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 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.


Spring 2018 Classes

Open registration begins Tuesday, February 13, 2018 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.

Art Discovery
Who: Children ages 2 to 3 Fee: $110.00
With mommy, daddy, grandparent or caregiver by their side, toddlers will discover the joy of paint, clay, glue, sparkles and more! Every week we’ll create a special keepsake of your time together in the art studio!
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Thursdays
FILLED
10:00 a.m. to
10:45 a.m.
K. Varga Mar. 22, 29
Apr. 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10
Young Artists
Who: Children ages 3-1/2 to 5 Fee: $137.00
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
FILLED
1:00 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.
K. Varga Mar. 27
Apr. 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15
Saturdays
9:30 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.
D. Sasaki/K. Brown Mar. 24
Apr. 14, 21, 28
May 12, 19, 26
Art Exploration
Who: Students in grades K through 5 Fee: $137.00
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. 26
Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14
Mondays
(1st to 5th grade)
FILLED
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
D. Sasaki Mar. 26
Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14
Wednesdays
(1st to 5th grade)
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Varga Mar. 28
Apr. 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16
Thursdays
(1st to 5th grade)
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
K. Varga Mar. 22, 29
Apr. 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10
Thursdays
(K to 3rd grade)
6:30 p.m. to
7:45 p.m.
K. Brown Mar. 22, 29
Apr. 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10
Fridays
(1st to 5th grade)
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Brown Mar. 16, 23
Apr. 13, 20, 27
May 11, 18
Drawing & Painting
Who: Students in grades 4 through 8 Fee: $137.00
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. 26
Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14
Art Experience
Who: Students in grades 4 through 8 Fee: $137.00
For students who wish to bring their individual work to the next level on guided sculpture, drawing or painting projects.
DayTimeInstructorMeeting Dates
Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. to
7:45 p.m.
D. Sasaki Mar. 28
Apr. 11, 18, 25
May 2, 9, 16
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 4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
L. Clark Mar. 22, 29
Apr. 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17
Thursdays 6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
L. Clark Mar. 22, 29
Apr. 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17
Mixed Media Painting Studio for Teens
Who: Students in grades 6 through 12 Fee: $137.00
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. 27
Apr. 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15
Mixed Media Painting for Adults
Who: Adults age 18+ Fee: $182.00
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 Mar. 26
Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14
Mondays
FILLED
12:15 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.
L. Tomaino Mar. 26
Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14
Mondays 6:30 p.m. to
8:15 p.m.
L. Tomaino Mar. 26
Apr. 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14
Tuesdays
FILLED
6:45 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
L. Tomaino Mar. 27
Apr. 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15
Pastel & Drawing for Adults
Who: Adults age 18+ Fee: $154.00
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
FILLED
9:30 a.m. to
11:30 a.m.
K. Brown Mar. 27
Apr. 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15