Experienced artists teach all of our classes. The faculty has a common goal in teaching their craft: to teach the breadth of possibilities within their field. All classes encourage each student to find his/her own creative voice in a supportive environment.

JILL CLIFFER BARATTA MFA, New York Univ.; BPh, Grand Valley State Univ. Studied: Art Inst. of Chicago, School of Visual Arts, College of New Rochelle, Denise Collins, Dorothy Cochran. Teaching experience: Elizabeth Morrow School; Artist-in-residence, Tenafly Middle School; Mackay Elementary afterschool enrichment. Art therapy internships: Jersey City public schools, Hackensack Med. Center. Board member & Vice President, Nat'l Assoc. of Women Artists. Online: jcbarattasart.com.

SUE BARRASI BFA, School of Visual Arts. Also studied: Art Students League. Awards: Ruth Katzman Scholarship; Leeman Memorial, Manhattan Arts Int'l & Pearl Paint Foundation awards; NY Foundation on the Arts grant. Exhibited in museums & galleries, included in private & public collections; published on postage stamps, book/magazine covers & men's apparel. Member: Oil Painters of America, Nat'l Assoc. of Women Artists, Portrait Painters of America. Online: suebarrasi.com.

SUSAN BOGEN BS, Univ. of Wisconsin. Studied: Univ. of Minnesota, Penland School for Crafts, Greenwich House, TASOC. Teaching experience: Rockland Center for the Arts & in her own studio when working as a production potter. Online: gallery23.net/Susan_Bogen.html.

RUTH BORGENICHT BA, Rutgers Univ. Teaches at: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ., TASOC. Residencies include: Greenwich House Pottery, Anderson Ranch, Watershed Center for Ceramics, Hunter College. Included in many nat'l & int'l solo & group shows. Recently exhibited: Sèvres Ceramics Museum, France; Puls Ceramics, Belgium; Snyderman-Works Galleries, US. Collections include: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Delaware Art & Sparta Teapot museums. Online: ruthborgenicht.com.

NURAY CAKMAK BS, Middle East Technical Univ., Turkey. Apprenticed with Ilker Selimler. Teaching experience: Studio Peinture, Turkey. Exhibited: Dolmabahce Palace; Ortakoy Cultural Center.

JANE CHANG MBA, Long Island Univ. Studied with Madame Aixinjueluo Hinyi, descendant of the imperial Qing Dynasty, China. Teaching experience: Tenafly Senior Center, various organizations, private lessons. Member, Bergen Chinese Painting Club. Exhibited: Taipei Cultural Center.

HOLLY CICCORICCO MA, Teachers College, Columbia Univ.; BS, Univ. of the Arts; certified teacher in NJ & NY. Extensive experience teaching art in NJ & NY public schools, camps & enrichment programs, including broad age groups & special education. Online: hollysartgallery.wordpress.com.

DOROTHY COCHRAN MFA, Columbia Univ. Exhibited: Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Artists Space, NJ State Museum, nat'l juried print exhibitions. Collections: NY Public Library, MoMA Library, Georgia Museum of Fine Arts, Prudential Life. Teaching experience: Columbia Univ., City Univ. of NY, Newark Museum. Awards: (2) NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships. Board member, Nat'l Assoc. of Women Artists. Online: dorothycochran.com.

RAYE COOKE MFA, Pratt Inst.; BA, William Paterson Univ. Also studied: Grossmont College. Exhibited: MT Burton, Potters, Klay, Glass Growers, Arielle's & Mikhail Zakin galleries; NJ Arts Annual, Jersey Shore Nat'l. Teaching experience: Ceramic studio director/teacher, YJCC Washington Twp; Wayne Public Schools.

MARILYN DALE BA, Hofstra Univ. Also studied: TASOC, Brookfield Craft Center, 92nd St Y, Rockland Center for the Arts. Owner of Warwick Pottery, a teaching studio. Has given workshops in the lower Hudson Valley. Online: marilynbdale.com.

ROBERT DANCIK MA, Northern Illinois Univ., BFA, Adelphi Univ. Taught at: Penland, Arrowmont, Glassell School of Art, Touchstone Center for Crafts, US; Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery, England; Victoria College of Art, Australia. Collections include: Racine Art Museum, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Mitsubishi Int’l, Boeringer-Ingleheim, Northern Illinois Univ. Work has been published in books including: 1000 Rings, 500 Handmade Books, Jewelry Design Challenge, PMC Decade, The Art of Resin Jewelry. Originator of ‘Faux Bone’ & ‘Solid Expressions’ materials. Author, Amulets and Talismans. Owner, Studio E.Y.E. teaching studio. Online: fauxbone.com.

BRUCE DEHNERT Teaching experience: School of Art, New Zealand; Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Borneo; Univ. of Massachusetts, Hunter College, Parsons School of Design, Peters Valley Craft Center, US. Awards include: (3) Fletcher Challenge Int'l Ceramics awards; NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship. Work is in numerous collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts. Currently Head of Ceramics at Peters Valley. Online: brucedehnert.blogspot.com.

DONNA DOLBY MFA, Canterbury Christ Church Univ., England; BA, Montclair State Univ. Add'l studies: NJ City Univ. Exhibited: Sidney Cooper Gallery, England. Art teacher for nearly 10 years at Northern Valley Regional HS Old Tappan. Published on the cover of Melissa Green's book Daphne in Mourning. Online: dolbyart.com.

KATHRYN EDDY MFA, Vermont College of Fine Art. Exhibited in museums & galleries across the US, most recently the National Museum of Animals & Society. Her work has been published & discussed in several books including Art of the Animal: 14 Women Artists Explore the Sexual Politics of Meat by Lantern Books. Online: kathryneddy.com.

KATHY EISLER BA, Rutgers Univ. Studied: School of Visual Arts; TASOC. Certified K-12 art teacher. Teaching experience: Cresskill & Demarest afterschool enrichment programs; JCC on the Palisades. Online: flickr.com/kathyeislerart.

KAREN ELDER BS, Iowa State Univ. Also studied: Ramapo & Bergen Community colleges, TASOC, Art Center of Northern NJ. Certified K-12 art teacher. Member: Art Educators of NJ, Nat'l Art Education Assoc., Leonia Arts. Board member, Sculpture for Leonia.

LAUREN ENNIST BFA, College of New Rochelle. Teaching experience: Hillsdale Winter Workshops, Emerson Community School. Awards include: Edgewater Arts & Music Festival Best Art Award; Featured Artist, Discover Jersey Arts online gallery. Exhibited: City without Walls & George Segal galleries. Published in Her Mark 2009 by Woman Made Gallery. Work is in private collections. Owner, Flying Geese Design Studio. Online: laurenennist.com.

MARIA ERRICHIELLO BS, St. Peter's College. Studied: School of Visual Arts, Art Center of Northern NJ, TASOC. Extensive experience teaching art in public & private elementary schools. Exhibits throughout the NJ/NY area.

SHARON FARBER BA, Jersey City State College. Add'l studies: Art Students League & TASOC. Taught art at Lindbergh Elementary School in Palisades Park for 34 years. Certified K-12 art teacher, NJ.

HARRIET FINCK MArch, Harvard Univ.; BA, Barnard College. Teaching experience: William Paterson Univ., Artists Beit Midrash. Residency: Art Kibbutz Governors Island. Exhibitions include: The Painting Center, NYC. Work is in numerous exhibitions & private collections. Studio in East Orange, NJ. Online: harrietfinck.com.

HANK GANS Included in collections of Musée de l’Elysée, Switzerland & Center for Fine Art Photography, US. Published in Town & Country, Photographis & T: The NY Times Style Magazine. Awards include honors from: Int'l Photography & Epson Int'l Photographic Pano awards, NY & Chicago Art Directors clubs, PDN Magazine Great Outdoors Competition, Bergen County Henry Hudson 400. Posters of his work are distributed through art.com & allposters.com. Online: hankgans.com.

MAUREEN GASS-BROWN BFA, Mass. College of Art & Design. Member & instructor, Church St. Art & Craft; also teaches workshops in NJ & PA. For 23 consecutive years, has had the honor of being juried into the Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Annual. Exhibited in many solo & group shows; recipient of numerous awards. Represented in private collections in US & abroad. Signature member: Alaska Watercolor Society, Garden State Watercolor Society. Online: facebook.com/MaureenGassBrown.

ROBERT GLAISEK MFA, Univ. of Mexico. Exhibitions: Lannon, East West, City Center galleries; Chrysler Art & de Young museums, Boston Fine Arts Festival, Univ. of Michigan, UNC Chapel Hill, Rutgers Univ. Juried shows: Hopper House, Silvermine Guild. Taught: Parsons, Sculpture Center. Invited drawing critic, Yale Univ. Work is in public & private collections in the US & abroad, including Andy Warhol Museum & Caldic Collectie, Netherlands. Online: robertglaisek.com.

DEBORAH GOLETZ MFA, Parsons School of Design. Ceramics faculty, Montclair State Univ. & Ramapo College. Among the many public artworks to her credit, she has murals in the NY subway system & in (2) NJ Transit stations. One of her favorite public projects is a bench she made for TASOC with her students. Online: forloveofmud.com.

JILL GREENBAUM EdD, Teachers College, Columbia Univ. Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). Teaches at art schools, guilds, public schools & community settings. Exhibited at Crafts on Columbus & American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center. Online: jillztangles.blogspot.com & majorinyou.com.

MAUD GUILFOYLE BFA, Syracuse Univ. Also studied: Art Students League, NY Studio School, Spring Studio, Colorado Univ. Exhibited: Sangre de Cristo Art Center, The Art Gallery, Mikhail Zakin, Benning & Spring Street galleries, Studio 64 West. Teaching experience: Sangre de Cristo Art Center; drawing monitor, Fair Lawn Art Assoc.; private teacher. Consultant in portfolio development/applications for art schools & colleges. Has eBooks available for Kindle, iBooks & Nook. Online: maudguilfoyle.com.

CHRISTINE (YUHUEI) HSIAO MA, NY Inst. of Technology. Needle & wet felting instructor for Teaneck Community Education Center (TCEC), Stillman Elementary School afterschool club, private groups; also teaches Chinese language classes. Her felting workshop at TCEC was featured in Teaneck Suburbanite newspaper. Designed the visual art for the Android app Cute Cats Memory Game. Online: art.trueheart.com.

KHADER HUMIED Studied: City College of NY. Teaching experience: Rockland Community College, Hudson River Museum, Rockland Center for the Arts, Cross Hill Academy, Blue Rock School. Exhibited: Fuller Craft Museum. Director of MetaForm Studio, an artistic furniture studio. Work is featured in nat'l & int'l magazines. Online: wizlab.org.

DENISE KADAR BFA, Univ. of Idaho. Also studied: Woodstock School of Art, Sugar Maples Center, Peters Valley Craft Center, Clay Art Center, TASOC. Exhibited in many juried shows in NJ & NYC. A painter by training but a potter by choice. Ceramic Studio Co-manager - in charge of making, testing & maintaining all Cone 6 & Cone 10 glazes at TASOC.

SANDRA KEHOE BS, New Jersey Institute of Technology. Studied at John C. Campbell Folk School. Exhibited: Market House & Artisans Boutique, NJ. Online: sandra-kehoe.squarespace.com.

POLLY KING BA, Bard College. Exhibited at venues including Orange Street & Skylight galleries, Edward Hopper House, GAGA, Rockland Center for the Arts, Katonah Museum & Galerie Maas, Holland. Teaching experience: Rockland Center for the Arts. Member, Gallery 66. Online: pollyking.com.

ROBERT KOGGE Studied: Parsons. Taught at: Nat'l Academy, Montclair Art Museum, Art Students League, Maryland Inst. College of Art. Exhibited in solo & group shows at: OK Harris, JJ Brookings, Atelier A/E & City Without Walls galleries; Morris, Jersey City & NJ State museums; Arts Guild NJ; Evergreen House. Awards: grants from Adolph & Esther Gottlieb, Elizabeth Greenshields, Ludwig Vogelstein, Pollock-Krasner & Geraldine R. Dodge foundations; fellowships from NJ State Council on the Arts & Vermont Studio Center. Selected collections: Yale Univ., Louis Dubin, Ivan Karp, Hunter Museum, Chase Manhattan, Prudential Insurance, Dana Library at Rutgers Univ. Online: artslant.com/global/artists/show/127301-robert-kogge.

ERIC LAWRENCE MFA, Columbia Univ. Wandered his way through many arts before finding clay, where he's been wallowing for a while. Studied: Parsons School of Design, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Supermud Pottery, Greenwich House Pottery.

TENN LU Studied: Art Center of Northern NJ; TASOC. Frequent art demonstrator; taught at local community schools. Exhibited in many group & solo shows. Awarded over a dozen 1st prizes & best-in-shows from county, state & nat'l juried exhibitions.

STEPHANIE MADDALENA BA, St. Thomas Aquinas College. Teaches for Lapidary Journal Bead Fest, Brookfield Craft Center, Silvermine School of Art, Guilford Arts Center. Exhibits at Park Avenue Armory Craft Show. Online: fwgraphicdesign.com/StephanieMaddalenaGlass_website/htdocs/index.html.

JANE MARCY Lives/works in the Hudson River Valley. Has owned & operated studios & galleries in Cold Spring & Beacon, NY. Teaching experience: Garrison Art Center, St. Thomas Aquinas College. Online: janemarcy.com.

MARY MARTIRE MA, William Paterson Univ.; BA, Rutgers Univ. Co-founder, Craftworks Gallery. Exhibitions: Int'l Orton Cone Box Show; Intermission Gallery. Solo exhibitions: Leonia Library; NJ Designer Craftsmen Gallery. Online: marymartire.com.

JANICE MAURO Teaching experience: Silvermine School of Art, Educational Alliance, Nat'l Academy of Art. Exhibitions: Nat'l Sculpture Society, Lever House, Interchurch Center, City Without Walls; Paterson, Discovery, Mattatuck & Belskie museums. Well reviewed by Vivian Raynor of NY Times, as well as Star Ledger & Brooklyn Eagle. Created puppets for NYC Broadway productions such as Julie Taymor's The Lion King. Online: goodwoodstudio.com & bewareoftheyear7000.com.

GWYNYTH MOAVEN BA, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Certified K-12 teacher. Extensive experience teaching in public & private schools, adult schools & enrichment programs at B’nai B’rith & the YWCA. Winner of numerous awards; exhibited in solo & group shows throughout the Northeast. Published in science fiction magazines including The Journal of Aerospace Education. Her work is in collections in the US, Canada, Europe & Australia. Online: etsy.com/shop/thegarnettaboo.

JOHN MUNGIELLO MA, Montclair State Univ.; BFA, School of Visual Arts. Also studied with Meir Gal. Art teacher at Indian Hills HS. Published in Game Informer magazine & the book Sold Everywhere but Borders; work is in the film Silent House. Exhibited: Gallery One Eleven & School of Visual Arts Gallery, US; C.A.M. Gallery, Turkey. Online: instagram.com/jmungiello & johnmungiello.bigcartel.com.

CELIA NOBLEMAN MA, NJ City Univ. Also studied: Ramapo College. Teaching experience: Northern Valley Regional HS Old Tappan & various Catholic schools K-8. Exhibited locally & in NYC. Online: Celia Nobleman Exhibit.

MARCIA OAKES BA, St. Thomas Aquinas College. Also studied: Univ. of the Arts. Certified in NJ & NY. Extensive teaching in NJ private schools & enrichment programs. Exhibited: Bergen Museum, Barn Gallery, William Paterson Univ. Online: marciaoakes.com.

ALISON PALMER BFA, California College of Arts & Crafts. Also studied: Kansas City Art Inst. Exhibitor, TASOC Annual Pottery Show & Sale; shown in craft galleries & museums in NYC including Incorporated & Mark Milliken galleries, Times Three, Terra Cotta, Morgan Library, Jewish & American Craft museums. Represented by galleries, museum shops & catalogs in US & abroad. Designed spoon rests for Guggenheim museum store; had pieces in DF Sanders. Online: alisonpalmerstudio.com.

JENNIFER JORDAN PARK MA, NJ City Univ. Exhibitions include Newark Museum & Nat'l Ornamental Metal Museum. Teaching experience: Newark Museum, Visual Arts Center of NJ, Peters Valley Craft Center. Received honors from Niche, Saul Bell Design & MJSA Vision awards. Published in Art Jewelry & Lapidary Journal magazines. Online: weareverjewelry.com.

SANG JOON PARK MFA, Pratt Inst. Apprenticed for Korean potter Na Woon Chae. Teaching experience: NYC YWCA, BrickHouse, Kean Univ. Exhibited: Smithsonian Craft Show, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Store, Korean Cultural Center at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Awards include Exhibitors' Choice Gold Award, Smithsonian Craft Show. Online: sangjoonpark.com.

KAREN PEKELNEY MA, Univ. of Iowa; BFA, Syracuse Univ. Also studied: Fashion Inst. of Technology. Awards: DeBeers Diamonds Int'l award finalist. Extensive apprenticeship & work experience. Exhibited in numerous galleries & museums including Museum of Arts & Design and Nat'l Ornamental Metal Museum. In many private collections.

SHULI PILO MA, College of New Rochelle. RYT: Registered Yoga Teacher. Was given the gift of yoga by instructor Mahesh; has been practicing since '95. Online: teapothology.com.

IRENE PLUNTKY-GOEDECKE Goldsmith degree, Schwabisch Gmund, Germany; worked with Sigurd Persson. Studied: Stockholm Arts & Craft School, Sweden. Award-winning jeweler/designer for Georg Jensen & other firms. Taught: Riverside Church Arts & Crafts School. Represented in private collections in US & Europe; included in show celebrating Ingmar Bergman's 50th year in filmmaking.

THOMAS POLLOCK BFA, Pratt Inst. Teaching experience: New School of Social Research, Brooklyn Museum School, Parsons School of Design, NYC correctional facilities. Represented in private collections & galleries in the US & abroad.

MICHAEL PORFIDO BA, Ramapo College. Began his pottery journey as Mikhail Zakin’s studio assistant at TASOC. Apprenticed with potters in Korea, mastering traditional techniques. Add’l studies: Peters Valley School of Craft. Teaching experience includes: Rockland Center for the Arts, Bostree Studio, elementary & middle schools, American Camp Assoc. of NY/NJ. Member, Potters Guild of NJ. Online: facebook.com/porfidopottery.

AMY DUDASH ROBINSON BFA, College for Creative Studies. Work has been exhibited in NYC, LA, Detroit & NJ. Member, American Society of Portrait Artists. Online: amydudashrobinson.com.

MARILYN ROSE BFA, Washington Univ. Demos for arts organizations across NJ. Awards: honors from state & national exhibitions & plein air events. Work is published in magazines & included in private collections in US & Canada. Member: North East Watercolor, NJ Watercolor (Membership Chair) & Baltimore Watercolor societies. Online: marilynroseart.com.

PETER SCANLAN Graduate, School of Visual Arts. Was freelance illustrator for Universal Studios, Warner Bros. & HBO; produced over 50 paintings for Marvel Comics; painted cover art for KISS album Psycho Circus. Exhibited at venues including Society of Illustrators, PPOW & Illuminated Metropolis galleries. Teaches drawing & painting at Northern Valley Regional HS and summer classes at Bergen County Academies & One River. Online: scanlanart.com.

JUDY SCHAEFER MA, New York Univ. Also studied: Brooklyn Museum Art School, Univ. of Pennsylvania, Columbia Univ., Pratt, TASOC. Exhibited widely & in many private collections. Online: judyschaefer.net.

URSULA SCHNEIDER MFA, San Francisco Art Inst. Taught at Sarah Lawrence College. Solo shows include: Quer Raum fur Kunst und Kultur, Forum Vebicus, Switzerland; Berkeley Art Museum, Braunstein Gallery, Rockland Center for the Arts, US. Also exhibited: Kunstmuseum Bern, Whitney Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Inst. of Contemporary Art. Was represented by Braunstein Gallery. Online: ursulaschneider.com.

LOUISE SCHWARTZ Known for her extensive experience and unique & creative design ability, she brings her teaching background to the field of fiber art, enabling any person to develop the skills to do the projects. Was in business for many years designing Morgan Le Fay clothing, distributed throughout the US in department stores & boutiques.

LUCILLE SCURTI MA, Montclair State Univ., BA, Jersey City State College. Studied with Mikhail Zakin, Cynthia Bringle, Bruce Dehnert, Toshiko Takaezu, William McCreath, Ben Jones. Teaching experience: Rockland Center for the Arts; Fair Lawn schools. Awards include a Dodge Visual Artist/Educator Fellowship grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Exhibited in juried shows at venues including: Zakin & George Segal galleries, Baltimore Clayworks, Morris & Monmouth museums. Member: Potters Guild of NJ, Hudson River Potters, Art Assoc. of Rutherford. Online: pottersguildnj.org/lucille-scurti.html.

DAVID SHIREY MBA, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ.; BA, William Paterson Univ. Studied: TASOC, Sugar Maples Center, Brookfield Craft Center.

LORI SHORIN MFA, Univ. of Pennsylvania; BFA, SUNY Binghamton; Certificate of Sculpture, Florence Academy of Art. Taught at: NH Inst. of Art, School of Visual Arts, Art Students League. Exhibitions include: Arnot, Islip, USC Fisher & Mariposa museums, Museu Europeu d'Art Modern, Richard Massey Foundation, Jacobi Medical Center, Brookgreen Gardens. Awards: Matthais H. Arnot Society Prize; Sara & Yasuo Kuniyoshi Foundation Scholarship; ARC Salon Honorable Mention. Online: lorishorinfineart.com.

SUSAN KASSON SLOAN Studied: CUNY, Parsons, Art Students League. Exhibited: NY & Chicago SOFA; American Craft & NJ State museums. Collections: Renwick Gallery, Nat'l Museum of American Art, Cooper-Hewitt Nat'l Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Victoria & Albert Museum. Teaching experience: Pratt Inst., 92nd St Y, Peters Valley Craft Center, Newark Museum, Penland School of Crafts. Awards: (3) NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowships. Curator, 500-series book on plastic/resin jewelry. Online: susankassonsloan.com.

KAREN SNYDER-KADISH Studied: California College of Arts & Crafts, Parsons, TASOC. Currently teaches at Center for Hope & Safety. Exhibitions include: group shows at Rockland Center for the Arts & the Café Gallery at TASOC; solo show at Norwood Public Library. Proud owner & head clay mistress, Pit Bull Pottery.

SAMANTHA STANKIEWICZ MFA, City College; BFA, Pratt Inst. Studied: Anderson Ranch; Alfred Univ.; Peters Valley Craft Center; La Sabranenque, France. Teaching experience: Ridgewood Public Schools. Online: wecreatemurals.com.

MARGERY THEROUX MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts. BA, New York Univ. Also studied: Montserrat College of Art, NY Studio School, privately with Sam Feinstein. Former gallery committee member/curator at Hopper House & TASOC. Exhibited at venues in tri-state area & New England; in private collections nationwide. Online: margerytheroux.com.

ANGELA THOMPSON AAS, Fashion Inst. of Technology. Additional experience: interior designer, JC Penney; freelance work includes designs for Gerber baby products & Heathcote Hosiery Co.

VESSELINA TRAPTCHEVA MFA, Parsons; BFA, Savannah College of Art & Design. Also studied: Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Nat'l Academy of Art Sofia, Bulgarian Nat'l HS for Fine Arts. Completed residency at Yaddo; currently teaches at the college level in NYC. Work has been included in various solo & group exhibitions and has won a variety of awards. Online: vesselinatraptcheva.com.

RAY TURKIN BEE, City College of NY. Teaching experience: Art Center of Northern NJ, Teaneck Community Education Center, private lessons. Exhibited in many solo & juried group shows; recipient of numerous awards. Work is included in various private collections.

AMANDA WILSON BFA, School of Visual Arts; MA, Manhattanville College. Published in New York & Bon Appétit magazines & numerous books. Exhibited: American Inst. of Graphic Arts, Soc. of Publication Designers. Awards include honors from Soc. of Illustrators & Int'l Assoc. of Culinary Professionals. Board member, Hopper House. Online: amandawilsonart.weebly.com.


There are lots of ways to get involved at the Art School - we hope you will join us!

Join our faculty

To be considered for teaching opportunities, please assemble a packet containing:

    A letter of interest (cover letter)
    A copy of your resume
    An artist statement
    Images of your work (please provide your website address or 6-10 jpeg images on CD)
    Optional: a self-addressed, stamped envelope (if you would like your slides or CD returned)

and mail it to:
Maria Danziger, Executive Director
The Art School at Old Church
561 Piermont Road
Demarest, NJ 07627

Submit your work for a show

Exhibitions in the Mikhail Zakin Gallery and the Café Gallery are curated mainly by invitation. However, unsolicited materials are periodically reviewed. The gallery does not review email attachments or portfolios in the presence of the artist. If you are interested in submitting your work for consideration, please follow the submission guidelines.

Call for Entry: The NJ Small Works Show is presented each year in the Mikhail Zakin Gallery. All artists are invited to submit their work. This annual juried group exhibition features 2-D and 3-D works that are 15" or under in any dimension. View the most recent Small Works prospectus here.


To receive future show prospectuses in the mail, please call us at 201-767-7160 and ask to be added to the Small Works list.

Call for Entry: The Art of Healing is a collaboration between the Art School and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Selected artwork is displayed in sites throughout the hospital, providing exposure for local artists and enhancing the healing environment of the hospital. View the Art of Healing prospectus here.

Become an Art Model

Models are always needed for our life drawing, painting and sculpture classes. Experience is helpful, but not required - reliability and presence are much more important.

    -Pay is $19/hour
    -Flexible booking schedule
    -Creative atmosphere
    -All ages, shapes and sizes are welcome
    -Nude or clothed
    -Male or female
    -Body awareness a plus!

Interested? Please fill out an art model application form.


We love our volunteers! Volunteers are an integral part of the community at the Art School, and we are always happy to have their assistance. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the year for people of all abilities. We can use your help at our famed Annual Pottery Show and Sale, at our thrift shop in Westwood, NJ, and with our children's classes and special projects. Art experience is not necessary, so please consider donating some of your time and energy! For more information, please contact our Executive Director Maria Danziger at 201-767-7160 or maria@tasoc.org.

Apply for Work Exchange

Work opportunities (desk positions, clay pugging, bisque kiln loading/unloading) are sometimes available in exchange for art classes. Please contact our Executive Director Maria Danziger at 201-767-7160 or email maria@tasoc.org for more information.

Apply for a scholarship

Scholarships are available for individuals who are in need of financial assistance. Please ask at the front desk for more information. Important note: Scholarships are not guaranteed, as they are dependent on available funds and the number of requests we receive. Applications must be received at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester to be considered.

Ask about an Internship

Occasionally, internship opportunities for high school or college students are available for community service credit. Please contact Executive Director Maria Danziger at 201-767-7160 or maria@tasoc.org for more information.

The Art School at Old Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships or employment practices.


The Art School at Old Church maintains four studios with professional equipment. Our studios have excellent lighting and are well ventilated and climate controlled. One of our studios is dedicated solely to ceramics.

The following lists some of the major equipment and tools provided at the school:

Painting & Sculpture departments:
Sculpture stands
Well-stocked prop closet

Jewelry department:
Soldering equipment
Two rolling mills (sheet and square wire)
Polishing motor
Flexible shaft motors
Hydraulic press
Hand tools (hammers, pliers, files, saw frames, dapping dies)

A small selection of findings, solder and tools is available for sale through the school.

Flameworking department:
Nine flameworking torch stations
Chili pepper kiln
Varied supply of Moretti (Effetre) glass
Hand tools (shaping tools, glass cutting scissors, mashers, tweezers, graphite paddles)

Printmaking department:
Charles Brand etching press with 26" x 60" bed
Large and small rollers for relief printing
Ultraviolet light box for creating solarplates
Well-stocked supply of inks for intaglio and relief printing
Two Paula Roland hotboxes

Ceramics department:
Ten electric wheels
Two kick wheels
Three electric kilns
Geil shuttle kiln (54 cubic ft.)
Bailey gas kiln coming soon!
Raku kiln
Ventilated glazing spray booth
Slab roller
Bailey wall-mounted clay extruder

The Art School at Old Church's facilities are wheelchair accessible on the main floor, which houses three multi-use studios, our restrooms, and the Mikhail Zakin and Café art galleries. Our ceramics studio is down one flight of stairs.


Maria Danziger
Executive Director

Emma Abad
Gallery Manager

Heidi Bacaz
Administrative Assistant

Erika Conti
Ceramic Studio Co-Manager

Denise Kadar
Ceramic Studio Co-Manager

Kerry McNulty
Special Projects Coordinator

Melissa Pazcoguin
Administrative Director

Amy Dudash Robinson
Assistant Executive Director & ADA Coordinator

Peter Schmidt
Operations Director

David Shirey
Administrative Assistant

Vivien Woodford
Thrift Shop Manager

Board of Directors

Edward Whittemore, President
Vivien Woodford, Vice President
Grant Hobson, Treasurer
Carrie Ortiz, Secretary
Maureen Lostumbo, Chair

Ruth Borgenicht
Bruce Dehnert
Nicole Romano
Gail Rutigliano
Judy Schaefer
Martin Semar
Susan Kasson Sloan
James Turnbull
Anne Connors Winner

From The Director

Welcome to the website of the Art School at Old Church. For the past 43 years, the Art School has enriched the lives of at least three generations through our educational and cultural offerings, as well as through our gallery exhibitions. We are delighted to see new faces among many familiar ones each semester. Whether you are well acquainted with the school or visiting our website for the first time, we invite you to explore the site: read about upcoming events, view a course or workshop, or just learn more about what we offer.

Our website is an extension of our wonderful community. Join us at the Art School - find yourself and celebrate the creative spirit through expression in the arts.


1. From the Garden State Parkway or NJ Turnpike: Take Route 80 East (local lanes) to Palisades Parkway North to Exit 2 towards ALPINE/CLOSTER/RT 9W. Take a slight right onto Henry Hudson Drive. Remain on Henry Hudson Drive by turning right again. (Continue from 4 below)

2. From George Washington Bridge: Take Palisades Parkway North to Exit 2 towards ALPINE/CLOSTER/RT 9W. (Continue from 4 below)

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4. Follow the Exit 2 ramp to Route 9W. Turn left onto 9W approximately 1/2 mile. Turn right at the traffic light onto Closter Dock Road, go 1.4 miles (through 1 blinking light, 2 traffic lights) to the traffic light at the bottom of the hill (you'll see an Exxon station on the corner). Turn left onto Piermont Road. The Art School is approximately 1/2 mile down the road on the right side (the white building just after the Demarest Baptist Church).

5. From Manhattan by Bus (40 minutes): From the 42nd St terminal, take the #20 Coach USA bus to Demarest Middle School (the Art School stop on Piermont Road in Demarest).

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The Art School at Old Church
561 Piermont Road
Demarest, NJ 07627

tel: 201-767-7160
fax: 201-767-0497


The Art School at Old Church is an art school and fine art gallery in Bergen County, NJ (North Jersey) offering fine art and craft classes for adults, teens, children and families, as well as workshops, art exhibits, outreach programs & much much more! Check out our thrift shop in nearby Westwood, NJ - proceeds from the shop help to support the school.

Our History

The Art School at Old Church was established in 1974 as a non-profit, nonsectarian cultural resource center. A band of artists and friends seeking to start a community art school saw promise in a local 19th-century church building. Through their hard work and dedication, the group transformed the old church into a center for artistic learning and enrichment. Today, the Art School continues to offer educational and cultural experiences that enrich the local and regional community.

Our Mission

The mission of the Art School at Old Church is to improve the quality of life in the community and region through a variety of educational and cultural offerings.

The Art School at Old Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, disability, gender identity or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships or employment practices.

The Art School at Old Church is a non-profit, non-sectarian 501(c)(3) organization.

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