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

Members: $193.50

Contemporary Acrylic Painting

6 Mondays, August 27 – October 8, 7:00 – 9:00 PM (no class 9/3)
6 Mondays, October 15 – November 19, 2018
6 Mondays, November 26 – January 14 (no 12/24, 12/31)

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

Members: $130.50

6 Mondays, October 15 – November 19, 2018
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

TUESDAY Painting Advanced

8 Tuesdays, September 4 - October 23, 9AM - 12PM
8 Tuesdays, October 30 - December 18, 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

All Medium Painting

6 Tuesdays, September 11 - October 30, 1-3PM no 10/9 & 16
6 Tuesdays, November 6 - December 11, 1-3PM

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

6 Tuesdays, September 11 - October 30, 1-3PM no class 10/9 & 16
Non-Members $145

Members $130.50

6 Tuesdays, November 6 - December 11, 1-3PM
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, September 5 – October 24, 9AM - 12PM *FULL*
8 Wednesdays, September 5 – October 24, 12:30PM - 3:30PM

8 Wednesdays, October 31 – January 9*, 9AM - 12PM
8 Wednesdays, October 31 – January 9*, 12:30PM - 3:30PM

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. *No class 11/21, 12/26, 1/2.

Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: All levels welcome

MORNING: Wednesdays, September 5 – October 24 (FULL)
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

AFTERNOON: Wednesdays, September 5 – October 24
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

MORNING: 8 Wednesdays, October 31 – January 9, 2019
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

AFTERNOON: 8 Wednesdays, October 31 – January 9, 2019
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

OPEN EASEL STUDIO

8 Wednesdays, September 5 – October 24, 12:30 - 4PM
8 Wednesdays, October 31 – January 9, 2018
(no class 11/21, 12/26, 1/2) 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: Maurice Casas
Level: All levels welcome

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

Members: $256.50

8 Wednesdays, October 31 – January 9, 2018 (no class 11/21, 12/26, 1/2) 12:30 - 4PM
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

Ways with Watercolor

6 Thursdays, September 6 – October 11, 9AM - 12PM
6 Thursdays, October 18 – November 29, 9AM - 12PM (no 11/22)

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, September 6 – October 11, 9AM - 12PM
Non-Members: $215

Members: $193.50

6 Thursdays, October 18 – November 29, 2018, 9AM - 12PM (no 11/22)
Non-Members: $215

Members: $193.50

Exploring Abstract Painting

6 Thursdays, August 2 – September 6, 7-9PM
6 Thursdays, September 13 – October 18, 7-9PM
6 Thursdays, October 25 – December 6 (no 11/22)

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, 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, August 2 - September 6, 7-9 PM
6 Thursdays, September 13 - October 18, 7-9 PM
6 Thursdays, October 25 – December 6, 7-9 PM (no 11/22)

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, 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

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

Non-Members: $215

Members: $193.50

Painting Basics

8 Saturdays, September 15 - November 3, 2-5 PM
8 Saturdays, November 10 - January 12, 2019 2-5 PM (no class 11/24, 12/29)

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, September 15 - November 3, 2-5 PM
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

8 Saturdays, November 10 - January 12, 2019 2-5 PM (no class 11/24, 12/29)
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

Drawing

Figure Drawing

4 Wednesdays, August 15 - September 12, 7-10 PM (no 8/29)
4 Wednesdays, September 19 - October 10, 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. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Paul Iezzi
Level: All

4 Wednesdays, August 15 - September 12, 7-10 PM (no 8/29)
Members: $145 + $35 model fee

Members: $130.50 + $35 model fee

4 Wednesdays, September 19 - October 10, 7-10 PM
Non-Members: $145 + $35 model fee

Members: $130.50 + $35 model fee

Classical Drawing Skills

6 Thursdays, Sept 6 – October 11, 12:30-2:30 PM
6 Thursdays, October 18 – November 29 (no 11/22)

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

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, October 18 – November 29 (no 11/22)
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Basic Drawing

6 Saturdays, August 11 – September 15, 10AM - 12PM
6 Saturdays, September 22 – October 27, 10AM - 12PM
6 Saturdays, November 3 – December 15, 10AM - 12PM (no 11/24)

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, 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, August 6 - September 10, 9:30 AM – 12 PM
6 Mondays, September 24 - October 29, 9:30 AM – 12 PM

6 Tuesdays, August 7 - September 11, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
6 Tuesdays, September 25 - October 30, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

6 Saturdays, August 11 - September 15, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
6 Saturdays, September 29 - November 3, 10:00 AM - 12:30 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 Mon, Tue: 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, September 24 - October 29, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

6 Tuesdays, September 25 - October 30, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

6 Saturdays, August 11 - September 15, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

6 Saturdays, September 29 - November 3, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50


BYOB Friday Night Clay Date

Fridays from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Dates: August 17, August 31, September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9, November 30, December 7, December 14

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

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

Choose # Member or Non-Member
Specify Friday Date

Photography

The Basics of Digital Photography

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

Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

The Art of iPhoneography

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 or an iPad. Photo apps will cost between $2 and $4.99 to download.

Instructor: Andy Mars

Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Workshops

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

Metalwork Jewelry: 3D Forms

Wednesdays, October 10 & 17, 6:30-8:30 pm

In this introductory metalworking class, students will learn how to create folds, ripples, and waves in metal to transform 2D metal blanks into beautiful, unique 3D forms. A variety of blanks will be provided, from basic shapes to leaf patterns. Students will also learn how to add paint, wire and beads to turn their 3D forms into finished pendants, earrings, and charms. Please bring a pair of round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, and wire cutters to class. All other tools and materials will be provided. A $15 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class. Min students: 3; Max students: 8

Non-Members $60

Members $54.00

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

Introduction to Zentangle and Beyond

Mondays, October 22 – November 12, 2018, 6-8 PM

Zentangle is a method of creating abstract art through structured patterns. The drawing of these repetitive patterns can be soothing and meditative while increasing creativity and confidence. Anyone can be an artist using this method! You will first learn basic Zentangle patterns and build upon the methods taught. You will also learn how to blend tangles like colors to create interesting and pleasing tiles that look intricate but are easy to create. A $20 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.

Instructor: Certified Zentangle Teacher Laura Marks
Level: All

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

The Art of Storytelling

*Stay tuned for October date*, 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