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  • One Thousand Springs

    Fine Art Paintings by Michael Malzone


    Please join me in my exhibition of 32 new paintings celebrating Springtime.


    The public is invited to the artists reception Sunday, June 11, 2 - 4 pm


    Featuring the live music of Laura L. Wootton


    At the Creators Workshop Art School

    21 Pompton plains crossroad, Wayne, NJ 07470

    Mikemalzone@G mail.com 973-720-0001



    When the artist is alive in any person ... he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for better understanding.

    -Robert Henri

    Now in our 22nd year, the Creators Workshop offers fine art instruction for children and adults. Our school is founded on the principle of offering students a fine art education in a professional, working studio environment. Under the tutelage of owner/instructor Michael Malzone and excellent art instructors, students are taught classic traditional techniques in drawing and painting, and in which they can learn, practice and develop their skills. Whether the student aspires to a career in art or just for enjoyment, our goal is to make the art of art instruction a fun and enriching experience.

    About Michael Malzone


    Mike Malzone has been an artist for over 30 years. As a painter and illustrator, his artwork has appeared in magazines, newspapers, greeting cards, and sportswear. His original paintings and prints are sold in galleries and through his studio. His artwork has exhibited in many regional shows including the Hudson Valley Art Association, American Professional Artists League, Salmagundi Club, NY., National Arts Club, NY Lambert Castle Museum, Dey Mansion, and many others.

  • Seascape Painting Demo with Live Music




    Children & Adults



    Class size is limited to 18 students per session


    TUESDAY (Children & teens)
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


    TUESDAY (Children & teens)

    6:00 pm - 7:30


    FRIDAY (Children & teens)
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


    SATURDAY (Children & teens)
    Painting & Drawing
    10 am - 11:30 am





    Class size is limited to 15 students per session

    7:00 pm -9:30 pm

    9:30 am - 12:00 pm

    Painting & Drawing
    11:30 am - 1:30 pm





    What you'll learn at the Creators Workshop

    Fine Art Instruction.... 

    The Creators Workshop Way!



    We are enhancing are drawing and painting classes with more serious methods of studies.
    Our drawing classes incorporate a modified version of the classical drawing course formulated by Jean-Léon Gérôme and Charles Bargue in the late 1800's, one of the most influential art-education programs in the world. From Paris to London to New York, major museums and art schools used the course. Students from Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and hundreds of other art students spent weeks and months making exact copies of the lithographs of plaster casts, great master drawings, and life drawings.
    Many great art schools and ateliers around the US today still utilize the Bargue method and are rediscovering its value to the aspiring artist.
    I have come to the opinion as a private art instructor that despite the innovation in graphics and photography due to technology and computers, artists still need to draw! That's our job, to provide our students with great classical, traditional drawing skills, and enjoying the process.

    Traditional representational painting in Acrylics, Oils, & Watercolors
    The title sounds stuffy, but that's what we've been successfully teaching our students the past twenty years. A very sound method and approach to painting, based on the nineteenth-century ateliers and studios. Our goal is to impart a deep understanding of the guiding principles of painting, understanding of tonal values and the nature of light and how we perceive it. Through the study of landscape, seascape, still life, and portraits, the art student explores the skills of composition, an understanding of color, the prismatic palette, and methods and materials of executing a successful painting. Our approach to color and our palette is based on the Munsell color system combined with the prismatic palette passed down from Frank Vincent Dumond, which was taught at the Art Students League. Using the Munsell system puts our students light years ahead of other art school methods and through practice, any artist can attain any color in color space using this method. Dumond's palette breaks down the Munsell system making it applicable to painting any subject matter. Pretty exciting stuff!


  • Meet Our Instructors

    Creators Workshop is proud to have some of the most talented young artists in the area to work with our students.

    Ms. Amanda

    It is a real privilege to have Ms. Amanda a part of the Creators Workshop for over ten years. A Monmouth College graduate, Ms. Amanda teaches art in the Waldwick school system

    Ms. Sophia

    Sophia came to our school three years ago as a student and continues to study with us along with teaching on the weekend. A student of Wayne Hills, Sophia certainly has a bright future in art

    Ms. Connie

    Connie is tired of me telling her she might be the most talented student I ever met, but too bad! A real prodigy, Connie joined us about five years ago as a student and has been an instructor for the last two. She graduated from Wayne Hills this year and is headed to Rice University to study what else....Art!

    Ms. Molly

    We are elated to have Ms. Molly with us at our school. Molly joined us in late Spring, 2o22. Extremely talented, Molly is attending Montclair State College majoring in art education.

    Mr. Mike

    Michael Malzone has been a professional artist for over thirty five years as a painter and illustrator.
    Mike started the Creators Workshop in 2001 and is the owner/instructor.

  • The Creators Workshop community and I were fortunate to cross paths with Laura L. Wootton last September.

    A multi-talented creator, Laura shared her incredible musical and artistic talents with both our children and adult students. Since Laura performs events here at our school but also other venues, were happy to share her schedule here.... EVENTS COMING SOON





    "The Sun Is Shining" Written and illustrated by Laura L. Wootton

    The Sun Is Shining is an inspirational book with a powerful message for all ages.

    It includes a calming practice with affirmations, a heart scavenger hunt,
    and interactive questions that engage youngreaders with the illustrations.
    Click here to learn more about "The Sun Is Shining"

    CLICK HERE TO ORDER "The Sun Is Shining"



    You can learn more about Laura and her offerings at:

    Home page https://www.livinglovewithlaura.com

    Music: https://www.livinglovewithlaura.com/music

    Events: https://www.livinglovewithlaura.com/upcomingevents


    To book an event with Laura, email HERE















  • CW Newsletter May 2023


    The Hudson River School: Birth of The Great American Landscape


    The Hudson River School: Birth of The Great American Landscape

    by Elizabeth Tiernan


    In the mid-1800s, a group of artists dramatically changed the direction of landscape painting with their images of the wildly untamed Hudson River valley in New York. This group became known as the Hudson River School, although they were neither part of an actual school nor a formal art movement. While European artists of the time were producing more traditional paintings, these artists were inspired by the natural beauty of America’s undeveloped countryside.


    Humble Beginnings



    Prior to the emergence of the Hudson River School, many American painters preferred the style and subject matter of the more traditional European artists. Landscapes were not considered important subject matter for professional artists at the time. The Hudson River artists, however, saw incredible possibilities in the vast expanses of undeveloped American terrain. Many of these artists created their sketches outdoors then completed their paintings indoors in their art studios.


    The Hudson River School landscape style was initially influenced by the Romanticism movement that was happening in Europe, and their mission was to convey the beauty of America’s countryside. Their paintings embraced the concept of the sublime, which was a key theme in the art of the Romanticism era. The sublime placed a great emphasis on evoking strong emotions and less importance on photo-realistic representations.


    Like most artistic styles that were not named until many years after their artwork was created, the group of American painters did not receive the name of Hudson River School until many years after the style fell out of favor. The source of the name is not confirmed, but it was generally understood to have a somewhat negative connotation, implying that landscape paintings did not have universal appeal and were not appropriate subjects for serious artists.



    An Overnight Success



    The earliest of the Hudson River School paintings were created by Thomas Doughty who was one of the first artists to create paintings of the Hudson River valley. But the group’s most celebrated artist was Thomas Cole. Cole had no formal art training when he first began creating sketches of the Catskill Mountains. His style of combining the concepts of realism and idealism was quite original at the time. At the start of his career, he completed 3 small paintings of his landscapes and displayed them in a bookshop in New York City where they attracted the attention of three more established artists. John Trumbull, William Dunlap and Asher Durand were impressed with Cole’s unique style and helped launch the young artist’s career by bringing widespread attention to his work.


    Cole became an instant success virtually overnight and later gained recognition as the founder of the Hudson River School. The paintings he created were often praised not only for their expertly rendered details, but also for conveying both the beauty of the untamed land and the promise of modern development. Over the course of his career, Cole trained only one student; a young artist named Frederic Church. Church learned well under Cole’s guidance and eventually found success as a member of the second generation of Hudson River School artists.


    Other artists of the Hudson River School hoped to find the same success as Cole, and they began creating paintings in areas around upstate New York. Their technique was similar to Cole’s, sketching on site in pencil and paint and finishing their paintings indoors in their studios. The resulting paintings were often composites depicting a more idealized scene than a realistic rendering of the landscape as it naturally appeared. This was done with the intention of drawing powerful emotions from viewers, as if to overwhelm them with the beauty of nature.


    Asher Durand, one of the artists who discovered Thomas Cole’s work in the shop window, was strongly influenced by the British Romanticist painter John Constable. Constable painted directly from the outdoor scene in front of him, rather than returning to his studio to develop his paintings as Cole had done. Durand became a close friend of Cole’s and after Cole died in 1848, he took over as the leader of the Hudson River School. Under Durand’s guidance, the Hudson River artists gradually began to favor a more naturalistic approach to their paintings.



    The Second Generation



    The second generation of the Hudson River School included artists Albert Bierstadt, John Frederick Kensett, and Thomas Cole’s protégé, Frederic Church. These artists were strongly influenced by the style and process of the original Hudson River painters, but they wanted to expand into different areas of America. Both Church and Bierstadt became very well known. Church began exploring in South America, while Bierstadt focused on the terrain of the Western states. Their canvases were typically quite large and featured composite scenes, created to show panoramic views of the wilderness. Church, like his instructor Thomas Cole, made many sketches outdoors at his chosen locations, and developed them in his studio into large, imposing canvases. Bierstadt took many photographs while on location near the Rocky Mountains which he later used to develop his paintings. Through his work in this area, he became known as “The Painter of the West.”



    Light, Water and the Rocky Mountains



    While Church and Bierstadt brought their passion for landscape painting to new locations, John Frederick Kensett decided to take his landscapes in a new direction. He began working to develop a style which later became known as Luminism. His landscapes were studies of light upon water, and he returned to paint the same locations multiple times. Kensett’s canvases were smaller than those of his other Hudson River colleagues and were a significant departure from the large composite scenes of those other artists. The Luminist style he favored featured softer, less-defined brushstrokes that in some ways resembled paintings in the Impressionist style. Kensett enjoyed helping to promote other artists and was one of the founders of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


    In the 1860s, three other artists, Thomas Moran, William Keith and Thomas Hill, joined Bierstadt in his focus on the American West. They eventually became known as the Rocky Mountain School. The large composite paintings of these artists captured the hope and promise of western expansion into the wild and unmarred terrain. It was not uncommon for these artists to join expeditions into areas like the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon and the land that was later to become Yellowstone National Park.



    The Father of American Landscape Painting



    George Inness created his best-known paintings during the later years of the Hudson River School. He was often described as “the father of American landscape painting.” As a young man, Inness studied briefly under French painter Regis Francois Gignoux, who instilled in him the lessons of the Old Masters. Inness also studied the work of Thomas Cole and Asher Durand and began to consider the possibility of combining the styles of the two artists.


    Inness made multiple trips to Europe over several decades, influenced by the Old Masters and several prominent European painters but he identified more with the emerging Barbizon School of painters. The American Barbizon art movement, along with the Impressionists, began to gain popularity as the Hudson River School’s style lost momentum. The Barbizon style included darker tones and looser brush strokes than those used in the Hudson River School paintings.


    The process Inness developed to create his paintings involved observing the landscape before him and making detailed sketches of individual elements, but not of the scene as a whole. Once he returned to his studio, he blended all the pieces together into a finished landscape.



    The Legacy of the Hudson River School



    By the late 1800s, the popularity of the Hudson River School style of painting began to fade. Some critics dismissed the style as “historic” and praised the newer ideas ushered in by the Barbizon School and the American Impressionists. However, the Hudson River School artists left a lasting impression on generations of painters who came after them. Later artists have recognized the Hudson River School’s enormous contribution to the development of American landscape painting.


    Many examples of the Hudson River School paintings can be seen in museums in New York, Washington D.C., and around the nation. Frederic Church’s former home, known as Olana State Historic Park, offers tours of his estate and a museum. The museum displays both Church’s art and the work of contemporary artists that were inspired by the Hudson River School.

    Olana State Historic Park https://www.olana.org/


    Fans of the Hudson River School can also visit Thomas Cole’s home and art studio at The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, where his paintings and sketches are on display. This site also sponsors The Hudson River School Art Trail, a series of hiking and paddling excursions where participants can experience first-hand views of the glorious landscapes that were the inspiration of the Hudson River School paintings.

    Thomas Cole National Historic Site https://thomascole.org/

    The Hudson River School Art Trail https://thomascole.org/hudson-river-school-art-trail-guided-hikes/












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    You can see more of Mike's art at www.Michaelmalzone.com

    About the artist Michael Malzone
    Michael Malzone has been a professional artist for over thirty five years as a painter and illustrator.
    His illustrations has appeared on greeting cards, magazines, newspapers and sportswear. His original oil paintings and reproductions are sold in galleries, frame shops, and also available in his studio/gallery.
    Malzone is the owner/instructor of the Creators Workshop Art School located in Wayne, NJ where he teaches painting, drawing, and cartooning to over 100 children and adults weekly.
    His artwork has exhibited in many regional shows including the Salmagundi Club, NY, National Arts Club,NY, Lyme Art Assoc.,CT Ridgewood Art Institute, NJ,
    Memberships include the Hudson Valley Art Association.
  • Safety Protocol & Guidelines

    With the present situation, we request registration online. We are allowing 18 students per class, so seating availability will be on a first come, first serve basis.

    In accordance with the NJ guidelines we will meet the cleaning & sanitation procedures for the utmost safety of our students, as followed;

    - Our classroom is configured so students will meet the 3 feet distancing requirements. Students will be required to remain in their seats during the duration of class except for using the restroom.
    - Only students will be permitted in the school. We've always enjoyed meeting parents and siblings but for the time being, we ask you to wait outside. My assistant and I are happy to escort your child from and to the car.
    - Students will have their temperature taken before starting classes
    - Students will be encouraged to wash hands before and after class once they enter our school.
    - Students are required to provide their own mask
    - Myself and my assistant instructor will maintain the utmost sanitary measures, wearing masks, washing hands frequently.
    - Prior and after each class we will sanitize the handles, tables, bathroom, etc.


    We hope we've covered all the bases to make our school a safe environment so our students can enjoy learning art with us. If you have something to share and improve our guidelines, I'd love to hear from you.


    Michael Malzone

    Art Instructor & Owner at
    Creators Workshop Art School



    Registration & Payment policies

    Payment: $120 per month,(Classes are weekly)
    $40 per individual class
    Payments are due on the 1st of the month.
    10% Discount - 4 Month Prepaid- $432.00 (ask for details)

    Please make checks payable to: Creators Workshop LLC
    Mail to: Creators Workshop 21 Pompton Plains Crossroads, Wayne, NJ 07470
    Credit card payments accepted at studio & online at: www.Creatorsworkshop.com

    The Creators Workshops requires registrations using the enrollment forms available at the studio or online at
    www.Creatorsworkshop.com Creators Workshop does not accept registration for art classes over the phone.
    - Registrations are processed in the order in which they are received. Class enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.
    - Creators Workshop reserves the right to refuse admission or dismiss any student due to inappropriate behavior.
    - Registration is complete when Creators Workshop is in receipt of full payment.
    - Students enrolling after the first week will have tuition pro-rated for classes not attended.


    Materials and Supplies
    Students are responsible for supplying their own materials in both painting & drawing classes.

    We have complete acrylic paint kits available for sale at our school. See ART STORE
    For additional questions, see Mike

    Make Up Classes
    Missed classes can be made within the month or the following month in which the class was missed.
    Classes can be made up in an alternative class time at the instructors discretion
    Classes missed cannot be credited to the next month.

    Refunds for Children & Adult Classes
    Since Creators Workshop does not require long term session payments, we do not offer refunds.

    Students may transfer to any class not already filled.

    Creators Workshop will close for snow and inclement weather at our discretion. We will post closings on our website at: www.Creatorsworkshop.com two hours before class time

    Lost property
    Creators Workshop is not responsible for artwork and other property left on the premises, and has no liability if such property is lost or stolen. Any property or artwork left behind after six months will be discarded

    Gift Certificates
    Gift certificates are a great gift for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion! You can purchase one class or a month. See Mike

    Creators Workshop will occasionally document classes and student work using photography and video for promotional purposes only. If you do not want yourself, your child, or your artwork photographed, please notify us in writing or e-mail at mikemalzone@gmail.com


    Click the button to register & pay online


    Everything that's new and news at the Creators Workshop!

    The Creators Workshop re-opens Wednesday, Jan 2. We look forward to a creative 2019 season together! For more info. call Mike at 973-720-0001 or e-mail: mikemalzone@gmail.com

    Happy New Year to all our friends!

    I wish you a happy 2018, and as always grateful to share my love for art here at the Creators Workshop Art School & Studio. We had a great 2017 with many new faces and plenty of wonderful art from all our students. We look forward to a creative New Year together !

    I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you, your family, and friends a wonderful
    holiday season! We're finishing up another great year of art and creativity at our school,
    so as always I am truly thankful for this wonderful privilege.
    Warm regards,

    Here is our holiday schedule;

    2017-18 Holiday Schedule
    Classes are open unless noted below
    Thanksgiving, Nov. 23 - Closed
    School closed Dec. 25 - Dec. 31
    Re-opens Tues., Jan. 2, 2018


    Celebrate National Arts in Education Week with our FREE Art Workshops!

    We're celebrating"National Arts in Education Week" with some great, free art workshops thru September & October!
    To Register for any of our Free workshops click here:

  • Frederick Waugh, America's Greatest Seascape Painter

    You can feel the pounding of the surf and the smell the salty air with almost every one of his paintings.
    Frederick Waugh is widely considered America's greatest and most popular marine painter. A fellow Garden Stater at birth, Waugh was born in Bordentown in 1861, but his quest for painting waves against a rocky coastline took him all around the world, creating a body of work unsurpassed by any other seascape artist to this day. Many years ago I came into possession of an "American Artist" magazine, with a great article on Frederick Waugh by George R. Havens, dated 1969.

    I'm excited to share this wonderful read with you and whether you like seascape painting or not, this an excellent primer for the painter at any level.....Enjoy

  • By Far The Greatest Art Instruction Book!

    Andrew Loomis dominated the illustration field from the twenties through the fifties but his greatest gift was his art instruction publications. Today Loomis's successful how-to art books remain the standard for learning illustration and I hope in can be found in every art classroom around.
    I am pleased to share a pdf version of Creative Illustration and Drawing the head and hands. I'm an art book junkie so I certainly have at least two hard copies, one too valuable to circulate and the other I enjoy sharing with students. Work through these books and practice each section and I promise it will be the best education that no school can teach, well...not including the Creators Workshop!


  • Free Art Videos

    Check out our new art instructional videos! Whether it's landscapes, seascapes, or still life, you'll find a lesson for you, for children and adults. And the best..they're absolutely free!

    Click the links below for our free instructional videos, or you can visit our Creators Workshop Youtube playlist, CLICK HERE


    Creators Introduction

    Snoring Dog Disclaimer


    Five minutes to understanding Color

    Click here


    Six Things We Can Do With Color

    Click here

    Paint "Old Barney" Barnegat Lighthouse Paint Tutorial

    Demo part 1 Click here

    Demo part 2 Click here

    Demo part 3 Click here

    Demo part 4 Click here

    Demo part 5 Click here

    Demo part 6 Click here

    Demo part 7 Click here

    Demo part 8 Click here

    Demo part 9 Click here

    Demo part 10 Click here

    Demo part 11 Click here

    Painting the Skylands Botanical Gardens Paint Tutorial

    Demo part 1 Click here

    Demo part 2 Click here

    Demo part 3 Click here

    Demo part 4 Click here

    Demo part 5 Click here

    Demo part 6 Click here

    Demo part 7 Click here

    Demo part 8 Click here

    Toning your canvas

    Painting Oranges Part 1 CLICK HERE

    Painting Oranges Part 2 CLICK HERE

    Painting Oranges Part 3 CLICK HERE

    A Simple Landscape Part 1


    A Simple Landscape Part 2


    A Simple Landscape Part 3


    A Simple Landscape Part 4


    Paint the Sea Part 1


    Paint the Sea Part 2


    Paint the Sea Part 3


    Paint the Sea Part 4


    Paint the Sea Part 5


    Paint the Sea Part 6


    A short, simple pear demo to demonstrate basic lights and darks

    Pear Demo part 1 Click here

    Pear Demo part 2 Click here

    Pear Demo part 3 Click here

    Tree Demo Painting

    Demo part 1 Click here

    Demo part 2 Click here

    Demo part 3 Click here

    Demo part 4 Click here

    Demo part 5 Click here

    Demo part 6 Click here

    Demo part 7 Click here

    Demo part 8 Click here

    Sailing on Greenwood Lake

    Paint Tutorial

    Demo part 1 Click here

    Demo part 2 Click here

    Demo part 3 Click here

    Demo part 4 Click here

    Demo part 5 Click here


    Pears & Jug Still Life

    Paint Tutorial

    Demo part 1 Click here

    Demo part 2 Click here

    Demo part 3 Click here

    Demo part 4 Click here

    Demo part 5 Click here

    Demo part 6 Click here


    Painting in Laurelwood Gardens, Thursday 5/7/2020, 11" x 14" Oil on canvas panel, "The Artist"​

    Click Here to view the painting process



    A Pond In The Woods 11" x 14" Oil on canvas panel

    Demo part 1 Click Here

    Demo part 2 Click Here

    Demo part 3 Click Here

    Demo part 4 Click Here


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    21 Pompton Plains Crossroad

    Wayne, NJ 07470