Creative Days of Summer

Join us at our “Creative Days of Summer” workshops June 25th to June 27th!

Our resident artists will be holding a variety of workshops where students (ages 12 and up) will have an opportunity to unleash their creativity and imagination while exploring a variety of different art media. We have something for everyone – from drawing and painting in various mediums, to cartooning and gourd painting, collage and mosaic art as well as square photography for Instagram. You can even create a “paintbrush selfie”.

Each workshop is three hours in duration and projects will be completed during each session. Sessions are available from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 4pm each day. Students who take morning and afternoon sessions are welcome to bring their lunch and relax by the Passaic River between workshops.

For a downloadable schedule of workshops, dates, times and prices click here. All materials are provided unless otherwise noted. Each registrant will receive a Farmstead Arts t-shirt (while supplies and sizes last!)

To register for our Creative Days of Summer workshops, please visit our Registration page. Registration is required for this event. 

June 25, 9am to 12pm | Collage Creations | Taught by Laura Shabazz

Create a collage using salvaged magazines. Immerse yourself in your favorite colors and create the scene you want to make. I’ll guide you as you choose to follow my sample or create your own original design. There’s only one rule: NO JUDGEMENT.

Class fee: $50

June 25, 9am to 12pm | Tessellations | Taught by Doug Schiller

Have fun reinventing the art of M. C. Escher. Create colorful tessellations of your own design that interlock a pattern of symmetrical shapes. All levels welcome. 

Class fee: $50

June 25, 9am to 12pm | Transparent Inks on a Gourd Bowl | Taught by Patricia Farley

We will be applying transparent inks of to a gourd bowl, then learning how to heat set the colors. Gourd will be sprayed with satin finish. We will than stitch on a simple row of seagrass as a rim.

Class fee: $55

June 25, 1pm to 4pm | Cartooning - Illustrating a Four-Panel Strip | Taught by Stefano Junior

Learn the basics of Cartooning narrative structure & how to draw & ink a four panel original comic strip.

Class fee: $50

June 25, 1pm to 4pm | Foil Embossing | Taught by Doug Schiller

Build-up a flat, three dimensional relief (abstract or realistic in design). Cover, emboss, and color with heavy gray foil. All levels welcome.

Class fee: $50

June 25, 1pm to 4pm | Mixed Media Mosaics | Taught by Shelley Rosen Howard

Reduce the clutter in your junk drawer, Reuse broken tiles and china, Recycle bottle caps and small glass bottles!

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’ll take a non-traditional approach to create mosaic frames in this workshop.

You are encouraged to bring as many fun pieces to create your own mosaic. We’ll provide the frame and all necessary materials, including a variety of small tiles, beads, and other interesting objects to create a fabulous masterpiece.

Class fee: $60

June 26, 9am to 12pm | Abstract Watercolors | Taught by Maragret Fanning

Create an abstract painting in this workshop while experimenting with watercolor. Learn about color mixing and layering to form vibrant tones. Students will practice how to apply washes to get a beautiful transparent effect. This workshop is perfect for all levels! Materials are included.

Class fee: $50

June 26, 9am to 12pm | Plaster Cast Drawing | Taught by Oscar Peterson

Learn the principles of cast drawing by using direct observation. Graphite or charcoal will be used.

Class fee: $50

June 26, 9am to 12pm | T-Shirt Design | Taught by Doug Schiller

Create and color your own t-shirt design and go home with a new addition to your summer wardrobe. All levels welcome.

Class fee: $50

June 26, 1pm to 4pm | Cartooning - Illustrating a Four-Panel Strip | Taught by Stefano Junior

Learn the basics of Cartooning narrative structure & how to draw & ink a four panel original comic strip.

Class fee: $50

June 26, 1pm to 4pm | Painting with Pencils | Taught by Doug Shiller

Discover a new way to paint using watercolor colored pencils. Broaden your understanding and use of this versatile medium completing a finished piece, representational or abstract, in this afternoon class. All levels welcome.

Class fee: $50

June 26, 1pm to 4pm | Play with Clay | Taught by Debbie Limoli

Learn the art of hand building. Receive as much help as you need to create a beautiful ceramic or sculpture piece from a lump of clay – or do your own thing.

Class fee: $50

June 26, 1pm to 4pm | Plein Air | Taught by Oscar Peterson

Plein air painting (painting outdoors) has thrilled artists for hundreds of years. Students will learn the techniques to start, establish, and complete their outdoor paintings on-site. Any painting medium may be used.

Class fee: $50 

June 27, 9am to 12pm | Be a Square: Instragram Photos | Taught by Jim DelGuidice

The Instagram generation thinks they’re on to something new, but composing in a square format has been around since the beginning of photography 190 years ago. Students will explore the possibilities of square composition in such subjects as landscape, abstract, environmental portraits and character study. Students should bring a camera with an SD card or a smartphone for use during the class.

Class fee: $50

June 27, 9am to 12pm | Exploring Watercolor | Taught by Doug Schiller

Watercolor techniques reviewed and used to complete a finished watercolor in this three hour workshop. Work from still life arrangements, photos and personal references. All levels welcome. 

Class fee: $50

June 27, 9am to 12pm | Paintbrush Selfie | Taught by Oscar Peterson

Create a one-of-a-kind whimsical self portrait painted with acrylics directly on a paintbrush!

Class fee: $50

June 27, 1pm to 4pm | Cartooning - Illustrating a Four-Panel Strip | Taught by Stefano Junior

Learn the basics of Cartooning narrative structure & how to draw & ink a four panel original comic strip.

Class fee: $50

June 27, 1pm to 4pm | Drawing and Painting from Photographs | Taught by Maragret Fanning and Jim DelGuidice

Photographs have served as inspiration for artists since the early 19th century. Learn to interpret the photograph in your own way with different techniques, both traditional and experimental. Create an impressionist landscape or a realistic portrait. This workshop is perfect for beginners as well as experienced painters. All materials provided, just bring your own photo! (A great way to further interpret the photos taken in the “Be a Square” workshop).

Class fee: $50

June 27, 1pm to 4pm | Exploring the Self Portrait | Taught by Oscar Peterson

Learn the principles of Self Portrait drawing by direct observation, and/or photos. Graphite or charcoal will be used.

Class fee: $50

 

Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Day Weekend - Farmstead Closed
    May 25, 2019 - May 27, 2019|


Funding has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission through the State / County Partnership Local Arts Program.

 

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