Youth Classes

Script to Screen

Wednesday, September 13 - November 15

6PM - 8PM

An introduction to film-making basics geared towards those with little or no film-making experience  Students will learn how to format and write screenplays, light a scene, record dialogue and learn how to operate an HD camera and produce short films.

Open to students in 7th through 12th grade.

Taught by Mike Boylan. Michael Boylan is an award winning filmmaker from Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Some of his short films include "The Radio" and "The Baseball Card". He is also a commercial filmmaker, producing videos for The Two River Theater, Manasquan Bank and Mccormick Spices to name a few.  He has his masters in teaching from Monmouth University. 



Fall Musical Theater Program - Ages 6 - 9

Thursdays, October 5 - January 18

4PM - 6PM

A fast-paced, fun and educational program for actors of all experience necessary. Class culminates in a fully staged final performance on January 18.

Taught by Broadway and television artist, Kerrianne Spellman.



Fall Musical Theater Program - Ages 10 - 16

Thursdays, October 5 - January 18

6PM - 8PM

A fast-paced, fun and educational program for actors of all experience necessary. Class culminates in a fully staged final performance on January 18.

Taught by Broadway and television artist, Kerrianne Spellman.



Adult Classes

The Art of ... Printmaking and Framing

Sundays, September 17 & 24

4PM - 7PM

Learn the fine art of printmaking and the basics of framing in this hands-on, two-day workshop.  You'll create your own print from conception to a final matted artwork.  Make block prints and mono-types and learn about proper mounting and framing techniques.

All supplies will be provided.

The class will be run by artist Robert O'Connor, owner of The Painted Frame.



Watercolor Painting Class

Tuesdays, September 19 - November 14 

11AM - 1PM


Randy Meyer's 8 week class, for beginner through advanced watercolor artists, will be personalized to suit each student's interests. Students will be working from photographs and/or still life subjects. Each class will begin with a short demonstration, leaving time for students to work on the painting of their choice.  

Randy Mayer graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she pursued a career in advertising and illustration. 

She has studied with Charles Reid, Ted Seth Jacobs, Jerry McDaniel, Sharon Gainsburg, Ken Stetz, Roberta Carter Clark, Mel Stabin, Marie Natale as well as Tom Lynch. 

She is an Exhibiting Member of The Guild of Creative Art and an award winning member of the Garden State Watercolor Society and the Ocean County Artists' Guild. 

Randy's current work includes book illustration projects and luminous watercolor portraits and landscapes with figures. 

Always a student as well as a teacher, she enjoys sharing her love of all things creative. For years she taught classes in drawing, painting, and sculpture. 

Samples of her painting and illustration work can be seen at: 


AHAC members $240 

Register (AHAC Members)

Non-members $270 

Register (Non-members)

Adult Interest Groups

Open Studio

Every Saturday

10 AM - 1PM

Bring your latest project and work alongside others in the studio.  Feel free to work in any medium except oil paints!

Cafe Italiano

Every Thursday*

1PM - 3PM

Join us for cappuccino and conversation ... entirely in Italian!  All experience levels welcome to come practice their skills.

* No cafe on August 3, Thanksgiving or Christmas week  

Chamber Music

Every Saturday

3PM - 5PM

Chamber music ... to play or to listen... with Joel DeWitt on violin.

Multi Age Classes

Special Events


FilmOneFest (the Atlantic Highlands One-Minute International Film Festival) is a celebration of the super short film and a snap-shot of the creative image making happening online and across the world. Founded in 2008, the festival takes place on third Saturday of July at the Atlantic Highlands Marina and is screened at other venues throughout the year. Films (under 2 minutes in length) from local and international film and video makers are projected on a giant screen under the stars on the historic shores of Sandy Hook Bay. 

Visit FilmOneFest

Mercuryan Fest

The Mercuryan Fest is a monthly series featuring music, short films, and performance art.  Founded by a local high school student, this event brings in indie, punk, and experimental bands from all over the state and beyond. 


Peaks and Valleys

Wednesday, September 6 - Saturday, September 30

Opening Reception Saturday, September 23 6PM to 8PM

Artwork by Theresa Smith-Gjertsen.

New Jersey native, grew up in East Brunswick in a farm house built by her 

father's family in 1890 and now resides in Atlantic Highlands. Being surrounded 

and inspired by nature and visions that veer from the norm her entire 

life, Theresa pulls textures, patterns and ideas that trigger familiar emotions. 

At the end of the day her work is all about nature and balance, visual feel goods, 

happy mistakes and being connected (with a dash of glamour)- all the things that 

hold the most importance in her personal life. Her paintings are completely her 

own truth. More feeling than thought goes into Theresa's paintings with the hope 

that she will evoke the same in others and make that raw human connection. 

Each piece has so many layers produced from multiple mediums, it has been a 

different painting many times and the finished product is the result of all these 

layers. Just as we are multi layered beautiful works in progress.