About

OPPORTUNITIES

There are lots of ways to get involved at the Art School - we hope you will join us!

Join our faculty

To be considered for teaching opportunities, please assemble a packet containing:

    A letter of interest (cover letter)
    A copy of your resume
    An artist statement
    Images of your work (please provide your website address or 6-10 jpeg images on CD)
    Optional: a self-addressed, stamped envelope (if you would like your slides or CD returned)

and mail it to:
Maria Danziger, Executive Director
The Art School at Old Church
561 Piermont Road
Demarest, NJ 07627

Submit your work

Exhibitions are mainly curated by invitation. However, unsolicited materials are reviewed periodically. The gallery does not review email attachments or portfolios in the presence of the artist. Please follow the submission guidelines provided here.

Call for entries

The Art of Healing is a new collaboration between the Art School and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. Work will be displayed in sites throughout the hospital, providing exposure for local artists and enhancing the healing environment of the hospital. For dates and submission guidelines please click here.

The NJ Small Works Show is presented each year in the Mikhail Zakin Gallery. All artists with a past or present connection to New Jersey are invited to submit their work. This juried group exhibition features 2-D and 3-D works that are 18" or under in any dimension.

Please click here to view the most recent prospectus. To receive the next prospectus in the mail, please call us at 201-767-7160 and ask to be added to the Small Works list.

Work Exchange Program

Work opportunities are available in exchange for art classes. Please contact our Executive Director Maria Danziger at 201-767-7160 or email maria@tasoc.org for more information.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for individuals who are in need of financial assistance. Please ask at the front desk for more information. Important note: Scholarships are not guaranteed, as they are dependent on available funds and the number of requests we receive. Applications must be received at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester to be considered.

Volunteering

We love our volunteers! Volunteers are an integral part of the community at the Art School, and we are always happy to have their assistance. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the year for people of all abilities. We can use your help at our famed Annual Pottery Show and Sale, at our thrift shop in Westwood, NJ, and with our children's classes and special projects. Art experience is not necessary, so please consider donating some of your time and energy! For more information, please contact our Executive Director Maria Danziger at 201-767-7160 or maria@tasoc.org.

Internships

Occasionally, internship opportunities for high school or college students are available for community service credit. Please contact Executive Director Maria Danziger at 201-767-7160 or maria@tasoc.org for more information.

The Art School at Old Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships or employment practices.

Facilities

The Art School at Old Church maintains four studios with professional equipment. Our studios have excellent lighting and are well ventilated and climate controlled. One of the studios is a dedicated ceramics studio.

The following is a list of major equipment and tools that are supplied by the school:

Painting & Sculpture:
Easels
Tabourets
Tables
Sculpture stands
Well-stocked prop closet

Jewelry:
Soldering equipment
Two rolling mills (sheet and square wire)
Polishing motor
Flexible shaft motors
Sandblaster
Hydraulic press
Hand tools (hammers, pliers, files, saw frames, dapping dies)

A small selection of findings, solder and tools is available for sale through the school.

Flameworking:
Ten flameworking torch stations
Chili pepper kiln
Molds
Varied supply of Moretti (Effetre) glass
Spectacles
Hand tools (shaping tools, glass cutting scissors, mashers, tweezers, graphite paddles)

Printmaking:
Charles Brand etching press with 26" x 60" bed
Large and small rollers for relief printing
Ultraviolet light box for creating solar plates
Well-stocked supply of inks for intaglio and relief printing
Two Paula Roland hotboxes

Ceramics:
Eight electric wheels
Seven kick wheels
Four electric kilns
Three gas-fired kilns
Geil shuttle kiln (54 cubic ft.)
Brick kiln (24 cubic ft.)
Raku kiln
Ventilated glazing spray booth
Slab roller
Bailey wall-mounted clay extruder

The Art School at Old Church's facilities are wheelchair accessible on the main floor (which houses three of our four studios), our restrooms, and both the Mikhail Zakin and Café art galleries.

Faculty

Experienced, professional artists teach all of our classes. The faculty has a common goal in teaching their craft: to teach the breadth of possibilities within their field. All classes encourage each student to find his/her own creative voice in a supportive environment.

Many of our faculty members are highly accomplished and have exhibited nationally, been published in books and magazines, and won numerous awards. The majority of the instructors have Master's degrees, and all have prior teaching experience. Each faculty member teaches in his or her field of expertise in the following disciplines:

    Ceramics
    Collage
    Cultural offerings
    Drawing
    Glass
    Fiber arts
    Jewelry
    Mixed media
    Painting (acrylic, oil & watercolor)
    Photography
    Printmaking
    Sculpture
    Yoga

Individual faculty biographies are listed in our course catalog. To view the catalog online, please click here.

Staff

Maria Danziger, Executive Director - maria@tasoc.org
Emma Abad, Gallery and Office Assistant - emma@tasoc.org
Mary Gagler, Exhibitions Director - mgagler@tasoc.org
Eileen MacIntosh, Administrative Assistant & ADA Coordinator - eileen@tasoc.org
Melissa Pazcoguin, Administrative Director & New Media Coordinator - melissa@tasoc.org
Amy Dudash Robinson, Assistant Executive Director - amydrob@tasoc.org
Peter Schmidt, Operations Director - peter@tasoc.org
David Shirey, Administrative Assistant - david@tasoc.org
Vivien Woodford, Thrift Shop Manager - ourthriftshop@tasoc.org



Board of Directors

Edward Whittemore, President
Vivien Woodford, Vice President
Grant Hobson, Treasurer
Marilyn Katz, Secretary
Maureen Lostumbo, Chair

Edward Ciccoricco
Amy Heller
Itsuko Ishiguro
Maureen Malovany
Carrie Ortiz
Nicole Romano
Judy Schaefer
Anne Connors Winner

From The Director

Welcome to the website of the Art School at Old Church. For the past forty years, the Art School has enriched the lives of at least three generations through our educational and cultural offerings, as well as through our gallery exhibitions. We are delighted to see new faces among many familiar ones each semester. Recently, with a grant from the New Jersey Cultural Trust, we have updated (and upgraded) our website. Whether you are well acquainted with the school or visiting our website for the first time, we invite you to explore the site: read about upcoming events, view a course or workshop, or just learn more about what we offer.

Our website is an extension of our wonderful community. Join us at the Art School - find yourself and celebrate the creative spirit through expression in the arts.

Directions

1. From the Garden State Parkway or NJ Turnpike: Take Route 80 East (local lanes) to Palisades Parkway North to Exit 2 towards ALPINE/CLOSTER/RT 9W. Take a slight right onto Henry Hudson Drive. Remain on Henry Hudson Drive by turning right again. (Continue from 4 below)

2. From George Washington Bridge: Take Palisades Parkway North to Exit 2 towards ALPINE/CLOSTER/RT 9W. (Continue from 4 below)

3. From NY State Thruway: Take Palisades Parkway South to Exit 2. (Continue from 4 below)

4. Follow the Exit 2 ramp to Route 9W. Turn left onto 9W approximately 1/2 mile. Turn right at the traffic light onto Closter Dock Road, go 1.4 miles (through 1 blinking light, 2 traffic lights) to the traffic light at the bottom of the hill (you'll see an Exxon station on the corner). Turn left onto Piermont Road. The Art School is approximately 1/2 mile down the road on the right side (the white building just after the Demarest Baptist Church).

Contact Us

561 Piermont Road
Demarest, NJ 07627

tel: 201-767-7160
fax: 201-767-0497


Staff
Maria Danziger, Executive Director - maria@tasoc.org
Emma Abad, Gallery and Office Assistant - emma@tasoc.org
Mary Gagler, Exhibitions Director - mgagler@tasoc.org
Eileen MacIntosh, Administrative Assistant & ADA Coordinator - eileen@tasoc.org
Melissa Pazcoguin, Administrative Director & New Media Coordinator - melissa@tasoc.org
Amy Dudash Robinson, Assistant Executive Director - amydrob@tasoc.org
Peter Schmidt, Operations Director - peter@tasoc.org
David Shirey, Administrative Assistant - david@tasoc.org
Vivien Woodford, Thrift Shop Manager - ourthriftshop@tasoc.org

ABOUT US

The Art School at Old Church is an art school and fine art gallery in Bergen County, NJ (North Jersey) offering fine art and craft classes for adults, teens, children and families, as well as workshops, art exhibits, outreach programs & much much more! Check out our thrift shop in nearby Westwood, NJ - proceeds from the shop help to support the school.


Our History

The Art School at Old Church was established in 1974 as a non-profit, nonsectarian cultural resource center. A band of artists and friends seeking to start a community art school saw promise in a local 19th-century church building. Through their hard work and dedication, the group transformed the old church into a center for artistic learning and enrichment. Today, the Art School continues to offer educational and cultural experiences that enrich the quality of life in the local and regional community.

Our Mission

The mission of the Art School at Old Church is to improve the quality of life in the community and region through educational and cultural offerings.

The Art School at Old Church does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, disability or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships or employment practices.

The Art School at Old Church is a non-profit, non-sectarian 501(c)(3) organization.