Registration Underway For Winter 2012 Workshops At Arts Guild NJ

RAHWAY – Registration is now open for one-day winter workshops for adults at Arts Guild New Jersey (formerly The Arts Guild of Rahway). The Arts Guild will be offering two new workshop options taught by Julian Tejera: Alla Prima Painting Technique and Dynamic Figure Drawing and Anatomy. Francesca Azzara’s popular Encaustic Painting workshop will once again be offered. All workshops will take place on Saturdays in newly renovated studio classroom space on the corner of Esterbrook and Milton Avenues in Rahway.

For more information about these workshops, as well as Arts Guild New Jersey’s regular eight-week art classes, access the online course catalog at (Art Classes page) or call 1-732- 381-7511 to request a printed flyer.

Registration is accepted online, as well as in-person or by mail. To register in person, visit the office at 1670 Irving Street in Rahway, on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, from 9 a.m. – noon or from 1 – 4 p.m. (use the parking lot entrance). Cash and check payments are accepted in person or by mail; credit card payments are accepted online only.

Encaustic Painting will be held on Feb. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Encaustic, or wax painting, is a technique that dates back to ancient Greece and Egypt, where it was used to decorate naturalistic portraits and tomb paintings. The process involves working with molten beeswax and colored pigments as a paint, and applying it with brushes to a rigid surface or a wood panel.

This workshop will be an in-depth session exploring encaustic processes including collage, stenciling, painting, and a variety of other uses for the wax medium. Basic techniques will be reviewed and several original pieces can be completed in this session. A material list will be provided at registration. This workshop is limited to six students. The workshop fee is $70, plus $25 for materials.

The instructor for this session is the notable Westfield artist Francesca Azzara, who has used encaustic exclusively for her own work for the past ten years. She has exhibited her art extensively at the Arts Guild and many other venues, and has conducted 15 successful workshops at the Arts Guild to date.

Quick, gestural, and full of vibrant energy, Alla Prima Painting Technique captures the essence of the subject matter with just a few well-placed strokes. Though a seasoned artist can make it look easy, it requires confidence that can only be achieved with many years of practice, trials, and errors. This workshop will provide the building blocks allowing students to paint with bravura. Technical issues such as drawing, value modeling, and color choices will be discussed as students work towards realizing multiple paintings with this refreshingly liberating approach. While students do not need to have prior experience with the Alla Prima Painting Technique, this is not an introductory painting class and students should already be comfortable painting with oils. This workshop will be held on March 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a fee of $70.

Intended for students with some life drawing experience, Dynamic Figure Drawing and Anatomy will push your drawing abilities to the next level. The core objective of the workshop is to see the gesture of the model and accurately place it on the paper. Along the way students will learn to exaggerate and enhance the pose with demos by the instructor illustrating anatomical construction and landmarks. While not an in-depth anatomy class, the subject will be addressed in order to better grasp the mechanics of the human body. This workshop will take place on March 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a fee of $95, which includes a live model.

Julian Tejera, instructor for both the Alla Prima and Dynamic Figure Drawing workshops, received his BFA in Illustration from the Art Institute of Boston in 2008. After graduation he began working at the Montclair Art Museum where he continues to teach teen and adult classes. He has also taught at the Visual Art Center in Summit, Riverdale Art Center, and summer camp at his alma mater in Boston. To see examples of his work, visit

All class space is limited, so early registration is encouraged to ensure enrollment. Call 1-732-381-7511, email, or visit for more information.


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