Adult Workshops & 5 Week Classes

5 Week Classes

3791 Interior Paintings
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Mondays, 9:30 AM–12 PM
Because of recent events, many of us have spent more time indoors than ever before. In this class we will use our indoor surroundings for inspiration to make paintings of rooms that are imbued with much more than their actual furnishings. Interior rooms and spaces can project many personalities or moods that have an effect on our feelings. Students will learn technical aspects such as how to use the grid system for transferring photographs to canvas and using washes to lay in colors that reflect the feeling of the space. We will also study celebrated interior painters and their work such as Hopper, Vuillard, and Vermeer. Instruction will focus on painting with water media such as acrylics or watercolors.
5 sessions: 2/22–3/22
Tuition: member $165, non-member 175

3922 Introduction to Encaustic
Instructor: TBD
Tuesdays, 4–6:30 PM
Encaustic is the art of painting with molten beeswax combined with colored pigments and resin. The results are like no other medium—mysterious, deep, and translucent. Gain fundamental knowledge of working with encaustics while receiving hands-on time for personal exploration. Informal critiques and discussions are encouraged so students can take risks, let go of preconceived ideas, and most of all, have fun with this beautiful and versatile medium. Some materials supplied.
5 sessions: 2/23– 3/23
Tuition: member $165, non-member $175
Materials fee: $75


3817 Painting Play Day: No-Stress Approach to Painting
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
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 colors, and how to make the biggest impact with every brushstroke. The experienced instructor will provide instruction, support, and guidance on your painting journey. Painting materials will be provided. Please bring a reference image to work from.
Sunday, 2/7, 10 AM–4 PM
Tuition fee: $110, Materials fee: $30

3863 NEW! Ceramic House Plaques
Instructor: Melissa Krishnamurthy
Decorate your house or make a wonderful housewarming gift with a one of a kind house plaque made from stoneware clay. On day one plaques will be created using slabs and handbuilding techniques along with Cricut machine patterns for text in any size or font. On day two color and numbers will be added with underglazes and Art Center studios glazes. The design possibilities are endless in creating your own house number plaque.
Sundays, 2/7 & 2/14, 10 AM–4 PM
Tuition fee: $215, Materials fee: $40

3819 Drawing in Perspective
Instructor: Drew Maillard
Want to add depth and realism to your drawing and painting? Learn step-by-step to draw one-, two-, and three-point perspective; measuring in perspective; and to achieve uniform proportions throughout a drawing. Follow along with the instructor through various exercises for hands-on learning.
Sunday, 2/14, 10 AM–4 PM
Tuition fee: $110

3818 NEW! Introduction to Portrait Drawing
Instructor: Dustin Adamson
This focused drawing workshop will cover drawing correctly from nature as a basic skill and foundation to good painting. Students will work for a live model while learning to represent the figure in charcoal and white chalk on toned paper. Students will work alongside the instructor as each stage of the process is explained and demonstrated. Emphasis will be on gesture, proportion, and the character in order to represent the visual impression of the sitter and their environment. Observing specific values and shapes in combination with anatomical elements will help you develop your ability to think as a painter.
Sunday, 2/21, 10 AM–4 PM
Tuition fee: $110, Materials fee: $35

3813/3814 Glazes Galore
Instructor: Lisette Bedoya
Need glaze guidance? Do you have unfinished pieces from last session? Learn techniques and ways to glaze your previously bisque-fired unglazed work. As long as you created the pottery using clay from the Art Center, we can finish it! Bring at least five previously fired, never-glazed works to this workshop.
3813 Sunday, 2/21, 10 AM–2 PM
3814 Sunday, 3/21, 10 AM–2 PM
Tuition fee: $90, Materials fee: $25

3939 NEW! Introduction to Metal Clay
Instructor: Kelly Green Grady
Metal clay is a unique materials that consists of particles of metal suspended in an organic binder. It can be formed like clay, but when fired yields a solid metal object. Students in this workshop will be introduced to working with PMC3; a silver-based metal clay. Learn how to model, texture, and set stones in PMC3 that will be fired to create beautiful finished pieces of jewelry. No jewelry experience necessary! Most materials provided.
Sunday, 2/28, 10 AM–4 PM
Tuition fee: $150, Materials fee: $50

3937 Introduction to Floral Painting
Instructor: Dustin Adamson
Learn to paint beautiful floral compositions in a relaxing and supportive atmosphere. Over the course of two days, students will paint a floral arrangement from direct observation. Topics covered will include creating a pleasing composition, color, and harmony, and using the comparative measurement method of observation. We will look at artists such as Fantin-Latour, Manet, Monet, and Van Gogh for historical reference and inspiration.
Sunday, 3/7, 10 AM–4 PM
Tuition fee: $110, Materials fee: $15

3981 NEW! Nerikomi Porcelain Jewelry
Instructor: Sarah Maxwell
Nerikomi is a Japanese technique of combining different colored clays to create patterns within a single block of clay. Begin by learning how to mix vibrantly colored clays using mason stains. Then learn different techniques of layering your colored clays to create various patterns. Once the layering is complete, you will make colorful jewelry pieces from the finished patterned clay. Day one will focus on creation of the jewelry pieces and day two will focus on glazing/finishing those pieces. Materials fee includes porcelain clay. Please bring a sketchbook. Reference images will be available for inspiration, but students may bring their phone/laptop/tablet to search for their own.
Sunday, 3/7, 10 AM–4 PM
Tuition fee: $215, Materials fee: $40

3820 NEW! A Different Approach to Velvet Painting
Instructor: Mary Jean Canziani
Black velvet as a painting surface has a richness that cannot be reproduced by paper. Painting on a velvet canvas will produce results with an incandescent glow. We’ll see examples by contemporary artists who have elevated the medium to a fine art for inspiration. Working from dark to light and subtly applying acrylic paint to define forms will develop new ways of seeing and rendering imagery. The chiaroscuro effect of velvet paintings can produce results filled with the high contrast and drama reminiscent of a Caravaggio or can add intensity to an abstract work. The instructor will provide a selection of imagery to chose from or bring your own ideas!
Sunday, 3/14, 10 AM–4 PM
Tuition fee: $110, Materials fee: $35

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