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2014 Fall Classes



Open Pottery Studio
The Open Pottery Studio is supervised by
Nancy Blank and Carl Mueller

Day: Wednesdays
Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM
September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17


Day: Thursdays
(Adults only)
Time: 7:00PM - 10:00PM
September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 
November 6, 13, 20
December 4, 11, 18


Day: Sundays
(Adults only)
Time: 4:00 - 6:00PM
September 7, 14, 21, 28
October 5, 12, 19, 26 
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7, 14, 21, 28

Fee: $5 per hour, $25 per bag of clay, $ Glazing & Firing fee determined by piece size and quantity
Location: Pottery Studio

This is a non-instructional time for those familiar with ceramics to work on their own in the Pottery Studio.
Children must be accompanied by an adult who will supervise the children's clay activity on Wednesdays.

No Registration Required

Free Teen Ceramics
with Nancy Blank and Carl Mueller 

Day: Wednesdays

October 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17

Time: 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Location: Pottery Studio

Intro to Ceramics
with Washington Ledesma

Day: Thursdays

November 6, 13, 20
December 4, 11

Time: 4 to 6 pm
Fee: $139 for the 5 class series plus an additional $10 materials fee
Location: The Pottery Studio

This class is an introduction to working with clay using a variety of techniques to create functional as well as sculptural pieces. Form, design, and craftmanship are emphaszied. 
Co-sponsored by Adult & Community Education of Martha's Vineyard www.acemv.org

Saturday Ceramics for children ages 7 to 12
with Nancy Blank

Day: Saturday

November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6, 13

Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: The Pottery Studio
Fee: $30 per class

A series of pottery experiences, glazing and firing


Tom Maley Life Drawing

Day: Tuesdays

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4, 11, 18, 25
December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: The Studio
Fee: $10 per meeting

This group met for many years at the home of Tom Maley and now they meet at Featherstone for two hours each Tuesday morning. New participants are welcome. This is a figure drawing session, open to the public. There is no instruction. Participants paint or draw as they wish. 
Call Liz Taft for details at 508-696-9461 .

Please call to register

Beginning Drawing
Nancy Blank

Day: Thursday

October 30 
November 6, 13, 20
December 4, 11, 18

Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $35 per class

Nancy will accept all levels of expertise from beginners on. There is individual help with all the elements and principles of design and drawing. This is a class to work in more depth with the drawing elements of line, shape, proportion, value, texture, composition and color. We will be working on finding a creative and individual answer to artistic problems.



with Nathan Shepard

Day: Monday
November 3

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Location: The Pebble
Fee: $20

The Ladies Night First Monday Series is Back! 
We welcome you to join us for an evening where we can be free to experiment and paint with Nathan Shepard! 
Light refreshments served


with Amy Custis

Day: Monday
December 1

Time: 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Location: The Pebble
Fee: $20

Join us for an evening of Cardmaking with Amy Custis. 
Make some cards for your family and loved ones before the holidays! 
Light refreshments served


Memory Support Group

Day: Wednesdays 

Time: 9:30am & 11:00am 
Location: The Pebble 

The ongoing memory support group is a weekly group serving those recently diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and wishing to find a supportive environment to talk about it and get support and advice for their problems.

This group is co-lead by Nancy Langman, a doctoral level psychiatric nurse practitioner and Victoria Haeselbarth, an outreach worker from Edgartown Council on Aging both with expertise in Alzheimer's disease.

For more information and confirmation of group time contact Nancy Langman.

Please contact Nancy to register


Self Portrait Class 
with Leslie Baker

Day: Wednesdays

September 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Location: The Studio
Fee: $50 per class

Artists have long used the self portrait as a means of study and expression. This 8 week class will focus on the contemporary self portrait as a general study of the art of portraiture. We will begin with drawing studies that will focus on anatomy and structure as well more expressive concerns. Included will be an overview of contemporary and Old Master artists such as Alice Neel, Frida Kahlo, David Hockney,Lucian Freud, Rembrandt and others. The last weeks of the class will conclude with a self portrait in a medium of the student's choice.

Materials List:  18x25 charcoal paper, vine charcoal, charcoal pencils, graphite pencils, kneaded eraser and mirror. Other materials of student's choice (watercolors, oils, pastel or mixed media)

Gestural and Abstract Expressionism
Mixed media abstract techniques: 
One day workshop
with Roberta Gross

Friday, September 12
Time: 1:30 - 4:30
Location: The Studio
Fee: $50
for each one day workshop plus an additional $15 materials fee

Grab a large paintbrush, acrylic paints, gesso and textures creating gels, apply to different size papers and let the paint flow in an intuitive, gestural manner. Add splatters and drips to convey your inner energy and rhythms. In other paintings, add large color fields, write into them with sticks dipped in ink or liquid acrylic and continue expressing yourself. Place some structure on these paintings using texture, lines, the grid or other formats. This is an opportunity to play with the materials where there is no wrong way!! 

Because the instructor will supply the materials (brushes; papers; black and white gessoes; fluid acrylics, modeling paste, gels, and texture making tools), there will be a $15.00 supply fee.


Finger Pickin' a Melody 
Andy Herr

POSTPONED until 12/16
Tuesday, December 9
Time: 5:30 - 6:30
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $10

Beginners Ukulele 
with Andy Herr

Day: Wednesdays

October 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17

Time: 5:30-6:30PM

Featherstone Uke Jam
with Deirdre DeCarion and Clara Kisko

Days: Wednesday
September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10, 

December, 23 (Tuesday)
December, 30 (Tuesday)

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: The Pebble
Fee: Free

Come learn how to play the ukulele in a relaxed, fun atmosphere! Play along with the group and enjoy refreshments and lots of laughs! Just bring your uke, or any other instrument and have a great time!

To download Featherstone Uke Jam Playbook Volume 1 CLICK HERE
Visit FUJ online at featherstoneuke.wix.com and on Facebook 

No Registration Required


Plein Air ABC’s 
with Liz Taft
Plein Air C : Advanced Painting 
September 5-7  
Friday 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: The Pebble and on location
Fee: $200 for the three day workshop

The class will meet in The Pebble on Friday to talk about the plan for the workshop, discuss your goals for the weekend, and share images of artists we like. 

Saturday and Sunday, we’ll work on location. Instruction will be one-on-one focusing on your goals for your work. 

Bring lunch both days. 
In case of rain, we’ll meet in the morning in The Pebble and make a decision about the day. 

Encaustics: Painting with Wax
Roberta Gross

Saturday & Sunday, Sept 20 - 21
Times: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: The Studio
Fee: $150
for each two day workshop plus an additional $75 materials fee

Encaustic painting involves fusing layers of melted wax and specially treated wax-infused pigments by applying a heat source (e.g., heat gun; iron).  Because of the fluid nature and the layering involved in encaustics, the process lends itself to both collage as well as luminous, abstract paintings.   In addition, it is possible to create encaustic monotypes by working directly from the waxes on a heated surface.

During the class, we will work both with papers, hard boards, and fabrics. exploring how layering, embedding objects, scratching into, etching, masking, dripping, splattering, creating an underpainting, etc.  affects the encaustic painting. 

Because the instructor will provide all materials including encaustics; wax; brushes; painting surfaces; heat guns and electric skillets, there will be a $75.00 fee.  
(You can purchase extra boards and paper from the instructor during class).

Class supplies the student needs to provide:
Bring collage materials, including photos, prints, and thin objects.

Watercolor or Acrylic Painting
John Holladay

Day: Saturdays

October 4 & 11
November 1 & 8
December 6 & 13

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: The Studio
Fee: $50 per class

We have everyone from beginners to professionals in these classes. Come with a drawing or photograph that you would like to paint. Don't be scared, join us as we perfect our painting techniques.

Watercolor Materials:

Brushes: - small handles are for watercolor
a big flat brush
a medium
a small watercolor brush

watercolor paper:
Arches 140 lb sheets or pad (the cheaper the paper, the poorer the results)

a beginners set of watercolor paints

if you are buying the tubes separate, John suggests:
prussian blue
winsor red
cadmium yellow
and the rest is up to you

a palette to put the paint in
paper towels
a small salt shaker full of salt
a roll of masking tape

Acrylics materials:

paint brushes:
a flat brush, about half inch wide
a medium brush
a small brush
the more brushes the better....big brushes paint big areas and small brushed paint small areas...
canvas (remember the smaller the canvas the harder it is to paint) I would suggest 16 by 20 or something close to that.
a roll of masking tape
an acrylic set
matt medium paint: a big tube of white and black
or if you want to use oils – it must be water based set plus extra white or black
For paint colors, John suggests:
green - hookers green if available
thalo blue
burnt umber or burnt sienna
and any other color you like
a basic acrylic set will work!



Digital Tutorials
with David Welch

Two hour sessions are $50.
By appointment only.
Please call Featherstone 508-693-1850 to arrange convenient time.


Open Printmaking Studio 

with Nick Thayer

Day: Thursdays

September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20 (27 - Thanksgiving off)
December 4, 11, 18

Time: 9 am to 12 pm
Location: The Barn
Fee: $10 per hour

For the experienced printmaker, who wants dedicated time to create. Work on your own projects in the printmaking studio.


with Nick Thayer

Day: Thursdays

September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20 (27 - Thanksgiving off)
December 4, 11, 18

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: The Barn
Fee: $45 per class

Monotype is the truly “painterly” print medium, and is one of the only techniques, which requires no special tools to allow you to expand your imagination to unlimited possibilities. It is an exciting printmaking medium which involves painting, drawing and printmaking were ‘one-of-a-kind’ images are developed using a variety of traditional, contemporary and innovative approaches. This creative process involves simple printmaking techniques that can merge drawing, painting and printmaking into rich and exciting works of art, yet process does not require extensive drawing skills. After printing, the images can be an artwork on their own right, or can be reworked to completion using various types of media.

The variations of this printmaking method are infinite, and it is a true adventure into printmaking.

Each class will build on techniques and experimentation.


Julia Mitchell

Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $35 per class

September: 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28
November 4
December 2, 9, 16

Tapestry is the most expressive and individual of all forms of weaving. This class is for novices as well as continuing students. Beginning weavers will learn the basics of tapestry including techniques, choice of appropriate materials, design considerations, the history of the medium and current trends. Continuing students receive instruction according to their respective levels, including designing for tapestry, advanced techniques, finishing, and installation of a finished piece. Students are encouraged to work on their projects at home during the week. Portable tapestry looms and yarn are provided.

Students should bring a notebook, sketch pad, drawing and writing implements, eraser, scissors, dinner fork and ruler. 


No Fear Beginner's iPad Class
Karen Huff

Day: Wednesday

September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
        November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17

Time: 4:00 - 5:00pm
Fee: $15 per class
Location: The Gallery

Did you receive an iPad as a gift, or got one because everyone says it's the best way to keep in touch? Then your 10 year old grandchild who set it up for you leaves after the summer and you're left wondering how to use the internet and get your mail? This class is for absolute beginners. Bring your iPad and explore in an easy, unstructured, safe place.

All Things Mac
Karen Huff


September 3, 10, 17, 24
October 1, 15, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19
December 3, 10, 17

Time: 5:00 - 6:00pm
Fee: $15 per class
Location: The Gallery

Do you have a small or large question about your Apple device... be it iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac laptop? Bring in your stuff and ask questions about syncing devices with the iCloud, or ask any Mac related question. The best thing about Apple devices is that they all talk to each other if you know how... limited to four people for each week, so call ahead and register.