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Students Can Participate in a Series of Free Virtual Art Lessons with 4-H of Union County

Students looking to enhance their artistic abilities are encouraged to take advantage of a series of free virtual art lessons with Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Club of Union County.

“The Freeholder Board is proud to support the Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H to provide learning opportunities and activities to Union County students,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “These virtual lessons offer new learning opportunities to youth in our community with a wide variety of techniques and styles.”

The four day series will be instructed by Miss Martha Garcia, a professional art teacher working in Jersey City Schools and a former Union County 4-H member and club leader.

All classes are from 11:30 to 12:30 and can be accessed via Zoom. The schedule for the series is as follows:

  • Monday, August 3rd – Learn about a mandala and be able to create one yourself. Materials: various sized lids or circles templates such as a paper plate. Paper, pencil, and coloring supplies such as (color pencils, crayons, or markers)
  • Tuesday, August 4th – The importance of Value in Art! Learn how to create a value scale and practice using a value in a Cubism inspired hand project. Materials: Paper, pencil, and/or color pencils 
  • Wednesday, August 5th – Learn about zentangles and creating different patterns. Materials: Paper, pencil and/or marker. If you have a dual tip sharpie that would come in handy but not required.
  • Thursday, August 6th – Learn about perspective and how to create a horizon line with a vanishing point. Materials: Paper, pencil, ruler or straight edge like a book, and coloring supplies such as (color pencils, crayons, or markers) 

Space is limited for this program and registration is required. Participants do not have to be 4-H members to participate.

To register or to inquire more information, contact Tamisha Hopkins, 4-H office manager at  Please specify the days you will be attending. Access passwords will be sent to registered participants.

Union County 4-H is run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County and supported in part by the Freeholder Board, with offices at the Union County Complex at 300 North Avenue East in Westfield.

The national 4-H youth program is the largest youth development program in the U.S. As a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 4-H encourages students to develop expertise in a subject of their own choosing, and share their knowledge to benefit their community.

Participation in 4-H is associated with better grades at school, and a stronger interest in taking science classes, attending college, and contributing to the community.

For more Extension online programs, including environmental topics, yard and garden care, and 4-H clubs for youth, visit the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County online at

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