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Adult Art Classes

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Coleman Center for Creative Studies
26 Liberty Street, Newport, RI 02840
Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 4 PM

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(401) 848-ARTS (2787)

 

ADULT CLASSES

 

PAINTING

CERAMICS & SCULPTURE

DIGITAL

MIXED MEDIA

JEWELRY & TEXTILES

PHOTOGRAPHY

PRINTMAKING

DRAWING

 


PAINTING

 

Discover Masterpiece Art | Mandy Howe

Saturdays, 10 am - 12 pm

October 21 - November 18 (5 sessions)

Members: $105 | Non-members: $120 | Materials fee: $20

Explore Art History through a variety of materials and techniques. Expand your appreciation of why artists do what they do. Discover the art making methods and materials that you might like to pursue. Artists like Elizabeth Murray, David Hockney, El Anatsui, Norval Morrisseau and Monet will all be added to our multicultural timeline of painters, printers, sculptors and crafters through time. Ages 14+ welcome.

 

Beginning Acrylics | Mandy Howe

OFFERED TWICE:

Thursdays, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
September 14 - October 12 (5 sessions)

Thursdays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

October 19 - November 16 (5 sessions)

Members: $105 | Non-members: $120 | Materials fee: $20

Have fun exploring the basics of acrylic painting and the infinite possibilities of this very versatile medium! We will study color and color mixing, how to build texture and create value, and experiment with collage, glazing, and impasto techniques. Still life, landscapes, personal photographs and art history will provide our inspirations. All preliminary materials will be provided.

 

Abstract Painting | Catherine Carter

OFFERED TWICE:

Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

September 15 - October 13 (5 sessions)

Wednesdays, 6 - 9 pm

October 18 - November 15 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Complex, unique and deep. Create paintings in an abstract style using water-based paints and collage materials. This course is multi-leveled. Take your paintings on a journey!

 

Portrait & Figure Monday | Peter Dickison

Mondays, 6 - 9 pm

September 11 - November 20 (10 sessions)

(no class on October 9)

Members: $300 | Non-members: $360 | Model fee: $60

Continue the portrait tradition by working with models in a series of portrait and figure sessions with an eye toward various examples from art history. Experienced artists are
encouraged to bring their media of choice.

 

Watercolor Basics | Jeannine Bestoso

OFFERED TWICE

Tuesdays, 6 - 8 pmOctober 17 - November 14 (5 sessions)

Thursdays, 9 - 11 am

October 19 - November 16 (5 sessions)

Members: $105 | Non-members: $120 | Materials fee: $20

Learn the very basics about watercolor paints, techniques, and practices. Basics of the class include: working with a 6 primary color wheel, learning the differences in pigments and when to use them, color mixing, practicing techniques of brush drawing, creating washes, applying wet into wet, using resist methods and painting details. Students learn watercolor from 3 approaches: observation of still life settings, experimenting with the expressive qualities of watercolors through various techniques, and working from their own photographs. All preliminary materials will be provided.

 

The Possibilities of Pastel | Jeanne Tangney

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

September 13 - October 11 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

The possibilities of pastel are endless! Using a variety of techniques and subject matter, we will discover (or rediscover!) some of the many ways to use this versatile medium. This class will focus on exploring and expanding your focus and skills. All levels are welcome.

 

Painting the Effects of Light with Pastels | Jeanne Tangney

Wednesdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

October 18 - November 15 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Capturing the effects of light in your pastel painting will give your work a sense of mood and atmosphere. You will see a dramatic improvement in your paintings as you explore all aspects of light including hue, value, intensity and temperature. Under painting techniques, layering, and mark-making will also be explored. Various fun exercises will be included in order to more fully understand ways to interpret your photo references. Classes will include demonstration of methods, materials, and techniques, as well as plenty of individual attention. This class is appropriate for all levels.

 

Advanced Watercolor: Open Painting Studio

Tuesdays, 9:30 am -12:30 pm

September 5 - December 12 (15 sessions)

Members and Non-members: $305

OR Drop-in: $24

Take this opportunity to hone your watercolor skills at your own pace in the well-equipped studios of the Coleman Center for Creative Studies. Enjoy the flexibility and independence
that an open studio provides while benefiting from the support and conversations of
fellow watercolorists.

 

Intro to Oils | Peter Dickison

Fridays, 9:30 am - 1 pm

September 15 - October 13 (5 sessions)

Members: $180 | Non-members: $210

Join us for an introduction to the basic materials and methods of oil painting. You will learn about the tools and principles of representational painting from simple still life objects, with an introduction to seeing and using color.

 

Continuing Oils: Learn from the Masters | Peter Dickison

Fridays, 9:30 am - 1 pm

October 20 - November 17 (5 sessions)

Members: $180 | Non-members: $210

This is a series of 5 instructional classes for continuing oil painting students in which each class focuses on an individual Master from art history. Get inside the Master’s head through careful study of his or her composition, color contrasts, light and texture, by painting a typical subject from life in the manner of his or her work.

 


CERAMICS & SCULPTURE

 

Clay Studio | Charlene Carpenzano

Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

September 15 - November 17 (10 sessions)

Members: $300 | Non-members: $360 | Studio fee: $40

Explore form and fun! Students will learn hand building and basic throwing techniques to create functional and sculptural forms in a supportive environment. Students should
bring their own tool kit, towel and sketchbook.
Studio fee does not include the cost of clay.

 

Throwing Thursdays | Charlene Carpenzano

OFFERED TWICE:

Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

September 14 - October 12 (5 sessions)

October 19 - November 16 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180 | Studio fee: $40

Have you always wanted to try working on the potters’ wheel? This is the perfect class for
all levels of clay enthusiasts. This is an opportunity to learn new skills and brush up on essential techniques. The course will cover: centering clay on the wheel, throwing basic cylinders then moving on to different forms – jugs, vases, plates, bowls etc. Practicing
your preferred form, throwing to specific measurements and repeat throwing. Turning and finishing, pulling and attaching handles and decorating techniques also explored. Enroll in both sessions and only pay one studio fee. Studio fee does not include the cost of clay.

 

Scratching the Surface | Charlene Carpenzano

OFFERED TWICE:

Thursdays, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

November 30 and December 7 (2 sessions)

Fridays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

December 1 and December 8 (2 sessions)

Members $65 | Non-members: $75 | Materials fee: $35

In this 2-week course we will explore surface decoration. Students will explore the art of mishima of drawing and in laying clay. We will also explore sgraffito; a process in which colored slips are applied to the clay and a design is scratched through to reveal the clay below. All levels are welcome.

 


DIGITAL MEDIA

 

Digital Comic Creation | Kevin Wolanski

OFFERED TWICE:

Mondays, 6 - 8 pm

September 11 - October 16 (5 sessions) (no class October 9)

October 23 - November 20 (5 sessions)

Members: $105 | Non-members: $120 | Studio fee: $40

Comics are one of the most popular and exciting ways to tell a story. This course
offers a look at the fundamental building blocks of the comic book medium. Exploring
panel-to-panel transitions, text to image relationships, and the intricacies of page layouts, students will examine new and innovative ways to bring their stories to life.

This course is designed for both beginning and advanced visual artists. Whether students have tried their hand at comics before or are simply interested in investigating how comics work, this course will provide insights to help storytellers make the most of every page.  Ages 14+ are welcome.

 

Exploring Adobe Photoshop for Photographers & Fine Artists | Karen L. Murtha

Wednesdays, 6 - 9 pm

September 13 - October 11 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180 | Studio fee: $40

Adobe Photoshop is an exciting application!  Students will explore the great tools and abilities of this app and focus on developing a knowledge of the language and aesthetic skills to adjust and edit your images. Being exposed to this fun process will result in
better overall image refinement and
exploration through imagination.

 

Master Adobe Lightroom CC | Andrea Pietrangeli

Mondays, 9 am - 12 pm

OFFERED TWICE:

September 11 - October 16 (5 sessions) (no class October 9)

October 23 - November 20 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180 | Studio fee: $40

Take what you know about the Lightroom - whether it’s a little or a lot - and kick it up a notch, with this essential training from photographer Andrea Pietrangeli. This hands-on workshop will cover importing, organizing, color correcting, editing, retouching and exporting like a pro.

 


MIXED MEDIA

 

Pattern Portraits | Noelle King

OFFERED TWICE:

Saturdays, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

September 30 (1 session)

December 16 (1 session)

Members: $35 | Non-members: $40

Join us for a Saturday workshop making Pattern Portraits. Bring a black and white photograph of your subject to create a beautiful portrait rendered in patterns. A
materials list will be provided when you register. Ages 14+ are welcome.

 


JEWELRY & TEXTILES

 

Intro to Jewelry Making | Tiffany Peay

Mondays, 6 - 8:30 pm

October 23 - November 13 (4 sessions)

Members: $105 | Non-members: $120 | Materials fee: $20

In this introduction to metalsmithing, create your own piece of jewelry in a laid back atmosphere. Learn several metalsmithing techniques including drilling, sawing, sanding and hammering as well as cold connection techniques like wire wrapping with pearls and stones. Design and tool kits provided or bring your own ideas and tools if you have them. No experience needed.

 

Basics of Cross-Stitching | Sammi Alarie

Mondays, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

September 11 - October 16 (5 sessions)

(no class October 9)

Members: $105 | Non-members: $120 | Materials fee: $20

This course will teach the basics of cross-stitching, a traditional form of fiber art. The artist will walk away understanding how to read patterns, how to stitch the alphabet, as well as little professional tips and tricks. Any level of experience is welcome, even if you have never thread a needle! Ages 14+ are welcome.

 

Intro to the Art of Interior Design and Events | Hilary B. Marshall

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

October 17 - November 14 (5 sessions)

Members: $105 | Non-members: $120 | Materials fee: $20

This class is an introduction class to Interior Design and Event Planning; preparing
students for planning and implementing interior design work and event planning. In the class we will create a client and design their home space, and follow along with an event for the same client. We will make design boards and learn the basics of interior design and artistic elements. Students will also learn about working in teams, marketing strategies, collaboration, vision, color, fabrics, and program planning.

 


PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Photography Workshops | Andrea Pietrangeli

Mondays, 1 - 5 pm

September 11 - October 16 (5 sessions)

(no class October 9)

Members and Non-members: $50 per workshop or sign up for all five for $205

September 11: Wildlife and nature with a telephoto lens at the Norman Bird Sanctuary

September 18: Landscape photo walk

September 25: Studio shoot with model and strobes/flashes, learning studio lighting

October 2: Lifestyle shots outdoors with model in mostly available light

October 16: Commercial studio shoot with artificial lighting simulating a product shoot

 

Out of the Blue: Intro to Cyanotype | Francine Weiss

Fridays, 3 - 6 pm

November 3 - 17 (3 sessions)

Members: $95 | Non-members: $110 | Studio fee: $40

Enjoy your own “Blue Period” and learn this 19th century process that makes luxurious blue photographic prints. Used by botanists to record plants and then architects to
reproduce plans (“blue prints”) this process is easy and fun! Materials included.

 


PRINTMAKING

 

Three Color Reduction Prints | Meredith Fitzgerald

Wednesdays, 6 - 8 pm

October 18 - November 15 (5 sessions)

Members: $105 | Non-members: $120 | Materials fee: $20

Always wanted to try printmaking – this is a great class for all level of students. Explore the subtractive process of three-color reduction prints. Students will have the opportunity to gain technical skills and gather inspiration from multiple examples of historical prints such as propaganda posters. Ages 14+ are welcome.

 

Printmaking for All Seasons | Grace Bentley-Scheck

Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm

October 14 - November 11 (5 sessions)

Members $155 | Non-members: $180 | Studio fee: $40

This class welcomes students of all abilities and experience. Instruction will be individual.  We will consider relief techniques that require carving: linocut, woodcut and newer techniques that utilize collage and painting like collage prints/collagraphs or silk
aquatint. Materials included.

 


DRAWING

 

Fundamentals of Drawing | Jeannine Bestoso

Thursdays, 3 - 5 pm

October 19 - November 16 (5 sessions)

Members: $105 | Non-members: $120

Learning to see and draw are the first fundamental steps toward creating a pathway
to expressing oneself as a visual artist. Students are guided through fearlessly making marks on a page as a form of expression and interpreting what they see and applying it visually through their hands to paper. Basics include learning the properties and differences of line, values and shading, working with light, and presentation of subject matter. Students will learn the procedure of how to set up and begin a drawing from a still life, landscape, pictures, ideas and dreams and bring it to completion. Considerations include: unity of composition, color and value, design and layout and effectiveness of drawing techniques. Ages 14+ are welcome.

 

Botanical Drawing | Catherine Carter

OFFERED TWICE:

Wednesdays, 6 - 9 pm

September 13 - October 11 (5 sessions)

Saturdays, 10 am - 1 pm

October 21 - November 18 (5 sessions)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

Capture the beauty of flowers and fruits in your drawings! We will use graphite and
colored pencils to depict complex shapes and intricate surfaces, focusing on value, color and composition. For beginner and intermediate students.

 

Cityscapes | Noelle King

OFFERED TWICE:

Saturdays, 1 - 4 pm

September 30 (1 session)

December 16 (1 session)

Members: $35 | Non-members: $40

Create a cityscape with cardboard. Bring a photograph or drawing of your favorite cityscape or street scene to create a cityscape in bas-relief. A materials list will be provided when you register. Ages 14+ are welcome.

 

Drawing Newport Architecture (Outdoors) | Jeannine Bestoso

Mondays, 9 am - 12 pm

September 11 - October 2 (4 sessions)

Members: $125 | Non-members: $145

Learning to draw architecture outdoors in Newport is a fascinating experience and a challenging one. This class requires careful observation through onsite experience to gain the understanding of how to choose a subject in its surrounding landscape or urban setting and to grasp details and subtle nuances. This class, although a continuation of our summer series, is open to all level students and best followed by Drawing Newport Architecture (Indoors).

 

Drawing Newport Architecture (Indoors) | Jeannine Bestoso

Mondays, 9 am - 12 pm

October 16 - November 13 (5 sessions)

(no class October 9)

Members: $155 | Non-members: $180

The initial class begins indoors with a discussion of the different types of local architecture in the area, how to work outdoors if desired, and a review of  ‘how to’ handouts, that address the start up and recurring problems associated with drawing architecture. The first class continues outdoors for a preliminary onsite experience in observing and photographing a number of evening lit subjects for drawing to be done in the remainder indoor sessions. We will be looking for the surrounding landscape or urban setting and to grasp details and subtle nuances. Open to all levels.