Spring Studio / 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

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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

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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

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Alla Prima Painting

Doug Aaberg
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

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

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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

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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
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

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Premier Coup Landscapes

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.

Tuesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
April 7 – May 5
Members $180 / Public $225

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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

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Photography

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.
Wednesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Summer Studio / 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.

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.
Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm
June 23 – August 25
1 session: Members $15 / Public $20
5 sessions: Members $70 / Public $95*
All season pass (10 sessions total): Members $135 / Public $185*
*Must pre-pay entire amount and choose specific dates to qualify for reduced fee.


Figure Drawing

Jack Montmeat
Improve your drawing skills while working in the academy-style. Learn traditional techniques to explore the figure using a live model in the nude.
Thursdays, 6pm – 8:30pm
June 25 – July 23
Members $190 / Public $225

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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 – 9pm
August 5 – 26
Members $120 / Public $150

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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
June 29 – July 27
Members $120 / Public $150

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Contemporary Impressionism

Sheila Barbone
Learn to paint subject matter realistically, but with a modern twist reminiscent of Impressionism, and with elements of Abstraction. Focus on fast brushwork, use of color, and paint application.. Work from photos, in oil or acrylic.
Thursdays, 6pm – 9pm
August 6 – 27
Members $145 / Public $180

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Photo to Canvas

Sarah Stifler Lucas
Bring your favorite photographs and learn how to create a work of art in acrylics or oils. Instructor demonstrations focus on design, composition, and value. Previous painting experience recommended.
Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
June 24 – July 22
Members $120 / Public $150
Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
June 25 – July 23
Members $180 / Public $225

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Digital Photography

Digital Photography

Brenda De Los Santos
Learn the basics of digital photography including composition, exposure, white balance, and depth of field. Discover how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together to create an image. Topics covered include nature, portrait, and action photography. Digital SLR or point-and-shoot camera with full manual controls required.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
July 7 – 28
Members $95 / Public $120

Summer Workshops

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

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, June 28, 10am – 3pm
Saturday, August 1, 10am – 3pm
Members $55 / Public $70 per class

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Plein Air Painting

Howard Park
Capture the essence of the landscape by painting outdoors on the beautiful grounds of MAC. Teacher demonstrations will be in oils and focus on applying premier coup principles of rapid and minimal brush strokes to simplifying the scene. Graphite, acrylic and watercolor media are also welcome. Rain date TBD.
Sunday, July 12, 10am – 4pm
Saturday, August 22, 10am – 4pm
Members $ 65 / Public $85 per class

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Stained Glass

Rebecca Grills – Guest Faculty
Learn the art of stained glass from pattern preparation to glass cutting, foiling and soldering, while creating your own sun-catcher and small window panel. All materials provided.
Saturday, August 15, 10am – 4pm
Members $110 / Public $130


Soap-making

Brenda de los Santos
Create your own bars of soap to keep or give as gifts, using natural oils and botanicals with no additives or chemicals. Most materials provided.
Saturday, July 18, 10am – 2:30pm
Members $60 / Public $70

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D.I.Y. Body Products

Brenda de los Santos
Learn to make you own lip balm, sugar scrub, bug spray and lotion to stay comfortable all summer (and year) long! Each student will leave with one of each product. All materials provided.
Sunday, August 9, 1pm – 4pm
Members $50 / Public $60

Personalized Programs

Open Studios

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

Mondays in April, May and June, 1pm – 4pm. Free. No open studio on 5/25, 6/30.

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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