Workshops & Classes

Workshops & Classes

ART-haus Academy Classes at the Zimmerli Classes at Mason Gross • Summer Art Camp 


The Zimmerli Art Museum and Mason Gross School of the Arts (MGSA) Extension Division have joined forces to present a unique and compelling visual arts curriculum for all ages. Enrollment discounts and a variety of benefits are available to Zimmerli Art Museum and MGSA Extension Division members.

ART-haus Academy/Visual Arts Classes

Students explore the role of the senses, emotions, creativity, and the intellect through the visual arts. Because everyone develops differently, the ART-haus Academy offers basic art courses that inspire young minds and their creative evolutions. Each course focuses on specific skills and ideas that interweave in a mosaic of insights. 
 

Goals
Students work toward a Certificate of Achievement for each Mason Gross course completed and a Certificate of Merit for completing the entire Mason Gross curriculum. Certificates are awarded based upon the instructor’s assessment of student participation and consistent attendance. Students show their artwork during end-of-semester exhibits coinciding with Extension Division dance and music recitals, allowing all within the Extension Division's extended community to enjoy the accomplishments of ART-haus participants.

Class Levels
Classes are to be taken sequentially; age ranges are flexible.

Classes at the Zimmerli
Drawing Society for Adults, Drawing Club for Children and Young People, and Art Together.

Classes at Mason Gross
Art Making A-B-C, Basic Drawing and Painting, Intermediate Drawing and Painting, Advanced Drawing and Painting, and Independent Study for Intermediate and Advanced Students.
Mason Gross classes take place in the Civic Square Building at 33 Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick. (Visit their website for Directions and Class Room Updates)

Classes at the Zimmerli 

Drawing has never ceased to be a fundamental tool of human perception and knowledge, akin to writing itself. The Zimmerli offers advanced and beginning classes, childrens and adults, an opportunity to draw, from both live models and the museum's collection. 

Online registration for Zimmerli classes is available through the museum's collaboration with the Mason Gross Extension Division. The link directs you to the Zimmerli classes listed on the Mason Gross Extension Division site, where you can create an account through ASAP and begin your registration. 

Zimmerli Drawing Society for Adults

Saturdays / 12:30 to 2:30pm
Fall 2018 Session: September 22; October 6, 20; November 3, 17; December 1
(Zimmerli member registration opens Monday, August 27; public registration opens Monday, September 3)

Fee: $100 Zimmerli Members at Family level and above; $120 MGSA Extension Division Members; $135 Nonmembers

Register online, or by printing and either emailing (education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu) or faxing (732.932.8201) the downloadable enrollment form for Fall 2018.  

Each session is overseen by master artists Wes Sherman and Tom Rutledge. The museum provides drawings boards, live models at select sessions, and professional instruction; participants are asked to bring their own drawing pads, portable easels, and other materials suggested by the instructors. These sessions are for artists aged 18 and older. Space is limited to 16 participants. Registered participants receive a class schedule and supply list a few weeks before the start of class.  

Further questions? Contact the education department at 848.932.6175 or education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Art Adventures
(7-10 and 11-14 year olds; space is limited to 16 students per class)

Tuesdays / 4:15 to 5:45pm
Fall 2018 session: October 2, 9, 16, 23, 20; November 13, 27; December 4 (SNOW DATE December 11)
(Zimmerli member registration opens Monday, August 27; public registration opens Monday, September 3)

Fee: $75 Zimmerli Members at family level and above / $85 MGSA Extension Division Members / $100 Nonmembers

Register online, or by printing and either emailing (education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu) or faxing (732.932.8201) the downloadable enrollment form for Fall 2018.

Children unlock the secrets of artistic expression when they participate in the Zimmerli’s popular Art Adventures (previously known as Drawing Club), which takes place for eight weeks on Tuesdays after school in the fall and spring. Aspiring artists explore a variety of art-making methods while drawing inspiration from works in the Zimmerli’s collection. Art Adventures is led by practicing artists and MFA candidates from Mason Gross School of the Arts. 

Further questions? Contact the education department at 848.932.6175 or education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Art Together (former Passport to Art)
Sundays / 1 to 3pm
October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, and April 7

Explore the wonderful world of art on select Sundays throughout the year. Children and parents, grandparents, or guardians work side-by-side on arts and crafts projects. Each session includes a brief, instructor-led tour through one of our galleries. The interactive workshops, led by Mason Gross MFA students and teaching artists, allow families quality time to be creative together. This is a FREE, drop in program. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Further questions? Contact the education department at 848.932.6175 or education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Classes at Mason Gross

The Zimmerli has partnered with Mason Gross to provide an expanded selection of art-making classes. ART-haus Academy offers basic art courses that inspire creative evolutions. Each course focuses on specific skills and ideas that interweave in a mosaic of insights. For more information about Mason Gross classes and online registration, visit the Mason Gross website. Contact the ART-haus Academy director, Brian Bulfer, with questions concerning class enrollment and curriculum. 

Basic Drawing and Painting (Ages 7–10)
Saturdays / 9:30 to 11:30am
Instructed by Nabila Dadabhoy

Fall 2018 Session: September 22 - December 15
Spring 2019 Session: February 2 - April 27
Class is held in Civic Square Building, 4th Floor, Room CSB 407

Tuition: $395 per semester (includes all materials)

To register, visit the Mason Gross website.  

Send your child on an around-the-world artistic adventure! The focus of this course is to introduce the young aspiring artist to drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture through material exploration. By learning the basics of artmaking, students will develop problem-solving skills found only during the creative endeavor of the visual arts. Students find their voice through color, marks, shapes, forms, and materials during telling stories through their artwork. They also learn about different ways of making by exploring different cultures and their traditions. By the end of the course, students go home with a body of work to showcase, a community of young fellow artists, and a new plethora of visual problem-solving abilities that can only be explored through the creative act of making.

All Basic Drawing and Painting students are recommended to add Drawing Club for Children and Young People at the Zimmerli Art Museum. While it entails some added cost, this course is a wonderful compliment to all ART-Haus classes.

Intermediate Drawing and Painting  (Ages 10–12)
Saturdays / Noon to 2pm
Instructor: David Torres

Fall 2018 Session: September 22 - December 15
Spring 2019 Session: February 2 - April 27
Class is held at Civic Square Building, 4th Floor, CSB Room 407

Tuition: $395 per semester (includes all materials)

To register, visit the Mason Gross website. 

Students develop their drawing and painting skills through observation, memory, imagination, and experimentation. Academic and experimental approaches are offered. Experimental approaches may include: visualizing sounds, exploring the sense of time and change, different qualities of light and shadow, and color through abstraction. Students develop individual projects that will incorporate all basic drawing and painting course material. Art history is also discussed as it relates to each project. This course is designed differently for each semester but revisits themes from previous classes. All ART-haus classes encourage personal exploration through materials and process.

Figurative Drawing and Painting (Ages 13-18)
Saturdays / Noon to 2pm

Fall 2018 Session: September 22 – December 15
Spring 2019 Session: February 2 – April 27
Instructor: Brian Bulfer
Option: Add Drawing Club for Children and Young People at the Zimmerli Art Museum at a discounted rate TBD
Class is held at Civic Square Building, 4th floor, Room CSB 406

Figurative drawing and painting is designed for students who are interested in developing their abilities in representing the observable world accurately on paper and canvas. This class will cover basic ideas of composition, foreshortening, perspective, value, linear structure, animation, and character design. Students will have the opportunity to work from a live model as they explore different techniques for understanding form and space. Through paint, students will learn about different color relationships, how to mix flesh tones, textures, and different approaches for applying paint on to a flat surface.

Tuition: $455 per semester (includes all materials) 

To register, visit the Mason Gross website.

Independent Study: Small Group Training for Intermediate and Advanced Students (Ages 14 - Adult)
Saturdays / 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Instructors: Brian Bulfer and Nabila Dadabhoy

Fall 2018 Session: September 22 - December 15
Spring 2019 Session: February 2 - April 27
Class is held in Civic Square Building, Room CSB 427

Tuition: $755 per semester (includes all materials) 

To register, visit the Mason Gross website. 

Teens and adults work in groups of 2-4 students with a single instructor. This course offers a high degree of personalized attention, focuses on developing individual projects, designed to help teens prepare a portfolio for Advanced Placement in high school art classes, and college admissions. Students will have the opportunity to visit exhibitions at Mason Gross Galleries and M.F.A./ B.F.A. studios to experience an art school environment. Adult participants may pursue personal goals and develop skills at a high level.

Animation Independent Study: Small Group Training for Intermediate and Advanced Students
Eligibility: Ages 14 – Adults
Instructor: David Torres
Fall 2018 Session: September 22 to December 15
Spring 2019 Session: February 2 to April 27
Saturdays, Noon to 2pm
Class is held in Civic Square Building, Room TBD

Tuition: $755 per semester (includes all materials) 

To register, visit the Mason Gross website. 

Animation independent is designed for students, at any level of video-making experience, who are interested in creating digital moving images.  Students will learn narrative development, character design, storyboarding, stop-motion, and editing with Adobe Premiere. Independent sessions meet in small groups where students are able to receive extra assistance when developing individual projects.

Summer Art Camp

June 25 through July 27, 2018 (no class July 4)
Full day and half day sessions available
more information, call 848.932.6787 or write to education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu

Get ready for another exciting season of Summer Art Camp! All children between the ages of seven and 14 are invited to explore their creative sides and develop new skills in the arts alongside our wonderful teaching artists. Many favorite classes are returning, and we’ve added great new classes for 2018, including "What a Character!"- Exploring Character Design & Illustration, Art on the Move, and The World of Coco. We are also continuing our collaboration with Rutgers Gardens to offer a week of camp in their beautiful surroundings, exploring art and nature. 

The faculty of Summer Art Camp is headed by Wes Sherman, a 16-year veteran of the Zimmerli. Sherman has an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and is a successful independent artist. 

Registration opens on March 1 for Zimmerli members, and to the public on March 8.
Download the registration form here. 

Summer Art Camp is generously supported by the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU), Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers Community Health Foundation, and funds from the Class of 1958 Endowment for Education.