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Guest Artists and New Faculty Join The Art School at Old Church for its Summer Workshop Series 


Demarest, NJ – At The Art School at Old Church (TASOC) in Demarest, one- and two-day workshops are offered alongside a robust catalog of classes to give the community a chance to try a hand at something new or to delve deeper into a chosen craft.  


In addition to new faculty joining the TASOC roster this summer, guest artists Ryan Greenheck and Leslie Nobler will offer unique one- and two-day workshops. Ryan Greenheck is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania whose work has been exhibited in numerous national exhibitions and shows, including at TASOC's own Annual Pottery Show & Sale. Leslie Nobler is an art professor at William Paterson University who has exhibited extensively, including at Noyes Museum of Art, NJ State and Kemper museums, DigitalART Gallery in London, and more. 


Summer Workshops held the week of June 11–15 will allow students to go home with handmade rings, bracelets, decorative pottery totem poles, paintings on silk, and more. The Friday Fun Day series, running Fridays June 29 through July 27, offers workshops in cell phone photography, bread basket making, basic painting, and daily painting for personal social media cultivation and sales. Please see below for a full list of Summer 2018 Workshops. 


TASOC is also pleased to welcome new additions to the faculty roster, all leading workshops this summer: Brian Bailey, Michal Niv, Brenna Scheff, and Elizabeth Tokoly. 


Brian Bailey received his BFA from the University of the Arts. He studied at NY Academy of Art and the Art Students League and has taught private studio sessions at the School of Visual Arts. He has received Master Pastelist status from Pastel Society of America and Master Circle status from Int’l Association of Pastel Societies and has won numerous awards and been featured in select national and international exhibitions. His work can be found in several public and private collections including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. 


Michal Niv holds an MFA from San Jose State University. She also studied at Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design in Israel and in the U.S. at Anderson Ranch, Foothill College, and Peters Valley. She has taught at San Jose University, Palo Alto Art Center, and in her private studio. Her work is exhibited widely across the US. Awards include: Elizabeth Heil Scholarship, National Student Art Competition (3rd place), and the Best in Show award at the Watertight: Beyond the Vessel exhibition. Ms. Niv was an active member of Orchard Valley Ceramic Art Guild in California for many years.  


Brenna Scheff studied and apprenticed under Master Jeweler Borislav Goynatsky. She has taught beading and jewelry making classes since 2009 to adults and children of all ages. She is owner/designer of her jewelry and spiritual tools company: Free to B, LLC. Her jewelry and artwork are sold in galleries and boutiques across the nation. Ms. Scheff is also a Certified Reiki Practitioner. 


Elizabeth Tokoly earned her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art at the University of the Arts. She has been teaching jewelry design and metalsmithing since 2000. She creates and displays her handcrafted jewelry at her own studio and gallery, EatMetal Art Jewelry Gallery and Metals Studio, in Hoboken, NJ.  


Workshops June 11–15: 

Beginning Collage – Harriet Finck 

Making Your Ceramic Totem – Michael Niv *New workshop offering, new faculty 

How to Paint Light – Joe Terrone 

Epoxy Resin – Susan Kasson Sloan 

The Figure in Watercolor – Marilyn Rose 

Garden Basket – Sandra Kehoe *New workshop offering 

The Art of Raku Firing – Denise Kadar and Erika Conti 

Encaustic Collagraph with Yupo – Dorothy Cochran 

Urban Sketching – Marilyn Rose 

Tube Set Stacking Rings – Elizabeth Tokoly *New workshop offering, new faculty 

Easy-Start Book Arts – Leslie Nobler *New workshop offering, guest artist 

Paint on Silk – Vesselina Traptcheva *New workshop offering 

Concrete: Not Just for Sidewalks – Robert Dancik 

Decorate & Adorn: Bowls, Cups, & Mugs – Ryan Greenheck *New workshop offering, guest artist 

Printer's Passion: Monotypes – Jill Cliffer Baratta *New workshop offering 

Exploring the Beauty of Soft Pastel – Brian Bailey *New workshop offering, new faculty 

Freeform Peyote Bracelet – Brenna Scheff *New workshop offering, new faculty  


Friday Fun Days, June 29 through July 27: 

Cell Phone Photography Made Simple – Sharon Klass 

Small Bread Basket – Sandra Kehoe *New workshop offering 

Basic Drawing Mashup – Margery Theroux 

Daily Painters & Social Media – Maud Guilfoyle 


The Art School at Old Church is accepting registrations for its summer session, which includes classes for kids, teens, adults, and families; one- and two-day workshops; and the Blast of Art! Summer Camp, a week-long day camp for children ages 6-12. Workshops run June 11–15 and Fridays June 29 through July 27. Weekly classes begin June 18. Blast of Art! runs the weeks of August 6 and August 13. Visit or call The Art School at Old Church at 201-767-7160 for more information! 

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