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October 12, 2018

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History of duCret School of Art
The duCret School of Art 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 Emburgh 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 in 1977, the George Strong house in the Van Wyck historic residential section of Plainfield.

Built by George Strong in 1896, the historic home was converted to a school in the 1930's by the Wardlaw School for boys with an addition to the main house including a vaulted ceiling fine art room, a photography studio, jewelry design workshop, ceramics studio, computer lab and the duCret Theatre.


Since the school’s inception, its mission is to create an institution in central New Jersey where students can obtain a well-rounded, hands-on arts educational 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. The schools teaching staff has included such prominent artists as Jonas Lie, N.A., John Carlson, N.A., Peter Caras, Yasno Kuniyoshi, Boris Blai, William Zorach, and Furman Finck. 

Major courses of study are Graphic Design, Illustration, and Fine Art.

Along with the many post-secondary art classes offered during the week, the school also offers Saturday programs for young artists ages 6 to 15. These highly praised weekend classes give many local children the unique opportunity to explore and develop their individual artistic talents. 





duCret is a community resource center for the arts and hosts open studios, workshops, children's art programs and art shows for the general public throughout the year. The school has made available its all purpose meeting room for a variety of community groups. 


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The duCret School of Art is positioned in the center of New Jersey and easily accessible from major highways. It is also convenient to New Jersey Transit bus and rail lines.
For more information, contact the school at (908) 757-7171 or visit


Approved NJ Department of Education/Labor * 501 (c) 3 Non-profit Art School * Founded 1926

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