Winter/Spring Classes 2016


Nantucket Lightship Basket Making
with Celeste Santee

Day: Tuesday

May: 17, 24, 31
June: 7, 14, 21, 28

Time: 6:00 - 8:00
Location: The Studio
Fee: $200 for 7 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.

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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

March: 16, 23, 30
April: 6, 13, 20, 27
May: 4, 11, 18, 25


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

March: 17, 24, 31
April: 7, 14, 21, 28
May: 5, 12, 19, 26

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

March: 20, 27
April: 3, 10, 17, 24
May: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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 

Yunomi Teacups
with Bob Jewett

Day: Mondays
May 9 class postponed

Time: 6:00 - 8:30PM
Location: The Pottery Studio 
Fee: $35 per class
includes class, studio time, firing, glaze
Materials fee: $25 per bag of clay

The Mingei movement in Japan came out of the rich craft history of Korea and is known as “Folk Art “ or “pottery of the people”. The purpose of the movement is to supply utilitarian objects for everyday life made by unknown craftsmen. The belief is that great beauty and spiritual ease can be found in the unselfconscious relationship between the potter, clay and fire. Potter Shoji Hamada and practiced this approach and, along with Bernard Leach and Soetsu Yanagi, made it into an international movement. 

One of the most common pots produced by Mingei potters is the Yunomi, an everyday teacup not associated with the tea ceremony. This class will discover and explore the tremendous aesthetic possibilities of making teacups in the Mingei tradition. 

About the class
Approaching this class one should remember that the most important and unique tool potters have are our hands. The emphasis of this class is repetitive, non-judgemental throwing, trimming, and surface/shape manipulation. Finishing work, including brushwork with washes, slips and glazes, and firing techniques are also explored.  We will introduce a variety of techniques inspired by Japanese and Korean aesthetics: tataki (coiling and paddling), mishima (slip inlay), hakime (brushed slip), kohiki (dipped slip), throwing off the hump, sgraffito, and tool or stamp-making.
The goal is to make a body of work, enabling students to begin to discover their personal artistic voice. 

The class includes:
•    Three weekly hours of demonstration and instruction in developing ceramic techniques and meeting              technical challenges.
•    Presentation and discussion of Mingei history, concepts, and aesthetics.
•    Three weekly hours of optional open studio time for participants to focus on their individual work and              technique and receive additional support from the instructor.
        All levels welcome.  No ceramic experience necessary. For ages 16+. 

Registration Unavailable- CLASS IS FULL

Beginning Ceramics: Hand Building and Wheel Throwing
with Frank Creney

Day: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM

March: 22, 29
April: 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.

Saturday  Ceramics for children ages 7-12
with Nancy Blank

Day: Saturdays

March: 19, 26
April: CANCELED 2, 9

Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: The Potter Studio    
Fee: $30 per class

A series of pottery experiences, glazing and firing


Beginning Drawing
Nancy Blank

Day: Monday

March: 21, 28
April: 4, 11

Time: 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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

March: 22, 29
April: 5, 12, 19, 26
May: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

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 


Origami Boxes
with Lynn Hoeft

Monday, May 2
Time: 6:00 - 7:30PM
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $20

Learn how to fold a sheet of beautifully printed card stock into a small box with a lid. These origami boxes are great for keeping earrings, stamps, paperclips, buttons or any collection of tiny things you might have.


Memory Support Group
with Nancy Langman and Victoria Haeselbarth

Day: Wednesdays 

Resuming January 13th

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. 

                    MVGAZETTE: Memory Loss Support Create Positive Connections

No registration necessary 


Featherstone Uke Jam
with Deirdre DeCarion and Clara Kisko

Days: Wednesday

March: 16, 23, 30
April: 6, 13, 20, 27
May: 4, 11, 18, 25

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 for information about the Martha's Vineyard Ukulele Festival coming up this Fall!

No registration necessary 

Beginner Ukulele
with Andy Herr

Days: Wednesday

May: 4, 11, 18, 25
June: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July: 6, 13, 20, 27

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

Class size limited to 10 student

Intermediate Ukulele Class
with Andy Herr

Day: Thursday

Dates TBA

Time: 5:30 - 6:30PM
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $10 per class

This intermediate class is designed for those experienced in basic chord structures and progressions who are looking to expand their knowledge of the ukulele. Students will learn basic music theory, new technical skills, and elements of melody and harmony for playing lead and improvising.

Class size limited to 10 student


Making Sense of Watercolor
with Lynn Hoeft

Day: Mondays

March 7, 14, 21, 28
April: 4, 11, 18, 25
May: 2, 9

Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM
Location: The Studio 
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.

Oil Painting from the Beginning 
with Liz Taft

Days: Thursdays & Saturdays

March: 31
April: 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28

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

Limited to 6 people

This is the class for you if you have always wanted to try oils but you aren’t sure how to go about it.  Learn step by step how to choose materials, how to lay out your palette, how to mix colors and finally how to start painting. Then the focus with be on observation of still life.

Red, Yellow and Blue: Color Mixing for Watercolor
with Lynn Hoeft

Saturday, April 16
10:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $50
Painting with watercolors can be frustrating if you end up with muddied colors, or just plain mud!
In this one day workshop, we'll look at why transparent watercolor is so different from oils and acrylics and how to choose the brands, grades and pigments that give artists the best chance for success.

We'll talk about complimentary colors, transparent vs. opaque pigments and how to soften and tone down those too-bright tube colors. There will be a short demo and then students will work on a small still life painting to put many of these concepts into practice.

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Making Sense of Watercolor- Sundays
with Lynn Hoeft

Day: Sunday 

May Canceled 15, 22

Time: 1:00 - 3:00PM
Location: The Studio 
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.

Painting Class
with John Holladay

Days: Saturday

March: 19
April: 2, 9
May:7, 14

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!

Preparing for Plein Air 
with Liz Taft

Please call Featherstone for Dates

Time: 3:30 - 5:00PM
Location: The Pebble
Fee: $35

This class will focus on preparing you for en plain air workshops scheduled this Summer.

Mailbox Painting Workshop
with Billie Jean Sullivan

Date: TBA

Time: 1:00 - 4:00PM
Location: The Pebble 
Fee: $45 for the class, $25 for small mailbox
Please feel free to bring in your own mailbox

This three hour workshop will cover many different paint techniques and guide you through completing a beautifully designed mailbox. Please bring sketches of your ideas for your design to class.

8 people max. (over 16 yrs) not suggested for chemically sensitive people

The Ralph Lauren Specialty Paint Demonstration & Tutorial
with Billie Jean Sullivan

Time: 2:00 - 4:00pm  
Fee: $30.00
Location: The Studio

*River Rock
*Polished Patina (new)

Composition : Finding Your Focus

Oil Painting 
with Leslie Baker

Day: Wednesdays

May: 25
June: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Will be offered again in September

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

One of the hardest things is finding your focus in the composition, particularly when confronted with a confusing plein air scene or complex still life. This 6 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 first class will meet at Featherstone. An on site schedule for the remaining 5 sessions will be handed out at that time. In the event of bad weather the class will meet inside.


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

a selection of small gessoed wood panels or small canvases for painting i.e.. 5x7, 8x10 , 9x12 etc. Try to have at least two or 3 of the same size. (Dick Blick sells these online under their brand, also Ampersand, American easel wood painting panels. Or have Cottles cut some birch plywood in various sizes for you)

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

nickel 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


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: 21, 28
April: 4, 11, 18
May: 9, 16, 23, 30

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

No registration necessary 


Open Printmaking Studio

Day: Mondays

March: 21, 28
April: 4, 11, 18, 25
May: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm
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



with Julia Mitchell

Day: Monday

March: 7, 14, 21, 28
April: 4, 11, 18, 25
May: 2, 9, canceled 16, 23

Time: 6:30 - 8:30PM
Location: The Studio
Fee: $35 per class
This course is designed to be an on-going class, please plan on attending multiple classes 

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

March: 16, 23, 20
April: CANCELED 6, 13, 27
May: 4, 11, 18, 25
June: 1, 8, 15, CANCELED 22, 29

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

March: 16, 23, 20
April: CANCELED 6, 13, 27
May: 4, 11, 18, FULL 25
June: 1, 8, 15, CANCELED 22CANCELED 29

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.