giving you a step-by-step breakdown, which will provide you the ability to simplify even the most complex of drawing subjects – the human form.

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Fall19SJ1 - Intro to Illustration and Cartooning - Saturdays

Intro to Illustration and Cartooning for Teens and Adults

Stefano Junior

Saturdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

7 weeks, October 5 – November 23 (October 12th skipped)

$175 for members/$195 for non-members

Students will learn the basics of anatomy drawing, expressive line & gesture, cartooning and embellishment techniques through different mediums utilized in illustration, comic books & sequential art. All levels welcome.

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Upcoming Events

  • Rehearsals - Dracula
    August 21, 2019|6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


  • Rehearsals - Dracula
    August 23, 2019|6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


  • Country Line Dance in the English Barn
    August 24, 2019|6:00 pm - 9:30 pm


  • Gallery Hours
    August 25, 2019|1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


  • Rehearsals - Dracula
    August 26, 2019|6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Made possible, in part, by funds from the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

 

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Same as the Farm House hours plus Sundays 1 pm – 4 pm (unless there is a concert or other event)

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