FALL 2018 CLASSES

CERAMICS



Open Pottery Studio 
is supervised by Nancy Blank & Sabrina Kuchta on Wednesdays, Thursday and Sundays 
Tuesday are supervised by Frank Creney

Day: Tuesdays

Time: 8:30 - 11:00AM

AND

Day: Wednesdays
(Children welcome with experienced 
adult supervision)

September 5, 12, 19, 26

Time: 2:00PM - 5:00PM

AND

Day: Thursdays
(Adults only)

September 6, 13, 20, 27

Time: 7:00PM - 10:00PM

AND

Day: Sundays 
(Adults only)

September 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 4:00 - 6:00PM
Location: Pottery Studio
Fee: $7.50 per hour, $25 per bag of clay, 
$ Glazing & Firing fee determined by piece size and quantity


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.


Free After School Ceramics for Teens
with Nancy Blank & Sabrina Kuchta

Day: TBA
Time:
Location: The Pottery Studio

No registration necessary


Beginning Ceramics: Hand Building and Wheel Throwing
with Frank Creney

Day: TBA
Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM
Location: Pottery Studio
Fee: $140 per session (4 classes @ $35 per class). Must take all four classes in each session.

All students must purchase clay for the 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.


Ceramic Exploration for children ages 7 & older
With Nancy Blank and Sabrina Kuchta

Day: Saturdays
TBA
Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: The NEW Pottery Studio
Fee: $30 per class
 
In this class, we will explore various techniques in handbuilding and wheel throwing. From decorative planters to dragons to mugs, students will learn and experiment with multiple techniques in construction and decoration of functional and sculptural pieces.

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: 
Children under eight will not be permitted to use the ceramic wheels. No exceptions.

All artwork will be bisque fired after each class. 



Slab construction: Vessel forming processes utilizing stretched and textured slabs
with Jeff Shapiro


Days: Saturday & Sunday
September 22 &September 23

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm each day
Location: Pottery Studio
Fee: $300 for the two day workshop
Additional fee for clay and materials.

Please bring snacks, lunch and refreshments so that you can stay energized.

Participants will learn to make vessels from stretched and textured slabs. At the beginning of the workshop, participants will be encouraged to think about vessel forms that can be constructed in this manner. Jeff will demonstrate, and then work with each student to assist them in their projects. Jeff has become a story teller over the years, and the 9 years he spent in Japan have given him an abundant supply of stories. There will also be a simple tea ceremony. ( Participants can bring tea bowls if they have, for critique and discussion)

There will also be time for discussion about the Japanese aesthetic towards beauty. And Jeff will be give a power point presentation about his work.

https://www.z2systems.com/np/clients/featherstoneart/event.jsp?event=949&
Or call 508-693-1850 to register


FLAMES, SMOKE AND COLOR
with Lois Hirshberg

October 20 & 21
Saturday & Sunday

Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: The Pottery studio
Fee: $150 for the two day workshop

During this  workshop, we will be experimenting with  various alternative firing techniques:  American Raku, Horse Hair Raku and Foil Saggar.  We will focus on the surface decoration of pots.  Participants will fire their bisqued pottery in atmospheres where the smoke and/or chemicals produce the final surface design.  The pots will range from deep reds and oranges to beautiful white crackle.  Alternative Firing techniques never get boring!  Students should bring 8 to 10 bisque fired pots with terra sigilata (if possible).  Beginners are welcome.

**Please bring lunch, snacks and drinks for Saturday and Sunday...The fall weather is usually cool so please dress warmly (in layers) as you will be outside firing for part of each day.


Applying Terra Sigillata: 
Terra sigillata should be applied to a bone-dry or almost bone-dry pot. If you are brushing it on, you need to apply at least three coats. If you are putting white terra sigillata on white clay, three coats is probably plenty. The terra sigillata needs to soak into the clay, but should not be allowed to dry completely between coats. Once you have applied several coats, the surface should be buffed with your fingers, a cloth or chamois-leather before it dries completely. The pot is ready to buff when the surface looks waxy and grey but is no longer wet-looking. If it has lightened in color, it has dried too much and another coat of terra sigillata must be applied. For the greatest degree of sheen, apply three thin coats and buff after each coat.

Watch out for two things when you are brushing on terra sigillata: don’t let it drip down your pot, because the drips will show; and don’t allow your brush to lose hairs, as the hairs will make a permanent mark. Be sure to use a good quality soft brush – a watercolor mop brush works well. If you are brushing terra sigillata onto a wheel-thrown pot, the simplest way to apply a nice even coat is to put the pot on the wheel and let the wheel do the work for you while you move the brush up and down. Once you have enough coats on part of the pot, you can start burnishing with the fingertips of one hand while you are still brushing the terra sigillata onto another part of the pot with the other hand.

Don’t touch the surface until it has soaked in, though if the terra sigillata comes off on your fingers, it isn’t ready to burnish yet, and you will mar the surface by touching it. After you have applied enough terra sigillata to the whole pot, and there are no wet patches, then you can start using a chamois-leather or a soft cloth, or even a thin plastic shopping bag, to bring the surface to a high gloss.
 
If you are applying terra sigillata to a handbuilt or sculptural piece, you may find it impossible to use the wheel to help with the job. In that case, you can still brush it on, but be careful not to touch any wet spots.

Bisque pieces no higher than Cone 08.

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DRAWING




Tom Maley Life Drawing

Day: Tuesdays

September  4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18
      
Time: 9:30 - 11:30AM
Location: Art Barn Drawing Studio
Fee: $15 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. 


Figurative Drawing/Painting Class 
With Lizzy Schule
(Beginner to Intermediate)
 
Day: TBA
Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
Location: Art Barn Drawing Studio
Fee: $35 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.


MEMORY SUPPORT



Memory Support Group
with Nancy Langman and Victoria Haeselbarth

Day: Wednesdays

September 5, 12, 19, 25
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12, 19 

Time: 9:30 - 11:00AM & 11:00AM - 12:30PM
Location: The Pebble
Fee: Free 

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 at nlangman48@aol.com 

NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY



MIXED MEDIA



    Using Acrylic Paints and Mediums to Create Encaustic Like Paintings
    with Roberta Gross

Days: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
September 12, 13, 14

Time: 1:30 - 4:30PM
Fee: $125 for the three day workshop plus an additional $30 supply fee
Location: Art Barn Painting Studio

Artists who are interested in creating encaustic-like effects but do not want invest in the wide array of materials and a ventilating system used for encaustics may find using acrylic gels .and mediums a good substitute. We will make our own “beeswax” solutions and explore how these mixtures can help in creating interesting and varied textures, layers and mixed media effects.

Provided Supplies and Materials Fee: The instructor will supply the materials (acrylic brushes (big and small), heavy and fluid acrylic paints; watercolor and other papers; black and white gessoes; modeling paste; gels; collage materials, texture making tools,) for which there will be a $30.00 supply fee.

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

 

Or call 508-693-1850 to register



    Monoprints Without a Press: Oil Bar Gelli Monoprints
    with Roberta Gross


Dates: Thursday & Friday
            September 20 & 21

Time: 1:30 - 4:30PM each day
Fee: $85 for the 2 day workshop plus an additional $25 supply fee
Location: Art Barn Painting Studio

In this workshop, you will be creating strong monoprints by using oil bars applied directly to gelli print plates. The special combination of oil, pigment and wax in R&F oil bars results in very clear one-of-a-kind paintings. These impressions can be worked and reworked by applying texture items such as grids, wall board tape, rug runners, Christmas tinsel, yarn, brayer marks, masks, stencils and/or q tips to the “inked” gelli plate. We will explore both black and white as well as a wide range of colors to create both hard and soft edges as well as a variety of line work. 

During the class, you will receive a handout containing the curriculum, detailing and illustrating the exercises we cover and emphasizing process, tools, and techniques. 

Note: This process does not require solvents like ordinary oil painting. We use mineral and vegetable oils to clean the gelli plates and brayers.

Provided Supplies and Materials Fee: The instructor will supply the oil bars and other materials (papers, stencils, masks, ink, gelli plates of diverse size, gloves, collage materials, texture making tools, etc.) for which there will be a $25.00 supply fee.

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

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Or call 508-693-1850 to register


MUSIC

        

Featherstone Uke Jam

Days: Wednesdays

September 5, 12, 19, 25
October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
November 7, 14, 21, 28
December 5, 12, 19 

Time: 7:00 - 9:00PM
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!

NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY

PAINTING



Acrylic Painting or Watercolor Painting
with John Holladay

Days: Wednesdays
TBA
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Art Barn Painting Studio
Fee: $50 per class

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 afraid, 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 beginner's 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

Miscellaneous:
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 brushes 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:
a basic acrylic set will work!
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


Acrylic Painting or Watercolor Painting 
with John Holladay

Days: Saturdays
TBA
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Art Barn Painting Studio
Fee: $50 per class

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 afraid, 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 beginner's 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
Miscellaneous:
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 brushes 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:
a basic acrylic set will work!
matt medium paint: a big tube of white and blackor 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 siennaand any other color you like


Painting the Landscape with Watercolor
with Lynn Hoeft

Days: TBA

Time: 1:00 - 3:30PM
Location: Art Barn Painting Studio
Fee: $35/class


Working from photographs, we'll look at  the best ways to paint skies, still & moving water, trees and foliage. We will experiment with color mixing (especially how to make realistic greens), how to use light and dark values to create a three dimensional effect and how to choose a format for your painting. Bring a paper copy of your photo, or one on a tablet (not a photo on your phone - too small).

All levels welcome.

MATERIALS LIST      
Watercolor paints:
     An assortments of tubes, a total of at least five or six, including one each of the primaries (red, yellow, blue) plus a few others which might include a brown, a green, and a gray. Any brand is ok. Artist grade paints like Winsor Newton or Holbein are the best but some student grade paints are fine too.

 
     
Pad of watercolor paper:
     Any brand,  8x10 or 9x12 are good sizes to start with.

 
     
Brushes: 
     Watercolor rounds are the easiest shape to work with. Robert Simmons, Princeton and Cotman are 3 inexpensive brands that are very good quality. (You don't need to buy expensive sable brushes.) One each of sizes 6 and 8, plus one larger (which could be a flat brush). 


      
Plus: 
     A drawing board or other support to attach your paper to, a roll of masking or blue tape, a palette to mix your paints on, a water container, a pencil and eraser for sketching and a roll of paper towels or box of tissues.


TECHNOLOGY



All Things Mac
with Karen Huff

Day: Wednesdays

Time: 5:00 - 6:00PM
Location: Art Barn Conference Room
Fee: $15 per class


Do you have a small or large question about your Apple device... be it iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Mac laptop? Bring in your devices and ask questions about syncing 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.