NSA's Visual Arts Department offers a wide range of visual arts classes designed to provide creative rigor through the sequential approaches to art, experimentation, and group practice, leading to in-house exhibitions and presentations. NSA is committed to the study of the arts which aid the adult and child learner in the incorporation of ideas, concepts, processes, and perceptions of their world. Professional visual arts instructors will prepare each student to actively participate and contribute to their own personal, professional, and creative growth.
Courses and instructors are subject to change.
Group Classes in all Disciplines - 17-week semester
Group Classes Tuition: $282.20
Registration Fee: $65.00
Visual Arts Materials Fee
$25 - $40 – there is a one-time materials fee per semester for visual arts classes paid at time of registration. Fee varies per class. Please see class listing for details.
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Become one of 38,000 students of all ages who have passed through Newark School of the Arts since opening in 1968 -- and one of the 500 who study here each week. Nurture a budding artist or continue your education with either of these deals:
• $83 ($166 value) for a four-week introductory art class
• $99 ($199 value) for a six-week introductory art class
• Kids from ages 5 to 12 and adults can learn to draw and paint
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You Need Only Bring Creativity
In addition to receiving top-notch instruction every Saturday, students will be provided with all of the materials they'll need. During these sessions, they'll learn about painting, drawing, cartooning, oil pastels, storybook making, and more -- and have the opportunity to take home every piece of work they create.
Drawing and Painting 1
Ages 5 - 8
Saturdays, 9:00 AM or 10:00AM, 1 hour
Students will learn the basics of drawing and painting. Students concentrate on the various drawing techniques, using real life or observational drawing as much as possible. They also learn how to mix colors in watercolor or pastels and the basics components of composition.
Drawing and Painting 2 (Basic Media and Techniques)
Saturdays, 11:00AM or 12:00AM, 1 hour
Students will use a variety of materials, and learn techniques for applying different styles and art materials for their paintings and drawings. Projects will include rigorous exercises using mixed media, printmaking, drawing and painting to further hone artistic skills. Students will explore subject - matter such as, animals, still life, buildings, and portraits in this 17 - week course. The instructor will cite historical and stylistic periods to encourage students to develop visual acuity and art terminology.
Advanced Art Techniques and Portfolio Development
Ages 11 - Adult
Saturdays, 4:30PM, 1 hour
In this advanced course, students will further develop a creative approach to their drawing and painting using a variety of styles and artistic exercises. It will also help the student build their portfolios using the four tiered process; observational art, personal art, critique, portfolio presentation/home exam. Students will use a range of media such as charcoal, clay sculpture, acrylic paint, collage, printmaking and fabric art. Projects will include, observational drawing, still life, collage, perspective, portraiture and figure drawing.
Comics and Manga Drawing Techniques
Saturdays, 1:00 PM, 75 minutes
Students will be able to master perceptional drawing and be able to render light and shadow with the use of a variety of mediums, including pencil, charcoal and ink. While the skills they learn will be fundamental for the Anime, Manga and Comic market, they can also be used for the 2D and 3D animation field as well as fine arts.
Ages 13 - Adult
Saturdays, 2:30 PM, 75 minutes
Materials Fee: $30.00Bring your own camera (SLR or point - and - shoot)
The course focuses on the fundamental elements of digital photography from how to use a SLR camera and/or point - and - shoot to increase understanding and personal enjoyment. The 17 - week semester includes creating photo - essays, understanding of the narrative structure in a story using photos of a single item, and recognizing the elements of photographic composition that help convey a compelling photographic story. To encourage students to develop their own voice in relationship to their audience of their peers, community and family, students will become skilled at editing their own work in preparation for an in - house exhibit.
Drawing and Painting for Adults
Saturdays, 5:30PM, 75 minutes
This course is designed to further build and enhance the methods and techniques of the student who has had exposure to acrylic painting. Students will be assisted individually in the development of their skills and execution of this very versatile medium. Both traditional and non - traditional approaches to acrylic painting will be addressed in this course. Students will focus on abstraction, collage, and the expressive nature of color. The emphasis will be on taking creative risks and further exploring individual expression.