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In addition to the listings below, see listings under Enrichment-Crafts for creative craft programs.

Below are some unique web resources for aspiring artists to explore:

google art project
A collaboration between art museums from the United States, Europe, Russia and Google, the Art Project enables users to view more than 1,000 artworks online in extraordinary detail, learn about a work's history and artist and tour museum galleries.

national gallery of art
The National Gallery of Art website offers interactive art activities and projects for kids.

The Art School at Old Church
561 Piermont Rd., Demarest, NJ 07627, 201-767-7160.
     The Art School at Old Church is a non-profit cultural art center, offering more than 90 classes each semester, as well as free gallery exhibitions, cultural events, and outreach programs. Classes include sculpture, drawing, painting, collage, and more, with an emphasis on process rather than product. Sessions also available for children with physical and developmental challenges.

The Center for Contemporary Art
2020 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, NJ 07921, 908-234-2345. Exhibit gallery and year round classes in visual arts for adults and children of all ages and skill levels beginning at age 4. After school classes; workshops; teen programs; classes for children with special needs; summer art camps.

Hunterdon Art Museum
7 Lower Center St., Clinton, 908-735-8415. Gallery and ­exhibitions of contemporary art in a 19th century gristmill on the Raritan River. Year round classes for adults and children ages 4 and up, all skill levels. Concerts; outreach programs; art camps.

Hunterdon County Parks & Recreation
1020 Hwy. 31, Lebanon, 908-782-1158. Drawing and painting classes for children, preschool-age and up, teens and adults and Kidz Art program for home-schooled students.

Livingston Arts Association
973-992-7749. Art classes for children, teens and adults in winter, spring and fall sessions by certified art teachers.

Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, Rutgers University
Rehearsal Hall, Room 101, 85 George St., New Brunswick, 848-932-8618. Email:
      The Mason Gross Extension Division offers world-class arts education to the entire community, right here in Central Jersey. Our innovative programming allows artists of all ages and ability levels to interact and learn from some of New Jersey's most distinguished teaching artists at the state's premier arts conservatory. Courses of study are available for beginners, enthusiastic amateurs, and those with professional training. Mason Gross offers visual arts instruction in collaboration with the Zimmerli Art Museum. Visual Arts offerings include ART-haus Academy classes in painting and drawing (ages 7-18), Painting 1A for advanced teen artists, Drawing Club for Children and Young People, Drawing Society for Adults and Passport to Arts for families.

The Messy Artist
356 Rt. 10W, East Hanover, NJ 07936, 973-378-2425. Art is a platform for learning. Every activity serves a specific purpose in promoting social, emotional, and intellectual growth. Children learn the principles of art, color theory, and art history, as they create beautiful, original works of art. All the while paving the path for a life-long appreciation of art.

Morris County Art Association
The Studio, 10 Catherine Lane, Morristown, 973-267-1722. Year-round art classes and workshops for children and adults in our community. See us on Facebook at MorrisCountyArts.

Morris Museum Studio Art Program
6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, 973-971-3740. Fine art classes for children, teens and adults—painting, drawing, mixed media and more. All skill levels welcome and encouraged; taught by professional artists. Weekly classes in fall, winter and spring; week-long children's and teen sessions in summer. Visit website or email for more information.

Newark Museum Studio Classes
Newark Museum, 49 Washington St., Newark, 973-596-6637. Fine art classes are offered on Saturdays during fall and spring for all ages, from toddlers with parent to teens and adults.

1978 Maplewood Arts Center
1978 Springfield Ave., Maplewood, Volunteer-organized community center features art exhibitions, classes for children and adults, an artists forum and special events.

Roving Press Traveling Outreach 
Printmaking Center of New Jersey, 440 River Rd., Branchburg, 908-725-2110. The Roving Press offers traveling printmaking programs including woodblock, silkscreen, papermaking and book arts for children of all ages.

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey
68 Elm St., Summit, 908-273-9121. Art classes and workshops for children and teens • Children's art camp (ages 5-12) 
• Summer Saturday art camp (ages 6-9) • Teen art camp (ages 13-15) • Portfolio Development Intensive (ages 16-18). Ceramics, digital photography, drawing, fashion design/illustration, jewelry, painting, sculpture and more!
Jul           Art Camp begins early July, eight one-week sessions.

Watchung Arts Center
18 Stirling Rd., Watchung Circle, Watchung, 908-753-0190. Classes in drawing and painting for children ages 6-12, performing arts for grades 3-12 and MusIQ Piano Lab for grades 2-5; summer camps. Memberships available.

The Zimmerli Art Museum Drawing Club
Rutgers University (Tnpk. exit 9 to Rt. 18N), George and Hamilton Sts., New Brunswick, 732-932-7237, ext. 615. After school sessions for young artists ages 6-14.