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PORTRAIT DRAWING AND PAINTING  *NEW

Instructor Charles David Viera (www.charlesdavidviera.com)

 

 

Six Wednesdays, January 13 – February 17, 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM, Arboretum, adults, $120 (materials not included, plus one time $20 model fee.)

 

The subtleties of contour, value, and color of the human figure have been learning tools and a challenge for artists over the centuries.  In this class, students of all levels will receive basic academic instruction as well as more expressionistic options in dealing with the art of portraiture.  Guided by the instructor, students will explore a variety of portrait and figure painting techniques, including creating a likeness, the use of color in representing flesh tones, and understanding elements of anatomy.  Students can work with their favorite medium from figure casts, as well as a variety of portrait models (no nude models). Students should bring drawing materials (pad, pencils, charcoal, eraser) to the first class. The instructor will discuss various color material options for the remaining class dates.  An approximate $20 model fee will be collected at the first session

 

 

Registration for these programs is required and is first come – first served.

 For a registration form download one from our website at  http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

 

For more information call the Parks Division at (908) 782-1158.

 

 

 

ART TOGETHER! Ages 2-3

Artist & certified Art Educator, Sarah Ruppert

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Arboretum, ages 2- 4

accompanied by an adult, $120 includes materials; adults attend for free

 

Session B: Six Mon., Feb.1 – Mar. 14 (no class 2/15)

ART TOGETHER is a process based art class for adult and child teams. Artist and certified art educator, Sarah Ruppert offers a flexible, nurturing, and fun sensory

focused class encouraging the simple joy of creating. Students will explore materials more than create product. The class is very fluid with students moving to various stations exploring many art mediums including painting, sculpture, print making, and drawing. Parents will be close at hand encouraging independent discovery. Discussions on creativity and age appropriate art exploration will be encouraged through weekly projects. Parents will also be able to easily replicate processes at home. Projects in Session A and B will be different. All materials are included in the cost. Please wear clothes that can get dirty/smock shirts will be available for students. Snacks are welcome.

 

KIDZ ART for HOME SCHOOLED

 Instructor, Book Illustrator, Lena Shiffman (www.lenashiffman.com)

 

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (please note time change),

Arboretum, ages 8 – 15, $92 (includes materials)

Session C: Six Wed., Jan. 13 – Feb. 17

 

Learn the principles of drawing and painting while

studying artists of the past.  In this class, geared for the home schooled student, we will explore paintings from famous artists, such as Monet, Van Gough, Picasso, and many more.  Students will study and discuss other artist’s style, use of color, and light, and then apply it to their own work.  Students will work using a variety of mediums such as charcoal, pastel, acrylic and watercolor, while painting from a variety of still life or photographs.  We will enjoy plein air painting when weather permits

 

 

YOUNG ARTIST’S DRAWING & PAINTING

Instructor, Book Illustrator, Lena Shiffman (www.lenashiffman.com)

 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Arboretum, ages 6 – 10, $82 (includes materials)

Session C: Six Sat., Jan. 9 – Feb.13

 

Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Students will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints using a variety of still-life subjects.  These classes are designed to increase the students understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials. Instructor works well with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing. Instructor Lena Shiffman (www.lenashiffman.com)

 

ARTISTS IN TRAINING DRAWING & PAINTING

Instructor, Book Illustrator, Lena Shiffman (www.lenashiffman.com)

Session C: Six Sat., Jan. 9 – Feb.13

10:15 AM to 11:45 AM, Arboretum, ages 11 – 15, $92 (includes materials)

 

Blooming young artists can learn the principles of painting and drawing.  Students will work using pencil, charcoal, and paints using a variety of still-life subjects.  These classes are designed to increase the students understanding of color, composition, and the proper use of materials. Instructor works well with beginners to very advanced students.  Remember to dress in old clothing.

 

 

THURSDAY EVENING ART STUDIO

Instructor, Book Illustrator, Lena Shiffman (www.lenashiffman.com)

 

Five Thursdays 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 15 & up, $100

(materials not included)

Session C: Dec.3 – Jan.14 (no class 12/24, 12/31)

Session D: Jan.28 – Feb. 25

 

Don’t think you can draw or paint, but you would like to give it a try?  “Everyone has talent, they just don’t know it!” says art instructor and illustrator Lena Shiffman.  Using a variety of subject matter, including still life subjects, or photographs, she will work with students to improve their drawing and painting skills.  Students may work in charcoal, pastels, oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints.  Students supply their own materials.  Beginners, please bring charcoal sticks & charcoal pencils, an eraser, & a newsprint pad to the first class.  Material list will be supplied at the first class. Enjoy an evening of fun in a relaxed atmosphere; you will be amazed at what you can accomplish!  All ability levels welcome! 

 

 

Registration for these programs is required and is first come – first served.

For a registration form download one from our website at  http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

For more information call the Parks Division at (908) 782-1158.

 

 

 

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Instructor; Recreation Program Coordinator, Liz Braidwood Fulmer

 

 

 

EYEGLASS or CELLPHONE HOLDER BASKET

Friday, November 20, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Arboretum

$23 (includes materials)

Make a small rectangular basket neckless that can be used to carry a pair of glasses or a cellphone.  We will design the basket size to your needs.  SKILL LEVEL: Moderate, small project with very tight weave.

 

CHRISTMAS BELL DECORATION

Wednesday, December 9, 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM,

Arboretum, $17 (includes materials)

Weave a Christmas bell or two and hang them with a ribbon to make this sweet door or wall decoration. Workshop focus will be on weaving tension. SKILL LEVEL: Moderate to difficult.

 

 

Craft Workshops for Everyone!

Instructor; Recreation Program Coordinator, Liz Braidwood Fulmer

These workshops are designed for children ages 6 to 9 accompanied by an adult. 

Solo children 10 and up and adults are welcome. 

Adult/child teams to make one project, cost is per project.

 

PERSON PICTURE FRAME

Tuesday, December 1, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM,

Arboretum, $9

Is your Dad a fireman or sis a cheerleader?  Let’s dress-up a person-shaped picture frame to look like the character of your choice.  Using fun foam, felt, yarn, ribbons and more… let your creativity go wild. PLEASE BRING a photo that contains the face of the person/character that you want to create. The face in the photo needs to fit in a 1 ½” round opening.  Will make a great gift!

 

Registration is required and is first come – first served.

For a registration form download one from our website www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

For more information call the Parks Division at

(908) 782-1158.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              11/13/2015

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 Chief Park Naturalist, Tom Sheppard, and his colleagues focus on helping participants learn about birds and their interesting characteristics. Please pack a lunch, as stops are not guaranteed. Bring your binoculars or spotting scope, a limited number are available for loan. Trips are designed for adults of any birding ability, unless otherwise stated. Transportation is by County Park Van.

BARNEGAT LIGHT

Saturday, December 12, 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM, $25

Barnegat Light State Park is a great winter birding spot, with lots of sea ducks, gulls, and winter shorebirds.  Dress warmly; a rigorous two miles of walking on beaches and rock jetties is required.  We will try and pick up a few other species in the surrounding salt marshes before

heading back.

 

EAGLE WATCH

Saturday, January 16, 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM, $25

The Bald Eagle may be off the federal endangered species list, but it is still a grand bird to see!  This trip will go where the eagles are, most likely along the Upper Delaware in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and/or New York states.  Winter finches, waterfowl, Golden Eagle, and other species may also be seen.  About two miles of walking; dress in layers for extreme cold.

 

 

TUNDRA SWANS AND WINTERING DUCKS

Sunday, February 21, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, $25

Join us for a southern loop through Central NJ for Swans and Wintering Ducks.  We will first head to Whitesbog, the birthplace of the modern blueberry, as we look for Tundra Swans wintering amongst the cranberry bogs.  From there, we will come back north to the Trenton Marsh and walk the trails for wintering ducks.  The marsh has always hosted large rafts of ducks, including Shovelers, Teal, and other species.

 

Registration is required download a registration form from our website at http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/pdf/parks/forms/ProgramRegistrationForm.pdf

 

For more information call the Parks Division at (908) 782-1158.

 

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

WINTER  NATURE CLUB FOR KIDS

 

Our popular Nature Clubs will introduce your child to many exciting nature topics.  In this drop-off program, a Park Naturalist will guide the children during hikes as they discover the diverse field, forest, and pond habitats at Echo Hill Park.  Other hands-on activities include small experiments, field games, and craft projects.  The children will be able to observe the subtle changes from week to week as we progress through the season.  Through our explorations, children will also hone their attention to detail as we observe the colors, shapes, textures, and sounds of the natural world. Please be sure to dress your child for the outdoors so that the whole group will be able to enjoy our lessons fully.  We strongly recommend old clothes and sneakers/boots that can get dirty.  Nature Clubs meet rain or shine.  In inclement weather, we shorten our outdoor adventures to spend more time indoors. Class size is limited to ten children. Nature Club is led by Park Naturalist, Laura Kroon-Bush.

 

WINTER NATURE CLUB AT ECHO HILL

42 Lilac Drive, Flemington

 

 

Eight Tuesdays, January 12 to March 1,

$90 for all 8 lessons

 

Session A: 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Ages: 4 through kindergarten

 

Session B: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Ages: 4 through kindergarten

 

Session C: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Ages: 1st through 4th graders

 

 

Registration is required and is first come – first served.

Class size is limited to eight children. 

For a registration form download one from our website at http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

For more information call the Parks Division at (908) 782-1158.

 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                              11/13/2015

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

 

BIKE SAFETY PROGRAM

 

Tuesday, November 17,

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM,

Arboretum, ages 8 through adult (children must be

accompanied by an adult), $5 per person

 

This bike program will cover the NJ state bicycling laws, what you need to ride your bike, how to pick the right bike, and where to ride your bike.  There will be demos on how to check and fix your bike as well as how to size it.  If your child rides a bike then you should register for this program. Instructor Patrick Eckard.

 

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

 

Tuesday, December 8, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Arboretum, ages 12 through adult (children must be accompanied by an adult), $5 per person

 

This is a presentation of knowledge for First Aid & CPR emergency preparedness, not a certification.  We will go over what to do in an emergency including basic bandaging, bleeding, choking, as well as other medical emergencies.  This program also includes a CPR demo.  The program is taught by an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Instructor Patrick Eckard.

 

 

HOLIDAY PAPER/CARD MAKING

Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM,

Arboretum, ages 8 through adult $3 per person

 

Learn about the process of recycling as we make some recycled paper together!  We will add some evergreen needles for a fresh holiday feel!  Each participant will leave with a sample of handmade paper, perfect for a special holiday card or letter.

 

 

 

BUILD A KESTREL/SCREECH-OWL BOX

Thursday, January 14, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM,

Echo Hill Main Lodge, ages 8 through adult, $20 per box

 

American Kestrels are beautiful birds, but their population is in decline and they were recently added to the state’s Threatened Species List.  If you live near or on agricultural land or meadows, you can help them out by offering a home through a box.  If you live in a wooded area, fear not, the box can also be used by Eastern Screech-Owls.  During the program, we will learn about both birds and then assemble the boxes together.  Wood will be pre-cut and screws are provided.  Please bring your own Phillips screwdrivers.

Limit one box per family.

 

FRESH GREENS AT CHRISTMAS TIME

Tuesday, December 8, 5:00PM to 8:00PM , Echo Hill, adults, $35

 

Join Senior Gardener “Jaybird” Strauss for a merry evening of holiday creativity.  Bring Christmas inside with an evergreen wreath, swag, or a boxwood topiary.  It will be an enjoyable evening to share with friends and family.  All basic material for the decorations will be provided.  Feel free to bring your own accessories as well. Pre-registration required.

 

WINTER TRACKING

Saturday, January 30, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM,

Echo Hill playground, all ages, $3 per person

 

A recent snowfall is the best time to look for animal tracks.  Although much of our wildlife is nocturnal and we do not always see it, we can see what animals are around us by the clues they leave behind.  Join Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush, for a tracking hike around Echo Hill Park.  Please dress for the weather.  If there is no snow, we will look for tracks in the mud, as well as other signs of wildlife.

 

 

MAPLE TREE TAPPING

Saturday, January 30, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM,

Echo Hill playground, ages 5 through adult, $3 per person

 

Have you come to our Maple Sugaring program in March and wondered how exactly we tap the trees, or where the Echo Hill sugar bush is?  Well, here’s your chance to find out!  We will meet at the playground and walk to the sugar bush. Then, Park Naturalist Laura Kroon Bush will demonstrate how to tap a maple tree and participants will tap about 30 trees!

 

MAPLE SAP COLLECTION

Saturday, February 27, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM,

Echo Hill playground, ages 5 through adult, $3 per person

 

Collecting the sap is a crucial step of the maple sugaring process!  Many methods are used on commercial farms, but the basic idea is the same—moving the sap from the maple trees to the stove.  Come participate in the process at Echo Hill!  We will meet at the playground and then walk to the sugar bush (five to ten minutes).  This program will also be available to groups during weekdays in February or early March—please call us to schedule a group.

 

 

Registration is required and is first come – first served.

Download a registration form from our website at http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/pdf/parks/forms/ProgramRegistrationForm.pdf

For more information call the Parks Division at (908) 782-1158.

 

 

CONTACT: mconroy@co.hunterdon.nj.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NEW YORK CITY HOLIDAY BUS TRIP

Sunday, December 6, 8:30AM to 8:00PM,

leaves from Deer Path Park, all ages

(must bring own car seat, you may leave seat on bus/

children must be accompanied by an adult), $35 per person

 

Join us for this coach bus trip into the winter wonderland of Rockefeller Center.  Here the Christmas spirit lasts all season, as the smell of hot chocolate and pine wafts through the air. Choose from either heading to the famous ice rink at Rockefeller Center, or going down to Central Park and taking a carriage ride with family, friends, or that special someone.  You may choose to spend the day shopping, or seeing the show of your choice.  The bus departs from Deer Path Park (120 West Woodschurch Road, Flemington) at 8:30 AM, and from there will head straight into New York City and arrive in the surrounding area of Radio City Music Hall.  We provide the transportation and you design your schedule from endless New York City winter activities!  Led by Recreation Leader, Patrick Eckard.

 

PHILLY AUTO SHOW
Saturday, January 30, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM,

Deer Path Park, ages 8 through adult

(children must be accompanied by an adult), $50 per person

 

Experience the thrill of the Philly Auto Show. The 650,000 square-foot display floor of the Auto Show features more than 700 concept, classic, luxury, and exotic cars on display. Adults can discover dream cars or find their next car while children soak up the atmosphere or test drive mini Jeeps, provided they are over the age of 3 and under 130 pounds. The price of one ticket will guarantee you a day of excitement and allow you to explore the cutting edge of the automobile industry during a hassle-free trip. Come with the group to save money on parking while you relax into the luxurious transportation of a Coach bus which eliminates the stress of normal travel.

 

 

MEDIEVAL TIMES DINNER & TOURNAMENT

Saturday, February 20, 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM,

leaves from Arboretum, ages 12 through adult

(children must be accompanied by an adult), $50 per person

 

Come meet King Don Carlos and the royal family while we travel back to the Middle Ages for an unforgettable experience.  Enjoy dinner while marveling at the Knights fighting, live jousting, and awe-inspiring horsemanship and falconry.  His Majesty’s feast includes a four-course meal with oven roasted chicken, garlic bread, tomato bisque soup, herb-roasted potatoes, and sweet buttered corn, alongside a pastry and non-alcoholic beverages.  Vegetarian meals are available upon request (if desired, please request when you sign up for the trip).  If you have any questions or you would like more information please contact Patrick Eckard, Recreation Leader at peckard@co.hunterdon.nj.us.

 

Registration is required and is first come – first served.

Download a registration form from our website www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

For more info call the Parks at (908) 782-1158.

 

 

THERE USED TO BE A RAILROAD

 

Friday, January 15, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Arboretum , for teens and adults , $3 per person

New Jersey and railroads go way back, all the way to 1815 when the state granted John Stevens of Hoboken the first railroad charter in the U.S.  Although Stevens’s New Jersey Railroad was never constructed, the Camden & Amboy Railroad, under the direction of Stevens’s sons, began service between South Amboy and Bordentown in 1833, the first of many railroads to lay track across the Garden State.  In There Used to be a Railroad, Mike McCann reaches into his twenty years’ experience researching the Department of Environmental Protection’s aerial photo library to provide a glimpse of a New Jersey long gone—one in which you could get practically anywhere by rail.

 

NEW JERSEY FROM ABOVE

 

Friday, February 19, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM , Arboretum , for teens and adults, $3 per person

In 1930 New Jersey was a garden state.  Aerial photography from that time depicts a grayscale checkerboard of farm fields, orchards, forests, and small towns.  How it has changed!  The state’s once expansive network of railroads disappeared and has been replaced with county routes, state highways, and interstates.  Single lane steel truss or stone bridges have been replaced with concrete highway spans.  Farms, old well houses, limestone kilns, and forests are now houses, malls, and asphalt.  Explore the history of not-that-long-ago with Mike McCann, whose twenty years researching the state’s aerial photo library for the Department of Environmental Protection bring to life lost industries, amusement parks, canals, and bridges, with a liberal dose of Jerseyana.

 

HUNTERDON FROM ABOVE

 

Friday, March 18, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, Arboretum, for teens and adults, $3 per person

This presentation highlights the changing landscape of Hunterdon County from 1930 to the present using comparative interpretation of images from the aerial photograph library of New Jersey’s

Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).  Retired from the NJDEP’S Green Acres Program, presenter Mike McCann’s job was researching the history of land being considered for purchase by the state.  He spent numerous hours examining aerial photography under a microscope, researching records and maps, and interviewing long-time residents.  Mike is eager to share his extensive knowledge.  The striking visuals and intriguing narration of the slideshow highlight the transition from the farm fields, orchards, forest, railroads, and small towns of rural Hunterdon to the present-day environment of houses, malls, and roadways.

 

Registration is required and is first come – first served.

Download a registration form from our website www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/ProgramRegistrationForms.html

For more info call the Parks at (908) 782-1158.

 

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