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.



Youth Interest Groups

Teen Open Studio

Every Tuesday*

4PM - 5:30PM

Bring your latest project or passion and work along side other teens.  Be inspired by each other, learn from each other, or just come hang out with other teen artists while you do what you love!

Please bring your own supplies.

* No studio time on October 3 1 or December 26 in 2017.

Adult Classes

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 

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Non-members $270 

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Taste of Tango

Sunday, October 15

3PM - 6PM

A 3 hour class introducing you to the fundamentals of tango and its flavor.  It's guaranteed that you will be dancing by the end of the night.

Hear a brief history of the evolution of the Argentine Tango social dance.  Explore basic structures, energy, motions and directions.  Learn how to dance effortlessly and gain a basic understanding and interpretation of the music.

Then enjoy a traditional Milango party, practicing the quick step and basic moves using mixer drills.

Light refreshments.  A lot of fun is promised.  You don't need to bring a partner.

Hosted by Red Bank Tango.

$35 for pre-registered, $40 at the door


Art of ... Salsa

Sunday, October 29 

4PM - 7PM

Beginner and advanced students will learn basics and some pretty cool moves.  Then, take what you learn onto the dance floor, guided by the teachers, to practice your new moves.

Hosted by Kevin and Kim from South Street Salsa.



Art of ... Living Well

Sunday, November 5

4PM - 7PM

In this 3 hr lecture/workshop, there will also be an oil "show and tell" and meditation.  We will discuss the fundamentals of Chinese medicine including Acupuncture - how it works, what a treatment is like and its uses. What Cupping Treatments are used for.  The use of Essential Oils topically and in the home to reduce the number of chemicals in our lives.  The third hour of this lecture is a meditation class to give you techniques that you can use anywhere to help you de-stress and keep the energy in your body flowing smoothly.


The class will be given by Kris Sparacino L.Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist from Clear River Acupuncture - Atlantic Highlands & Lincroft.



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. 

A Halloween Party of Psychics, Scares, Treats and Tunes

Friday, October 27

7:30PM - 9:30PM

Come in costume and join in the fun as the Atlantic Frightlands Creative Group throws a fun Halloween Party to benefit the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council. 

Included in a single ticket price is pizza, treats, costume contest, psychic readings, costume contest, pumpkin painting, face painting, tarot card readings, photo booth and the live music of local rockers, The Glycerines. 

There's also a special late-night “interactive” screening (loaded with surprise scares!) of the classic horror flick,, at the Atlantic Cinemas (a quick two- minute walk from the party on First avenue). One ticket gives you everything you’ll want or need to make your Halloween complete!

Adults $15

Children Under 12 $9

Children must be accompanied by an Adult!

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Modern Hieroglyphics .... Art of Comics

Sunday, October 1 - Saturday, October 28

Opening Reception Friday, October 13 6PM to 8PM

Artwork by Sean Pryor, Kristin Middleton, Luke Fusco, Charlie Fogel, Shamus Beyale.

Local artists and lifelong comic enthusiasts Kristin Middleton and Sean Pryor present the work of five artists in this October exhibit for the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council in its first-ever comic art display.

The AJ Dillon Gallery Reunion Show: A Tribute to Frank Leahy

Saturday, November 4 - Monday, December 4

Opening Reception Saturday, November 4 6PM to 9PM

A group show curated by "wierd*eye*one" DeBenedictis.