Homeslice Puppetry — classes for adults and kids!

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September 7-8, 2019

Join puppeteer and puppet maker Eric Weiss for these unique classes!

Foam & Rod Puppets for Kids: Saturday, September 7, 9:30-11:00am ($20 plus a $5 material fee, or $25 per student)

Simple Mechanism Puppets for Kids: Sunday, September 8th, 9:30am-12:00pm ($40 plus a $10 material fee, or $50 per student)

Adult Class—Carved Foam & Simple Mechanism Puppets: Saturday and Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm ($200 tuition and $60 material fee, or $260.00 per student)

To register, email ncfa@nohoarts.org or call the Center at 413 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to “NCFA” and can be mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not accept credit cards.

Classes are held in our lower level studio at 33 Hawley Street. Parking is free.

For information about the classes themselves, please contact Eric Weiss at eric_s_weiss@hotmail.com, or visit https://www.facebook.com/homeslicepuppets/ or http://homeslicepuppets.weebly.com/.

Class Descriptions:

Foam & Rod Puppets: This class focuses on how to build a simple Foam & Rod puppet, creating a character, and the elements needed to do so. Students will learn about the use of foam in puppetry and how dynamic it can make your puppet. Students will then proceed to create their character and build their own puppets. Lastly we will manipulate our creations, bringing them to life and learning to move them and give them emotions.

Simple Mechanism Puppets (Grades 3 &up): A puppet mechanism is device that you put inside your puppet to create movement typically by using a cable, pulling a string, or using a wooden rod. In this class we will build a simple mouth mechanism and then construct a foam puppet around the device that they create. Students may then learn to give their puppet a character and practice how to move and manipulate their creation.

Carved Foam & Simple Mechanism Puppets (Adult Class): In this class students will learn to build a carved foam puppet with a simple mechanism. We will use a “Muffin Puppet” as our project model to teach these techniques, however students will have the option of making something different if they wish. We will also learn how to build a mechanism, to paint, dye, carve, and sculpt foam, an alternative way to use silicone to create a “skin”, and to add features like eye’s to really bring your puppet to life. Students will also learn how these techniques can be used and applied to a host of other puppets.

Seascapes with Deborah Rubin

Four classes in August, 2019: Monday 8/19, Wednesday 8/21, Monday 8/26, Wednesday 8/28, 6:30-9:00pm

Cost: $160, plus supply list below

Learn techniques and theory to create beautiful seascapes. Techniques include dry brush, wet on wet, big brush and flat brush. Theory includes color, composition and more. Some demos, some critiques, and a lot of fun! All levels welcome.

To register, email ncfa@nohoarts.org or call the Center at 413 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to “NCFA” and can be mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not accept credit cards.

Classes are held in our lower level studio at 33 Hawley Street. Parking is free.

WATERCOLOR SUPPLY LIST

PAPER
1 sheet of rough and 1 sheet of hot press watercolor paper. Note: Deborah has paper for sale.
8x10 or larger spiral watercolor pad (cheap is ok).

BOARD
To hold 15 x 22 size paper
Masonite is best though corrugated cardboard and foamcore will do.

PAINTS
Please avoid cheap sets like Reeves, Maries, Sakura etc. They will create poor paintings. Tube paints only and please bring all the tubes to class. I’m nixing Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors which are the student grade paint – they’ve changed their color formulas and many colors aren’t accurate. 
Stick to quality brands like Winsor Newton professional, Grumbacher, Da Vinci, Holbein, Schminke, Graham, Daniel Smith, Van Gogh. The catalogue stores/online like Dick Blick and Cheap Joe’s (American Journey) have their own brand which is very good and cheaper. Colors: any white, any black, ultramarine, pthalo blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red (or hue or winsor red), cadmium yellow (or hue or Winsor yellow), and yellow ochre.

BRUSHES 
Good brushes – a combo of synthetic and natural- are essential. Poor brushes lose many hairs and flatten out when used which will frustrate the painter. So stay away from cheap sets. Rounds: Sizes #4 and #12. Flats: 1”. Also, a Japanese Hake brush at least 1 1/2” wide or a good natural bristle brush 1 1/2". The hake brushes are very inexpensive...between $4 and $10. A good natural bristle brush can run $50.

PALETTE
Large rectangular palette with wells for at least 8 colors and large mixing areas.

MISCELLANEOUS
Blue painters tape (like masking tape) from hardware store
Liquid mask (sometimes called frisket) non-permanent
White vinyl eraser
#2 pencil
Rubber cement pick-up
2 Water containers (deli containers, big yogurt container)

If you have problems finding everything, please get in touch with me. I have many items to sell and since I order frequently, I can put an order of something in for you as well. Unfortunately Winsor Newton Cotman seems to be the popular paint in Michaels and A.C. Moore. I’d rather have you order something else through Dick Blick, Jerry’s Artarama, Cheap Joes, or ASW Express, than buy paint that will frustrate you!

Any questions, email Deborah: deborahrubin8@gmail.com or cell: 1-413-253-7922

Watercolor big and bold with Deborah Rubin

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Five Wednesday evenings 6:30-9pm: Oct. 16-Nov. 20 (no class Nov. 13), 2019
Fee: $195 plus supply list below.

Learn techniques and theory to create wonderful colorful paintings. Techniques include dry brush, wet on wet, big brush and flat brush. Theory includes color, composition and more. Some demos, some critiques, and a lot of fun! All levels welcome. The emphasis is on "learning by doing," so expect to jump in with paint immediately.

To register, email ncfa@nohoarts.org or call the Center at 413 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact. Course fees are payable in advance by check to “NCFA” and can be mailed to the Northampton Center for the Arts, PO Box 366, Northampton MA 01061. We do not accept credit cards.

Classes are held in our lower level studio at 33 Hawley Street. Parking is free.

WATERCOLOR SUPPLY LIST

PAPER
2 sheets of rough and 1 sheet of hot press watercolor paper. Note: Deborah has paper for sale.
8x10 or larger spiral watercolor pad (cheap is ok).

BOARD
To hold 15 x 22 size paper
Masonite is best though corrugated cardboard and foamcore will do.

PAINTS
Please avoid cheap sets like Reeves, Maries, Sakura etc. They will create poor paintings. Tube paints only and please bring all the tubes to class. I’m nixing Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors which are the student grade paint – they’ve changed their color formulas and many colors aren’t accurate. 
Stick to quality brands like Winsor Newton professional, Grumbacher, Da Vinci, Holbein, Schminke, Graham, Daniel Smith, Van Gogh. The catalogue stores/online like Dick Blick and Cheap Joe’s (American Journey) have their own brand which is very good and cheaper. Colors: any white, any black, ultramarine, pthalo blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red (or hue or winsor red), cadmium yellow (or hue or Winsor yellow), and yellow ochre.

BRUSHES 
Good brushes – a combo of synthetic and natural- are essential. Poor brushes lose many hairs and flatten out when used which will frustrate the painter. So stay away from cheap sets. Rounds: Sizes #4 and #12. Flats: 1”. Also, a Japanese Hake brush at least 1 1/2” wide or a good natural bristle brush 1 1/2". The hake brushes are very inexpensive...between $4 and $10. A good natural bristle brush can run $50.

PALETTE
Large rectangular palette with wells for at least 8 colors and large mixing areas.

MISCELLANEOUS
Blue painters tape (like masking tape) from hardware store
Liquid mask (sometimes called frisket) non-permanent
White vinyl eraser
#2 pencil
Rubber cement pick-up
2 Water containers (deli containers, big yogurt container)

If you have problems finding everything, please get in touch with me. I have many items to sell and since I order frequently, I can put an order of something in for you as well. Unfortunately Winsor Newton Cotman seems to be the popular paint in Michaels and A.C. Moore. I’d rather have you order something else through Dick Blick, Jerry’s Artarama, Cheap Joes, or ASW Express, than buy paint that will frustrate you!

Any questions, email Deborah: deborahrubin8@gmail.com or cell: 1-413-253-7922

Center for the Arts Drawing Group

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Wednesday mornings, 10:00am to 1:00pm, starting March 6

$15/session drop-in, $10/session if the month is paid in full in advance

Each Wednesday morning session begins with a nude model assuming a series of short poses that increase in length from 2 minutes to 30 minutes.  There are no requirements other than a desire to draw, so bring you paper and pencil, water colors, crayons…whatever medium you choose.  Beginners and experts and all in between are welcome.  No critique or instructions, just drawing. Tables, chairs, and easels are provided.  

Please, no fixatives sprays or other materials with noxious odors.

For more information, please contact Chris Murphy at cmurph.com@gmail.com or (413) 336-8937. Please also visit the Drawing Group’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Center-for-the-Arts-Drawing-Group-300573757479626/