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
Spring 2018 Session: February 3, 17; March 3, 17, and 24; April 14
(Zimmerli member registration opens Monday, December 11; nonmember registration opens December 18)

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 Spring 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.

Drawing Club for Children and Young People
(7-10 and 11-14 year olds; space is limited to 16 students per class)

Tuesdays / 4:15 to 5:45pm
Spring 2017 session: February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 27;  and April 10 (SNOW DATE April 17)
(Zimmerli member registration opens Monday, December 11; nonmember registration opens December 18)

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 Spring 2018.

Children unlock the secrets of drawing when they participate in the Zimmerli’s popular Drawing Club, which takes place for eight weeks on Tuesdays after school in the fall and spring. Aspiring artists explore a variety of drawing methods, including pencil and charcoal, while learning about different types of art such as still life and portraiture. Classes are inspired by works from the Zimmerli's exhibitions from a variety of styles and historical periods. Drawing Club is led by practicing artists who are also graduate students at 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 1, November 5, December 3, January 7, February 4, March 4, and April 8

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 7–11)
Saturdays / 10am to noon
Fall 2017 Session: September 23 - December 6
Spring 2018 Session: February 10 - May 5
Class is held in Civic Square Building, 4th Floor, Room CSB 407

Tuition: $350 per semester (includes all materials)

To register, visit the Mason Gross website.  

Fall semester: Send your child on an around-the-world artistic adventure! Art Making embraces all the senses as students begin to draw, paint, collage, and sculpt. Young artists explore color, shapes, gestures, and objects as they expand their imagination and begin to tell stories through imagery. Projects may include exploring aspects of other cultures, such as Egyptian hieroglyphs, Central American temple building, and Chinese dragon mask-making. This course occurs in two segments intended to be taken sequentially as children develop their visual repertoire.

Spring semester: Explore drawing and painting through time and place. Develop projects rooted in observation, imagination, memory, and experience This course explores the visual art of different cultures, such as African patterns, Tibetan mandalas, and Aboriginal dream painting, as well the western traditions still-life painting, Expressionism, Cubism, and Pop Art. All ART-haus classes encourage personal exploration with materials and process.

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 10–14)
Saturdays / 12:30 to 2:30pm
Fall 2017 Session: September 23 - December 16
Spring 2017 Session: February 10 - May 5
Class is held at Civic Square Building, 4th Floor, CSB Room 407

Tuition: $350 per semester (includes all materials)

To register, visit the Mason Gross website. 

Students have an opportunity to develop their drawing and painting skills through observation, memory, imagination, and experimentation. Both 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 have the opportunity to develop individual projects that incorporate all basic drawing and painting course material. Art history is also discussed as it relates to each given project. This course is designed differently for each semester, but also revisits themes from previous classes. All ART-haus classes encourage personal exploration with materials and processes.

Independent Study: Small Group Training for Intermediate and Advanced Students (Ages 14 - Adult)
Saturdays / 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Fall 2017 Session: September 23 - December 16
Spring 2018 Session: February 10 - May 5
Class is held in Civic Square Building, Room CSB 427

Tuition: $710 per semester (includes all materials) 

To register, visit the Mason Gross website. 

Intermediate teen and adult students work in groups of 2-4 students with a single instructor. This course offers a high degree of personalized attention and focuses on developing personal projects over the course of a semester. The course is designed to help teens prepare a portfolio for Advanced Placement high school art classes, and college admissions. Adult participants may pursue personal goals and develop skills at a high level.

Summer Art Camp

June 25 through July 27, 2018 (no class July 4)
Full day and half day sessions available

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. New classes in 2017 included: Think Big: Mural Painting, Ocean Explorations, Express Yourself: Art and Identity, and Incas, Aztecs, Mayas, and More. We also introduced a new collaboration with Rutgers Gardens, allowing us 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 in February 2018. For more information, call 848.932.6175 or write to education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu

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.