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 fall, winter and spring along with several art camps during the summer. Special art workshops are offered throughout the year outside of the normal class schedule. All classes are held at the Artworks Studio, located at 502 Millbrook Avenue in Randolph, next to the municipal building. For further information, call 973.989.7081.

As of March 7, 2022, Artworks will be "mask optional," however, we still encourage the wearing of masks due to the small layout of the classrooms. The studio will remain using air scrubbers and hand sanitizer during classes along with opening windows on nice weather days. We do request that students stay home if they are sick, have COVID, or have been exposed to someone with COVID.

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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 graduated with a BFA in visual communications from Hood College and furthered her fine arts education at Pratt Institute, School of Visual Arts NYC, Center for Visual Arts of NJ and Center of Contemporary Arts. Her early career was spent art directing and managing package design for Mattel Toys, Kraft Foods, Nestle and Disney for over 10 years. Since 2014 she has taught Artworks Studio art classes for all ages, but especially enjoys working with young kids. Her artistic interests extend to watercolor, drawing, photography and pastel. She is a member of the Pastel Society of NJ.

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.

Stacy Mazzarino Currie is a mixed media and watercolor artist. She took major art in high school and studied graphic design and toy design at The School of Visual Arts in NYC, as well as classes in watercolor and journaling at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey. Stacy worked as a freelance textile designer in the 90s and early 2000, selling her designs to major labels. Stacy has illustrated a folk tale series of three books. Stacy is currently the director of children’s ministries at BRPC and has 20 plus years experience as an early childhood educator. She has implemented her own art program and written curriculum for both vacation bible school and art camps for students ages 3 to 10. Stacy also teaches art workshops for adults in watercolor. Featured in the NYT and Where Women Create you can find Stacy at instagram.com/stacycakes13 and etsy.com/shop./stacycakes.

Lauren Rudisill received her BFA in interior design from Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida. She received two teaching certifications from William Paterson College. Lauren worked as a corporate interior designer for the architectural firm Gensler. During her years as a corporate interior designer, she worked on many large projects in New York, New Jersey, Boston and Washington DC. Additionally, she worked as a residential designer in Tampa, Florida. In 2001, she became a full-time art educator with the Hanover Township Public Schools in Whippany, NJ. It is here where she honed her skills as an art educator for students ages 3 to 18. She has also worked in Morristown and Morris Plains teaching watercolor to adults. As a Morristown, NJ native who came from an artistic family, Lauren takes pride that her mother was an accomplished painter and her father is a potter and sculptor who is still working and teaching today. Alongside teaching in public school, Lauren also produces portrait commissions for private clients. She continues to work in her studio in Randolph NJ on commission for private clients creating portraits of homes, people and pets. Additionally, she teaches watercolor and acrylic painting to adults and children.

Peggy Davo is a Morris County native and has taught art locally since 2006 when she earned a NJ certificate and BA in fine arts education (K-12) from Montclair University. She creates pottery out of her home studio in Morristown and is a member of the Potters’ Guild of NJ, which also provides opportunities to show her work. She is a long-time docent, studying and giving tours, at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains. This has heightened her awareness of the arts and crafts movement and has much influence on her aesthetic. In teaching, she encourages her students to practice and experiment, to get comfortable with their tools and ideas. Aiding her students to become confident and proficient in expressing their skills, individuality and creativity, while also developing an appreciation for art history and nature.

Kim Gatto is an accomplished artist with years of experience. She worked as an art director at Simon & Schuster's Little Simon division and designer at Grosset & Dunlap and Penguin Randomhouse. She freelances as an illustrator and designer for children's books, partyware, gift accessories & home decor. Freelance clients include Rizzoli New York, Running Press, Christmas Tree Shops and more. Kim is a published Illustrator and actively working on several children's book illustration projects. Kim's education includes: BFA in illustration from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), NYC. Mentorship with young adult illustrator Catherine Huerta. She also studied children's book illustration at The Cooper Union, NYC. Kim began teaching at Artworks in the summer of 2021, specializing in classes teaching character design and storytelling. She has a passion for teaching and enjoys sharing her knowledge and helping students realize their artistic abilities. Details and social media links can be found at designsbygatto.com.


Fall 2022 Classes

EARLY BIRD registration begins Wednesday, June 1, 2022 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. Prices increase $10 on July 1st and $20 increase on August 1st. (*NON-RESIDENTS will be charged an additional $10.00 fee).

Young Artists
Who: Children ages 3-1/2 to K Fee: $215/$225/$235
In a small class setting, 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 2:00 p.m. to
3:00 p.m.
S. Currie Sept. 15, 22, 29
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov. 3, 17
Dec. 1
Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to
10:30 a.m.
S. Currie/TBD Sept. 10, 17, 24
Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Nov. 5, 19
Art Exploration I
Who: Students in grades K through 4 Fee: $215/$225/$235
Classes will cover drawing, painting, printing and 3-dimensional design using a wide variety of art materials to include tempera, clay, watercolor and acrylic, paper mache, plaster, pastel, charcoal, pencil, India and printing inks. Self-expression and skill development are fostered as students explore these various art forms.
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Mondays
(1st to 4th grade)
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
K. Brown Sept. 12, 19
Oct. 3, 17, 24
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec. 5
Mondays
(K to 3rd grade)
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
P. Davo Sept. 12, 19
Oct. 3, 17, 24
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec. 5
Wednesdays
(K to 3rd grade)
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
L. Rudisill Sept. 14, 21, 28
Oct. 12, 19, 26
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23
Thursdays
(K to 3rd grade)
4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
K. Brown Sept. 15, 22, 29
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov. 3, 17
Dec. 1
Fridays
(1st to 4th grade)
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
L. Rudisill Sept. 16, 23, 30
Oct. 7, 15, 21, 28
Nov. 4, 18
Dec. 2
Drawing & Painting
Who: Students in grades 4 through 8 Fee: $225/$235/$245
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. 12, 19
Oct. 3, 17, 24
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec. 5
Art Exploration II
Who: Students in grades 4 through 8 Fee: $225/$235/$245
For students who want to explore various forms of medium to create projects in 3D, 2D and mixed media. Materials to be used are found objects, clay, plaster, paper mache, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, charcoal, ink, printing and collage. 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.
L. Rudisill Sept. 14, 21, 28
Oct. 12, 19, 26
Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23
Drawing from Nature
Who: Students in grades 4 through 12 Fee: $225/$235/$245
All things from nature and the animal kingdom will be explored. Master techniques and mediums such as graphite, ink, charcoal, acrylic, watercolor and pastel.
DayTimeInstructorMeeting Dates
Thursdays
(grades 4-8)
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
L. Rudisill Sept. 15, 22, 29
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Nov. 3, 17
Dec. 1
Character Design & Story Illustration
Who: Students in grades 4 through 8 Fee: $225/$235/$245
This class is for students who enjoy rendering characters and creating their own stories. Students will practice character development and drawing techniques; both realistically and stylized while exploring gesture, form, and expressions. They will become familiar with inking and coloring using different materials. The class will illustrate a story around their character creation while learning about background illustration, composition, perspective and storybook/storyboard layouts.
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Tuesdays 4:45 p.m. to
6:00 p.m.
Kim Gatto Sept. 13, 20, 27
Oct. 11, 18, 25
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22
Mixed Media Painting for Adults
Who: Adults age 18+ Fee: $290/$300/$310
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. All supplies included.
Day Time Instructor Meeting Dates
Mondays 12:15 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.
L. Tomaino Sept. 12, 19
Oct. 3, 17, 24
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec. 5
Mondays 6:45 p.m. to
8:30 p.m.
L. Tomaino Sept. 12, 19
Oct. 3, 17, 24
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
Dec. 5