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2015 Summer Classes

CERAMICS

Introduction to Ceramics
with Washington Ledesma

Day: Thursdays

August: 6, 13

Time: 3:00 - 6:00PM
Location: The Pottery Studio



Friday Ceramics for children ages 7-12
with Nancy Blank

Day: Friday

August: 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 2:00 - 4:00PM
Fee: $30 per class




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

Day: Wednesdays
(Children welcome with experienced adult supervision)

Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM

August 5, 12, 19, 26

AND

Day: Thursdays
(Adults only)

Time: 7:00PM - 10:00PM


August 6, 13, 20, 27


AND

Day: Sundays
(Adults only)

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 4:00 - 6:00PM

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 necessary 


Raku Workshop 
with Lois Hirshberg


October 23, 24, 25
Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Raku firing, an ancient art of firing pottery developed by the Japanese,  is an exciting firing technique pots are placed into a hot kiln and, at precisely the moment the glaze melts (at about 1800 degrees), are removed with large tongs and placed into pits (trash cans) filled with newspaper, sawdust, wood chips or other organic materials. It is during this final smoking stage that the subtle colors and shadings of the clay and the crackling of the glaze emerge.  Raku firing is beautifully unpredictable.  Each piece is a unique creation, never to be duplicated. 

In this workshop, participants will learn how to achieve dramatic results from different firing techniques and surface preparation.  Raku, horse hair, tin foil saggar, and naked raku will be just some of the techniques that will be  experimented with. Participants will be inspired to develop their own personal style of firing. Discussions and experimentation will include color development, ware preparation, various use of fuels, kiln design, and preparation of combustible materials.   

Schedule:

Friday night will be an introduction to Raku firing – it’s process, history and how it has evolved in the Western world.  Also, glazing will be discussed and participants will begin glazing their bisqued pieces. Pot Luck Dinner?

Saturday and Sunday will be firing the kiln(s) – saggar and Raku.

Due to the two-day firing format, participants must supply their own bisque pieces. There is a limit in the number of firings possible during the two days so students may be advised to be selective in their choice of works to be glazed. All participants will have the opportunity to help with the firing. 

If possible, for the saggar firing, participants are asked to bring burnished pieces.  If available, terra sigillata may be used.  







DRAWING

Beginning Drawing
Nancy Blank

Day: Monday

August: 17, 24

Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM
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.



Tom Maley Life Drawing

Day: Tuesdays

August 4, 11, 18, 25

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. 

No registration necessary 




MEMORY

Memory Support Group
with Nancy Langman and Victoria Haeselbarth

Day: Wednesdays 

Time: 
9:30 - 11:00am 
            or
11:00am - 12:30pm

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.


MIXED MEDIA

Collage 
with Sheila Fane
 
Day: Tuesdays 

August 4, 11, 18, 25

Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $35 per class

Come pick, cut, tear and paste papers to create your own collage art.  Collage come from the French word "to paste," and that is what we will do as we create works using all kinds of papers, flat found objects, and other materials. It's a spontaneous way of making images and designs. You will work with color, texture, using art materials, your artwork and/or ready-made images - photos, magazine illustrations, ads, your memorabilia (tickets, maps, labels, program covers, etc.)  Workshop is for novice and experienced artists.

Please bring a pair of scissors and any papers or flat items you want to include in the projects. Bring any ideas, sketches, and reference images.  And even bring unfinished works on paper to make part of a collage.






Using Soft Pastels to Create Abstract Paintings
With Roberta Gross

August 12, 13, 14
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Time: 1:30 - 4:30PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $150 for the three day workshop plus an additional $25 materials fee

We will be “painting” with charcoal, charkole (a very bold, dark “oily” charcoal), soft pastels (including Sennelier), a variety of erasers (the triangle eraser is a mighty tool), the chamois, brushes and stumps.  We will use various sources to begin line- making (e.g., a still life, landscape, the figure).  Using the chamois, erasers, and charkole on these lines will allow us to continue shaping the abstract composition. During these sessions, we will also experiment with applying pastels to acrylic paint and papers coated with Golden ground formulated specially for pastels. 

We will also explore working with previously prepared papers printed using simple but colorful gelli prints, which will provide depth and visual interest to the pastel compositions. We will work in various formats, including some smaller, practice papers as well as multiples (diptychs, triptychs).

* give us a call to register 508 693 1850
 

















Encaustics: Painting with Wax
with Roberta Gross

August: 20, 21
September: 19, 20 

Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Aquinnah Studio (please contact instructor or directions)
Fee: $175.00  for the two day workshop plus an additional $50 materials fee

Lunch is included:  Please tell instructor about any dietary issues. 

NOTE: LIMITED ENROLLMENT:  Because of limited room and equipment needs, enrollment is limited to 4 students for each session.

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. 

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

For more information about the courses, e-mail the instructor at robertagross@comcast.net 

*Call Featherstone to register 


MOVEMENT 





Moving Free Movement
A Creative Supplement to Your Yoga & Fitness Routine
With Wendy Taucher


Days: Monday, Wednesdays & Fridays

August: 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
September: 2, 4


Time: 8:00 - 9:00AM
Location: The Outdoor Stage
Fee: $15 per class

Moving Free Movement is an hour long creative movement class designed to supplement your yoga and fitness routine taught by NYC choreographer Wendy Taucher.  The sessions are made up of guided improv, with movement traveling through space, utilizing the inner self to generate motion.  Think early morning dance party, with music ranging from Mozart to Bruno Mars, zydeco to hip-hop, opera to jazz.  For reflective adults who love dance, music and a rocking start to the day.


REGISTRATION
Take as many classes as you like, drop ins welcome, multiple class cards available. To register for discounts, info and other locations on other days of the week which meet in other towns on the island, at www.WendyTaucherDanceOperaTheater.com or call 646 872 7249.




MUSIC


Featherstone Uke Jam
with Deirdre DeCarion and Clara Kisko

Days: Wednesday



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!


Also check out www.mvukefest.com for information about the Martha's Vineyard Ukulele Festival coming up this Fall!


No registration necessary






PAINTING

Painting Class
John Holladay

Day: Mondays

August 3, 10, 17

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

Watercolor demonstration on Mondays





Painting Class
John Holladay

Days: Wednesday

August 5, 12, 19

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

Acrylic demonstration on Wednesdays


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)

paint:
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...
 
rags
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
 
paint:
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:
red
yellow
green - hookers green if available
purple
thalo blue
burnt umber or burnt sienna
and any other color you like
 
a basic acrylic set will work!





Approaching Painting (for oils or acrylics)
with Eva Cincotta

Day: Fridays

August 7, 14, 21, 28

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

For the oil and acrylic artist who wishes to acquire more fundamental painting skills combined with design concepts.  Through demos, lectures and critiques, we will work toward resolving still life, landscape or previous paintings.  Bring photos of the subject you would like to paint.  


Eva's materials list includes:

Paints, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Medium, Ultramarine Blue, Thalo Blue, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Yellow Pale, large tube While, 4 to 6 brushes-(from 1/2" to 2") , palette, (painting medium for oils and turp or brush cleaner), paper towels, painting boards or canvas.






Cover the Essentials of Watercolor Painting
with Eva Cincotta

Day: Saturdays

August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Location: The Studio
Cost: $50 per class

Mastering the technique of watercolor is unpredictable and challenging. Students will be guided through the creative process to find their self expression.  Bring photos of the subject you would like to paint. Through demos, lectures and critiques, we will work toward resolving still life, landscape or previous paintings.  

Eva's materials list includes:

Quality watercolors are permanent and surpass student grade or sets used in grade school. Whether you choose tube or pan sets, have a minimum of 9-12 color selection. Brushes-(need 3 or 4) 2" flat, #12 round, #8 round.  Better to buy a couple of good brushes than a full set of cheap brushes.  Paper should be 140 lb. sheets or pads, and Board- Paper should be attached to a light weight board with masking tape or clips.





Using Soft Pastels to Create Abstract Paintings
With Roberta Gross

August 12, 13, 14
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Time: 1:30 - 4:30PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $150 for the three day workshop plus an additional $25 materials fee

We will be “painting” with charcoal, charkole (a very bold, dark “oily” charcoal), soft pastels (including Sennelier), a variety of erasers (the triangle eraser is a mighty tool), the chamois, brushes and stumps.  We will use various sources to begin line- making (e.g., a still life, landscape, the figure).  Using the chamois, erasers, and charkole on these lines will allow us to continue shaping the abstract composition. During these sessions, we will also experiment with applying pastels to acrylic paint and papers coated with Golden ground formulated specially for pastels. 

We will also explore working with previously prepared papers printed using simple but colorful gelli prints, which will provide depth and visual interest to the pastel compositions. We will work in various formats, including some smaller, practice papers as well as multiples (diptychs, triptychs).

 

















Encaustics: Painting with Wax
with Roberta Gross

August: 20, 21
September: 19, 20 

Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Location: Aquinnah Studio (please contact instructor or directions)
Fee: $175.00  for the two day workshop plus an additional $50 materials fee

Lunch is included:  Please tell instructor about any dietary issues. 

NOTE: LIMITED ENROLLMENT:  Because of limited room and equipment needs, enrollment is limited to 4 students for each session.

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. 

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

For more information about the courses, e-mail the instructor at robertagross@comcast.net 




Plein Air C Advanced 
with Liz Taft

Friday, August 28
Time: 3:00 - 5:00PM 
Location: The Studio

Saturday and Sunday August 29-30  
Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM 

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. 




PHOTOGRAPHY


Open Darkroom 
with Michael Johnson

Day: Mondays

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: The Barn
Fee: $10 per hour without assistance 
or $25 per hour with instruction

No registration necessary 



PRINTMAKING

Exploring Printmaking 
with Allison Doherty

Day: Wednesdays

August: 5, 12, 19

Time: 1:00 - 4:00pm 
Location: The Barn Studio
Fee: $45 

This class will explore many different forms of printmaking including:

  • Dry-point etching on plexi
  • Lino-cuts
  • Collographs
  • Monoprints
  • Use of Stencils
  • Chine Colle`





Open Printmaking Studio 

Day: Mondays

August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm
Location: The Barn Studio
Fee: $10 per hour

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


No registration necessary 



TECHNOLOGY



No Fear Beginner's iPad Class
Karen Huff

Day: Wednesday

August: 5, 12, 19, 26

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

Day: Wednesday

August: 5, 12, 19, 26

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.