duCRET IN THE COMMUNITY 2017

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LINDEN HS STUDENTS AT
DUCRET FASHION SHOOT

F.A.B. Founder Terri Todd brought in teen student models from Linden High School's 'Fashion Against Bullying Club' to model for Jessica Tyner, a professional commercial and fashion photographer and instructor at duCret.

The  photo shoot enabled duCret students to work with the high school models on a photo session where studio lighting was the educative focus.

DUCRET AND HOME SCHOOLERS TEAM UP

duCret provides academic style art classes for a local home school group. The school's live studio environment enables individuals to explore hands-on, various mediums in the visual arts field.

MONMOUTH CO VO TECH STUDENTS VISIT DUCRET

Deirdre Callaghan, teacher of Commercial Art at the Monmouth County Vocational School District brought her students to duCret for a private walk through tour.  The teens viewed an exhibition created by duCret students, spoke with duCret students in classes and explored a you-can-touch-style Ceramics exhibition in the school Library.

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NJ PARANORMAL - The NJ Paranormal group hosted a paranormal and psychic research event right at our school! With our facility's long history spanning from a family home, to a boy's school, and finally to the duCret School of Art, the paranormal investigators conducted research into our spectral houseguests.


SEE US AT SHOPRITE! - Our Summer kids and teens workshops are being featured in an ad promoting the school at our local Shoprite stores. Check it out today!


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DRAG QUEEN BINGO NITE - Van Wyck Brooks District Organization hosted a fabulous and fun filled event, drawing a crowd of locals to play bingo - Drag Queen style. Loads of winning gifts were handed out throughout the night and the hottie Queens were absolutely fantastic.

GIRL SCOUTS at DuCRET

duCret has been the host ground for the Plainfield Girl Scouts for several years now. The big question is - where do you get your girl scout cookies from? On April 8th, planted on the duCret front lawn in the AM, Plainfield Girl Scout Troop #40263 sold good old favorites. 

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CUB SCOUT PACK #61 TAKES CERAMICS CLASS AT duCret

duCret Instructor Simon Keller was raised in a German castle by two artisan potter parents. He spent eight years in Japan honing his skills in Takumi Ceramics. Simon teaches the 'connectivity of life' by guiding students to experience how organic clays dug straight from Earth, combined with burnt firewood (glaze) become highly prized ceramics stoneware. Here is a testimony of that experience:

'Simon Keller hosted a pottery class for our Cub Scout Den on Sunday.  We had 13 kids who made pinch pots and a few other things.  Simon also showed them how the clay is made, where it comes from and how you turn it into something useful.

They had a fantastic time and absolutely loved being at your school.  Thank you so much for having us.  We really appreciate you letting us come and experiencing not only pottery making, but also your school.  

The boys (and their siblings) will remember this event for a long time!  It was definitely a highlight for their Webelos years!'

Thank you again!
Sincerely,
Kelly Gillespie
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Dens 9 and 11
Cub Scout Pack 61
Flemington, NJ

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INSTRUCTOR NANCI FRANCE-VAZ 'RHAPSODIES OF LIFE' OPENING AT SWAIN GALLERIES - Our classical portraiture and painting instructor, Nanci France-Vaz, recently featured 20 of her pieces at Swain Galleries. Her show will run from September 30th to October 28th, 2017. She will also be hosting a live demonstration on Saturday, October 14th, 2017.

GIRL SCOUT TROOP# 40263
DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE
Each year Girl Scout Troop #40263 meets in the duCret auditorium to plan a series of year-round events that will help to foster life skill projects, confidence and self esteem for young ladies. This year the troops Dad's cut the rug with their daughters at the annual Daddy Daughter Dance.

ROSELLE PARK HIGH SCHOOL
ART STUDENTS TOUR DUCRET

Roselle Park High School Art Instructor Terry Scutro brought her junior and senior students to tour the duCret campus.  Planned High School tours to duCret give high school individuals an opportunity to witness live studio classes, and speak to instructors and duCret students on the art floor. High school art teachers can contact duCret at 908.757.7171 to schedule a tour any time throughout the year.

PLAINFIELD YOUTH SUMMIT
CONFERENCE & PANEL

On Jan 16th, Plainfield Mayor Adrian O. Mapp hosted the inaugural Youth Summit at duCret School of Art.

Organized by the Grassroots Community Development Corporation, the event featured Morehouse College professor Dr. Marc Lamont Hill as keynote speaker.

The auditorium at duCret was standing-room-only as about two hundred and fifty participants listened to speakers and participated in panel discussions. The walls were lined with information tables of various groups supporting youth development, job opportunities and training, and community service opportunities. Featured above: members of Urban One Radio.

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PLFD PUBLIC SCHOOLS 5TH Grade Design Competition

Plainfield Public Schools selected the design of fifth grade student, Jocelyn Pico, for the greeting card the district mailed out this holiday season to the Plainfield Community.  Ms. Pico’s design was reproduced, printed and mailed to over 200 entities that support the students of the Plainfield Public School District. 

Her principal Ms. Lisa Armstead and her Art teacher, Ms. Irene Mitta, at Woodland Elementary School, assisted Ms. Pico with supplies and time to complete the project.  

A committee selected Ms. Pico’s artwork from among approximately twenty entries submitted by students from Clinton Elementary School, Evergreen Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, Washington Community School and Union County Teams Charter School. 

Ms. Pico was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation by the Superintendent of Plainfield Public Schools Mrs. Anna Belin-Pyles and a gift certificate donated by the duCret School of Art, worth $199, that will offer Ms. Pico eight weeks of art instruction at the school, located on Central Avenue in Plainfield.

For more info, please contact Gloria Montealegre, Office of Community Engagement Liaison, 908-731-4333 / www.plainfieldnjk12.org.  Photo of: Jocelyn Pico & Principal Lisa Armstead

DuCret and st. marks church paint and sip event

When St. Marks Church decided to host a community art event for kids, they reached out to their neighbors at the duCret School of Art. Via the Plainfield Division of Parks and Recreation's Jeanine Gill and St. Mark's Tonya Wildgoose, the event drew local kids together to experience what is normally considered an adult 'Paint and Sip' venture. Juice and pizza were served as refreshments. Ally Washington, a duCret graduate and current staff instructor at duCret, guided the painters to complete a fun fish painting exercise, step by step with acrylics.