Art Critique Workshop

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April 14, 2:00-4:00pm

Whether you are a professional or a serious hobbyist, constructive feedback can be essential to the creative process. If this statement rings true, then consider joining us for this one-day trial workshop. During our session we will share samples of our art work with each other. The group will be structured so as to provide each other with feedback about how we as viewers are experiencing and understanding each other’s pieces. And then if desired, we will offer ideas for progress and development of the pieces presented and/or future work. Please bring 2 to 6 pieces of original artwork. If this is not manageable then bring a tablet or computer with some digital images for us to view.

$15 fee for the first meeting which requires registration. Enrollment is limited to 8 participants. To register and for questions please contact: abbiesteiner3@gmail.com

Abbie Steiner, a graduate of the school of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, has many years experience as a visual artist and as a studio art and modern art history teacher. Facilitating a critique group to help support and encourage fellow artists has been a long time interest for her. She believes that the fresh, new Northampton Center for the Arts offers the perfect venue to create a lively group.

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/

Watercolor big and bold with Deborah Rubin

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five Wednesday evenings 6:30-9pm: March 13-April 10, 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

Let's Draw!

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Let’s Draw! with Jeannie Donovan

6 weeks Tuesdays, April 2 – May 7, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Cost: $150.00 due upon registration

Have you always wanted to draw but think you don’t have the talent? Turn off your electronic devices and start drawing! In this fun and invigorating class we will explore the elements of drawing and design as you build your creative and perceptual skills using a variety of drawing media. The class is open to adults and high school students who want to build a portfolio for art school application, or simply like to draw.

Materials list is below.

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 questions about the class itself, contact Jeannie Donovan at jdartist11@hotmail.com or 617-359-9131

Jeannie Donovan is an exhibiting painter and paper maker who has taught painting and drawing to students of all ages for over 25 years.

Materials List

• Sketch book (10 x 14”) white drawing paper pad

• 18 x 24” white drawing paper pad

• drawing pencils: 2H, F, 2B, 4B, Ebony

• 2 packages vine charcoal (1 thick and 1 thin sticks)

• 1 3-pack jumbo charcoal (6B)

• 2 white pastel or chalk sticks

• 1 brown pastel stick

• 2 sheets gray charcoal/pastel drawing paper

• 1 bottle (1oz) black drawing ink

• 1 drawing ink pen (holder and point)

• 1 student camel hair watercolor paint brush (#10 round)

• 2 kneaded rubber erasers

• pencil sharpener

Create Your Own Visual World

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NEW DATES!!! EIGHT TUESDAY AFTERNOONS April 9 to MAY 29, 2019: 1 to 3:30PM

FEE: $320.00 plus Supplies (see below)

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.

ABOUT THE CLASS

An important part of being an artist is to understand the immensity of art culture. Expressionism may be the single most important art movement of modern history, producing the best and worst in painting, and defining subsequent movements by their furtherance or rejection of its principles. To think creatively is to comprehend what drives the art world. To recognize greatness in others is to understand it in yourself and give it personal expression. Processes may involve the manipulation of space, the deconstruction of form. Take the opportunity to re-invent your visual world.

This class will explore different form and space making systems as they relate to abstraction. We will focus on abstraction and different artists, art movements, elements of visual language, and concepts past and present; all to engage and open students’ visual ideas and art making practice. Students will be encouraged to pursue their own ideas and imagery as they work with the course material. Painterly drawing will be explored using different visual resources for inspiration.

Simply put, this class is about exploring possibilities - the use of various combinations of materials on any paper related products, from fine drawing rag to left-over cardboard, various materials, constructions, stencils, large format drawing wall-works and found objects towards the individual pursuit for a personal visual voice is encouraged through art making processes and in-depth discussions.

ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR

Zhee Singer received his MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 1973 after studying at the Art Students League in NYC. Since then he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the country, to include the Oakland Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Tours and Travel Program. Zhee’s work is represented in many private and public collections, including I. Magnin, Haines Collection and the Rene di Rosa Foundation. www.StudioWorksModern.com

For questions about the class or supply list, please contact the instructor directly at 413-727-8352 or info@zheesingerstudio.com.

ART SUPPLIES – MIXED MEDIA:

We are going to work big in this class! Materials have been selected to support student’s exploration of mixing materials towards fuller creative expression. While there are many good sources for art supplies, and you can use any source you like, to simplify I recommend https://www.dickblick.com/ for easy ordering and good prices.

PAPER:

‘Fabriano Studio Watercolor Paper’ 29.5” x 42”, 140lb=300gsm. Order

#10063-1050

BRUSHES:

‘Craft Brushes, Assorted Set of 25’. Order #06280-1309

PAINT:

‘Amsterdam Expert Series Acrylics, set of 12’. Order #01620-0129

‘Liquitex Acrylic Glazing Medium’ 8 oz. Order #00618-2015

COLORED PENCILS:

‘Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils’ – set of 12. Order #20508-1209

PLASTIC PALETTE:

‘Rectangular Plastic Palette’. Order #03426-1875

ERASER:

‘Prismacolor Kneaded Rubber Eraser’. Order #21502-2720

MASKING TAPE:

‘Artist Masking Tape’ 3/4” wide. Order #24124-1034

PENCIL SHARPENER:

Or single-edge razor.

Multimedia Art Class for Kids!

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Ages 6-12

6 weeks, Mondays May 6 — June 10
Time  4:00-5:30
Price  $150.00

In this class, students will play with a variety of materials and mediums. Creative expression and exploration will be encouraged. Possibilities abound!

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.

Instructor Susan Gelotte has taught youth art classes in the Valley privately and at summer camps and after school programs. She enjoys life drawing, printmaking, oils and watercolor. She currently works at the Smith Museum Shop and provide art experiences for seniors at various facilities in the Valley.

For questions about the class, please e-mail Susan directly: srgelotte@gmail.com