Friday, August 16, 2013

It's REGISTRATION TIME!

Whether you are seeking a F/T Art Career Program or want to take just one class at a time, the duCret School of Art is currently accepting applicants for Fall Semester 2013 beginning in September!

F/T and P/T Career Program
Apply now. After you apply, you will be contacted and scheduled to meet and interview with an admissions rep.

One Class At A Time
Just stop in the administrative office Monday though Friday between 9 am and 4 pm to enroll in a class.

Anyone 16+ (with parental permission) can enroll.

Anyone can schedule a free tour and career consultation by calling 908-757-7171 or walking in Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm. If you would like to be part of NJ's oldest art school & central Jersey's largest artists haven - join us this Fall 2013!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Summer at duCret - Classes & Open Studio's!

Summer is a busy time at the duCret School of Art. What many people in the local area may not have realized yet is that duCret, aside from being an art career school, is also a community resource center for families. duCret educates artists from the tender age of 6, up to active seniors 96+. During the summer, anyone 16 yrs+ (with parental permission) can take any of the adult workshops and attend any of the four running Open Studio's. There is also a Child / Teen Art Camp that runs for two weeks in July. Click on the tabs above for detailed info about the Open Studios. Or visit duCret Summer Classes 2013 and register now!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

duCret's OS Takumi Instructor Featured at Somi Open House

A PERSONAL INVITATION TO THE SOMI FINE ART GALLERY
- OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION –

When: December 8th 2012, 4 PM - 7 PM
Where: 50 Stangl Road Flemington NJ 08822

SOMI FINE ART cordially invites you to it's Open House Reception. Please join with other art lovers for an inspiring evening with the artists, refreshments, and live music at the gallery. Meet the artists, engage in the process of thinking and creating art, and learn more about future events and SOMI’s vision of art in our community and beyond.
 
SOMI Fine Art, the newest Flemington gallery, opened at the historic Stangl Factory in downtown Flemington on Oct. 5. The gallery’s one-of-a-kind venue brings an exciting collection of art and fine craft to one of Flemington’s most important historic landmarks. The concept of SOMI Gallery is to bring a more diverse range of art and fine craft to the Hunterdon/Bucks market in an inspiring gallery environment.
Simon Keller, Japan-trained ceramic artist in residence at the duCret School of Art (www.ducret.edu ) brings years of cross-cultural art and art event experience to the gallery: “SOMI means simply South-Of-Mine (Street). But as life has it, in Japanese it translates as Plain, Natural or Elements of Beauty, 素美. In that sense we perceive SOMI as an artist collaboration where an eclectic selection of art works are offered to our patrons in a space that in itself is an evolving work of art telling the story of beauty, the techniques and materials it takes and its creators.

www.somifineart.com
Gallery for Fine Art and Art Events
A: 50 Stangl Road Flemington NJ 08822
P: 908-237-1700

Monday, November 12, 2012

It's Back to Business after Storm Sandy

Nov 12 Update: Electricity has been restored to the general area and this week duCret School of Art is back to it's usual classes, Open Studio's and monthly workshops. Though the image to the left seems daunting, we were very lucky that the few trees that did fall, fell away from the building and there was only minor gutter damage. Most everyone affiliated with the school were without power for quite some time. While there was a curfew in the town of Plainfield, luckily, students and teachers alike, fared fairly well through it all and all classes and Open Studio's this week are running. This week 'NJ Musicians in the Park Meetup' group will play on Tues Eve, Portrait Open Studio. The Caras and Colleagues 85th Anniversary Show and Sale, which was postponed, will be on November 17th from 6pm - 9pm at the Middletown Arts Center. The center is located at 36 Church Street, Middletown, NJ 07060. Click here for more details on the upcoming show.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Storm Sandy Open Studio Information

Monday Nov 5 Updated Storm Information: Power is restored to duCret School of Art and the school is officially open as of Mon., Nov. 5th. However, due to Plainfield's 7pm Curfew Law that is in effect, and with darkened streets and numerous downed trees making night driving hazzardous, please take note of this week's class and night activities cancellations:

EVENING CLASSES this week through Wed. evening are closed. Please stay tuned for Thursday evening class info TBA on Wednesday.
EVENING WORKSHOPS and OPEN STUDIO'S this week of Nov 5 - 9 are closed. We plan at this time to resume all Open Studios and workshops the following week starting Tues. Eve, Nov 13.

CHILDREN'S WED & THURS PERFORMING ARTS workshops for this week, Nov 7 & 8 are closed - to resume on Wed. Nov 14th.

CHILDREN'S/TEENS SAT MORN ART WORKSHOPS are expected to resume on Saturday, November 10, however please check back on Friday for updated weekend information.

NOV 3rd ART SHOW AND SALE was postponed and a new date will be announced, most likely sometime this coming week. The Middletown Arts Center was not affected by the storm and all artwork submitted for the show is safe and dry. The lecture/demonstration series beginning on the 9th and 10th may still run. Further notice regarding them will be issued by Wed morning.

We hope that everyone is safe and warm. For more information call 908-757-7171 as the administrative office are open this week, Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

CBS NEWS Living Large Features duCret Instructor

CBS Living Large TV features homes that most of us can only dream of. Yet some individuals such as artist Christine Myshka, an instructor at the duCret School of Art, are afforded the experience of walking within the ‘larger-life’ reality, sans having to carry the hefty mortgages that go along with it. How could this be, one might ask? For several years, Christine has been contracted via a mural design company ‘Three Designing Woman’, to paint fantasy scenes in lavish and luxurious homes throughout the tri state area. Last year she spent most of her summer on scaffolding, painting scenic trees on 24 foot walls. These were not outside walls mind you, but were the interior walls of a NJ mansion, whose heights could match the panoramic perspective of a three story building rooftop level. Her job was to artistically enhance a huge foyer and stairway entrance of a $14 million dollar home in Colts Neck, NJ. By summer’s end, trees that would tower the average home had manifested in full bloom within the mansion. The job didn’t end there. According to CBS 2’s ‘Living Large’ host Emily Smith, who gave TV viewers a virtual tour of the home that was broadcast recently, several other areas of the home were touched with Christine’s artistic renderings as well. This included an eye catching stairwell and basement hallway that resembled a large Broadway theatre mezzanine, which leads to an actual theatre within the home.
Christine credits the vivid writings of Edgar Allen Poe as her childhood inspiration to become an illustrator. It is often said that the dreams of a child tell the soul what to do in life, if one but follows them. Apparently, Christine was listening carefully, for her work as a career artist now enables her to constantly explore and paint as many fantasy images as she likes, while getting paid quite nicely for it. As part of her professional training, Christine attended Parsons School of Design, where she earned a BFA in Illustration. She continued her studies at Parsons Paris, Du Cret School of Art and Grand Rapids Community College program in Greece. Christine has been freelancing as a professional artist since 1982. Her clients have included Davis Publishing Inc. Ideal Graphics Inc, The Home News & Tribune, Suburban Golf Club, Arcola Country Club, Rockaway River Country Club, T' Leon Advertising and EJs Bar and Grille. In addition to editorial, architectural and advertising illustration, Christine continues to be commissioned to paint murals. She is a long-time member of the Graphic Artists Guild. During the school year, Christine teaches ‘Life Drawing’, ‘The Business of Art’ and runs Wednesday Evening ‘Figure Drawing’ Open Studio’s at the duCret School of Art.  This summer Christine will be teaching a one day course called ‘The Business of Art Boot Camp’ scheduled to run on July 6th and again on August 3rd. Those interested can download a Summer Art Workshop catalog and can register by walk-in, mail-in or phone-in between 9 – 4pm, Mondays – Fridays.  duCret School of Art is also currently accepting registration for entry into Fall 2012 Semester. Visit www.ducret.edu or call 908-757-7171 for more info.

Summer Open Studio at duCret

Aside from over 35 adult art workshops offered at duCret, the summer season also features several Open Studio opportunities. Local artists, beginners, art pro's and students (16+) can attend any of the four open studios running throughout summer; Open Studio's include:  Takumi Ceramics and Pottery Wheel, Hand Building Ceramics, Portrait Painting & Drawing Open Studio and Figure Drawing Open Studio.

SUMMER 2012 OPEN STUDIO SCHEDULE

MON EVE - Running Continuously thru summer from 6pm - 8pm "Takumi & Pottery Wheel Open Studio". Remember the movie 'Ghost' with Demi M. and Patrick S? Always wanted to try the pottery wheel? It's SO much fun! Put your hands in clay dug straight up from Mother Earth, and learn how to shape her into something beautiful on the wheel. Enhance your experience with the flavor of Japan's ceramic history shared by our moderator, Simon, a Japan trained ceramics artist. Glaze and fire Mother's clay into editable pottery or plates. That's right - you could even make a dog bowl for your pets to drink from! Fee: $30.00/$25 students and alumni.

TUES EVE - Running July 10th - Aug 14 from 6pm - 9 pm "Portrait & Anything Goes" Open Studio. Live musicians play mellow tunes and sing to inspire artists. Here you can paint, draw or sculpt a live still (clothed & costumed) model, or paint the moving musicians or you can bring in your own unfinished artwork to work on. Models are booked usually three weeks in a row to allow completion of a painting and pose for 20 minutes at a clip. The mood is relaxing, upbeat and artists are encouraged to mingle during breaktime. Beginners to pros all welcome. Fee: $15.00 per / $10.00 duCret students and alumni.

WED MORN - Running June 6 - July 25 from 9am - 12pm "Ceramics Open Studio". This Open Studio focuses on hand-building methods.  Spending time in the ceramics studio is just a fun and productive way to relax and be creative. As no formal instruction is offered in Open Studio, some prior experience is recommended. Fee: $ 30 per session.

WED EVE - Running June 20 - Aug 15th from 7pm - 9:30pm "Figure Open Studio". A live nude model poses for five minutes at a clip giving artists the opportunity to fast sketch the full human figure and work on developing skills with regards to all aspects of the human anatomy. Based on classical and legendary art history, the honor of working with a nude form allows a maturity of artristy to unfold. Set to mellow music, this environment is quieter in nature, yet ever inspiring and welcoming of all newcomers. (This Open Studio is drawing only.) Fee: $15.00 per / $10.00 duCret students and alumni.



Monday, August 22, 2011

Parthenon Entertainment Films at duCret

Recently, at Tuesday Evening's Open Studio, our model Elizabeth was filmed at work on the Fine Arts Floor by UK based Parthenon Entertainment, who has been doing a long running documentary on her life as a Comic Con model/artist. Set to be marketed at MIP in Cannes, France in the fall, the film crew shot the last footage of Elizabeth modeling on-the-job. Also filmed were duCret students, the NJ Acoustic in the Park musicians and Open Studio participants. It just goes to prove the old duCret cliche 'You NEVER KNOW WHO'S gonna be on the floor at any given time!"
Meanwhile back in TV LAND, more students were called in to audition for the next season's Cake Boss TV show, joining our cast of Ralph, Juan and Anthony. Ben Vogler, who went for the audition described to us that it was an 8 - 10 hour audition process! As we all know, Reality TV is in a whole world of it's own.

This coming Fall Semester there will be 3 Open Studios to which anyone can participate. Designed to enable local artists of all levels to have space to paint and draw, while in the company of others, this community endeavor is very popular all throughout the year, including through summer.
Monday Eves - 6 - 8pm - Takumi Ceramics & Pottery Wheel - Begins Sept 12
Tuesday Eves - 6:30 - 9pm - Portrait Open Studio - Resumes Septemper 6
Wednesday Eves - 7 - 9:30pm - Figure Drawing Open Studio  - Begins Setpember 21 /8 Week Series)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

duCret Open Studio Finds A Gift in Local Musician Brian Celardo

This Tuesday night's Portrait Open Studio, lately nick-named the 'Anything Goes' Open Studio for local painters and sketch artists, has been experimenting the past few months with 'NJ-Acoustic in the Park' Musicians. What began as a risky experiment has turned into a really kool new community endeavor that mixes models and artists on the floor with musicians. The artists paint and sketch a live posed model (or paint the moving musicians) to the mellow tunes of several acoustic guitarists, sax & bass players. The result of the blend is a really fun venture that not only inspires artists to their full capabilities, but also gives the local musicians a live audience, during practice time. The musicians can experiment on new songs and work out harmonies and the artists are bolstered by melodies while they work. There's alot of laughter & good humor on the floor and the mood is relaxed and mellow; a perfect soother to a hard days work. duCret instructor Paul Casale who moniters Tuesday night 'Portrait' Open Studio is a 20+ year veteran of the Open Studio experience; starting out in NYC decades ago. So it was a 'no brainer' when the idea of adding musicians to the mix was introduced. The experiment has been a hit from 'day one'. For several months now a mix of musicians has performed on the Fine Arts Floor every Tuesday evening.
Somewhere along the way, one of our Board members heard wind of 'the experiment' and suggested we give Brian Celardo, a local & solo musician with a gamut of original tunes a hollar. One can usually find Brian and his guitars hunkered down & grooving at the Fanwood Performance Art Series, for he has a performance gig there year-long. But curious as artists usually are, we called Brian and he obliged us one night a few weeks ago, with 3 hours of the most melodic originals we've heard in a long time. This guy's really, really talented. And the artists on the floor really love him. So he's back this Tuesday evening...with his guitars and all his talent. All one has to do to hear him is bring a pad, some pencils, or a paintbox, canvas and $15.00 to get on the floor by 6pm this Tuesday. Periodically, Brian will perform throughout the summer at duCret, on Tuesday evenings. If you're interested in knowning of his future scheduled appearances at duCret, just call in or email us your email address and we'll put you on the duCret events newsletter.
Brian's performing career began at small venues in and around Staten Island, NYC and NJ, playing solo and duo acoustic guitar gigs. These gigs provided him with the opportunity to develop as a bass player. During this time Brian was attending Wagner College and performed with many of the music major students in varying ensembles. Brian then auditioned and was awarded the rhythm guitar spot for NYC based rock/alternative band, "Tell". During his tenure as Tell's rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist he played many venues in NYC including The Cat Club, The Bitter End, CBGBs, The China Club, Don't Tell Mama, The Duplex and many more. Tell was signed to a local label before disbanding in the mid 90's. As the lead guitarist, co-writer and backing vocalist for the Patti Sheehan Band, Brian performed w/ Michael Walsh, Arnie Wise and Patti Sheehan at local NYC venues. later on, as a founding member of the two piece acoustic Folk/Blues duo "Angst For The Memory", Brian developed his acoustic blues, jazz and improvisational techniques working with the late, great Michael Higgins. The music of "Angst" was built around Acoustic/Electric/Fast Folk/Rhythm & Blues. All Original Compositions & Arrangements... with Mike Higgins Singer/Songwriter, Guitar; Brian Celardo, Backup Vocals/Arranger, Guitar. Today Brian continues making music and expanding his musical knowledge. He has multiple projects in the works including an original act in his hometown of Fanwood, NJ where he is the musical creator and arranger in partnership with a new lyricist. He is also the lead and rhythm guitarist for a working cover band Covr2Covr.

Tuesday's duCret 'Portrait Open Studio' runs all summer long, beginning at 6pm - 9pm. Musicians and artists share the floor with a live costumed model. Fee: $15.00 general/$10.00 duCret student & alumni.
Wednesday's 'Figure Open Studio' runs for another 7 weeks and starts at 7pm - 9:30pm. Sketch artists can work on the human anatomy in the presence of a live, nude model. Fee: $15.00 general/$10.00 duCret student & alumni.

Thursday's Takumi Open Studio is run by a Japan trained duCret faculty member. It runs from 6pm - 8pm. Fee: $20.00 (with one-time $50.00 clay & glazing fee). If you're a beginner, an intermediate or a total pro - there's no excuse to NOT TO DO ART anymore. Because it's all here....waiting for you! All you have to do is show up!

Summer Nights - A Bevy of Creative Souls at duCret!

Model Ossiana Holds Meditative Pose For Painters
While most people fight their way thru summer induced traffic to a mobbed Jersey shore in attempt to recuperate from a slumped economy, artists and musicians at duCret have found a less crowded haven in Open Studio's every Tues, Wed and Thursday evening....sans the long road trip. You see, artists have long ago figured out ways to connect with nature that doesn't include fighting mobs. Sure, everybody loves the shore, and that doesn mean that artists don't love the negative ions too! But they're also enriching themselves in nature too, via Plein Air painting at local ponds or nature trails, or they're listening to sweet music on the Open Studio floors as they peacefully paint and sketch in a creative atmostphere of other artists - who've all discovered that relaxation can also come by giving permission back to one's self - to actually BE creative.

Model Katie Poses on 6/21, 6/28 & 7/5

When an individual's dream has been squashed out by cutbacks, job losses and closed art enrichment programs, finding duCret is like finding the lost pieces of the soul again! Rebirthing at duCret is actually occurring, one day at a time. And the regenerative spirit-energy people are culling back to themselves via one night of creativity, helps to make the weekday grind of survival, just alittle bit more bearable too. After all - where else can one go to find inner peace, constructive progress and the rebuilding of lost dreams all for $15.00 a night? The duCret Open Studio Commmunity Program currently has running every Tues, Wed and Thursday evening, a variety of Open Studio's, and each one is so different in nature, that there is literally something for everyone, including children and teens. Whole families are finding a new way to stay cohesive and supportive of one another in Open Studio. Musicians are connecting with artists. Kindred spirits are finding one another. Families are re-uniting thru a love of art. After all...artistic genes do tend to run down the DNA lines and it's actually quite fun to find daughters encouraging their Mom's to start painting again!
Models, Artists & Musicians
A Perfect Mix!

If you're seeking to restart a lost dream, restore a frazzled mind, reconnect a splintered family or just want to feel the insiration of others, duCret IS everything a community should be. It's extremely affordable, there's ZERO emotional baggage because that's all left at the door when people come in. Inside one finds peace, laughter, happiness and a slice of Heaven on Earth. And not surprisingly, careers are jump started, art collections are in progress and opportunities are an endless commodity. All one has to do at Open Studio....is grab their old painbox, a sketch pad, some spare change and SHOW UP!

TUES EVE: 6pm - 9 pm "Portrait & Anything Goes" Open Studio. Live musicians play mellow tunes and sing to inspire artists. Here you can paint, draw or sculpt a live still (clothed & costumed) model, or paint the moving musicians or you can bring in your own unfinished artwork to work on. Models are booked usually three weeks in a row to allow completion of a painting and pose for 20 minutes at a clip. The mood is relaxing, upbeat and artists are encouraged to mingle during breaktime. Beginners to pros all welcome. Fee: $15.00 per / $10.00 duCret students and alumni.

WED EVE - 7pm - 9:30pm "Figure Open Studio". A live nude model poses for five minutes at a clip giving artists the opportunity to fast sketch the full human figure and work on developing skills with regards to all aspects of the human anatomy. Based on classical and legendary art history, the honor of working with a nude form allows a maturity of artristy to unfold. Set to mellow music, this environment is quieter in nature, yet ever inspiring and welcoming of all newcomers. (This Open Studio is drawing only.) Fee: $15.00 per / $10.00 duCret students and alumni.

THURS EVE - 6pm - 8pm "Takumi & Pottery Wheel Open Studio". Remember the movie 'Ghost' with Demi M. and Patrick S? Always wanted to try the pottery wheel? It's SO much fun! Put your hands in clay dug straight up from Mother Earth, and learn how to shape her into something beautiful on the wheel. Enhance your experience with the flavor of Japan's ceramic history shared by our moderator, Simon, a Japan trained ceramics artist. Glaze and fire Mother's clay into editable pottery or plates. That's right - you could even make a dog bowl for your pets to drink from! Fee: $20.00 per w/($50.00 one-time clay/materials fee).

And while you're here this summer, pick up a Summer Art Workshop Catalog too. Or peruse through part of our Summer Catalog on the blog post just before this one. For starting in July there are over 35 very affordable Summer Art Workshops to choose from, that could ultimately one day, enable you to make that 'dream' career shift you always dreamed of!