Studio Programs /Winter 2023 / Adult 

 

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DRAWING

OPEN STUDIO MIXED MEDIA FIGURE

Tom Frohnapfel, Monitor

From academic to abstract, pencil on paper to oil on canvas, highly-rendered to expression-driven, this studio allows you to follow your path at your own pace. It is a great opportunity for all-level artists to get together and create, in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Open Studio at MMoA is a fun way to retain and advance your visual art skills while working with a live model each week.

Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm

Members $10 / Non-Members $15 per session

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BASIC DRAWING AND CREATIVE THINKING

Quimper Garland, Graphite and Acrylics, Lisa Adams

Lisa Adams

Sketchbooks offer more than just an opportunity to practice techniques and get down ideas. They provide a way to follow through on art projects. Generating imagery first starts with drawing. This class will focus on both inspiration and drawing. Learn to spot imaginative opportunities and visualize them. Learn drawing techniques and how to begin, develop, and finish a drawing. Fill your sketchbook and walk away with ideas and the ability to further your creative journey. The class will review artists and art movements and students will be provided with a variety of references and weekly prompts.

Five-week series

Tuesdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

January 10 – February 7

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $150 / Non-Members $180

 

FIGURE DRAWING IN GRAPHITE

Jack Montmeat

Gain awareness and confidence in rendering the human form through direct observation of a nude model. Understand how the figure is comprised of simple geometric shapes and planes, then learn a strategic and calculated system that includes rhythm, proportion, light and shadow, and modeling form. Each week will feature demonstrations and short pose exercises followed by one longer pose. Individual attention will be given to each student, attuned to his/her level.

Five-week series

Thursdays, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

January 12 – February 9

Members $220 / Non-Members $260, Plus an additional model fee of $50

 

PORTRAIT DRAWING

Jack Montmeat

Gain understanding of how to conceptualize and construct a portrait drawing, utilizing a live model each week. Working from quick studies and longer poses, students will systematically learn the “landscape” of the human face. Explore techniques for capturing accurate anatomical features, proportions, and likenesses to develop realistic and expressive portraits. Demonstrations will be given and individualized exercises will be explored each week. The class does not assume any prior experience and is designed to cater to all levels.

Five-week series

Thursdays, 6:30pm – 9pm

February 23 – March 23

Members $220 / Non-Members $260 Plus an additional model fee of $50

 

PAINTING

SPEED PAINTING: SEASCAPES IN OIL AND WATERCOLOR

Afternoon Sail, Watercolor, Lisa Miceli

Howard Park and Lisa Miceli

The sea is both a source of inspiration and a challenge for artists attempting to convey its beauty, vastness, and changeable nature. Learn to paint seascapes with greater freedom and looseness of brush or palette knife work. Emphasize the quality of light, and the interactions of sky and water reflections. Each week, the class will focus on a different exercise to help abstract and achieve greater freedom. Through demonstrations and instruction in both oil and watercolor, students will learn to see the great variety of colors and values in the sea and sky they observe, convey convincing boats in the seascape, and explore scaling and placement of the boats within the painting for a dynamic effect.

Full and By, Oil, Howard Park

Five-week series

Tuesdays, 9am – 12pm

January 10 – February 7

Members $230 / Non-Members $270

 

 

 

 

PHOTO TO CANVAS

Sarah Stifler Lucas

Advance your skills, technique, and personal style using acrylics or oils and a photo reference to inspire your piece. Bring your favorite photographs, magazine images, calendar pictures, etc., and explore the process of transforming them into your own work of art. Instructor demonstrations focus on design, composition, and value. Previous painting experience recommended.

Five-week series

Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm or

1pm – 4pm

Session 1: January 12 – February 9

Session 2:  February 23 – March 23

Members $230 / Non-Members $270

 

 

 

 

ANYONE CAN PAINT

Sunil Howlader

This class will combine abstract and realistic elements to create a painting that is complex, dynamic, and interesting. Students will work on translating thoughts, emotions, and ideas to the canvas using texture, form, and color. A basic understanding of painting is recommended. This class is open to either oils or acrylics.

Five-week series

Wednesdays, 1pm – 4pm

February 22 – March 22

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $230 / Non-Members $270

 

SEASCAPES AND BOATS IN OIL AND WATERCOLOR

Howard Park and Lisa Miceli

Boats are often used as human elements in a seascape to draw the viewer in. Learn how to paint seascapes with a focus on boats and how they can be used to elevate a scene and create a compelling story. Explore ways to use boats as design elements and to paint properly scaled, convincing boats within the seascape. Through demonstrations and instruction in both oil and watercolor, students will learn how to design seascapes with an emphasis on values, counterchange, and dynamic color notes. Walk away with an understanding of how to convey movements of a boat through water and illustrating different types of boats whether at anchor or under way.

Five-week series

Tuesdays, 9am – 12pm

April 25– May 23

Members $230 / Non-Members $270

 

 

COLORIST LANDSCAPE

Howard Park and Lisa Miceli

Are you afraid to use bright colors? Learn how colorists use color contrast and color balance to create daring and vivid works of art. Explore by applying the coloristic approach to a typical realistic landscape painting. Create landscapes that are tonal and moody or vibrant with sun filled areas and light filled shadows. Learn to use the color wheel as a completely different tool, gain an understanding of placement of analogous and complementary colors, and see value instead of just color

Five-week series

Tuesdays, 9am – 12pm

March 7 – April 4

Members $230 / Non-Members $270

 

PURE PIGMENT: Exploring the Versatility of Pastel

Southwest Bell, Pastels, Laura Gorian

Laura L. Gorian

Explore the versatile medium of pastel. With the vibrancy of pure pigment, pastels create painterly images through drawing techniques. Learn mark-making practices and pastel painting fundamentals, as well as advanced methods. This class is for anyone wanting to explore and create! No prior art training necessary. This class is open to either chalk pastel or oil pastel.

5-week Series

Wednesdays, 6pm – 8:30pm

March 29 – April 26

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $210 / Non-Members $25

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOSHOP BASICS

Alaina Sminkey

Photoshop is an invaluable tool for digital artists. For a first-time user, photoshop can be daunting and scary, but it need not be. Learn basic skills for using Photoshop for digital art. Explore using digital tools such as brushes, layers, and filters, to create and enhance your artwork. This class will provide a walkthrough of the Photoshop program, exploring all its possibilities for touching-up existing images, and creating original digital pieces. This class does not require any prior knowledge of the program or digital tools and is designed to be beginner-friendly.

Five-week series

Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

January 19 – February 16

Members $150 / Non-Members $180

 

WEEKEND WORKSHOPS FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS

 

PALETTE KNIFE TECHNIQUES WORKSHOP

Path to the Farm Stand, Plein Air Oil, Howard Park

Howard Park and Lisa Miceli

Palette knife painting lends an intuitive freshness to paintings. In this workshop, students will learn to create unique and stunning effects in paintings and explore impressionistic and expressionist styles. Using a palette knife is a great way to build up thick texture and create broken color effects. Learn to make bold strokes with the palette knife, use the edge of the knife to create sharp lines, use a variety of knife shapes and sizes to create lost and found edges, make multicolored palette knife strokes, and lift paint on top of wet layers. The class will also incorporate the key elements of landscapes and seascapes including sky, clouds, water, rocks and grass, fences, tree branches, and sharp edges.

Students will need to bring their favorite paints and painting surface, three flexible painting knives of different sizes (including larger sizes), a mixing knife, and a large mixing palette (avoid paper palettes or palettes with edges; a painting panel, 11” x 14” or larger can also be used as a palette).

The Farmstand, October, Plein Air, Oil, Lisa Miceli

Saturday, 10am – 3pm

January 28

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $85 / Non-Members $100

Path to the Farm Stand, plein air oil, Howard Park

The Farmstand, October, plein air oil, Lisa Miceli

 

 

CREATIVE EXPRESSION AND VISUALIZATION WORKSHOP

Shelley Tupper, Life Strategist/Leadership Coach

Do you have an idea you have not been able to bring to life? Learn a technique of creative visualization inspired by da Vinci and Einstein but with a modern-day twist, to bring your artistic expression and thoughts to life in a unique way. This workshop will offer you an opportunity to play with colors, words, and drawing. Learn all about creative mind mapping.

Supplies provided. 

Saturday, 10am – 1pm

February 4

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $60 / Non-Members $80

Building a Visual map of the Mind

 

Stick and Ink Workshop

Howard Park and Lisa Miceli

Stick and ink is an art technique using a sharpened stick dipped into ink to create free and spontaneous drawings followed by a watercolor wash. In this workshop, students will learn unique mark-making methods to create vibrant abstract images. The workshop will include demonstrations and instructions by two instructors and is suitable for students of all levels. Students will need to bring watercolor tubes, different sizes of watercolor paper, and brushes. Carved drawing sticks will be provided by instructors

The Fish Shack, Mystic seaport

Saturday, 10am – 3pm

February 25

Ages: Youth and Adults

Members $85 / Non-Members $100

The Fish Shack, Mystic seaport

The Boathouse

 

MORE ART OPPORTUNITIES

FREE OPEN STUDIOS

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

Mondays, 1pm – 4pm

January 9 – June 5 (No open studio on 1/16, 2/20, 5/29)

 

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION WITH MMoA FACULTY

Private and semi-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. 860.536.7601 x211

 

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ARTINI

Artini HourMix cocktails and creativity for your next happy hour! Take on a creative project with one of our instructors, as you learn to play with a variety of media in the studios. We provide instruction, supplies, a tasty beverage, and plenty of time to socialize.

Fridays, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Members $30 / Non-members $35

 

HAND PAINTED HENNA ORNAMENTS

Lavanya Shubhakar

We have all been amazed by the beauty and intricacy of henna art. Learn the basics of traditional henna shapes and practice your new skills by creating your own hand-made ornament. Embellish your design through added detail using a variety of paints and multimedia.

December 16

 

 

 

WINTER WONDERLAND

Meredith Andrews

Create a dreamy landscape on canvas using decorative paper, rhinestones, lace, buttons, and sparkle. Red birds? Snowflakes? Deer? A little poetry? Include your ideal winter vision. With the help of your instructor and a pile of tiny treasures provided, anything’s possible. If you like, bring your own tiny treasures of sentimental value to add to your artistic wonderland.

January 27

 

 

LINO BLOCK CARVING AND PRINTMAKING

Julia Peterson

Explore the artistic process of linocut printing. Learn how to develop a design, carve it on a linoleum block, and use it to create multiple prints with varying tones of color. Go home with a small edition you printed yourself along with the custom block you designed and carved, to make many more amazing masterpieces.

February 24

 

ABSTRACT ART: MIXED MEDIA AND COLLAGE

Derek D

Using a host of exciting materials and paint, and step by step instructions, learn how to create a stunning abstract art piece. Absolutely no experience necessary. Just bring your creativity, imagination, and a love for experimentation with you and be prepared to be amazed at what you create.

March 24

 

EARTH DAY REPURPOSED WOOD ART

Lisa Adams

Celebrate Mother Earth with recycled art. Using reclaimed wood as your canvas, create an artistic sign or work of art. Choose from a plethora of art supplies including a variety of paints and collage materials such as ropes, rocks, shells, nautical finds, ribbons, and stencils, to add to your masterpiece. Walk away with a fun, vibrant, and eco-friendly work of art.

April 21

 

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