MCCC At ARTWORKS Invites You to Explore the Arts in 2006


Both budding and established artists can ring in the new year in creative fashion with noncredit classes at MCCC at ARTWORKS. Starting Jan. 21 and continuing through May, 2006, the historic Trenton art school and gallery welcomes accomplished instructors who teach a variety of classes in an intimate studio setting. ARTWORKS is located at 19 Everett Alley in Trenton, opposite the Dept. of Motor Vehicles Building off US 1 South.

According to ARTWORKS Coordinator Tricia Fagan, the school has developed a loyal and enthusiastic following, with students ranging in age from youngsters to retirees. “We have many students who take one or more classes every semester,” she said. “Some are semi-professional artists seeking a great studio setting and communal work environment, while others are exploring new media or are novices who are just plain exploring.”

With class sessions averaging between eight and twelve students, personalized instruction is a fundamental element of each class. Among the upcoming introductory/beginner level classes are “Exploring Pastels” (Jan. 26-Mar. 9), “Block Printing for Beginners” (Feb. 6-Mar. 13 and Mar. 20-Apr. 24), “Drawing for the Graphically Challenged” (Feb. 8-Mar. 22 and Mar. 29-May 17), and “Introduction to Painting” (Feb. 8-Mar. 29 and Apr. 5-May 31).

Other workshops will focus on clay sculpture (Feb. 6-Apr. 3), figure drawing (Feb. 6-Mar. 27), intermediate painting (Feb. 7-Mar.21 and Mar. 28-May 9), painting the model in context (Feb. 8-Mar. 15 and Apr. 12-May 17), portrait painting (Feb. 8-Mar.15 and Apr. 12-May 17), watercolor anarchy (Jan. 21-Feb. 25, Mar. 4-Apr. 8 and Apr. 22-May 27), still life painting (Jan. 28-Mar. 11 and Mar. 25-May13), and painting the pastel portrait (Mar. 23-May 4).

ew this semester are “Cement Casting into Sand” (Feb. 22-Mar. 22), “Direct Modeling in Cement with Armatures” (Mar. 29-May 3), and “Printmaker’s Studio” (Jan. 26-Feb. 16). Special one- and two-session workshops will be offered in gold leafing (Feb. 8, repeated Apr. 19) and thermal image silkscreen (Mar. 7-14). “Figure Intensive” workshops include the hand (Feb. 23-Mar. 9), the foot (Mar. 16-Mar. 30) and the head (Apr. 20-May 4).

Adrian Nicoara of Monmouth Junction with artwork he completed in a "Mold-Making" class.
Students in Rory Mahon's "Green Sand Aluminum Casting" class gather round. Mahon will teach "Cement Casting Into Sand" and "Direct Modeling in Cement with Armatures" in the spring. Photo by Ayami Aoyama.

For children ages 7-13, ARTWORKS offers “Drawing Basics” (Feb. 7-Mar. 21 and Mar. 28-May 9), “The Art Sampler” (Feb. 6-Mar. 13 and Mar. 20-Apr. 24), “Sculpture for Kids” (Feb. 7-Mar. 14 and Mar. 21-Apr. 25), and “Intro. to Painting” (Jan. 28-Mar. 11 and Mar. 25 to May 13). Classes for teenagers 14-17 include “Painting and Portfolio Techniques” (Feb. 6-Apr. 10) and “Intermediate Drawing” (Feb. 9-Mar. 9).

To learn more about Mercer’s noncredit classes at ARTWORKS, email Tricia Fagan at To register, visit "register now” on the Mercer website (the identification prefix for Mercer’s Fines Arts courses is XAR) or call (609) 586-9446.

To see the noncredit course bulletin for spring click here.

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