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.

Unless otherwise specified, classes are designed for beginning and intermediate levels. Most classes require students to bring their own materials. Supply lists can be found on our website.

Drawing

Monitored Figure Drawing & Painting
Tom Frohnapfel, Monitor

Weekly sessions offer the opportunity to maintain and improve drawing and painting skills in a relaxed atmosphere with no instruction. A live model is provided each week. Pre-registration strongly suggested.

Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm
January 9 – April 24 
1 session: Members $15 / Public $20
5 sessions: Members $70 / Public $95
We recommend calling MMoA before you drop into a Monitored class to ensure it is running.
Download supply list here

 

Monitored Figure Drawing & Painting
Tom Frohnapfel, Monitor

Weekly sessions offer the opportunity to maintain and improve drawing and painting skills in a relaxed atmosphere with no instruction. A live model is provided each week. Pre-registration strongly suggested.

Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm
May 1 – August 28
1 session: Members $15 / Public $20
5 sessions: Members $70 / Public $95
We recommend calling MMoA before you drop in to a Monitored class to ensure it is running.

 

Nuts and Bolts of Drawing
Lisa Lyman Adams

Develop your ability to draw realistically. Learn the basics including set up, composition, observation skills and techniques to sharpen your accuracy in graphite drawing. Gain knowledge of the physics of shadows and light sources, measure distances accurately, and learn how to render a variety of shading techniques to achieve different textures.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
May 16 – June 13
Members $130 / Public $160

Download supply list here

 

Figure Drawing
Jack Montmeat

Explore the aesthetic and expressive potential of drawing life. Develop awareness of the anatomical and structural dynamics of the human form through the direct observation of a live nude model. Learn in the traditional academic style the skills needed to portray expressive 2D form such as contour line, value, tonal modeling, and illusionistic space. This class does not assume any prior experience and allows for drawing at your own pace in a supportive environment.

Thursdays, 6pm – 9pm
June 14 – July 12
Members $225 / Public $270

Download supplies list here.

 

Drawing Through Movement
Tom Frohnapfel

Learn to capture the passion, energy and movement of a dancer. Experience drawing in MMoA’s galleries with a live dancer and music to accompany. Whether you draw realistically or more expressive, develop your knowledge of the human form while exploring the challenges of drawing a figure in motion. Infuse your artistic style with the spirit, freedom and beauty of a dancer moving through space and time.

Saturday, July 14, 1pm – 4pm
Members $50 / Public $60

 

Focus on Flowers
Lisa Lyman Adams

Revel in the season while learning how to layer watercolor, colored pencil, and watercolor pencil to create rich color, detail, and form. Students will experiment with a dynamic blend of drawing and painting techniques while focusing on the structure of flowers in bloom. Working from floral arrangements and photographs, a small-scale composition will be created each class.

Mondays, 6pm – 9pm
July 23 – August 20
Members $195 / Public $240

 

 

Painting

Abstract Expressionism
Howard Park

Although the impression of spontaneity characterizes abstract art, most expressive paintings involve careful planning. Whether working in oil on linen, acrylic on paper, or latex house paint on cardboard, experiment with the methods and principles of transforming your everyday visions into abstract paintings. This class is designed for all ability levels and all mediums are welcome. Leave your inhibitions behind and dive into the abstract.

Mondays 6pm – 9pm
May 7 – June 4
Members $195 / Public $240

 

Portrait Painting
Jack Montmeat

Gain understanding of how to conceptualize and construct a portrait painting working with a live model. Explore techniques such as proportions, anatomical structure, features and likeness to develop realistic and expressive portraits. Students may choose to work in either oils or acrylics.

Thursdays, 6pm – 9pm
May 10 – June 7
Members $225 / Public $270

 

Plein Air Painting
Howard Park

Capture the essence of the local landscape by painting outdoors on location. A different landscape will be explored each week from beaches, to farms, to sites along the Mystic River. From composition, underpainting, color application, layering techniques, and paint handling, students will learn the steps for successfully capturing the local environment. Teacher demonstrations will be in oils, while acrylic and watercolor media are also welcome.

Saturdays, May 12 – August 25, 9:30am – 12:30am
1 session: Members $40 / Public $50
5 sessions: Members $195 / Public $240

 

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
May 23 – June 20
Members $130 / Public $160 per session

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
May 24 – June 21
Members $195 / Public $240 per session

 

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.

Monday, July 2, 6pm – 9pm
Members $40 / Public $50

 

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. Instruction includes demonstrations and hands-on exercises.

Wednesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
July 11 – Aug 8
Members $130 / Public $160

 

Still Life Painting
Dan Truth

“Still Life is the touchstone of painting.”—Edouard Manet

This class focuses on realism using Classical teaching styles and methods. Students will learn how to capture on canvas what our eyes observe. Instruction will focus on preparing a canvas, composition, underpainting, layering techniques, as well as understanding the complexities of color mixing, creating luminoscity, and realistically rendering the qualities of the visual elements. Students are welcome to work in oils or acrylics.

Saturdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm
July 21 – August 18
Members $195 / Public $240

 

Basic Color-Mixing
Howard Park

Learn simple 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 rapidly a series of small paintings. This is a foundational class appropriate for painters of all levels and styles, working in acrylic or oils.

Thursday, August 23, 6pm – 9pm
Members $40 / Public $50

 

Photography

Digital Photography
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, and students should have a working knowledge of how to download and save photos on their home computer.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
May 15 – June 12
Members $130 / Public $160

 

Photo Editing
Brenda De Los Santos

Learning to use your camera is just one piece of the puzzle – learning to process your digital images will take a good image to a great one! This class will introduce you to photo editing software and techniques, using Adobe Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom and shooting in RAW file format. A recent version of Photoshop (Elements 9 or newer or Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan) installed on a laptop is required for these classes. You can sign up for the Adobe Photography plan for a $10/month at www.adobe.com. Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge must be installed prior to coming to class.

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
June 19 – July 17
Members $130 / Public $160

 

Golden Hour Photography
Brenda De Los Santos

Some photographs just simply seem to “glow”. Learn the tips and techniques for taking photos during this magical time of day, known as the “golden hour”. Class will take place at various locations as we walk through downtown Mystic, capturing the beauty of our surroundings bathed in natural, warm light. This class requires a sunny day so a rain date will be scheduled if needed.

Tuesday, July 24, 7pm – 8:30pm
Members $25 / Public $35

 

Printmaking

East Meets West
Margot Rocklen & Shirley Bernstein

This 2-day workshop will be chock full of information and exploration in two unique forms of printmaking: Margot in Japanese woodblock (Mokuhanga) and Shirley in reduction woodcut. The workshop will begin with a brief history and comparison of the two techniques, documented with sample blocks, prints, tools and instructive handouts. Participants will be able to sample both methods as the instructors demonstrate the steps and guide you through the process.

Saturday, May 5, 10am – 4pm
Sunday, May 6, 10am – 4pm
Students will break for a 45 min lunch break
Members $190 / Public $220
All materials and supplies are included in fee.

 

Mixed Media

Art and the Written Word
Lisa Adams

Learn how to incorporate text with traditional media, such as painting, drawing, and collage to create art that mixes design concepts with the written word. Expand your favorite poem or quotation with a visual element in this engaging art experience.

Saturday, May 26, 9:30 – 12:30
Members $40/ Public $50

 

Polymer Sculpted Jewelry
Liz Lomax

Make your own stunning and wearable jewelry. Learn how to manipulate the properties of this versatile material to create a range of patterns, colors, and textures. No previous experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and a love of jewelry design.

Saturday, August 11, 1pm – 4pm
Members $55 / Public $65
All materials and supplies are included in fee.

 

Personalized Programs

Open Studios

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

Mondays, May – June 18, 1pm – 4pm. Free. No open studio on May 28.

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:
Phone: 860.536.7601 x 213
Email: MAddison@MysticMuseumofArt.org

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 12/25/2017, 1/1/2018, 1/15/18, and 2/19/18

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.

Ways to Save

Early Bird Discount

Participants may request $10 off any class $100 or more when registering at least three weeks before start date.

Refer a Friend

Participants may refer a friend to any class and both will receive $15 off registration fees of $75 or higher. Both parties must register before discount is applied and register for classes running during the same session. The friend must be a newcomer to MMOA classes.

The Two-Fer

Any student signing for two classes during the same session will receive $15 off his or her 2nd class (both classes must be $100 or more).

Only one discount may be applied and must be requested at the time of registration.

Art for All Scholarships

Apply online at mysticmuseumofart.org/learn/scholarships.


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