Whether taking one class or a full-time course load, it is the school's mission to prepare students for a successful career in the arts by providing them with a solid, realist based foundation. The faculty consists of professional artists and designers who offer students the opportunity to gain the insight, knowledge and up-to-date skills of today’s artist. With the exception of our Art History courses, students are not just reading texts pertaining to current and historic practices, they are learning, practicing and mastering those skills.
duCret School of the Arts helps bring together students of all levels with experts, so as to study specific mediums while also furthering an individual's artistic expression. Our location in Plainfield, New Jersey, a city with 10 Historic Architectural Districts, has helped anchor our students and staff within a place that prides itself on its history and diversity. We have maintained long-standing relationships with the city, its residents and the wider community of local artists by holding lectures, open studio hours, children's art programs, workshops, exhibitions and performances that encourage conversation and learning.
The duCret School of the Arts is the oldest arts school in the state of New Jersey. Founded in 1926 by artist and teacher Marjorie Van Emburgh, the school was originally located in a large carriage house in a residential area of Plainfield. By 1936 it had outgrown its original quarters and obtained space in the Babcock Building, located in the center of the Plainfield business district. Over the next two decades, the school continued to build a reputation for excellence in art education.
In 1964, the Van Emurgh School of Art was acquired by Dudley V. duCret and became the Van Emburgh/duCret School of Fine and Industrial Art. It was incorporated in 1970 and moved to its current location, the George Strong house in the Van Wyck historic residential section of Plainfield.
Ms. Van Emburgh remained a faculty member until 1975.