Saturday, February 25, 2012


WHERE:  The Montclair Art Museum, Bloomfield Ave., & Mountain Ave., Montclair

Monthly Family Programs

Park Bench
Second Wednesday of the Month
March 14, 9:30 – 11:30 AM
$6 per child, Adults $12 (FREE for adult Member)

Home School Days
Third Thursday (Ages 9 – 13) and Friday (Ages 4 – 8)
March 16 and 17, Noon – 2 PM
$6 per child, Adults $12 (FREE for adult Member)


Monthly Tours

Closer Look
First Friday of the Month
Coincides with MAM's FREE First Fridays
March 2, 2 PM
Look Now: Modern and Contemporary Art from Private Collections



Create Your Own Website Using Free Online Tools
Sunday, March 4, Noon – 4 PM
$85 Members, $105 Nonmembers
Liron Sissman, M.B.A.
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In this four-hour hands-on workshop, participants will create and publish their own website using free online tools. Participants will be guided through the use of free online templates, and a free web-hosting service, to create a professional looking website. There is no need to preregister your domain name. However, if you already own a domain name this workshop will guide you through the application of templates to design and upload your site to your domain name and to easily maintain your site. Please bring jpeg images of your work (preferably at 72dpi) along with files containing your résumé, biography, and artist statement.


It’s Your Turn! Introduction to Wheel Throwing
Two dates offered: Sunday, March 4 or Sunday, March 11, 10 AM – Noon
$50 Members, $75 Nonmembers
Evan Wagman
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These one-day workshops are ideal for a beginner who wants to learn or experiment with throwing pottery on the wheel. Through ample individual attention from the instructor, and as well as demos and discussion, students will learn the steps and techniques of wheel throwing, including centering clay, throwing bowl and vase forms, and trimming. Students will select glazes and return to pick up the fired pots two weeks from the workshop date.


MAM and the Adult School of Montclair

George Inness After Hours Tour
Professor Adrienne Baxter Bell, Marymount Manhattan College
Thursday, March 8, 7 – 8:30 PM
Call 973.746.6636 to register through the Adult School of Montclair. Enroll EARLY! Limited to 25 participants
$18 MAM Members, $20 Nonmembers

Join Dr. Adrienne Baxter Bell for a special after-hours tour of MAM's current exhibition, George Inness: Private Treasures, which brings together ten Inness works from private collections in the Montclair area. Often called the “Father of American Landscape Painting,” Inness and his work are central to American art history, as well as a part of Montclair’s history. Inness spent the last nine years of his life in Montclair, from 1885 onward, and the town was frequently the subject of his art. Adrienne Baxter Bell authored George Inness and the Visionary Landscape and George Inness: Writings and Reflections on Art and Philosophy.

Image: George Inness, Breaking through the Clouds, ca. 1883-1894, oil on canvas. Montclair Historical Society.


Sculpy Animals (Ages 6 – 12)
Saturday, March 10, 2 – 4 PM
$50 Members, $75 Nonmembers
Donald Theiberger
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Create animals and creatures using colorful Sculpy clay! Bunnies in the bathtub, sharks biting scuba divers, giant squids wrestling ships, penguins surfing or watching TV … the possibilities are endless!

Come Build Montclair in Lego ™
Sunday, March 11
Two sessions: 2 – 4 PM or 5 – 7 PM
$35 per family
Advance registration required. Must register in-person at The Store at MAM, Tuesday – Sunday, 9 AM – 5 PM

Work with architect Stephen W. Schwartz of Building Blocks Workshops to visualize your community as you’ve never seen it before. With over 60,000 LEGO™ building blocks at their disposal, families will be given a photograph of a specific building in Montclair to recreate. These building models will then be placed on a 30 x 20 foot map of downtown Montclair. Suitable for families with children ages 5 – 14. Maximum four persons per group, with at least one adult per group. Space is limited to 50 families for the two-hour event, and a parent or adult must accompany children.


Painting the Pastel Figure
Sunday, March 11, 10 AM – 4 PM
$90 Members, $110 Nonmembers
Alex Piccirillo
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Working with master pastelist and longtime instructor Alex Piccirillo, students will explore rich and beautiful techniques of drawing and painting the figure. In these full-day workshops, students will work from a series of long and short poses, as well as a variety of poses in genre scenes that will challenge and inspire. Students may use pastels, acrylics or oils, or drawing media of choice. Intermediate level and above. Please visit for a list of suggested supplies.


Exploring the Painting Techniques of George Inness
Sunday, March 18 & Sunday, March 25, 10 AM – 1 PM
$90 Members, $110 Nonmembers
Gary Godbee
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George Inness was probably the most poetic and important American landscape painter of the 19th century. Bridging the sensibilities of the Hudson River School with the innovations of the Barbizon School painters in France, Inness forged a personal, forward-looking art that stands alone in the history of American painting. This workshop will explore the oil techniques Inness employed in his mature works. Students will complete a monochrome underpainting on the first day using the indirect painting method perfected by Inness, followed by the completion of the painting the next week in full color using traditional glazing and scumbling techniques. We will visit George Inness: Private Treasures on view at MAM for further inspiration. Please visit for a list of suggested supplies.

Image: George Inness, Silence Before the Storm, 1887, oil on canvas. Collection of Thomas and Karen Buckley.



Digital Painting in Photoshop
Sunday, March 18 and Sunday, March 25, 1 – 4 PM
$90 Members, $110 Nonmembers
Lawrence Mascia
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Learn how to think outside of the box from a master digital illustrator and create stunning art with Photoshop. This course is for amateur and professional digital artists who want to learn how to get professional results from the paint features of Photoshop CS5 used with Wacom Bamboo Tablets. You will learn a variety of digital illustration techniques. Topics include painting from still life and live models, custom brush making, creating shadows and highlights, and much more!

Madeline at MAM

John Bemelmans Marciano
Saturday, March 24, 2 PM
$10 Members, $15 Nonmembers
FREE for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult

Following in his grandfather, Ludwig Bemelmans footsteps, John Bemelmans Marciano continues the story of Madeline,one of the most beloved storybook characters. He has written and illustrated several of his own endearing picture books including Madeline at the Whitehouse, Madeline Says Merci, and Madeline and the Cats of Rome. His clever and humorous, rhyming text gives kids, young and old alike basic lessons in kindness and consideration. His familiar and charming illustrations add to the fun. Learn about this fascinating family legacy and how John continues the tradition with everyone’s favorite character - Madeline. A Q&A and book signing will follow the reading.


MAM/MSU Art Talks

Holland Cotter
Thursday, March 29, 7 PM

$10 Members, $15 Nonmembers
FREE for MSU staff and students

Please join The Montclair Art Museum in welcoming Holland Cotter, chief art critic at the New York Times. Earlier in his career, he was a contributing editor at Art in America and an editorial associate at ArtNews; before that he coedited New York Arts Journal. In 2010, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Art Writing from the College Art Association. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2009. In its citation, the Pulitzer committee said it was honoring Cotter for “His wide ranging reviews of art, from Manhattan to China, marked by acute observation, luminous writing and dramatic storytelling.”

Please arrive early. The galleries will have extended hours from 5 to 7 PM. Tickets to the lecture include admission to the Museum on the day of the program.

This series is a collaboration between the Master of Fine Arts degree program of Montclair State University and the Montclair Art Museum.



The Brandee Younger Quartet
Saturday, March 31, 12:30 PM

Discover America’s musical art form at the WBGO Kids Jazz Concert series. Guest artists will play and a discussion will take place about jazz with rhythms. This interactive, hour long concert gives kids the opportunity to learn about the distinct qualities of jazz and why it’s a reflection of our community, our nation, and our world. This year MAM welcomes The Brandee Younger Quartet. A Q&A session with the artists will follow the concert. Adults must be accompanied by a young person.