Kids & Teens Studio Art

Studio Art for Kids


Studio Art office  973.971.3740
Studio Art email  [email protected]

Summer art classes are week­long sessions, meeting each day, Monday through Friday.  Supply list information available upon registration.

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WEEK 1   (July 11 ­- 15)

Making Monsters with Francesca Pelaggi
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Ages 5 – 8 

In this unique art class, children will dive into 3 dimensional design, tapping into their inner monster and creating their own unique creatures. They will use a variety mediums such as air dry and baked clay, paper maché, household items, recycled / re-purposed items. Projects will be painted, hot glued, and/or wired.

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee


Draw OutsideDrawing Around the Museum  with Nina Nemeth
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Ages 9 and up

Observe the inside, the outside, the objects, and the architecture, all around the Morris Museum!  Learn the fundamentals of drawing a variety of subject matter, focusing on the formal elements of line, shape, tone, form, space, and depth. Draw the Morris Museum building interiors to study lines and perspective; draw what’s on view to practice shape, tone, and form. Bring a sketchbook!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee


Portrait Drawing  with Laurie Harden
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 11:30PM
Ages 11 and up

Learn to draw a face from a variety of angles and achieve a good likeness of the individual. Proportions will be demonstrated, as well as the foreshortening that occurs when the face is seen at an angle.  An assortment of faces will be drawn which will include different ages, gender and ethnic type. There will be several demonstrations and a lot of hands-on instruction. Self-portraits will be explored. Examples of the Masters will be shown and discussed.

$140 Member, $150 non-member, short supply list


Watercolor Week  with Nina Nemeth
Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Ages 5 – ­8

Explore basic techniques of the medium, such as controlled wet-into-wet painting, color theory, value, and the elements that make a good watercolor painting. Learn about perspective of various shapes, and color mixing from the primary colors, while working on various compositions. If weather permits, we might even paint out-of-doors!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee


Polymer Clay Creations with Francesca Pelaggi
Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Ages 9 and up

Children will work with both polymer clay, which comes in an array of colors and air dry clay which will be painted with acrylic paints. Students will learn hand molding  techniques and to work with various tools to sculpt animals, fantasy figures, space ships, flowers, beads for jewelry or just about anything that their imaginations can create.

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee


WEEK 2  (July 18 – 22)

Drawing On AnimatinDrawing on Animation with Kelly Bogucz
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Ages 7 – 11+

Learn about the history of your favorite animated stories and characters and explore the origins of animated movies and TV shows. Here you will try your hand at the old styles of animated characters and move along the time-line to contemporary ones. Explore and develop vast colorful backdrops for your story to create a cartoon atmosphere. In this class you will make your very own storyboard and illustrated storybook. Sample a computer application that designers use today to make your own virtual character (free open-source software that you can try out on Kelly’s computer in class, and download on your home computer). Come see what it is like to be behind the scenes of a animated feature! Bring a sketchbook!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee


Acrylic Paint Masterpieces with Francesca Pelaggi
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Ages 9 and up

Each day students will follow along as they learn a step by step acrylic painting techniques creating their own masterpieces of the featured artist and/or movement of the day. Covered artists include Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Winslow Homer. Movements include Modernism and Pop Art.

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee


MosaicMosaics One with Eleanor Parr­-DiLeo
Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Ages 8 and up

Explore different methods and mediums of mosaic art through the week as you create your treasures. Some of the projects may include egg-shell mosaics; organic found objects as your medium; mosaic tesserae, one of the oldest mediums in the art of mosaics. The possibilities are just about endless!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $20 supply fee to instructor (includes all materials and tools)


Figure-DrawingFigure Drawing with Laurie Harden
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 11:30PM
Ages 11 and up

This class is good for beginners as well as those continuing with their figure drawing practice. Draw the human figure from life – warming up with quick, gesture sketches, and continuing the class session with completed drawings from long poses. Learn and practice proportions and correct relationship between the parts of the body, using guides like plumb-lines and negative spaces. Experience the chance to draw many types of figures.

Clothed model.

$155 Member, $165 non-member, short supply list


Off the WallOff-the­-Wall Graffiti  with Kelly Bogucz
Monday through Friday, 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Ages 10 and up

Have fun with a variety of off-the-wall mediums and projects. Here you will learn about the history of graffiti art as practiced around the world, and explore your own ideas using several of these art forms. You will be creating unique “letter art” on posters, and on a T-shirt. You will learn about all sorts of graffiti cultures, styles, and endless possibilities to inform your own style. If you have attended one of the Graffitis in the past, don’t worry – there are endless styles and projects to explore!  Bring a sketchbook!

$180 member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee.


WEEK 3  (July 25 ­- 29)

PicassoAn Artist A Day  with Nina Nemeth
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM ­ 12:30PM
Ages 6­-10

Each day view a sampling of works by some famous Art Master. Learn about their life and times, while you explore their unique and revolutionary art. You will use watercolor, acrylic, pastel, collage and mixed media to create your own masterpieces in the styles of these masters.

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee to instructor.


Fun with Pastels with Francesca Pelaggi
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Ages 9 and up

Working from life, students will explore the exciting, versatile world of pastels. They will first work in the studio becoming familiar with the medium by sketching and layering colors to complete a fun still life made up of “kid-friendly” subject matter. On the following days, they will take their knowledge and supplies outdoors into the grounds surrounding the Museum to create in Plein Air, painting directly from nature with pastels (weather permitting). In case of inclement weather, students will continue with various still life studies or work from photos of landscapes.

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee


Making Monsters with Francesca Pelaggi
Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Ages 5 -­ 8

In this unique art class, children will dive into 3 dimensional design, tapping into their inner monster and creating their own unique creatures. They will use a variety of mediums such as air dry and baked clay’s, paper maché, household items, recycled / re-purposed items. Projects will be painted, hot glued, and/or wired.

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee


Mixed MediaMixed Media Mania  with Nina Nemeth
Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Ages 10 and up

Learn about the formal elements of fine art – line, form, color, space, texture and value —  and have fun expressing them in mixed media.  Explore some of the many mixed media methods using various tools – you might use paint, you might use “bleeding paper,” maybe ink, or collage materials from any number of sources!  Enjoy eye-opening classes viewing demos and receiving instruction in different mediums and methods to create a unique work of art. Bring a sketchbook if you like!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee


WEEK 4 (August 1 -­ 5)

Exotic Animals with Kelly Bogucz
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Ages 6  – 9

Learn to create birds and other animals from around the world – colorful, exotic, not your everyday brown fuzzy North American forest dweller – using an array of techniques, textures, and mediums.  Study the foundations of drawing properly proportioned animals, how to realistically render their hide or fur, and other features of their unique selves. Learn something about their habitats, and how they have been depicted in art, past and present. Bring a sketchbook!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee to instructor


Polymer Clay Creations with Francesca Pelaggi
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM -­ 12:30PM
Ages 9 and up

Children will work with both polymer clay, which comes in an array of colors and air dry clay which will be painted with acrylic paints. Students will learn hand molding techniques and to work with various tools to sculpt animals, fantasy figures, space ships, flowers, beads for jewelry or just about anything that their imaginations can create.

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee


MosaicMosaics Two with Eleanor Parr-­DiLeo
Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Ages 8 and up

Explore different methods and mediums of mosaic art through the week as you create your treasures. Some of the projects may include egg-shell mosaics; organic found objects as your medium; mosaic tesserae, one of the oldest mediums in the art of mosaics. The possibilities are just about endless!  If you attended Mosaics One, don’t worry – there are many more methods and materials to explore!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $20 supply fee to instructor (includes all materials and tools)


Fantasy Figures with Kelly Bogucz
Monday through Friday, 1:00 -­ 4:00PM
Ages 10 and up

Hone your skills in the formal elements of art – line, shape, value, color, composition – while exploring and creating fire-breathing dragons, flying gryphons, unknown creatures of the depths – maybe even capture the likeness of the elusive chupacabra!  Use pencil, charcoal, watercolor, and acrylic paints to draw and embellish creatures of the imagination. Observe what’s real; create something fantastic!   Bring a sketchbook!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee to instructor


WEEK 5 (August 8 – 12)

Drawing On AnimatinDrawing on Animation with Kelly Bogucz
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Ages 7 – 11+

Learn about the history of your favorite animated stories and characters. Explore the origins of animated movies and TV shows. Try your hand at the old styles of animated characters and move along the time-line to contemporary ones. Develop colorful backdrops for your story to create a cartoon atmosphere. Make your very own storyboard and illustrated storybook. Sample a computer application that designers use today to make your own virtual character (free open-source software that you can try out on Kelly’s computer in class, and download on your home computer). Bring a sketchbook!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee


Elements of Design with Nina Nemeth
Monday through Friday, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
Ages 10 and up

Learn about the elements of design. Line, form, color, space, texture and value are all parts of great works of art. The class will look at artists such as Picasso, Monet, Klimt, and other to see how they used these elements in their works. Students will then work on their own compositions using these elements in various mediums. Bring a sketchbook!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $20 supply fee to instructor (includes all materials and tools)


PicassoAnother Day, Another Artist with Nina Nemeth
Monday through Friday, 1:00 -­ 4:00PM
Ages 6 ­- 10

Each day view a sampling of works by some famous Art Master. Learn about their life and times, while you explore their unique and revolutionary art. You will use watercolor, acrylic, pastel, collage and mixed media to create your own masterpieces in the styles of these masters. If you attended An Artist A Day, you’ll find this week has all new Art Masters for you to explore!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $10 supply fee to instructor.


Art Around the World with Kelly Bogucz
Monday through Friday, 1:00 – 4:00PM
Ages 9 and up

Travel around the globe through time in the world of art! Using a variety of mediums – pencil, water color, acrylics, pastels, collage, and more – explore and recreate the arts of the world in your own unique style. We will look at African masks from one of the museum’s collections, Australian bark paintings, the calligraphy and paintings of Chinese scrolls, the intricate beauty of Arabic lettering, and the meditative Tibetan Mandala. Learn the history and culture that surround these art forms as we recreate them! Bring a sketchbook!

$180 Member, $200 non-member, $12 supply fee