Classes

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Painting

Compositions in Acrylic or Oil

8 Mondays, January 22 - March 12, 1:00 - 3:00 PM


In this course students will learn about using acrylic and/or oil paint. We will use acrylics/oil in different ways and explore the flexibility of the medium. Students will have freedom to experiment with different styles and to create their own original artwork. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Zbigniew Grzyb
Level: All levels welcome

Non-Members: $190

Members: $171

Contemporary Acrylic Painting

6 Mondays, January 8 - February 12, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
6 Mondays, February 26 - April 2, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

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, January 8 - February 12, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Mondays, February 26 - April 2, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

All Medium Painting

6 Tuesdays, January 9 - February 13, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
6 Tuesdays, February 27 - April 3, 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

6 Tuesdays, January 9 - February 13
Non-Members $145

Members $130.50

6 Tuesdays, February 27 - April 3
Non-Members $145

Members $130.50

Oil Painting for All

6 Tuesdays, March 13 – April 24, 6:30 – 8:30PM (no class 4/10)

Using the traditional medium of oil paint, this class will focus on translating printed imagery into paintings. With a mixture of one-on-one time and class discussions, everyone will leave with a renewed sense of what motivates them to be an artist. Additionally, each class will focus on oil painting techniques such as mixing paints to the perfect color and making the most out of our tools. This painting class welcomes beginning to intermediate painters 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. Class Maximum: 8 Class Minimum: 3 Download materials list here.

Instructor: Julie Weaver
Level: All levels welcome

Non-Members $145

Members $130.50

TUESDAY WATER MEDIA! Painting Basics

8 Tues, Dec 5 - Feb 6, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM ***FULL***

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. This is a terrific beginner opportunity and an excellent refresher, too. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students. No class on 12/26 & 1/2/18.Download materials list here.

Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: All levels welcome

WEDNESDAY WATER MEDIA! Painting Basics

8 Wednesdays, December 6 – January 31, 9AM – 12PM (no class 12/27)

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. This is a terrific beginner opportunity and an excellent refresher, too. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students Download materials list here.

Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: All levels welcome

December 6 - January 31, 2018
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

OPEN EASEL STUDIO

8 Wednesdays, December 6 – January 31, 12:30 – 4:00 PM (no class 12/27)
8 Wednesdays, February 14 - April 4, 12:30 – 4:00 PM

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.

Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: All levels welcome

8 Wednesdays, December 6 – January 31
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

8 Wednesdays, February 14 - April 4
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

Ways with Watercolor

6 Thursdays, December 7 – January 18, 9 AM - 12 PM, $215 (no class 12/28)
6 Thursdays, February 1 - March 8, 9 AM - 12 PM, $215

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. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: All levels welcome

6 Thursdays, December 7 – January 18
Non-Members: $215

Members: $193.50

6 Thursdays, February 1 - March 8
Non-Members: $215

Members: $193.50

Exploring Abstract Painting

6 Thursdays, November 30 - January 4, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
6 Thursdays, January 18 - February 22, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

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, November 30 - January 4
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, January 18 - February 22
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Watercolor Techniques

6 Thursdays, January 18 - February 22, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
6 Thursdays, March 8 - April 19, 7:00 – 9:00 PM (no 4/12)

A course designed for the beginner or advanced artist consisting of a series of exercises enabling the student to gain a solid foundation in watercolors. Subjects and exercises to include color, still life, and landscapes. The student's personal creativity and growth will be encouraged. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Zbigniew Grzyb
Level: All levels welcome

6 Thursdays, January 18 - February 22
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, March 8 - April 19
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50


Mastering Pastel

6 Fridays, March 2 – April 20, 9:30 – 12:30 PM


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. No class on March 30 and April 13. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Karen Israel
Level: All levels welcome

Non-Members: $215

Members: $193.50

Painting Basics

8 Saturdays, January 6 - February 24, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
8 Saturdays, March 10 - May 5, 2:00 - 5:00 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: Beginner to Advanced

8 Saturdays, January 6 - February 24
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

8 Saturdays, March 10 - May 5
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50





Drawing

Figure Drawing

4 Wednesdays, December 20 - January 17, 7:00 – 10:00 PM (no 12/27)
8 Wednesdays, January 31 - March 21, 7:00 - 10:00 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. Min. 3 / Max. 10 student. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Paul Iezzi
Level: Beginner to Advanced

4 Wednesdays, December 20 - January 17
Non-Members: $145 + $35 model fee

Members: $130.50 + $35 model fee

8 Wednesdays, January 31 - March 21
Non-Members: $285 + $70 model fee

Members: $256.50 + $70 model fee

Option to sign up for first 4 sessions only: 1/31 - 2/21
Non-Members: $145 + $35 model fee

Members: $130.50 + $35 model fee

Classical Drawing Skills

6 Thursdays, December 7 – January 18, 12:30 – 2:30 PM, $145 (no class 12/28)
6 Thursdays, February 1 - March 8, 12:30 – 2:30 PM, $145

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, December 7 - January 18, 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, February 1 - March 8, 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Basic Drawing

6 Saturdays, January 6 - February 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
6 Saturdays, March 3 - April 14, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (no class 3/31)

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.  Download materials list here.

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

6 Saturdays, January 6 - February 17
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Saturdays, March 3 - April 14
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50


Clay

Hand-Building and Sculpting with Clay

5 Mondays, Jan 8 – Feb 12, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (no 1/15)
5 Mondays, February 26 – March 26, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
5 Tuesdays, January 9 – February 6, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
5 Tuesdays, February 20 – March 20, 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Make a different project while learning a new technique each week. A range of hand-building and sculpting techniques (wedging, pinching and slab sculpting), in addition to glazing methods are all covered during this fun, intensive class. By the end of the term, complete four or more projects and gain a better understanding and appreciation of the ceramic medium. Materials fee for 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing payable to instructor: $35.

Instructor: Jim Brunelle
Experience Level: Beginner

5 Mondays, January 8 – February 12, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Non-Members $180

Members $162

5 Tuesdays, January 9 – February 6, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Non-Members $180

Members $162

Functional Ceramics: Intro to Handbuilding

6 Wednesdays, January 10 – February 14, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
6 Wednesdays, February 28 – April 4, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Come experience the rewarding process of working with clay and creating unique functional pieces! This class is designed for the beginner student, focusing on the fundamentals of clay and covering the basic handbuilding techniques of pinch, coil, and slab. Applied textures, colored slips, and glazing applications will be demonstrated as well. Materials fee for 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing payable to instructor: $35.

Instructor: Pedro Centeno
Experience Level: Beginner to Intermediate

6 Wednesdays, January 10 – February 14
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

6 Wednesdays, February 28 – April 4
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

Advanced Handbuilding

6 Saturdays, January 20 – February 24, 12:00 - 2:30 PM
6 Saturdays, March 10 –April 21, 12:00 - 2:30 PM (no class 3/31)

This class gives the intermediate and advanced student a chance to apply their knowledge of basic handbuilding techniques to explore more complex forms, both functional and sculptural. In addition to using pinch, coil, and slab techniques, students will learn how to make their own plaster texture molds and stamps to incorporate into their work. This is a great opportunity to refine your skills and further develop ideas with the guidance of an experienced artist and teacher. Materials fee for 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing payable to instructor: $35.

Instructor: Pedro Centeno
Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced

6 Saturdays, January 20 – February 24
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

6 Saturdays, March 10 –April 21
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

Art of the Teapot

6 Thursdays, January 11 – February 15, 6:00 – 8:30 PM
6 Thursdays, March 1 – April 5, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Learn to create sculptural or functional teapots in a 6 week course. The class will adopt multiple hand building methods along with molds and extruded components. We will discuss the basic rules for creating a functional teapot and explore many methods of surface treatments. $35 materials fee for 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing payable to instructor.

Instructor: Pedro Centeno
Experience Level: All levels welcome

6 Saturdays, January 11 – February 15
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

6 Saturdays, March 1 –April 5
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

Coil techniques for shaping forms

6 Mondays, January 8 – February 12, 5:00 - 7:30 PM
6 Mondays, February 26 – April 2, 5:00 - 7:30 PM

Whether large or small scale, coil building has been used for millenniums to build vessels and even houses. Let's get our hands dirty and create some forms guided by the elements and principles of design. 6 week course will include 3 small/medium scale pieces.
$35 materials fee for 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing payable to instructor.

6 Mondays, January 8 – February 12
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

6 Saturdays, March 1 –April 5
Non-Members $225

Members $202.50

Date Night: Friday Night Clay Session

Friday, January 19, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, February 16, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Friday, March 16, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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: Naomi and Pedro Centeno
Experience Level: All

$100 per couple this includes the cost of materials and firing up to two pieces.
$60 per individual this includes the cost of materials and firing of one piece.

Couple Price
Non-Members $100

Members $90

Individual Price
Non-Members $60

Members $54

Plaster and Bisque Molds Making Demonstration

Saturday, December 16, 1:00-4:00 pm

Pedro Centeno will demonstrate how to make simple plaster molds and bisque molds to create dynamic hand built pieces. We'll discuss the fundamentals of working with plaster and explore its endless possibilities. From slip casting to press mold, Pedro will walk you through the process in creating his signature pieces.

Instructor: Pedro Centeno
Experience Level: All

Non-Members $45

Members $40.50

Youth Ceramics

6 Fridays, January 19 – February 23, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Or 6 Saturdays, January 20 – February 24, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Let your child discover the magic and fun of kiln-fired clay! From slipping and scoring to coil, slab, and pinch techniques, firing and glazing, this class works with it all! Youth Ceramics will teach your child the wonderful world of pottery through various hand-building techniques and creative projects.

Instructor: Stefanie Baechler
Recommended age: 7-12

Fridays, January 19 – February 23
Non-Members $145

Members $130.50

Saturdays, January 20 – February 24
Non-Members $145

Members $130.50




Mixed Media

Photography

Printmaking Techniques Into Collage

4 Tuesdays, January 9-30, 10:00AM – 12:00PM
4 Tuesdays, February 6-27, 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Explore a variety of printmaking methods with result on a variety of papers. Learn traditional block-printing, monotype and mono-printing from demonstrations to create your own stunning prints. Unconventional drawing and sketching exercises and multi-layered printing develop mixed media collage works. Discover endless possibilities and be inspired while working in a supportive environment. Sessions involve cutting wood, linoleum and rubber with gouges and knives. Careful attention to proper use of tools is encouraged!
Material fee: $20 paid to the instructor the first day of class.

Instructor: Jim Brunelle
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

January 9-30
Non-Members: $95

Members: $85.50

February 6-27
Non-Members: $95

Members: $85.50


The Basics of Photography

Thursdays, January 18- February 22, 10:00 AM - 12:00 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, January 20 to February 24, 10:00 AM - 12:00 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 also teach you about fun filters, textures and apps that help you take control over your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings.

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

Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50



Workshops

Felted Birdhouse

Sunday, March 18, 12:00PM – 3:00PM

Learn how to use the technique of wet felting to create a unique bird/fairy shelter for your garden. Using sheep wool and other natural fibers you will explore the method of forming a seamless hollow shape over a form. In addition, participants will use a special barbed needle to add embellishments. The finished piece is a functional birdhouse which can withstand the elements. Materials fee $20 payable to instructor. Please bring 2 towels to class.

Instructor: Elena Gibson

Non-Members: $45

Members: $40.50