Registration Now Open For Fall 2010 Classes At Arts Guild

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RAHWAY–Registration is now open for fall classes for adults, teens and children at Arts Guild New Jersey.  Multi-week studio art classes begin the week of Sept. 22.  Classes run weekly for eight weeks.

Adult classes are offered in morning and evening sessions.  Morning classes include Expressive Watercolor on Wednesdays, Oil Painting: Basic & Beyond on Thursdays, and Drawing from Life & Reference on Fridays.  Six evening classes are offered for the fall semester: Adult Drawing on Mondays, Painting with Oils, Acrylic Painting, and Watercolor on Wednesdays, and Beginning Stained Glass and Intermediate/Advanced Stained Glass on Thursdays.

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Art classes are taught by competent, experienced instructors who specialize in the field in which they teach. Many instructors have advanced degrees in fine art.  Students work from still life displays, landscape and other sources to understand the technical, formal and creative aspects of painting and drawing.  Instruction includes the unique techniques and processes that are critical to learning a specific medium, like oil paint or watercolor.

For example, students in a watercolor class will learn the distinctive methods of handling the paint to create washes and mix colors, as well as the uses of various brushes.  In a drawing class, students explore concepts such as negative/positive space, perspective and drawing the figure as they work with graphite, charcoal, conté crayon and ink.

In the stained glass classes, special skills and techniques of working with colored glass are emphasized as students work on their own projects. Beginning students create a Tiffany-style lampshade, while intermediate and advanced students have the opportunity to make more elaborate designs, such as window panels and sculptural pieces.

Encaustic Painting, a one-day artist workshop for adults, will be offered on Saturday, October 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Instructor Francesca Azzara provides in-depth coverage of encaustic processes including collage, stenciling, and a variety of other uses for the wax medium.  Several original pieces can be completed during the session.  The class is limited to six students.

Classes for teens and children are offered during after-school hours and on Saturday.  Teens can explore drawing in Teen Drawing/Beginner to Advanced, a class that offers weekly demonstrations, projects designed to build skills, and an introduction to figure drawing.  In Japanese Anime/Manga Style Cartooning, teens learn the techniques of popular cartooning and animation to make their own comic art.

Kids use their imagination and build their skills in Drawing Exploration, as they draw realistic and imaginary objects, people and landscapes.  Children will also have fun creating artwork influenced by art from other traditions in Around the World with Art.  This class introduces young artists to the customary art forms of different cultures and teaches them to apply similar styles and techniques to their own art making.

Class space is limited, so early registration is encouraged to ensure enrollment.   Members receive a $15 discount on adult classes and a $10 discount on classes for children and teens.

To register for classes, call 1-732-381-7511, email artsguild1670@verizon.net or visit www.agnj.org to view the online catalog and/or pay by credit card.  To register in person, visit Arts Guild New Jersey at 1670 Irving Street, Rahway during office hours. Office hours are: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon and 1 – 4 p.m.


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