Please note a change to the Teen and Children's Art Programs. All classes will start at 4:45 and end at 6:15.

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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 2017 Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 PM (10 weeks)
Sep. 26; Oct. 3, 17, 24; Nov. 7, 14, 28; Dec. 5, 12, 19 (No class Oct 10, 31 or Nov. 21)

Winter 2018 Thursdays, 4:45-6:15 PM - (10 weeks) Jan. 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15

Spring 2018 Tuesdays, 4:45-6:15 PM (8 weeks)
Apr. 10, 17, 24; May 1, 8, 15, 22, 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 2017 Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM (10 weeks) Sep. 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 16, 30; Dec. 7, 14 (No class Nov. 9 or 23)

Winter 2018 Tuesdays, 4:45-6:15 PM (10 weeks) Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb.6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13)

Spring 2018 Thursdays, 4:45-6:15 PM (8 weeks) April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24; June 1

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 2017 Mondays 4:30-6:00 PM (10 weeks) Sep. 25; Oct. 2, 16, 23, 30; Nov. 6, 13, 27, Dec. 4, 11(No class Oct. 9 & Nov. 20)

Winter 2018 Mondays 4:45—6:15 P.M.  (10 weeks) Jan. 8, 22, 29; Feb. 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12, 19,26 (No class Jan 15 or Feb 19

Spring 2018 Mondays 4:45—6:15 P.M. (8 weeks) April 9, 16, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21; June 5, June 4 (No class May 28)

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

Download the registration form or register online through Eventbrite.

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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 2018, the dates are February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20, September 19, October 17, November 21, and December 19. There will be no January meeting. 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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I do not think of my age when I practice

(BKS IYENGAR, at age 81)

Interim 2017-18

Renata - Fee $22 Monday 12/18 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Mike - Fee $22 Tuesday 12/19 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Susan - Free demo Thursday 1/4 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.
Mike - Free demo Thursday 1/4 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.

Free Trial Class, Thursday, January 4 at 6 PM

Winter 2018

Monday, January 8– Saturday, April 7 (13 weeks)

Intro/Level I (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.
Level I/II (Mike) Tuesdays 6:30 - 7:45 p.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.
Make-Up (Mike) Saturdays (see note below) 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Fee: $180 for one series (11 classes out of 13)
  $12 for additional class (of same series)
  $340 for 2 series
  Watchung Arts Center member discount: $5.

Note: Saturday Yoga class will only be held on the first Saturday of the month, that is Feb. 3, Mar. 3 and April 7.

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


Summer 2017

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.

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

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

Winter 2018

There will be a free Zumba class on Saturday, January 6 from 10:00 to 11:30 AM. New students are encouraged to attend.

Regular classes will resume on Wednesday, January 10 and Saturday January 13.

Wednesdays 6:15 – 7:15 p.m.: weekly beginning January 10 - exact dates to be announced

Saturdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.: weekly beginning January 13 - exact dates to be announced (Note: class will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of each month, due to Yoga schedule).

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

2018 Meeting Schedule:

Mondays: Feb 26, Apr 23, May, 21, Jul 23, Sep 17

Tuesdays: Mar 20, Jun 19, Aug 21, Oct 23, Nov 13

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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