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2015 Summer Classes


Introduction to the Vessel - Ceramic Bowls
with Scott Campbell
Day: Monday

July 6, 13, 20, 27

Time: 9:00 - 11:00AM
Location: The Pottery Studio
Fee:  $30 per class. A bag of clay is an additional cost of $25

All levels  

Class will concentrate on "the bowl" or " the platter " and the design considerations for the making and finishing of pottery. Basic studio throwing instruction and clay forming with attention to sculptural design. Participants will create a pottery bowl, or a platter, from your own design using the earths elements and fluxes to glaze. This is a busy studio site and students will learn how to cooperate with other studio artists daily.  Studio clays and slips will be used to aid the process.

Participants will learn to throw on potters wheel or form bowls from stoneware clay. You will understand some of the processes of clay drying and firing, as well as decoration techniques. Clay and slip painted colors and multiple glazes available.

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

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM

June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26


Day: Thursdays
(Adults only)

Time: 7:00PM - 10:00PM

June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27


Day: Sundays
(Adults only)

June 7, 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
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.


Beginning Drawing
Nancy Blank

Day: Monday

July: 6, 13, 20, 27
August: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
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. Call Anne Gallagher for details at 508-693-9566.



with Sheila Fane
Day: Tuesdays 

July 7, 14, 21, 28
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.


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!


Painting Class
John Holladay

Day: Mondays

June 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10

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

Watercolor demonstration on Mondays

Painting Class
John Holladay

Days: Wednesday

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12

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)

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!

Color Theory 
with Leslie Baker

Day: Thursdays

July: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August: 6, 13

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $50 per class

Learn color theory through play and practice. We will focus on a sequential series of color mixing exercises while exploring value, warm and cool hues, balance, the interaction of color, modern and classical palettes and other color theory issues. Each class will focus on a single aspect of color mixing and the creation of a piece utilizing experiences explored in that class. Artist grade, water-based paints in tubes (watercolor,gouache or acrylics) suggested for best results. Suggested colors and materials are listed below.

**Photo by Alison Shaw

Materials List:

We will use waterbase (artist colors rather than student grade) paints, preferably in tubes. Acrylic, gouache or watercolors can be used. Otherwise, use waterbase and purchase the colors listed below. If you already have these classical colors, you might want to try some colors that are new to you. Note: for ease, Golden Paint (Dick Blick) carries two acrylic sets (Classic Colors and a Modern Set) If you get one get the classic set or get both.

In addition to the colors listed below, you will need a flat brush ( three quarter to 1”) and a good round brush (around a 6 or 8), a ruler, a pencil and eraser, a large mixing palette with wells, a few empty small yogurt type containers, paper towels and some heavy paper suitable for waterbase paints. You can buy a 10 sheet pack of 22x30” cold press paper, pads or a few blocks. Suggested size for pads 9x12 or 11x15 approximate.

Suggested palette:

Cadmium yellow light or medium
Cadmium lemon or Hansa yellow light
Yellow ochre
Cad orange or indian yellow
cerulean blue
cobalt blue
ultramarine blue
phthalo Blue, windsor blue or prussian blue
Cadmium red medium or light
Alizarin crimson
Dioxazine Purple or Windsor purple
Titanium white
Earth tones : Burnt sienna, raw sienna, raw umber, burnt umber, yellow ochre

Other colors: Quinacridones, brilliant warm tones ( start with magenta if you want to buy one), Any colors you would like to know more about. There is a wide range of greens, for example. You might want to try some of them if you do landscapes. Also every company makes their own version of a color. If you are curious and have a favorite color (or one you use a lot), buy the same color from a few brands.

Approaching Painting (for oils or acrylics)
with Eva Cincotta

Day: Fridays

June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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

June 6, 13, 20, 27
July 11, 18, 25
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.

Plein Air A: Composition
with Liz Taft

Friday, May 29 
Time: 3:00 - 5:00OM 
Location: The Studio

Saturday and Sunday May 30-31 
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 will be on location, doing many simple drawings of what we see. Sunday will build on Saturday’s work and move on to making monochromatic studies in oil.  Sunday afternoon we’ll return to The Pebble to share our studies. 

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

Composition Formats and Elements to Create Strong, Personal Abstract Paintings
with Roberta Gross

June 11, 12 
Thursday and Friday

Time: 1:30-4:30PM 
Location: The Studio

Using basic composition designs and the elements of painting will provide you the structure to communicate your ideas while creating strong, personal abstract paintings.  We will explore various composition formats such as the grid, cruciform, high and low horizons, L shape, S shape and strata.  Using your color preferences with an emphasis on a simplified palette (to encourage color mixing skills), combined with the exploration of the basic elements and principles of painting (form, texture, rhythm, harmony, etc), this course will provide simple but sure fire techniques to get you started on your composition.  We will concentrate on exploring ways to develop the painting, particularly at that stage when you feel lost in the process.

Fee for class supplies provided:
Because the instructor will provide materials (watercolor paper,; black and white gessoes; fluid acrylics; gels; texture making mediums and tools), there will be a $ 20.00 supply fee.

Abstract Landscape
With Roberta Gross

June 22, 23 and 24
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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

We will create  abstract paintings based  on how the Vineyard landscapes suggest abstract shapes at every turn, whether large rock formations, the patterns created by the sea and wind in the sand; the silhouette of sail boats’ masts against the sky and hills; the empty spaces between tree branches; or seaweed left along the shore.  Abstract landscapes can be created by acrylic pours; bold line patterns in heavily textured grounds; collages; different papers pressed into pools of color; or tissue paper collaged over a tangle of lines drawn into a monochromatic ground.

Plein Air B Color
with Liz Taft

Friday, June 26 
Time: 3:00 - 5:00PM 
Location: The Pebble

Saturday and Sunday June 27-28 
from 10:00AM - 4:OOPM  

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 at Polly Hill and learn to break down what we see into large blocks of color. Sunday afternoon we’ll return to The Pebble to share our 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. 

Creating Strong, Personal Abstract Paintings in Larger Formats
With  Roberta Gross

July 15, 16, 17
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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

Modern and contemporary artists often paint in larger formats by combining multiple panels or using oversized papers, wood panels or canvas.  In this workshop we will work both in multiple panels and larger papers (30x36).  We will explore techniques that facilitate creating larger works (using larger brushes, under paintings, graphite line work, mixing flow release with acrylic paints, working with large gestures, using tinted gessoes, using a limited palette, using a bold palette, working with strong composition elements, using collage as source of inspiration and as an element of the painting).

During the class, you will receive a handout containing the curriculum and extensive examples from modern and contemporary artists- Sam Gilliam, Paul Jenkins, Joan Mitchell, Richard Diebenkorn, Maxine Masterfield, Friedel Dzubas, etc. The variety of approaches exhibited by these painters illustrates how varied and with originality we can approach painting in a large format.

Painting abstractly using oil bars
With  Roberta Gross

July 22, 23, 24
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

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

Oil bars provide the luster and glow of oil paint but avoid the messy process and chemicals associated with oil painting. We will be using acrylic and tinted gesso for under paintings as well as other acrylic painting techniques such as drips, splatters, textures to enhance the expressive drawing and painting potential of oil bars. We will also explore how blending sticks and white oil paint provide an ability to mix colors and create both hard and soft edges as well as a variety of thickness for line work.  For those who wish to blend the colors in a more painterly manner, a touch of Gamsol (an odorless paint thinner) on a brush or cloth provides this additional capacity.  

Oil bars can be used alone or to change or enhance acrylic paintings or prints.  The instructor will provide working acrylic and printing samples for class use.

During the class, you will receive a handout containing the curriculum and extensive examples of artists who used abstract shapes and compositions.  We will examine how these artists used the grid, repetition, and dominance in combination with free form, organic and/or geometric shapes to create powerful abstract paintings

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: 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. 

Making Waves I & II: Seascapes 
with Jeanne Rosier Smith

Saturday and Sunday

Dates: July 18 & 19
Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $85 per class (per day)

Capture the power and motion of the sea by learning to see it differently.  In two day-long workshops, learn how to create the illusion of crashing waves or ebbing tides in pastel.  Go beyond the flat blues of photographs and enliven your seascapes with the colors in your memory.  We'll start with simple, abstracted underpaintings to build a strong foundation.  Learn to crop photos for effective compositions, look at water’s reflective qualities and explore how light, motion and what lies beneath all affect what we see, and what we paint.  

Day 1:  Waves at Sea.   Water movement, the anatomy of the wave  
Day 2:  Coming Ashore.  Waves crashing on shore, wet and dry sand, layers of foam.

**Please contact Featherstone for your materials list**

Jeanne Rosier Smith studied art at Georgetown University, and after teaching college English for ten years, she began painting full time in 2004, and teaches workshops around the country and abroad.  She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, an IAPS Masters’ Circle member, an artist member of the Copley Society and the Salmagundi Club, and has won top awards at national and international competitions, including an IAPS Prix de Pastel and a Grand Prize in International Artist’s seascape competition.  Her work has appeared in Pastel Journal, International Artist, and American Art Collector.  View her work at www.jeannesmithart.com

Watercolor Workshop on Yupo Paper
with Carole Berren,  AWS

Day: Monday

August 24 

Time: 9:00 - 2:30 pm
Location: The Studio
Fee: $85

Introduction to materials
 Explanation of the qualities of the Yupo surface
 Explanation of the different movement of paint on this unusual surface

Demonstration of different methods of putting paint on.                                       
 Variegated wash on dry paper/ on wet paper
 Laying color into color
 Creating shapes of variegation by controlled wiping away.
 Color next to color (a new type of variegation)

Transparent smooth washes
 Opaque smooth washes  /  bringing back transparency in parts    
 Using a roller/ tissue
 Controlling values

Taking paint off
 Very wet

Getting in the darks/ glazing
Texturing, blotting, burnishing, etc.

Working up the surface
Retrieving the whites

All of the above will be done in the name of free and fun exploration with NO intentions of creating a painting, but with intentions to repeat color, texture, etc.

Materials List:  
1 sheets of Yupo paper  (I will bring some with me for sale if people have difficulty obtaining it.
board and bull dog clips to hold paper
regular watercolors and brushes, rag or paper towel
water soluble pencil
spray bottle
small foam roller (from Home Depot or Lowes, etc)
any material that can create texture (bubble wrap, under rug rubber grid, stamps, etc)
willingness to experiment

Carole Berren, AWS
Artist / Instructor
Carole Berren, a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, is an award winning painter and a popular teacher of drawing and watercolor. In the journey that is art, Carole embraces the curious wonderment of continued learning, discovery and experimentation. 

Carole has studied art at RISD, the Corcoran School of Art in DC and the Danforth Museum in MA.  She has also studied art in Greece and in Portugal. In addition, she has studied painting with Betty Lou Schlemm, Barbara Nechis, Skip Lawrence, Charles Reid, Tom Sgourus, George James, John Salminen,  Alvaro Castagnet  and others. 
As an instructor, Carole has taught workshops in RI, MA, CT, OR, AZ, France and Italy.



Open Darkroom 
with Michael Johnson

Day: Mondays

July 6, 13, 20, 27
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


Open Printmaking Studio 

Day: Mondays

June 22 & 29
July 6, 13, 20 & 27
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 Fear Beginner's iPad Class
Karen Huff

Day: Wednesday

June: 3, 10, 17, 24
July: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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

June: 3, 10, 17, 24
July: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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.