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.

2020 Winter Classes

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.  
 
Win20DL1 - 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

 

 

 

Win20SRH1 - Mixed Media Mosaics - by Appointment

Mixed Media Mosaics with Shelley Rosen Howard

Scheduled by appointment – ideal for small groups of 3-10 people….perhaps a Scout troop? Ladies who lunch? Friends & Families?

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 will take a non-traditional approach to mosaic art in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Single Session Workshop: 2 hours. Covers the possibilities in eclectic design. We will work on a small format (such as a picture frame) and decorate with unexpected objects.   $50 members / $55 non-members.

Two Session Workshop: 2 hours each session. The two session workshop expands upon the single session workshop allowing students to work on larger objects (frying pan, mirror, frame).  $100 members / $110 non-members.

Materials and supplies included! Students are encouraged to bring their own objects as well.

Email: admin@farmsteadarts.org for more information, calendar coordination and registration.

 

 

 

 

 

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Win20DS11 - "Your Choice" Workshop - 3 Sessions - Tues 10am - 12pm (Jan 14-28)

“Your Choice” Art Workshop with Doug Schiller

Three Sessions – January 14, 21 and 28
Tuesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

$80 members/$90 non-members

This 3 week course is appropriate for students to develop new or continue ongoing 2 dimensional art projects of their choice, working in pastels, watercolors or colored pencil. Still life arrangements, photographic and reference materials will be provided. All levels are welcome and no previous experience is required. Materials included.

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Win20DS1 - Colored Pencil Drawing - Tuesdays 10am - 12pm (Feb 4 - Mar 10)

Colored Pencil Drawing with Doug Schiller

Six Sessions – February 4 – March 10
Tuesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

$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 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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Win20DS2 - Intro to Watercolors - Tuesdays - 1-3 pm (Feb 4 - Mar 10)

Intro to Watercolors with Doug Schiller

Six Sessions – February 4 – March 10

Tuesdays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

$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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Win20DS10 - Historic Sites & Buildings - Tuesdays - 4-6 pm (Feb 4 - Mar 10)

Historic Sites & Buildings with Doug Schiller

Six Sessions – February 4 – March 10

Tuesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

$160 for members/$180 for non-members

In this class, students will learn about and draw historic sites in the Basking Ridge area. Working from photographs, students will recreate these buildings in drawings and/or paintings.

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Win20LS1 - Painting with Paper - Tuesdays - 10am -12 pm (Feb 4 - Mar 3)

Painting with Paper: Representational Collage with Laura Shabazz

5 sessions – February 4 – March 3

Tuesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

$160 for members, $180 for non-members 

How can you take a stack of magazines and convert it into a vivid, representational “painting” while helping the environment at the same time? By taking this class! We will explore the artistic potential of materials in our environment, namely the recycling bin. Students will investigate how the artistic process changes when the palette comes from found magazines rather than paint, 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 welcomed.

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Win20LS2 - Painting without Paint - Tuesdays - 10am -12 pm (Mar 10 - Apr 7)

Painting without Paint with Laura Shabazz

5 sessions – March 10 – April 7

Tuesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

$160 for members, $180 for non-members

Looking for a new approach to painting or art making in general?
This class is designed for students who already have some experience with paint (or other color medium). You’ll shift your focus to found materials, namely, magazines from the recycling bin, as you explore how your process changes with a serendipitous palette rather than one mixed from scratch. How can you work within the limits of a found palette to achieve the desired results? How must color, texture, shading and composition be considered differently when you can only use what you have in front of you? Prepare to see your past medium in a whole new light.

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Win20OP1 - Intro to Portrait Drawing/Painting - Tues - 3:30 -5:30 pm (Feb 4 - Mar 10)

Intro to Portrait Drawing/Painting (Ages 12 & up, all levels welcome) with Oscar Peterson Six Sessions – February 4 – March 10 Tuesdays, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm $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.

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Win20DS3 - Introduction to Pastels - Wednesdays - 10am - 12pm (Feb 5 - Mar 11)

Introduction to Pastels with Doug Schiller

Six sessions – February 5 – March 11 – Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

$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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Win20DS4 - Drawing and Painting for Adults - Wednesdays - 1-3pm (Feb 4 - Mar 11)

Drawing and Painting for Adults with Doug Schiller

Six sessions – February 5 – March 11 – Wednesdays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

$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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Win20DS5 - Indoor Studio Landscapes - Wednesdays - 4-6pm (Feb 4 - Mar 11)

Indoor Studio Landscapes with Doug Schiller

Six sessions – February 5 – March 11
Wednesdays, 4-6 pm

$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 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.

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Win20DS6 - Trompe L'oeil - Thursdays - 2-4 pm (Feb 6 - Mar 3)

Trompe L’oeil: The Art of Illusion with Doug Schiller

Six sessions – February 6 – March 13 -Thursdays, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

$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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Win20DS7 - Drawing and Painting (Ages 8 to 12) - Thursdays (Feb 6 - Mar 12)

Drawing and Painting (Ages 8 – 12) with Doug Schiller

Six sessions –  February 6 – March 12
Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

$135 for members/$155 for non-members

his 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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Win20MF1 - Acrylic Painting - Fridays - 6:30 -8:30 pm (Feb 21 - Mar 27)

Acrylic Painting with Margaret Fanning

Six sessions – February 21 – March 27
Fridays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

$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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Win20MF2 - Painting w/ Watercolor & Gouache - Thurs 10am -12pm (Jan 30 - Feb 27)

Painting with Watercolor & Gouache with Margaret Fanning

5 sessions – January 30 – February 26

Thursdays, 10am – 12pm

$160 for members / $180 for non-members

Learn to control watercolor and gouache 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!

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Win20MF3 - Painting w/ Watercolor & Gouache - Thurs 10am -12pm (Mar 5 - Apr 2)

Painting with Watercolor & Gouache with Margaret Fanning

5 sessions – March 5 – April 2

Thursdays, 10am – 12pm

$160 for members / $180 for non-members

Learn to control watercolor and gouache 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!

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Win20MF3 - Drawing in COLOR - Thursdays - 2-4 pm (Feb 20 - Mar 26)

Drawing in COLOR with Margaret Fanning

Six sessions – February 20 – March 26
Thursdays, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

$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 and color theory. Learn how to use line, shape, value, and color to form a composition and how to use your observation skills to bring objects to life on paper. Students will use different drawing mediums each class, such as colored pencil and pastel.

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Win20OP2 - Drawing and Painting the Figure - Thurs - 3:30 - 5:30 pm (Feb 6 - Mar 12)

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

Six sessions – February 6 – March 12
Thursdays, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

$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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Win20DS8 - Teen Drawing and Painting - Fridays - 7:30 -9:30 pm (Feb 7 - Mar 13)

Teen Drawing and Painting (Ages 13 to 17) with Doug Schiller

Six sessions – February 7 – March 13

Fridays, 7:30 – 9:30 pm

$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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Win20OP3 - The How's and Why's of Drawing - Sat - 3:30 - 5:30 pm (Feb 8 - Mar 14)

The How’s and Why’s of Drawing with Oscar Peterson

Six sessions – February 8 – March 14
Saturdays, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

$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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Win20SJ1 - Intro to Illustration and Cartooning - Sat - 11am - 1 pm (Feb 1 - Mar 14)

Intro to Illustration and Cartooning for Teens and Adults with Stefano Junior

7 sessions – February 1 – March 14

Saturdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

$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

  • Farmstead Holiday Boutique
    December 8, 2019|1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    The Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, USA


  • The Adult School - Classes
    December 9, 2019|9:00 am - 9:00 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.

 

Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, New Jersey 07920

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Office Hours: Monday - Wednesday 9 am – 1 pm
Farm House (open to the public): Monday - Wednesday 11 am – 1 pm
Gallery Hours (when there is a show in progress):
Same as the Farm House hours plus Sundays 1 pm – 4 pm (unless there is a concert or other event)

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