Classes

Classes

Welcome to Farmington Valley Arts Center Classes and Workshops. Click on any area of interest below to find the classes you are looking for. ✵Members save 10% for a year on tuition.

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Painting

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
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $215 Non-Members / 193.50 Members

6 Mondays, December 9 - January 13, 2020, 1-4PM

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6 Mondays, January 20 - February 24, 2020, 1-4PM

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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
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Mondays, December 9 - January 13, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

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6 Mondays, January 20 - February 24, 2020, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

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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
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Tuesdays, January 7 - February 11, 2020, 1-3 PM

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Beyond Watercolor FUN-damentals

A watercolor class for students who have completed the 6 week Watercolor Fundamentals session and wish to greater enhance their skills. Students will focus on working from a mix of intricate still lives and personal projects they wish to complete. Mo will guide each student on their individual watercolor journey and help them reach their artistic goals. Download materials list here.
Instructor: Mo Myra Giannola
Level: Advanced and students looking to enhance their skills
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Tuesdays, November 26 - January 14, 2020, 7-9 PM (no class 12/24, 12/31)

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6 Tuesdays, February 4 - March 10, 2020, 7-9 PM

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WATER MEDIA! Advanced

This class is for the intermediate to advanced student looking to sustain or improve their watercolor, 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
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $285 Non-Members / 256.50 Members

8 Tuesdays, November 5 - January 14, 2020 (no class 11/26, 12/24, 12/31), 9AM - 12PM
8 Tuesdays, January 28 - March 17, 2020, 9AM - 12PM
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8 Wednesdays, November 6 - January 15, 2020 (no class 11/27, 12/25, 1/1), 9AM - 12PM
8 Wednesdays, January 29 - March 18, 2020, 9AM - 12PM
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WATER MEDIA! Painting Basics

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.
Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: Beginners
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $285 Non-Members / 256.50 Members

8 Wednesdays, November 6 - January 15, 2020 (no class 11/27, 12/25, 1/1)
12:30PM - 3:30PM


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8 Wednesdays, January 29 - March 18, 2020
12:30PM - 3:30PM


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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
Location: Classroom 9A
Tuition: $285 Non-Members / 256.50 Members / Drop-In: $40/$36

8 Wednesdays, November 6 - January 15, 2020 (no class 11/27, 12/25, 1/1) 12:30 - 4PM

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8 Wednesdays, January 29 - March 18, 2020, 12:30PM - 4:00PM

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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 introduced each week. You will have opportunities to explore your personal vision with hands-on guidance. Download materials list here.
Instructor: Carolann Dvorak-Brewer
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $215 Non-Members / 193.50 Members

6 Thursdays, December 12 - January 30, 2020 (no class 12/26 & 1/2) 9 AM - 12 PM

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6 Thursdays, February 13 - March 19, 2020, 9 AM - 12 PM

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Watercolor FUN-damentals BEGINNERS

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
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Thursdays, November 7 - December 19, 2019 (no class 11/28) 7-9 PM

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6 Thursdays, January 9 - February 20, 2020, 7-9 PM (no class 1/30/20)

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6 Thursdays, March 5 - April 9, 2020, 7-9 PM

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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
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $180 Non-Members / $162 Members

5 Fridays, October 18 - December 13, 2019, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
(no class 11/1, 11/8, 11/22, 11/29)


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5 Fridays, January 3 - January 31, 2020, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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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
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $285 Non-Members / 256.50 Members

8 Saturdays, December 14 - February 8, 2020 2-5 PM (no class 12/28)

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8 Saturdays, February 22 - April 18, 2020, 2-5 PM (no class 4/11)

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Drawing

Sketching Architecture

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
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Mondays, December 9 - January 13, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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6 Mondays, January 20 - February 24, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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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
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition including $35 model fee: $180 Non-Members / 165.50 Members

4 Wednesdays, January 8 - January 29, 2020, 7-10 PM

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4 Wednesdays, February 12 - March 4, 2020, 7-10 PM

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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. 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: Beginner to Intermediate
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Thursdays, December 12 - January 30, 2020 (no class 12/26 & 1/2) 12:30PM - 2:30PM

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6 Thursdays, February 13 - March 19, 2020, 12:30PM - 2:30PM

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Basic Drawing Evening

This class is about learning the importance of knowing and understanding the difference between looking and observing to create and draw with 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 unleashing 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.
Location: Classroom 9A
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Thursdays, December 12 - January 20, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (no class 12/26, 1/2)

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6 Thursdays, February 13 - March 19, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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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 unleashing 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.
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Saturdays, December 7 - January 11, 2020, 10AM - 12PM

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6 Saturdays, January 25 - February 29, 2020, 10AM - 12PM

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Photography

Photoshop For Beginners

Do you want to make ordinary photos extraordinary? Learn how to edit your images adjusting contrast, highlights/shadows, hue/saturation, etc. so they look the best. Learn how to "tell a story" by using multiple images in a collage. Discover how to add textures to your photos by using masks, layers and blend modes for the wow factor!
Class requirement: A laptop with Adobe Creative Cloud Photoshop subscription installed. (Note: After the class, you can cancel the monthly subscription, ~$10.) The photos you want to work within the class should be on your laptop.
Instructor: Andy Mars
Location: Studio 1B
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / $130.50 Members

6 Saturdays, November 2 - December 14 (no class 11/30), 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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iPhone Photography - Turn your photos into works of art!

Give the gift of "visual" knowledge for the holidays! You may know how to take good photos with your iPhone and/or iPad but now you can turn those photos into awe-inspiring photo paintings with photo apps! Your friends and family will say “How did you do that?”

Students are required to have an iPhone 6/6S or later &/or an iPad with the option to purchase photo apps for a few dollars (average $2-7) for your devices. Bring your iPhone and/or iPad (batteries charged and remember your Apple id/passwords for downloading apps).

Instructor: Andy Mars
Location: Studio 1B
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / $130.50 Members

6 Saturdays, January 25 - February 29, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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The Basics of Digital Photography

Are you Digital Photography Challenged (DPC)? Take the test: Do you take cockeyed and boring photos? Are your photos off-center like some of your dearest friends? Are you clueless about how to edit a photo? Do you think shutter speed refers to how fast your window treatments close? If you have answered yes to any of these symptoms of DPC take this class! Is your camera (DSLR, Point & Shoot &/or Mirrorless) 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
Location: Studio 1B
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / $130.50 Members

6 Saturdays, January 25 - February 29, 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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Workshops

Holiday Pop-Up Cards 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 holiday-themed cards. Basic popup templates will be provided, and students are encouraged to embellish and create their own designs. Min/Max students: 3/15

Instructor: Yoojin Kim
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition per Person: $45 Non-Members/ $40.50 Members
Materials Fee: $20 payable to the instructor

Sunday, December 8, 2019, 12-3 PM

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Loosen Up! Painting Workshop

Students will learn how to loosen up and apply their paint (acrylics or oils) in a gestural, painterly manner. Explore techniques and observe what it takes to "loosen-up" your paintings. Nearly all of these tips have a common denominator - simplification. The more you simplify what you do, the more it frees your mind to concentrate on staying loose.
Students will loosen up by using bigger brushes, more paint and working faster. We will take color to new unexpected places by working with various colors and departing from realism.
Bring several canvases and reference photos. Also, bring your lunch.

Download suggested materials list here.

Instructor: Souby Boski
Location: Classroom 9A (Building 27)
Tuition: $125 Non-Members / $112.50 Members

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Exotic Felted Animals

In this class, you will have the opportunity to create two charming miniature felted exotic animals. You will start with one basic shape and learn how to use a special barbed needle to transform it into a variety of animals such as a lion, monkey, giraffe, rhino. In addition, you will use the wet felting technique to enhance the shape and firmness of the figure further.

Instructor: Elena Gibson
Location: Classroom 3A (Building 27)
Tuition: $45 Non-Members / $40.50 Members
Material Fee: $20 payable to the instructor

Sunday, January 19, 2020, 12-3 PM

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Felted Bunny

Explore the fascinating technique of needle felting and create a realistic bunny figure. You will learn how to transform sheep wool with a special barbed needle into a firm (3-4") felted sculpture with detailed features. In addition, a wet felting technique will be applied to further enhance the shape and firmness of the figure. Glass eyes will be provided to complete the look.

Instructor: Elena Gibson
Location: Classroom 3A (Building 27)
Tuition: $45 Non-Members / $40.50 Members
Material Fee: $20 payable to the instructor

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 12-3 PM

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Mixed Media Photography Workshop

Got the end of winter blues? It’s time to have some creative fun! Andy Mars will demonstrate different artistic techniques that you can experiment with on your own photos. This Mixed Media Photography Workshop will offer endless possibilities of combining photographs with watercolor paint, pastel chalk and pencils, and other drawing materials such as ink and/or markers. Learn how to create unique hand-colored and surprising mixed-media artworks that can be as realistic or exaggerated as you like. The materials students will use in hand-coloring an image depends on the subject matter. For example, shooting flowers using a slow shutter speed or shallow depth of field to create blurred soft images can become a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork using pastel chalk and watercolor. Outlining a sharp image with a marker will define the image and add contrast, thus creating an interesting effect in the outcome.

Requirement: Please bring to the workshop a few of your own photos (b&w and/or color) preferably printed on any type of matte or textured photo paper. The maximum print size is 11x14”.

Instructor: Andy Mars
Location: Studio 1B
Tuition: $45 Non-Members / $40.50 Members
Material Fee: $5 payable to the instructor
Optional: Contact Andy if you would like her to make your prints a few days before the workshop starts. Price List for each textured matte archival print:
5x7" $10
8x10” $15
11x14” $25

Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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Realistic Watercolor Via Transparent Washes Workshop

Have you wondered how a realistic watercolor artist creates atmospheric perspective? In addition, do you desire to learn how to layer washes to create more realistic and intense colors and values? J. M. Littleton will reveal her process of how she begins with a preliminary drawing and light washes to develop them into realistic images. Students will enjoy learning these concepts through discussion and demonstration and they will practice executing flat and graduated washes. In addition, students will learn the meaning and use of color theory to enhance the depth of field in their paintings. Further, participants will bring in images (with a strong light source) of subject matter that interests them, to develop a painting. Though Ms. Littleton focuses on wildlife painting in her own work, the realistic techniques she teaches are applicable for all subject matter including still life, landscape, figure, portrait, and marine painting.

Ms. Littleton attracts amateurs and professions alike as she guides numerous pupils on how to build a portfolio for art colleges as well as Signatures Memberships in Watercolor Associations. Other professionals have utilized her demos for teaching as well as looked for critiques to further their work for galleries or acceptance into juried exhibitions. She completed the MAT program at MICA as well as has taught at the college level for 25 years, Juried National Exhibitions & Won Awards at International Shows and Exhibited with the American Watercolor Society & the National Watercolor Society.

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Instructor: Jennifer Littleton
Level: Beginning-Advanced watercolor students/professionals
Location: Classroom 9A (Building 27)
Tuition: $250 Non-Members / $225 Members
Cancellation Policy: No refunds can be issued after March 7, 2020

Saturday, March 14, and Sunday, March 15, 2020, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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