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.

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
September 10 – October 8
Members $110 / Public $130

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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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Alla Prima Portraiture
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. Intention of this class is on learning to construct, rather than finish, a portrait every week.
Mondays, 6pm – 9pm
September 15 – October 20 (No class 10/13)
Members $210 / Public $240

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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
September 16 – October 14
Members $140 / Public $165

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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.
Saturday, September 27, 10am – 3pm Sunday, November 9, 10am – 3pm
Members $50 / Public $60 per class

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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.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 9pm
September 16 – October 14 (No class 9/23)
Members $110 / Public $130

Wednesdays, 10am – 12pm
October 8 – November 12 (No class 10/29)
Members $110 / Public $130

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.

Photographing the Nude
Shane Gutierrez, Guest Faculty
Investigate the inter-relationship of lighting, framing and focus as a means to explore the human form in two-dimensional photographic space. Gain experience interpreting live subjects with sensitivity and candor, while exploring the artistic possibility of the figure, as seen through a lens. Some photography experience recommended.
Sundays, September 28 and October 5, 10am – 2:30pm
Members $115 / Public $130

Nothing’s Changed: A Brief History of Photographic Processes
Ronald Cowie, Photographer
Sometimes we must go back in time in order to move forward. Since the first photographic image was made using kerosene and asphalt, we have been fascinated with preserving a moment with light. While the technology has evolved to make this process easier, the basic mechanics of and conversation around photography have remained the same. Photographers and photo-enthusiasts will enjoy a brief overview of the history of invention surrounding photography. That history proves that conflict between the old and new have existed as long as photography has existed. This lecture is designed to open the door for new creative journeys with your camera.
Wednesday, October 15, 7pm – 8:30pm
Members & College Students: Free / Public: $10

Mixed Media

Collage, Paint & Mixed Media
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.
Wednesdays, 9:30am -12:30pm
September 17 – October 15
Members $165 / Public $195

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Working Small with Prints & More
Carol Dunn
Work on a small scale while exploring mixed media and printmaking techniques. Create collages, collagraphs, monotypes, and drypoint etchings, never working larger than 5×7 inches.  Learn techniques for monotype and collage, as well as adding mixed media over your pieces. No previous printmaking experience required. Some materials provided.
Wednesdays, 1pm – 4pm
October 15 – November 19 (No class 10/29)
Members $205 / Public $235

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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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Professional Development

Prepare your Creative Business for the Holiday Season
Caroline Colom Vasquez
Join us for professional advice on preparing your online shop (Etsy or any other platform) for the busy holiday selling season! Gain insight on managing studio work flow, improving your marketing, processing orders and growing your customer base. Our round-table discussion format will inspire the business side of any artist or craftsman and you will leave feeling confident for the start of the new year.
Wednesday, October 29, 7pm – 8:30pm
Members & College Students: $10 / Public: $15

Turning your Art into Product
Caroline Colom Vasquez
The rise of e-commerce has opened up many doors for two-dimensional artists to sell their work to a global audience. Are you taking advantage of the opportunity? Together in a round-table format we will explore selling your prints and originals online, as well as ways to capitalize in the area of surface design. So many artists today are turning their work into profitable products, and you can, too!
Wednesday, November 5, 7pm – 8:30pm
Members & College Students: $10 / Public: $15

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.

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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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