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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!

Fall 2014 Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 PM September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18,
December 2, 9(No Class Nov. 25)

Winter 2015 Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12

Spring 2014 Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM March 31, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26 (No Class April 7)

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 2014 Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, Dec. 4, 11(No Class Sept 25 or Nov 27)

Winter 2015 Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 PM January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 3, 10

Spring 2014 Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4 (No Class April 2 or April 9)

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 23rd 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 2015: Colors of the World

Students will explore 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 6 – July 10
Cycle II: July 13 – July 17
Cycle III: July 20 – July 24

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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All Children’s Theatre —
Performing Arts Day Camps Marks 20th Year at the WAC

“ACT” — the very descriptive acronym for All Children’s Theatre — will return to the WAC for its 20st 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 3- 14, followed by Broadway Kids Camp, August 17 - 28. 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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"Relaxation begins from the outer layer of the body and penetrates the deep layers of existence."


Spring 2015

Friday, April 10 – Thursday, June 30 (12 weeks)

Level I/II Mondays 6:00 – 7:15 p.m.
Intro/Level I Mondays 7:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Movement & Yoga (Susan) Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
Level III Tuesdays 6:20 – 7:35 p.m.
Restorative Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:15 p.m.
Level II Fridays 8:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Gentle/Intro Fridays 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
All Levels 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 is Iyengar Yoga certified. Visit In the mid-nineties she started training with Certified Iyengar Teacher Theresa Rowland and became a certified Studio Yoga Teacher in 1998. She was certified as an Iyengar Yoga Instructor in 2004, and is also registered at the 500 Level with Yoga Alliance. 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.

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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!

Adult Zumba (ages 13 and up)

Spring 2015
Wednesdays (11 Weeks) $100 including 1 free class with purchase of 10-class card.
Saturdays (5 Weeks) $50

Walkins $10/class

Wednesday, 6 – 7 p.m.: April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24

Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m.: April 18, 25, May 2, 16, 30 (no class May 9 or May 23)

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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Open Studio for Life Painting and Drawing

Long pose figure sessions with class facilitator, artist Maryann Ficker.

Classes will feature one model maintaining the same pose for all four sessions. This provides artists enough time to complete a figure painting or detailed drawing. Open to all artists and is non-instructional

The Winter session has been postponed. We hope to reschedule for the Spring.

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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 2014, the dates are January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, September 17, October 15, November 19, and December 17. New members are welcome. Please visit the website at

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Unique Vision Workshop

2015 Meeting Schedule:

Mondays: Mar 23, May 18, Jul 20, Sep 21, Nov 16

Tuesdays: Feb 24, Apr 21, Jun 23, Aug 18, Oct 20

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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