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Winter Break Classes for Adults

Winter break at the Art Center isn’t just for the kids—we offer a series of classes and workshops for adults too. It’s the perfect time to sharpen your current skills or give a new medium a try. Check out our offerings for experienced artists and beginners alike:

 

Wheel Throwing Boot Camp (3 Days)
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
January 2–4, 10:30 AM–1:30 PM
January 2–4, 5:30–8:30 PM
Don’t let those throwing skills get rusty! Come enjoy 3-days of throwing and consecutive studio time during our long winter break! 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).

Oil Painting 101
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
January 2, 10 AM–4 PM
Ever wanted to try oil painting? Now is the time! This workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of oil paints. With step-by-step guided lessons through the course of the day, students will understand how oil paints can be used, focusing on various techniques, color theory, how to achieve various subject matters and textures, and proper cleanup. Materials will be provided so students can try before they commit to a new medium. It’s a perfect workshop for any level artist looking to dive into this new medium.

Pastels 101
Instructor: Andrea Gianchiglia
January 3, 10 AM–4 PM
Have you ever wanted to try pastels? Now is the time! This workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of pastels. With step-by-step guided lessons through the course of the day, students will understand how pastels work and can be used. There will be a focus on various techniques, color theory, how to achieve various subject matters and textures, info on various paper surfaces, and brands of pastels. Materials will be provided so students can try before they commit to a new medium. A perfect workshop for any artist looking to try something new.

Winter Break: Everything I Know About Painting Landscapes
Instructor: Mark Saenger
January 2–4, 10 AM–2 PM
Dive into painting in this informative class where you will learn fundamentals and work from landscape photos or still-life setups. Through engaging lectures and demonstrations, learn about value, drawing, atmosphere, color mixing, composition, and creating dynamic light effects. Gain confidence with skills acquired in this class.

Winter Break: Expressive Figure Drawing with Line & Wash
Instructor: Joel Tidey
January 2–4, 10 AM–4 PM
Experiment with water-soluble graphite (similar to watercolor painting) in this special three-day intensive. 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 a painterly expression. Demonstrations will be given along with various life drawing techniques. Artists will improve their skills of observation to create fun and expressive works of art. This class will cover a variety of poses from gestures and beyond.

Road Trip: Newark

Road Trip: Newark
Wednesday, November 14, 9:30 AM–4:30 PM

The next Art Center Road Trip will take place on Wednesday, November 14, and features visits to some of Newark’s finest art galleries and artists’ studios, including Gallery Aferro and the Paul Robeson Galleries at Express Newark. Curator Mary Birmingham will provide an experience unlike any other by sharing her insider knowledge of the contemporary art scene during the personalized tour. The day will start with a 9:30 AM departure from the Art Center and will include a catered lunch. We will return to the Art Center no later than 4:30 PM. Sign up today!

Art to Table: Black and Blue

Our Art to Table events are for anyone who loves inspiring art and delicious food! Join us on Wednesday, October 17, from 10:45 AM–2 PM, for a tour of our fall exhibition, Kevin Blythe Sampson: Black and Blue, led by Curator Mary Birmingham, followed by a special prix fixe 2-course menu at Summit House Restaurant + Bar, in Downtown Summit. Bring your friends and enjoy a day of fine art and fine food!

Click here to register.

 

Members Exhibitions: Linda Jacobs & Leslie Ford

Linda Jacobs
Let’s Go, 2015
Archival pigment print, 18 x 12 in.

 

Linda Jacobs: Looking at Art
Ann’s Place Gallery
September 1–November 4, 2018

Artist’s Statement
I am fascinated by the physical experience of looking at art. It brings out the best and the worst in us: our vanities, curiosities, and prejudices. A single viewing session can elicit opposite reactions at the same time the wonder of being inspired by and exposed to both enormous talent and achievement may sometimes be offset by the reality of the gallery or art show, with its unspoken demands and hidden rhythms. I am intrigued by the artwork itself, the artists, the engaged spectator, the “aficionado,” the curator, the gallery owner, and the casual passer-by. The juxtaposition of the individual and the setting is often fleeting. But when I catch that instant, where the foreground and background are informed by one another, I can see relationships form and dissolve. We each bring our own unique lens when viewing artwork. I hope you enjoy looking at mine. —Linda Jacobs

 

 

 

Leslie Ford
Seasonal 4, 2018
Digital print, 20 x 20 in.

Leslie Ford: Seasonal
Marité & Joe Robinson Strolling Gallery II
September 1–November 4, 2018

Artist’s Statement
Seasonal began as a series of meditations on beauty and fear, inspired by famous Agnes Martin quote “Beauty is the mystery of life.” All physical matter has a shelf life of which we are not fully aware. Some are long, others are short, but everything vanishes at some point. This thought inspired me to create the digital images that feature deconstructed flowers in snowflake designs. I’ve always been intrigued by snowflakes. Each one is a unique crystalline form that vanishes when it melts and presents as pure white. Flowers also enchant me with their formal structures, short lives, and the amazing assortment of colors. White is the combination of all colors while black is the absence of color. By using my scanner as a camera I capture extraordinary detail and rich color that leaps out in contrast to the black background. Making these works is labor intensive and profoundly meditative. I try to make pictures that capture the spirit of both subjects, embracing elements of design and intention. The final images are a celebration of brief lives incorporating complete beauty. —Leslie Ford