Online Classes and Workshops

Online Summer Session (via Zoom)
August 1 – September 18

We have a variety of classes and have something for everyone!

Register for all classes here or click on the link contained in each class description.

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 3 days in advance.

Online Art Classes - Registration is OPEN! Classes start August 1

We have moved our art classes online!

For a single page summary click on: Summer Online Art Classes – Farmstead Arts Center
 
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. 
Intro to Illustration & Cartooning (Teens & Adults) - Saturdays, Aug 1 - Sept 12 11am - 1pm

Intro to Illustration and Cartooning with Stefano Junior
Saturdays, 11:00am – 1:00pm
6 Sessions
August 1 – September 12 (no class September 5)
$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.

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

Master the Art of Colored Pencils (for Teens and Adults) - Tuesdays, Aug 4 - Sept 8, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Master the Art of Colored Pencils with Doug Schiller
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
August 4 – September 8 (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

 

Drawing & Painting for Teens & Adults - Tuesdays, Aug 4 - Sept 8, 7:00 - 9:00pm
Drawing & Painting for Teens and Adults with Doug Schiller

Tuesdays, August 4 – September 8 (six sessions)

7:00 – 9:00 pm
$160 members / $175 non-members.
Register here.
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. Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class
 
Materials List
  • set 12 watercolor drawing pencils (Derwent recommended)
  • one pad 11″ x 14″ minimum bristol paper, 140 lb.
  • 2H & 2B drawing pencils
  • drafting eraser
  • one 1/2″ soft bristle flat paint brush
  • one soft bristle pointed paint brush
  • one blending stick
  • one small piece sandpaper
Watercolor Painting for Teens & Adults - Wednesdays, Aug 5 - Sept 9, 10am - 12 pm

Watercolor Painting (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Wednesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm
August 5 – September 9 (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.

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)

Oil Painting for Adults - Wednesdays, Aug 12 - Sept 16, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Oil Painting with Doug Schiller
Wednesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
August 12 – September 16 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members  Register here.

Work from still life arrangements, photos and personal references. 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

Introduction to Drawing for Adults - Wednesdays, Aug 12 - Sept 16, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Introduction to Drawing with Doug Schiller
Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
August 12 – September 16 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members  Register here.

This class focuses on the fundamentals of drawing through direct observation. Methods to create three dimensional spaces using light and shadow and value and shading to develop still lives, landscapes and personal imagery will be explored. Demonstrations and individual critiques will be given to help further students’ understanding and growth. All levels welcome.

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

Materials List

  • one pad 11″ x 14″ minimum heavyweight drawing paper (Strathmore 100 lb.)
  • 2H & 2B drawing pencils
  • drafting eraser
  • one blending stick
Painting with Watercolor - Thursdays, Aug 6 - Sept 10 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Painting with Watercolor for Teens & Adults with Margaret Fanning

Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
August 6 – September 10 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members

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

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 or objects to set up a still life
Introduction to Pastels for Adults) - Thursdays, Aug 6 - Sept 10 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Introduction to Pastels with Doug Schiller
Thursdays,  7:00 – 9:00 pm
August 6 – September 10
$160 members / $175 non-members   Register here

Students will learn basic watercolor or pastel techniques, both traditional and non-traditional. Students will learn how to develop their imagery, working from direct observation and photographic references – such as still lives and landscapes. Elements of composition, design, and basic skills will be refined through color, shading, value, and proportions. No previous experience required.

Materials List
one pad 11″ x 14″ minimum heavyweight drawing paper (Strathmore 100 lb.)
assorted soft pastel sticks
assorted oil pastels, optional alternative
2H drawing pencil
drafting eraser
one 1/2″ soft bristle flat paint brush
one soft bristle pointed paint brush
one blending stick

Portrait Drawing (for Teens & Adults) - Fridays, Aug 7 - Sept 18 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Portrait Drawing (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
August 7 – September 18 (no class September 4) – (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.

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

 

Figure Drawing (for Teens & Adults) - Fridays, Aug 7 - Sept 18 - 1:00 -3:00 pm

Figure Drawing (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
August 7 – September 18 (no class Sept 4) (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 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 (for Teens & Adults) - Fridays, Aug 7 - Sept 18 - 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Landscape & Still Life Painting (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
August 7 – September 18 (no class Sept 4) (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.

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)

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Gallery Hours - Closed
    August 9, 2020|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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