Learn how to paint with the easiest paint medium, acrylic paint!  Acrylic paint cleans up with water, dries hard to the touch in just a few minutes and requires no toxic chemicals like mineral spirits or turpentine.  It is also very forgiving and you and easily cover up mistakes or make corrections!
With Richard Nowak as the instructor you will learn how to paint a completed acrylic painting in a step by step process as he demonstrates painting landscapes, marine scenes, garden scenes and florals.  He will paint and provide direction for each step of the way.  He will provide color copies for each student of the scenes that will be the subject of the class. Often the scenes are local landscape or park scenes of Westfield and surrounding areas or copies of famous impressionist paintings such as paintings of Monet, Van Gogh or Renoir.
As you take the classes you will see things differently as an artist sees things and will be able to capture some of natures beauty on canvas!  Your appreciation of color will be enhanced as you learn to mix paint colors.  The two hour class sessions will open a new window in your life! The end result is that art will make your life more complete and satisfying!

Supplies for Beginner’s Acrylic Painting Class
A kit is available at most Michaels stores called Grumbacher Starter Acrylic Painting kit. It includes 4 tubes of paint, two painting panels, one painting knife and three brushes in different sizes.  It’s all you need to get started!   Beyond that the following are other items that you may to purchase as you progress in your classes.
Acrylic Paints:  (Colors)  Titanium White, Cadmium Red Medium or Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson (Hooker’s Green, Phalo Blue and Burnt Umber are also good but not absolutely necessary for the class)  Grumbacher brand or other good student or artist grade paints are okay.
Acrylic Painting Panels, Michaels, AC Moore or other brands available in sets of 3 or 5 Size:  9” x 12”, 11” x 14”, or 12” x 16” (9” x 12” preferred for 2 hour class)
#8 Filbert brush, #2 round brush or #2 flat brush, script brush (buy brushes marked for acrylic painting usually synthetic bristles)  Grumbacher brand is excellent. You can buy more brushes as you develop your painting skills.  You may want to purchase a set of brushes to save money.
Roll of paper towels
 Good pencils, 2B, 4B or 6B and a kneaded eraser
 Palette (plastic), can use a plastic or paper plate to be thrown away after the class
 Cup for water is provided at the class
 Table top easel (not absolutely necessary for tables are provided)
 Bag to hold all the above items
 A willing attitude to experiment and learn by doing while making the session a happy

Tuesdays 6PM-8PM

$80 / 4 weeks starts January 7th


Valentine Card Class

Card making with Roxann
Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Why buy your valentine a card when you can craft your own heartfelt sentiment! Supplies provided by Roxann of Stampin Up.
Space is limited
January 31st 6pm-8pm


Scrapbook Saturdays at CAC

For the month of February WOW’s Creative Arts Center will hold all day scrapbook sessions on Saturdays from 10 am -5 pm. So grab your gear and come get creative with a few friends. Reserve your table now. You may bring your lunch or dine at one of our downtown restaurants. Snacks and refreshments provided.
Creative Art Center 105 Elm Street, Westfield
February 1,8,15,22
10 am-5 pm
$25 per session


Frame Your Artwork with Doug James

This one day workshop will explore framing and matting options for your artwork.
Small supply fee to instructor for materials used.

April 11th,2020
10AM – 2PM
Bring bagged lunch



Intro to Photography with Doug James

This course is oriented toward understanding how to use your camera to achieve well composed and properly exposed digital images.  The course will cover three broad areas:

–          Photography Basics: The Camera; Exposure and Focus

–          Making (vs. Taking) a Photograph: Light, Lenses and Composition; Camera Technique

–          The Digital Age: Digital Image Formats, File Management, Post-processing


Participants are encouraged to bring their cameras and camera manuals to class.  Time will be set aside each week for open discussion of all things photographic.

March 26, April 2, 9, 16
6 pm – 8 pm


Watercolor Painting with Cathy Guidetti

In this six-week session students will learn basic watercolor techniques, including some experimental applications.

No Materials are Needed. Ms. Guidetti will supply everything needed for beginners. However, should you have supplies, please bring them. 

March 18, 25, April 8,15, 22, 29
6 pm – 8 pm


Quilting - open studio with marsha molloy

This unstructured quilting class is designed for beginners and experienced quilters alike, allowing you to quilt what you want to quilt. You will learn about up to date tools and techniques that make quilting fast and fun! Come start a project of your own choosing, or bring a project you are already working on. If you are undecided you may bring 6 pieces of ½ yard quilting cotton with thread to match, and discuss a beginning project with Marsha.

Materials needed:

 Fabric and own project

 Basic sewing supplies

 Sewing machine

 Rotary cutter

*Cutting mats, acrylic rulers, iron, and ironing board will be available for your use on-site.

4 Week session starts Wednesday, January 8th


$80 for 4-week session

$25 Drop in rate

Gourd Globes with Ceil Rossi

Transform a hard shelled gourd into a work of art! This two session class will allow you to nurture your creativity utilizing one of nature’s unique mediums under the guidance of expert gourd artist and former gallery owner, Ceil Rossi. Ceil is a respected member of the gourd artist community and her work has been exhibited in galleries in the Southwest. Class size is limited to 4 students.

First session is Thursdays, Jan. 9th and Jan. 16th 6:30-8:30

Second session is Thursdays, Jan. 23rd and Jan. 30th 6:30-8:30

$40 per course plus $6 for supplies


Introduction to Crochet

Using one hook and a ball of yarn Crochet has remained as popular as ever in the world of textile crafts! It’s stitching is not only easy but fun to do! If you have not learned how to do it yet or need to brush up on your technique this is a great way to start! Nancy Washington will guide you over a 4 week session. Come in and get cozy and create with crochet!


Sundays, January 26th-February 16th 3:00-5:00 4 weeks

Fee: $80.00



Join Lezette Beaumier every Sunday morning 9:30-11:00 AM to breathe, balance, stretch and strengthen your way into a new week in this robust class. Using a mix of Hatha poses and flow, Lezette will guide you in this dedicated 90 minutes of self-care.

Class is limited to 10 practitioners. $15.00/class