Adult Programs / Fall 2014

Teenagers are welcome in adult classes. Unless otherwise specified, classes are designed for beginning and intermediate levels and require students to bring their own supplies.


Monitored Figure Drawing & Painting
Doug Aaberg, Monitor
This ongoing session offers the opportunity to maintain and improve drawing and painting skills in a relaxed atmosphere. A live model is provided each week.
Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm
September 16 – November 18
1 session: Members $15 / Public $20
5 sessions: Members $65 / Public $80*
All season pass (10 sessions total): Members $120 / Public $140*
*Must pre-pay entire amount and choose specific dates to qualify for reduced fee.

Drawing Basic Forms
Jack Montmeat
Improve your understanding of spatial orientation, light and shadow, working from simple 3-D geometric shapes, such as spheres, cubes and cylinders. These skills serve as a foundation for all types of drawing. All levels welcome.
Monday, November 3, 6pm – 9pm
Members $35 / Public $40

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The Figure in Color & Context
Matthew Kreher, Guest Faculty
Discover the immediacy of drawing with color while exploring the structure of the human form. Methods of using color and representing flesh tones will be demonstrated using soft pastels and conte crayons. Also investigate ways of integrating figures into a larger imaginative framework. Class will work from live models, both clothed and nude. Previous drawing experience recommended.
Mondays, 6pm – 9pm
October 27 – November 24
Members $210 / Public $240

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Zentangle Renaissance
Carol Dunn
Take your Zentangle to new heights! Use Zentangle Renaissance paper tiles along with brown and white pens, and white charcoal pencils in addition to the regular black pens and pencils. Instructor will demonstrate a combination of new tangles and tangles students may have learned previously, but in color. Handouts and resources will be provided for those who wish to continue creating new designs and patterns. Prior Zentangle experience is strongly encouraged but not required.
Sunday, October 26, 10am – 1pm
Members $35 / Public $40 + Supply fee payable to instructor at class (between $13 and $20).


Painting Basic Forms
Jack Montmeat
Using only black and white, learn the essential skills involved in monochrome painting. Gain an understanding of values, shadows and spatial orientation, working from simple 3-D shapes such as cubes, spheres and cylinders. All levels welcome.
Mondays, November 10 & 17, 6pm – 9pm
Members $70 / Public $80

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Pet Portraits
Jacqueline Phillips
Learn color theory, composition and pastel technique while capturing your pet’s likeness. First sketch in charcoal, and then add layers of color. Bring a photograph of your animal, and leave with a finished portrait by the end of the course. No previous drawing or pastel experience required.
Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
October 23 – November 20
Members $110 / Public $130

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Photo to Canvas
Sarah Stifler Lucas
Bring your favorite photographs and learn how to create a work of art in acrylic or oils. Instructor demonstrations focus on design, composition and value. Previous painting experience recommended.
Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
September 17 – October 15
October 22 – November 19
Members $110 / Public $130 per session

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
September 18 – October 16
October 23 – November 20
Members $165 / Public $195 per session

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Line & Wash
Howard Park
Learn to record events and experiences as they happen. Gain simple tools for making quick sketches with pen and watercolor. These sketches can serve as studies for later paintings, or as records of experiences. Learn to develop lines, forms and values working from photographs, personal objects, or from the classroom environment itself. Repeat students can hone their skills.
November 9, 10am – 3pm
Members $50 / Public $60 per class

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Digital Photography II: Special Topics
Brenda De Los Santos
Improve your technical knowledge and gain experience by focusing on a different aspect of photography each week. A digital camera with full manual controls is required for all classes, (SLR recommended). Students must be comfortable using their cameras in manual mode and have previous digital photography experience.
*Classes can be taken individually or as a series of five.
Tuesdays, 6:15pm- 8:45pm
October 21 – November 18
Members $30 / Public $35 per class
Members $135 / Public $160 for the five-part series

October 21: Night Photography: Take a “photo walk” through downtown Mystic and learn to document settings in low-light conditions. A tripod is required for this class. Please dress appropriately.

October 28: Equipment and Accessories: Learn how to select and use the best lenses and camera accessories such as flashes, white balance devices, and more.

November 4: Photoshop Basics: Enhance and perfect your images in Adobe Photoshop. Basics like file size/resolution, cropping, levels, contrast, color balance, saturation, and sharpening will be covered. A laptop computer with 15 – 20 images you wish to edit and Adobe Photoshop Elements installed is required (a free 30-day trial can be downloaded at

November 11: Shooting and Editing in RAW Format: Learn to use RAW files to take your photography to the next level. Camera with RAW capability and laptop with Photoshop or Adobe Camera RAW are required.

November 18: Advanced Photoshop: Continue to develop your photo editing skills. Advanced techniques, such as using actions, compositing and “head swaps” will be covered.

Personalized Programs

Open Studios 
Bring your own materials and enjoy working in a relaxed studio environment.
Mondays, ongoing, 1pm – 4pm. Free. No open studios on 9/1, 10/13, 12/1.
The printing press will be available on select Mondays. Contact the Education Department to check for availability.

Private Instruction with MAC Faculty
Private lessons for beginning and intermediate artists of all ages offer individual guidance in a variety of media. A unique curriculum created for you personally can help with technical skills and artistic development. Contact the Education Department for information and scheduling.

Private Instruction with MAC Faculty

MAC offers private lessons for beginning and intermediate artists seeking individual guidance in a variety of media. A unique curriculum created for you personally can help with technical skills and artistic development. Contact the Education Department at 860.536.7601 x 213 for information and scheduling or complete the private lesson inquiry form.

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