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Founded in 1974 by visionary artists who saw promise in a 19th-centruy church building, The Art School at Old Church is a nonprofit, non-sectarian art and cultural center dedicated to inspiring individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. Located in Demarest, New Jersey, we offer day and evening courses, workshops, and events for adults, teens, children, and families.

The 4800-square-foot building houses four modern studios that are equipped for drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, glass beads, basketry, printmaking, digital photography, and collage. Classes are offered year-round over four semesters. Our summer camp, Blast of Art! for Kids, takes place in the 2nd and 3rd weeks of August.

We also maintain two renowned art galleries: Mikhail Zakin Gallery, named for our founder, and Café Gallery, both of which host a variety of exhibits throughout the year. Our Old Church Pottery Show takes place the first week in December and attracts more than 1000 artists, collectors, and enthusiasts each year.

Three generations of individuals have made art and friends at The Art School at Old Church. Come by and see what we have to offer!

Important Dates

Mar 18-19: Winter Workshops

Mar 27: Spring Semester Starts

Apr 5: 3:30 PM School Closing: Passover

Apr 6-9: School Closed: Passover/Easter

Apr 20: Reception - Reflections and Inventions in Paint & Clay

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