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Classes

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Painting

Brush with Nature Watercolor

For those who enjoy both nature and painting, we have combined the two in our watercolor class. Students will enjoy painting nature scenes from the beautiful landscape surrounding the Farmington Valley Arts Center. Mo, an experienced watercolor 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
Tuition: $215 Non-Members / 193.50 Members

6 Mondays, October 29 - December 3, 9 AM -12 PM

Exploring Abstract and Semi Abstract Painting

Learn the process to develop the freedom to create. Discover how exploring and “playing” with abstract painting is one of the best approaches to create non-objective artworks with an array of possibilities. In this class, we will learn some basic techniques and an easy way to apply the principles and elements of design to produce effortless, but well-structured art. If you like the works of Wassily Kandinsky, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, this class is for you. In addition, we will also discuss and learn why even to this day artists like these are still very important and relevant in the art world. Min. 3 / Max. 8 students. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: Beginners and Intermediates
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Mondays, December 3 - January 21, 2019, 1-3PM
no class 12/24, 12/31




6 Mondays, February 4 - March 11, 2019, 1-3PM


Exploring Abstract and Semi Abstract Painting Evenings

The joy of painting abstract art begins with the process of exploring, “playing” and freeing your mind from representational tendencies. With a few easy techniques using shapes, contrast, color, texture and more, you will discover an array of possibilities to design and intuitively create artworks with structure and a voice of their own. If you like the works of Robert Motherwell, Lee Krasner, Helen Frankenthaler, this class is for you. In addition, we will also consider and learn why even to this day artists like these are still very important and relevant in the art world. Min. 3 / Max. 8 students. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: Beginners and Intermediates
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Thursdays, December 13 - January 24 (no class 12/27), 7-9PM



6 Thursdays, February 7 - March 14, 2019, 7-9PM

Contemporary Acrylic Painting

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. Please be advised, this class might discuss paintings that contain imagery of the nude body. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: Beginners and Intermediates
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Mondays, November 26 – January 14, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
(no class 12/24, 12/31)

***CANCELED***

6 Mondays, January 28 - March 4, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM


TUESDAY Painting Advanced

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
Tuition: $285 Non-Members / 256.50 Members

8 Tuesdays, November 6 - January 15, 2018 9AM - 12PM
No class 11/20, 12/25, 1/1

All Medium Painting

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
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Tuesdays, November 6 - December 11, 1-3PM



6 Tuesdays, January 8 - February 12, 2019, 1-3PM



6 Tuesdays, February 26 - April 2, 2019, 1-3PM




Oil Painting

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. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Julie Weaver
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Class maximum: 8 / class minimum: 3
Tuition: $180 Non-Members / $162 Members

6 Tuesdays, September 11 – October 16, 6:00 - 8:30 PM



WEDNESDAY WATER MEDIA! Painting Basics

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
Tuition: $285 Non-Members / 256.50 Members

MORNING: 8 Wednesdays, November 7 – January 16, 2019
no class 11/21, 12/26, 1/2
FULL

AFTERNOON: 8 Wednesdays, November 7 – January 16, 2019
no class 11/21, 12/26, 1/2


OPEN EASEL STUDIO

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!

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: All levels welcome
Tuition: $285 Non-Members / 256.50 Members / Drop-In: $40/$36

8 Wednesdays, October 31 – January 9, 2019 (no class 11/21, 12/26, 1/2) 12:30 - 4PM



8 Wednesdays, January 23 - March 13, 2019, 12:30 - 4PM

Ways with Watercolor

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
Tuition: $215 Non-Members / 193.50 Members

6 Thursdays, December 6 - January 17, 2019, 9AM - 12PM (no class 12/27)



6 Thursdays, February 7 – March 14, 2019, 9AM - 12PM (no class 12/27)



Watercolor FUN-damentals

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
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Thursdays, November 1 – December 13, 7-9 PM (no 11/22)


Mastering Pastel

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
Tuition: $215 Non-Members / 193.50 Members

6 Fridays, March 1 - April 26, 2019 (no class 3/15, 3/22, 4/19)

Painting Basics

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
Tuition: $285 Non-Members / 256.50 Members

8 Saturdays, November 17 - January 19, 2019 2-5 PM
(no class 11/24 & 12/29)




8 Saturdays, February 2 - March 23, 2019 2-5 PM



Drawing

Basics for Architectural Sketching

This class will introduce students to some of the basics of creating handmade architectural drawings. Students will learn about the principles and elements of design, perspective, how to work with the tools and the importance of observation. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Mondays, January 7 to February 11, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM



6 Mondays, February 25 – April 1, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Figure Drawing

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. Please be advised: live nude art models are the focus of this drawing class. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Paul Iezzi
Level: All
Tuition including $35 model fee: $180 Non-Members / 165.50 Members

4 Wednesdays, November 14 - December 12, 7-10 PM no class 11/21



4 Wednesdays, January 9-30, 2019, 7-10 PM



4 Wednesdays, February 13 - March 6, 2019, 7-10 PM






Classical Drawing Skills

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
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Thursdays, December 6 - January 17, 2019 (no class 12/27), 12:30 – 2:30 PM



6 Thursdays, February 7 – March 14, 2019, 12:30-2:30 PM

Introduction to Hyperrealism Drawing

The intent of this class is to give the student a sound understanding of how creating lifelike and hyperrealistic drawings is done by using basic methods and theory. We will learn about the difference between Photorealism and Hyperrealism, the different processes of transferring images from photographs, how to use and apply the materials, techniques to render realistic forms, and how to create textures like hair and skin with a layering approach. We will cover tonal value relationship, drawing details and different kinds of contrast to achieve a balanced visual interest. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Fridays, November 9 - December 21, 1-3 PM (no class 11/23)



6 Fridays, January 4 – February 8, 2019

Basic Drawing

This class is about learning the importance of knowing and understanding the difference between looking and observing to create and draw with great accuracy. Students will learn some techniques absolutely necessary to observe and draw with almost perfect accuracy. Students will learn about the importance of understanding their subject and how to perceive it; how to make the fundamental mental shift vital to unleash their creative side; how to stay in creative mode, connected and fully engaged with their subject. Students will also learn about the importance of measuring and how to do it. Download materials list here.

Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: Beginners to Intermediates and painters in need of sharpening their drawing skills and improve structure.
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Saturdays, January 5 – February 9, 2019, 10AM - 12PM



6 Saturdays, February 23 – March 30, 2019, 10AM - 12PM





Clay

Handbuilding Ceramics

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.



6 Mondays, November 12 - December 17, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM



6 Tuesdays, November 13 - December 18, 6:00 – 8:30 PM



6 Saturdays, December 1 - January 5, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
CANCELED

8 Mondays, January 14 - March 4, 2019, 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM



Instructor: Pedro Centeno
Experience Level: All Levels
6-week tuition: $225 Non-Members / $202.50 Members
8-week tuition: $300 Non-Members / $270 Members
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.

Wheel Throwing Monday

LIMITED TO 4 STUDENTS! Learn a variety of wheel throwing techniques to make both functional and decorative pieces. Beginner students will learn the fundamentals of throwing and working with clay on the wheel. More experienced students will be challenged with learning to throw more complex forms and vessels. Decorating, altering, and finishing techniques will also be taught.


8 Mondays, January 14 - March 4, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM



Instructor: Erika Novak / Drew Darley from Round Trip Clayworks
8-week tuition: $300 Non-Members / $270 Members
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.

Wheel Throwing Tuesday

LIMITED TO 4 STUDENTS! Learn a variety of wheel throwing techniques to make both functional and decorative pieces. Beginner students will learn the fundamentals of throwing and working with clay on the wheel. More experienced students will be challenged with learning to throw more complex forms and vessels. Decorating, altering, and finishing techniques will also be taught.


8 Tuesdays, January 15 - March 5, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM



Instructor: Pedro Centeno
8-week tuition: $300 Non-Members / $270 Members
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.

Wheel Throwing Wednesday

LIMITED TO 4 STUDENTS! Learn a variety of wheel throwing techniques to make both functional and decorative pieces. Beginner students will learn the fundamentals of throwing and working with clay on the wheel. More experienced students will be challenged with learning to throw more complex forms and vessels. Decorating, altering, and finishing techniques will also be taught.


8 Wednesdays, January 16 - March 6, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM



Instructor: Erika Novak / Drew Darley from Round Trip Clayworks
8-week tuition: $300 Non-Members / $270 Members
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.

Wheel Throwing Thursday

LIMITED TO 4 STUDENTS! Learn a variety of wheel throwing techniques to make both functional and decorative pieces. Beginner students will learn the fundamentals of throwing and working with clay on the wheel. More experienced students will be challenged with learning to throw more complex forms and vessels. Decorating, altering, and finishing techniques will also be taught.


8 Thursdays, January 17 - March 7, 2019, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM



Instructor: Erika Novak / Drew Darley from Round Trip Clayworks
8-week tuition: $300 Non-Members / $270 Members
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.

BYOB Friday Night Clay Date

Looking for something new and fun to do on a Friday night? Couples, singles, and friends are welcome to join us in the ceramics studio for an evening of fun, creativity, and learning basic handbuilding techniques. Our skilled instructor, Pedro Centeno, will guide you through the steps of making your own unique piece. Bring a bottle of wine, some snacks, and get creative!

Tuition includes cost of materials and firing of one piece. Your creation will be fired and is ready for you to pick up approx. 2 weeks after the session.
Instructor: Pedro Centeno
Tuition: $45 / December Special $39
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm



Photography

The Art of iPhoneography

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
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / $130.50 Members

6 Saturdays, January 26 - March 2, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


The Basics of Digital Photography

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
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / $130.50 Members

6 Saturdays, January 26 - March 2, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Workshops

Holiday Pop-Up Card Workshop

Create your own unique pop-up cards in time for the holidays! This workshop will cover simple paper engineering techniques that can be converted into a holiday themed cards. Basic pop-up templates will be provided, and students are encouraged to embellish and create their own designs.


Please bring an x-acto knife, cutting mat, scissors, ruler, and decorative paper (optional) to class.

Instructor: Yoojin Kim
Location: Classroom 3A
Min/Max students: 3/15
Tuition: $45 Non-Members / $40.50 Members
Materials fee: $15 payable to instructor

Sunday, December 2, 2018, 12-3 PM

Interior Design

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
Tuition: $120 Non-Members / $108 Members

4 Thursday, April 4-25, 2019, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM



4 Thursday, April 4-25, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Zentangle

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 with colors to create interesting and pleasing tiles that look intricate but are easy to create.

Instructor: Certified Zentangle Teacher Laura Marks
Level: All
Tuition: Non-Members $95 / Members $85.50
Materials fee: $20 payable to instructor for a Zentangle starter kit that includes official Zentangle tiles, pencil, micron pen, tortillioin and muslin pouch to hold supplies

4 Tuesdays, April 2 - 23, 2019, 10 AM - 12 PM


Metalwork Jewelry: 3D Forms