Wire Sculpture Workshops
4:00 PM16:00

Wire Sculpture Workshops

Based on the inspiration of a wide range of wire art created by Alexander Calder, and his love of “play”, we will create a small flat wire sculpture constructed in an aluminum circular frame on the theme of animals. After the basic design is completed, the students will embellish their works using mixed media such as cloth, beads or wire screen. In addition to demonstrating the basic techniques used in wire sculpture, we’ll learn a few interesting facts and stories about the artist Alexander Calder, including his special interest in the circus!

COMMUNITY VIEWING OPPORTUNITY: There is a possibility to take all the completed pieces and showcase them as a collection at a public viewing.

Tuesday, May 22 & Tuesday, May 29
Cost $40.00 for both Workshops (Must attend both!)

Registration required: https://tinyurl.com/WesterhoffWorkshop

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Gouache Techniques for All Levels
to Jun 15

Gouache Techniques for All Levels

Explore gouache techniques (opaque watercolor - a flat medium with great color saturation and a reflective quality), commonly seen in magazine and children´s book illustrations, visual poetry and journaling. Participants are encouraged to experiment with this versatile and mostly unknown media which can be combined in endlessly fascinating ways with watercolor and acrylic under paintings, or using overlays of soft pastel, color pencils and pen & ink.  For inspiration, students will look at the work of Paul Klee, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Sonia Delaunay and Ralph Parker.  Projects will include illustrating text, self-authored or of special interest as well as landscape, still life and portrait studies.  Participants will also explore the use of collage with gouache, currently celebrated by contemporary illustrators. Instructor Mickey Waring is currently Art Director and Art Teacher at the Westerhoff School of Music & Art. A graduate from Princeton University and Beirut University College, she has illustrated for magazines in the United States and abroad. Her work, which includes puppetry and jewelry design, is influenced by a lifetime of travel abroad in Europe and the Middle East. A member of the Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission and recently contributor to the Visual Arts Connection, Ms. Waring has been a driving force in the arts community of Metuchen over the past 22 years. Ms. Waring´s recent work includes illustrations and small works on paper in watercolor, acrylics, oil, and gouache.

Location: Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
Ages: 16+
Friday, 12:30pm-2:30pm
May 11 - Jun 15
No class May 18
$190/$165 Member
Limit: 12 students


  • one bottle of black or sepia waterproof ink
  • quill pen with drawing nib, or set of Micron pens
  • a few sheets of 8 x 11" Canson Mi Teint Paper in favorite neutral tints
  • small jar or tube of white gesso
  • a set of gouache paints
  • acrylic paints (not for the first class) I have some you can use.
  • pad of hot pressed paper 90 lb. or more (no texture, flat)
  • 8 x 11" piece of foam core for gouache mounting
  • brushes: one 3/4 inch flat brush, 2 round watercolor brushes size 4, 6 or 8
  • artists tape for borders (masking tape is ok 1/2")
  • Yupo paper for experimentation if you have any (not required)
  • ruler jar for water, paper towels
  • palette paper pad

    Please email me at Waringm@optonline.net if you have any questions!


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