Spring art classes for adults

Mar 16, 2017

Marion — The Marion Art Center has the following classes for adults.  Tuition for each class is $180 for members and $195 for non-members. Supplies are not included. To register online, visit www.marionartcenter.org/about/register. For more information, call the Marion Art Center at 508-748-1266.

Acrylic painting for adults
Catherine Carter will lead this eight-week course, April 3 to June 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Marion Art Center Studio. The class teaches basic application techniques, color mixing and using value to create the impression of three-dimensional space. Projects will focus on basic still life setups from observation.

Carter has taught drawing, painting and design at colleges and museums for 15 years. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the UMass Dartmouth and currently works at Hatch Street Studios in New Bedford. Her artwork may be viewed at CatherineCarterPainting.com.

Five students are required for this course. There will be no class on Monday, April 17 or Monday, May 29.

Beginner and continuing drawing for adults
Anthony Days will lead this eight-week course from April 4 to May 23, 10 a.m.-noon at the MAC studio.

This class will expose students to a number of traditional illustration skills and concepts. Participants will learn how to compose with line, shape, tone and shadow. Using still life setups and the immediate environment as inspiration, the class will explore working with perspective, positive and negative shape, and texture using traditional drawing materials.

Days has been involved in illustration and visual arts since his childhood, receiving awards and donating his artistic abilities to school and community activities. He has provided private drawing lessons for more than 30 years, and is a member of the Marion Art Center, New Bedford Art Museum and Mattapoisett Area Artists group.

Five students are required for this class to run.

Pastels for adults
Cynthia Getchell will lead this weekly course on Wednesdays, April 5 to May 24, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at the MAC studio.

This class is designed for those who would like to work with pastel and do not know how to begin, or have tried working with the medium, but are having trouble achieving desired results. Students will explore various painting surfaces, types of pastels, techniques and basic color theory through small-scale landscape, still life and portrait painting. Getchell will guide each individual to develop their own personal style and voice through pastel. Students should bring what they have, though materials will be on hand for use.

Getchell was introduced to the pastel medium in 1995 at Bridgewater State College by abstract painter and professor, Mercedes Nunez. Her work was featured for many years at the Donovan Gallery in Tiverton Rhode Island, Collyer’s Frame Design and Gallery/The Ropewalk Gallery in Mattapoisett and Art Moves in Duxbury. Since 2000, more than 70 of Getchell's pastel paintings appear in private collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Five students are needed for this class to run.

The Art of Reupholstery
Harriet Ingerslev will teach students the basics of reupholstery. While learning this art form, students can restore an old chair. Students will be taught to strip the old coverings and stuffing as needed, secure the frame of the item so that it is rigid, build up from the base or foundation, add the webbing and springs, tie, sew and weave batting and padding. Materials are not included. Students are strongly advised that their first attempt should be more substantial than a footstool.

Bring the project to every class, together with a tack hammer and an old flat-head screwdriver. Ingerslev graduated with a degree in fine arts from State University of New York at Oswego. She studied restoration and upholstery at the Stanhope Institute in London, England. Her instructional background includes teaching upholstery in Princeton, New Jersey for 13 years in two adult schools, as well as teaching fine art for 25 years at high school and elementary school levels.

Five students are needed for this class to run. The 10-week course is Wednesdays, during April 5 to Aug. 16 on dates of participants' choosing, 10 a.m.-noon, at 188 Front St. There are no classes is June.

Watercolor painting for adults – all levels

Patricia White will offer an eight-week watercolor course for all levels. After a brief introduction each week, students will explore different techniques while working on the landscape, still life, figurative, and/or imaginative painting, in a nurturing environment. Participants should bring, to the first class, whatever supplies they have on hand.

White is an illustrator, a painter and a Gallery Instructor Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is past president of the Marion Art Center and the current president of the Bourne-Wareham Art Association. She studied illustration and realist painting at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, and has shown her work in numerous exhibitions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

The course is Thursdays, April 6 to May 25, 10 a.m.-noon.

Continuing and advanced watercolor painting for adults

This course, taught by Jay Ryan, is a perfect “next step” for those who would like to explore watercolor painting beyond a basic understanding of color and brush strokes. The eight-week course will be Fridays, April 7 to May 26, 10 a.m.-noon.

Using the nature of light and dark, artists will push the medium, adding other water media, brushes, and paper surfaces, and experiment with palette color mixing to capture magic and luminosity. Each class will mark the start of a new painting using landscape, still life, the figure, abstract or imaginative thought, or narrative ideas as subjects. Each class will also provide a brief and supportive group critique. Students will leave with expanded knowledge of technique and traditional and contemporary use of watercolor.

Ryan, is a Fairhaven painter and a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A former K-12 public school art teacher and administrator, he has studied at Massachusetts College of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Framingham State and Lesley Universities. His work has been locally shown at the Judith Klein Gallery, ArtWorks! and Gallery X in New Bedford, and the Marion Art Center.

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