Summer Classes 2016


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

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

August: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September: 7, 14, 21, 28


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

August: 4, 11, 18, 25
September: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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Day: Sundays
(Adults only)
Time: 4:00 - 6:00PM

July: 31
August: 7, 14, 21, 28
September: 4, 11, 18, 25

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 


Friday Ceramics for children ages 6-12
with Nancy Blank

Day: Fridays

August: 26  (FULL)

Time: 2:00 - 4:00PM
Location: The Potter Studio    
Fee: $30 per class

A series of pottery experiences, glazing and firing
Space is limited, registration is required.

Raku Workshop
with Lois Hirshberg

Day: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
September 9, 10, 11

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.   


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.  

Register Here               

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.

Register Here


Beginning Drawing
Nancy Blank

Day: Mondays

August: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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

August: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
September: 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 

Calligraphy 101 
with Lynn Hoeft

Day: Wednesdays

August 3, 10, 17

Time: 4:30 - 6:30PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $90 for the three class workshop plus an additional $18 for materials 

An introduction to the Pilot Parallel Pen which gives a smooth flow of ink without drips or blobs. The thick-and-thin lines that characterize fine calligraphy are easy to achieve with this remarkable tool. We’ll concentrate on the Italic alphabet (also called Chancery Cursive) which was developed in Italy during the renaissance. With these beautiful letterforms, students will be able to make invitations, fancy cards, envelopes, certificates and journals.


Memory Support Group
with Nancy Langman and Victoria Haeselbarth

Day: Wednesdays 


Time: 9:30 - 11:00am 
          11:00am - 12:30pm

Location: The Pebble Building from February - July
In the Gallery from July 6 - August 10

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. 

                    MVGAZETTE: Memory Loss Support Create Positive Connections

No registration necessary 


Large Format Painting

with Roberta Gross

September 7, 8, 9

Time: 1:30 - 4:30PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $125 for the three day class plus a $25 supply fee

For more information about the courses, e-mail the instructor at 

Registration is full

Encaustics: Painting with Wax
with Roberta Gross

September 17 & 18

Time: 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Roberta’s Studio in Aquinnah 
(please contact instructor for directions)
Fee: $200 for the two day workshop plus $60 supply fee

enrollment is limited to 4 students for each session
Lunch is included:  Please tell instructor about any dietary issues.
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 photos,  exploring how layering, embedding objects, scratching into, etching, masking, dripping, splattering, creating an underpainting, etc. affects the encaustic painting. 

Bring collage materials, including photos, prints, and thin objects.

Supply fee: Because the instructor will provide all materials including encaustics; wax; brushes; prepared painting surfaces; heat guns and electric skillets, there will be a $60.00 supply fee in addition to class tuition.

For more information about the courses, e-mail the instructor at 

Registration is full


Featherstone Uke Jam
with Deirdre DeCarion and Clara Kisko

Days: Wednesday

August: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September: 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!

No registration necessary 

Beginner Ukulele
with Andy Herr

Days: Wednesday

August: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
September: 7, 14, 21, 28

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

Class size limited to 10 student

Register Here


Making Sense of Watercolor
with Lynn Hoeft

Day: Mondays

August: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $35 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.

Beginning Watercolor Intensive 
with Leslie Baker

Day: Wednesday, August 17 & Thursday, August 18
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $100 for the two day workshop

This two day beginners workshop will take you through all the basics for getting started in watercolor or help you review techniques. The first day will cover how to organize your workspace and colors on a palette, mixing colors,basic wash techniques, layered transparencies, making darks and greys, controlling value in color and use of materials (papers, paints and brushes). Day two we will review day 1 techniques , view and discuss watercolor artist techniques and work on a painting. 

It is important even when first starting out to have at least one really good brush with spring and a good point, a few sheets of good paper and a few artist grade tube colors. 

A #6 sable brush or equivalent, a 1” flat acrylic brush, minimum 5 Sheets of Arches cold press watercolor paper 22 x 30 140lb paper, masking tape, palette with wells or lids from yogurt containers, paper towels, 2 water containers, pencil and eraser, small sketchbook. 

Suggested palette: 

Please use artist grade watercolor paints in tubes. Windsor Newton is good. If you have other kinds just purchase a tube of windsor yellow, windsor blue and bright red. 

Cadmium yellow light or medium 
Cadmium lemon or Hansa yellow light 
Yellow ochre 
Cad orange or indian yellow 


cerulean blue or manganese blue 
cobalt blue 
ultramarine blue 
phthalo Blue, windsor blue or prussian blue 

Cadmium red medium or light or bright red 
Alizarin crimson 

Dioxazine Purple or Windsor purple 

Earth tones : Burnt sienna, raw sienna, raw umber, burnt umber, yellow ochre

Register Here

Loosen Up
-- (painting in oil or acrylic)
with Eva Cincotta

Day: Friday

August: 5, 12, 19, 26

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

This class combines demos, techniques and individual instruction to students on how to loosen up.  Discover oil and acrylic painting approaches that lead to more quick, loose and vibrant works.  Using observational practice as a launching point, we'll simplify the process, learn how to create fresh, deliberate marks and break out of our comfort zone. 

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.

Covering the Essentials of Watercolor 
with Eva Cincotta

Day: Saturday 

August: 6, 13, 20, 27

Time: 1:00 - 4:00PM
Fee: $50
Location: The Studio

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 C: Advanced 
with Liz Taft

Thursday, September 8
Time: 4:00 - 6:00PM 
Location: The Pebble

Friday, Saturday & Sunday September 9, 10 & 11  
Time: 10:00AM - 4:00PM 

Fee: $275 for the four day workshop

The class will meet in The Pebble on Thursday to talk about the plan for the workshop, discuss your goals for the weekend, and share images of artists we like. Bring examples of a favorite painter and a painting of your own that you like.

Friday, 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. 

Please contact Liz  at if you have questions about materials or how to prepare for the workshop.


Black + White Photography: Traditional 
with Karen Gourley Lehman
Open to all ages and levels of experience from teens through adults 

Days: Monday, Wednesday & Friday

July: 11, 13, 15
July: 18, 20, 22
July: 25, 27, 29

August: 1, 3, 5
August: 8, 10, 12

Time: 9:30AM - 12:30PM
Location: The Barn Studio
Fee: $150 for the three class workshop

Space is limited, please register ahead of time
                                Class capacity is 4 students

In this fun workshop, participants will shoot with 35 mm Single Lens Reflex cameras, process film, and print their negatives in a darkroom on an enlarger. Participants will explore their creativity while becoming familiarized with the aesthetic and technical aspects of traditional photography and its vocabulary. Constructive criticism and feedback will be ongoing, and participants will begin to develop a visual awareness based on the elements and principles of art and photography. Everyone leaves with their negatives and all silver prints.

                        Register Here

Open Darkroom 
with Michael Johnson

Day: Mondays

August: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

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

No registration necessary 

Private Sessions in Photography:
Using a digital SLR and Adobe Photoshop (to improve your Photographic skills) 
with Karen Gourley Lehman
Open to all ages and levels of experience from teens through adults

July & August

Two hour sessions are $60
By appointment only.
Please contact Karen to arrange a time:

Do you want to make better pictures?
Learn the basics of making a successful image,
and to:
• use the controls on your camera 
• edit your images in Photoshop 
• look at your images more critically

You may want to begin to develop a Series, or a Body of Work. 
Time will be spent shooting new images, editing in Photoshop and printing on an inkjet printer 

Please bring any existing images (in print form, please) that you want feedback on

Please bring your own DSLR and memory cards, and the How-to manual that came with the camera (usually available online) 

Please also bring a laptop with Adobe Photoshop if available.


Exploring Printmaking
with Allison Doherty
for Teens and Adults

Tuesdays and Thursdays & Sundays

August: 2, 4, 7, 9, Canceled 11, 14, FULL 16, 18, 21

Time: 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: The Barn
Fee: $50 per class

An introduction to several printmaking techniques including monoprinting, relief block printing and dry-point etching.

MONOTYPE: A unique print is a one-of-a-kind transfer of an inked or painted image from a Plexiglas plate to paper pressure or by means of a press. Sometimes there is enough ink or paint residue left on the plate surface to pull a second, much lighter print. This is called a “ghost”. Each transfer is unique and cannot be exactly duplicated. 

The transfer of drawings and compositions that are cut into soft linoleum using carving tools and run a proof. 

"Drawing" into Plexiglas sheets with a metal scribe, ink the sheets and print the results.  This technique can be combined with other printmaking possibilities, such as chine collé or with drawing to create a multi-layered final piece.