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

Children’s Art Program

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!

Spring 2016 Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM March 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17 (No Class March 29)

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 2015 Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM September 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 12, 19, December 3, 10 (No Class Nov. 5 or Nov. 26)

  Winter 2016 Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8

Spring 2016 Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM March 24, April 7,14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19  (No class Mar. 31)

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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Children’s Summer Art Camp

The original Children’s Art program in central Jersey now in its 24th year!

Picnic during summer art camp

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.

Central Theme for 2016: Masters of the Modern Age

Students learn about Picasso, van Gogh, Matisse, O’Keeffe, Cezanne, Monet, Pollock, Reilly, Seurat, Mondrian, Kandinsky and others.  Pieces based on the theme will be created daily (Projects vary each week!)

Participants draw using wet and dry media, sculpt with air-dry clay, make masks, paint, build structures using recycled materials, create prints, collages and much more! Workshops in different disciplines are scheduled throughout the week.  In each cycle, students will create a small acrylic painting on canvas boards suitable for framing!

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

Summer Art Camp was featured as the editor's pick in the July 30, 2015 edition of the Echoes Sentinel in a front page article.

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

Cycle I: July11 – July 15
Cycle II: July 18 – July 22
Cycle III: July 25 – July 29

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 16, 2014. Download the registration form.

Instructor: Mrs. Monica Otero.

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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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Unique Vision Workshop

2016 Meeting Schedule:

Mondays: May 23, Jul 18, Sep 19, Nov 21

Tuesdays: Feb 23, Apr 19, Jun 21, Aug 23, Oct 18

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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“Each movement should be an art“


Spring 2016

Friday, April 8 – Tuesday, June 28 (12 weeks)

Level I/II (Renata) Mondays 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Level III(Renata) Mondays 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Movement & Yoga (Susan) Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Restorative (Mike) Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Level II (Renata) Fridays 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Gentle/Intro (Renata) Fridays 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
All Levels (Mike) Saturdays 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Fee: $165 for one series (10 classes out of 12)
  $12 for additional class (of same series)
  $300 for 2 series
  Watchung Arts Center member discount: $5.

For registration and information, contact Renata at 908-754-8433 or Please make check payable to the Watchung Arts Center. Download the flyer and 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 Junior Level I teacher 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.
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!

Spring/Summer 2016

Wednesdays (16 Weeks) 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.: Apr 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; Jun 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Jul 6, 13, 23

Saturdays (12 Weeks)10:00-11:00 a.m.: Apr 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21; Jun 4, 11, 25 (no class May 28), Jul 9, 16, 23

Fee: $100 for a 10-class card including 1 free class.

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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All Children’s Theatre —
Performing Arts Day Camps Marks 21st Year at the WAC

“ACT” — the very descriptive acronym for All Children’s Theatre — will return to the WAC for its 21st season in August! The well-known and highly acclaimed Performing Arts Day Camps for boys and girls ages 6 to 17 “playingly” lives its motto “Where Every Child Is A Star.”

Photo from 2008 Drama Camp

The Creative Dramatics Camp is geared for children who want to create, develop, write and perform in their own show. The Broadway Kids Camp gives kids various facets of the theatrical experience. They learn about singing along with acting and dancing using music from a variety of Broadway musicals from the Rogers and Hammerstein classics to more contemporary shows such as “Grease” and others.

Both camps give children an opportunity to put together theatrical productions from rehearsal and make-up to modest scenery painting and performing. The program begins with Creative Dramatics Camp, August 1- 12, followed by Broadway Kids Camp, August 15 - 26. Camps run for two weeks per session, or sign up for both. Both camps end in dress rehearsals and evening performances in front of a live audience in the Upper Gallery on the last camp day of each session.

For program details or to download a day camp registration form, go to, or call their office at (973) 335-5328.

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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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