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2014 Summer Classes

CERAMICS

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

Day: Wednesdays

June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM

AND

Day: Thursdays
(Adults only)

June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21, 28
September 4, 11, 18, 25

Time: 7:00PM - 10:00PM

AND

Day: Sundays
(Adults only)

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September 7, 14, 21, 28

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.


SLAB HAPPY 
with Kim Cutler

Day: Saturday 

June 28

Time: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Pottery Studio
Fee: $85 for the workshop with additional $15 clay and materials fee

A one day hands-on ceramics workshop with three projects. 
This workshop will address surface decoration with stamps, texture mats and stencils.
(Beginners may only be able to complete two pieces)
 
Project One: Slab Plate
Using oaktag, plywood and clay, students will create a plate from a slab where the inside shape will be different from the shape of the rim. For example: a square plate with a round impression or an oval plate with a rectangular impression.
 
Project Two: Bottle
Using cardboard tube, newspaper, stamps and/or slip, brushes and clay, students will fabricate an oval bottle with lug handles and a stenciled slip decoration.
 
Project Three: Tipsy Cube Vase or Covered Box
Using a square template, ruler, clay and decorating tools, students will create a cube that stands on one corner with an opening for flowers or a cube-shaped box which has a lid.

Visit kimcutlerceramics.com for more information and great images of Kim's work.






DRAWING



Tom Maley Life Drawing

Day: Tuesdays

June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 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 Anne Gallagher for details at 508-693-9566.



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FELTING



Feltmaking Mini-lessons: Exploring Flat Wet Felting
with Christa Fischer 


Day: Wednesday

July 2 

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: $50
Fee: The Pebble Studio

This class will give you the basic skills to use as a springboard to explore further. Come and have fun with us!! For teens and adults. Students will learn about and execute several different methods of flat wet felting including basic flat felt, openwork felting, bonding felt to silk and felting with a resist.

Materials the student should provide -
lg. sponge, 2 old towels, 1 bar kiss my face soap,large scissors 

Additional materials the student needs to purchase-
Felting wool available for purchase at class for $10 additional fee

 



Feltmaking Mini-lessons: Exploring 3D Wet Felting
with Christa Fischer 

Day: Wednesday

July 9 

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: $50
Fee: The Pebble Studio

This class will give you the basic skills to use as a springboard to explore further. Come and have fun with us!! For teens and adults. Students will learn about and execute several different methods of 3-D wet felting including felt cords, spheres and felting around a 3-D resist.

Materials the student should provide -
lg. sponge, 2 old towels, 1 bar kiss my face soap,large scissors 

Additional materials the student needs to purchase-
Felting wool available for purchase at class for $10 additional fee




MIXED MEDIA


COLLAGE AND MORE 
with Sheila Fane

Day: Wednesdays

July 9, 16, 23, 30 
August 6, 13

Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
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.

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


Saturday, June 14
Saturday, August 16
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. 





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!





PAINTING



Approaching Painting (for oils or acrylics)
Eva Cincotta

Day: Fridays

June 13, 20, 27
July 11, 18, 25
August 1, 8, 22, 29

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
Eva Cincotta

Day: Saturdays

June 14, 21, 28
July 5, 12, 19, 26
August 2, 9, 16, 23

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.  

Supplies--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.

Encaustics: Painting with Wax
Roberta Gross

Wednesday & Thursday, June 18-19
Friday & Saturday, Sept 19-20

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.






Plein  Air ABC’s 
with Liz Taft
Plein  Air B: Color  
     
Days: July 18-20    

Friday  4:00 - 6:00 pm, 
Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: The Pebble
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 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

Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

August 18, 19, 20

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

Modern and contemporary artists often paint in larger formats by combining multiple panels or using oversized papers or canvas. In this workshop we will work both in multiple panels and larger papers (30x40). 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.

The instructor will supply the materials (acrylic brushes (big and small) and black, white, red, yellow and blue acrylic paints; watercolor and other papers, black and white gessoes, fluid acrylics, modeling paste, gels, collage materials, texture making tools, etc.) for which there will be a $25.00 supply fee.






Painting Abstractly using Oil Bars
with Roberta Gross

Days: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

August 27, 28, 29

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 each day
Location: The Studio
Fee: $150
for the three class series 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. 

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

The instructor will supply the oil bars and other materials (papers, black and white gessoes, fluid acrylics, modeling paste, gels, collage materials, texture making tools, etc.) for which there will be a $25.00 supply fee.



Plein Air ABC’s 
with Liz Taft
Plein Air C : Advanced Painting 
  
Days: 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. 




Using Soft Pastels to Create Abstract Paintings
with Roberta Gross

Days: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

June 23, 24, 25

Time: 1:30-4:30pm
Location: The Studio
Fee: $150
for the three class series 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 how to use prepared colored tissue papers and acrylic paint to rescue those “failed pastel compositions” which have some interesting line and color areas. We will work in various formats, including some smaller, practice papers as well as multiples (diptychs, triptychs).

Supplies and Materials Fee: Because the instructor will supply the materials charcoal, charkole, pastels as well as and various kinds of papers, charcoal powder, different erasers, stumps and chamois, there will be a $25.00 supply fee.






Pastel Workshop 
with Ellen McCluskey

Day: Wednesday

August 27

Time: 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: Under the Summer Tent
Fee: $85

Learn the art of pastel painting from a master. Ellen is one of the Vineyard’s foremost pastel painters.

You may pick up Ellen’s list of suggested materials in the Featherstone office or it can be e-mailed or faxed to you.








Landscape Pastel Workshop
Jeanne Rosier Smith

Day: Wednesday

July 30

Time: 9:00am - 2:30pm
Location:The Pebble
Fee: $85 for the workshop


A one-day studio landscape workshop with a focus on the basics:  landscape composition, atmospheric perspective, handling greens, and pastel techniques.

Pastel Supply list:

Pastels:  You can never have too many pastels.  They are your palette, your color ‘vocabulary’:  the more .you have, the more you can say.  If you are a beginner, I recommend you start with a set of semi-hard pastels by Richeson, or NuPastels by Prismacolor.  These are the hardest of the soft pastels, are easy to control, relatively inexpensive, and are great to begin with.  Alternatively:  Jerrysartarama.com offers a beginner's set of 64 Mungyo half sticks for about $10—great alternative for beginners.

At least one set of soft pastels: a set of 30 from brands like Terry Ludwig, Girault, Sennelier (half sticks), Unison, Mount Vision, Schminke,or Great American.  Serious pastel painters use at least 250 colors; if you are just beginning, I recommend a set of at least 25 by Girault or 30 by Terry Ludwig.  

My favorites are Terry Ludwigs.  I will have samples at the workshop, and I will also have a limited number of my signature “Seascape” Terry Ludwig sets of 30 soft pastels for sale, for $100, 20% off retail price. Email me if you are interested in one of these, or if you would like to see the colors.

Paper:   For this class we will be using and light or white sanded paper. I prefer Wallis and UArt  400 and 500 grit, others are Canson Touch, Sennelier La Carte, or Art Spectrum Colorfix.  You need sanded paper to try the underpainting technique I will be demonstrating.

Other Supplies:
–   Old beach towel to place under your work space for catching dust and falling pastels.
A selection of photos to work from—if printed, use good quality photo paper, not plain paper.          Alternatively, a laptop or ipad can be used directly.
Drawing board (or fome core sheet) with clips or tape for support, paper towels
An old flat 1” watercolor paint brush and rubbing alcohol for underpainting 
Glassine paper (available at art stores) or wax paper (not great esp in summer!) or covering pastels in progress
small sketch pad or scrap paper and pencil or charcoal for thumbnail sketching
easels and tables are provided

If you have any questions before the class starts feel free to contact me at 
jeannersmith@verizon.net or 908-875-3124

Online suppliers:
www.jerrysartarama.com  (good prices, good variety)
www.dakotapastels.com  (excellent variety, flat shipping rate)
www.aswexpress.com  (good prices, good flat shipping rate, no Terry Ludwig)
www.dickblick.com  (easy website—nice color displays—no Girault)







Got Wine? Still Life Pastel Workshop
Jeanne Rosier Smith

Day: Thursday

July 31

Time: 9 am - 2:30 pm 
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $85 for the workshop

Jeanne Rosier Smith studied art at Georgetown University, and after teaching college English for ten years, she began painting full time in 2004.  Jeanne is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, and an artist member of the Copley Society, the Salmagundi Club, and Academic Artists. She has won top awards at national competitions, including the Prix de Pastel at the 2012 Juried IAPS Show, and her work has appeared in Pastel Journal, International Artist and American Art Collector.  Her relaxed, personable teaching style have made her a popular workshop teacher around the country and abroad. See her work at www.jeannesmithart.com.


Pastel Supply list:

Pastels:  You can never have too many pastels.  They are your palette, your color ‘vocabulary’:  the more you have, the more you can say, and the richer your paintings can be.  Serious pastel painters need at least 250 colors, with one set of harder pastels (such as Rembrandt, Richeson sticks or Nupastels) and a large selection of softer pastels— such as Terry Ludwig, Girault, Schminke, Sennelier (half sticks), Unison, Mount Vision, or Great American.*  For rich, detailed still lifes, I find Giraults and nupastels are exellent for putting finishing touches on texture and sharp edges.  If you're contemplating a new set of Giraults—check out Richard McKinley's “Neutrals and Friends”--it's a beauty and has some of the best of Giraults' collection.
  
If you're trying to decide which colors to put in your box and bring to this workshop, go heavy on darks, full value range of browns, oranges, reds, yellows, greens, purples, neutrals, soft whites for highlights in a good range of white tints and a smattering of other colors.   

Beginners:  
Paper: I prefer to work on light or white sanded paper.  It’s forgiving and produces rich, painterly textures, and allows for underpainting—crucial for this workshop.  Of the sanded papers, I prefer to work on Wallis and UArt  400 and 500 grit. Other sanded papers: Canson Touch, Sennelier LaCarte, Artspectrum Colorfix

Other Supplies: 
Old beach towel to place under your work space for catching dust and falling pastels.
Drawing board (or fome core sheet) with clips or tape for support, paper towels 
An old 1” flat watercolor paint brush (or similar)  and isopropyl rubbing alcohol for underpainting 
Wax paper or glassine paper (available at art stores) for covering pastels in progress
Camera to photograph your still life.  If convenient, laptop or ipad to connect and load your pictures to crop and play with what you take.

If you have any questions before the class starts feel free to contact me at
jeannersmith@verizon.net or 908-875-3124

Online suppliers:
www.jerrysartarama.com  (good prices, good variety)
www.dakotapastels.com  (excellent variety, flat shipping rate)
www.aswexpress.com  (good prices, good flat shipping rate, no Terry Ludwig)
www.dickblick.com  (easy website—nice color displays—no Girault)

*  My favorites are Terry Ludwigs.  FYI-- I have recently put together a set of 30 Seascape Terry Ludwig colors, which will be available in limited supply at the workshop at 20% off, for $100.   
Please email me if you would like a set or would like to see the colors.





PHOTOGRAPHY


Open Darkroom 
with Michael Johnson

Day: Mondays

July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11

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



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PRINTMAKING


Open Printmaking Studio 

with Nick Thayer


Day: Mondays

June 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 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.




Monoprinting 

with Nick Thayer


Day: Thursdays

June 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14

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.



PRINTMAKING SAMPLER CLASS 
with Sheila Fane

Day: Tuesdays

July 8, 15, 22, 29  
August 5, 12, 19

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Location: The Barn
Fee: $35 per class

Each session will introduce and focus on one printmaking technique.  Those attending more than one session can build on the chosen technique and add other techniques they have already experienced and learned. Printing will be done by hand and using a printing press.  Monotype painting techniques and various printing papers will be included to create different original prints from the techniques used.  Prints can be made as original works of art, cards, bookmarks, logos, etc. Workshop is for novice and intermediate printmakers and anyone who would like to try printmaking.  Water-based inks will be used.Adults and teenagers welcome.

July 8 - Rubber Stamp Relief Prints
July 15 - Stencils
July 22 - Collograph (Cardboard layered Prints)
July 29 - Linoleum Block Prints
August 5 - Dry Point Etching
August 12 - Collage and Printmaking with rubber stamps and stencils
August 19 - Prints from Plant Materials - leaves, wheat and grasses, flowers and stencils


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