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Drawing and Painting Flowers with Lori Anderson
Flowers are beautiful, but can be challenging to draw and paint. In this course, learn how to follow a certain procedure to draw and paint flowers as challenging as dahlias, roses, or even mixed bouquets. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students Download materials list here.
6 Mondays, March 27 – May 1, 10:00 AM– 12:00 PM
Acrylic/Oil Painting with Zbigniew Grzyb
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.
6 Mondays, April 3 – May 8, 1:00 – 3:00 PMNon-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
6 Mondays, May 15 – June 26, 1:00 – 3:00 PM (no class 5/29)Non-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
Landscape Painting in Oil with Julie Weaver – EVENING CLASS
Using the traditional medium of oil paint, this class will focus on capturing landscapes on canvas. The broad term landscape should not be limiting, but alternatively a chance to experience the views we see everyday in a new light. 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 glazing, mixing paints to the perfect color, and making the most out of our tools. This painting class welcomes all levels interested in expanding their painting practice or looking for new inspiration. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students. A material list will be provided.
5 Tuesdays, May 30 – June 27, 6:30 – 8:30 PMNon-Members: $120 Members: $108
TUESDAY WATER MEDIA! Painting Basics for Everybody with Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
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 material list here.
8 Tuesdays, April 18 – June 6, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM ***This Class is FULL***
WEDNESDAY WATER MEDIA! Painting Basics for Everybody with Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
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 material list here.
8 Wednesdays, April 19 – June 7, 2017, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMNon-Members: $285 Members: $256.50
All Medium Painting with Deborah Leonard
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. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students. Download material list here.
3 Tuesdays, February 28, March 7 & March 14, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Snow Day March 14 – make-up day March 21Non-Members: $72.50 Members: $65.25
OPEN EASEL STUDIO
FVAC’s Open Easel Studio is intended for students who are working on a painting/drawing at home and would like to receive critique/advice with their work. 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 2:30PM, and you will be able to use the studio until 4:00PM.
8 Wednesdays, February 8 – March 29, 2017, 12:30 – 4:00 pmNon-Members: $285 Members: $256.50
8 Wednesdays, April 19 – June 7, 2017, 12:30 – 4:00 pmNon-Members: $285 Members: $256.50
Landscape Painting for Beginners to Intermediates with Kathleen Curran Smits
Learn to paint the colors and textures of a beautiful landscape in Oils or Acrylics. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students
6 Thursdays, April 6 – May 11, 1:00 – 3:00 PMNon-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
6 Thursdays, May 18 – June 22, 1:00 – 3:00 PMNon-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
Exploring Abstract Painting with Maurice Casas
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. This class is ideal for beginners and intermediate painters. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students Download material list here.
6 Thursdays, March 16 – April 27, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, $145 (no class 4/13)Non-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
6 Thursdays, May 11 – June 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, $145Non-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
6 Thursdays, June 29 – August 3, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, $145Non-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
Drawing and Painting with Oil Pastels with Zbigniew Grzyb – EVENING CLASS
A class offering more than 40 step-by-step sequences that show how to master pastel painting to develop your own individual style. The projects show the whole process of picture making from planning to completion. A series of sessions covering the full range of techniques and skills using oil pastels. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students. Download materials list here.
6 Thursdays, April 6 – May 11, 7:00 – 9:00 PMNon-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
6 Thursdays, May 18 – June 22, 7:00 – 9:00 PMNon-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
Expressive Pastels with Karen Israel
Learn from Karen Israel, an award-winning artist, 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. All levels welcome. Min. 3 / Max. 9 students. Download materials list here.
5 Fridays, April 21 – May 19, 9:30 – 11:30 AMNon-Members: $120 Members: $108
Painting Basics with Paul Iezzi
A course designed for the beginner to the advanced painter. 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.
8 Saturdays, March 4 – April 29 , 2:00 – 5:00 PM (no class 4/15)Non-Members: $285 Members: $256.50
8 Saturdays, May 6 – June 24 , 2:00 – 5:00 PMNon-Members: $285 Members: $256.50
Experimental Drawing with Melanie Carr
Focus on an experimental approach to materials and mark making in this hands-on workshop. We will expand our understanding of drawing beyond direct observation and increase our awareness of ideas regarding drawing tools, surfaces, and compositions. We’ll make our own tools, and explore mark making methods to include elements of chance, exaggeration, collaboration, and abstraction, to name a few. The format of this workshop consists of a wide variety of mark making and creativity exercises to stimulate the imagination. Be prepared to head back into your studio with a fresh new approach as you discover new ways of thinking about drawing! This workshop is open to students of all levels and is designed for those who are open to experimentation and want to discover connections between mark making, medium, imagination, and intuition. Min. 3 / Max. 10 students. Download materials list here.
4 Mondays, May 1 – 22
Morning Class: 10AM – 12PMNon-Members: $95 Members: 85.50
Evening Class: 7 – 9PMNon-Members: $95 Members: 85.50
Figure Drawing with Paul Iezzi
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 material list here.
4 Wednesdays, March 22 – April 12, 7:00 – 10:00 PMNon-Members: $177.50 Members: $159.75
4 Wednesdays, April 19 – May 10, 7:00 – 10:00 PMNon-Members: $177.50 Members: $159.75
Classical Drawing Skills for All Levels with Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
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 material list here.
6 weeks, Thursdays, March 2 – April 6, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PMNon-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
6 weeks, Thursdays, April 20 – May 25, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PMNon-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
Cuffs and Rings in Sterling Metal Clay Workshop with Lisel Crowley
One of the most exciting new developments in Metal Clay, open shelf sterling silver clays offer wonderful new possibilities to metal clay artists. The added finished strength of these formulas allow for the exploration of more delicate work and the creation of items which will hold up to heavy “wear and tear” such as rings and cuffs. Additionally, the ability to form items such as rings and cuffs flat and shape after firing allows for more creative freedom and more organic and flowing designs. During this two-day workshop, Lisel will introduce you to best practices for working with the sterling clay. Whether you are a seasoned metal clay artist or someone just discovering the joys of this fantastic medium, this workshop will help you expand your creative voice in wonderful ways. Open lesson layout here.
Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 10 AM to 5 PM
Materials fee: $115 payable to instructor, this includes 50 grams of sterling silver metal clay, cubic zirconia and consumables used in class. Tools will be on loan from instructor.Non-Members: $210 Members: $189
Metal Clay Jewelry with Lisel Crowley
This 7 week course is designed to fully immerse individuals in the potential of Metal Clay as an artistic medium. Beginning with the basics, each week we will explore new techniques and increasingly complex design possibilities. Suitable for beginning to intermediate students, this program will help you gain technical expertise and artistic freedom in this exciting medium. Open weekly schedule here.
7 Wednesdays, April 19 – May 31, 6:30 – 9 PM
Materials fee: $175 payable to instructor, this includes 70 grams of silver metal clay and various other supplies used during course including cubic zirconia, photopolymer plates, mold materials, etc. Tools will be on loan from instructor. Registration formNon-Members: $260 Members: $234
Material fee: $30 paid to the instructor the first day of class.
8 Tuesdays, April 4 – May 23, 10:00AM – 12:00PMNon-Members: $190 Members: $171
Silkscreening for all Levels with Lindsay Behrens
Do you like drawing, painting, or photography? Did you ever think about adding silkscreening to your list of techniques? Expand your portfolio and use all of your prior art making knowledge toward creating screen print on paper, clothing, canvas, wood, etc. You will come away from class with the ability to create projects such as party invitations, greeting cards, and your images on T-shirts using stencils, drawing fluid, screen filler, and photo transfer methods.
If you have participated in previous sessions with Lindsay, you will be able to choose the silkscreening technique you would like to focus your attention on. Receive guidance and instruction to further your comfort level and ability to create using a combination of other mediums, print editions, and print multiple colored images. Materials fee will apply. Instructor will contact students regarding the materials list.
6 Mondays, January 30 – March 13, 6:30 – 9:00 PM (no class 2/20)
Make-up dates for cancelled class on 2/6 & 2/13: March 20 & 27Non-members, $180 Members, $162
Creating meaningful art, mat cutting and framing
Mat Cutting with Ron Rosenstock
This one-day workshop is designed for anyone wishing to perfect their mat cutting and framing skills and to learn more about creating meaningful art and preparing their art for presentation. The morning session will be on creating meaningful art. Ron will draw on his 50 years of experience in sharing his philosophy and also having everyone do an exercise he created based on Mister Eckhart’s quote: “Art is not just for special people but everyone is a special kind of an artist.” After lunch Ron will demonstrate mat cutting and framing to museum standards. Everyone will have a hands-on opportunity to cut mats. Ron will supply everything needed for this workshop, just bring a lunch. Min. 8 / Max. 12 students
Saturday, April 22, 10AM – 4PMNon-Members: $120 Members: $108
Paper Weaving Workshop with Peggy Dembicer
Learn several different paper weaving techniques that distinguish themselves from traditional weaving designs and forms. Students will be able to design and execute two or more unique pieces during this workshop. Students will work with individual tabletop looms that are simple to warp and easy to operate. Techniques in off loom weaving will also be demonstrated and taught. There will be examples and demonstrations of ways to further embellish finished weavings with beads, sequins, wire, stitching and/or folding. Download materials list here; additional materials fee: $10 payable to the instructor.
Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9, 11AM – 3PMNon-Members: $120 Members: $108
Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 11AM – 3PM, $120Non-Members: $120 Members: $108
Photoshop/Photoshop Elements with Kathleen Curran Smits
Learn the ins and outs of layers and selections that will help you enhance your photography and create composite images like posters and post cards. Photoshop Elements 14 or 15, or Photoshop CS6 or Photoshop CC need to be downloaded prior to class. Good computer skills required.
6 Thursdays, April 6 – May 11, 10:00AM – 12:00PMNon-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
Introduction to Creative Photo Apps for iPhone and iPad with Andy Mars in Studio 1B
This session will introduce you to the best photo apps for taking better photos with your iPhone and/or iPad. Learn how to edit your photos with popular editing apps, such as Snapseed. You will learn tips on photo composition and getting better quality images using photo apps giving you control over your shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings. Learning about fun filters and textures that will wow your family & friends! Students are required to have an iPhone 5/5S or later operating system with the option to purchase for a few dollars (average $2-4.00) photo apps for their devices.
6 Wednesdays, May 3 – June 7, 6:30 – 8:30PMNon-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
or 6 Thursdays, May 4- June 8, 10:00AM – 12:00PM, $145Non-Members: $145 Members: $130.50
iPhone Workshop – Photos Turned into Works of Art with Andy Mars
Learn how to change a typical photograph using your iPhone &/or iPad into a work of art that you can share with your friends and family! Become an artist and show the world your unique talent. Print and frame your artwork and then voila, you’ll have special gifts you can share for special occasions such as Mother’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries! This workshop is an overview of the 6 week Creative Photo Apps for iPhone and iPad class.
Saturday, May 6, 10AM – 12PM, $30 (sign up with a friend or relative & save 10%)Non-Members: $30 Members/Save on 2: $27
Sunday, May 7, 2-4PM, $30 (sign up with a friend or relative & save 10%)Non-Members: $30 Members/Save on 2: $27
Interior Design Workshop with Interior Designer Donna Miller
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. A step by step workbook to create successful, individual and beautiful rooms is available to participants. Optional workbook: $20 (payable to the instructor)
4 Thursdays, April 20 – May 11
Morning Class: 9:30 – 11:30 PMNon-Members: $120 Members: $108
Evening Class: 7:00 – 9:00 PMNon-Members: $120 Members: $108
From Field to Fine Art with Ceil Rossi
Create your own unique piece of art from a California-grown gourd. Students will work with a hard-shelled gourd that grows in San Diego, CA. Participants will learn how to plan, design, wood-burn, paint, dye, apply metal foil, and finish the gourd. Open to beginners – no painting or artistic skills necessary. Students should bring to class a set of various angled paint brushes.
Saturday & Sunday, March 18 & 19, 11:00AM – 3:00PM, $120Non-Members: $120 Members: $108
Materials fee: $10 payable to the instructor
Knitting 101 with Rebecca Picoult (Studio 10B)
In this introductory knitting course, students will learn the skills necessary to complete simple knitting projects like hats and scarves. Topics include: tools of the trade, how to choose yarn and read a yarn label, the knit and purl stitch, casting on and binding off, reading a simple knitting pattern, blocking your project and measuring gauge, fixing mistakes, decreasing and knitting in the round. Materials provided by instructor. Please bring a small bag or basket to hold all of your materials.
4 Mondays, April 24 – May 15, 10AM – 12PM, $120Non-Members: $120 Members: $108
Materials fee: $30 to be paid to instructor.
Felted Birdhouse with Elena Gibson
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.
Please bring 2 bath sized towels and a plastic bag for wet towels to class.
Sunday, March 26, 12:00PM – 3:00PM
Non-Members: $45 / Members: $40.50 / Materials fee: $20 (payable to the instructor)
***THIS SESSION IS FULL*** Please call 860-678-1867 to be put on waiting list
Felted Floral Trilogy with Judy Pascale
In this class you will learn the three phases to create a decorative floral accent for your home. The first phase is the felting of the greenery/leaves as the base piece. It is designed to be a separate piece and therefore versatile enough for use with different flowers. Next is creating the petals of your chosen flower. Lastly, learn the technique of raising the petals to create a three dimensional piece. As colors and seasons change, these floral accents can be quickly collapsed and lie flat for easy storage. Students will choose their own colors and designs to create a unique garden piece for their home. A material list will be provided.
Saturday, April 8, 10:00AM – 4:00PMNon-Members: $90 Members: $81
Materials fee: $20 (payable to the instructor)
From Felt to Feathers with Elena Gibson
Explore the fascinating technique of needle felting and create a realistic swan/goose/duck figure. You will learn how to transform sheep wool with a special barbed needle into a firm (4-5″) felted figure with detail features. In addition, a wet felting technique will be used to further enhance the shape and firmness of figure. Glass beads for eyes will be provided for realistic finish.
Sunday, April 9, 12-3PMNon-Members: $45 Members: $40.50
Materials fee: $15 (payable to the instructor)
Painting Nature with Wool with Elena Gibson
Discover the ancient art of wet felting. Choose a seasonal palette, layout wool to capture your vision of nature and learn how to make a cohesive sheet of felt. Add details and embellishment using special barbed needle. You can bring your own picture as reference. A beginner friendly class.
Sunday, June 4, 12-3PMNon-Members: $45 Members: $40.50
Materials fee: $20 (payable to the instructor)
Botanical Pin with Elena Gibson
Get inspired by the beauty of spring flora and create a one of kind felted blossom. Learn the basic principles of wet felting and explore a variety of strategies to manipulate wool to form flowers. Findings are provided to finish your pieces as a pin. In addition your finished product can be used as an accessory or decoration. The possibilities are endless!
Sunday, June 11, 12-3PMNon-Members: $45 Members: $40.50
Materials fee: $15 (payable to the instructor)
The Art of Aromatherapy with Hallie Sawyers – EVENING CLASS
Essential Oils Basics for Home & Healthcare. Essential oils are everywhere, yet most of us have limited knowledge of how to harness the healing magic of these amazing extracts. Join us as we immerse ourselves in the scent of delicious aromas, understand the therapeutic properties of a variety of essential oils, learn simple safety basics and practice the art of blending our own products with essential oils. This training supplies you with information vital to successfully working with essential oils: safety, purity, dilution guidelines and therapeutic properties. That knowledge is then put to work in hands-on blending activities where we use aromatherapy supplies to make our own products to take home.
Thursday, May 11, 6 – 9PM, $45Non-Members: $45 Members: $40.50
Materials fee: $5 (payable to the instructor)