Classes

Welcome to Farmington Valley Arts Center Classes and Workshops. Click on any area of interest below to find the classes you are looking for. ✵Members save 10% for a year on tuition.

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Painting

Plein Air Watercolors

6 Mondays, July 9 - August 13, 9 AM -12 PM
6 Mondays, Sept 10 – October 15, 9 AM -12 PM

For those who enjoy both nature and painting, we have combined the two in our newest plein air watercolor class. Students will enjoy painting from the beautiful landscape surrounding the Farmington Valley Arts Center. Our final class will be held at the rose gardens in Elizabeth Park. Mo, an experienced watercolor plein air painter, will walk students through a painting from start to finish. We will discuss the importance of observing from life, learn about setting up a composition, watercolor application, paint mixing and finally painting critiques. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Mo Myra Giannola
Level: Beginners and students looking to enhance their skills

6 Mondays, July 9 - August 13, 9 AM -12 PM
Non-Members: $215

Members: $193.50

6 Mondays, Sept 10 – October 15, 9 AM -12 PM
Non-Members: $215

Members: $193.50

Contemporary Acrylic Painting

6 Mondays, July 16 – August 20, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
6 Mondays, August 27 – October 8, 7:00 – 9:00 PM (no class 9/3)

Art lovers, explore your creative side in this contemporary beginner acrylic painting class. Learn a few easy painting techniques, composition and color and how to use them effectively. Very different from “Traditional painting” this class is very loose and geared to learn to create works that are not intended for accuracy but for an emotional punch. We will discuss artists like Richard Diebenkorn (see image), Frank Auerbach, Leon Gottlieb and their works. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: Beginners and Intermediates

6 Mondays, July 16 – August 20, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Mondays, August 27 – October 8, 7:00 – 9:00 PM (no class 9/3)
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

TUESDAY Painting Advanced

8 Tuesdays, June 26 - August 14, 9AM - 12PM
8 Tuesdays, September 4 - October 23, 9AM - 12PM

This class is for the intermediate to advanced student looking to sustain or improve their acrylic or water-soluble oil painting techniques in a supportive environment. Min. 3 / Max. 10 students. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

8 Tuesdays, June 26 - August 14, 9AM - 12PM
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

All Medium Painting

6 Tuesdays, September 11 - October 16, 1:00 – 3:00 PM


Creativity is what it's all about! Whatever your level, you can improve your work with Deborah’s easy teaching style, tips and guidance. Students will explore the flexibility of their preferred medium. Everyone has a unique style and in class you’ll discover yours! Students will have the freedom to experiment and find satisfaction with their work. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Deborah Leonard
Level: All levels welcome

Non-Members $145

Members $130.50

Oil Painting

6 Tuesdays, September 11 – October 16, 6:00 - 8:30 PM


From still lives to photography, learn how to use the world around you to compose a beautiful painting. With the traditional medium of oil paint, this class will begin with still life observation. The first 3 classes will be dedicated to producing a completed painting (or two) from the provided still life. We will focus on dynamic compositions, color and application of paints. The last 3 weeks will be left up to the artist if they are interested in working from photographs or continuing from life. Either way, artists will meet their paintings with vigor and excitement. There is lots to discover about the rhythm of painting!
With a mixture of one-on-one time, class discussions, and readings, everyone will leave with a renewed sense of what motivates them to be an artist. This painting class welcomes all levels interested in expanding their painting practice or looking for new inspiration. Please come prepared with all the materials you will need and a spirit for trying something new.

Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Class maximum: 8 / class minimum: 3

Non-Members: $180

Members: $162

WEDNESDAY WATER MEDIA! Painting Basics

8 Wednesdays, June 27 - August 22, 9AM - 12PM (no 7/4)
8 Wednesdays, September 5 – October 24, 9AM - 12PM

This is the class for EVERYBODY who's ever wanted to paint, EVERYBODY who used to paint, EVERYBODY who likes to paint now, and EVERYBODY else too. Learn to use watercolor, acrylic, and water-soluble oil paints, and decide which one is for you. Concepts such as shading, color mixing, subject selection, and composition will be demystified. We will also experiment with the historic casein paint that dates back to the 11th century! Min. 3 / Max. 9 students Download materials list here.

Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: All levels welcome

8 Wednesdays, June 27 - August 22, 9AM - 12 PM (no 7/4)
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

8 Wednesdays, September 5 – October 24, 9AM - 12PM
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

OPEN EASEL STUDIO

8 Wednesdays, June 27 - August 22, 12:30 - 4PM (no 7/4)
8 Wednesdays, September 5 – October 24, 12:30 - 4PM

FVAC’s Open Easel Studios are intended for students who are working on a painting or drawing at home and would like to receive some feedback from an instructor and reflect their goals with others. All skill levels and all types of mediums are welcome. Bring your painting/drawing and your own supplies. A professional artist/instructor will be in the classroom from 12:30 to 2:30 pm, and you will be able to use the studio until 4:00 pm. Drop-Ins welcome, $40

Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: All levels welcome

8 Wednesdays, June 27 - August 22, 12:30 - 4PM (no 7/4)
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

8 Wednesdays, September 5 – October 24, 12:30 - 4PM
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

Ways with Watercolor

6 Thursdays, June 28 - August 2, 10AM - 12PM
6 Thursdays, September 6 – October 11, 10AM - 12PM

Experience watercolor painting in all its exciting forms. Demonstrations by your instructor will take you along a journey from traditional to modern, from wet in wet to puddled paint, to drybrush, collage, and much more. Fun new techniques will be introduces each week. You will have opportunities to explore your personal vision with hands on guidance. No class on April 26. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: All levels welcome

6 Thursdays, June 28 - August 2, 10AM - 12PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, September 6 – October 11, 10AM - 12PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Exploring Abstract Painting

6 Thursdays, June 21 - July 26, 7-9PM
6 Thursdays, August 2 – September 6, 7-9PM
6 Thursdays, September 13 – October 18, 7-9PM

This class offers a fundamental exploration into the beauty of abstract painting. Instruction focuses on composition, techniques, form, texture and color. Students will develop their own artistic vision, while referencing the works of contemporary painters. Min. 3 / Max. 8 students.Download materials list here.

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: Beginners and Intermediates

6 Thursdays, June 21 - July 26, 7-9PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, August 2 – September 6, 7-9PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, September 13 – October 18, 7-9PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Watercolor FUN-damentals

6 Thursdays, June 14- July 26, 7-9 PM (no 6/28)
6 Thursdays, August 2 - September 6, 7-9 PM
6 Thursdays, September 13 - October 18, 7-9 PM

Learn the fundamentals of exploring and playing with watercolors. Students will watch informative demonstrations, learn how to set up a painting from start to finish, and work from still life. Mo will also walk students through drawing challenges and show you how to check for accuracy before turning your work into a watercolor. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Mo Myra Giannola
Level: Beginners and students looking to enhance their skills

6 Thursdays, June 14- July 19, 7-9 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, August 2 - September 6, 7-9 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, September 13 - October 18, 7-9 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Mastering Pastel

5 Fridays, May 11 – June 8, 9AM – 12PM
6 Fridays, September 28 - November 9, 9AM - 12PM (no 10/26)

Learn how to dispel the myths and mysteries of pastel. This course will teach you how to design and plan your painting, visualizing shapes of light and shadow. Learn a variety of block-in techniques including watercolor, charcoal and the direct use of pastel. We will also learn how to vary strokes, render texture and reflections, and how to maintain freshness and vibrancy throughout the painting. Color and form interpretation from photographs will also be taught. The instructor’s demonstration and specific individual instruction will provide the student the understanding to become a confident pastelist. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Karen Israel
Level: All levels welcome

6 Fridays, September 28 - November 9 (no class 10/26)
Non-Members: $215

Members: $193.50

Painting Basics

8 Saturdays, May 19 – July 7, 2-5 PM
8 Saturdays, July 14 - September 1, 2-5 PM
8 Saturdays, September 8 - October 27, 2-5 PM

Students wishing to work in Acrylic, Watercolor or Pastel are welcome. The basics of painting including: color mixing, paint application, drawing, and composition, will be addressed in this course. Subject matter will include landscape, still life, and portraiture. Students are encouraged to express creativity and personal vision. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students. Download material list here.

Instructor: Paul Iezzi
Level: All

8 Saturdays, July 14 - September 1, 2-5 PM
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

8 Saturdays, September 8 - October 27, 2-5 PM
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

Drawing

Art Classes for Teens (ages 12-17)

6 Mondays, June 25 – July 30, 4-6 PM
6 Mondays, August 6 – September 17, 4-6 PM

Drawing, Painting, and Self Expression for teens that love art. In this class, we will explore the fundamentals of art and discover basic techniques to learn how to draw. Teens will be encouraged to tap into their creativity and express their imagination freely. We will explore subject matter, such as realism, abstraction, expressionism; we will learn about art history's influence on today's modern artists. Each student will be guided based on their own personal artistic level, interests, and needs. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: All

6 Mondays, June 25 – July 30, 4-6 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Mondays, August 6 – September 17, 4-6 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Sketching

6 Tuesdays, June 12 - July 17, 2-4 PM
6 Tuesdays, July 24 - August 28, 2-4 PM

This class is for the art lover interested in learning the art of sketching. We will learn how a simple but dynamic sketch can turn into a powerfully expressive image with a life of its own. We will discuss the fundamentals of sketch learning, we will explore topics such as style, mediums, materials including pencil and ink; we will learn about the power of observation the perception of edges, space, relationships, measuring and mark making. We will be sketching in the studio as well as on location. Download materials list here.

Levels: Beginners and Intermediates
Instructor: Maurice Casas

6 Tuesdays, June 12 - July 17, 2-4 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Tuesdays, July 24 - August 28, 2-4 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Figure Drawing

4 Wednesdays, June 13 - July 11, 7-10 PM (no 7/4)
4 Wednesdays, July 18 - August 8, 7-10 PM

Learn to draw the human figure using a variety of media including charcoal, pastels, ink, and pencil. Hone or find your ability to "see" through an artist's eye working with a new live model each week. Personal growth and self-expression are developed through this beginner-friendly series of classes focused on lessons such as gesture, contour, and proportion. Tuition includes live model fee. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Paul Iezzi
Level: All

4 Wednesdays, June 13 - July 11 (no 7/4)
Non-Members: $145 + $35 model fee

Members: $130.50 + $35 model fee

4 Wednesdays, July 18 - August 8, 7-10 PM
Non-Members: $145 + $35 model fee

Members: $130.50 + $35 model fee

Classical Drawing Skills

6 Thursdays, June 28 - August 2, 12:30-2:30 PM
6 Thursdays, Sept 6 – October 11, 12:30-2:30 PM

Experience an awareness of the necessary components needed to draw a successful three-dimensional, representational drawing using graphite, pen and ink, charcoal and/or pastels. Generate confidence in your drawing by having exciting interactive creative exercises each week. Working from still life, exploring the landscape, the human figure and capturing intriguing composition at all levels of experience. Empower your abilities to create by working alongside others encountering the same discoveries. Bring a sketchbook and draw with us! Min. 3 / Max. 10 students. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: All levels welcome

6 Thursdays, June 28 - August 2, 12:30-2:30 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, Sept 6 – October 11, 12:30-2:30 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Basic Drawing

6 Saturdays, June 30 - August 4, 10AM - 12PM
6 Saturdays, August 11 – September 15, 10AM - 12PM
6 Saturdays, September 22 – October 27, 10AM - 12PM

Learn about the power of observation and how to draw. In this class, you will learn a fundamental technique to draw accurately as well as how to observe and recognize the world around in a creative way using your right side of the brain. If you are a beginner but serious about learning how to draw, this class is for you. Additionally, you will also learn the process and technique to develop quick sketches from life.  No class January 13 and March 31. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

6 Saturdays, June 30 - August 4, 10AM - 12PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Saturdays, August 11 – September 15, 10AM - 12PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Saturdays, September 22 – October 27, 10AM - 12PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50



Clay

Handbuilding Ceramics

6 Mondays, June 18 - July 23, 9:30 AM – 12 PM
6 Tuesdays, June 19 - July 24, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
6 Wednesday, June 20 - August 1, 6:00 – 8:30 PM (no 7/4)
6 Saturdays, June 23 - July 28, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come experience the rewarding process of working with clay and creating unique pieces! Beginner students will learn the fundamentals like handbuilding techniques of pinch, coil, and slab. Advanced students explore more complex forms, both functional and sculptural. Applied textures, colored slips, and glazing applications will be demonstrated as well.

Instructor M, T, W: Pedro Centeno
Instructor Sat: Paola Evangelista
Experience Level: All Levels
Materials fee for 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing payable to instructor: $35.
Tuition includes the use of the ceramic room during open studio hours as long as a student is enrolled in a clay class.

Register for Handbuilding Ceramics

6 Mondays, June 18 - July 23, 9:30 AM – 12 PM
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

6 Tuesdays, June 19 - July 24, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

6 Wednesday, June 20 - August 1, 6:00 – 8:30 PM (no 7/4)
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

6 Saturdays, June 23 - July 28, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

BYOB Friday Night Clay Date

Every Friday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Dates: July 6th and every Friday thereafter

Looking for something new and fun to do on a Friday night with friends or a significant other? Always wanted to try your hand at clay, but without the commitment of an 8-week class? Then our Friday night clay session is for you. Come play with clay for two hours, learning basic handbuilding techniques in a fun and supportive environment. Bring a bottle of wine, some snacks, and get creative!

Instructors: Pedro Centeno
Experience Level: All
Open Dates: July 6th and every Friday thereafter

$39 per person includes materials and firing of one piece.

Choose # Member or Non-Member
Specify Friday Date

Photography

Dog Photography Workshop

Saturday, July 7, 11 AM - 12 PM


Discover how to capture the personality and spirit of your dog with a touch of artistry. Learn tips on photo composition and getting better quality images using your camera and/or smartphone. Andy will highlight editing software and apps that will make your photos “pop”. Bring a digital camera, smartphone or tablet (batteries charged). All ages welcome!

Instructor: Andy Mars
Location: Studio 1B, 2nd floor, building 27

Non-Members $25

Members $22.50

The Basics of Digital Photography

6 Tuesdays, July 24 - August 28, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
6 Wednesdays, October 10 - November 14, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you have a camera (DSLR, Point & Shoot &/or Mirrorless) that is still in the box or you tried using it a few times and it ended up in the closet? Well, it’s time to blow off the dust! You will learn tips on photo composition and what the buttons do on your camera. You will get better quality images by learning about shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings. Discover simple editing techniques for the best exposure and how to pick out the most successful photos in your collection.

Instructor: Andy Mars

Tuesdays, July 24 - August 28, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Wednesdays, October 10 - November 14, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

The Art of iPhoneography

6 Thursdays, July 26 - August 30, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
6 Saturdays, October 6 - November 10, 10 AM - 12 PM

Learn how to use your iPhone camera to take high quality photos and how to edit them with some of the best photo apps into stunning works of art! The instructor will teach you how to control your exposure by learning about shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings. You will also discover fun filters, textures, and apps that will help bring out your creativity. Students are required to have an iPhone 5/5S or later. Photo apps will cost between $2 and $4.99 to download.

Instructor: Andy Mars

Thursdays, July 26 - August 30, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50


Saturdays, October 6 - November 10, 10 AM - 12 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Workshops

Open Mic Night with Storyteller Terry Wolfisch Cole

Thursday June 7, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Everyone is invited to attend this very special performance by Terry Wolfisch Cole, her story telling students and brave open mic participants. Come and enjoy the show! This is an open mic opportunity. Workshop participants will be given priority, but anyone who wants to tell a true, personal story will be welcome to share. All ages welcome.

$10 (free for storyteller workshop participants)

Non-Members $10

Members $9

Paper Engineering and Pop-Up Workshop

Saturday June 9, 2018, 12-3 pm

This workshop will cover various paper engineering techniques- students will learn to translate pop-up models into cards or books. Templates will be provided so that everyone can explore various levels of complexity. There are lots of interesting movement and dimension that you can achieve with pop-up structures. At the end of the workshop students will be given the option to bind all pop-up models into a book to take home.
Min. 3 students / Maximum 10 students. Materials fee paid directly to instructor: $10

Non-Members: $45

Members: $40.50

Materials for students to bring: Self healing cutting mat, scissors, ruler, x-acto knife (optional: collage materials and extra paper to experiment with)

About the Instructor: Yoojin Kim is an award winning paper engineer, artist & designer living in New Haven, CT. She works as a designer of pop-up cards and books for UWP Luxe & Up With Paper. She recently published her first pop-up book title, LEAVES: An Autumn Pop-Up Book.

Origami Corrugation

Sunday June 10, 10 AM - 12 PM CANCELLED

Students will learn the basics of origami corrugations, mountainous free-form folds that open up to intricate play of shadow and light. Maximum number of students 15. Materials fee paid directly to instructor: $5

Instructor: Ben Parker

Pastel and Texture in the Landscape

Sunday, June 10th, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Looking for a way to achieve texture and light on your pastel paintings? Come join the fun in this one day workshop to learn how pastels can be used in conjunction with watercolor to create softer edges and a more painterly approach. Professional artist/educator, Karen Israel, will demonstrate the array of techniques that can be achieved in painting with this exciting medium. Students will learn how to create an underpainting or an entire painting using their own photo references. Additionally, students will learn how to mix colors to establish value and
temperature relationships.

Instructor: Karen Israel
Level: All are welcome

Non-Members $85

Members $76.50

Supplies to bring: pastels hard and soft (NO OIL PASTELS PLEASE), photo references, UART sanded
paper cream or any sanded pastel paper in a lighter value, such as cream or white, watercolors,
watercolor brushes, a board to tape paper onto, a drawing board, photo reference.

The Art of Storytelling

Thursday June 28, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The Art of Personal Storytelling: Ira Glass of This American Life says, “Great stories happen to people who know how to tell them.” Do you want to get better at captivating listeners? Whether you want to tell your story on stage, in a business meeting, or with your grandchildren on your lap, storyteller Terry Wolfisch Cole will teach you skills to engage any audience. Terry is a Moth StorySLAM and GrandSLAM champion. Her story of running away from home was featured on the Moth Radio Hour on NPR and in Readers Digest. She is the founder of Tell Me Another: Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Stories, a storytelling show in the Hartford area.
Min. 5 students

Instructor: Terry Wolfisch Cole

Thursday June 28, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Non-Members $40

Members $36

Dog Photography Workshop

Saturday, July 7, 11 AM - 12 PM

Discover how to capture the personality and spirit of your dog with a touch of artistry. Learn tips on photo composition and getting better quality images using your camera and/or smartphone. Andy will highlight editing software and apps that will make your photos “pop”. Bring a digital camera, smartphone or tablet (batteries charged). All ages welcome!

Instructor: Andy Mars
Location: Studio 1B, 2nd floor, building 27

Non-Members $25

Members $22.50

Beadweaving on a Loom

Sunday, August 5, 2018, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Learn basic bead weaving on a simple table top loom. Students will graph and execute geometric or abstract designs that can be used to create jewelry or other decorative items. Bring some scissors and reading glasses if required. A $12 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the class. Max. 8/Min. 3 students

Instructor: Peggy Dembicer
Level: All are welcome

Non-Members $75

Members $67.50

Interior Design

4 Thursday, October 4-25, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM or
4 Thursday, October 4-25, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Learn the design principles used by professional decorators! This interactive class discusses space planning, furniture placement, color selection, furniture style and construction, lighting and accessories. An optional step by step workbook to create successful, individual and beautiful rooms is available to participants for $20 (payable to instructor).Click here for detailed course description.

Instructor: Interior Designer Donna Miller

Morning Class 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Non-Members: $120

Members: $108

Evening Class 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Non-Members: $120

Members: $108

Litho Crayon Drawing Workshop

Saturday, September 22​, ​ 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Students will learn how to create a drawing on paper in the unusual medium of lithographic crayon. Drawing paper, lithographic crayon, and crayon sharpener will be provided. Please bring a pencil and sketch paper. Materials fee payable to instructor: $15​

Instructor: Nan Runde

Non-Members $30

Members $27

Recipe Illustration

4 Mondays, July 9-30, 1-3 PM

Learn how to transform your favorite recipes into works of art! During this 4 week class, you will learn the process of recipe illustration and illustrate 2-3 of your own personal recipes. Christy will guide you through the process of recipe illustration and give demonstrations on watercolor painting, pen drawing and hand lettering. At the end of the course, Christy will compile the student’s recipes to make a cookbook. Each participant will receive a copy and we will have a release party/art show to present our work to the public. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Christy Corey
Level: All levels of experience are welcome!

Non-Members: $95

Members: $85.50

The Art of Winemaking

Friday, October 26, 2018, 6-9 PM

Learn just how simple it can be to craft your own wine at home. This one-night workshop covers the process of winemaking from easy to use fresh California wine juice. In this demonstration we will sample some of the most popular California wine grapes, wines, and make your own custom wine labels for a bottle of wine that you will get to take home. Your labels will then be reproduced for a special batch of wine for future FVAC events. Max. 20 participants.

Instructor: Patrick Stauffer of Northeast Winemaking
Uncorking Event: December 1 from 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: Classroom 3A

Non-Members $45

Members $40.50