Join us for a FREE, eight-session art course especially for adults ages 55+, and learn how a lifetime of experience can help enrich personal creativity, and spark meaningful connections with art and each other. Accomplished teaching artists will lead courses in four different methods of art and expression. At the end of each course, celebrate you work in a culminating social event with families and friends.
Select from the following. Only one course per person, please. Participants must be 55 years of age or older, and able to attend all course sessions. Register using links below, or call 973.596.6553.
Collage with Mansa Mussa
Wednesdays, 10 am – noon, September 27-November 15
This renowned teaching artist leads students in exploring the art of collage. The most democratic of all art forms, collage is an approachable, affordable form of art and self-expression that you can pursue for a lifetime.. Participants will use a range of methods, including traditional cut-and-paste, mixed-media, photo-montage, and three-dimensional collages, using photographs, fabric, leather, decorative and graphic arts paper, and digital scanners. Through these processes, participants will create artworks informed by personal histories, interests, and individual creative vision.
3D-Printed Jewelry with Keary Rosen
Thursdays, 10 am – noon, September 28 – November 16
Discover the potential of 3D printing, the cutting-edge technology that allows artists to create unique objects of completely original design. Inspired by the centuries of jewelry on view, from ancient Mediterranean bracelets to recent statement pieces, Rosen will lead students in transforming basic shapes and scanned objects from the Museum collection into one-of-a-kind personal jewelry pieces to keep. Rosen, an interdisciplinary artist experienced in many media, will provide instruction and support for using simple software and 3D printers along with molding and casting and other jewelry techniques.
Textile Arts with Paulette Thomas
Fridays, 10 am – noon, September 29 – November 17
Inspired by the diverse textile works in the Museum’s African, Native American, American and Asian art collections, draw on your own life experience and memories to create a beautifully pieced and layered personal healing or memory cloth. Students will combine unique fabrics of various types and styles with personal memorabilia, such as pieces of clothing and jewelry, to create unique wall hangings rich in meaning and history. Textile artist Paulette Thomas will guide students in the sewing, trimming and applique techniques needed to create this personal treasure.
Poetry in the Galleries with Robert Carnevale
Wednesdays, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, September 27-November 15
Artworks can plumb memories, create insights, and generate surprising new reflections on familiar topics. Premier poet Robert Carnavale, whose poems have appeared in such publications as the The Paris Review and The New Yorker, teaches writing and literature teacher at Drew University and Kean University and for many years helped to lead the Dodge Poetry Program. Carnvale will lead students in exploring the Newark Museum’s galleries to learn strategies for writing ekphrastic poetry – poetry in response to art – as a creative and fresh approach to poetic work, equally valuable for beginning or practicing poets.
Aroha Philanthropies as part of the Seeding Artful Aging initiative.
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