Workshops & Classes

Workshops & Classes

Drawing Classes • Passport to Art • Summer Art Camp Mason Gross Collaboration

Drawing Classes

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

Registration for Fall 2015 programs opens August 3, 2015. Zimmerli Family Level Members are eligible for early registration beginning July 27, 2015. Early registration is contingent upon verification of membership. To become a member, please call 848.932.6771 or email

Online registration for our classes is now possible through our collaboration with the Mason Gross Extension Division. The link directs you to the Zimmerli class listing 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 2015 session: September 26; October 10, 24; November 14, 21; December 5

Fee: $100 Zimmerli Members; $120 MGSA Extension Division Members; $135 Nonmembers

To register, visit the Mason Gross website

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. For more information, email

Drawing Club for Children and Young People
Wednesdays / 4:15 to 5:45pm

Fall 2015 session
6-8 year olds: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9
9-14 year olds: September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18; December 2, 9

Fee: $50 Zimmerli Members / $70 MGSA Extension Division Members / $100 Nonmembers

To register, visit the Mason Gross website

Children discover the secrets of drawing when they participate in the Zimmerli’s popular Drawing Club, which takes place on Wednesdays after school in the fall and spring semesters. Aspiring artists between the ages of 6 and 14 learn the full spectrum of drawing techniques, including pencil and charcoal, and such genres as still life and portraiture. Professional educators Patricia Brace and Grace Jackson address the needs of both beginners and advanced artists. For more information, email

Passport to Art

First Sundays / 1 to 2:30pm
October 4, November 1, December 6, 2015; February 7, March 6, April 3, 2016

Fee: $5 Zimmerli Members / $7 MGSA Extension Division Members / $10 Nonmembers

Travel the world of art on Family First Sundays throughout the year. Children and parents, grandparents, or guardians work side-by-side on arts and crafts projects. These interactive workshops, led by artist Basia Goszczynska, allow families quality time to be creative together.

Advance registration is required and space per session is limited to 20 children and a parent or guardian. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To register, visit the Mason Gross website. 

Registration opens August 3. For further information, email

Summer Art Camp

June 29 to July 31, 2015 

Half-day, 9am to noon or 1 to 4pm

Full day, 9am to 4pm

During the hot days of summer, the Zimmerli is the place to be for budding young artists between the ages of 7 and 14. Join us for the museum’s popular summer art camp program. Each year, new classes are added to stimulate, challenge, and delight the many students, both veterans and newcomers, who participate in the program. Children also find inspiration in the museum’s collection as they explore the galleries.

The faculty of Summer Art Camp is headed by Wes Sherman, a 13-year veteran of the Zimmerli. Sherman has an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and is a successful independent artist. 

For more information, call 848.932.6766 or write to

Printable registration form 

Note: The following classes are full:

Week 1 (June 29-July 2) / PM; Introduction to Art Techniques, Ages 11-14
Week 2 (July 6-10) / AM; En Plein Air, Ages 11-14
Week 3 (July 13-17) / AM; Puppetry; Ages 11-14
Week 3 (July 13-17) / PM; Comic Book Creations, Ages 11-14
Week 4 ((July 20-24) / AM; Cartooning, Ages 7-10
Week 4 (July 20-24) / PM; Bookmaking, Ages 7-10
Week 4 (July20-24) / PM; Painting with the Masters, Ages 7-10
Week 4 (July 20-24) / PM; Cartooning, Ages 11-14
Week 5 (July 27-31) / PM; Painting with the Masters, Ages 7-10

Collaboration with Mason Gross Extension Division

The Zimmerli is pleased to partner with the Mason Gross Extension Division, which offers ART-Haus Academy. These 12-week art classes for different age groups meet on Saturdays in Mason Gross’s Civic Square Building at 33 Livingston Avenue, in downtown New Brunswick. Learn more here