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Register for Plainfield's duCret School of Art Winter Session

Interior Decorating Program
Teens Program
Kids Program

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Registration for the Winter Session at the duCret School of Art in Plainfield is open. 

Starting Saturday, Feb. 18th, an 8-week or 16-week program for teens in Advanced Techniques will begin.

(12 - 15 YRS) 9:30 am - 11:30 am.  Teens gain better understandings of the visual arts field under a wide variety of mediums, from drawing and painting, to photography and video to SFX costume design for film & TV. Emphasis is on developing skills advanced techniques and exploring career opportunities by experiencing an artist's life in a live studio environment. Career driven skills taught by working professionals.  Learn More & Register.

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A program for children 8-11 years old also starts on Feb. 18th.  An 8-week or 16-week enrollment in Discovering New Media is available.

(8 - 11 YRS) 9:30 am - 11:30 am. Kids are introduced to areas of new media including: pencil types & shading techniques, basic shapes to human figure, nature objects, cartoon figures, pen and ink, marker and water color, mixed media, acrylic painting, collage, clay (air dry and fired), the color wheel, brush types and brush strokes, and more.  Learn More & Register.

The Certificate adult program in Interior Decorating will begin on Saturday, Feb. 25th.

One of the greatest entryways into the Interior Decorating / Design Industry is to take a live-studio class series designed to introduce you into the Interior Design and Home Decor industry. This 12-Week Intensive [Certificate] puts you directly in front of working industry professionals, to start you on your way. This series is open to anyone (16 yrs+ with parental permission). 4 Seats Left. Sat mornings - 9:30 am  - 12:30 pm  Learn More & Register.

Additional programs this Winter at duCret School of Art include:

  • Wednesday Evening Figure Drawing - with Christine Myshka, Open Studio is from 7:00-9:30 pm.  Walk-ins are welcome (ages 16+ with parental permission).  Student and alumni prices are $10; general public tickets are $15.  Bring your own materials, and stop by!  Click here for more information.  Open Studio begins on Feb. 15th.
  • Travel Meet - This summer, travel with veteran duCret faculty member and travel guide Terry Scutro to Italy.  See Rome, Venice, Florence and more.  Meet Terry to learn more about the itinerary on Wednesday, Feb. 22ndClick here for more information.

The duCret School of Art is located on a quiet neighborhood street in a residential area on the outskirts of Plainfield. The building was originally a family home in the 1900's, and was converted into a boys school in the 1930's by the Wardlaw-Hartridge School.  In the late 1970's, duCret moved in, and now fully occupies the property. The building is a Historic landmark.

In addition to the main house, there is wing that sports a gymnasium-sized fine art floor, multiple classrooms, a photography lab, a jewelry design lab, a ceramics lab, a stained glass lab, a computer lab and an auditorium. 

Want a tour?  Call 908-757-7171, or visit

The duCret School of Art is located at 1030 Central Avenue in Plainfield, NJ.

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