Fine Arts

Beginning to intermediate level classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, paper, furniture, and more. Experiment freely in our facilities and under the guidance of our instructors.

Abstraction. What does that term mean exactly? Students in this class will collectively examine this question while they work through a variety of approaches to abstract painting in oils. Instructor-led demonstrations will be geared toward providing the students with both a jumping off point--meant to address how one begins making abstract work--as well as encouragement of the student's further development toward creating their own, unique artistic style of painting and visual language.

Tuesday
Jun 2 - Aug 4
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Explore the art of letterpress printing in this hands-on workshop. Basic letterpress skills and terminology will be explored. Students will work in our expansive state-of-the-art printshop with handset type and simple imagery, using pressure and relief-printing methods that are centuries old. Students will learn basic press operation and will create a variety of prints on the Vandercook 219 cylinder press. / Students may work in the printshop outside of class time during regular hours and when other classes are not in session. / Materials fee of $27 in addition to class tuition.

Tuesday
Jun 30 - Aug 4
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Screenprinting is a direct printmaking technique that builds images from layers of color and can be used to create everything from custom screenprinted T-shirts to one-of-a-kind posters to fine art prints. This course will focus on the basics of screenprinting, and students will explore a combination of stencil, hand-drawn, painted, photographic, and computer-generated techniques in order to complete multiple screenprints. Through demonstrations, handouts, print samples, and informal critiques, the instructor will provide an overview of what one can achieve with screenprinting.

Saturday
Jun 6 - Jul 18
9:30am-12:30pm
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Painting outdoors is a great way for artists to get out of the studio and reconnect with the natural environment. In this on-location class, students will learn the essentials of landscape painting while enjoying all that summer has to offer. Students will begin by considering how to best approach the landscape as a subject in order to identify a compelling composition. Next, they will learn how to mix a color palette suitable for expressing the fugitive elements of the landscape, such as light and movement.

Saturday
Jun 6 - Jun 27
9:00 am-3:00 pm
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A monotype results from a painting or collage done on a surface. Paper is placed over the image and it all passes through a printing press. The results are surprising and fun. The process combines the spontaneity of painting with the structure and deliberation of printmaking. The process is enjoyable and freeing for everyone - from beginners to experienced artists. In this three hour workshop, participants will learn the basics, and then experiment and explore the medium under the guidance of an experienced monotype artist and teacher.

Monday
Jun 29 - Jun 29
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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In this one day workshop, students will learn how to create an image on an intaglio plate using a process called "drypoint." Students are encouraged to bring drawings and doodles that they can draw directly or transfer to the plate. The drawing is then incised into the plate, and printed using an intaglio press. Non-toxic, water based inks will be used, and use of a small kitchen device will be shown (or pasta press) so that students could work on this type of project at home. No previous experience necessary. / The class will have a one-hour lunch break.

Saturday
Aug 8 - Aug 8
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (with a one hour lunch)
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This class will provide an introduction to multiple and varied ways to approach the portrait. Students in this class will learn how to achieve accuracy with regards to proportion; how to document a degree of "likeness" of the sitter, and methods for capturing something of the subject's essence. Working in various types of charcoal, the instructor will teach students how to approach these aspects through gesture, shadow, and structural shapes.

Monday
Jun 15 - Jun 29
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Are you a beginning drawing student interested in learning how to sketch outdoors or on-the-go? Or have you already done some of your own drawing, but wish to find new inspiration to solidify a more regular practice of recording your impressions? By creating a travel sketchbook, you can do this and more! You'll be encouraged to look at the world around you with keen eyes and may find that your sketchbook provides you with more personalized memories than a photograph.

Saturday
Jul 11 - Aug 1
9:00 am-12:30 pm
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People are drawn to watercolors due to their vibrant, delicate, and luminous qualities. Students in this class will work from observation, photographs, and their imaginations to create translucent works using this versatile medium. Students will learn traditional and non-traditional approaches to watercolor painting, including how to transfer an existing drawing into the base for a painting, and how to execute washes and blends.

Tuesday
Jun 30 - Aug 4
6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Produce your own prints in MCAD's beautiful and expansive printmaking studio and spend a week of your own studio time on technical investigation and personal exploration. This week-long workshop for art educators will include demonstrations of intaglio, embossing, collagraph, and monotype printmaking techniques.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Jun 22 - Jun 26
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (with a one-hour lunch)
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