Online Classes and Workshops

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Summary of Upcoming Classes
Virtual Classes February 7 – March 19, 2022
Become a Farmstead Arts member here – enjoy reduced class fees!

Please contact us by email (admin@farmsteadarts.org) 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 2 days in advance.

Winter Session II - Art Classes

 

 
All classes are virtual and will be held via Zoom. Material lists are provided in each course description and will be needed for the classes.
 
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. Farmstead Members enjoy discounted class rates. 
Master the Art of Colored Pencils - Mondays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - February 7 - March 14

Master the Art of Colored Pencils with Doug Schiller
Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
February 7 – March 14 (six sessions)                                                                               $160 members / $175 non-members                                                                                 Register here

Explore and discover the range and special qualities of watercolor colored pencils. Drawing and painting principles will be applied in the 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.

Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class

Materials List

  • 2H drawing pencils, eraser
  • Drawing paper, 11″ x 14″ minimum
  • Blending stick
  • Watercolor colored pencils
  • Pencil, eraser

 

Oil Painting - Mondays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm - February 7 - March 14

Oil Painting with Doug Schiller
Mondays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
February 7 – March 14 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members                                                                                      Register here

Gain a greater understanding and experience working with oil paints and related mediums. Basic skills and materials will be reviewed as still life arrangements, landscapes and personal imagery are developed. Demonstrations and personal attention will be given. All levels welcome.

Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class

Supplies
Set of oil paints
Turpenoid
Palette
Palette knife
Canvas board, 11″ x 14″ minimum
Assorted paint brushes
Pencil, eraser

 

 

Intro to Watercolors - Tuesdays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm - February 8 - March 15

Intro to Watercolors with Doug Schiller
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
February 8 – March 15 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members                                                                            Register here

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

Virtual classes held on Zoom. Link and password provided before class start date.

Materials List

  • one watercolor drawing pad, 11″ x 14″ or larger, 140 lb.
  • one set watercolor drawing pencils (Derwent recommended)
  • one drafting eraser (“Vanish” brand recommended)
  • assorted soft oil pastels
  • one piece sandpaper
  • one set tubed watercolor paints (optional)
  • one 1/2″ soft bristle flat paint brush
  • one soft bristle pointed paint brush
Trompe L'oeil - Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 pm - February 8 - March 15

Trompe L’oeil with Doug Schiller
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm                                                                                                        February 8 – March 15 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members                                                                          Register here

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. No experience necessary.

Virtual Class held via Zoom: login and password to be sent prior to class start date

Materials list

  • one Bristol drawing pad. 11″ x 14″ or larger, 100 lb, minimum
  • 2H & 2B drawing pencils
  • one blending stick
  • one “colorless blender” blending pencil
  • soft charcoal pencils or sticks
  • one drafting eraser (“Vanish” brand recommended)
  • one small piece sandpaper

 

 

Watercolor Painting - Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, February 9 - March 16

Watercolor Painting with Oscar Peterson                                                                          Wednesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm                                                                                     February 9 – March 16 (six sessions)                                                                               $160 members / $175 non-members
Register here

Using traditional and modern watercolor techniques (wet-on-wet, dry brush, gradations, etc.) students will explore the freedom and precision that the medium offers. Although geared towards realism, this class will also examine abstract means and methods of creating art. Demonstrations provided.

Virtual classes held via Zoom – Link and password provided before class start date.

Watercolor supplies (Students may use any supplies they already have)
Watercolor paper (140LB or heavier)
Painter’s tape (or masking tape), Pencils, Medium size jar or cup

Paints – Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue

Brushes – 1/2″ flat brush, Assorted rounds (#2, #7, #10)

Introduction to Pastels - Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - February 9 - March 16

Introduction to Pastels with Doug Schiller
Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm                                                                                     
February 9 – March 16 (six sessions)                                                                               $160 members / $175 non-members                                                                           Register here

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.

Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class start date.

Materials List
Tubed watercolors and/or watercolor colored pencils
Heavy weight watercolor paper
Palette
Assorted soft pastel sticks
Assorted paint brushes (pointed to 1/2″ )
Pencil, eraser

Indoor Studio Landscapes - Wednesdays, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm - February 9 - March 16
Indoor Studio Landscapes with Doug Schiller

Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
February 9 – March 16 (six sessions)                                                                               $160 members / $175 non-members
Register here

Students will complete an outdoor landscape indoors working from direct observation, photographic references and imagination. Step-by-step instructions and demonstrations help 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.

Virtual classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class start date.

Materials List

  • one drawing pad, 11″ X 14″ or larger, 140 lb.
  • 2H & 2B drawing pencils
  • one drafting eraser (“Vanish brand recommended)
  • one blending stick
  • one 1/2″ soft bristle flat paint brush
  • one soft bristle pointed paint brush
  • one :colorless blender blending pencil
  • assorted soft oil pastels
  • one set watercolor drawing pencils (Derwent recommended)
  • one small piece sandpaper

 

 

 

Painting with Watercolor -Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm - February 10 - March 17

Watercolor with Margaret Fanning                                                                           Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm                                                                                      February 10 – March 17 (six sessions)                                                                             $160 members / $175 non-members                                                                           Register here                                                                                                                   

Learn to control watercolor with a variety of techniques, from basic washes to more experimental approaches. Paint a landscape, a portrait, or an abstract design. Bring your own reference photos if you’d like. Beginner or intermediate painters!

Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class start date.

Material List

  • Watercolor paints (tubes preferable)
  • Jar for water
  • Paper towels
  • 140lb (or higher) cold press Arches watercolor paper
  • Practice watercolor paper pad
  • Drawing board (unless you are using a watercolor block-pad)
  • pH neutral masking tape (preferably black)
  • Brushes: 4 sizes of rounds (Sable, Squirrel, or a synthetic blend of sable or squirrel)
  • 1 scrubber brush
  • Palette with deep wells
  • Something to control amount of water used (such as a syringe or eyedropper)
  • Sketch pad
  • HB or #2 pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Reference photos to paint from

 

Portrait Drawing - Fridays , 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - February 11 - March 18
Portrait Drawing with Oscar Peterson

Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
February 11 – March 18 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members                                                                           Register here

Starting with a basic shape we will develop it into the first layer of a drawing. Adding simple light/dark shapes students will define the image. While learning the proper technique and approach, students will learn to create realistic-looking portraits. Demonstrations provided.

Virtual classes held via Zoom – Link and password will be sent out prior to class start date.

Material List (Student may use any supplies they already have)
Drawing paper, and newsprint paper pads (14″x17″ is a good size)
Drawing board
Charcoal and graphite pencils
A small bristle paint brush
Kneaded and plastic erasers
Mat knife and sandpaper (to sharpen pencils)
Paper towels

 

 

 

Fundamentals of Drawing- Fridays , 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - February 11 - March 18
Fundamentals of Drawing with Margaret Fanning

Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
February 11 – March 18 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members                                                                           Register here

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.

Virtual classes held via Zoom – Link and password will be sent out prior to class start date.

Material List (Student may use any supplies they already have)

  • Drawing board
  • Kneaded eraser
  • White plastic eraser
  • 11”x14” or similar sized drawing paper
  • Drawing pencils in a range of hardness grades (Recommended: 2H, H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B)
  • Ruler or traceable straight surface, at least 12”
  • Vine charcoal
  • Charcoal pencils (soft, medium, hard)
  • White soft pastel
  • Grey Toned drawing paper

Optional Materials:

  • Colored pencils or pastels for drawing in color
  • Tortillons (Blending Sticks)
  • Chamois

 

 

Intro to Cartooning - Fridays, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm - February 11 - March 18
Intro to Illustration & Cartooning with Stefano Junior
Fridays, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
February 11 – March 18 (six sessions)

$160 members / $175 non-members                                                                          Register here

 

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.

Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class

Materials List

  • Newsprint sketch pad (9×12 minimum)
  • Vine charcoal
  • 2B pencil (and assorted pencils)
  • Ruler or T-square (12”)
  • Bristol paper
  • India ink
  • Pitt pens
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Straedler eraser

 

 

 

Figure Drawing - Fridays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, February 11 - March 18

Figure Drawing with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
February 11 – March 18 (six sessions)                                                                             $160 members / $175 non-members                                                                          Register here

Starting with gestures, then short, and finally, long poses — you will learn how to create form and develop it into a completed drawing. Focusing on rendering and shading, you will discover how to define the image. While learning fundamental principles of light, planes, structure, and proportion, students will learn to construct images that look realistic. Demonstrations provided.

Virtual classes held via Zoom – Link and password will be sent out prior to class start date.

Materials List (Students may use any supplies they already have)
Drawing paper, and newsprint paper pads (14″x17″ is a good size)
Drawing board
Charcoal and graphite pencils
A small bristle paint brush
Kneaded and plastic erasers
Mat knife and sandpaper (to sharpen pencils)
Paper towels

 

 

 

Landscape & Still Life Painting - Fridays, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm -February 11 - March 18

Landscape & Still Life Painting with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
February 11 – March 18 (six sessions)                                                                             $160 members / $175 non-members                                                                          Register here           

Learn how to use color, values, edges and color intensity to create stunning landscape paintings. Also learn what to use when setting up still life paintings, how to create mood, and achieve color harmony. All mediums. Demonstrations provided.

Virtual classes held via Zoom – Link and password will be sent out prior to class start date.

MaterialsChoose Oil, Acrylic and/or Watercolor (Students may use any supplies they already have)

  • Oil or Acrylic Paints (start with a limited palette) – Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, or Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Cobalt Blue, or Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black

  • Brushes – Assorted filbert bristle brushes (#2 through #8); Assorted round soft brushes (#2 through #8)
  • Medium – Linseed Oil, Artist Quality Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS)
  • Painting Palette – Your choice — Masonite, plexiglass, glass, disposable wax paper
  • Painting Surface – Canvas, or canvas panel (with acrylic gesso), no smaller than 8×10 or larger than 14×17
  • Misc. – Drop-handle painting knife, Palette cups (water jar for acrylics), Cotton rags and/or Paper towels

Pastel Supplies (Students may use any supplies they already have)
Pastel paper pad, or sheets
Any brand of soft pastel (not oil pastels), minimum of 12 colors
Pastel pencils
kneaded eraser
Foamcore board (larger than paper used)
Binder clips, or tape

Watercolor supplies (Students may use any supplies they already have)
Watercolor paper (140LB or heavier)
Painter’s tape (or masking tape), Pencils, Medium size jar, or cup

Paints – Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue

Brushes – 1/2″ flat brush, Assorted rounds (#2, #7, #10)

 

 

Illustration & Cartooning - Saturdays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm - February 12 - March 19

Illustration & Cartooning with Stefano Junior                                                         Saturdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm                                                                                              February 12 – March 19 (six sessions)                                                                             $160 members / $175 non-members                                                                                       Register here                                                                                                                 

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.

Virtual Classes held via Zoom – Link and password will be sent out prior to class start date.

Materials List

  • Newsprint sketch pad (9×12 minimum)
  • Vine charcoal
  • 2B pencil (and assorted pencils)
  • Ruler or T-square (12”)
  • Bristol paper
  • India ink
  • Pitt pens
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Straedler eraser

 

 

 

Pen & Ink Techniques - One Day Workshop - Saturday, February 19 , 1:00pm - 4:00pm

 

Pen & Ink Techniques One Day Workshop with Margaret Fanning                                 Saturday February 19 11:00 am – 1:00 pm                                                                              $55 members / $60 non-members                                                                                       Register here                                                                                                                 

Explore pen and ink in this one day workshop to create bold and vibrant drawings.

Delve into traditional and contemporary pen and ink applications as you learn and

experiment with a variety of mark-making techniques. Students will create compositions

that will bring objects to life on paper.

Virtual Class held via Zoom – Link and password will be sent out prior to class start date.

Materials List

  • HB Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Bristol Pad (9″ x 12″ or 11″ x 14″) Vellum or Smooth
  • Pigment Liner Set (such as Staedtler or Micron)
  • Ruler
  • Drawing Board (this is optional, but recommended if you don’t have a smooth surface to work on)
  • Reference picture (if you prefer to use your own)

 

 

 

Acoustic Guitar Lessons with Bert Lams

In a light and fun way, with room for questions and dialogue, the following will be explored in individual (one-on-one) lessons (adapted to your skill level and areas of interest):

  • basic principles of left and right hand technique
  • learning to read/play notes and melodies in the first position of the guitar
  • learning to play chords in the first position

The goal? At the end of the course, students will be able to play a simple melody and accompany a song with chords. The approach? Play basic exercises together with Bert as a guide, and develop a personal practice on the guitar.

All classes held on Zoom. Links and passwords will be sent out prior to the class start date.

Learn more about Bert Lams: Teaching Faculty

Bert Lams is currently on tour! Spring Schedule Coming Soon.

Individual Lessons (via Zoom) – 6-week sessions – all levels welcome!

Farmstead Members: $225
Non-members: $240

Materials needed:
A guitar (nylon string or steel string, or electric)
An electronic guitar tuner (clip-on, or app on your phone)

Printed materials and scores, sent as a .pdf via email.

Photography Classes (via Zoom) - February and March 2022

Join professional commercial/fine art photographer Thom Williams to learn the essentials of photography…

Beginner – Photoshop – Intermediate – Smartphone – Black & White – and Advanced Techniques photography classes offered! Plus a FREE Photography Q&A session in March.

All classes are virtual (via Zoom). All classes suitable for ages 13+

More about Thom Williams: Teaching Faculty

Photoshop for Photographers - Tuesday Feb 1 - 22 - 4:00 - 5:30pm

Photoshop for Photographers – 4 Weeks
                                                                                                                                           Tuesday: February 1, 8, 15, 22 – 4:00 – 5:30 pm – Register here                                              

$90 Farmstead Members / $100 Non-Members

All classes held via Zoom. Links will be emailed prior to class start.

Photoshop is a monster of a program and is very useful to many forms of art. Unfortunately, because it has so much in it, it can be overwhelming for those who want to use it for simple tasks. In this series, we will look at tools and techniques that are specifically useful for photography. This will not be an in-depth Photoshop class, but it will give you specific tools and techniques for improving and manipulating your photographs.

Beginner Photography II - Wednesdays, February 1 - 22, 6:00 - 7:30pm

 

Beginner Photography II – 4 weeks                                                                                 

Wednesday: February 1, 8, 15 & 22 – 6:00 – 7:30 pm – Register here 

$90 Farmstead members / $100 Non-members

Now that you’ve learned about the exposure triangle it’s time to get into composition. Learn about and practice through weekly exercises, photographic composition rules to help expand your photography. Anyone with a camera and understanding of exposure can take this class. Open to dslr, mirrorless and camera phone users.

Smartphone Photography - Thursday Feb 3 - 24, 4:00 - 5:30pm

Smartphone Photography – 4 weeks

Thursday: February 3, 10, 17, 24, 4:00 – 5:30pm – Register here

$90 Farmstead Members/ $100 Non-Members

All classes held via Zoom. Links will be emailed prior to class start.

“The best camera is the one you have with you” – there is a debate on the originator of this quote, but it is accurate nonetheless. Pretty much everyone is carrying around a smartphone camera, so why not learn how to really use it? In this series, we will look at composition techniques and functions of your phone camera that you may not have known, and how to maximize those images through the use of editing apps. Finally, we will look at multiple platforms to share your photos.

FREE Photography Q&A with Thom Williams - Thursday March 3 , 4pm

Free Photography Q&A

Thursday March 3 starting at 4:00pm – Required Registration here

Free for Farmstead Members and Non-members

Q&A session held via Zoom. Link will be emailed prior to class start.

This is an open Q&A photography forum for anyone with questions about photography… lenses, cameras, dslr vs. mirrorless, applications, software, classes, and recommendations. Bring all your questions and we’ll give you the answers. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain some insight into upcoming class offerings, as well.

Black & White Photography - Tuesday, March 8 - 29, 4:00 - 5:30pm

Black & White Photography – 4 weeks

Tuesday: March 8, 15, 22, 29, 4:00 – 5:30pm – Register here

$90 Farmstead Members/ $100 Non-Members

All classes held via Zoom. Links will be emailed prior to class start.

In the beginning there was B&W photography and to this day many purists believe this is the only true form of photography. Learn what makes a great B&W image and how to start seeing opportunities to create images in B&W. This will be an opportunity to shoot in B&W to see first hand how it differs (not just convert color images to B&W!)

 

Advanced Techniques in Photography- Wednesday, March 9 - 30, 4:00 - 5:30pm

Advanced Techniques Photography – 4 weeks

Wednesday: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 4:00 – 5:30pm – Register here

$90 Farmstead Members/ $100 Non-Members

All classes held via Zoom. Links will be emailed prior to class start.

 As photographers, so many times we hit a wall where our creative vision and technical ability don’t match. In this series we will discuss, as well as put into practice, many useful advanced photographic techniques such as HDR (when, how and why to use it properly), Focus stacking, composites and multiple exposures, and much more. The idea will be to help bridge that gap between creativity and technique. Students are encouraged to bring any technique they are struggling with, as well, to help get resolution.

Intermediate Photography - Wednesday, March 9 - 30 , 6:00 - 7:30pm

Intermediate Photography – 4 weeks

Wednesday: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 6:00 – 7:30pm – Register here

$90 Farmstead Members/ $100 Non-Members

All classes held via Zoom. Links will be emailed prior to class start.

Now that you’ve mastered shutter speed, aperture and ISO in Beginner 1 and you’ve gotten your feet wet with composition in beginner 2, it’s time to uncover your creative voice in photography. This 4-week class will guide you through the process of creating a photographic series of images based on your specific interests. Open to anyone with a camera, and an understanding of composition and exposure. 

 

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Our office and gallery are now open to the public on an abbreviated schedule. The best way to reach us is by email at admin@farmsteadarts.org.

Winter Session art classes are virtual.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Gallery Hours
    January 19, 2022|11:00 am - 2:00 pm


  • Gallery Hours
    January 21, 2022|11:00 am - 2:00 pm


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

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