Immerse Yourself in Color!

Pure Alchemy --- color color color

...this fall at the Newark Museum!

Sign up for D.I.Y Newark Museum ‘Making’ Workshops led by master artists and be inspired by three exciting exhibitions that will excite and inspire you to be creative and innovative in new ways. Nourish the artist in you.


NewarkAll workshop participants will enjoy a ‘maker’s tour’ of The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe and related exhibitions.

Pre-registration is required. Call 973.596.6690 or register on-line at

Dyeing to Learn Color Theory with Ellen Hess

October 24, 10 am - 4 pm
Fee:$ 50-members; $75 non-members... Sign up here
Materials fee: $10

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of color theory by dye-painting skeins of yarn in variegated color schemes. They will learn color mixing and how to create color harmonies, as well as the properties and uses of fiber reactive (cold water) dyes. Read more

Give a Quilt Classic a Fresh Spin! with Eleanor Levie

Saturday, November 14, 10 am - 4 pm
Fee: $ 50-members; $75 non-members... Sign up here
Materials fee: $10

The Nine Patch block—one of the oldest forms of patchwork—goes wild and whimsical. Start with just two fabric squares and quickly dash off two completely unique blocks, simultaneously! Play with line and color and pattern, then feature your blocks on funky potholders, a modern table runner, or a quilt of any size. Beginners welcome. If you know how to machine-sew a straight line, you are eligible for this class. See her website:

drop spindle samples

Spin a Yarn: Weave a Tapestry, with Daryl Lancaster

December 5, 10 am - 4 pm
Fee:$ 50-members; $75 non-members... Sign up here
Materials included

No experience necessary. Learn to create yarn on a drop spindle and then use that yarn on a small tapestry loom, combining it with wool roving and pile/tapestry weaving techniques.
Take home a finished miniature tapestry. Read more

Lancaster speed tapestry

Fall 2015 Featured Exhibitions

The exhibition, The Shape of Light: Gabriel Dawe features two large scale installations constructed from thousands of feet of colored thread, part of Dawe’s Plexus series. Designed to be encountered from multiple vantage points, Dawe’s finely layered planes of color appear to shift and change under the viewer’s gaze.

Image from Outside the linesOutside the Lines: Color Across the Collections, brings together textiles, paintings, ceramics and collages from all four permanent collections (Americas, Asia, Africa, and Decorative Arts). This exhibition brings together textiles, paintings, ceramics and collages from around the world.

Image: Anne Ryan, Untitled, 1952. Paper and textile collage on paper, 3 ¾ x 6 7/8 in. Newark Museum, Gift of Elizabeth McFadden, 1956, 56.163. © Washburn Gallery

Adding to the color theme: the second floor American Contemporary Gallery recently opened a long-term exhibition called Chromatic: Minimalism and Color Field Experiments, devoted to explorations in pure color from the 1950s-'70s by artists like Mark Rothko, Josef Albers, and Donald Judd.

The Shape of LIght