Stencils for Teens with Peter O. Zierlein

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Five Sessions on Wednesday afternoons: March 7-April 4, 2018, 3:45-5:45 pm

Learn how to cut and print STENCILS so you can create bold, graphic posters, and print a stencil selfie. Learn how to create stencil print patterns and customize an object of your choice! T-shirts, cotton totes, sneakers & walk away with some cool stuff! Fee is $215 including all materials. 

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.

Introduction to Calligraphy with Valerie Bassett

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Six Sessions on Wednesday mornings
March 7-April 11, 2018, 10:00-11:30 am

Calligraphy is a beautiful and somewhat forgotten art form in this computer age. Hand lettering has become less popular and many of us have lost the basic handwriting skills we learned in grammar school. We all know how special it is to receive a hand lettered envelope or invitation. This wonderful art form can be learned quickly with the proper skills and practice and enable you to create beautiful envelopes, verses and poems.

In this 6 week course, students will learn the fundamentals of Italic Calligraphy. Worksheets will be used to learn the technical aspects of each letter form. Students will be given homework each lesson and individual help will be provided as needed. Fee is $180 plus supply list below.

You can see examples of Valerie's work on her website at valerie-bassett.pixels.com

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.

CALLIGRAPHY SUPPLY LIST (Approximately $25)
Speedball nibs C1 thru C5
Pen Holder
Black in or watercolor
Tracing paper 8x10 or 9x12
Pencil and kneaded eraser
Binder with clear filler sheets
Ruler
Paper Towels

For later:
Cartridge pen
Cansen paper or Parchment
Envelopes
Verses, Poems, etc.

Instructor: Valerie Bassett (413) 563-3538

Watercolor Big & Bold with Deborah Rubin

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Six Sessions on Wednesday evenings
March 7-April 11, 2018, 6:30-9 pm
See below for fees and registration

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. Fee is $234 plus supply list below.

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.

WATERCOLOR SUPPLY LIST
Instructor: Deborah Rubin

PAPER
1 full sheet (22 x 30) hot press watercolor paper
2 full sheets (22 x 30) rough watercolor paper
Brands: Arches, Fabriano, Canson, Waterford, Whatman
A small (at least 8 x 10) spiral watercolor pad

BOARD
To hold 15 x 22 size paper so should be a few inches larger in both directions. 
Masonite is best though corrugated cardboard and foamcore will do in a pinch

PAINTS
Please avoid cheap sets like Reeves, Maries, Sakura etc. They will create poor paintings. Tube paints only and please bring the tubes to class. I’m nixing Winsor Newton Cotman tube colors – they’ve changed their color formulas and many colors aren’t accurate. 
Stick to quality brands like Winsor Newton professional, Grumbacher Academy, Da Vinci, Holbein, Schminke, and 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 blue or cobalt blue, pthalo blue, alizarin crimson, cadmium red (or hue), cadmium yellow (or hue), lemon yellow (or hue). Additional colors if you want to add more are cadmium orange, dioxazine purple, yellow ochre, and permanent rose.

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. Sizes: Rounds # 4, 8, 12. Flats: ¼” and 1”. Also, a Japanese Hake brush at least 1 ½” wide as well as a small stiff bristle brush (used for oil painting) and a cheap disposable brush around #6

PALETTE
Large rectangular palette around 10 x 14, like a John Pike palette, with wells for paint all around and large mixing area in the middle. Again, the online art companies sell their version of this palette for half the price of the other brands.

MISCELLANEOUS
Small color wheel
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
Black fine permanent marker (micron is good) 
2 Water containers (deli containers, big yogurt container) 
small spray bottle (CVS and Walgreens have them, about 3” tall) 
Small portfolio to carry artwork home – not mandatory.

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