502 Millbrook Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869-3799
Tel: 973.989.7100Fax: 973.989.7076

Parks & Recreation: Artworks Studio

Classes

Class sessions are offered for the fall, winter and spring. The fall registration is the primary registration with pre-registration for all other sessions offered to current students. All classes are held at the Artworks Studio, located at 502 Millbrook Avenue in Randolph, next to the municipal building.


Artworks Instructors: Click to learn more about our teachers.

Leah K. Tomaino received her BFA from the Cooper Union, NY and her MA from William Paterson University, New Jersey both with concentrations in painting. She has also studied abroad at the Studio Art School of the Aegean, Samos, Greece. Leah teaches mixed media painting classes to adults and children at Artworks Studio, Randolph, NJ, and is a professor at the County College of Morris. Leah has taught workshops for the Children's Museum, SoHo, NY and has been a grant recipient from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, NY. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the country, has won national awards, and is in many private and public collections. Leah is a member of the National Association of Women Artists and is represented by New Hope Sidetracks Art Gallery, New Hope, PA.

Debbie Sasaki graduated from TCNJ with a BA in advertising design and a minor in visual arts. In college, as a work study, she taught art principles and sculpture to inmates at Essex County Jail as well as art therapy to patients at Rockland Psychiatric Hospital in NY. After graduating, Deb freelanced in advertising art departments specializing in layout and design. For the past 14 years, Deb has worked both residentially and commercially as a mural artist while not teaching at Artworks Studio.

Laurel Clark studied at Arts Students League, NYC Craft Institute, Philadelphia College of Art, Peters Valley Craft School, William Paterson College and the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, focusing on drawing, metal work and early childhood education. She also obtained apprenticeships with internationally recognized metalsmiths, Hiroko Yamauchi and Olaff Skoogfers. Laurel has created after school and summer art programs, worked as assistant art director and director of art and recreational services for various businesses and organizations. Her work has been shown nationally and she currently is working on studies of nature.

Karen Brown has been an art director for 10 years in the package design industry working with such companies as Mattel Toys, Kraft Foods and Disney. All products were primarily children/family based and focused heavily in the toy industry. She attended Hood College in Maryland and graduated with a BFA in visual communications. Since that time Karen has continued her fine arts studies at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts in New York, along with classes at the Visual Arts Center of NJ in Summit. Her artistic interests extend to painting, drawing, photography and pastel. Whether its teaching art or involvement in other kid-related town activities, Karen has always enjoyed working with young children in a variety of capacities. She resides in Randolph with her 2 young children who attend the public schools and are actively involved in many town sports.

Anne Marie Tatkow pursued fine art in college and secured her teaching degree from The National College of Art and Design, in Dublin, Ireland. Figure drawing and printmaking were her areas of expertise. She won the Derek Hill Award for her academic and artistic accomplishments. She taught high school art for six years in Ireland and worked in summer camp programs before moving to America. Teaching opportunities arose in private schools in Ringwood, Wayne, NJ and in the Dallas International School in Texas. When she moved to Randolph 18 years ago, she became a member of the Newcomers Association and was vice president for 2 years. She has worked in the Randolph school system and has taught art enrichment after school privately. While her children were in school, she decorated the environmental center and did face painting for all the fundraising and social events, as well as teaching mini courses during the winter months to the students. Currently working in the Dover school system and attending seminars/workshops that pertain to the overall health and education of the child.


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Cartooning Workshop
Who: Students in grades 3 through 6 Fee: $30.00
In this class, students will learn to draw a wide range of facial features and expressions. They will also explore the muscles and basic anatomy of the human body. This will include creating poses and full-body sketches. Finally, using these techniques and individual creativity, each student will make their own character. Register online
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Friday 4:30 p.m. to
6:30 p.m.
Ben Weiss, artist March 15

Spring 2019 Classes

Open registration begins Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at our online registration site and in-person at the community center on Calais Road. No spots will be held for in-person registration. Please note that fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Class sizes are limited.

Young Artists
Who: Children ages 3-1/2 to 5 Fee: $156.00/$117.00
Students will work in a variety of media to include drawing, painting, printing, collage and 3-dimensional design in process-oriented classes. Skill acquisition and creative expression will be encouraged in a fun-filled learning environment.
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.
D. Sasaki Mar. 21, 28
Apr. 4, 11, 25
May 2, 9, 16
Saturdays - $117.00 9:30 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.
D. Sasaki Mar. 23, 30
Apr. 6, 27
May 4, 18
Art Exploration
Who: Students in grades K through 5 Fee: $156.00
Classes will cover drawing, painting, printing and 3-dimensional design using a wide variety of art materials to include tempera, clay, watercolor and acrylic paints, charcoal, pencil, India and printing inks. Self-expression and skill development are developed as students explore various art forms.
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Mondays
(K to 2nd grade)
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Brown Mar. 25
Apr. 1, 8, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
Mondays
(1st to 5th grade)
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
D. Sasaki Mar. 25
Apr. 1, 8, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
Thursdays
(K to 4th grade)
6:30 p.m. to
7:45 p.m.
K. Brown Mar. 21, 28
Apr. 4, 11, 25
May 2, 9, 16
Fridays
(1st to 5th grade)
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Brown Mar. 22, 29
Apr. 5, 12, 26
May 3, 17, 24
Textiles and Fiber Arts
Who: Students in grades 2 through 6 Fee: $156.00
Class will include exploration of soft sculpture, mask making, working with fabrics and incorporating embroidery and mixed media.
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
A.M. Tatkow Mar. 20, 27
Apr. 3, 10, 24
May 1, 8, 15
Drawing & Painting
Who: Students in grades 4 through 8 Fee: $156.00
Create a realistic representation of what you see. Students will build a strong foundation for rendering and then refine their skills when working from still life and fun photographs (portraits, landscapes, animals). We will use various mediums: pastel, paint, pen & ink, charcoal and pencil while covering such topics as value, form, color, composition and perspective.
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Mondays 6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
K. Brown Mar. 25
Apr. 1, 8, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
Art Exploration II
Who: Students in grades 4 through 8 Fee: $156.00
For students who like to work with various media including found objects, pastel, clay, paint, watercolor and pencil. Students are encouraged to stretch their limits by working individually or with instruction. Freedom of expression combined with creativity and technical skills is our AE II goal.
DayTimeInstructorMeeting Dates
Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. to
7:45 p.m.
D. Sasaki Mar. 20, 27
Apr. 3, 10, 24
May 1, 8, 15
Drawing from Nature
Who: Students in grades 4 through 9 Fee: $184.00
All things natural will be explored while mastering techniques using pencil, pen, charcoal, colored pencil and pastel. Whether it’s a scaly lizard or a beautiful flower that is the subject, drawing details will be covered to create realistic representations.
DayTimeInstructorMeeting Dates
Thursdays 4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
L. Clark Mar. 21, 28
Apr. 4, 11, 25
May 2, 9, 16
Thursdays 6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
L. Clark Mar. 21, 28
Apr. 4, 11, 25
May 2, 9, 16
Mixed Media Painting Studio for Teens
Who: Students in grades 6 through 12 Fee: $156.00
Students will work with a variety of media within each project. Students have the option to do the current project or to pursue their own particular artistic endeavor. Instruction is individual. Acrylic painting, drawing and collage on paper and canvas will be emphasized. Students may work from a still life, photographs and their imagination. Students will be encouraged to develop their own personal form of instruction.
DayTimeInstructorMeeting Dates
Tuesdays 5:15 p.m. to
6:30 p.m.
L. Tomaino Mar. 19, 26
Apr. 2, 9, 23, 30
May 7, 14
Mixed Media Painting for Adults
Who: Adults age 18+ Fee: $208.00
This class is for the beginner as well as the experienced painter. Individually, and at their own pace, students will be taught all the skills that need to be developed, such as drawing, composition, the mixing of color and various painting techniques. Acrylic painting on canvas is emphasized. Student artists may work with a variety of media, such as watercolor, oil pastels and collage on paper. Student artists individually choose to work from their own still life, photographs or their imagination.
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Mondays 10:15 a.m. to
12:00 p.m.
L. Tomaino Mar. 25
Apr. 1, 8, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
Mondays 12:15 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.
L. Tomaino Mar. 25
Apr. 1, 8, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
Mondays 6:30 p.m. to
8:15 p.m.
L. Tomaino Mar. 25
Apr. 1, 8, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
Tuesdays 6:45 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
L. Tomaino Mar. 19, 26
Apr. 2, 9, 23, 30
May 7, 14
Pastel & Drawing for Adults
Who: Adults age 18+ Fee: $192.00
All levels: Learn the fundamentals or refine your skills! Composition value, perspective, color will all be explored through pastel and drawing techniques (pen & ink, charcoal, pencil). Students will be introduced to each project with a demonstration then will work from photographs or still life.
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m.
K. Brown Mar. 19, 26
Apr. 2, 9, 23, 30
May 7, 14