Winter Classes – 2024 Dates Announced!

You can now enroll in a mini-session of classes beginning February 16, 2024, click here. We’re getting settled into our new home at the Shoppes at Louviers at 207 Louviers Dr., Newark, DE. We’re planning a grand opening on February 24th. Watch for announcements on our homepage.

FIGURE DRAWING SESSIONS
Figure Drawing has finished for the 2023 season.
1st through 4th Thursdays, 6:30-9:00pm, fee covers cost of model and facility costs. $14 per session fo NAA Members, $16 for non-members. Artists bring their own supplies for a chance to work from a live model. No instruction provided. Traditional, short to long poses on the first 3 sessions and a long pose for the 4th. Ages 18+. Artists under the age of 18 may attend our Figure Drawing program with prior permission of the Program Coordinator and a permission slip from their parent or guardian.

To learn more about this program, visit our Figure Drawing page. Questions or interested in modeling? Contact Program Coordinator Michele Tilford at mdtilford@gmail.com

Greetings, teaching artists! 

Another semester at the NAA is another chance to refine your offerings and sharpen your skills. We would love to see what new classes, workshops and series you are developing. A bonus question for you: what supports, trainings or accompaniment are you seeking to help you develop your work as a teaching artist? Add your thoughts here if you wish (find the “sticky note” icon on the menu on the left and leave your mark!).

The winter semester will be our first in our new location in the Shoppes at Louviers! We are so excited to get to work filling up that space with students. Our new location is at 207 Louviers Drive, Newark, DE 19711.

Submit proposals at any time. The next batch of classes will be planned for April to June, 2024.

If you have trouble completing the form online, please email Pamela Draper at pamela@newarkartsalliance.org and I will arrange to complete it for you over the phone. We will no longer be accepting hard copies of proposals. If this is a deal breaker for you, please contact me! We will work something out.

Meet Our Instructors!

Belinda has worked as art director at Camp Strawderman for 45 years. Baskets are one of their most popular crafts. She has been making basic basket types for the past 15+ years with girls ages 10+. She is also an exhibiting artist at the Newark Arts Alliance.

Rachel Barton, a teacher, actress and singer, has performed on many stage, dinner theatre, and film productions throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. She headed a regional film commission in Connecticut and worked with the State Film Office on productions for Sony, Columbia Pictures, & HBO. Rachel has worked as an associate director and production coordinator on national commercials, PSA’s, and training films as well as working with NY casting agencies, film location scouts, producers, and directors. She co-created a Screening Room series featuring Q & A sessions with documentary and independent film makers. As a child, Rachel studied violin with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Budapest String Quartet and was selected to play with a group of students at the Academy of Music with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Rachel’s theatre training includes Temple University, Fairfield University, teachers from the Neighborhood Playhouse, The Singers Forum and the Actors Connection in NYC.  She has taught performing arts for many years in Connecticut, New York, Delaware, & Maryland. Rachel’s classes for children, teens, and adults include acting for stage, film, improvisation & comedy sketch, musical theatre, and Shakespeare. Rachel’s goal as a teacher is to inspire and motivate students by creating a fun and educational learning environment and to enhance self-confidence, self-expression, and positive interaction with others.

From an early age, textiles have always been an important part of my life. Learning to weave six years ago has opened up a whole new world for me and added another dimension to my textile passion. The infinite combinations of threading, treadling, color and texture challenge me in ways I never thought possible. Weaving provides a unique venue to explore not only traditional craft, but to push the boundaries of craft into art.

Karen as a BFA in painting from Kutztown University. She is a signature member of the Philadelphia Watercolor Society and has taught at the NAA since 2015.

Weldon Burge, a native of Delaware, is a writer, publisher, and full-time editor. His short fiction has appeared in many publications,, and his thriller, Harvest of Sorrow, was publishedin 2021. Weldon’s publishing company, Smart Rhino Publications, has published eight short story anthologies in the in the suspense and horror genres.

Vonetta has been making candles for over six years. She started teaching family and friends last year and found she really enjoys showing people her craft. She makes candles, oils and other forms of aromatherapy.

Terry has a BA in Fine Arts and over 30 years experience teaching art to all ages and developing programs in the arts. Her most recent work includes murals, mosaics, sewn felt ornaments, collage and graphic design. She has taught art to K-8 in a private school and has created art classes in community art settings. She founded Art to Go, Camp Imagine and organized or painted several local murals.

Cathy has worked with textiles from a young age and been making lace for 26 years. While she enjoys working lace in traditional materials and a variety of traditional lace families, she has also experimented with design, scale and unusual materials. She has taught classes for her local lace guilds and acted as co-chair for the 2017 International Organization of Lace Convention in 2017. While it is perfectly possible for her to make doilies, she chooses not to.

A lifelong natural-born artist, Wendi has studied art on varying levels for almost 40 years. As a toddler, she would constantly draw on absolutely EVERYTHING, and her parents promptly enrolled her in art lessons to keep drawings off the walls, books, floors, and her siblings. Wendi has experimented over the years with many forms of visual art. She is an award-winning photographer and painter who has been working and teaching in fused glass for five years.

Gilda teaches and makes jewelry usually using wire wrapping and stringng techniques. She also dabbles in other art forms and media such as painting, knitting, card making and floral arts. She sells her jewelry in the Members’ Gallery shop.

Y’vonne has a B.A. in Fine Arts at ‘AIU’ in London, England where she ran a successful jewelry Company in Harrods and Fenwick’s department stores. In 2016 she launched Design Your Own Jewelry W O R K S H O P, teaching upscale workshops down the Jersey shore, Maryland, Virginia and Philadelphia. Currently an acting board member at Main Line Art Center since 2020.

J.P. Reali is local Newark, Delaware musician and guitar instructor. With over 40 years of experience performing and teaching, J.P.’s playing has electrified listeners up and down the east coast. He relocated to Delaware from Washington, D.C. in late 2020 and currently offers private lessons and performs as a solo artist and with the blues/rock band Revolution Heroes.

Hi I’m Julia! I have a passion for all art, and use a wide range of medias. I have been practicing crochet for many years, and want to share the excitement of learning this craft with others. I want to create a welcoming space that is both inspiring and exciting as well as relaxing.

Michelle Rothwell is a practicing Fine Artist whose work has been shown nationally in solo, juried, and group shows. She is the founder of Holistic Creativity, LLC —a dynamic program for creative healing and transformation— and the author of Holistic Creativity: A Complete Course for Inspired Productivity.
Michelle is an Associate Professor of Art, Media, and Design with nearly 20 years of college teaching experience. During her career in academia, she created multiple degree programs for several colleges and universities, designed dozens of courses, and mentored hundreds of students. She is the founder of the Game Art BFA program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Lelané is originally from the east coast in South Africa where she graduated from a Technical College specializing in textile design & printmaking. She has been focusing during the past year to find her way back to printmaking and her love for color and textures inspired by her South African roots.

Wendy Simpson is a published author of fantasy and science-fiction. Repped by Anne Tibbets of the Donald Maass Agency. Associate member of the SFWA. Her work of high fantasy Tinderbox is available everywhere. Its sequel, Tarotmancer available June 16th, 2023.

Rebecca (aka Lorelei) has been studying many types of music and dance since she was 7.  She began reading sheet music in 3rd grade and started music training on flute in 4th grade.   She added Middle Eastern dance, rhythms, and percussion (zills and drum) to her repertoire over the last 12 years.  She also performs Middle Eastern Bellydance under the name Lorelei and had completed Foundations 1 and 2 in the Salimpour School of Dance.

Classically trained in art and a BFA in art history, Michele has been involved in the arts her entire life. She ran a successful design company in NYC for 10 years, Alia Michele Designs, created a biweekly webcomic for two years 2010-2011, “KokoroPurrs and currently designs hard enamel pins, and cat art in a variety of mediums under the 1two66 label. In her spare time she experiments with mixed media photography fine art. She exhibits her work in the Members’ Gallery shop.

Sally has been painting and teaching art on and off for many years. She worked as an Art Teacher at West Nottingham Academy for 8 years. She took courses at U of D, West Chester U, and earned a Minor in Art. (B.S. in Education). She loves teaching painting, especially to beginners and to people who don’t think they can do art. She is good at helping to bring out individual creativity. She has worked with all ages. She paints in oil, acrylic, and watercolor and teachs “Watercolor & Wine” at her family’s winery.

Scholarships!

Apply for a scholarship if your child is 20 yrs. old or younger and you have difficulty affording a class or camp. Scholarships are based on demonstrated need and are available all year round. Once approved, a scholarship can provide a discount of up to 95% of the cost of a program. See the attached application to apply. Questions? Email us at: info@newarkartsalliance.org

Class Cancellation Policy

A class may be cancelled if too few people register; a decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run. If the NAA cancels the class, you will be notified and your registration refunded in full.

If you withdraw from a class at least 7 days prior to the start date, you will receive a refund of the fee paid, less a 25% administrative fee. No refunds will be granted for cancellations made less than 7 days before the class start date.