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All Levels Drawing & Painting with Lena Shiffman

This is a fun and relaxed class designed for students of all levels.  There’s no need to be afraid if you are a beginner. All students can work at their own pace and will receive individual instruction. This course will introduce and build upon fundamental drawing concepts that translate across mediums, as well as basic through advanced techniques to take your talents to a whole new level.  We will be working from a still-life or photos and if weather permits, we will go outside and paint on the beautiful museum patio overlooking the river.

Artistic Expressions

This is an open studio art class designed for adults and teens with special needs, physical limitations, developmental disabilities and/or any neurodiversity. Art making topics are tailored to new and returning students and include drawing, painting, sculpting, mixed media, and fiber arts. Students are encouraged to express their own vision in this fun, supportive class.  An exhibition of work and a celebration highlight the final class.  

Intermediate Watercolor

This is a fun and relaxed class designed for intermediate students  All students can work at their own pace and receive individual instruction.  Learn basic through advanced techniques using washes, controlled edges, glazing, expressive brush strokes and corrections  to take your talents to a whole new level.  We will be working from a still-life or photos during the class.

Beginner/Intermediate Watercolor Open Studio

Learn to use the basic watercolor techniques to create finished paintings in an Open Studio setting.  This class is for beginners who are familiar with watercolor painting, but still need hands on instruction using the medium.  We will paint from still lifes with instruction in color theory, composition, perspective, and finishing the piece.  Demonstrations and one-on-one instruction will be provided.

Comics, Manga, Anime

POW! WHAM! BAP! This action-packed comics class covers everything from Daredevil to Dragon Ball Z. Learn how to draw classic comics and Japanese Manga and Animé. 

Creating Your Own Artist's Book

An artist’s book is a piece of artwork in book form that can include a range of artmaking techniques, such as drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and more. In this class you will explore different mediums and be given creative prompts to fill your own artist’s book, starting with the construction of the book itself. This class is perfect for jumpstarting your creativity in a fun, structured, and supportive setting. All levels are welcome; please see the materials list below so that you have what you need.

Zine Making

For decades artists have made “zines,” or self-styled publications in which images, words, or a mixture of both come together to create easily reproduced pieces of artwork. Learn the basics of zine creation, from the construction of the book to how to choose your topic. Utilize photographs, text, collage techniques, drawing and more as you explore this awesome and adaptable medium.  All levels welcome.

Drawing 101

In this online drawing course students will learn drawing techniques such as contouring, shading and composition while working both from observation and imagination. Each class will begin with a demonstration and creative prompt.

Drawing 101: The Basics

Stop being afraid of drawing and learn to use the basic steps when you draw, such as shapes, line and values. In this relaxed workshop students learn the basic principles of drawing including proportion, mass, value and line. Working with charcoal, on a variety of still life subjects, students will improve their drawing skills as they increase their understanding of structure and composition. Below are the materials needed for this workshop.

Drawing & Painting for Beginners

This class is for absolute beginners or those looking to build on a little experience.  You will learn core concepts, increase your confidence and build your skills in drawing and painting from observation.  The instructor will provide lots of guidance and demonstrations.

Drawing & Painting from Photographs

Photographs have served as inspiration for artists since the early 19th century.  Learn to interpret photographs in your own way with various painting techniques, both traditional and experimental.  This class is perfect for beginners as well as experienced painters. Use the drawing materials and paint of your choice (acrylic, oil, gouache, tempera or watercolor are recommended) and your favorite photograph.

Figure Drawing Intensive

Dive into figure drawing in this day-long online intensive in which you will work from a combination of photos and a live model. Learn how to realistically depict the human figure in a variety of poses, with a focus on proportion, composition, shading and value. This workshop is recommended for students with prior experience in figure drawing who are looking to improve their technique.

Fundamentals of Drawing

Drawing has been the foundation of art throughout the centuries. This class will help students build and refine the drawing techniques. Learn how to use line, shape, and value to form a composition and refine your observation skills in order to bring objects to life on paper.

Fundamentals of Painting

Paint a hammer that looks like a hammer!  In this class students will learn to create realistic images through the fundamental principles of capturing light, planes, structure, and proportion.  They will also practice painting from observation and acquire the skills to start, establish and finish a painting. Ideal for beginner and intermediate students.

Hunterdon Poets Workshop

Join other poets to workshop your writing in a thoughtful and considerate environment. Held one Sunday each month, Dodge poet Vasiliki Katsarou offers insightful critique and prompts in a supportive environment to help participants stay productive and maintain their practice. Open to anyone from emerging to experienced writers, and especially welcoming to visual artists wishing to establish or revive a writing practice. Attendance at drop-in sessions makes participants eligible for public poetry reading in the Museum’s galleries in the spring.

Intro to Acrylic Painting

This class is ideal for true beginners or those looking to build on some experience. Students will be encouraged to paint from observation based on still life.  Learn essential painting techniques, such as color mixing, composition, brushwork, paint application and texture.  Have fun and experiment with this very versatile medium while you learn something new or simply get a little more practice.

Intro to Digital Photography

Learning how to work your new camera properly can make all the difference in the world. Let’s have fun taking great pictures and take the fear out of working the camera.  This beginning workshop, also open to teens, will cover basic digital camera controls and how they relate to:  light and shadow, exposure, color and composition. Bring your favorite point and shoot or SLR digital camera and the instruction booklet. The goal of this easy workshop is to develop a basic understanding of your camera while exploring the characteristic elements of photography.  Digital, film, and smart phone photographers welcome.

Intro to Watercolor: Methods & Materials

This class is an introduction to watercolor painting for true beginners.  We will cover methods and materials – what to use and how to use it.  Warm up painting exercises and weekly lessons will cover essential watercolor skills such as washes, edges, dry brush, and wet-into-wet.   Build your confidence and your individual style. 

Paintbrush Portraits

Repurpose your old paintbrush into a unique paintbrush portrait! Come prepared with photographic reference (i.e. a family member, favorite celebrity) and learn how to translate the image to this very specific canvas. 

Painting for Beginners

Gain a new understanding of painting in this six-week course, exploring the painting medium of your choice. Learn techniques for composition, lighting and rendering texture as you gain skill and knowledge to develop your artistic practice.

Pen & Ink Techniques with Margaret Fanning

Explore pen and ink in this one day workshop to create bold and vibrant drawings and paintings. 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 as that will bring objects to life on paper. All materials are provided, just bring a few of your favorite photos for reference.

Portrait Drawing Intensive

Dive into figure drawing in this day-long online intensive in which you will work from a combination of photos and a live model. Learn how to realistically depict the human figure in a variety of poses, with a focus on proportion, composition, shading and value. This workshop is recommended for students with prior experience in figure drawing who are looking to improve their technique. 

Portrait Drawing with Oscar Peterson

Learn the principles of portrait drawing by observing live models. Various methods for depicting a realistic likeness in graphite and charcoal will be explored and each step of starting, establishing and finishing a drawing will be demonstrated. Class also covers drawing facial features, anatomy, shading and proportion. This is a rigorous class best suited for intermediate to advanced students who have taken beginner level drawing courses in the past. For adults and teens, ages 18 and up.

Portraits Without Bodies

In this workshop you will learn how to capture your subject in methods that go beyond figurative portrait techniques. Instead, imagery and inspiration will be drawn from the subject’s essence, qualities and belongings. Capture yourself and those who are meaningful to you in new ways. This workshop is perfect for someone who is looking to venture beyond the traditional portrait. The use of drawing, sculpture, photography, collage and other media will be encouraged and facilitated.

The Spaces In Between

Learn how to recognize and apply negative space in watercolor compositions for stunning results. Shifting the compositional focus to the spaces in-between can improve drawing accuracy and increase both depth and contrast. All levels welcome.

Tuesday Night Drawing & Painting

Pick your favorite medium and set aside your Tuesday evenings for building your drawing and painting skills. In this relaxed, intimate class, beginning and intermediate students are encouraged to work at their own pace with guidance from the instructor on a variety of subjects including still-lifes and photographs. Projects are adapted to each student’s skill level. All levels welcome; beginners start with drawing.

Unfinished Works with Margaret Fanning

This 3 week class is dedicated to providing guidance to finish paintings or drawings in any media of your choice.  If you are unsure of the next steps to take in a partially completed piece, this class can help you move forward.  Each class will be catered towards the students' individual needs and provide demos with the instructor's own “unfinished works” using various media.  This course will delve into color mixing and how to finalize a composition.  Bring any drawing or painting that you wish to work on!

Weaving Without a Loom

Learn the basics of weaving and how to create your own loom from household items. Weaving is an ancient method of creating textiles and traditionally requires a loom, but in this class you will learn to weave without that investment. You will create decorative tapestries and functional weaving pieces using yarn, plastic bags, fabric scraps and more.

Weaving Without a Loom Workshop

Weaving is calming, rewarding, and a great outlet for creativity and emotions as we all spend more time at home. You don’t need a fancy loom to get started! In this workshop series students will learn two methods of weaving without a loom by repurposing everyday items, using cardboard in session 1 and a picture frame in session 2.

Young Artists Workshop-Clay

Sunday, April 27; 1:30-3:30 pm 
$30, taught by a HAM Faculty member
The Young Artists Showcase Workshops run in conjunction with the Young Artists Showcase. Workshops are open to all elementary and middle school students. This workshop will cover the basic fundamentals of clay. Bring a smock and dress for a mess.  Two sessions are offered on each date. Session E is for ages 5 - 9 and Session F is for ages 10 to 14. Sessions may be combined if enrollment numbers are low in one of the sessions.

Young Artists Workshop - Drawing

Sunday March 23, 1:30-3:30 pm 
$30, taught by a HAM Faculty member
The Young Artists Showcase Workshop runs in conjunction with the Young Artists Showcase. Workshops are open to all elementary and middle school students. This workshop will cover the basic fundamentals of drawing. Bring a smock and dress for a mess.  Two sessions are offered on each date. Session A is for ages 5 - 9 and Session B is for ages 10 to 14. Sessions may be combined if enrollment numbers are low in one of the sessions. 

Young Artists Workshop-Painting

Sunday, April 6; 1:30-3:30 pm 
$30, taught by a HAM Faculty member
The Young Artists Showcase Workshops run in conjunction with the Young Artists Showcase. Workshops are open to all elementary and middle school students. This workshop will cover the basic fundamentals of painting. Bring a smock and dress for a mess.  Two sessions are offered on each date. Session C is for ages 5 - 9 and Session D is for ages 10 to 14. Sessions may be combined if enrollment numbers are low in one of the sessions.

Young Artists Workshop- Printmaking

Sunday, May 18; 1:30-3:30 pm 
$30, taught by a HAM Faculty member
The Young Artists Showcase Workshops run in conjunction with the Young Artists Showcase. Workshops are open to all elementary and middle school students. This workshop will cover the basic fundamentals of printmaking. Bring a smock and dress for a mess.  

Young Artists Workshop - Cartooning

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Hunterdon Poets Reading in the Gallery

Enjoy the art of poetry in this virtual reading in the Gallery. Hosted by Dodge Poet Vasiliki Katsarou, this reading will feature poets who've attended the monthly Hunterdon Poets Workshop. Poets in the audience will also have the opportunity to share a single poem of their own, with a reading time of no more than 1-2 minutes. Featured readers pay a $15 registration fee and all others welcome at $5.

Young Artists Workshop- Fashion Design

Young Artists Workshops - Fashion Design

Young Artists Workshops - Jewelry Design

Young Artists Workshop 

Functional Forms Pottery Class

In this class kids will learn beginner hand building techniques and slab construction in order to create pottery that relates to functional ceramic forms. Participants will learn a new skill and create a different project every week, constructing and painting their own air dry clay pieces. Processes explored will include making paper maquettes, slab construction, and coil and pinch methods to make hand-built trays, pinch mugs with handles, coil plaques, and more. 

Fashioning Statements

In this two-part workshop for teens inspired in part by work in our Crossroads and Print+ exhibitions, we'll explore ways in which textile-based objects such as banners, flags, and clothing can serve as forms of personal expression and encourage social awareness at once. In the first session, participants will spend time reflecting on some of the issues most on their minds currently while also experimenting with painting or dyeing a piece of fabric. In the second session, we'll focus on transforming these pieces of fabric by adding our own unique statements to them. The finished piece will be a versatile work of art that can either be worn or displayed as a banner.

Making + Memory: Process and Touch

In collaboration with the Ann Clarke exhibition, this textile-based program focuses on the process of handcrafted making and the intimate connection of the tactile experience to remembrance, care, healing, and renewal. This series of four classes centers around the act of slow-stitching – a mindful needlework process involving simple stitching techniques, including embroidery, applique, and assemblage. No previous skill is necessary. The final project (or series of works) will be textiles that can be displayed as wall panels, or framed, used as a pillow covering, gifted, or rolled up and tucked away as a special heirloom, among other limitless possibilities.

 

Because this class focuses primarily on process, alternative textile preferences are welcome and encouraged for participants more skilled in other fiber craft such as knitting, crochet, needlepoint, weaving, and quilting. Individual experience in those arts is a prerequisite.

Prints & Portals

During this 60-minute workshop, kids 7-11 years old are encouraged to teleport, daydream, and escape into their imagination. Imagine your artwork was a portal, where would it take you? Participants will learn the basics of printmaking, from pressing a design onto a foam plate to creating multiple prints.

No Press? No Stress!: Printmaking

Teen afterschool class

Spring Things: Mixed Media

Kids afterschool spring class

Resurfacing: An Intensive with Laura Moriarty

Exhibition related programming

Haiku Travel Accordion Book Workshop

Exhibition related workshop

The Flag Book Workshop

Exhibition related workshop

Watercolor ABCs?

Adult workshop

Observations in Acrylic

Teen after school class