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Painting

Acrylic/Oil Painting

8 Mondays, October 2 - November 20, 1:00 – 3:00 PM


In this course students will learn about using acrylic/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. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students.
Download materials list here.

Instructor: Zbigniew Grzyb
Level: All levels welcome

8 Mondays, October 2 - November 20, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Non-Members: $190

Members: $171

All Medium Painting

8 Tuesdays, September 12 – October 31, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
6 Tuesdays, November 7 – December 12, 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

8 Tuesdays, September 12 – October 31
Non-Members $190

Members $171

6 Tuesdays, November 7 – December 12
Non-Members $145

Members $130.50

Learning from Experience: Oil Painting for All

6 Tuesdays, October 3 – November 7, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

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 Tuesdays, August 15 - October 3, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM


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

Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

WEDNESDAY WATER MEDIA! Painting Basics

8 Wednesdays, August 9 - September 27, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
8 Wednesdays, October 4 – November 22, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

8 Wednesdays, August 9 - September 27
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

8 Wednesdays, October 4 – November 22
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

OPEN EASEL STUDIO

8 Wednesdays, August 9 – September 27, 12:30 – 4:00 PM
8 Wednesdays, October 4 – November 22, 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.

8 Wednesdays, August 9 – September 27
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

One time drop-in non-members: $40

One time drop-in members: $36

8 Wednesdays, October 4 – November 22
Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50

Ways with Watercolor

6 Thursdays, September 7 - October 12, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM


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, September 7 - October 12, 10-12
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Landscape Painting

6 Thursdays, September 7 - October 12, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
6 Thursdays, October 26 - Dec. 7, 1:30 - 3:30 PM (no class 11/23)

Learn how to explore the colors and textures in the beauty of a landscape with oil or acrylic paint. Create depth and contrast in the sky and the earth with the use of color and shape, layering, glazes and washes. Reference photos available or bring your own. The "ins and outs" of working from photos will be discussed. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Kathleen Curran Smits
Level: Beginners to Intermediates

6 Thursdays, September 7 - October 12, 1:30 - 3:30 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, October 26 - December 7, 1:30 - 3:30 PM (no class 11/23)
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Exploring Abstract Painting

6 Thursdays, August 17 - September 21, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
6 Thursdays, October 5 – November 9, 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, August 17 - September 21
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, October 5 – November 9, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Watercolor Techniques

6 Thursdays, October 5 – November 9, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

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

Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Mastering Pastel

6 Fridays, Sept. 29 - Nov. 10 (no class 10/13), 9:30 – 12:00 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. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Karen Israel
Level: All levels welcome

Non-Members: $180

Members: $162

Painting Basics

8 Saturdays, August 26 – Oct. 21, 2:00 - 5:00 PM (no class 9/2)

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

Non-Members: $285

Members: $256.50





Drawing

Figure Drawing

4 Wednesdays, August 16 – September 13, 7:00 – 10:00 PM
4 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 11, 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, August 16 – September 13, 7 – 10 PM (no class August 30)
Non-Members: $177.50

Members: $159.75

4 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 11, 7 – 10 PM
Non-Members: $177.50

Members: $159.75

Classical Drawing Skills

6 Thursdays, September 7 – October 12, 12:30 - 2:30 PM
6 Thursdays, October 19 – November 30, 12:30 - 2:30 PM (no class 11/23)

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, September 7 – October 12, 12:30 - 2:30 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, October 19 – November 30, 12:30 - 2:30 PM (no class 11/23)
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

Youth Drawing and Painting

6 Thursdays, September 14 - Oct. 19, 4:30 - 6:00 PM


This class focuses on the fundamentals of drawing and the principles of painting (color, pattern, balance, etc.). Students will be sampling various techniques using different media, including charcoal, graphite, pastels and acrylics. Maurice Casas will also introduce a little bit of art history and contemporary art to familiarize students with past and present influential artists.

Recommended age: 7-12
Instructor: Maurice Casas

6 Thursdays, September 14 - Oct. 19, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Non-Members: $110

Members: $99


Clay

Hand-Building and Sculpting with Clay

5 Mondays, September 11 – October 9, 10 am – noon or
5 Tuesdays, September 12 – October 10, 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

September 11 – October 9, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Non-Members $150

Members $135

September 12 – October 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Non-Members $150

Members $135

YOUTH CLAY CLASS

5 Wednesdays, September 13 – October 11, 5:00 – 7:00 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. All materials are included.

Recommended Age: 7-12+
Instructor: Stefanie Baechler

Non-members $150

Members $135

Coming Soon!

Introduction to Handbuilding: Functional Ceramics
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.


Advanced Handbuilding with Pedro Centeno
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.


Date Night: Friday Night Clay Session with Naomi and Pedro Centeno
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! The price includes the cost of materials and firing up to two pieces.






Mixed Media

Silkscreening

6 Mondays, September 25 – October 30, 6:30 – 9:00 PM

Silkscreening provides participants with the ability to print photos, designs, logos, or text onto any medium you like using stencils, drawing fluid, screen filler, and photo transfer methods. It’s simple to learn, and has boundless possibilities. This class will equip you with the knowledge and tools to create your own multi-color design and reproduce it to your heart’s content. Materials fee will apply. Instructor will contact students regarding the materials list.

Instructor: Lindsay Behrens
Level: All Levels

Non-Members $180

Members $162

Printmaking Techniques Into Collage

8 Tuesdays, September 12 - October 31, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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

Non-Members: $190

Members: $171

Photography

Introduction to Creative Photo Apps for iPhone and iPad

6 Mondays, September 11 – October 16, 6:30 – 8:30 PM or
6 Wednesdays, Sept. 13 - October 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn how to change a typical photograph using your iPhone &/or iPad into a work of art with fun iPhone photo apps such as Enlight & Waterlogue! Become an artist and show the world your unique talent. Print and frame your artwork and then voila, you’ll have special & unique gifts you can share for special occasions such as birthdays and anniversaries! Learn how to edit your photos with popular editing apps, such as Snapseed. You will learn tips on photo composition and get better quality images using photo apps giving you control over your shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings. Learning about fun filters and textures will wow your friends and family! Students are required to have an iPhone 5/5S or later with the option to purchase for a few dollars (average $2-4.00) photo apps for their devices.
Class held in Studio 1B. Maximum participants 8

Instructor: Andy Mars

Evening Class:
Mondays, September 11 – October 16, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Non-Members $145

Members 130.50

Morning Class:
Wednesdays, September 13 - October 18, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Non-Members $145

Members 130.50


Take Photoshop To The Next Level! With Andy Mars

6 Tuesdays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 24, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (no class 10/17)
6 Thursdays, September 14 - October 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you want to make ordinary photos extraordinary!  Learn about composition and how to edit your best photos. Use the free *Nik Collection plugin which has many photo enhancement features you can incorporate in your photoshop workflow. Discover how to add textures to your photos by using masks, layers and modes for the wow factor!

Class requirement: A laptop with PS CC, PS CS6 or PS Elements 14/15 installed.
*Before the 1st class download the free plug-in Nik Collection. The photos you want to work with in class should be on your laptop. Download link here

Instructor: Andy Mars

Evening Class:
Tuesdays, September 12 - October 24, 6:30 - 8:30 PM (no class 10/17)
Non-Members $145

Members $130.50

Morning Class:
Thursdays, September 14 - October 19, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Non-Members $145

Members $130.50



Workshops

From Field to Fine Art - The Copper Top

Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Working with a hard-shelled California gourd, the students will plan, design, wood-burn, paint and learn the art of gold-foiling. This is an introductory project in which the student will learn the basic skills to go on to more advanced gourd art. For students who have already completed the Copper Top, they may choose a project of their own design. Instructor will provide wood-burner, paints, brushes, ink dyes, gold foil and all tools for completing a successful art project. Materials fee payable to instructor: $13. Class is limited to 5 students no minimum.

Instructor: Ceil Rossi

Non-Members $120

Members $108

Paper Engineering and Pop-Up Workshop

Sunday, October 1, 12:00 PM - 3:00 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.
Maximum number of students 15. Materials fee paid directly to instructor: $10

Instructor: Yoojin Kim

Non-Members $45

Members $40.50

Pleat Pattern Origami Designs

4 Tuesdays, October 3-24, 2017, 6:30-8:30 PM

Learn the basics of origami tessellation pleat patterns, which use paper overlaps on paper grids to create designs. Students will learn twists and how to tile them into intricate tessellations.
Maximum number of students 15. Materials fee paid directly to instructor: $5.

Instructor: Ben Parker

Non-Members: $95

Members: $85

Interior Design

4 Thursdays, October 5-26, 9:30 – 11:30 am or
4 Thursdays, October 5-26, 7:00 – 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.
Session 1
Learn how to measure and draw a floor plan to scale. Learn about ideal dimensions for furniture placement.
Session 2
We’ll discuss walls, trim, floors and window treatments and how to consider them in your color scheme. Discover your style.
Session 3
We’ll discuss lighting, patterns and textures and how to choose fabrics and fibers, leather, woods, veneers, and other materials.
Session 4
Tips and tricks on adding personality to your living space with accessories.

An optional step by step workbook to create successful, individual and beautiful rooms is available to participants for $20 (payable to instructor).

Instructor: Interior Designer Donna Miller

Morning Class:
Non-Members: $120

Members: $108

Evening Class:
Non-Members: $120

Members: $108

Bead Weaving

Sunday, November 5, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm


Learn basic bead weaving on a simple table top loom. Students will graph and execute geometric designs that can be used to create jewelry or other decorative items. Materials fee payable to instructor: $10

Instructor: Peggy Dembicer

Non-Members: $60

Members: $54