Art Classes

Winter/Spring Semester 2019

Watercolor Intensive for Beginners (6 weeks)

Instructor: Astrid Sheckels
Day: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon.
Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26; April 2, 9
Tuition: $160 including materials

This course is designed to introduce beginners to the tricky medium of watercolor. Each structured lesson will focus on a different aspect of painting with watercolor, from color theory and handling of paint, to application of washes and creating texture. Painting demonstrations are an essential part of each class, along with hands on instruction and plenty of room for personal creativity. Some previous drawing experience is encouraged. Materials are provided. Register to reserve a spot.

Cartooning for Kids

Instructor: Lahri Bond
Days: Wednesdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Dates: 8 weeks, January 30 – March 27 (no class February 20)
Tuition: $190, includes materials 

Suggested ages 6-10. While The Avengers, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and Guardians of the Galaxy capture the imagination in popular movies and cartoons, their origins are in the simple line drawings, and fertile imaginations of young artists. We will explore the art of visual storytelling, beginning with learning to draw some of our favorite cartoon and comic characters, before inventing our own. Drawing instruction includes the use of pencil, inking, and coloring techniques to illustrate multi-paneled stories. We will also make our own masks, symbols, utility belts, and super-gear to become the actual superheroes we have drawn. Rolling admission – students can join at any time. Register now!

Teens: Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Fantastical Drawing

Instructor: Lahri Bond
Days: Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.
Dates: 8 weeks, January 30 – March 27 (no class February 20)
Tuition: $190, includes materials

Teens. Always wanted to make create a comic or graphic novel? Now is your chance. Students will learn how to focus their wild ideas into imaginative storytelling, while sharpening their skills in penciling, inking, coloring and alternative rendering techniques. All forms of stories are encouraged, from traditional super heroes and humorous tales, to realistic fiction and experimental storytelling. Original ideas and student collaboration will be fostered. Methods of publication and portfolio building will also be covered. Rolling admission – students can join at any time.  Register now!

Visual Storytelling for Adults

Instructor: Lahri Bond
Days: Wednesdays,  to 7:30-9 p.m.
Dates: 8 weeks,  January 30 – March 27 (no class February 20)
Tuition: $190, includes materials

Are you interested in making a children’s book, creating a graphic novel, or  just telling a story in pictures? This class is designed to get those kinds of projects organized, started and well on the road to completion. Students will share their fantastical ideas for stories, and then be advised and guided on the best approaches to take. Demonstrations and instruction will be given in pencil and inking techniques, painting using watercolor, gouache and colored inks, as well as airbrush, collage, digital and alternative rendering methods. Students will work on their individual visual stories in class, with the instructor advising what are the best methods to render their creations. Methods of publication and portfolio building will also be covered. Rolling admission – students can join at any time. Register now!

Ceramics: Hand Building for Adults

Instructor: Rhonda Wainshilbaum
Days: Mondays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Dates: January 28 – May 27 ( no class February 18, April 15)
Tuition: $350, including supplies

Clay is easy, relaxing, forgiving and fun to use. Learn coil, slab, pinch and several decorating techniques. Make functional and sculptural objects you will treasure for years. We will make animals garden sculptures, painted and carved platters, toad houses, mugs and more. No experience necessary.  Register now!

Hand Bookbinding: 3 Workshops

Instructor: Trish Crapo
Dates: March 10, 17 & 24
Days: Sundays, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Tuition: $40 per class, or take all 3 for $110

Materials are provided but bring along any decorative papers, ribbons or trinkets you’d like to incorporate into your book. Bring an X-acto or box cutter, resealable cutting board, and a metal ruler if you have them.
Hand Bookbinding 1: Accordions and Pop-ups – March 10
Learn how to create these fun and simple forms that can be used to display artwork, to present a poem or other writing, or as folding journals or greeting cards. Class will include learning to cover book board with paper or cloth, an important step in making hardbound books.
Hand Bookbinding 2: Stab Bindings and Sewn Books – March 17
Learn to make two sewn book forms which give you the flexibility to bind existing pages of writing, or create blank journals or photo albums.
Hand Bookbinding 3: Hardbound books and portfolios – March 27
Learn to make a hardbound book and/or a portfolio for storing loose sheets of art or writing.
Register now!

Open Pastel Studio 

Instructor: Becky Clark
Days: Thursdays 3:30 to 5:30

Dates: January 10 to May 16, no class on February 21 and April 18
Tuition: $380, includes materials

If you’re fascinated with vibrant color and line work, and want to carve out some time to work with a new medium, Becky will introduce you to the immediate gratification of pastel. This class will allow you to explore subjects while building skill and confidence in your handling of the medium. For beginners and for those with drawing experience, the sessions will include drawing exercises and opportunities to create finished artworks and offers an open environment of sharing knowledge and posing questions with individual attention. Topics for class discussions include composition, value ranges, perspective, color and light.  If you work from photographs or already have sketches or objects you wish to work with please bring those along. Register now!

Photography Workshop for Kids (closed)

This class is now full. Registration is closed.
Instructor: Tim Trelease and Deerfield Academy students
Day: Sunday, 1-4
Date: February 17
Tuition: Free

Ages 8-12. This will be a fun opportunity to learn photo skills in a group context. Students don’t need to bring anything.

Pastel Studio Advanced (closed)

Instructor: Becky Clark
Days: Thursdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

Dates: January 10 to May 16, no class on February 21 and April 18

This studio serves as a continuation of the pastel studios at Artspace and also is a chance for experienced pastel artists and artists new to the medium, or any art, for that matter, to participate.