Online Classes and Workshops

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Summary of Upcoming Classes
Virtual Art Classes July – August 2021
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.

Summer Session II - Art Classes Start July 19!

Our art classes are online!

 
All classes will be held via Zoom.  Material lists are provided in each class description.
 
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 - July 19 - August 23

Master the Art of Colored Pencils with Doug Schiller
Mondays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
July 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23 (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 of mixing and blending of colors on paper, overlays, washes, and value judgments. Choices of still life arrangements, landscapes, and 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 - July 19 - August 23

Oil Painting with Doug Schiller
Mondays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
July 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16, 23 (six sessions)
Register here
$160 members / $175 non-members

Gain a greater understanding and experience working with oil paints and related materials. 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 - July 20 - August 24

Intro to Watercolors with Doug Schiller
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
July 20, 27 and August 3, 10, 17, 24 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members                                                                            Register here

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.

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 - July 20 - August 24

n–Trompe L’oeil with Doug Schiller
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm                                                                                                        July 20, 27 and August 3, 10, 17, 24 (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 (Teens & Adults) - Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, July 21 - August 25

Watercolor Painting (for ages 16 and up) with Oscar Peterson
Wednesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm
July 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18, 25 (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 on 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 for Adults - Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm - July 21 - August 25

Introduction to Pastels with Doug Schiller
Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm                                                                                     
July 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18, 25 (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 - July 21 - August 25
Indoor Studio Landscapes with Doug Schiller

Wednesdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
July 21, 28 and August 4, 11, 18, 25 (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 - 12:00 pm - July 22 - August 26

Watercolor with Margaret Fanning                                                                           Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm                                                                                      July 22, 29 and August 5, 12, 19, 26  (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.

Materials 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 - July 23 - August 27
Portrait Drawing with Oscar Peterson

Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
July 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27 (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: links and passwords will be sent out prior to class start date

Materials 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

 

 

 

Intro to Cartooning - Fridays, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm - July 23 - August 27
Intro to Illustration & Cartooning with Stefano Junior
Saturdays, 12:00am – 2:00pm
July 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27 (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 (Teens & Adults) - Fridays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, July 23 - August 27

Figure Drawing (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
July 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27 (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.

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 (Teens & Adults) - Fridays, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm - July 23 - August 27

Landscape & Still Life Painting (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
July 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27 (six sessions)                                                        $160 members / $175 non-members                                                                          Register here              

Learn how to use color, values, edges and color intensity are used 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: links and passwords 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 - July 24 - August 28

Illustration & Cartooning with Stefano Junior                                                          

Saturdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm                                                                                               July 24, 31 and August 7, 14, 21, 28                                                                                     $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

 

 

 

Pen & Ink Techniques, Saturday Workshop - 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm - August 7
Pen & Ink Techniques with Margaret Fanning
August 7 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Single Session Workshop
$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 Workshop held via Zoom – link and password will be sent out prior to class

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)

 

Upcoming Events

  • Gallery Hours
    July 28, 2021|10:00 am - 2:00 pm


  • Gallery Hours
    August 1, 2021|1:00 pm - 4:00 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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Our office and gallery are now open to the public on an abbreviated summer schedule. The best way to reach us is by email at admin@farmsteadarts.org. We'll fully reopen after Labor Day!

Summer Session II art classes are online.

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