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WAC offers a variety of classes and workshops for children and adults.

Children’s Art Program (ages 6-12)

Drawing Enrichment Workshop

Instructor: Monica Schraiber Otero

Listed in New Jersey Family Magazine, March 2015
"The Best Art Classes in New Jersey"

Young artists develop natural ability, improve skills and explore new techniques as they learn the fundamentals of drawing. Students will use dry and wet media such as pencil, charcoal, oil or chalk pastels, India ink and watercolors as they discover how to sketch, shade and use perspective. Projects will include still lifes, portraits, landscapes in natural settings (weather permitting), optical illusions, abstracts and more!

Fall 2016 Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 PM (10 weeks) Sep, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov, 1, 15, 29, Dec.6, 13 (No class Nov. 8 & 22)

Winter 2017 Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM - (10 weeks) Jan.12, 19, 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16 (Classes added March 23 and 30)

Spring 2017 Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM (8 weeks)
Apr. 4, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (No class April 11)

Painting Enrichment Workshop

Instructor: Monica Schraiber Otero

Students create realistic pieces or let their imaginations go as they learn how to use non-toxic acrylics on canvas boards. Young artists will produce colorful works as they learn the basics of traditional technique of painting, composition and the color wheel. See what made Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso famous!

Fall 2016 Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM (10 weeks) Sep, 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 17, Dec.1, 8, 15 (No class Nov. 10 & 24)

Winter 2017 Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM (10 weeks) Jan.10, 17, 24, 31, Feb.7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 14 (Class added March 21)

Spring 2017 Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM (8 weeks) April 6, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8(No class April 13 or 20)

Fees: Fall & Winter sessions: $140.00 + $15.00 supply fee (WAC members $135.00 +15.00 supply fee); spring session is $105 (WAC members $100) + $15 supply fee. Sibling discount of $10 after first sibling paid in full. Multiple season discounts: Sign up for fall and winter sessions for $285 (a savings of $25) or fall, winter and spring sessions for $390 (a savings of $40).

Please bring a small snack and drink to class.

Download the registration form.

Instructor: Monica Schraiber Otero has taught Art at elementary and high school levels since 1991. She received her BA in Art from Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts and Sciences with a concentration in oil painting. She teaches Drawing and Painting classes at WAC, is the Director of the Summer Art Camp, and curates the Children's Juried Art Exhibition each year. She is a professional artist who shows her work in many venues throughout NJ. She is a member of AENJ (Art Educators of NJ) and the Contemporary Art Group.

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Teen Art Program (ages 13-17)

Drawing and Painting

Instructor: Monica Schraiber Otero

The Winter Session, beginning January 9, will be a 10-week program for students ages 13 -17 where they will explore drawing and painting techniques, and the use of different materials to create both representational and abstract projects. Participants will work with wet and dry media such as pencil, pastels and watercolors as well acrylic on canvas boards. Classes are geared toward improving skills and developing artistic ability. Students create their pieces at their own pace based on group and individualized instruction. All non-toxic supplies are provided.

If have you enjoyed taking Enrichment Workshops in the past but you have aged out of them, here is your chance to return to the program to foster your talent once again!

Students are welcome to bring their own smock and a snack.

Fall 2016 Mondays 4:30-6:00 PM (5 weeks) Nov. 14, 28; Dec.5,12,19 (No class Nov 21)

Winter 2017 Mondays 4:30—6:00 P.M.  (10 weeks) Jan. 9, 23, 30; Feb.6, 13, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27 (No class Jan 16 or Feb 20)

Spring 2017 April 3, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22; June 5, 12 (No class April 10, April 17 or May 29)

Fees: Fall:    $75.00 for 5 weeks
  Winter: $155 for 10 weeks
  Spring: $120 for 8 weeks

Download the registration form or register online through Eventbrite.

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Children’s Summer Art Camp

Come to our Open House on April 2 (2-4PM), May 21 (1-3PM)or June 24 (2-4PM) for a preview of the original Children’s Art program in central Jersey celebrating 25 years inspiring young artists. Please register in advance for the Open House, via Eventbrite or by calling our office - (908)753-0190

Under the direction and instruction of Mrs. Monica Otero, Art Camp is a three-week program during the month of July for ages 6-12. Focusing on Creativity, Imagination and Ingenuity, Art Camp offers children a unique opportunity to acquire or improve artistic skills, learn new techniques, explore different media and get inspired by famous artists. All, while having fun! Surrounded by the beauty of the Watchung Mountains, students appreciate both Art and Nature as they draw and paint outdoor scenes and have picnic lunches at Best Lake. Free T-Shirt for all campers.

New 2017 Central Theme: The World and All its Colors

Picnic during summer art camp

Students will discover different art forms from various continents including Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Japanese prints, dream catchers, pottery, Chinese lanterns, ceremonial masks, totem poles, pieces inspired by master artists or ancient civilizations are just some of the projects in this exciting multicultural experience! Themed creations will vary each day as participants learn about the peoples and their languages as well as regional landscapes, landmarks, flora and fauna.

Workshops in different disciplines are scheduled throughout the week. Students draw using wet and dry media, sculpt with air-dry clay, paint, build structures using recycled materials,prints, collages and much more

Final Exhibition — Art Camp culminates with a student show in the Lower Gallery featuring works from all three cycles. Relatives and friends are welcome to attend the opening reception. Date TBA.

Three cycles, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (please bring a bag lunch).

Cycle I: July 10 – July 14
Cycle II: July 17 – July 21
Cycle III: July 24 – July 28

Class fees: All three cycles (recommended for a complete experience!), $255/cycle ($132 discount); any two cycles, $270/cycle ($58 discount); single cycle, $299. Early Bird Discount: $15 for registrations received by June 20, 2017. Download the registration form or register online at Eventbrite.

Instructor: Mrs. Monica Schraiber Otero.

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24th Annual Children's Juried Art Exhibition

Curated by Monica Schraiber Otero

Each year, the Watchung Arts Center holds a juried art competition for children, ages 6-17. The 24th Annual Children’s Juried Art Exhibition was on display in our Studio. The exhibit recognizes the budding talents and creative potential of young artists.  The mission of the show is to encourage artistic development in children by providing an opportunity for the display and appreciation of their work outside home and school.  The WAC therefore, hopes to encourage the support of instructors, schools, and parents in our communities to promote student’s participation in this exciting event.

The opening reception on Sunday, October 23 was very well attended. Relatives and friends admired the children's work and were mesmerized by the quality of the pieces created in such mediums as acrylic, oil, pen, pencil, watercolor, pastel, tempera,polymer clay and mixed media. The entries were judged by local artist, Virginia Carroll, and awards and prizes were given in five different categories.

View the winning entries here

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“Yoga is a light which, once lit, will never dim“


Summer 2016

Thursday, July 6 – Thursday, July 27 (4 weeks)

All Levels (Susan) Thursdays 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $80 for series (4 classes); OR
  $22 for individual classes

Tuesday, July 11 – Thursday, August 31 (8 weeks)

Level II/III(Mike) Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Restorative (Mike) Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Intro/Level II (Renata) and fellow teachers> Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $120 for one series 6 classes out of 8); OR
  $22 for individual classes

For registration and information, contact Renata at or MIke at 908-310-7818. Please make check payable to the Watchung Arts Center. Download the flyer and registration form. pdf">registration form. -->

Renata Cardinal has been Iyengar Yoga certified since 2004. Visit Her background: In the mid-nineties she started training with Certified Iyengar Teacher Theresa Rowland and became a certified Studio Yoga Teacher in 1998. She continues to study with Ms Rowland and takes many workshops and classes with renowned Yoga Teachers.
Susan Ahlstrom, RYT, Studio Yoga Certified, Teacher of Embodied Anatomy and Yoga, has been teaching yoga since 1996. Susan is registered with Yoga Alliance. Ongoing studies include Developmental Patterns & Yoga and Infant Developmental Movement Education. She also took advanced studies in Yoga with a number of teachers, including BKS and Geeta Iyengar and Theresa Rowland.
Mike MacDonald started practicing Iyengar Yoga with Vince Fratello in 1996.  Since 2005, he has continued his studies with Theresa Rowland of Studio Yoga Madison, NJ. Under Ms Rowland’s direction  he has completed a 500 hour teacher training. In 2015 Mike was certified as an Iyengar Yoga teacher. His style of teaching and study is orderly and progressive; the postures are adjusted to meet the physical conditions and needs of each student

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Adult Zumba (ages 13 and up)

The Watchung Arts Center is pleased to offer the latest workshops for our members and patrons. Come and enjoy Zumba, the fitness program that marries music and dance for a fun and energizing workout.

The method is simple: working out one hour doing Zumba will burn close to 1000 calories. Each class is a complete cardio work-out while burning calories and relieving stress, leaving you feeling better and exhilarated. Every class feels like a party! Come join us...and find out for yourself. No dance experience required — just move your body, wiggle your hips and follow our instructor’s lead. It's easy! Guaranteed you will have a blast!

Summer 2017

Wednesdays 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.: June 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26

Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.: July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Fee: $100 for a 12-class card.

Walkins $10/class

In the event of cancelation of a session, make-up classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6-7 PM.

Download the flyer/registration form. Download the waiver.

Instructor: Yulibeth Oliveira is a Physical Therapist with over 13 years of experience and Director of Rehabilitation. She holds Zumba Basic, Zumba Gold (for active older adults or deconditioned participants), and Zumbatomic (for kids) licenses, and is a registered affiliate.

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Unique Vision Workshop

2017 Meeting Schedule:

Mondays: Feb 27,Apr 24, Jun 19, Aug 21, Oct 23

Tuesdays: Mar 21, May23, Jul 18, Sep 19, Nov 14

Meetings start at 7 p.m. Each session begins with a discussion of a timely creativity issue, followed by a critique from all of us, of ALL the photos you bring. We suggest 4 x 6 prints attached to display boards available from Staples (approx $7). What doesn’t fit on the board, INCLUDING THE REJECTS, should be brought as well. We study all the images, search for a direction that you might have overlooked, find relationships between the images. OK to bring matted prints, contact sheets of slides, if you prefer.

Fee: $5/session you attend. All proceeds to Watchung Arts Center.

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Contemporary Art Group

The Contemporary Art Group, affiliated with the Watchung Arts Center, is a not-for-profit organization of active artists in North Central New Jersey. CAG’s mission is to provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas, to share information, and to offer opportunities for our members to show their work. Meetings are held at the WAC at 7:15 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month, except July and August. In 2015, the dates are January 14, February 18, March 18, April 15, May 20, June 17, September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16. New members are welcome. Please visit the website at

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Workshop and Class Policies:

The Watchung Arts Center’s classes are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Registrations are accepted when they are accompanied by a completed registration form and payment in full.

Refund Policy: 3 or more weeks prior to start of classes, full refund less $25 registration fee. Up to 2 weeks prior to start of classes, 50% refund. No refunds thereafter or due to inclement weather. The Watchung Arts Center reserves the right to cancel a class with low enrollment or to make changes in courses, instructors or scheduling.

Payment by check or money order only (please make payable to Watchung Arts Center). You will be contacted by the Instructor prior to class.

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