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.

Kelly Varga received her BA in studio arts from Sweet Briar College, VA and continued to study fine arts through graduate level programs, workshops and seminars in Germany and the U.S. Kelly has experience in mural painting (private homes and public buildings) and group projects for private schools and non-profits. Her work is large format mixed media, and has been sold in Germany and the U.S., with several exhibitions in Frankfurt, Germany. She has over 15 years experience teaching art to children in a studio setting, including the former Hands-on-Art in Chester, NJ. She lives in Randolph with her husband and three children and is the Artworks Studio Program Coordinator.

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 the College of New Jersey with a BA in advertising design with a minor in fine arts. She has taught art principals, painting and sculpture to inmates at the Essex County Jail and worked in art therapy at the Rockland Psychiatric Hospital. Deb has worked in advertising art departments and is a mural artist, specializing in decorative details and theme rooms. She lives in Randolph with her husband and daughter. Deb joined the Artworks staff in 2002 and will be teaching the Art Exploration and Young Artist classes.

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.


New...Just Added

Adult Workshop Girls Nite Out: Romantic Painting
Join Debbie in creating a beautiful painting on canvas in acrylic to give to your sweetheart or keep for your own. All levels welcome!
Who: Ages 18+ Fee: $40.00
TimeMeeting Dates
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 7, 2017
School Holiday Workshop: Surrealist Acrylic Painting
Learn about the Surrealist Art Movement while painting on canvas after the style of Magritte’s “False Mirror” eye, blending, brush selection and strokes will be covered in this fun workshop!
Who: Grades 3 amd up Fee: $40.00
TimeMeeting Dates
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, January 16, 2017
Needle Felting for All Ages - OWLS
Learn the basics of needle felting with roving wool and create your own owl figure to take home.
Who: Grades 3 to adult Fee: $40.00
TimeMeeting Dates
7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 13, 2017
Needle Felting for Adult Beginners - OWLS
Learn the basics of needle felting with roving wool and create a beautiful owl figure to take home.
Who: Ages 18+ Fee: $40.00
TimeMeeting Dates
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter 2016-2017 Classes

Registration for current students is held in class through October 28, 2016. General registration opens Tuesday, November 1, 2016 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 Pre-K to 5 Fee: $190.00
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
Tuesdays
(ages 3-1/2 to 5)
9:30 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.
K. Varga Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Mar. 7
Tuesdays
(ages 3-1/2 to 5)
1:00 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.
K. Varga Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Mar. 7
Saturdays
(ages Pre-K to K)
FILLED
9:30 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.
D. Sasaki/K. Brown Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
Mar. 4, 11
Art Exploration
Who: Students in grades K through 6 Fee: $190.00
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)
FILLED
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Brown Jan. 9, 23, 30
Feb. 6, 13, 27
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27
Mondays
(1st to 5th grade)
FILLED
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
D. Sasaki Jan. 9, 23, 30
Feb. 6, 13, 27
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27
Wednesdays
(1st to 5th grade)
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Varga Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25
Feb. 1, 8, 22
Mar. 1, 8
Wednesdays
(K to 2nd grade)
FILLED
6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
K. Varga Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25
Feb. 1, 8, 22
Mar. 1, 8
Thursdays
(1st to 5th grade)
FILLED
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
K. Varga Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
Mar. 2, 9
Thursdays JUST ADDED
(K to 3rd grade)
6:30 p.m. to
7:45 p.m.
K. Brown Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
Mar. 2, 9
Fridays
(1st to 5th grade)
FILLED
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Brown Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
Feb. 3, 10, 24
Mar. 3, 10, 17
Drawing Exploration
Who: Students in grades 4 through 8 Fee: $190.00
Students will explore the fun of drawing while learning fundamental techniques. Topics such as perspective, tonal variation, and contouring will be explored using a variety of media (pencil, pastel, charcoal, etc).
DayTimeInstructorMeeting Dates
Mondays 6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
K. Brown Jan. 9, 23, 30
Feb. 6, 13, 27
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27
Art Experience
Who: Students in grades 4 through 8 Fee: $190.00
For students who wish to bring their individual work to the next level on guided sculpture, drawing or painting projects.
DayTimeInstructorMeeting Dates
Wednesdays
FILLED
6:30 p.m. to
7:45 p.m.
D. Sasaki Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25
Feb. 1, 8, 22
Mar. 1, 8
Drawing from Nature
Who: Students in grades 4 through 9 Fee: $190.00
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
FILLED
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
L. Clark Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
Mar. 2, 9
Thursdays 6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
L. Clark Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
Mar. 2, 9
Mixed Media Painting Studio for Teens
Who: Students in grades 6 through 12 Fee: $190.00
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 expression.
DayTimeInstructorMeeting Dates
Tuesdays 5:15 p.m. to
6:30 p.m.
L. Tomaino Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Mar. 7
Mixed Media Painting for Adults
Who: Adults age 18+ Fee: $240.00
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
FILLED
10:15 a.m. to
12:00 p.m.
L. Tomaino Jan. 9, 23, 30
Feb. 6, 13, 27
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27
Mondays
FILLED
12:15 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.
L. Tomaino Jan. 9, 23, 30
Feb. 6, 13, 27
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27
Tuesdays
FILLED
6:45 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
L. Tomaino Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Mar. 7