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

Parks & Recreation: Artworks Studio

Classes

Fine art instruction for ages pre-K to adult

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.

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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.


New...Fall Workshops 2019

Drawing Mythical Creatures
Who: Students in grades 3 through 5 Fee: $25.00
Students will experiment with drawing scales, fur, horns, wings and so much more while creating their own creature. Register online
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to
12:00 p.m.
Laurel Clark/Ben Weiss September 28
Drawing Fictional Characters
Who: Students in grades 3 through 5 Fee: $25.00
Students will create their own character by exploring and identifying characteristics, along with inventing special powers and accessories. Register online
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to
12:00 p.m.
Laurel Clark/Ben Weiss October 26
Drawing Sci-Fi Creatures
Who: Students in grades 3 through 5 Fee: $25.00
In this class, students will be exploring extra-terrestrial life! Along with creating their own alien-invention, advanced technology (like UFOs and lasers) will also be covered. Register online
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to
12:00 p.m.
Laurel Clark/Ben Weiss November 23
Animation/Zine Group BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!
Who: Students in grades 6 through 12 Fee: $45.00
A continuation of concept, character and storyline development with the goal being a series of original stories and illustrations. Publishing a zine will be optional for the students. All levels welcome! Register online
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Fridays 4:15 p.m. to
6:15 p.m.
Jill Smith September 20, October 18, November 15
Fashion Illustration
Who: Students in grades 5 through 12 Fee: $25.00
Join us for Fashion Illustration for beginners using the Golden Ratio. Pen and Watercolor. All abilities are welcome. Register online
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Tuesday 4:30 p.m. to
6:30 p.m.
Elaine Biss September 17
Bob Ross Paint Party
Who: Students in grades 5 through 12 Fee: $25.00
Join us to party with Bob! Follow along to one of his episodes and bring home a painting guided by the Great! All materials supplied! Register online
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Thursday 2:00 p.m. to
3:30 p.m.
Laurel Clark/Debbie Sasaki November 7

Fall 2019 Classes—10 Weeks

Open registration begins Tuesday, June 4, 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 K Fee: $195.00
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 Sept. 12, 19, 26
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
Nov. 14, 21
Dec. 5
Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.
D. Sasaki Sept. 14, 21, 28
Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26
Nov. 2, 16, 23
Art Exploration I
Who: Students in grades K through 5 Fee: $195.00
Classes will cover drawing, painting, printing and 3-dimensional design using a wide variety of art materials. Students get to experience using clay, plaster, tempera, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, pencil, India/printing inks. Self-expression and skill development are developed as students explore these various art forms.
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Mondays
(K to 2nd grade)
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Brown Sept. 9, 16, 23
Oct. 7, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25
Mondays
(1st to 5th grade)
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
D. Sasaki Sept. 9, 16, 23
Oct. 7, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25
Thursdays
(K to 4th grade)
6:30 p.m. to
7:45 p.m.
K. Brown Sept. 12, 19, 26
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
Nov. 14, 21
Dec. 5
Fridays
(1st to 5th grade)
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Brown Sept. 13, 20, 27
Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25
Nov. 1, 15, 22
NEW! Mixed Media & 3D Expression
Who: Students in grades 2 through 6 Fee: $195.00
Projects will be developed in mixed media, paint, printing, collage, fabrics and embroidery. Soft sculpture and mask making are types of multi-dimensional creations that will be designed.
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Wednesdays 6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
A.M. Tatkow Sept. 11, 18, 25
Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30
Nov. 6, 13, 20
Drawing & Painting
Who: Students in grades 4 through 8 Fee: $195.00
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 Sept. 9, 16, 23
Oct. 7, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25
Art Exploration II
Who: Students in grades 4 through 8 Fee: $195.00
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 Sept. 11, 18, 25
Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30
Nov. 6, 13, 20
Drawing from Nature
Who: Students in grades 4 through 9 Fee: $230.00
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 Sept. 12, 19, 26
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
Nov. 14, 21
Dec. 5
Thursdays 6:15 p.m. to
7:30 p.m.
L. Clark Sept. 12, 19, 26
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24
Nov. 14, 21
Dec. 5
Mixed Media Painting Studio for Teens
Who: Students in grades 6 through 12 Fee: $210.00
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 Sept. 10, 17, 24
Oct. 15, 22, 29
Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26
Mixed Media Painting for Adults
Who: Adults age 18+ Fee: $260.00
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 Sept. 9, 16, 23
Oct. 7, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25
Mondays 12:15 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.
L. Tomaino Sept. 9, 16, 23
Oct. 7, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25
Mondays 6:30 p.m. to
8:15 p.m.
L. Tomaino Sept. 9, 16, 23
Oct. 7, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25
Tuesdays 6:45 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
L. Tomaino Sept. 10, 17, 24
Oct. 15, 22, 29
Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26
Pastel & Drawing for Adults
Who: Adults age 18+ Fee: $240.00
All levels: Learn the fundamentals or refine your skills while rendering landscapes and a variety of other subjects! Composition, value, perspective, and 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 Sept. 10, 17, 24
Oct. 15, 22, 29
Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26