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.

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
January 13 – February 17
1 session: Members $15 / Public $20
6 sessions: Members $80 / Public $105*
*Must pre-pay entire amount to qualify for reduced fee.


Nuts & Bolts of Drawing with 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
January 14 – February 11
Members $120 / Public $150

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Portrait & Figure Drawing with Jack Montmeat

This class will feature a portrait model one week and a figure model the next, alternating weeks. Each class will consist of one long pose per class. Drawing concepts such as placement of the subject on the page, proportion, likeness, line quality, and using light and shade will be demonstrated. Additionally, basic anatomical landmarks will be given to strengthen work. All levels welcome.

Tuesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
January 13 – February 17
Members $270 / Public $325

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Inside Illustration with Lisa Adams

Learn how to become a published illustrator. Studio set-up, business vocabulary, industry standards and step-by-step design procedure will be reviewed. Students will identify and hone their style with hands-on instruction, from sketches to final art. A variety of simulated assignments will be given to kick start entry into the profession. This class will not teach basic drawing skills. One class will feature a special presentation by guest speaker James Kazcman, MAC’s graphic designer and freelance illustrator. James has 30 years of experience in the field, and will discuss his work, followed by a Q & A session and an optional one-on-one critique of student work.

Mondays, 6:30pm – 9pm
February 23 – March 23
Members $160 / Public $195

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Painting

Alla Prima Portraiture with Doug Aaberg

Learn to paint the portrait from life using direct painting (alla prima) techniques. Work immediately, identifying and recording initial gestures of the model and moving quickly into form, value and color. Special attention will be given to the form and planes of the human head as well as to paint application, color palette and brush work.

Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm
February 24 – March 24
Members $225 / Public $270

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Contemporary Impressionism with Sheila Barbone

Learn to paint subject matter realistically, but with a modern twist reminiscent of Impressionism, and elements of Abstraction. Focus on fast brushwork, use of color, paint application, and more. Work from photos, in oil or acrylic.

Thursdays, 6pm – 9pm
January 15 – February 12
Members $180/ Public $225

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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

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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

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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

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Watercolor Essentials with 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.

Wednesdays, 9:30am – 12pm
January 14 – February 11
Members $150 / Public $185

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Photography

Digital Photography I with 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.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
January 13- February 10
Members $120 / Public $150


The Art of Photography with Shane Gutierrez, Guest Faculty

Take your camera to new levels by exploring the artistic potential of the photographic medium. Whatever your interest in subject matter may be, this class will delve deep into the conceptual and aesthetic concerns of the photograph, to transcend mere documentation. This class is ideal for anyone interested in becoming a fine art photographer, or in making their photographs more personal and expressive. Some experience recommended. This class will not teach the technical basics of using a camera. A digital camera is required, although shooting will not take place during class hours.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 9pm
February 25 – March 25
Members $150 / Public $185


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.

Printmaking and Mixed Media

Collage, Paint & Mixed Media with Laura Gaffke

Create artwork using unique and interesting materials. Experiment with different papers, techniques and ideas to create layered, innovative artwork while learning about color, composition, texture, shape, and execution. Also learn about artists who work in this genre to gain inspiration and context for your work. Emphasis is on the creative process and the concept of chance as part of creation rather than the end result. Return students are welcome to continue developing skills and personal style.

Tuesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
March 3 -31
Members $180 / Public $225

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The Magic of Mosaics with Debora Aldo

Learn how to create a simple 6” x 6” geometric design out of colorful glass, stone, pebbles, shells, beads and recycled objects. This workshop will review the history and progression of mosaics, some design styles commonly used in contemporary mosaic, as well as information on cutting, fitting and adhering pieces to a substrate. Work is done in the traditional Italian style, so no grout is needed. All materials provided.

Sunday, February 8, 10am – 4pm
Members $95 / Public $115


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

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Printmaking Sampler with Carol Dunn

Discover a variety of printmaking techniques, some of which can be accomplished at home without a press: gelatin printing; monotype; linocut; drypoint; and, collagraph. Relief and Intaglio methods will also be explained. Materials provided and included in fee.

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
January 15 – February 19
Members $290 / Public $345


Resin Casting for Jewelry with Gretchen Lally

Learn the steps for making jewelry and other small accessories out of clear resin, from pouring the mold to adding the wires and jump rings and finishing the pieces. Some materials provided. Students should bring small items less than one inch to cast. The items will we trapped in the resin permanently. Please see the supply list for suggestions of objects to cast.

Saturday and Sunday, January 17 and 18, 10am – 1pm
Members $85 / Public $100

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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 12/1, 1/20, 2/17.

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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