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Winter Break Workshops for Kids, Tweens, and Adults

Winter Break Workshops for Kids & Tweens

Calling all creative kids and tweens: make the most of winter break by getting inspired and making art at the Art Center! These winter-themed art workshops encourage creativity in kids ages 5–8 and tweens ages 9–12 as they explore a variety of artistic techniques.

Winter Workshops for Kids (ages 5-8): Pastel Characters in the Snow
Thursday, 12/26, 10 AM–12 PM
Kids will imagine and draw a character playing outside on a snowy day using drawing techniques, watercolor paints, and oil pastels.

Winter Workshops for Kids (ages 5-8): Winter Wonderland Diorama
Thursday, 12/26, 12:30–2:30 PM
Kids will create their own winter wonderland diorama using painting, collaging, and 3D-sculpture techniques.

Winter Workshops for Tweens (ages 9-12): Winter Zentangles
Thursday, 12/26, 10 AM–12 PM
Tweens will explore line, shape, and pattern in this workshop, while they draw a winter-inspired Zentangle. Color will be added with vibrant liquid inks to make their drawings pop.

Winter Workshops for Kids (ages 5-8): 3D Drawing of Hot Cocoa Mugs
Friday, 12/27, 10 AM–12 PM
Warm up at this workshop, where kids will create a 3D drawing of a hot cocoa mug. Using watercolor paints, oil pastels, and markers, kids will learn how to make their drawings jump off the page and into the third dimension.

Winter Workshops for Kids (ages 5-8): Winter Landscape Paintings
Friday, 12/27, 12:30–2:30 PM
Kids will create a colorful winter landscape painting while learning drawing, painting, and collaging techniques.

Winter Workshops for Tweens (ages 9-12): Snowflake Prints
Friday, 12/27, 10 AM–12 PM
Tweens will create an original 3D-printing plate and use their plate to create an edition of three collagraph prints.

Winter Break Workshops for Adults

Resolve to be more creative in 2020! Join us for one- or two-day workshops that aim to spark inspiration in artists of all skill levels.

Expressive Figure Drawing with Line & Wash
Instructor: Joel Tidey
Experiment with the fascinating new medium, water-soluble graphite. Students will work from a live model using line and wash to represent the figure. Gain confidence by learning to see form more simply through painterly expression. Students will improve their skills of observation to create fun and expressive works of art. Some materials provided.
Thursday & Friday, 1/2 & 1/3, 10 AM–4 PM

Wheel Throwing Boot Camp
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Don’t let those throwing skills get rusty! We’ll explore mug making, wet altering, and surface design! Open studio time will be available in between sessions for students who wish to continue working (regular open studio fees will apply).
3166 Thursday, 1/2, 10:30 AM–1:30 PM
3167 Thursday, 1/2, 5:30–8:30 PM
3168 Friday, 1/3, 10:30 AM–1:30 PM
3169 Friday, 1/3, 5:30–8:30 PM

Personal Projects: Winter Printing Access
Instructor: Donald Polzo
Continue to further your personal digital projects over the winter break using the digital lab’s state-of-the-art Epson P9000 HDX Supercolor printer. Students will have supervised access to this fine art printer over eight individual sessions (students may register for as many sessions as they like). Printing will be done through Photoshop CC or Lightroom Classic CC. Students will bring their own Epson compatible papers. Prerequisite: iMac computer experience, working knowledge of Photoshop CC and/or Lightroom Classic CC.
3192 Thursday, 1/2, 10 AM–1 PM
3193 Friday, 1/3 10 AM –1 PM

Mixed Water Media on Paper
Instructor: Donna Read
Explore the luminosity of watercolor, the opacity of gouache, and the permanence of acrylic to use to your best advantage. Most watercolorists know the frustration of losing the white areas of the paper and not being able to get them back. Start with watercolor and build on it using gouache and acrylic for an opaque contrast. This allows you to make changes that can’t be made in watercolor, which will free you to be more creative. Take some of those old watercolors that you gave up on, start layering, and create a whole new painting!
Thursday & Friday, 1/2 & 1/3, 10 AM–4 PM

New Student Nights – Fall 2019

Have you thought about taking a class at the Art Center? Try our New Student Nights! Sample one of our upcoming mini-session classes and experience the Art Center for yourself! See our studios, meet our instructors, and make art! These nights are only for students who have not taken a class at the Art Center during the last two years.

New Student Nights for Adults

New Student Nights—Photo Restoration
Tuesday, 10/1, 6–8 PM
Instructor: Bill Blanchard
Are you ready to empty those shoe boxes full of damaged family heirloom photographs? Learn how to restore damaged old photos, slides, and film negatives in this free session for new students. Those looking to continue can register for the full mini-session course, Photo Restoration, and continue their education in areas including: archival handling, cleaning, and storing of old photographs, slides and film negatives; how to make high quality scans of photographs, slides, and film negatives; using Photoshop to make repairs; and how to colorize black & white images.

Photo Rest

New Student Nights—Digital Drawing & Painting
Wednesday, 10/2, 6–8 PM
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
Learn the inner workings of drawing and painting digitally with the Procreate app on an iPad. Through demonstration and hands-on practice students will be introduced to such topics as perspective, shading, blending, layers, and more. Students wishing to build on the lessons learned in this free session can register for the full mini-session course, Digital Drawing & Painting with Andrea Gianchiglia, and learn how to use the app to create traditional works of art using a non-traditional medium.

Dig Drawing

New Student Nights—Fabric Art
Thursday, 10/3, 6–8 PM
Instructor: Traci Zaretzka
Want to work with fabric, but don’t want to sew? Fabric can be used for much more than just sewing! New students at this free session will be introduced to methods of creating a fabric collage. Students looking to continue their instruction can register for the full mini-session course, Fabric Art with Traci Zaretzka, and learn about quilts, landscapes, and still lifes, as well as basic art principles such as composition and pattern, and even art history.

Fabric Art

New Student Night for Teens

New Student Night—The Art of Graffiti (ages 12-16)
Tuesday, 10/1, 6–8 PM
Instructor: Traci Zaretzka
Make art with your mark! Students will be introduced to fine art concepts such as composition, perspective, color theory, and sculpting which will all be taught alongside graffiti techniques. In this mini-session, students will create their own tag using soft and sharp shapes, wild style, or Gothic font, learn how to create 3D-letters using perspective, and make connected letters that flow. Next, they will draw a background setting and arrange their graffiti into an aesthetically pleasing composition. Finally, they will build their own 3D graffiti wall and tag it! Students wishing to build on the lessons learned in this free session can register for the full course, The Art of Graffiti.

Special End-Of-Summer Hours

The Art Center will have special hours through the beginning of September, as we approach the start of the fall semester.

We will be closed the following days:
Sunday, August 25
Saturday, August 31
Sunday, September 1
Monday, September 2
Saturday, September 7
Sunday, September 8
Saturday, September 14
Sunday, September 15

Online registration is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Click here to register now for the fall semester.

Register Now For Summer Workshops!

Adult Workshops

The Art of Collagraphy
Instructor: Andrea Epstein
Saturday & Sunday, 7/20–7/21, 10 AM–4 PM
Collagraphy is a unique relief printmaking technique where textures are built up on a plate which is then run through a press to create an image. Through demonstrations students will learn how to create a collagraph plate, the use of various tools, and methods for printing the completed collagraph plate. On day one, students will create their collagraph plate. On day two, students will learn the proper use of the printing press and how to print their plates. Some materials provided.

Drawing in Perspective
Instructor: Drew Maillard
Saturday, 7/27, 10 AM–4 PM
Want to add depth and realism to your drawing and painting? Learn step-by-step to draw one-, two-, and three-point perspective; measure in perspective; and to achieve uniform proportions throughout a drawing. Follow along with the instructor through various exercises for hands-on learning.

Drawing in Perspective

NEW! Jewelry Making for Total Beginners
Instructor: Elizabeth Tokoly
Saturday, 7/27, 10 AM–4 PM
Never made jewelry before, but always wanted to try? Maybe you have some experience, but are just looking to add some new techniques to your repertoire. Learn foundational techniques such as forging, forming, soldering, roll printing, circle cutting, shallow forming, and more in this workshop. Students will fabricate a set of three forged copper or sterling silver bangle bracelets, and a roll-printed copper or sterling silver pair of earrings. Some materials provided.

Animal Portraiture
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
Sunday, 7/28, 10 AM–4 PM
Come and learn how to capture the essence of your favorite furry friend. Demonstrations about the structure, texture and anatomy of animals will be given. The workshop will look at how to start a drawing loosely with gestures in charcoal and graphite, and then complete the image with more structured techniques. Students will be able to work in any medium they desire and will receive individual attention. Bring any color media and supplies you prefer to work with.

Fused Loop in Loop Chain Making
Instructor: Jill Hurant
Saturday & Sunday, 8/3–8/4, 10 AM–4 PM
Loop in loop chains represent the most classical pieces of jewelry from ancient times. This workshop will introduce the fascinating procedure of loop in loop chain making. We will cover coiling and cutting jump rings, fusing links, loop in loop construction, and finishing processes. We will discuss terminations (fused, as well as soldered) and “S” hook clasps. Basic and more complicated chains will be covered. Students may have time to complete a small project, but will leave the workshop with the knowledge to complete a chain on their own. Students will use a crème brûleé torch provided by the instructor for a great introduction to working with a flame for first-timers or those nervous with working with torches.

Indigo Dyeing & Shibori Techniques
Instructor: Kate Eggleston
Saturday, 8/3, 10 AM–2 PM
Shibori is a Japanese method of resist dyeing where beautiful patterns are created by folding, binding, and sewing fabric before dyeing (akin to tie-dyeing). Students will learn a variety of folding and binding techniques, and then immerse their pieces in indigo-dye baths. Wear clothes that can get messy and prepare to have fun. Some materials provided.

NEW! Garden Painting with Mixed Watermedia
Instructor: Donna Read
Sunday, 8/4, 10 AM–4 PM
Combine different watermedia to spark your creativity. Use the luminosity of watercolor, the opacity of gouache, and the permanence of acrylic to your best advantage. Begin a garden scene painting with watercolor then build on it using gouache and acrylic to add an opaque contrast and make changes which would not be possible in watercolor alone. Students will also experiment with adding marker and other watermedia. Most materials provided.

NEW! A Day of Sketching: Drawing for All Levels
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Saturday, 8/10, 10 AM–4 PM
Working in charcoal and pencil from a still life, students will work on increasing their observational skills and honing their drawing techniques. This workshop offers the sketching practice that all artists need, whether as a foundation for working in other media or for the simple pleasure of drawing.

NEW! Color Theory & Mixing
Instructor: Mark Saenger
Sunday, 8/11, 10 AM–4 PM
Learn the ins and outs of color theory and how to mix the colors you want in this fun and informative, hands-on workshop. Topics include: making a color wheel, warm vs. cool colors, the physics of color and light in a landscape, choosing colors for your palette, how to mix colors, and much more. Students will leave this course with a comprehensive understanding of how color works and how to mix them confidently.

Color Theory

 NEW! Still Life Photography
Instructor: Bill Blanchard
Sunday, 8/11, 10 AM–4 PM
Learn the various techniques for shooting high-quality photography still-lifes, whether classical or for commercial use. Topics will include: setting up a still life photo shoot; natural light; studio strobe and continuous studio light systems; using light to create emotion, mood, mystery and drama; natural and studio backdrops; and creating strong photographic compositions. This workshop is limited to six students to allow for maximum time and attention.

NEW! Bookmaking for Everyone
Instructor: David DiMarchi
Saturday & Sunday, 8/17–8/18, 10 AM–4 PM
Become familiar with the tools, materials and tricks of the bookbinding trade! Explore contemporary bookbinding to create multiple book structures for highly personalized soft and hardcover books—ideal for journals, sketchbooks, and artist books. Every artist will leave with beautiful handmade books, and all the knowledge needed to explore binding in their own work.

NEW! Anticlastic Beaded Cuff Bracelets
Instructor: Elizabeth Tokoly
Saturday, 8/17, 10 AM–4 PM
Anticlastic raising is a technique of forming where sheet metal is shaped directly with a hammer and a sinusoidal stake. Surface curves are formed from a flat sheet by compressing its edges and stretching its center. Learn anticlastic forming techniques to fabricate bracelets which will then be set with rondel gemstones.

NEW! Out of the Fire: Horsehair & Naked Raku
Instructor: Peter Syak
Sunday, 8/18, 10 AM–2 PM & Sunday, 8/25, 9 AM–5 PM
Join Peter Syak to explore alternative raku firing methods. This workshop will focus on horsehair and naked raku techniques. Participants should bring three or four greenware pieces made from raku clay to the first session. The pieces will be prepared with terra sigillata, a burnishing and whitening agent, for bisque firing and Peter will discuss firing strategies for both horsehair and naked raku. The second session will be devoted to firing the bisqued pieces in the raku kiln.


Painterly Silkscreen Printmaking
Instructor: David DiMarchi
Saturday, 8/24, 10 AM–4 PM
Explore silkscreen printing in painterly and fluid techniques! In this course, artists will learn the basics of creating and printing painterly stencils, printing both unique and repeatable works of art! Using mono-printing and reductive techniques, artists should anticipate completing this course with a suite of prints as well as a new toolbox of skills and processes ready to influence their own art practices. Some materials provided.

Painting Play Day: No-Stress Approach to Painting
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Saturday, 8/24, 10 AM–4 PM
Grab your paintbrushes and leave your stress at the studio door! Explore painting in this class designed for students of all levels. You will have the freedom to express your emotions through painting while learning techniques for manipulating paint, celebrating the emotion of color, and how to make the biggest impact with every brushstroke. The experienced instructor will provide instruction, support, and guidance on your painting journey. Please bring a reference image to work from.