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Intro to Painting (Spring)


8 Mondays: April 4 - May 23

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Bernie Wilke


Price: $240 members, $265 non-members

Become acquainted with the basics of painting in oil and acrylic. Learn about the variety of painting materials and surfaces and become familiar with fundamentals of color theory and color mixing. Work from still life set-ups, interior spaces and forms in nature while honing your observation skills and translating three dimensions onto a two dimensional surface. Tuition includes one session with a model. Supply list provided.

Intro to Ceramics (Spring)


8 Tuesdays: April 5 - May 24

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Karen McKee


Price: $270 members, $295 non-members

Utilize our professional ceramics studio and equipment to create functional and sculptural ceramic artworks focusing on wheelthrowing and handbuilding techniques. Experiment with surface design and textures and use cone 6 glazes to create enduring stoneware pieces. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. Students should purchase a clay tool kit, which is available on-site.

Intro to Ceramics (Spring)


8 Tuesdays: April 5 - May 24

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Karen McKee


Price: $270 members, $295 non-members

Utilize our professional ceramics studio and equipment to create functional and sculptural ceramic artworks focusing on wheelthrowing and handbuilding techniques. Experiment with surface design and textures and use cone 6 glazes to create enduring stoneware pieces. Tuition includes 25 lbs of clay, glazes and firings. Students should purchase a clay tool kit, which is available on-site.

Fiction Writing I


8 Thursdays: January 14 - March 10, 2016 ( No Class March 3rd )

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Clare Beams


Price: $225 members, $250 non-members

Join this introductory course if you do not have an on-going project or prior writing workshop experience and we’ll focus on short story form to explore fiction writing. First, we’ll use in-class writing exercises to generate new material and explore specific elements of craft like dialogue, point of view and story arc. In later weeks, while we’ll continue to use in-class exercises and readings as springboards, we will focus on reading and critiquing students' work in a supportive workshop setting. Come prepared with a pen and notebook.

Intro to Drawing (Tuesday Evenings)


10 Tuesdays: January 12 - March 15, 2016

6:30 PM - 9:30PM

Sharon Wilson Wilcox


Price: $287 members, $312 non-members

Drawing is a fundamental skill and the foundation for all other studio disciplines. In this introductory class, learn to develop your power of observation and mark making skills through a series of lessons that focus on gesture, line, shape, value and spatial relationships.  Weekly lessons will emphasize how to translate focused observations into visual expression using a variety of drawing materials and approaches.  You’ll work primarily from still life and one session will focus on the figure using a clothed model. Tuition includes one session with a model. Supply list provided.

Intro to Drawing (Monday Afternoons)


8 Mondays: January 25 - March 14, 2016

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Paula Garrick Klein


Price: $237 members, $262 non-members

Drawing is a fundamental skill and the foundation for all other studio disciplines. In this introductory class, learn to develop your power of observation and mark making skills through a series of lessons that focus on gesture, line, shape, value and spatial relationships.  Weekly lessons will emphasize how to translate focused observations into visual expression using a variety of drawing materials and approaches.  You’ll work primarily from still life and one session will focus on the figure using a clothed model. Tuition includes one session with a model. Supply list provided.

Intro to Watercolor


8 Thursdays: January 14 - March 3, 2016

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Bill McAllister


Price: $237 members, $262 non-members

Paint from still life sets and live models as well as from prompts and experimental exercises. Work independently throughout class and participate in group critiques, group discussions and gallery visits. We’ll venture outdoors and recreate Mellon Park scenes by observing our surroundings and look to artists Andrew Wyeth, David Levine, Winslow Homer, and others, who create plein air watercolors in all season. Tuition includes one session with a model. Supply list provided.

National Cinemas: French, Mexican and Iranian Cinema


14 Mondays: January 11- April 25

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Carol O'Sullivan


$350 by January 4, 2016/ $390 after January 4, 2016 (plus course fees); Certificate Students pay $390 (no course fees)

Fifty or so years ago it was the French New Wave turning Hollywood on its head. More recently, it's a trio of Mexican directors: Guillermo del Toro (“Pan’s Labyrinth”), Alfonso Cuarón (“Gravity”), and Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Birdman”). And far from Hollywood, Iran’s film industry has flourished despite near-impossible restrictions. We begin this class with the early French films of the Lumiere Brothers, then move into the 1930s with the work of Jean Renoir. We will discuss the influence of the French New Wave, and the modern French comedy of Jean-Pierre Jeunet. We’ll then look at examples from the three contemporary Mexican directors, before moving onto the best known of the Iranian filmmakers, Abbas Kiarostami. We will also consider the subtle politics of Bahman Ghobadi, the family dramas of Asghar Farhadi, and how Jafar Panahi got his story out in the clandestine documentary, “This is Not a Film.” In addition to tuition, a $35 course fee is charged.

Getting to Know Your Camera


1 Saturday: January 9

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kara Sambrick


Member Price $45, Non-Member Price $60

Somebody just bought you a nice new digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Or maybe you treated yourself. Now you need to know how to use it. In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn how to set up your camera, and how to get beyond “automatic everything” shooting to take more effective photos. Please bring your camera to class. Don’t worry if it’s still in the box; we’ll help you unpack it!

Intro to Digital Photography


6 Saturdays: January 23 - February 27

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Kara Sambrick


Member Price $270, Non-Member Price $295

If you have either a digital SLR (single lens reflex) or mirrorless camera and love to get creative, this introductory digital photography class is for you. You'll learn how to master your cameras advanced features while gaining an understanding of how to compose a shot and utilize light to produce quality photographs. Organizing your files and basic Photoshop tools will also be covered. Please bring your camera to class.

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