Fall Classes 2016

BOOK ARTS


Gelatin Printed Monotypes
with Sandy Bernat

Day: Monday, September 12
Time: 9:30-12:30
Location: Seastone Papers, 53 Christiantown Road, West Tisbury
Fee: $55 (includes all materials)

Warning: this printing process is highly addictive! Using a gelli-plate—you will layer opaque and transparent color, play with textures and stenciled patterns, and print without a press using unusual tools to create beautiful one-of-a-kind monotypes. You will have a chance to experiment making monotypes—drawn or painted on a plate—onto a variety of papers: textured, smooth, waxed, and colored. You will discover what you can do with a brayer to create patterns. And you will undoubtedly fall in love with your cleaning paper! Monotypes are inherently unique because only one or two impressions may be pulled before the paint is used up.

Co-sponsored by Seastone Papers, a fully equipped hand papermaking and book arts studio in West Tisbury. For studio photos and directions, visit http://www.seastonepapers.com or call 508-693-5786.

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Monotype Books
with Sandy Bernat


Day: Tuesday, September 13
Time: 9:30-12:30
Location: Seastone Papers, 53 Christiantown Road, West Tisbury
Fee: $55

Using the monotype prints from the previous session, make 2 or 3 embellished, stitched books. Focus on making books using your gel-plate prints as covers and/or interior pages. Additional blank papers for interior pages will be supplied. Add big button closures and/or beads for embellishments. Turn your lovely printed monotypes into unique books in one session. Great for your photos, sketches, written thoughts and gift giving.

Co-sponsored by Seastone Papers, a fully equipped hand papermaking and book arts studio in West Tisbury. For studio photos and directions, visit http://www.seastonepapers.com or call 508-693-5786.

Call 508-693-5786 to register


Expanding the Concertina Book
with Sandy Bernat


Day: Thursday, September 15
Time: 10:00-3:30
Location: Seastone Papers, 53 Christiantown Road, West Tisbury
Fee: $85 plus $15 materials

What is a concertina book? It is another name for a folded structure that resembles an accordion. In this class you will learn how to expand the concertina book form both literally and figuratively when you use a simple pamphlet stitch to create multi-book forms which can also extend outward beyond the concertina book. You will use beautiful handmade paper for the hard covers; collage and create interior books using handmade and assorted decorative paper; and add embellishments, images, and text to interior spaces. This book can be beautifully displayed to reveal both the front and back pages, or pages can be turned as in a closed book form. A very unique and cohesive book, this expanded concertina makes a wonderful travel journal or family memory book or special thematic artist book with your own personal vision. 

Co-sponsored by Seastone Papers, a fully equipped hand papermaking and book arts studio in West Tisbury. For studio photos and directions, visit http://www.seastonepapers.com or call 508-693-5786.

Call 508-693-5786 to register



CERAMICS



Open Pottery Studio
The Open Pottery Studio is supervised by 
Nancy Blank, Heather Goff & Sabrina Kuchta

Day: Tuesdays
(Adults only)
Time: 7:00 - 9:00AM

                                 September 13, 20, 27
                                 October 4, 11, 18, 25
                                 November 1 (CANCELLED), 8, 15, 22, 29
                                 December 6 & 13

                                  AND

                                  Day: Tuesdays
                                   (Adults only)
                                   Time: 3:45 - 6:00PM

                                 October 18 & 25
                                 November 1 (CANCELLED), 8, 15, 22, 29
                                 December 6 & 13

                                 AND

Day: Wednesdays
(Children welcome with experienced adult supervision)
Time: 2:00 - 5:00PM

September:  7, 14, 21, 28
October: 5, 12, 19, 26
November: 2 (CANCELLED), 9, 16, 23, 30
December: 7 & 14

AND

Day: Thursdays
(Adults only)
Time: 7:00 - 10:00PM

September:  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October: 6, 13, 20, 27
November: 3 (CANCELLED), 10, 17, 24
December: 1, 8 & 15

AND

Day: Sundays
(Adults only)
Time: 4:00 - 6:00PM

September:  4, 11, 18, 25
October: 2, 9, 16, 23
November: 6 (CANCELLED), 13, 20, 27
December: 4, 11 & 18

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

Day: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
October 21, 22 & 23

Time: 4:00 - 6:00PM Friday
          10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: The Pottery Studio/ The Pebble
Fee: $150 for the three day workshop

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.  



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Preparing for Wood Kiln Firing 
with Scott Campbell

Friday, September 16

Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Pottery Studio 
Fee: $45 per class


Each participant will create a vessel for the wood firing using the special clay for ash glazes.

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Ceramics Seminar: Developing Personal Subject Matter
with Bob Jewett

Day: Mondays

October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 
(CANCELLED)
November 7, 14, 21, 28

                                Time: 6:00 - 8:00PM
                                Location: Pottery Studio
                                Fee: $250 for the 8 class series

The more personal an artist's work, the more universal its meaning and understanding. "What do you want to say through your art?" is a question Warren MacKenzie often asked me and my classmates. It cuts to the meaning of why we make objects out of clay, or any material. The focus of the seminar is to find answers to that question, and by doing so, discovering one’s aesthetic voice.  Personal subject matter is a fundamental tenant of Western art.   The quest to develop a personal aesthetic is the natural pursuit of any serious artist; it is the fuel that keeps  the process of making art interesting. This seminar reaches beyond the craft to address visual ideas.  The class will encourage making a body of work with the expectation of finding one’s creative voice.

                          Call 508-693-1850 to register



Beginning Ceramics: Hand Building and Wheel Throwing
with Frank Creney

Day: Tuesdays

October 18 & 25 (CANCELLED)
November 1 (CANCELLED), 8, 15, 22, 29
December 6, 13 & 20

Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM
                                 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.

Call 508-693-1850 to register



Saturday  Ceramics for children ages 7-12
with Nancy Blank

Day: TBA

Dates TBA

Time: TBA
Location: The Potter Studio    
Fee: $30 per class

A series of pottery experiences, glazing and firing






DRAWING




                           Beginning Drawing
                           with Nancy Blank

                                  Day: TBA

                                  Dates TBA

                                  Time: TBA
                                  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

September: 6, 13, 20, 27
October: 4, 11, 18, 25
November: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
December: 6, 13, 20, 27

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 



Figurative Drawing/Painting Class 
(Beginner to Intermediate)
With Lizzy Schule


Day: Thursday

September: 15, 22, 29
October: 6, 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10, 17
December: 1, 8, 15

Time: 7:00 - 9:00PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $30 per class

The class offers an introduction to the principles and techniques of drawing the human form. We will focus predominantly on the figure, but will also dedicate time to portraiture and self-portraiture. In order to help beginner to intermediate students hone their skills and gain a better grasp of the principles of life drawing, I will offer demonstrations at the beginning of class and provide students with anatomical diagrams and other helpful handouts. Initial sessions will be devoted to life drawing using charcoal and graphite, and the class will eventually progress to portraiture and figurative painting using oil or acrylic paints.


** Lizzy Schule received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2015.  She holds a BA in Painting and Literature from Bennington College.  While studying, Lizzy earned a variety of academic awards and exhibited in both group and solo shows.  Through her portraits and landscapes, she explores ideas of femininity, identity, intimacy, and environment.  Lizzy lives on Martha’s Vineyard where she is currently working on a series of landscape paintings.

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FELTING


Make your Own Felt for Holiday Crafting
with Christa Fischer

Day: Wednesday
November 9

Time: 6:00 - 9:00PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $45 per student plus an additional $10 materials fee
for ages 12 and older

Class size is limited to 6 students 

Learn how to make your own 100 percent wool felt.
Students will create pieces of flat felt in different hues which can be used for gifts and decorations.

KNITTING


Knitting
with Caryl Dearing

Day:
Thursday

October 20, 27
November 10

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: The Studio
Fee: $90 for the three class series

Start your holiday projects early!
Best slippers imaginable, short term felted clogs, and more!

Skills Needed.....knit and purl stitches, using circular needles or double points; whichever the knitter is most comfortable working with.

Materials: #13 needles circular or dps. 100% WOOL (no other fiber)Bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Bulky. Smaller size circular needle than #13. A pattern will be supplied.

More to follow. A quick project so you can do more for presents for others or yourself.

Class size limited to 8 Students





MEMORY SUPPORT



Memory Support Group
with Nancy Langman and Victoria Haeselbarth

Day: Wednesdays 

Time: 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.
nlangman48@aol.com 

No registration necessary


MUSIC



Featherstone Uke Jam

Days: Wednesday

September: 7, 14, 21, 28
October: 5, 12, 19, 26
November: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December: 7, 14, 21, 28

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





Beginner Ukulele
with Andy Herr

Days: Wednesday

September:   7 (CANCELLED), 14, 21, 28
October: 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23 (CANCELLED), 30
December 7, 14

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $15 per class






PAINTING


Making Sense of Watercolor
with Lynn Hoeft

Day: Saturday

September: 3, 10, 17
October: 1, 8, 15
November: 5, 12, 19
December: 3, 10, 17

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

If you think watercolor is too difficult, or that you can't fix mistakes in watercolor, this class will show you how to handle paints to get the glowing effects you want, and more importantly, to avoid making mud.

Working from life, we will begin by painting still lifes and then move to interior landscapes. We'll finish with several classes that cover how to work from photographs without trying to make an exact copy.







Figurative Drawing/Painting Class 
(Beginner to Intermediate)
With Lizzy Schule


Day: Thursday

September: 15, 22, 29
October: 6, 13, 20, 27
November: 3, 10 & 17
December: 1, 8, 15

Time: 7:00 - 9:00PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $30 per class

The class offers an introduction to the principles and techniques of drawing the human form. We will focus predominantly on the figure, but will also dedicate time to portraiture and self-portraiture. In order to help beginner to intermediate students hone their skills and gain a better grasp of the principles of life drawing, I will offer demonstrations at the beginning of class and provide students with anatomical diagrams and other helpful handouts. Initial sessions will be devoted to life drawing using charcoal and graphite, and the class will eventually progress to portraiture and figurative painting using oil or acrylic paints.


** Lizzy Schule received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Iowa in 2015.  She holds a BA in Painting and Literature from Bennington College.  While studying, Lizzy earned a variety of academic awards and exhibited in both group and solo shows.  Through her portraits and landscapes, she explores ideas of femininity, identity, intimacy, and environment.  Lizzy lives on Martha’s Vineyard where she is currently working on a series of landscape paintings.





Color Class

with Leslie Baker

Day: Wednesdays


September 28

October 5, 12, 19, 26

November 2


Extra Session:

November 16 (Wednesday)

December 9 (Friday)

December 15 (Thursday)



Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: The Studio

Fee: $300 for the 6 class series


Discover 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. This is a sequential class series. Each class will  focus on a single aspect of color and the creation of a piece utilizing experiences explored in that class.


We will use water base (artist colors rather than student grade) paints, preferably in tubes. Watercolor or gouache preferred. If you already have the classical colors, you might want to try some colors that are new to you.


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( you can substitute plastic lids), a few empty small yogurt type containers, paper towels and some heavy paper suitable for water base paints. I like Arches. 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 or raw sienna

Cad orange or indian yellow


viridian

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.



Call 508-693-5786 to register


PAPER ARTS


Field and Garden Papermaking
with Sandy Bernat


Day: Thursday, September 22
Time: 9:30-12:30
Location: Seastone Papers, 53 Christiantown Road, West Tisbury
Fee: $80

Celebrating this first day of autumn, iris leaves or ornamental grasses culled from the garden and cornhusk gathered from the field will be prepared for making paper. Local plant fibers including gladiola or daffodil leaves and ornamental grasses will be prepared, cooked, and beaten for sheet forming. We will work through all the steps—cooking, rinsing, and beating fibers into pulp—and, finally, pulling sheets of paper. This is an opportunity to experiment. Consider a variety of fiber combinations when you make a sheet of paper from field and garden plants. This paper holds the Vineyard.

Co-sponsored by Seastone Papers, a fully equipped hand papermaking and book arts studio in West Tisbury. For studio photos and directions, visit http://www.seastonepapers.com or call 508-693-5786.

Call 508-693-5786 to register


Paint with Wet Pulp
with Sandy Bernat


Day: Tuesday, September 27
Time: 9:30-12:30
Location: Seastone Papers, 53 Christiantown Road, West Tisbury
Fee: $75

We will experiment with interesting ways to work with wet fiber for surface decoration and image making. Dip into colorfully pigmented vats of pulp, explore stenciling techniques, collage materials into wet fiber, and design a painterly surface using overbeaten pulp paint. Supplies are provided, but remember to wear comfortable shoes with good treads. All levels of experience are welcomed—from beginning to advanced papermaker.

Co-sponsored by Seastone Papers, a fully equipped hand papermaking and book arts studio in West Tisbury. For studio photos and directions, visit http://www.seastonepapers.com or call 508-693-5786.

Call 508-693-5786 to register


PHOTOGRAPHY



Digital Tutorials 
with David Welch 

Two hour sessions are $75
By appointment only.

Please call Featherstone 508-693-1850 to arrange convenient time.



Open Darkroom 
with David Welch

Day: Mondays

October: 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



Open Printmaking Studio 

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

 




TAPESTRY


Tapestry for Continuing Students: Intermediate and Advanced
with Julia Mitchell

Day: Monday

September: 19, 26
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November: 7, 14, 21 (CANCELLED), 28
December: 5

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

Tapestry is the most expressive and individual of all forms of weaving. 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. Students supply their own looms, yarns and tools, and those of Featherstone. Students supply 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 purposes.





Tapestry for Beginning Students
with Julia Mitchell


Day: Thursdays

September 29
October 6 & 20
November 3, 10 & 17
December 1, 8, 15

Time: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: The Studio
Fee: $35 per class plus a $10 start-up material fee

Beginning weavers will, weaving a sampler, learn the basics of tapestry including techniques, choice of appropriate materials, design considerations, the history of the medium and current trends. Frame looms and yarns are provided for the duration of the class, and students who wish to continue may purchase the looms at cost from Featherstone.

Students are asked to bring paper and pens/pencils for note taking and drawing, scissors, a dinner fork or tapestry beater, a ruler, and any materials and images that they find inspiring and would like to share with the class.

Please note: New students must begin at the outset of the semester and attend all classes, or as many as they possibly can. This course covers many technique, so attendance is important.





TECHNOLOGY



No Fear Beginner's iPad Class
with Karen Huff

Day: Wednesday

September:  7, 14, 21
October: 5, 12, 19 (Cancelled), 26
November: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 6 & 13

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
with Karen Huff

Day: Wednesday

September:  7, 14, 21
October: 5, 12, 19 (Cancelled), 26
November: 2, 9, 16, 23 (Cancelled), 30
December 6 & 13

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.