Thompson Park Creative Arts Center

Thompson Park
805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ

Open Ceramics 
Sundays, December 6, January 3 & February 7
 from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Choose from a large selection of bisque fired pottery pieces to glaze and make your own. Come for an hour or two - alone or with a friend and let your creative juices flow. For only $6 per hour plus the cost of bisque-ware. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Leave your piece with us and we will have it fired in about a week. Cash or check only please.  

Creative Arts Center Student/Instructor Sale

Saturday, December 5 from 11 a.m. -5 p.m.  
Sunday, December 6 from 12-4 p.m.  

student/instructor sale

Join us as we celebrate the original artwork of our students and instructors. Kick off your holiday shopping or find the perfect piece for your home made by local artists.  For more information, please contact Barbara Zarella at or 732-842-4000, ext. 4253.

Handmade Gift Tags and Card  
Tuesday, December 15 from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  

Get in the spirit of giving with handmade gift tags and cards. Drop by the Creative Arts Center and create decorative paper tags and a card for someone special.  FREE!

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The Creative Arts Center in Thompson Park features pottery & ceramics studios, as well as classrooms for painting, drawing, and other craft activities. Many works of art created by students and instructors can be viewed in display cases that line the entrance of the building. At just under 12,000 square feet, the Creative Arts Center serves as an artistic outlet for county residents.  

Pottery & Ceramics Classes

Adult Pottery at the Creative Arts Center

With about 2/3 of its space devoted to pottery and ceramics, the Center hosts several sessions of classes each year for all levels of students.  Instructors provide guidance according to each student’s ability.  Classes include Beginner’s Wheel Pottery, Open Pottery Workshop, Handbuilding, and Raku Pottery. Classes are also held in ceramics, with students choosing from an inventory of pre-cast items. Check out our pottery/ceramic classes for children and our classes for adults.


Children's Summer Art Camp Mural Project


Other Craft Classes
Reflecting the diverse interests of county residents, the Center also offers a rich array of craft classes for adults & children as well as drawing, painting, knitting, crocheting, origami, jewelry-making, basket-making, holiday crafts, and more. the Center also offers programs for children.  Youngsters can enjoy drawing, cartooning, painting, holiday-themed programs & summer camps. 

The Center also offers activities designed for home-schooled children, as well as birthday parties for youngsters.  

Painting Workshop for Adults at the Creative Art Center


  • Garden  State Parkway to exit 109. Southbound, turn right onto Rt. 520 west (Newman Springs Rd.); Northbound, turn left onto Rt. 520 west 2.2 miles to Park (past M.T. Thompson park and Brookdale  College entrance ) on left.
  • State Hwy. 34 to Rt. 520 east. Southbound, turn left; northbound, turn right. Follow Rt. 520 east to Park entrance.