Winter & Spring Studio Programs / Adult

Teenagers are welcome in adult classes. Unless otherwise specified, classes are designed for beginning and intermediate levels.
Classes running more than three hours will break for lunch around noon.

Drawing

Monitored Figure Drawing & Painting

This ongoing session offers the opportunity to maintain and improve drawing and painting skills in a relaxed atmosphere with no instruction. A live model is provided each week.
Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm
January 12 – April 19
1 session: Members $15 / Public $20
5 sessions: Members $70 / Public $95*
Series (15 sessions): Members $210 / Public $280*

*Must pre-pay entire amount to qualify for reduced fee


Intro to Drawing

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. Returning students can continue to hone their skills.
Thursday, January 7, 6pm – 9pm
Members $35 / Public $40

Monday, March 21, 6pm – 9pm
Members $35 / Public $40

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Intro to Cast Drawing

Jack Montmeat
Plaster casts are great tools for exploring and understanding anatomy. Learn basic techniques for drawing human forms, working from traditional Barque drawings and 3-D casts. All levels welcome.
Monday, February 29, 6pm – 9pm
Members $35 / Public $40

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Nuts & Bolts of Drawing

Lisa Lyman Adams
Develop or 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 13 – February 10
March 30 – April 27
Members $120 / Public $150 per session

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Colored Pencil Techniques

Lisa Lyman Adams
Learn to blend and layer colored leads to create drawings, working from still lifes and photo references. Application of colors to define form and create shadows will be taught, as well as techniques to improve drawing skills.
Tuesday, January 19, 9:30am – 1pm
Members $45 / Public $55

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Drawing the Figure

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 – 9pm
January 14 – February 11
Members $225 / Public $270

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Painting

Basic Color-Mixing

Howard Park
Learn basic techniques for mixing colors, matching hues and determining values of hues, expanding beyond a standard color wheel. Balance colors to make your paintings more harmonious. Practice using your new color wheel to create a series of small fast paintings. This is a foundational class appropriate for painters of all levels and styles, working in acrylic or oils.
Wednesday, January 27, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Members $35 / Public $40

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Introduction to Painting in Oils or Acrylics

Jack Montmeat
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
January 11 – February 8
March 28 – April 25
Members $120 / Public $150 per session

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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.
Mondays, March 7 & 14, 6pm – 9pm
Members $70 / Public $80

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Painting the Figure

Jack Montmeat
Learn to capture the human form, working from a live model. Demonstrations and discussions on layout, subject placement, and painting techniques in oils will be given. Figure drawing experience encouraged.
Thursdays, 6pm – 9pm
March 31 – May 5
Members $270 / Public $325

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Palette Knife Techniques

Howard Park
Learn to make a variety of marks using a palette knife, adding contrast and dimension to your canvases. Palette painting can be an easy, rewarding way to cover a lot of ground in portraits, still lifes or landscapes.
Wednesday, February 17, 9:30am – 12:30pm
Members $35 / Public $40

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Expressive Painting

Sunil Howlader–Guest Faculty
Translate emotions, thoughts and ideas into compositions, using paint texture, form and color. Learn how to combine abstract and realistic elements such as symbols and imagery to create a painting that is complex, dynamic and interesting. Oils or acrylics welcome. A basic understanding of painting, including color theory and paint application is recommended.
Wednesdays, 1pm – 4pm
January 20 – February 17
Members $180 / Public $225

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Landscapes in a Flash

Howard Park
Discover how quickly a scene can be sketched out in oils using rapid and minimal brush strokes. Developcompositions based on simple placement rules, focusing on contrast and expression. Learn to use a limited palette to minimize mixing and match values, tones, highlights and local color. Techniques and demos are applicable for plein air painters or indoor painters working from photographs. All levels welcome.
Wednesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
March 2 – 30
Members $180 / Public $225

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Pastel for All Abilities

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 25 – March 24
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
January 13 – February 17
Members $145 / Public $180

March 2 – April 6 (No 3/16)
Members $120 / Public $150

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
January 14 – February 18
Members $215 / Public $270

March 3 – April 7 (No 3/17)
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 and improve your drawing skills. Composition and techniques for layering colors and creating light and shadow will be taught and applied to stationary and moving objects, including water, skin and cloth. Class will focus on demonstrations and hands-on exercises to practice techniques. Some drawing experience recommended.
Mondays, 6pm – 8:30pm
February 22 – March 21
Members $150 / Public $190

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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.
Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
January 12 – February 9
March 29 – April 26
Members $120 / Public $150 per session

Wednesdays, 10am – 12pm
February 24 – March 23
Members $120 / Public $150


Topics in Digital Photography

Brenda De Los Santos
Tuesdays, 6:15pm – 8:45pm
February 23 – March 22
Members $30 / Public $40 per class
Members $145 / Public $190 for the five-part series

February 23: 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.
March 1: 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.
March 8: Creative Editing in Photoshop*
Continue to hone your photo editing skills. Advanced techniques such as using actions, compositing and “head swaps” will be covered.
March 15: Water in Motion
Practice capturing the motion of liquids in various ways, experimenting with slow and fast shutter speeds.
March 22: 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.


Winter Wonderlands

Brenda De Los Santos
Discover the best techniques for capturing the beauty of winter scenery. A camera with full manual controls is required. A tripod is optional. Please dress warmly, as class will take place primarily outside.
Saturday, February 13, 2pm – 4pm
Members $25 / Public $30

Mixed Media

Collage, Paint & Mixed Media

Laura Gaffke
Experiment with different papers, techniques and ideas to create layered, innovative artwork while learning about color, composition, texture, shape, and execution. Gain inspiration from artists who work in this genre to give context to your work. Emphasis is on the creative process and the concept of chance as part of creation rather than the end result. Returning students are welcome to continue developing skills and personal style. Some materials provided.
Tuesdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
March 22 – April 26
Members $220 / Public $275

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LOVE-ly Stained Glass

Rebecca Grills – Guest Faculty
Get into the spirit of Valentine’s Day by making something sweet for yourself or a loved one. Learn the art of stained glass from pattern preparation to glass cutting, foiling and soldering, while creating several hearts or peace signs for someone special. All materials provided.
Saturday, January 30, 10am – 4pm
Members $100 / Public $125


Spring Stained Glass

Rebecca Grills – Guest Faculty
Celebrate the coming of spring while discovering the art of stained glass, from pattern preparation to glass cutting, foiling and soldering. Create your own sun-catchers in the shapes of flowers, butterflies or dragonflies. All materials provided.
Sunday, March 20, 11am – 5pm
Members $100 / Public $125

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 9/7, 10/12, 10/19, 11/30.
The printing press will be available on select Mondays. Contact the Education Department to check for availability.


Private Instruction with MMoA 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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