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Winter/Spring 2015 Classes


Art & Dementia
with Nancy Cabot and Mary Holmes

Day: Monday

April 13, 20, 27
May: 4, 11

Time: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Location: Location varies 
Fee: Free
A free five week program of art “looking” and art “making” for people with dementia and their caregivers. Led by local artist, Nancy Cabot. 

Space is limited.
Please call Mary Holmes (508) 862 - 1933 or email her at mholmes2@partners.org to reserve a spot.

April 13: Featherstone Gallery  Art Looking (Oceans Show)
April 20: Featherstone  Studio Art Making
April 27: Martha's Vineyard Hospital Art Looking
May 4: Featherstone Studio Art Making
May 11: Featherstone Gallery Art Looking (Flowers Show)

Memory Support Group
with Nancy Langman and Victoria Haeselbarth

Day: Wednesdays 

9:30 - 11:00am 
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.


Nantucket Lightship Basket Making
Celeste Santee

Day: Tuesday

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 28

Time: 6:00 - 8:00
Location: The Studio
Fee: $200 for 8 class series plus $150 for basket kit and form

Come and learn the lore and how to make Nantucket Lightship baskets crafted with traditional methods and materials. One on One instruction in a fun group environment.


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

Day: Wednesdays

January 7, 14
February 4, 11, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27

Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM


Day: Thursdays
(Adults only)

January 8, 15, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 7:00PM - 10:00PM


Day: Sundays
(Adults only)

January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15, 22
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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
Work on your own in the Pottery Studio. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Beginning Ceramics: Hand Building and Wheel Throwing
Frank Creney

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 6:30 - 8:30

February 3, 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

Fee: $30 per class. A bag of clay is an additional cost of $25
Location: Pottery Studio

In these classes you will learn wheel throwing techniques to make everyday items for your kitchen: mugs, bowls and plates. You can also complement your ceramic items with attributes from your favorite animal! Scraffito and wax resist methods will be shown to make something you can use everyday.

Ceramics from A to Z
with Washington Ledesma

Day: Thursdays

April 16, 23, 30
May 7, 14

Time: 4:30-6:30
Location: The Pottery Studio
Fee: $35

For beginners as well as more advanced students- all the different processes from the malleable clay to a finished, fired product: Washington Ledesma will guide you through the different necessary and not so necessary (but fun anyway) steps. 


Tom Maley Life Drawing

Day: Tuesdays

January 6, 13, 20
February 10, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 9:30AM – 11:30AM
Fee: $10 per meeting
Location: The Studio

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 for details at 508-696-9461.

Beginning Drawing
Nancy Blank

Day: Thursday

Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM

January 15, 22, 29 
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 16

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.


Feltmaking/ Wet Felting: Let's have a ball!
Christa Fischer

Day: Wednesday

March, 11

Time: 6:00 - 8:00PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $30 plus an additional $10 materials fee

For ages 10 and up, younger with parent help

Participants will learn to make a felt ball with a design element and possibly some smaller balls for jewelry and garland making, time permitting.


Felted Hearts
with Sabrina Kuchta

Monday, February 2

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $20 

Come in from the cold and warm your hands and hearts by learning the craft of needle felting. We will spend a lovely evening making hearts that will be a great gift or decoration idea for Valentine’s Day. Needle felting is an easy and fun art form that requires no prior experience.

Intention Candles 
with Billie Jean Sullivan

Monday, March 2

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $20 per person
Light refreshments served.

Join us for a cozy positive evening here at Featherstone. Together we will pool our creativity and  make wonderful one-of-a-kind Intention candles (using collage papers, magazine clippings and words). These make great gifts to inspire you or a loved one to pursue a challenge or goal in your lives. Come find some warmth and peace and lets get through this winter with the best of intentions! 

Feel free to bring in some collage materials if inspired!

Paper Flower Bouquet
with Allyson Malik

Monday, April 6

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $20 

Allyson Malik is the Head of Adult and Technology Services at the Oak Bluffs Library and an experienced paper artist! Come learn how to put old books to good use by turning them into stunning paper flowers just in time for Spring!

Herbal Care
with Monica Miller

Monday, May 4
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $20 

Monica Miller of Skye Botanicals Natural Skin Care shares her secrets with the ladies in an evening of potion making focusing on Monica's famous Aromatic Healing Balm, a special skin creme reputed to assist in the healing of skin ailments from simple dryness, to eczema, psoriasis to common misshaps such as kitchen burns, sunburn, insect bites and chaffing. Monica will discuss the merits of each herb used and outline the process of making a safe and effective herbal balm for the skin that you will be proud to know how to make. 20 years in business on Martha's Vineyard and distributed throughout New England Monica's products are sought after and best selling for a reason... they work.


Intro to Crafts and Sculpture
with Brendan Coogan

Day: Thursdays

January: 22, 29
February: 5, 12, 19

Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Location: MVRHS 324
Fee: $139 for 5 classes

This survey class introduces students to various techniques and materials that will be transformed into innovative projects of their own design. Each session will focus on something new like kiln-fused and stained glass, lost wax mold making, and spin casting metal, pottery and ceramic surfaces.  Students are encouraged to bring project ideas and questions.
Cosponsored by ACE MV

Mixed Media Construction
with Marsha Winsryg

April 11 & 12
Saturday & Sunday

Time: 9:00AM - 1:00PM each day
Fee: $75 for the two day workshop
Location: The Pebble

Using paper, fabric, mat board and glue we will fashion small constructions that can be as practical (boxes) or as open ended (non representative sculpture) as the maker desires. 

Marsha's specialty is making small shrines varying in size from a six inches tall to 2 feet by 2 1/2 feet, as well as other kinds of boxes and sculptures.

Student should bring:
Objects to use with construction: shells, stones, found objects, buttons, leaves, beads, feathers, or whatever might inspire 


Featherstone Uke Jam

Deirdre DeCarion and Clara Kisko

Day: Wednesdays

January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27

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

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 this Fall!

Visit FUJ online at featherstoneuke.wix.com and on Facebook 


Preparing for Plein Air
with Liz Taft

Saturday, April 25

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

This class will focus on preparing you for en plain air workshops scheduled in May, June and August.

Plein Air A
with Liz Taft

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

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 : Finding Your Focus
Oil Painting
Leslie Baker

Day: Wednesday

May 6, 13, 20, 27 
June 3, 10 17, 24

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

One of the hardest things in painting is finding your focus in the composition, particularly when confronted with a confusing plein air scene or complex still life.  This 8 week session will concentrate on compositional issues: how to identify your focus, how to accentuate contrasts, how to underplay what’s not essential, finding major value shapes and seeing abstractly. The class will paint outside when possible or work inside on a set up in the event of bad weather . 


Plein air set up (easel, palette ,stool, hat, sunscreen, bug spray)

a selection of small wood panels or canvases for painting 

brushes: sizes  3, 6 and 8 approximately, flats( Windsor Newton University is fine) and a  small filbert (W and N Monarch is fine), one or two 2” flat (housepainter chip brush is fine)
small jar of gamsol or turps, charcoal pencil

Suggested palette (please bring others if you like)

Titanium white
ivory black
nickle yellow or cad lemon
cad yellow light
cad red light
alizarine crimson
cad green
viridian green
cerulean blue
cobalt blue
ultramarine blue
phthalo or windsor blue
windsor violet
yellow ochre
raw sienna
raw umber
burnt sienna
burnt umber

Painting Class 
John Holladay

Day: Saturday

February 7 & 14
March 7 & 14
April 4 & 11
May 2 & 9

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

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 Darkroom
with David Welch

Day: Mondays

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Fee:  $10/hour without assistance; $25 per hour with instruction
Location:  Barn Studio

This is a chance to work on your own or with instruction in the dark room.  You supply printing paper and film to develop.  We supply the chemical set up for your use.


Monotype Class
Nick Thayer

Day: Tuesday

January 20
February 3, 17, 24
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
April 7

Time: 1:30 - 4:30PM
Location: The Barn
Fee: $45

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.

Open Printmaking

Day: Thursday

January 15, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 5, 12, 19, 26
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: The Barn
Fee: $10

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


Intro to Traditional Rug Hooking
with Rosalie Powell, McGowen Certified Rug Hooker

Day: Tuesdays

January: 20
February: 3, 10, 17

Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM
Location: Powell Studio
Fee: $125 for 5 classes plus an additional $30 for materials

Carry on a craft tradition from our early ancestors. Learn the basics of the art of rug hooking using strips of cut woven wool and backing to create a small piece in a pattern of your own design.

Cosponsored by Rosalie Powell Studio and ACE MV


Julia Mitchell

Day: Monday

March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8

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

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.

Class supplies provided:
Tapestry framelooms (may be purchased at cost from Featherstone)

Class supplies the student needs to provide:
Drawing and note pads, pencils (colored and graphite), eraser, scissors, ruler, photos and other printed material, tape, colored paper, interesting objects, etc for preliminary design 


No Fear Beginner's iPad Class
Karen Huff

Day: Wednesday

January 21
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27

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

January 21
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27

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.