"Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." -Albert Einstein
In the spirit of these words, we hope you will find your creative destination among the pages of our Art + Design offerings.
Let our courses take you on your own artistic journey... where imaginative classes from Painting to Music are designed to excite, entertain and inform you!
Live Online Art Classes for Summer 2021
INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING - Live Online RFNRT 8066 C01
6/12 - 8/7 (no class 7/3) 9 - 11:30 am
you will learn how to recognize types of edges, lines, and angles; how to recognize proportion and perspecitve; how to render light, shadow, and highlights by the use of gradatoins of tone; and how to be creative.
In this eight-week course, you will learn to approach drawing in a logical way.
- about tools, surfaces and supports they need for their assignments; how to transfer and resize artwork; and how to use construction lines, grids, contours, and negative and positive shapes.
- the effects that lines and shapes imply in drawing.
- the illusion of form and depth as it applies to perspective, contrast and volume.
- how to apply shading to their drawings.
- the principle of art and design and the elements of composition.
- the identity, relationships and psychology of colors.
- how to draw various textures and check their drawings for common errors.
You will be expected to complete drawing exercises or assignments each week. The instructor will review and critique each week’s drawing assignments. You will create a drawing of their choosing as a final project. You will be sharing and critiquing each other’s final projects.
Norman F. Simms was born in Washington, DC in 1956. After graduating from Art Instructions Schools, he pursued a passion for fine arts at Murray State University. He graduated from the Washington School for Drafting Technology, the Center for Degree Studies with an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems, and the Academy of Art with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts.
He creates dynamic paintings and drawings of various medium. He has exhibited his artworks regionally in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York City. He has received the “Palmer Award for Excellence” at the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie for his oil painting, “The Artist and his Model”. His pastel paintings, “Butterfly Dance”, “Reflection”, and “Blossom”, have been featured in “The Best of America Pastel Artists Volume II”. His oil painting, “The Artist and his Model”, has also been published in the book, “Important World Artists Vol. I, A World of Art”.
He is a member of the national fine arts organizations, Portrait Society of America, The Pastel Society of America, and Oil Painters of America. He is also a member of the local art organizations, Artsbridge, Artists of Yardley, and Artists of Bristol.
He lives in Fairless Hills, PA, teaching group and private art lessons. He has also published two books, Portrait and Nude Painting & Philosophies, and Interview between the Jackass and the Artist. He is currently working on several books on the subject matters of portraiture, expressions in art, and technique and practices in fine arts.
SUMMERTIME BIRDHOUSE - Live Online RCEGN 8863 C01
7/8 - 7/29 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Create a “Bright Little Birdhouse” that you can put in your garden or anywhere in your home as decoration. You will explore patterns and design elements that will be incorporated into the birdhouse to create unique interest points. You will learn basic color theory and a way to combine patterns and colors into any art you create.
Your finished birdhouse can be put in your garden or a stand alone piece of art anywhere.
Meet Antionette Marchfelder
Antoinette Marchfelder came to New Jersey in 2012 after living in Costa Rica since 1985. Her style of mix media and vibrant colors has been influenced by her journey coming from Costa Rica to the Trenton area. In Costa Rica, Antoinette lived between the lowland rain forest and the Caribbean Sea. Surrounded by rich colors and wild life gave her inspiration to create art. At that time, she owned a gift shop and made many of the
items that she sold, depicting the fauna and flora of the region.
Coming to New Jersey, especially Trenton, fused her love of nature with the beauty of women. Her own journey, brought inner strength, healing and an awareness of gratitude and peace to her soul. Her art captures those attributes in all women, representing their true essence of love, nurture, and the incredible ability to overcome whatever life brings forth.
My paintings are layered with collage material, acrylic paints, stamps, inks, watercolors, and pastels to name a few. I like to work on several paintings at a time, building layers until I feel it’s finished. Sometimes, I know what I am going to paint before I begin, but most of the time, I trust the process and let my creativity be free to wander on the canvas.
Gouache Painting - Live Online RFNRT 8067 C01
6/20 - 8/15
No class 7/4 9 - 11 am
You will learn the fundamentals of painting in gouache discovering essential techniques and practice painting in a variety of environments. You will learn about different surfaces such as mylar, toned papers, brushes, brands of gouache, and painters that use gouache and how to apply gouache at its right consistency. Open to all water based media such as: Gouache, watercolor,ink, acrylic gouache and acrylics.
Emily Rose Hirtle is from Westerville, Ohio she attended “The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and received her BFA and Certificate in Painting in 2017. In May of 2019 she received her MFA in Drawing from “The New York Academy of Art”. Her work is part of numerous collections such as: The Linda Lee Alter Collection in Philadelphia, PA. Actress and Model Brooke Shield’s and Actor Aidan Turner. She is a practicing Artist and a Drawing/ Painting instructor for numerous institutions in Philadelphia, PA.
GETTING THE PERFECT SHOT - LIve Online RFNRT 2585 C01
7/6 - 8/17 6 - 9 pm
Do you want to enhance your ability to take great pictures? We will take an in-depth look at camera operations, basic photographic technique, image composition and post-processing, to help you elevate your photographs from ordinary to extraordinary.
Photoshop for Hobbyists - Live Online RFNRT 2599 C01
7/7 - 8/25
6 - 8pm
You will learn how to get what is missing from your digital photos and see how you can move from uninspiring snapshots to dynamic photographs. You will bring new life to your photos through Photoshop proficiency and the technical skills of digital processing.
Meet Tom DeLorezno
In a career spanning 4 decades in NYC’s advertising market as a photographer, I found both influence and inspiration from countless sources. Standing out in my field finally came to me when I started to think outside the box. At that point I was about 15yrs in; I moved from commercial shooting in its traditional sense to a heavily influenced tenebristic editorial style and found myself achieving recognition and success with two parallel career line profiles. One in still life and the other in lifestyle people work. It was then I discovered where I truly belonged: shooting people. If I were to describe my work, I’d say “…I’m an illustrative lifestyle portrait photographer. I’ve made a career out of taking pictures of people standing around with their hands in their pockets…” And it’s 100% true, now shooting still life assignments covers less than 1% of my career.
Not long after that people-shooter profile broke through, I found myself shooting album jackets (remember CD’s?) more often than shooting magazine ad work, which was beauty, fashion and illustrative lifestyle assignments. Here, it quickly took shape that in working with respected musicians, I had been entrusted to encapsulate their outward personification as well as my own vision being rolled into one single image. It has given me great opportunity, great personal freedom of expression and great pleasure to be able to live my professional life within my personal life. Because of my commitment to shooting from the heart, many clients have become friends. Truly, I had elevated from shooting photographs to creating artwork; I finally met myself in this part of my career.
Perhaps unlike many, for me to pick one image that tells my whole story is an easy task. A picture of myself would be superfluous, as I have been in each and every one of my photographs from day one as a teenager with my first camera. This one truly speaks for me, as it encapsulates not only my 40yrs, but the 20yrs prior in discovery and education in this craft. It also represents my skill set, my passion, and a moment in time with the most influential person I have ever met, my Son, Maro DēLo, who’s long turned pro and is now a peer to many of my clients. Indeed, I have come full circle.