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Classes

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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
Tuition: $215 Non-Members / 193.50 Members

6 Mondays, July 8 - August 12, 2019, 1-4PM



6 Mondays, September 9 - October 14, 2019, 1-4PM


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, July 8 - August 12, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM



6 Mondays, September 9 - October 14, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 PM



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, September 3 - October 15, 2019, 1-3PM (no class 10/8)

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
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Tuesdays, June 25 - Augusat 6, 2019, 7-9 PM (no class 7/2)

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
Tuition: $285 Non-Members / 256.50 Members

8 Tuesdays, June 18 - August 6, 2019, 9AM - 12PM



8 Tuesdays, September 3 - October 22, 2019, 9AM - 12PM
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8 Wednesdays, June 19 - August 7, 2019, 9AM - 12PM



8 Wednesdays, September 4 - October 23, 2019, 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
Tuition: $285 Non-Members / 256.50 Members

8 Wednesdays, June 19 - August 7, 2019, 12:30PM - 3:30PM



8 Wednesdays, September 4 - October 23, 2019, 12:30PM - 3:30PM


Urban Sketchers

On-Location drawing for sketchers who love to draw the towns and places where they live. We'll be focusing on three important areas, how to speak the language of sketching, the value between "practical seeing" and "learning to see as the artist sees," and how to apply the fundamentals of art and design to create sketches that say something. We'll be sketching mostly outdoors.

Materials: 5.5"x8.5" or 7"x10" Sketch Pad, #4b pencil, any waterproof black pen, any eraser, watercolors (your preference)
Instructor: Maurice Casas
Level: Intermediate and Advanced
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Wednesdays, June 19 - July 24, 2019, 9-11 AM

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, May 22 - July 10, 2019, 12:30 - 4PM



8 Wednesdays, September 11 - October 30, 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 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: All levels welcome
Tuition: $215 Non-Members / 193.50 Members (6 weeks)

6 Thursdays, June 20 - August 1, 2019, 9AM - 12PM (no class 7/4)



6 Thursdays, September 5 - October 10, 2019, 9AM - 12PM


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
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Thursdays, June 6 - July 18, 2019, 7-9 PM (no class 7/4)



6 Thursdays, August 1 - September 5, 2019, 7-9 PM

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: $180 Non-Members / $162 Members

5 Fridays, July 19 - August 16, 2019, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM



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, June 8 - August 3, 2019 2-5 PM (no class 7/6)



8 Saturdays, August 10 - October 5, 2019 2-5 PM (no class 8/31)


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
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Mondays, July 8 - August 12, 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, June 26 - July 17, 2019, 7-10 PM



4 Wednesdays, July 24 - August 14, 2019, 7-10 PM



4 Wednesdays, July 24 - August 14, 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, June 20 - August 1, 2019, 12:30PM - 2:30PM (no class 7/4)



6 Thursdays, September 5 - October 10, 2019, 12:30PM - 2:30PM


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 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 Thursdays, June 20 - August 1, 2019 , 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (no class 7/4)



6 Thursdays, September 5 - October 10, 2019 , 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

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.
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / 130.50 Members

6 Saturdays, July 20 - August 24, 2019, 10AM - 12PM



6 Saturdays, September 7 - October 12, 2019, 10AM - 12PM

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

Coming this FALL

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

Coming this FALL

Intro to iPad/iPhone Photography for Seniors

We live in a technological age. In order for seniors to stay connected with their children and grandchildren, they need to be able to use social media, smartphones, and iPads to keep up. In this fun and easy beginner class taught by professional photographer Andy Mars, you will learn how to use iPad/iPhone cameras to take high-quality photos and learn how to edit them with some of the best photo apps to turn your photos into stunning works of art! You will then learn how to share your photos via email, text, and social media. You will discover how to control your exposure using shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings. Experiment with fun filters and textures that will wow your friends and family! Mini iPads will be available for use in class or you can use your own iPhone 5/5S or later and/or iPad. Small class setting (max. 6 students) with individual attention to each student.

Instructor: Professional Photographer Andy Mars
Location: Drezner Gallery
Tuition: $145 Non-Members / $130.50 Members

6 Tuesdays, May 21 - June 25, 2019, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM




Workshops

Family Watercolor Workshop

Paint your favorite beach, seascape or under the sea scene with your child (age 6 and up), using watercolors. Bring photographs to work from or create your own beautiful scenes from your imagination. You and your child will learn about watercolor techniques and color mixing and each create 2 or more paintings to take home. We will look at beach scenes and seascapes by different artists for inspiration and understanding of techniques. Max 12 participants.

Instructor: Beth Reynolds
Location: Classroom 3A
Tuition per Person: $25 Non-Members/ $22.50 Members
Materials Fee per Person: $7 payable to instructor

Sunday, June 9, 2019, 1-3 PM

Paper Lotus Flowers

First students will create a white paper lotus flower from Jo Lynn's original design. Afterwards students will work on a second flower and will pattern, decorate and embellish the petals before building the flower.


Instructor: Jo Lynn Alcorn
Location: Drezner Gallery
Tuition per Person: $45 Non-Members/ $40.50 Members
Materials Fee : $35 payable to instructor

Saturday, July 20, 2019, 12-3 PM



Paper Engineering and Pop-Up Workshop

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.

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

Sunday, August 18, 2019, 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.

Session 1: Acquire the skill 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. What is your style? Modern, Contemporary, Minimalist, Industrial, Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian, Traditional, Transitional...
Session 3: Donna explains the importance of lighting, patterns and textures and how to choose fabrics and fibers, leather, woods, veneers, and other materials. Be a designer and put together a room with examples of textiles and color samples.
Session 4: Tips and tricks on adding personality to your living space with accessories.

Instructor: Donna Miller
Level: All
Tuition: $120 Non-Members / $108 Members
Materials Fee: An optional step by step workbook to create successful, individual and beautiful rooms is available to participants for $20 (payable to instructor).

4 Thursdays, September 26 - October 17, 2019, 9:30 AM -11:30 PM
4 Thursdays, September 26 - October 17, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM