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

Workshops for Adults: Holiday Paper Art
We’ll use festive paper to create amazing 3D snowflakes, trees and more to display or give as gifts
Who: Ages 18+ Fee: $27.00
TimeMeeting Dates
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Workshops for Kids: Watercolor Holiday Cards
Who: Ages 7 and up Fee: $27.00
TimeMeeting Dates
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 10, 2016

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
Wednesdays
(ages 3-1/2 to 5)
1:15 p.m. to
2:15 p.m.
D. Sasaki/K. Brown Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25
Feb. 1, 8, 22
Mar. 1, 8
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)
FILLED
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)
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)
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 12:15 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.
L. Tomaino Jan. 9, 23, 30
Feb. 6, 13, 27
Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27
Mondays 6:30 p.m. to
8:15 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
Visual Art Journaling for Adults
Who: Adults age 18+ Fee: $215.00
No experience necessary. Using mixed-media art journals, students respond to prompts or work independently. Various techniques are taught using media such as pen & ink, watercolor, collage and paint. The creative process will begin to flourish as students further develop their personal style of expression.
DayTimeInstructorMeeting Dates
Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to
11:00 a.m.
K. Varga Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
Mar. 2, 9

Fall 2016 Classes

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 Sept. 13, 20, 27
Oct. 18, 25
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Tuesdays
(ages 3-1/2 to 5)
FILLED
1:00 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.
K. Varga Sept. 13, 20, 27
Oct. 18, 25
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Saturdays
(ages Pre-K to K)
FILLED
9:30 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.
D. Sasaki/K. Brown Sept. 10, 17, 24
Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29
Nov. 5, 19
Dec. 3
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 Sept. 12, 19, 26
Oct. 17, 24
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec. 5
Mondays
(1st to 5th grade)
FILLED
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
D. Sasaki Sept. 12, 19, 26
Oct. 17, 24
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec. 5
Wednesdays
(1st to 5th grade)
FILLED
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Varga Sept. 14, 21, 28
Oct. 5, 19, 26
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30
Wednesdays
(K to 2nd grade)
FILLED
6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
K. Varga Sept. 14, 21, 28
Oct. 5, 19, 26
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30
Thursdays
(1st to 5th grade)
FILLED
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
Staff Sept. 15, 22, 29
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov. 3, 17
Dec. 1
Fridays
(1st to 5th grade)
FILLED
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Brown Sept. 16, 23, 30
Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 18
Dec. 2
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 Sept. 12, 19, 26
Oct. 17, 24
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec. 5
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 Sept. 14, 21, 28
Oct. 5, 19, 26
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30
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 Sept. 15, 22, 29
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov. 3, 17
Dec. 1
Thursdays
FILLED
6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
L. Clark Sept. 15, 22, 29
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov. 3, 17
Dec. 1
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
FILLED
5:15 p.m. to
6:30 p.m.
L. Tomaino Sept. 13, 20, 27
Oct. 18, 25
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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 Sept. 12, 19, 26
Oct. 17, 24, 31
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Mondays
FILLED
12:15 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.
L. Tomaino Sept. 12, 19, 26
Oct. 17, 24, 31
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Tuesdays
FILLED
6:45 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
L. Tomaino Sept. 13, 20, 27
Oct. 18, 25
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Visual Art Journaling for Adults
Who: Adults age 18+ Fee: $215.00
No experience necessary. Using mixed-media art journals, students respond to prompts or work independently. Various techniques are taught using media such as pen & ink, watercolor, collage and paint. The creative process will begin to flourish as students further develop their personal style of expression.
DayTimeInstructorMeeting Dates
Thursdays 9:30 a.m. to
11:00 a.m.
K. Varga Sept. 15, 22, 29
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov. 3, 17
Dec. 1