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NJ Kids Art Classes, Summer Camps, Birthday Parties

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.

Appel Farm Arts & Music Center
457 Shirley Rd., Elmer, NJ 856-358-2472. Saturday morning classes explore painting, drawing, mixed media, book arts and sculpture. 10am-12pm, $20 per class.
Feb 7-May 2, 2015

265 E. Main St., Somerville, 908-725-4490. Year-round art classes for all ages—Mom & Me (ages 3-5), pre-schoolers, children, teens and adults. Students may enroll at any time for classes in painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking. Scout programs, also. Call for brochure. Barbara Gerson, M.A. Fine Arts/Education.

Art Kids Academy
148 Daniel Ave., Rutherford, NJ,  07070, 201-248-3455.
Art Kids Academy is a great creative arts program that promotes creative thinking in children through artistic instruction. We provide leading edge, fun, interactive birthday parties, summer camps, and Saturday art school. Kids will create their own art “masterpieces” using a variety of mediums focused on master artists and cultural art. We provide an artistic experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression!

Arts Guild New Jersey
1670 Irving St., Rahway, 732-381-7511. Gallery and 8-week art classes for ages 7-11, 12-16 and adults are offered winter, spring and fall; week-long summer workshops for kids-teens; one-day Saturday workshops for adults.

The Center for Contemporary Art
2020 Burnt Mills Rd., Bedminster, 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.

Creative Hands Art Studio and Atelier
14 Kings Rd., Madison, 908-604-0773. Classical and contemporary training in the fine arts—drawing, painting, cartooning, sculpture, ceramics and pottery wheel—with year 'round classes for ages 3 through adult. Students are taught by professional artists in small classes (10 to 12); use top quality, professional-grade art materials (included in class cost); and are provided an opportunity to develop their artistic vision while obtaining a firm foundation in the skills and joys of creating art. School-year classes once a week offered Mon. thru Sat. in 10-week sessions from Sept. thru mid-June. Flexible, week-by-week summer program offered June-Aug. Fun art birthday party workshops and cartooning classes. Inquire about our homeschool programs.
     Homeschool Programs.

The Do-Re-Mi School of Music & the Arts
93A S. Livingston Ave., Livingston, 973-758-1500. In our fast, achievement- and academic-oriented world, give your child a creative outlet that can compensate for technology overload and insufficient quality time with adults. Our art program will not only develop your child's creativity and painting/drawing skills, it will also help him or her express himself, improve focus and develop emotional and aesthetic sensitivity. For advanced students: portfolio preparation. ​​​Met4Kids: Tours for kids in Metropolitan Museum (in Russian). ​For special needs children (including ADHD, autism, psychomotor developmental delay): unique program with Special Ed certified art teacher.

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 & children ages 4 and up, all skill levels. Concerts; outreach programs; art camps.

Hunterdon County Department of 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
10 Catherine Lane, Morristown, 973-267-1722. Year-round art classes and workshops for children and adults in our community.

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. A traveling art program by the Printmaking Center of New Jersey, The Roving Press offers printmaking programs including woodblock, silkscreen, papermaking and book arts for children of all ages. One-hour, one-day or weeklong programs are instructed by professional artists.

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 6
          Art Camp begins, 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.