Winter Studio / Adults

Teenagers are welcome in adult classes. Unless otherwise specified, classes are designed for beginning and intermediate levels.

Workshops running more than three hours will break for lunch around noon.

Painting

Pastel for All with Jacqueline Phillips

Improve your drawing skills while working with pastels. New still-life compositions and techniques will be introduced to challenge beginners and returning pastel painters.

Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
February 26 – March 26
Members $120 / Public $150

Download supply list here. 


 Photo to Canvas with 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
January 14 – February 11
February 25 – March 25
Members $120 / Public $150 per session

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
January 15 – February 12
February 26 – March 26
Members $180 / Public $225 per session

Download supply list here.


Premier Coup Landscapes with Howard Park

Discover how quickly a scene can be captured with oils using the ‘premier coup’ technique of rapid and minimal brush strokes. Learn to develop compositions based on simple placement rules, focusing on contrast, expression, and strong compositions. Using a limited palette, create proper colors that relate to each other and require less mixing, thus saving time. Various impasto techniques will also be demonstrated, as a means of adding dimension to your canvases. All levels welcome.

Wednesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
February 25 – March 25
Members $180 / Public $225

Download supply list here.

Photography

Digital Photography II: Special Topics with 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
February 24 – March 24
Members $30 / Public $35 per class
Members $145 / Public $170 for the five-part series

February 24: Equipment and Accessories
Learn how to select and use the best lenses and camera accessories such as flashes, white balance devices, and more.

March 3: Food Photography
For all the ‘foodies’ out there -learn the best methods and set-ups for photographing your culinary creations. This will be a hands-on class, so be prepared to get your hands dirty!

March 10: 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.

March 17: 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 adobe.com).

March 24: Creative Editing in Photoshop
Continue to develop your photo editing skills. Advanced techniques, such as using actions, compositing and “head swaps” will be covered.

Mixed Media

Matting & Framing with Carol Dunn

Learn how to measure and prepare your artwork for framing. Conservation matting and framing methods will be discussed, such as using archival and acid free materials, as well as professional presentation. Students will be advised on choosing appropriate mats and frames for their pieces. Hands-on demonstrations focus on the use of a mat cutter, various hinging methods, and glass-cutting. Supply fee included in price of the class, except for the price of the frame, which students will choose and order directly through the instructor. A choice of a neutral-colored mat is included. Please see the supply list for sizing restrictions.

Saturdays, February 21 and March 7, 10am – 2:30pm
Members $130 / Public $155

Download supply list here.


Spring Studio Programs / Adult

Teenagers are welcome in adult classes. Unless otherwise specified, classes are designed for beginning and intermediate levels. Most classes require students to bring their own supplies. Supply lists can be found on our website.

Daytime workshops running more than three hours will break for lunch around noon.

Drawing

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. Pre-registration recommended.
Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm
April 7 – June 9
1 session: Members $15 / Public $20
5 sessions: Members $70 / Public $95*
Season Pass (10 sessions total): Members $135 / Public $185*
*Must pre-pay entire amount to qualify for reduced fee.


 

Nuts & Bolts of Drawing

Lisa Lyman Adams
Improve your ability to draw realistically. Learn set up, composition, observation skills and techniques to sharpen your accuracy in graphite drawing. Gain knowledge of the physics of shadows and light sources, and learn to measure distances accurately, working from photographs and still lifes. Also practice a variety of rendering and shading techniques for achieving different textures.
Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
April 8 – May 6
Members $120 / Public $150


 

Understanding Perspective

Doug Aaberg
The basics of perspective can go far in helping you avoid the common pitfalls often seen in fine art, illustrations and architectural drawings. Learn how to employ a horizon line and vanishing points, measure and place objects in space, and use principles of perspective. This class will consist of lectures, demonstrations and individual exercises.
Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
April 6 – 27
Members $95 / Public $120


 

Portrait & Figure Drawing

Jack Montmeat
This class will alternate in the use of a portrait model one week and a figure model the next. Each class includes one long pose. Drawing concepts such as placement of the subject on the page, proportion, likeness, line quality, light and shading will be demonstrated. Basic anatomical landmarks will be given to strengthen work.
Thursdays, 6pm – 8:30pm
April 9 – May 7
Members $190 / Public $225


 

Zoological Drawing

Jack Montmeat
Work from skulls and taxidermy specimens to explore techniques for drawing animals realistically, such as placement on the page, blocking-in, proportion, and shading. The last class will take place at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Mystic where sketching will be done from live animals. DPNC admission included. All levels welcome.
Tuesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
May 12 – June 9
Members $185 / Public $230

Painting

Introduction to Painting in Oils or Acrylics

Sarah Stifler Lucas
Learn the basics of painting, from set-up to color mixing, proportions and perspective. Enjoy working from a still life in a relaxed atmosphere. Class includes demonstrations and personal instruction.
Mondays, 6:30pm-8:30pm
March 30 – April 27
Members $120 / Public $150


 

Alla Prima Painting

Explore painting from life using direct painting (alla prima) techniques. Work immediately with paint identifying and recording initial gestures and proportions and moving quickly into form, value and color. Special attention will be given to form and light patterns as well as paint application, color palette and brush work. Keep colors clean and lively, while progressing from still lifes to live portrait and figure models.
Mondays, 6pm – 9pm
May 4 – June 8 (no class 5/25)
Members $225 / Public $270


 

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.
Sunday, April 19, 10am – 3pm
Saturday, May 9, 10am – 3pm
Members $55 / Public $70 per class


 

Pastel for All

Jacqueline Phillips
Improve your drawing skills while working with pastels. New still-life compositions and techniques will be introduced to challenge beginners and returning pastel painters.
Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
May 14 – June 11
Members $120 / Public $150


 

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
April 8 – May 6
May 13 – June 10
Members $120 / Public $150 per session

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
April 9 – May 7
May 14 – June 11
Members $180 / Public $225 per session


 

Watercolor Essentials

Lisa Lyman Adams
Explore the medium of watercolor by working from still lifes and other reference materials. Learn painting set-up skills, composition, and techniques for layering colors and creating light and shadow to replicate stationary and moving objects, including water, skin and cloth. Class will focus on demonstrations and hands-on exercises to practice techniques. Sketchbooks are required for notes, diagrams and informational hand-outs.
Tuesdays, 9:30am – 12pm
May 12 – June 9
Members $150 / Public $185

Photography

Digital Photography I

Brenda De Los Santos
Learn the basics of digital photography including composition, exposure, white balance, and depth of field using your digital SLR or point-and-shoot camera with manual capabilities. Discover how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together to create an image. Topics covered include nature, portrait, and action photography. A digital camera with full manual controls is required, and students should have a working knowledge of how to download and save photos on their home computer.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
April 7 – May 5
Members $120 / Public $150

Wednesdays, 10am -12pm
April 8 – May 6
Members $120 / Public $150


 

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
May 12 – June 9
Members $30 / Public $40 per class
Members $145 / Public $190 for the five-part series

May 12: 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 3-5 images you wish to edit and Photoshop installed is required.

May 19: 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 latest version of Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom are required.

May 26: Creative Editing in Photoshop*
Continue to hone your photo editing skills. Advanced techniques, such as using actions, compositing and “head swaps” will be covered.

June 2: Digital File Organization and Workflow*
Develop a method for organizing your files by using a specific workflow to download, cull, edit and archive your digital photos. Raw photos and Adobe Lightroom will be used in this class.

June 9: Night Photography
Take an evening walk through downtown Mystic while learning the best methods for shooting in low light. A camera with full manual controls and tripod are required.

*Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan is strongly recommended for these classes. A 30-day free trial can be downloaded at www.adobe.com.

 

Printmaking, Sculpture, Mixed Media

Artist’s Cookbook

Hone various skills in these topic-focused classes. Class format includes teacher demonstrations and time to practice techniques. Painting experience recommended, unless otherwise specified.
*Classes can be taken individually or as a series of five.
Wednesdays, 9:30am -12:30pm
April 8 – May 6

Mixed Media Techniques
Laura Gaffke
Learn what different materials do and how to use them to achieve rich dimensionality in your work. This class will introduce you to the basics of color, paint and various surface treatments for mixed media work, such as gesso and glazes. Mark making and the importance of experimentation will also be discussed, as well as an overview of artists working in this genre.
April 8, 9:30am -12:30pm
Members $40 / Public $50

More Mixed Media Techniques
Laura Gaffke
Learn to build layers with paint and incorporate collage to add depth to your work. The basics of composition and how to integrate imagery into your work will also be covered, including a demonstration of a photo transfer. Examples of artists working in this genre and time for reflection will further develop your artistic practice.
April 15, 9:30am -12:30pm
Members $40 / Public $50

Heat Set Still Lives
Ray O’Connell
Work from a still life while exploring a new painting medium. Heat-set oil paints are ‘cured’ using heat guns. Demonstrations will be given on how to use these paints and various techniques will be discussed. Students will then have the opportunity to experiment with heat-set techniques, using a shared paint set available during the workshop. No prior painting experience required.
April 22, 9:30am -12:30pm
Members $40 / Public $50

Collagraph Printing
Carol Dunn
Explore the diverse printing possibilities of natural elements like leaves and pressed flowers, as well as cardboard and matboard shapes. Incorporate repeating patterns and designs into your work with printmaking techniques that can be done with limited materials. These prints can then be used as entry points for a painting, or applied to a work already in process. All printmaking supplies included. See the material list for optional pre-class prep work. If you would like to try these techniques on a piece already in progress, please bring it with you to class.
April 29, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Members $50 / Public $60

Whimsical Animal Portraits
Lisa Lyman Adams
Bring in a photo of your pet (or any reference from which you’d like to work) and learn some simple techniques for capturing its unique personality. Students are welcome to work in the medium of their choice. Demonstrations will be in graphite, watercolor, acrylic and collage. Stylistic rendering techniques will also be discussed, such as borders and fun backgrounds.
May 6, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Members $35 / Public $45

*Save by taking the whole series! Members $200 / Public $250 for all 5 classes


 

Solarplate Etching

Carol Dunn
Learn how to make etchings using the solarplate method of printmaking. A solarplate is a steel plate coated with light sensitive polymer, which etches with the action of UV light and water, no toxic acids are needed. Different methods for creating imagery and inking plates will be discussed and practiced. Materials provided and included in fee. See the materials list for important information needed before the first class. Recommended for beginner and intermediate printmakers.
Saturdays, May 30, 10am – 1pm, and June 6, 10am – 4:30pm
Members $155 / Public $180


 

Beginner Basket Weaving

Nancy Potter
Traditional baskets have enjoyed a rebirth, and are useful decorative accents for any room of the home. Experience the ancient art of basket weaving while exploring four different designs, including square and pack-style baskets. Each reed basket can be completed in just a few hours. All materials and use of tools provided.
Wednesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
May 20 – June 10
Members $195 / Public $230


 

The Portrait in Clay

Robert Greene, Guest Faculty
Learn the process of sculpting a human face out of oil-based clay, from building the armature, to layering on the clay, to refining the features. Discover techniques for working with modelling clay, called plastalina, that does not need to be fired, and allows for reworking. Class will work from images, casts, and a live model, and will feature teacher demonstrations each step of the way. Some experience drawing or painting from a model recommended. All materials provided, but please bring clear, large photographs (of face and head from all the front, back and sides) if you wish to model a specific person.
Tuesdays, 9:30am -12:30pm
April 7 – May 5
Members $245/ Public $290

 

Personalized Programs

Open Studios

Bring your own materials and enjoy working in a relaxed studio environment.

Mondays, ongoing, 1pm – 4pm. Free. No open studio on 5/25.

The printing press will be available on select Mondays. Contact the Education Department to check for availability.


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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