Kids & Teens Studio Art Classes
Studio Art office 973.971.3740
Studio Art email StudioArt@MorrisMuseum.org
Morris Museum Phone: 973.971.3700
Materials and supplies information available upon registration
Classes offered for children and teens, all levels!
Each Summer Studio Art class meets every day for one week!
Mixed Media Palette with Nina Nemeth (ages 7–12)
July 8–12, 9:30am–12:30pm
Various papers and printed media are the colors on your palette as you create both realistic and abstract works of art. Learn how to make layered treasures with collage from magazines, photographs, newspapers, paint and pencil. The possibilities are endless – the results are spectacular!
$5 Supply fee
Eco-Art with Kelly Bogucz (ages 6–11)
July 15–19, 10:00am–1:00pm
Experience learning about the environment and wildlife as we create beautiful pieces of art for both indoor and outdoor decoration!
$10 Supply fee
The Great Artists with Nina Nemeth (ages 5–10)
July 22–26, 9:30am–12:30pm
Create art inspired by the works of the great artists! We will look at a sampling of the world’s master artists, examine their unique styles and learn about their lives and times. We will use watercolor, acrylic, pastel, collage and mixed media to create our own masterpieces in the styles of these masters. If you have taken this class before, you will find that there are even more masters and styles to discover!
$5 Supply fee
Beginning Sculpture with Pat Flaherty (ages 7–10)
July 22 – 26, 9:00am–12:00pm
We will use our hands and a variety of materials, including clays, to produce basic shapes from which more complex things can be created. We will mold animals, people, masks, jewelry and castles. We will explore the museum galleries for inspiration, develop our hand skills, make new friends, and have some fun!
$10 Supply fee
Drawing and Beyond with Kelly Bogucz (ages 7–11)
July 29 – August 2, 10:00am–1:00pm
Learn the foundation of visual arts – line, shape, color, value, etc. using a variety of mediums such as colored pencil, water color, acrylics, textured paper. We will work our way around the museum, investigating textiles, animals, dinosaur bones, paintings, and whatever else we can find! Take home your personal interpretation of what you saw at the museum each day.
Drawing In and Around the Museum with Nina Nemeth (ages 7–11)
August 5–9, 9:30am–12:30pm
Practice drawing in different locations around the museum galleries! Learn about line, shading, value, and perspective. Students will explore current museum exhibits and objects, and render drawings using these elements and various methods such as cross-hatch, stipple, and positive-negative space.
$5 Supply fee
Develop skills needed for your high school Visual Arts Portfolio!
Water Color Painting with Peggy Dressel (ages 13+)
Five Thursdays: April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 6:00–8:00pm
This class will cover basic techniques, color theory, value and elements of a good watercolor painting. There will be a short demonstration in every class. Students will learn a controlled wet-into-wet painting technique. Subjects will include glass, silver, flowers and landscapes. Drawing skills are not essential to this course. All levels welcome – beginners encouraged!
Portfolio Discovery with Jessica Ross (ages 16+)
Mondays (or consensus), July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 10:00am–12:00pm
What is a portfolio? Do you have one, do you need one? If you are planning on taking your art to the next level in college or even after college, then YOU need a portfolio! Find out what makes an awesome portfolio and what college reviewers look for in aspiring artists. Students will also learn invaluable tools such as interviewing skills, critiquing, and how to find the art program that is their best fit. We will also explore different subcultures and careers in the art world, giving students insight into where they can use their talents. Each student will explore a topic of their choice which they will use in building their portfolio, resulting in a cohesive and unique body of work. We will conclude this journey with a small art show where each student gets a taste of the excitement and satisfaction of showing off their art to their peers and their family.
Monday, July 1
Portfolio Class Meetings
Five Mondays: July 8 thru August 5
NEW CLASS Digital Art and Illustration Basics with Adobe Photoshop with Eric Nersesian and Jessica Ross (ages 13+)
Four Thursdays: July 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 6:00-8:00pm
Interested in getting up-to-date with the digital age? Come to the Morris Museum for a class in the fundamentals of Photoshop, taught by Eric Nersesian and Jessica Ross – Adjunct Professors at NJIT. Learn how to navigate the program, manage and manipulate photos, collage, color-correct photos, and more! Learn how to create your own digital art by combining traditional art with digital art software. Create comic strips, graphic novels, and digital paintings by harnessing your artistic skills and bringing them into the digital age. Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computers to work on their own projects.
Oil Painting for Teens with Laurie Harden (ages 12–17)
July 15–19, 1:00–3:30pm
Learn the basics of Oil Painting. Composition will be covered while working on a still-life. Make objects appear 3-dimensional using lights, mid-tones & shadows. Learn to mix colors while color theory is discussed.
Mixed Drawing for Teens with Laurie Harden (ages 12–17)
July 29–August 2, 1:00–3:30pm
Learn the “ins & outs” of drawing a variety of subject matter. Draw the Morris Museum building interiors to study lines and perspective. Practice with still-life to render the look of 3-D through value and shadow. All levels welcome – beginners encouraged!
Beginning Sculpture for Young Teens with Pat Flaherty (ages 11–13)
July 29–August 2, 9:00am–12:00pm
We will look at sculpture in the galleries and on the museum grounds to inspire us about different cultural traditions. We will use clays to form items by hand, and explore other materials such as cardboard, foam core, wood or Styrofoam for building houses, or even abstract forms! We will let our imaginations run free while testing our designs for balance in three dimensions – always in an encouraging and fun environment!
$200 Non Members
$10 Supply fee
Off-the-Wall Graffiti Art with Kelly Bogucz (ages 11+)
August 5–9, 10:00am–1:00pm
Learn the history and culture of graffiti art as seen around the world and explore your own use of imaginative letter art forms and figures. Then have fun creating unique “letter art” in scratchboard, on a T-shirt, and on the cover of a sketchbook. If you have taken Off-the-Wall Graffiti earlier this year, you will be pleasantly surprised to find even more graffiti cultures, styles, and endless possibilities to inform your own style!
$10 Supply fee
Paint Your Pet’s Portrait in Oils with Laurie Harden (ages 12-17)
August 12–16, 1:00–3:30pm
Learn to paint an animal while achieving an engaging likeness. Learn various techniques, including “dry-brush” to achieve the look of fur! Color mixing will be explored and practiced. Bring a couple of good photos of your dog, cat, horse, etc. to work from.