Classes and Workshops

Register here or click on the link contained in each class description.                                                                                                                                                                                  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 Art Classes & Workshops

 

Class Offering Summary: Art Classes & Workshops
 
All virtual classes and workshops are held via Zoom.                                                   In-person classes and workshops are held at Farmstead Arts Center.                           Material lists are provided in each course description and will be needed for the classes unless otherwise noted.
 
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. 
Indoor Studio Landscapes - Virtual Workshop - Wednesday, June 15, 1pm - 4pm
Indoor Studio Landscapes with Doug Schiller                                                           Wednesday, June 15, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
1-Day Workshop                                                                                                               $50 members / $60 non-members
                                                                                                                                       Register here

Students will draw or watercolor an outdoor landscape indoors working from direct observations, photographic references, and imagination.

Virtual workshop held via Zoom – link and passcode will be sent out prior to start date.

Suggested Materials List

  • paper, 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

 

 

 

Flowers and Butterflies - Virtual Workshop - Thursday, June 16, 1pm - 4pm

Flowers and Butterflies with Doug Schiller
Thursday, June 16, 1:00 pm – 4:00pm
1-Day Workshop
$50 members / $60 non-members

Register here                                                                                                                        

Create a colored pencil drawing or watercolor of a floral bouquet/arrangement of flower and butterflies in a patterned vase.

Virtual Workshop held via Zoom – link and passcode will be sent out prior to class 

List of Supplies will be provided before class start date

 

 

Trompe L'oeil - The Art of Illusion - Virtual Workshop - Tuesday, June 21 , 10am - 1pm

Trompe L’oeil with Doug Schiller
Tuesday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
1-Day Workshop                                                                                                               $50 members / $60 non-members                                                                                                                                                 Register here

Fool your family and friends with your “deceive the eye” drawing or watercolor of a 3-dimensional object. The viewer will believe the object is real, not drawn or painted, by the realistic optical illusion you create.

Virtual Workshop held via Zoom – link and passcode will be sent out prior to class

Suggested Materials List

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

 

Watercolor Painting - Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, June 8 - July 13 (Hybrid)

Watercolor Painting with Oscar Peterson                                                                     Wednesdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm                                                                                         June 8 – July 13 (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.

Hybrid class held In-person / via Zoom – Link and passcode provided before class start date for virtual students. In-person class will be held at Farmstead Arts Center.

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)

Painting with Watercolor - 4- week Virtual Sessions on Thursdays - 10am - 12pm - June - August

Watercolor with Margaret Fanning                                                                                    4-week Virtual Sessions on Thursdays                                                                                   10:00 am – 12:00pm                                                                                                          $95 members / $110 non-members (per session)                                                                                                                                               June 9 – June 30 Session Register here

July 7 – July 28 Session Register here

August 4 – August 25 Session 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 passcodes 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

 

Painting with Watercolor- 4-week In-Person Sessions on Thursdays , 2pm - 4pm - June - August

Watercolor with Margaret Fanning                                                                                    4-week In-Person Sessions on Thursdays                                                                               2:00 pm – 4:00pm                                                                                                            $100 members / $115 non-members (per session)                                                                                                                                               June 9 – June 30 Session Register here

July 7 – July 28 Session Register here

August 4 – August 25 Session 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!

In-Person Classes held at Farmstead Arts Center in Basking Ridge, NJ

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 - June 10 - July 15 (Virtual)
Portrait Drawing with Oscar Peterson

Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
June 10 – July 15 (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 passcode 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

 

 

 

Figure Drawing - Fridays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, June 10 - July 15 (Virtual)

Figure Drawing with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
June 10 – July 15 (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 passcode 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 - June 10 - July 15 (Virtual)

Landscape & Still Life Painting with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
June 10 – July 15 (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 passcode 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)

 

 

 

Introduction to Cartooning - Fridays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm - June 10 - July 15 (Virtual)

lntroduction to Cartooning with Stefano Junior                                                               Fridays: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm                                                                                             June 10 – July 15 (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
Illustration & Cartooning - Saturdays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm - June 11 - July 16 (Virtual)

 

Illustration & Cartooning with Stefano Junior                                                               Saturdays 11:00 am – 1:00 pm                                                                                             June 11 – July 16 (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

 

 

 

Colored Pencil In-Person Workshop - Saturday July 23 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Colored Pencil In-Person Workshop with Margaret Fanning                                              Saturday, July 23 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm                                                                                   $55 members / $65 non-members

Register here

In this workshop, students will learn to better master colored pencils with techniques for blending colors, creating hard or soft edges, and heightening value. This workshop will also go over proportion and perspective, how to make objects appear 3-dimensional, and how to better understand and utilize the colors we have. Think of the subjects you’d like to draw with colored pencils: a still life, a floral, a landscape, or a portrait. The possibilities are endless! Students are welcomed to bring their own reference photos to the class.

Material Supply List:

  • Set of colored pencils (‘Prismacolor Premier’ are recommended)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • HB pencil
  • Eraser

Optional:

  • Drawing board
  • Colorless blender
  • Reference photos

 

 

Pastel In-Person Workshop - Saturday July 16 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pastel In-Person Workshop with Margaret Fanning                                                          Saturday, July 16 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm                                                                              $55 members / $65 non-members

Register here

Pastels have been used to create beautiful and bold color drawings throughout the centuries. Learn about the different types of pastel and how to blend and layer to get a soft haze or sharp edge. The instructor will demonstrate how to approach a pastel drawing through various stages, from the composition and getting the correct proportions and perspective, to understanding which colors to use to get the correct shade you are looking for. Students can bring in their own photos or use the reference provided by the instructor.

Material Supply List:

  • Set of soft pastels (optional – students can get two types of pastels: stick pastels and pastel pencils for greater precision)
  • Pad of drawing paper for practice (white or gray-toned)
  • Textured surface for final drawings, such as Mi-Teintes Touch pastel paper or Ampersand Pastelboard (toned surface recommended)
  • HB pencil
  • Eraser

Optional:

  • Pastel brushes
  • Gloves, finger cots, or skin barrier cream
  • Workable fixative
  • Drawing board
  • Artist Chamois

 

Portrait Drawing - 2-Day In-Person Workshop - Sat. July 30 & Sun. July 31 - 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Portrait Drawing with Margaret Fanning                                                                              2-Day In-Person Workshop                                                                                                     July 30 & July 31 – 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm                                                                               $90 members / $100 non-members                                                                                     

Register here

Would you like to hone your drawing skills to create a portrait? This 2-Day Workshop dives into how to refine drawing techniques by utilizing line, shape, and value to form a portrait (of either a person or animal). Learn skills to improve proportion, and how to best capture an expression. This workshop will be using photographs as reference. Feel free to bring your own photos or work with one supplied by the instructor. Suitable for Beginner and Intermediate students.

Material Supply List:

  • Drawing Pad/Paper
  • Set of Graphite Pencils (or other drawing media, if preferred)
  • Plastic Eraser
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Ruler

Optional:

  • Reference photos
  • Drawing board
  • Artist Chamois
  • Tortillons/Blending Sticks
  • Kneaded Eraser

 

Pen and Ink - In-Person Workshop - Saturday August 27 - 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pen and Ink Workshop (In-Person) with Margaret Fanning                                       Saturday, August 27 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm                                                                              $50 members / $60 non-members

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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.

In-person Workshop held at the Farmstead Arts Center – Basking Ridge, NJ

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

Currently scheduling classes for June, July and August

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

Email admin@farmsteadarts.org to register for classes 

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) - June - August 2022

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

Beginner I & II – Photoshop – Intermediate – Advanced Photography classes offered!

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

More about Thom Williams: Teaching Faculty

Intermediate Photography - Wednesdays, June 8 - 29, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Intermediate Photography – 4 weeks

Wednesdays: June 8, 15, 22, 29 – 6:00 – 7:30pm

$90 Farmstead Members/ $100 Non-Members

Register here

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

You’ve mastered shutter speed, aperture, and ISO in Beginner I. You got your feet wet with composition in Beginner II. Now 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 understanding of composition and exposure.

 

Introduction to Lightroom - Thursday, June 9 - 30, 4pm - 5:30pm

Introduction to Lightroom – 4 Weeks
                                                                                                                                          Thursdays: June 9, 16, 23, 30 – 4pm – 5:30                                            

$90 Farmstead Members / $100 Non-Members

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

An introduction to the #1 software package used by photographers around the world. This will give an overview of all modules with additional attention given to the library module and develop modules to help you get the most out of every image in your catalog. Please have lightroom classic cc installed on your computer.

Beginner Photography I - Tuesday, July 5 - 26, 6pm - 7:30pm

Beginner Photography I – 4 weeks

Tuesdays: July 5, 12, 19, 26 – 6pm – 7:30pm

$90 Farmstead Members / $100 Non-members

Register here

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

Isn’t it time to get the most out of your dslr or mirrorless camera? Take your camera out of automatic mode and understand how to maximize its full power. Learn about aperture, ISO, shutter speed… what they do and what they can do for you. Recommended for dslr and mirrorless users. Not recommended for camera phone users.

Advanced Photography- Wednesdays, July 6 - August 24, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Advanced Photography – 8 weeks

Wednesdays: July 6, 13, 20, 27  and August 3, 10, 17, 24 – 6:00 – 7:30pm

$175 Farmstead Members/$195 Non-Members

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

This is free-form advanced photography class spanning 8 weeks. Every time this is offered, it is different… and every time it will push you into areas of photography you may have never considered exploring. The goal of this course is to keep you growing and can be taken multiple time by students who desire a group learning and critique environment.

Beginner Photography II - Tuesdays , August 2 - 23, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

 

Beginner Photography II – 4 weeks                                                                                 

Tuesdays, August 2, 9 16, 23 – 6:00 – 7:30 pm 

$90 Farmstead members / $100 non-members

Register here

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.

 

Upcoming Events

  • Performing Patriotism - Concert
    July 3, 2022|2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    The Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, USA


  • Gallery Hours
    July 3, 2022|1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


  • Gallery Hours
    July 6, 2022|11:00 am - 2:00 pm


  • Gallery Hours
    July 8, 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. 

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

admin@farmsteadarts.org | 908.636.7576

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

 

Upcoming Events

  • Performing Patriotism - Concert
    July 3, 2022|2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    The Farmstead Arts Center, 450 King George Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920, USA


  • Gallery Hours
    July 3, 2022|1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


  • Gallery Hours
    July 6, 2022|11:00 am - 2:00 pm


  • Gallery Hours
    July 8, 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. 

Located on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, Farmstead Arts is a center for fine, performing and practical arts offering year-round programming of concerts, theater performances, art exhibitions and special events like barn dances and holiday boutiques.

Artists in residence offer all varieties of art classes and workshops.

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Home to the Farmstead Arts Center, the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead is named for three of its most prominent residents. 

Local, state, agricultural and revolutionary war history is highlighted in the Farmstead's buildings, prominent residents history, lectures, exhibits, and educational programs.The entire site is an ongoing restoration and preservation project.

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