WAE Workshops

WAE Workshops offers a creative space where students 16 years and over can work with professional artists to develop and expand their artistic interests and skills.

Creating and exploring art offers participants benefits far beyond the obvious development of their art practice. The studio is a place of connection with others, where critical thinking, self-expression and an appreciation for discovery takes hold. Experienced facilitators come to the studio with knowledge of adaptive and neutral techniques which supports each artist in their individual process.

Workshops will be offered virtually for the time being.

DDD funding may be possible. Contact Yolanda Sanchez at YSanchez@jsddmetrowest.org for details.

Supported by a generous grant from The Healthcare Foundation of NJ

Classes are open to ages 16 and up, where all abilities are welcome.

Drawing Made Easy

Starting Date: February 18, 2021

Days: Thursdays

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Instructor: Joan Cummings

1st Class: February 18th

Last Class: April 8th

Are you ready to begin making creative art! Enjoy learning easy steps-by-step techniques starting with simple shapes like circles, squares, and triangles. When you join these shapes together, you will be able to draw people, animals, flowers, and tons more. Finish off your artwork using color pencils, markers, watercolor or acrylic paint. Join us as we explore your creativity to make art and have FUN! Joan is a teaching artist whose work has been exhibited at museums and universities in New Jersey. Joan shares all of her art experience and techniques with her students.

Cost: $155 – Includes all materials and eight (one hour) sessions.

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Joyful Painting

Starting Date: February 16, 2021

Days: Tuesdays

Time: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Instructor: Janet Boltax

1st Class: February 16th

Last Class: April 6th

Students in this spirited painting class will receive instruction in drawing, color mixing, and composition but will also be free to create their own images as the spirit moves them. They will experiment with a variety of painting and drawing mediums including tempera, watercolor, oil pastel, and magic marker and will also delve into portraiture, a specialty of the instructor. Above all, students will be encouraged to seek joy from the wondrous process of painting. Janet Boltax is a Montclair, NJ-based painter, and printmaker.

Cost: $155 – Includes all materials and eight (one hour) sessions.

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Understanding Art: An Online Art Class

Starting Date: February 19, 2021

Days: Fridays

Time: 10:00am- 11:00am

Instructor: Onnie Strother

1st Class: February 19th

Last Class: April 9th

An Art and Art History Class, in which participants will learn about historically important art movements and styles while creating works of art. Onnie Strother, BFA, M.A., M.A.Ed. Admin, Certified in Art education K12, and Creative Aging. Mr. Strother is a practicing artist, curator, and lecturer. Mr. Strother has over 37 years' experience in public school education.

Cost: $155 – Includes all materials and eight (one hour) sessions.

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Who we are

At JSDD, the expectations for quality extend beyond what services and supports may be available to what life fulfilling experiences are possible. Our philosophy supports the notion that there are no limits to those possibilities. We have developed opportunities over time through a dynamic process of establishing relationships with the agency’s residents and WAE Center members. Unexplored interests, ideas, prospects for learning, continuing education and creativity are constantly evolving and emerge as our remarkable staff and the people we support get to know each other and share experiences.

What we do

Ability is the focus of all efforts in supporting the men and women we serve. We are delighted and inspired each and every day by the insights, revelations and creative energy that emerges when respectful relationships for the gifts and talent of every individual are considered. Learning and creativity occur organically as people share themselves and develop friendships and help each other to grow.