Classes

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Painting

Acrylic/Oil Painting

6 Mondays, July 10 - August 14, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
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

6 Mondays, July 10 - August 14, 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

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

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, July 20 - August 24, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
6 Thursdays, September 7 - October 12, 10:30 AM – 12:30 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, July 20 - August 24, 10:30 – 12:30
Non-Members: $145

Members: $130.50

6 Thursdays, September 7 - October 12, 10:30 – 12:30
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

Drawing and Painting with Oil Pastels

6 Thursdays, June 29 - August 3, 7:00 – 9:00 PM


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.

Instructor: Zbigniew Grzyb
Level: All levels welcome

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 7/2)

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, July 19 – August 9, 7 – 10 PM
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, July 19 – August 9, 7 – 10 PM
Non-Members: $177.50

Members: $159.75

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, July 20 - August 24, 1:30 – 3:30 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, July 20 - August 24, 1:30 – 3:30 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

4 Thursdays, July 6-27, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
4 Thursdays, August 10-31, 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

4 Thursdays, July 6 - July 27, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Non-Members: $75

Members: $67.50

4 Thursdays, August 10-31, 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Non-Members: $75

Members: $67.50


Clay

HAND-BUILDING WITH CLAY

5 Mondays, 10:00 - Noon, new dates coming soon
5 Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, new dates coming soon

Adults and Teens
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 are all covered during this fun, intensive class. By the end of the term, complete four projects (or more) and gain a better understanding and appreciation of the ceramic medium.

Instructor: Jim Brunelle
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

5 Mondays, 10:00 - Noon, new dates coming soon
Non-members $150 + $35 materials fee / 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing
Members $135 + $35 materials fee / 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing

5 Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 PM, new dates coming soon
Non-members $150 + $35 materials fee / 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing
Members $135 + $35 materials fee / 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing

WORK WITH THE MASTER: AT THE WHEEL

Any 2 Thursdays from 10:00 - Noon or 1:00 - 3:00 PM


Already a seasoned clay artist with some experience at the wheel?  This semi-private clay session at the wheel is designed for one-on-one instruction. There will be demonstrations based on individual’s needs in order to excel at new levels.  This hands-on intensive is for the clay artist aiming to participate in the FVAC Clay Co-op, and an introduction to become more familiar with the facility equipment and opportunities.

Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced Adults and Teens

Call 860-678-1867 for an appointment
Tuition $100.00 - $90.00 Members + $35 materials fee / 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing.

WORK WITH THE MASTER: AT THE EXTRUDER

Any 2 Thursdays from 10:00 - Noon or 1:00 - 3:00 PM


Use the power of equipment without the mess of wet slip!  The extruder, often overlooked in the studio, is an awesome tool for sculpting a line of production ware.  Learn how to set-up the power to create in multiples; cups bowls, details to additional hand-built works along side an instructor to show you the ropes.  You will have the ability to glaze fire all pieces in the second session.

Adults and Teens
Experience Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Call 860-678-1867 for an appointment
Tuition $100.00 - $90.00 Members + $35 materials fee / 25 lbs clay, glaze and firing.

YOUTH CLAY CLASS

Fall session dates are coming soon!

Get Messy and creative in our kids' clay class! Children will work on a different project each week, including brightly colored pots, dishes, animals, picture frames, and jewelry. All materials are included.

Recommended Age: 6-12+

Non-members $90

Members $81

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, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, dates are coming soon!

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, September 12 - October 17, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
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 17, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
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

Saturday & Sunday, September 23 & 24, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Create your own unique piece of art from a California-grown gourd. 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. Materials fee: $10 payable to the instructor.

Instructor: Ceil Rossi

Non-Members $120

Members $108

Knitting 101

4 Mondays in the Fall, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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. Materials fee: $30 to be paid to instructor.

Instructor: Rebecca Picoult (Studio 10B)

Non-Members: $95

Members: $85