Workshops & Classes

Workshops & Classes

Workshops for Adults Classes for Children • Summer Art Camp Workshops for Families

Classes at the Zimmerli 

The Zimmerli offers art classes for children and workshops for adults and families, which focus on fostering creativity in an engaging environment with inspiration from the museum’s collections and special exhibitions. Read on for upcoming offerings at the Zimmerli. Our partners at Rutgers Community Arts (formerly Mason Gross Extension Division) offer complementary courses for artists of all levels in drawing, painting, animation, and digital filmmaking. Click here for more information: Rutgers Community Arts

Registration: Interested participants can register via phone, email, or in person at the Zimmerli Art Museum. Please call 848.932.6175 or email You may also fax forms to 732.932.8201 or mail to Education Department, Zimmerli Art Museum, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. You will receive a registration confirmation by email or phone. We are currently unable to offer online registration.

Parking Information: Metered parking is available on area streets (including a designated accessible space directly in front of the museum); additional paid parking is available in the Gateway Center Parking Garage. You can find additional information about parking locations and pricing on the New Brunswick Parking Authority website. 

Accessibility: Zimmerli classes are open to all. If you require accommodations for a disability, please let us know at least two weeks before the program begins so we can ensure you have the best possible experience.

Contact Us: If you have any additional questions, or wish to discuss what program is best for you or your child, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can be reached by phone at 848.932.6175 or by email at


Workshops on topics related to current museum offerings will be held several times throughout the year. For information about upcoming workshops for the 2019-2020 season, please email

Announcing New Studio Art Workshop for Adults!

Register at or call us at 848.932.6787. 

Winter Watercolors with Tom Rutledge
Saturday, December 7, 12:30-3:30pm
$45 general public; $40 Zimmerli members

Join watercolorist and art instructor Thomas Rutledge for an afternoon of painting. Improve your skills and learn new watercolor techniques by creating your own winter landscape. This workshop is open to all, regardless of artistic experience. All supplies are provided. Register at or call us at 848.932.6787.


(7-10 and 11-14 year olds; space is limited to 14 students per class)
Tuesdays / 4:15 to 5:45pm
Fee: $75 Zimmerli Members at family level and above / $100 Nonmembers

Children unlock the secrets of artistic expression when they participate in the Zimmerli’s popular Art Adventures, which takes place for eight weeks on Tuesdays after school in the fall and spring. Aspiring artists explore a variety of art-making methods while drawing inspiration from works in the Zimmerli’s collection. Art Adventures is led by practicing artists and MFA candidates from Mason Gross School of the Arts. 

Fall 2019 session: October 15, 22, 29; November 12, 19, 26; December 3, 10 (SNOW DATE: December 17)

Spring 2020 session: February 25; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; April 21, 28 (SNOW DATE: May 12)

Click here for the fall registration form. 


No face-to-face programs will be held at Rutgers through summer 2020 for public health reasons, so Summer Art Camp is cancelled.  

July 6 through July 31, 2020 
Full day and half day sessions

Get ready for another exciting season of Summer Art Camp! All children between the ages of seven and 14 are invited to explore their creative sides and develop new skills in the arts alongside our wonderful teaching artists. Many favorite classes are returning, and we’ve added a few new ones as well. Although the Zimmerli’s galleries will be temporarily closed this summer due to repair work, creativity is sure to flourish in the classrooms. We are also excited to continue our collaboration with Rutgers Gardens to offer a week of camp in their beautiful surroundings, exploring art and nature. 

Registration opens on February 24 for Zimmerli members and to the public on March 2.

Full day and half day sessions available. For details and to download the brochure/registration form, click hereQuestions? Call 848-932-6787 or email

Sponsored in part by Confucius Institute at Rutgers University


Art Together
First Sundays / 1 to 3pm
October 6, November 3, December 1, 2019, and January 5, February 2, March 1, and April 5, 2020

Explore the wonderful world of art on select Sundays throughout the year. Children and parents, grandparents, or guardians work side-by-side on an art project inspired by a current Zimmerli exhibition. Each session includes a brief, instructor-led tour to view the featured artwork. The interactive workshops, led by Mason Gross MFA students and teaching artists, allow families quality time to be creative together. This is a FREE, drop in program. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) Projects can be adapted for all ages, but this program is best suited for ages 3 and up. 

Photos McKay Imaging Photography