2019 Classes and Workshops

Join us in the Spring for engaging classes and interactive workshops designed for adults, children, and families!

Looking for group ideas? Try one of our new clay programs:
Creative Clay Experiences or Evenings with Amy

Introduction to Spoon Carving and Greenwood Techniques
April 13, Saturday

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Classroom
Ages: 13 & above
Class Limit: 10
Class Minimum: 6
Class & Materials Fee: $130
Instructor: Vincent Pettit
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: April 6

Come explore greenwood spoon carving! In this introductory class, explore the properties of greenwood (semi-hardwood) and the techniques needed to work it. You will be provided tools and fresh greenwood with a step-by-step process to complete your own spoon. We will go over safety techniques including proper knife grips and axe work to ensure you begin your carving journey with a stable foundation. With just an axe and knife, you can learn to craft your choice of a cooking or eating spoon from local New Jersey hardwoods.

Introduction to Flameworking
April 13 & 14, Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Glass Studio, New Wing
Ages: 16 & above
Class Limit: 6
Class Minimum: 3
Class & Materials Fee: $130
Instructor: Patty Clune
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: April 6

Flameworking, also known as lampworking, is a glassmaking process where the artist uses the flame of a torch to melt colored or clear glass rods. Once molten, the artist shapes the glass using gravity and tools. This class will present a comprehensive introduction to flameworking with an overview of safety issues, costs, and equipment needs.

Mold Making for Glass Casting
April 13, 20, & 27, Saturdays
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Glass Studio Mold Shop
Ages: 10 & above
Class Limit: 8
Class Minimum: 4
Class Fee: $450
Instructor: Wes Valdez
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: April 6

In this three-session class, students will learn the basics of mold making for lost wax glass casting. We will be covering wax and clay positives, silicone molding for multiples, refractory molding, kiln preparation for casting, glass casting, and simple finishing techniques. Each student will be able to create their own silicone molds to take home and will be given information to continue exploring the process further on their own. All levels are welcome to join. We’ll be coving basics, but this class would be the perfect refresher for those in need of one.

Pysanky: The Art of Ukrainian Egg Decorating
April 14, Sunday
12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Classroom
Ages: 12 & above
Class Limit: 16
Class Minimum: 5
Class & Materials Fee: $30
Instructor: Jennifer Santa Maria
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: April 7

Ukrainian eggs or ‘Pysanky’ are decorated using beeswax and dyes that are applied in layers. In this workshop, teaching artist Jennifer Santa Maria will teach you techniques, designs, and the historical significance of this process. You will go home with a beautiful egg! Participants will be provided with eggs and decorating materials. Please bring an apron or old shirt and an egg carton to bring your egg home in.

Brush Painting on Pottery
April 27, Saturday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Folklife Center
Ages: 16 & above
Class Limit: 12
Class Minimum: 4
Class & Materials Fee: $35
Instructor: Jenson Cheng
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: April 20

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the essential tools and techniques involved in Sumi ink painting and will apply them to create images on ceramic plates. You will use a bamboo brush and Sumi ink to experiment with different brush strokes while learning about Asian style motifs and tips in ceramic decoration.

Introduction to Encaustic Painting
Dates available: April 27 (Saturday), April 28 (Sunday), June 8 (Saturday),
or June 9 (Sunday)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Classroom
Ages: 16 & above
Class Limit: 6
Class Minimum: 4
Class & Materials Fee: $160
Instructor: Anna Kuczynski
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: April 20

This full-day workshop, led by Anna Kuczynski, will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to encaustic painting! Learn about all aspects of the process including heating of the wax, adding pigments, and manipulating the wax on encaustic boards. Anna will discuss how to embed elements into the wax. All elements will be provided. Anna will also discuss and demonstrate a finishing technique called “shellac burn.” However, due to the advanced nature of the shellac burn, we will not be practicing this technique in class. You will be supplied with two boards. One will be an experimental board for you to practice your encaustic skills. The other will be for your final composition. All materials are included in the class and are covered by your class fee.

"Hurricane Sunset" scene made with encaustics

April 27, Register Today!

April 28, Register Today!

June 8, Register Today!

June 9, Register Today!

Gnome for Your Home: Handbuilding Clay
May 3, Friday
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Pottery Studio
Ages: 6 & above
(Ages 6-11 must be accompanied by an adult
who will stay for the entirety of the class)
Class Limit: 15
Class Minimum: 6
Class & Materials Fee: $45
Instructor: Tessa Carlton
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: April 26

Join us in this fun clay project that celebrates spring gardens! Teaching Artist, Tessa Carlton will guide you through a sculptural gnome project. Pre-made clay forms will be available for you to manipulate and add your own personal touch. You will learn to sculpt and mold the parts of a gnome.  Gnomes will be finished by a process called “salt firing” leaving a shine on their creative features. This project is designed to be a creative experience for families as well as individuals. Perfect for both children and adults!

Chinese Paper Lanterns
May 4, Saturday
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Folklife Center
Ages: 12 & above, families welcome
Class Limit: 12
Class Minimum: 4
Class & Materials Fee: $15
Registration Closing: April 27
Instructor: Rong Shuang Wang
Prerequisite: None

In this workshop, learn how to create three different designs of paper lanterns and learn about their use and meanings in Chinese traditional culture. Whether the lanterns are associated with celebrations of the Chinese New Year or the Lantern Festival, they always symbolize the transition from old to new, from past to future, and from dark to light. Their shapes and colors represent peoples’ wishes for a bright future, happiness, and prosperity.  

Portrait Sculpture in Clay
May 4 & 5, Saturday & Sunday or
July 27 & 28, Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: New Wing of Glass Studio
Ages: 16 & above
Class Limit: 12
Class Minimum: 6
Class Fee: $190
Instructor: Colleen O’Donnell
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: April 27 and August 17

Working from a live model, learn to sculpt a portrait in clay! Topics covered include basic structure, the skeletal and muscle systems, traditional and contemporary concepts, and the expressive potential of portrait sculpture. Teaching Artist, Colleen O’Donnell will teach the proper use of tools and sculpture processes. You will be encouraged to explore the potential of the medium as well as personal expression. If you use air dry clay, you may take your artwork home at the end of the session. If you choose to use water-based clay, you can leave their artwork to be fired in the kiln. A materials list will be provided.

Portrait Sculpture in wet clay

May 4 & 5,
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July 27 & 28,
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Toad Abode: Handbuilding Clay
May 17, Friday
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Pottery Studio/Classroom
Ages: 6 & above (Ages 6-11 must be accompanied by an adult who will stay for the entirety of the class)
Class Limit: 15
Class Minimum: 6
Class & Materials Fee: $45
Instructor: Tessa Carlton
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: May 10

Create an inviting home for toads, the natural garden pest removers! Placing toad abodes in your garden will attract and keep toads close to your treasured garden plants. Teaching Artist, Tessa Carlton will provide a pre-thrown mound form for you customize and make your own. Tessa will demonstrate how to cut windows and doors in order to perfectly decorate your adobe for a toad.  

Glass Blowing Intensive
May 18 & 19, Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Glass Studio
Ages: 16 & above
Class Limit: 9
Class Minimum: 6
Class Fee: $300
Instructor: Skitch Manion
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: May 3

Have only one weekend to spare? Then this is an experience made just for you! You will spend two full days in our glass studio learning how to blow glass with a highly experienced staff. Designed for the beginner glassblower, the class covers the fundamentals of working and forming molten glass into basic shapes. Become familiar with equipment and movement in the hot shop, as well as working with a partner. This is the perfect class to get a taste for glassblowing and its endless possibilities!

 

Wax Modeling and Glass Casting
May 18 & 19, Saturdays
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Glass Studio Mold Shop
Ages: 10 & above
Class Limit: 8
Class Minimum: 4
Class Fee: $300 
Instructor: Wes Valdez
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: May 11

Traditional wax working can be an incredibly tedious and technical process, even more so when it will be cast in glass. In this two-session class, we’ll dispel much of the mystery and difficulty involved in the process by working loosely and creatively. We will explore a variety of wax types to achieve specific results. Each student will create multiple wax objects, mold, and then cast them in glass. All levels are welcome to join. We will be focusing on wax manipulation, texture building, assembly techniques, refractory molding, kiln preparation, casting, and simple finishing.

Ceramic Luminaries
May 18, Saturday or July 13, Saturday
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Pottery Studio/Classroom
Ages: 16 & above
Class Limit: 10
Class Minimum: 4
Class & Materials Fee: $50
Instructor: Phyllis Seidner
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: May 11 and July 6

Join us and learn how to create a luminary candle holder using high-fire clay. Ceramic Artist, Phyllis Seidner will guide you through the process of carving and embellishing your own luminary to add to your collection of handmade home decor.  At the end of the class, choose from a variety of glazes and your instructor will apply the glaze and fire your piece for you.  

4 brown Ceramic Luminaries shaped like small homes with blue hanging tops.

May 18, Register Today!

July 13, Register Today!

Subjects & Techniques with Richard Royal
Date: June 4 through June 11, 2019
Class Limit: 12
Class Fee: $1,000
Registration Closing: May 28
Instructor: Richard Royal

An advanced workshop for glass! In this week-long workshop lead by glass artist Richard Royal, participants will explore individual ideas and the realization of those ideas. Skill levels will be pushed, not only by the manipulation of hot glass but also with what is trying to be expressed through the work.

To learn more, Click Here. 

Crazy Hair Planter: Handbuilding Clay
June 7, Friday
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Pottery Studio/Classroom
Ages: 6 & above
(Ages 6-11 must be accompanied by an adult who will stay for the entirety of the class)
Class Limit: 15
Class Minimum: 6
Class & Materials Fee: $45
Registration Closing: May 31
Instructor: Tessa Carlton
Prerequisite: None

Get into the gardening spirit by creating your own planter! During this workshop, Teaching Artist, Tessa Carlton will guide you through a sculptural planter project. You will receive a pre-thrown, medium-sized clay pot to make your own by adding clay elements to create facial features. We will fire your pot in our kilns. Upon pick up, receive a packet of seeds to plant in your pot to grow wild “hair.”  Perfect for both children and adults!

Stippling Techniques on Objects from Nature: Rock Painting
June 29, Saturday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Classroom or Brownstone
Ages: 14 & above
Class Limit: 10
Class Minimum: 4
Class Fee: $30
Instructor: Dianne Wood
Prerequisite: None
Registration Closing: June 22

No background in art? No problem! Anyone can create lovely works of art on rocks (and more) by “stippling,” aka dot painting. In this introductory workshop, you will learn the basics of painting dot mandalas on rocks. We will cover tools, paint consistency, simple dots, “walking out” the dots, and tips and tricks for keeping your mandalas even and symmetrical. Everything you will need to get started will be provided, including rocks, paints, basic tools, and plenty of inspiration. Come experience the therapeutic effects of dot painting!

Creative and Alternative Nutrient Sources for Gardens
June 29 & 30, Saturday & Sunday or
July 13 & 14, Saturday & Sunday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Glass Studio
Ages: 18 & above
Class Limit: 20
Class Minimum: 5
Class Fee: $25
Registration Closing: June 22 and July 6
Instructor: Robert and Sarah Beck
Prerequisite: None

Join bio-artists Robert and Sarah Beck in a hands-on workshop! Based on their installation research of sustainable food production systems, they will explore with you alternate nutrient sources to conventional and commercially produced fertilizers. Topics will include composting, human urine, and vermiculture. Hands-on activities will include proper maintenance of a worm bin, building healthy compost piles, and best practices for brewing compost tea as a soil additive and foliar feed. A one-hour lunch break will take place during the class.

You can register online or by mail.

Click here to sign up online.

Or print a Registration Form. 

If you register by mail, checks must be made payable to WheatonArts. 

MAIL:  

ATTN: Beverly Narbut
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center
1501 Glasstown Road
Millville, NJ  08332

If you have any questions, please contact us at:
FAX: 856.825.2410    PHONE: 856.825.6800, ext. 100
EMAIL: bnarbut@wheatonarts.org

Registration deadline: Two weeks prior to workshop date. Walk-ins welcome if space is available.

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Cancellations:
 
Refunds will be given up to one week prior to the beginning of the workshop. After this time your workshop fee is non-refundable. WheatonArts reserves the right to cancel a workshop due to minimal enrollment. If cancellation occurs, WheatonArts will refund all workshop fees.
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