Arts & Crafts Center

Arts and Crafts
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Welcome to the FSS Arts & Crafts Center!

Bldg. 6039 Philadelphia Street
(Located off Doughboy Loop, directly behind the Wells Fargo Bank)

Office: 609.562.5691
Fax: 609.562.4835
Frame Shop: 609.562.2542
Ceramics Shop: 609.562.5771

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 1pm – 8:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 5pm

***Click here for the Holiday Hours during the holiday periods***

  • Offering custom laser engraving for:
    • Classic wood plaques
    • Executive style acrylic desk awards
    • Custom cut/sized metal and plastic plates
    • Sublimation
    • Color imprinted custom plaques
    • Take a step up and consider Award Eagles and other Military Statues.

All these items are suitable for acknowledgments, farewells, promotions, personal gifts, Quarterly and Annual Awards, and more!

Order turnaround time is normally 2-3 business days, slightly longer for custom plaques and large orders; Same-day service available for an additional fee.



Full-service custom framing for all framing needs. We have a framing professional with 30 years of experience, use only state-of-the-art equipment, and offer a great selection of moldings & mats!

  • Farewell and recognition presentations
  • Rush service for presentations available
  • Guidon framing – ask us about Guidon production
  • Original or limited edition art
  • Preservation framing and museum mounting is our specialty
  • Prints, Posters, Photographs
  • Certificates, Diplomas
  • Canvas stretching


Offering a complete pottery studio and paint-your-own ceramics and mosaic studio! Our staff is experienced, qualified, and always on hand to help in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Pottery Studio

Offering classes covering hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Glazes and firing provided. Adult pottery classes are 6 weeks long and held on Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:30pm. Open to beginners and intermediate. Pre-registration required.

Kids pottery classes for ages 6 thru 12 are four weeks long and held on Saturday mornings from 10:30am to 12:00pm. Special classes can be arranged for Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.

For more information on these classes, please view the 87FSS Events Calendar and follow for updates on classes and events.

Paint Your Own Ceramics and Mosaic Studio

Our studio offers a large selection of ceramic bisque items to choose from to decorate with glaze. All pieces are food and dishwasher safe when finished. Mosaics offer a great way to express yourself with colorful glass. We supply all the shapes, tiles, glue and grout to complete your project. Group functions and parties can be arranged to paint ceramics or do mosaics.



Learn a variety of artistic skills & techniques through our multi-crafts classes and workshops. Our highly qualified instructors offer courses to both children and adults in a fun, friendly and encouraging environment. Many materials are available to provide students the finest learning experience possible.

For more information on these classes, please view the 87FSS Events Calendar and follow for updates on classes and events.

Classes, Courses, and Programs

Drawing, Painting, and Mixed Media Arts; Beginner and Intermediate Sewing; Quilts for Kids (volunteer program); Beginner and Intermediate Photography; Field Trips.

For more information, please view the 87FSS Events Calendar and follow for updates on classes and events.

Studio Use

Enjoy open studio time and use of equipment for a nominal fee during our regular business hours. Accu-Cut, Sewing, Drawing/Painting, and Create a Critter are offered.

Class Registration Information

Advanced registration is required for all classes via phone or in person. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are informed of supply needs at the time of registration or during the first class meeting. Classes are open to all DoD ID holders and their accompanied guests. Classes fill quickly, register early, call 609.562.5691.

Class Cancelation/Refund Information

Class fees are refunded in the event of a class cancellation due to lack of enrollment or other reasons. Students may cancel a class reservation in person or by phone. Participants have 30 days to obtain refunds after notification of a cancellation, with a receipt. Arts & Crafts will honor previous payment for a rescheduled or future classes held in lieu of a refund.

Please call 609.562.5691 for more information.


Have your child’s next birthday party at 87FSS’s Peter L. Hunt Arts & Crafts Center. Enjoy two hours of party room use and one enjoyable craft project, including all materials! Make reservations via phone, however, for the best service we recommend booking a party in person. Stop in today to see our great selection of craft projects for your party!

Rental Fees:

♦ $20 for 2-hour party room rental – (Includes table covers & staff instruction)

Craft Project Options/Pricing

♦ Pottery Painting

Great selection of ceramic items for children to paint! Prices & firing fees vary per ceramic piece. (Item cost + half = total cost.)

♦ Create a Critter

Stuff your very own soft & cuddly friend! A fantastic party project for young party-goers. Choose from a wide selection of stuffed animals. Critters are $12.50 per child (Includes – animal, stuffing, critter t-shirt & staff instruction).

2019 Air Force Art Contest is on!

Please click this link for more details.

Events at the FSS Arts & Crafts Center
Halloween lettering. Pumpkin silhouette. Vector hand drawn illustration
Adult Game Night - Exquisite Corpse

Surrealist drawing game! Need a laugh? What about a night out? We have you covered! We are hosting an adult game night just for you. Exquisite Corpse is a game of creativity, fun, and surrealism. Expand your creativity while chatting and laughing!

Cost: $20

Wednesday, October 30, 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Chat & Crochet (Ages 16 & up)

We will start with a simple project to teach you the basics of crochet. We strongly encourage crochet enthusiasts to join us from any level, to learn the beautiful craft of crochet and meet new people! This class has homework! Materials list provided at time of registration. Pre-registration required.

Session 1: Tuesdays, November 5 & 19, 1:00pm – 2:30pm.

Session 2: Tuesdays, December 3 & 17, 1:00pm – 2:30pm.

Cost: $20 per session or $10 per class.

Couples Paint Night

Have your date night without leaving JB MDL! Each individual will leave with a painting of their own, on a 16x20” stretched canvas. Register by Thursday November 7.

Cost: $50 per couple, materials provided.

Friday, November 8, 6:00pm-8:30pm in the Spare Room Lounge in the FSS Bowling Center Dix. 

Couple Painting
Family Project - Arts
Family Project - Thankful Tree

Come and enjoy a family fun creative event! We will guide you through creating your own Thankful Tree! Bring a coffee and unwind with us! Pre-registration required; payment due at registration. All ages are welcome. Adult supervision required.

Register by November 6.

Saturday, November 16, 10:30am-12:30pm.

Cost: $30 per family (max of 4 persons, additional charge more than 4 members), materials provided. 

GRow Where You're Planted - Plant & Craft

Want to work out that green thumb? In this class we will make a planter and you will leave with a little plant and craft of your own!

Cost: $30, materials provided.

Saturday, November 9, 1:00pm-3:00pm (Register by October 29)


Saturday, December 7, 10:30am-12:30pm (Register by November 22)

Plant & Craft
Family Project - Arts
Family Project - Ornaments

Come and enjoy a family fun creative event! We will guide you through creating your own ornaments! No experience required! Bring a coffee and unwind with us!

Register by December 11.

All ages are welcome. Adult supervision required.

Saturday, December 14, 12:00pm-2:00pm.

Cost: $45 per family (max of 4 persons), materials provided.

Coffee & Canvas

Welcome in the weekend by painting with us! Each session we will guide you on a painting adventure! No skills required. Just a cup of coffee, tea or your favorite morning beverage. You will leave each session with a painting done, from start to finish by you! This is a fun class and a great way to squeeze in some creativity.

Cost: $15 each class. Discounts available for multiple classes. Materials Provided.

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Dates: Fridays, October 25; November 8, 22; December 13 

Coffee and Canvas
Drawing Class

Help you build your drawing skills. All levels welcome, beginner and intermediate focused. You will learn how to draw what you see using pencil and or charcoal. We will discuss our materials, what they are and why that matters; as well as drawing skills: sight-size, proportions, shading/rendering, among other art principles and elements. Drawing is the foundational skill to all your artistic endeavors. This class has homework!

Materials list provided. Register by October 30. 

Cost: $60

Wednesdays, November 6 - December 18 (6 weeks; No class November 27), 6:30pm-8:00pm. 

Lunch Break Art Journaling

Bring your lunch and create with us! Each class we will design and create a new spread in your journal. A great way to refocus and allow for some self-care!

No need to register, just come on in!

Cost: $25 for first class; $8 per class for future classes. Materials Provided.

Tuesdays 11:00am-12:00pm & Fridays 12:00pm-1:00pm.

Session 2: Oct 22. 

November 5, 15, 19; December 3, 17.

Art Journal
Little Painter
Little Picassos (Ages 3-5)

You heard that right; bring your little one to explore creativity and have a little fun! We do something new at every class while fostering creative exploration with a variety of materials. Registration required; payment due at registration. 

Open to ages 3-5, first and third Fridays.

Cost: $5 per class and materials provided

Time: 10:15am-11:00am

Dates: November 1 & 15; December 6 & 20

after the master's Series: Acrylic Painting Class

We will explore the basics of acrylic painting after a masterpiece in art history. This class is for beginners and first-time painters, but all levels are welcome! Registration required; payment due at registration.

Cost: $65 plus materials. Materials list will be provided at registration.

Fall Session: Fauvism master, Henri Matisse.

Thursdays, November 7 - December 19 (6 weeks; No class on November 28) from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Register by  November 2. 

609.562.5691 / 609.562.5771.

Painting Class
Color Pencil Painting
Color Pencil Basics (Ages 13 & up)

We will learn the basics of color pencil painting! We will discuss color mixing, theory, application, methods, and various media and mediums. We will also look at other artists’ works such as Ester Roi, who use color pencil and other wax based mediums.

Cost: $60. Materials list available at the FSS Arts and Crafts Center.

Registration required. Open to ages 13 & up.

TBA, Wednesdays, (6 weeks) from 6:00pm-7:30pm.


Kids Textile and Fiber Arts Class (Ages 6 & Up)

Explore the wonderful world of fiber arts. We will create weavings and macramé; and explore different types of textiles and yarn. Pre-registration required, payment due at registration. Materials provided.

Cost $40

Time: 1:30pm-3:00pm

Dates: TBA


Home School Art Classes
beginner photography
Beginner Photography (Ages 18 & Up)

This course will cover everything you need to know to turn your average looking snapshots into photos you can be proud of. We will demystify aperture, shutter speed, ISO and composition to give you the creative freedom you’ve been looking for. This course is designed for beginner to intermediate photographers.

Cost: $60 for 4 weeks course; $45 for 3 weeks course

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm


- Wednesdays, November 6-20 (3 weeks); $45 

- Wednesdays, December 4-18 (3 weeks); $45

Adult Beginner Sewing (ages 18 & up)

Learn all about the sewing machine and all supplies/tools used. This class gives you a great beginner foundation, designed to cover all the sewing basics. You will easily gain more confidence, speed and skills. Students may bring their sewing machine but it’s not required. Some materials are provided. Please stop by 87FSS Arts & Crafts Center for a materials list.

Cost: $60 for 4 weeks course; $45 for 3 weeks course

Time: 6pm-8:30pm


- Thursdays, November 7-21 (3 weeks); $45 plus material

- Thursdays, December 5-19 (3 weeks); $45 plus material

Art for Tots (Ages 2 - 5)

During this class enjoy exploring art with your child. You and your child will create a fun cute craft to take home and display in your home. Parents are required to stay and assist their child in making their craft.

Cost $10

Time: 10:30am-11:00am

Date(s): TBA

Adult Paint Night (ages 16 & up)

Come and enjoy a night of painting this beautiful spring! We will guide you through a beautiful adventure of floral painting, from color, to brush, to canvas on a large 16” x 20" canvas. Bring a coffee and unwind with us. Materials provided.

Pre-registration required, payment due at registration.

Cost: $30

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Dates: TBA

Watercolor Painting
framing class
Framing Qualification Class

Get qualified to use this great facility and equipment! You will complete one piece as you learn to operate the equipment. You are required to bring something in to frame such as an 8x10 photo or certificate. All materials are available at the frame shop which will be purchased at the end of class.

Cost: $25 plus materials.

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Date(s): TBA

Kids Pottery Class
(Ages 6-12)

Classes cover hand-building; pinching, coiling, slab building among other hand building techniques. Students will be shown basic techniques that will lead to their own creative solutions. Clay glazes and firings are provided.

Registration required; payment due at registration.

Open to ages 6-12.

Cost: $40 for 4 weeks class; $30 for 3 weeks class.

Session 1: Saturdays, November 2-23 (4 weeks) 10:30am-12:00pm.

Session 2: Saturdays, December 7-21 (3 weeks) 10:30am-12:00pm.

Shaping Pottery
kids sewing
Kids Beginner Sewing (Ages 10 & up)

This class is “SEW” fun! Kids will learn the sewing machine basics and improve fine motor skills. Students will gain more confidence by the end of the session. 

Students must have up-to-date tetanus shot.

Cost: $30                                          Time: 10:00am-11:30am                      

October Class: October 26 (3 weeks; no class on 12th)

November Class: November 2, 16 & 23 (3 weeks; no class on 9th)

December Class: December 7 - December 21 (3 weeks) 

Kids Painting Class (Ages 6 & up)

We will learn to paint with acrylic paints including basic color theory, blocking in colors and how to prepare and finish a canvas. Kids will leave with a completed work of art that they can be proud to hang on their wall!

Cost: $30 

Session 1: Saturdays, November 2 & 9 (2 weeks), 10:30am-12:00pm. Register by October 25.

girl drawing paints on paper and hands
Nail & String Art cp
Home Sweet Nail Art

Join us to create beautiful mail string art to hang in your home. Nails and hammers will be used to shape out your piece. Participants must prepay for event. Seats are limited. We are offering an evening class and a day class. 

Cost: $30, all materials provided.

Thursday, October 24 (register by October 10), 6:00pm-8:00pm

adult Pottery Class

The class will focus on beginning wheel throwing techniques, basic hand-building skills such as pinching, coiling and slab construction. Glazes and firing are provided. Open to beginners through intermediate.

Pre-registration required.

Cost: $85, plus clay.  

Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm

- Wednesdays, November 6 - December 11 (6 weeks)

Hands of an artisan working on a potter's wheel
crochet class
Beginner Crochet 101 

Learn the basics of crochet! We will start with a simple project to teach you the basics of crochet. We strongly encourage crochet enthusiasts to join us from any level, to learn the beautiful craft of crochet and meet new people!

Cost: $45 per session. Materials list provided at time of registration.

Date:  TBA

Homeschool Art Classes
Home School Art Program

Check out our updated art program! Your homeschooler will explore a variety of art mediums to include; pottery, painting, paper crafts and more. Our new class for teens will go further in depth in fine art and pottery to develop skills or build new skills. Materials provided. 

Registration required; payment due on registration.

Session 1 is for ages 6-11: TBA, from 2:00pm-3:30pm. Cost $50.

Session 2 is for ages 12 & up: Thursdays, October 3-November 14 (7 weeks; 3 weeks in Ceramics, 4 weeks in Drawing) from 2:30pm-4:00pm. Cost $75. Register by September 26.