Summer Art Classes at the Center

All classes are held in our downstairs (air-conditioned) studio space at 33 Hawley Street. Parking is free. To register, email us 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.

Drawing and Painting Like Crazy: The Elements of Landscape with Robert Masla

All day workshop on Saturday, August 11, 10am-4:30 pm

Fee: $150

Jump into a day of creative play and intensive learning, drawing and painting like crazy as you join artist Robert Masla in the exploration of elements of the landscape. We will cover many aspects of drawing and painting and how they relate to the landscape. Approaching the holistic aspect of art making, we will also delve into studying some of the various elements that contribute to a powerful work: From looking at composition and design, using gestures and thumbnail sketches, to the application of materials, as well as methods, techniques and approaches for understanding the unique qualities and capturing the mood and feeling of the various elements--sky, water, rocks, trees. Masla will demo in watercolor and water mixable oil.

This workshop is open to all levels and all media. Bring a sketchbook and painting materials. Detailed supply lists available from the artist upon registration.


Waterscapes in watercolor with Deborah Rubin

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A two-week intensive on Monday and Wednesday evenings 6:30-9pm: July 30, August 1, August 6, August 8
Fee: $160 plus supply list below.

Learn about painting waves, splashes, and reflections in a four-session class held twice weekly for two weeks during mid-summer . You'll be working with all kinds of whites, blues, and grays to create at least two paintings.

Instructor: Deborah Rubin

1 full sheet (22 x 30) rough watercolor paper, 140 lb.
8x10 or larger spiral watercolor pad (cheap is ok)

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

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.

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.

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

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: or cell: 1-413-253-7922