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 Passport to Art 

Classes at Mason Gross
Art Macking A-B-C, Basic Drawing and Painting, Intermediate Drawing and Painting, Advanced Drawing and Painting, and Painting 1A (collegiate level course for precollege 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. Now the Zimmerli offers advanced and beginning artists, children and adults, an opportunity to draw, from both live models and the museum’s collection.

Online registration for Zimmerli classes is now possible through the museum's collaboration with the Mason Gross Extension Division. The link directs you to the Zimmerli classes 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
(Zimmerli member registration opens June 27; nonmember registration opens July 5)
Saturdays / 12:30 to 2:30pm
Fall 2016 Session: September 24, October 8, 22; November 5, 19; December 3

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. Registered participants receive a class schedule and supply list in early September. For more information, email education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu

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

Spring 2016 session (Space is limited to 16 students per class)
6-8 year olds: January 27; February 3, 17, 24; March 2, 9, 16; April 6, 13, 20
9-14 year olds: January 27; February 3, 17, 24; March 2, 9, 16; April 6, 13, 20

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 Basia Goszczynska and Grace Jackson address the needs of both beginners and advanced artists. For more information, email education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Passport to Art
First Sundays / 1 to 2:30pm
December 6, February 7, March 6, April 3

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. 

For further information, email education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Classes at Mason Gross

The Zimmerli is pleased to partner with Mason Gross to offer these twelve-week classes for different age groups. Classes meet on Saturdays in Mason Gross's Civic Square Building at 33 Livingston Avenue, in downtown New Brunswick. To verify Mason Gross class dates, times, and locations, visit their website

Art Making A-B-C (Ages 7–9)
Saturdays, 10am to noon
Fall 2015/Level 1: Saturday, September 26 - December 19, 2015
Spring 2016/Level 2: Saturday, February 13 - May 7, 2016
Class takes place at Civic Square Building, Room 427

Tuition: $250 per semester / Zimmerli Art Museum member rate $225 (may not be combined with other discounts; Zimmerli Family membership or higher level of membership required.)
Materials fee: $45
Add Drawing Club for Children and Young People at the Zimmerli Art Museum (above) at a discounted rate of $35

To register, visit the Mason Gross website.  

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. The class projects, led by instructor Grace Jackson, incorporate 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.

Basic Drawing and Painting (Ages 8–11)
Saturdays, 10am to noon
Fall 2015/Learning to Look: September 26 to December 19
Spring 2016/Seeing Inside Out: February 13 to May 7
Class is held in Civic Square Building, Room 407

Tuition: $275 per semester | Zimmerli Art Museum member rate $250 (may not be combined with other discounts; Zimmerli Family membership or higher level of membership required.)
Materials fee: $45
Add Drawing Club for Children and Young People at the Zimmerli Art Museum (above) at a discounted rate of $35

To register, visit the Mason Gross website. 

Explore drawing and painting through time and place with instructor Brian Bulfer. Develop projects rooted in imagination, memory, and experience. This course visits the visual arts of different cultures, such as African patterns, Tibetan mandalas, and Aboriginal dreams, as well as the western traditions of still-life painting, Expressionism, Cubism, and Pop Art. All ART-haus classes encourage individual exploration with materials and processes with interdisciplinary content.

All Basic Drawing and Painting students are recommended to add the Drawing Club for Children and Young People class, listed above, which is a wonderful complement to all ART-haus classes.

Intermediate Drawing and Painting  (Ages 10–12)
Saturdays, 12:30 to 2:30pm
Fall 2015/Ways of Seeing: September 26 to December 19
Spring 2016/ Light, Sound, and Motion: February 13 to May 7
Class is held at Civic Square Building, Room 427

Tuition: $275 per semester / Zimmerli Art Museum member rate $225 (may not be combined with other discounts; Zimmerli Family membership or higher level of membership required.)
Materials fee: $45
Add Drawing Club for Children and Young People at the ZimmerliArt Museum (above) at a discounted rate of $35 

To register, visit the Mason Gross website. 

Students focus on experimentation with drawing and painting, such as visualizing music from around the world, objects in motion, and different qualities of light. Students engage in individual and group projects, led by instructor Grace Jackson, which incorporate all basic drawing and painting course material. All ART-haus classes encourage individual exploration with materials and processes with interdisciplinary content.

All Intermediate Drawing and Painting students are recommended to add the Drawing Club for Children and Young People class at the Zimmerli Art Museum, listed above, which is a wonderful complement to all ART-haus classes.

Advanced Drawing and Painting (Ages 12-15)
Saturdays, 12:30 to 2:30pm
Fall 2015/Independent Projects & Portfolio Development: September 26 to December 19
Spring 2016/ Independent Projects & Portfolio Development: February 13 to May 7
Class is held at Civic Square Building, Room 407

Tuition: $300 per semester / Zimmerli Art Museum member rate $275 (may not be combined with other discounts; Zimmerli Family membership or higher level of membership required.)
Materials fee: $45
Add Drawing Club for Children and Young People at the Zimmerli Art Museum (above) at a discounted rate of $35 

To register, visit the Mason Gross website.

Students utilize all material covered in both basic and intermediate drawing and painting courses as they develop their own independent body of work. Instructor Patricia Brace aids in their research of art history, visual culture, and artistic practices as students focus on their personal interests. Interdisciplinary visual research and expression are encouraged. This course is designed to help teens prepare a portfolio for Advanced Placement high school art classes.

All Advanced Drawing and Painting students are recommended to add the Drawing Club for Children and Young People at the Zimmerli Art Museum, listed above, which is a wonderful complement to all ART-haus classes.

Painting 1-A
Mason Gross Collegiate Curriculum adapted by Professor Stephen Westfall, Mason Gross School of the Arts, for presentation to precollege students
Saturdays, 9am to noon
Spring 2016: February 13 to May 7
Class is held in Civic Square Building, room number to be announced

Tuition: $500 / Zimmerli Art Museum member rate $450 (may not be combined with other discounts; Zimmerli Family membership or higher level of membership required.)
Materials fee: students are required to purchase materials at their own expense additional to tuition.

To register, visit the Mason Gross website. 

This class, led by Patricia Brace, covers the essentials of painting. Skills and techniques will be developed through the study of still-life and figure painting. Emphasis will be placed on the materiality of painting and how that idea affects perception not only in terms of painting, but also of the world around you.

Summer Art Camp

June 27 to July 29, 2016 (no class July 4)
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 14-year veteran of the Zimmerli. Sherman has an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers and is a successful independent artist. 

Funding is made possible by Rutgers Community Health Foundation and the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU)

For more information, call 848.932.6175 or write to education@zimmerli.rutgers.edu.

Registration for all classes is now closed.