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School of Visual Arts

lynne painting 2013The Merage JCC School of Art offers a variety of programs for all ages that are perfect for beginning and intermediate artists, creative types who want to make personal pieces for gifts or for their homes, or former art students who want a refresher course in the fundamentals!

Treat yourself a great experience and learn everything you need to create your own masterpiece, all in the JCC’s beautiful art studio!

 Minimum of 5 students for all classes.

Events:

Art & Wine - Uncork Your Creativity!
Looking for a way to explore your artistic side but don't know where to start? Come join us for a glass of wine and a fabulous creative evening! This class is designed for both the artistic and not so artistic. The instructor will guide you through basic drawing skills and you will learn the basics of acrylic painting. We believe it's easier to learn when you're having fun. No experience necessary. Students supply their own materials.
Must be 21.
4-Class pass: $150 members/$170 public
Every Thursday 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Time:Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$150 for members, $170 for the general public.
Art for Tweens Ages 10+
Wednesdays 5-7 p.m., June 25-August 20, 2014
This fabulous class gives the individual attention needed to tweens who really would love to draw, paint and sculpt. Students will focus on realistic drawing and painting. Curriculum is varied to include teaching still life, the figure, landscape, portraiture, cartooning, animation, clay sculpture and more. It teaches a student how to "see" in a new way and offers basic understanding of how to draw and paint. Materials included. Students are encouraged to bring in their own larger canvases.
Time:Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Starts:Wednesday, June 25 Add to Outlook
Ends:Wednesday, Aug. 20
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$150 for members, $175 for the general public.
Arty Crafty - 10 class pass
Mondays June 23-August 21, 3-5 p.m. Ages 6+
$180 members, $220 public
In this mixed media class you will get to make cool things on the loom, make awesome clay projects and get to paint on canvases. Birdhouses out of clay and wonderful paintings... these are just a few examples of the fun things kids can do on a summer Monday afternoon! (All materials provided). 10 class pass - you can attend up to ten class sessions throughout the summer (passes expire August 21).
Time:Monday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Starts:Monday, June 23 Add to Outlook
Ends:Thursday, Aug. 21
$180 for members, $220 for the general public.
Arty Crafty - 5 class pass
Mondays June 23-August 21, 3-5 p.m. Ages 6+
$100 members, $120 public
In this mixed media class you will get to make cool things on the loom, make awesome clay projects and get to paint on canvases. Birdhouses out of clay and wonderful paintings... these are just a few examples of the fun things kids can do on a summer Monday afternoon! (All materials provided). 5 class pass - you can attend up to five class sessions throughout the summer (passes expire August 21).
Time:Monday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Starts:Monday, June 23 Add to Outlook
Ends:Thursday, Aug. 21
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$100 for members, $120 for the general public.
CLASS is Closed: Fused Glass Workshop 8/19
We are sorry, this class is full
Tuesday, August 19, 7-10 p.m.
Come and make a fabulous custom fused glass plate or bowl! In this exciting new workshop, you will get to cut glass and learn how glass fusing works. This is a 3-hour class for beginners so no experience is necessary. You will be provided with a basic glass package and be able to purchase additional colors of glass from the instructor. 5 student minimum, 10 student maximum. Use of tools is included. Finished products require two firings and will be ready for pick up 2 weeks from the class date.
Time:Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Date:Tuesday, Aug. 19 Add to Outlook
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$75 for members, $85 for the general public.
Cool Art for Cool Kids - 10 class pass
Wednesdays, June 23-August 21, 3-5 p.m. Ages 6+
$180 members, $220 public
Painting, clay, sculpture, fashion design, collage, mosaic projects and more... what a great way to end a day. (All materials provided). 10 class pass - you can attend up to ten class sessions throughout the summer (passes expire August 21).
Time:Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Starts:Monday, June 23 Add to Outlook
Ends:Thursday, Aug. 21
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$180 for members, $220 for the general public.
Cool Art for Cool Kids - 5 class pass
Wednesdays, June 23-August 21, 3-5 p.m. Ages 6+
$100 members, $120 public
Painting, clay, sculpture, fashion design, collage, mosaic projects and more... what a great way to end a day. (All materials provided). 5 class pass - you can attend up to five class sessions throughout the summer (passes expire August 21).
Time:Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Starts:Monday, June 23 Add to Outlook
Ends:Thursday, Aug. 21
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$100 for members, $120 for the general public.
Creative Clay Kid Parties
Make it a clay party and create a memory. The art room at the J is the ideal place to host your child's birthday party. Each party is customized to make it unique and special for the host and friends.
Our 2-hour clay parties include:
  • 1-1/2 hour creative session for making and glazing the hand-made clay project of your choice. Pick up fired pieces approximately 2 weeks after the party.
  • Clay, tools, glazes, firings.
  • Capacity for a maximum of 30 children.

Cost: $30 per child for up to 30 children.
For details email Sandra Hodgkins at sandrah@jccoc.org.
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$30 for members.
Fused Glass Workshop 8/6
Wednesday, August 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Come and make a fabulous custom fused glass plate or bowl! In this exciting new workshop, you will get to cut glass and learn how glass fusing works. This is a 3-hour class for beginners so no experience is necessary. You will be provided with a basic glass package and be able to purchase additional colors of glass from the instructor. 5 student minimum, 10 student maximum. Use of tools is included. Finished products require two firings and will be ready for pick up 2 weeks from the class date.
Time:Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Date:Wednesday, Aug. 6 Add to Outlook
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$75 for members, $85 for the general public.
Little Rembrandts: Artsy Hour - Mondays @ 1:15pm
Giving your child the opportunity to do art is just as important as teaching them to read and write. Children will get to paint, color and create. Your child will even have the opportunity to paint on their own canvas. All materials provided.
Time:Monday from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Starts:Monday, Sep. 8 Add to Outlook
Ends:Monday, Oct. 27
Ages:3-5 years old
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$160 for members, $180 for the general public.
Little Rembrandts: Clay Day at the J - Thursdays @ 1:15pm
Squishy, squashy clay is a wonderful way for children to express themselves through form and function in a medium that is both tactile and 3-dimensional. Children begin by making a pinch-pot and will them move on to coil construction and more. All materials provided. No class 9/25, 10/9 and 10/16
Time:Thursday from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Starts:Thursday, Sep. 11 Add to Outlook
Ends:Thursday, Oct. 30
Ages:3-5 years old
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$100 for members, $120 for the general public.
Mixed Media Art with Lynne Kaplan - 4 Class Pass
Under the supervision of art expert, Lynne Kaplan students work in an open studio setting which emphasizes individualized instruction. Each student works on their own project while Lynne guides the student on technique, form, and color. Students can work in any paint medium or low-fire clay. Classes are ongoing. Join in anytime! Students provide their own materials.
Time:Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$150 for members, $170 for the general public.
Mixed Media Art with Lynne Kaplan - 8 Class Pass
Under the supervision of art expert, Lynne Kaplan students work in an open studio setting which emphasizes individualized instruction. Each student works on their own project while Lynne guides the student on technique, form, and color. Students can work in any paint medium or low-fire clay. Classes are ongoing. Join in anytime! Students provide their own materials.
Time:Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$275 for members, $300 for the general public.
Rembrandts: Creative Hands, Creative Kids - Tuesdays @ 1:15pm
Children develop life skills through art activities. Puppet making, arts and crafts, jewelry making, drawing and even a bit of clay will be taught in this amazing interactive class. All materials provided.
Time:Tuesday from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Starts:Tuesday, Sep. 9 Add to Outlook
Ends:Tuesday, Oct. 28
Ages:3-5 years old
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$160 for members, $180 for the general public.
Stitch-It - 10 class pass
Tuesdays, June 23-August 21, 3-5 p.m. Ages 6+
$180 members, $220 public
A super cool class for kids of all ages who want to learn to sew, knit, and crochet. We will make a scarf, pillow, fun pom-poms, tie-dye fabric and learn how to make a Batik masterpiece. (All materials provided). 10 class pass - you can attend up to ten class sessions throughout the summer (passes expire August 21).
Time:Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Starts:Monday, June 23 Add to Outlook
Ends:Thursday, Aug. 21
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$180 for members, $220 for the general public.
Stitch-It - 5 class pass
Tuesdays, June 23-August 21, 3-5 p.m. Ages 6+
$100 members, $120 public
A super cool class for kids of all ages who want to learn to sew, knit, and crochet. We will make a scarf, pillow, fun pom-poms, tie-dye fabric and learn how to make a Batik masterpiece. (All materials provided). 5 class pass - you can attend up to five class sessions throughout the summer (passes expire August 21).
Time:Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Starts:Monday, June 23 Add to Outlook
Ends:Thursday, Aug. 21
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$100 for members, $120 for the general public.
Story Book Art - 10 class pass
Thursdays, June 23-August 21, 3-5 p.m. Ages 6+
$180 members, $220 public
Come write and illustrate your own story and send it off to be printed. Tell us about your family or vacations, recipe books or make up a story... there are endless creative possibilities. (All materials provided. Additional fee required for book printing.) 10 class pass - you can attend up to ten class sessions throughout the summer (passes expire August 21).
Time:Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Starts:Monday, June 23 Add to Outlook
Ends:Thursday, Aug. 21
$180 for members, $220 for the general public.
Story Book Art - 5 class pass
Thursdays, June 23-August 21, 3-5 p.m. Ages 6+
$100 members, $120 public
Come write and illustrate your own story and send it off to be printed. Tell us about your family or vacations, recipe books or make up a story... there are endless creative possibilities. (All materials provided. Additional fee required for book printing.) 5 class pass - you can attend up to five class sessions throughout the summer (passes expire August 21).
Time:Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Starts:Monday, June 23 Add to Outlook
Ends:Thursday, Aug. 21
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$100 for members, $120 for the general public.
Teen Art Ages 14+
Tuesdays 5-7 p.m., Junew 24-August 19, 2014
This is for the art student who wants a little more time and help exploring different art mediums under the guidance of an experienced artist. It's also for the art student who just wants to paint, meet new people and have some fun. Students will gain a better understanding of Art History, Art Theory and Art careers. Just bring your inspiration and imagination! All materials are provided (students are welcome to bring their own larger canvas). No experience necessary.
Time:Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Starts:Tuesday, June 24 Add to Outlook
Ends:Tuesday, Aug. 19
Instructor:Lynne Kaplan
$140 for members, $170 for the general public.
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