Arts & Crafts Center

Arts and Crafts
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JAN & FEB Class Schedules

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Welcome to the FSS Arts & Crafts Center!

Bldg. 6039 Philadelphia Street,                                                                                                                JB MDL Dix (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).

Events at the FSS Arts & Crafts Center

                                                                             FSS Arts & Crafts 2020 Classes are sponsored by New Jersey Natural Gas

Spring Art Show

Thursday April 9, 10:30am to 4:30pm.

Entry open to all DoD ID holders age 10 and up. 

Entries must be brought to the Center no later than April 1.

Categories include Photography, Ceramic, Sculpture, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Printing, and Color Pencil. One entry per person.


Free Firing Fee Fridays!

Every first Friday of the month we are waiving all firing fees for the Arts & Crafts Center’s Paint Your Own Ceramics. You only pay for the item that you wish to paint! This deal only applies to items purchased from the Arts & Crafts Center’s stock of prepared ceramics and only on the first Friday of the month. No rainchecks.

All day long from 10:00am-5:00pm.

Dates: February 7, March 6, April 3

Firing of pottery in the oven.
Coffee and Canvas
Coffee & Canvas

Start 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. Materials Provided.

Time: 10:30am-12:30pm

Dates: January 24; February 14, 28; March 13, 27; April 10, 24

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.  

Cost: $60

TBA, 6:30pm-8:00pm.

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, siblings welcome.

Cost: $5 per class and materials provided

Select Fridays, 10:15am-11:00am.

Dates: February 7, 21; March 6, 20; April 3, 17

Bare Bones Mosaics!

You will be instructed on how to create a basic mosaic on your choice of substrate available at the arts and crafts center. The first class we will go over the design and the second class is grouting and sealing.

Ages: 13+
Cost: $20 + the price of substrate.
Registration required. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: January 28.

Saturdays, February 1 & 8 (2 weeks), 10:00am-12:00pm.


Not Just Paint Nights!

No art skills required! Come and join us for some fun painting and making. This makes a great date night! You will leave each class with a new creation. We will explore something new each class; Chalk pastels, Oil Pastels, Acrylic Painting, nail and string art, pour painting, watercolor, Huichol Style Yarn Painting. 

Cost: $25 per class date. Materials Provided. 

Register by the Tuesday prior to the class date.

Thursdays, 6:00pm-8:00pm

- January 23: Acrylic Paint Night                - January 30: Huichol Style Yarn Painting    - February 6: Nail and String Art                - February 13: Pour Painting                      - February 20: Water Color

Kids Drawing Class (Ages 6 & up)

We will learn to draw using simple shapes! Drawing is a foundational skill of all arts. It is a great skill to have as your child progresses on their creative path.

Ages: 6 & up. Cost: $30.

- Saturdays, January 4, 11, 25 (3 weeks; No class on January 18) from 10:30am-12:00pm.

- Saturdays, March 7 thru March 21 (3 weeks) from 10:30am-12:00pm. Register by March 6.


Kids Drawing
beginner photography
Photography Class

Out of auto mode and find out what all those other buttons actually do! Our instructor will teach you how to use your DSLR camera. Learn about shutter speed, aperture, manual mode, focus and so much more! A minimum of 4 students per class for class to be held. Pre-registration required.

Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Beginner Class: $60

- Wednesdays, January 8-29 (Register by January 7) 

- Wednesdays, March 4-25 (Register by March 3)

Intermediate Class: $75

- Wednesdays, February 5-26 (Register by February 4)

Wednesdays, April 1-22 (Register by March 31)

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

Dates: TBA

Acrylic Cloud-Scape Workshop

Join the FSS Arts & Crafts Center for an exciting painting workshop. Learn the art of CLOUDSCAPES! We will be painting on stretched canvases with Acrylic Paints.

This class is 3 hours long, come prepared with your choice of snacks and beverages. We are offering 2 opportunities to take this class. One daytime and one evening.

Cost: $50, supplies are included.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Session 2: February 18.

Session 2: Thursday, February 27, 5:30pm-8:30pm


Homeschool art Program (Revamped)

ATTENTION HOMESCHOOLERS: Our homeschooling program has been revamped after running some trials. Thank you for bearing with us while we made these adjustments. We think you’ll love the new scheduling!

The new program will run 3 weeks at a time AND you have the option to choose Pottery or 2D Arts (sometimes 3D). You can choose both if your scheduling allows!

Cost: $40 per session, $5 discount for siblings.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Session 1: January 7; Session 2: January 30.

Session 1. A: 6-11 years old, Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm (3 weeks) POTTERY January 9, 16, 23.

Session 1. B: 12+ years old, Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm (3 weeks) 2D ARTS January 9, 16, 23.

Session 2. A: 6-11 years old, Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm (3 weeks) 2D ARTS February 6, 13, 20.

Session 2. B: 12+ years old, Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm (3 weeks) POTTERY February 6, 13, 20.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Session 1: March 3; Session 2: March 31.

Session 1. A: 6-11 years old, Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm (3 weeks) POTTERY March 5, 12, 19.

Session 1. B: 12+ years old, Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm (3 weeks) 2D ARTS March 5, 12, 19.

Session 2. A: 6-11 years old, Thursdays, 2:00-3:30pm (3 weeks) 2D ARTS April 2, 9, 16.

Session 2. B: 12+ years old, Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm (3 weeks) POTTERY April 2, 9, 16.

Seating is limited, please register early. 609.562.5691.

Plant & Craft
Grown Where You're Planted!

Add a little green to that winter wonderland! In this class we will make a planter and you will leave with a plant and craft of your own!

- Plant & Craft: Saturday, January 25, 1:00pm-3:00pm (Register by January 14). Cost: $25, Materials Provided.

- Propagation Swap: Plant lovers unite! We are hosting a cutting/propagation swap for all of our green-thumbed patrons! Bring a plant and or some cuttings to trade! 

Saturday, February 29, 10:30am-11:30am (Register by February 25). Cost: $5 rooting hormone and soil.

- Plant & Mosaic: A colorful way to bring in Spring! In this class we will make a mosaic planter. After the 2 class dates you will leave with a beautiful plant and mosaic piece. 

Saturdays, March 7 & 14, 1:00pm-3:00pm (Register by March 3). Cost: $55, Materials provided.

- Start Your Seeds: Want to try your thumb at container gardening? Want to grow your own veggies and flowers this year? The race is on! We will help you learn how to start those seedlings. You will leave with seeds ready to start growing with your care and attention. 

Saturday, March 21, 1:00pm-3:00pm (Register by March 14). Cost: $15.

Beginners Watercolor Painting Class

This class will cover; color theory, color mixing, application and brush strokes, techniques, methods and composition. 

Cost: $55, materials included.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 25 for Session 1, March 24 for Session 2.

Thursdays, 6:00-8:00pm.

Session 1: March 5-26 (4 weeks)                                Session 2: April 2-23 (4 weeks).


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

- Wednesday, March 4

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: $45 for 4 weeks class; $35 for 3 weeks class.

Session 1: Saturdays, January 4-25 (3 weeks; No class on January 18) 10:30am-12:00pm.

Session 2: Saturdays, February 1-29 (4 weeks; No class on February 15) 10:30am-12:00pm.

Session 1: Saturdays, March 7-28 (4 weeks) 10:30am-12:00pm.

Session 2: Saturdays, April 4-25 (4 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

Dates: TBA

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!

Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm

- Saturdays, February 1 & 8 (2 weeks): Cost $25.

- Saturdays, April 4 & 11 (2 weeks): Cost $30; Register by March 31.

girl drawing paints on paper and hands
Hands of an artisan working on a potter's wheel
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, January 8-February 5 (6 weeks)

- Wednesdays, March 4-April 8 (6 weeks)

Crochet 101 - Evening Classes

Learn the basics of crochet! We will start with a simple project to teach you the basics of crochet. You will need a variety pack of crochet hooks and your choices of 4-ply or worsted weight yarn. This class has homework!

Cost: $45 per 4-week session. If registering for both sessions, ask about our discount!

Classes held Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30pm.

• Session 1: January 8-29 (Registration Deadline January 7)

• Session 2: February 5-26 (Registration Deadline January 30)

• Session A: March 4-25 

• Session B: Saturdays, April 4-25, 10:30am-12pm

crochet class
baby prints
Baby Prints and Finger Painting

We will be doing some hand printing artwork for our tiniest of treasures! Bring your little one to explore painting on canvas with washable paint. We are offering the option of putting your baby’s hand and/or foot prints on ceramic plates or on a canvas panel. 

Saturday, February 22, 1:00pm-3:00pm. All ages welcome.

Option A Cost: $10 for finger painting or hand-prints on canvas.

Option B Cost: $20 hand-prints on ceramic plate. Prices include supplies and firing fees.