Visual Arts Drawing and Painting
The Drawing and Painting course will give serious students the opportunity to develop their technical skills and explore the creative process with a wide range of materials. Different techniques and approaches will be introduced, helping the students to develop new methods of self-expression.
Christine Myshka`s artistic journey began as a child, crayons in hand, drawing characters from her favorite cartoon, "The Superfriends Justice League." Along with drawing cartoon characters, Christine credits the vivid writings of Edger Allen Poe as her childhood inspiration to become an illustrator. Using these inspirations to create artworks, Christine pours all her creative energy into working in the visual arts; from illustration, to fine art and murals. Blank surfaces and spaces all call out to be "transformed" by having art made for them and on them -- and Christine loves to make that transformation happen! Christine has been working professionally for over 30 years. In carving out a career in the visual arts, she has done illustration, logo designs, architectural portraits, fine art, murals, and painted furniture. Some of her clients include Davis Publishing, Ideal Graphics Inc., T`Leon Advertising, The Home New & Tribune, Suburban Golf Club, Arcola Country Club, Rockaway River Country Club, EJ`s Bar and Grille, Vitale General Contracting, John Kling Custom Homes as well as numerous commissions for private clients. As part of her art training, Christine attended Parsons School of Design earning a BFA in Illustration. She continued her studies at Parsons in Paris; Du Cret School of Art, Grand Rapids CC; painting and drawing summer program in Greece, and Creativity Workshop in Prague, Czech Republic.
A lifelong artist and resident of NJ, Dave Dziemian was a four-year Teen Arts participant in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. He received his undergraduate degree from Stockton University in 1996 and his MFA in Painting from Montclair University in 2004. Dave received the Painting Assistantship while at Montclair University and immediately upon graduating taught several painting classes at the school. Since 2005 Dave has been an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College teaching drawing, painting, and other art classes, including watercolor. Since 2014 Dave has been a visual arts instructor for Arts High, teaching both HS and MS classes in Monmouth, Middlesex, Ocean, and now Union counties. In addition to this, Dave also teaches privately and is a full-time artist who works in a variety of 2-dimensional media, including but not limited to watercolor, oil paint, acrylic paint, inks, and colored pencils. His work has been described and “hyperreal with a surrealistic bend to it”. Dave has served previously several times as both an adjudicator and demonstrating artist for Teens Arts