Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Summer Camps to Explore Fun Forms, Nature Art and More

If you haven't enrolled your kids in one of our summer camps, don't think they've missed out on all the fun! We have several more weeks of terrific camps remaining including Theater Camp: Where the Sidewalk Ends, LEGO® Robotics, Pinhole Photography and Egyptian Art.

We offer an enriching classroom experience thanks to our faculty of professional artists and teachers. Our camps are fun, week-long immersions into a theme, medium or skill. Most camps are half-day so students can enjoy different activities throughout the day and from week to week.

A few popular second-half offerings can be found below, but go here to see the entire list:

  • 2D/3D Art Studio (starts July 31, 1 p.m.): A mixed-media class that's perfect for any young artist who likes to experiment with different materials. Use your imagination and have fun with drawing, painting and sculpting. For ages 5 to 7. Register
  • Nature Art (starts Aug. 7, 9 a.m.): Explore art in nature and nature in art! Have fun learning about the lives of plants, flowers, and insects by making collages, prints, paintings and sculptures. Ages 4 to 6. Register
  • Fun Forms (starts Aug. 7, 9 a.m.): Your kids will create fun forms as they explore the basic concepts of three-dimensional art. Projects in sculpture and weaving cover essential lessons in form, texture, positive & negative space, proportion and balance. Ages 11 to 15. Register
  • Old Masters/New Era (starts Aug. 14, 9 a.m.): Drawing, painting and art history merge in this fun camp that teaches the Old Masters while kids create their own works of art using traditional wet and dry media including pencil, charcoal, pastels, watercolor and acrylic paint. Ages 10 to 15. Register

HAM Offers Watercolor Class for Adults

Beginner/Intermediate Watercolor with Lena Shiffman is a fun and relaxed class designed for students of all levels. Students work at their own pace while receiving individual instruction as they learn basic and advanced techniques using washes, controlled edges, glazing, expressive brush strokes and corrections.
Class includes working from still lifes and, if the weather cooperates, outside on the Museum's Toshiko Takaezu Terrace overlooking the waterfall and the historic Red Mill. This class runs for four consecutive Mondays starting Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. for adults and teens, ages 16 and up.

Meet the Stone Mill's Last Owner

Joseph Kreidel

The Hunterdon Art Museum is housed in an old stone mill that dates back to the 1830s. (There was an earlier mill on the property that was built in 1763, but that was destroyed in a fire.)

The mill had several owners throughout its history, but it was Joseph Kreidel who sold it to a group of visionaries, led by James Marsh, who sought to convert the building into an art center.

Kreidel was born in Germany and came to the U.S. when he was 19. He was a miller all his life, working in New York and Washington, NJ before coming to Clinton. He bought the mill in 1929 and owned it until 1953, when he turned 87. Activity at the mill had slowed in the years leading up to the sale, and Kreidel was grinding only feed and an occasional batch of cornmeal between the two millstones on the second floor of the building. Equipment for grinding flour had sat idle for many years.

After selling the building for $10,000, Kreidel was named an honorary member of the art center and its caretaker; and he was offered an apartment on the second floor of the building. He lived in the art center for about a year before moving; his apartment being converted into a members room and art library.

Kreidel passed away in Aug. 1959 at the age of 93 and was buried in Washington Cemetery in Warren County.