4-April Classes 2011

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2011 Classes

Irene Plummer – April 5 Tuesday All day Artists Critique 10-4 with 1/2 hour break for lunch

Alexsondra Tomasulo – Ceramics Workshop

April 16th – 10:00 – 3:00    $60.oo members  $75 non/members

Decorative Tile Making / Wall Art

Come and learn how to create fun, fantastic or simple serene tiles. We will explore several different techniques and finish them using underglazes. They will be fired at a later date. Pick up of final project, to be announced.



The Art of Encaustic Painting   10-1  -5 weeks – Tuesdays

APRIL 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24  $225 members  $240 non-members

And…   Weekend  Introduction to Encaustic Painting: Friday April 29 6–9,   Saturday 10-1, Sunday 10-1

$135 members $150 non-members

Encaustic (the Greek word for “to burn”) is an ancient art form currently enjoying a resurgence throughout the country.  Discover why this unique painting medium is so seductive and satisfying!  An encaustic painting has a luminosity and depth that is unique and hard to achieve in any other medium.

Introduction to techniques. Discussion of the use of tools, heat gun, hot palette and safety issues. Distribution of materials.  Setting up individual spaces.  Setting goals.Learn the basics of applying wax, fusing, layering, creating smooth and textural surfaces.  Individual instruction, demos, and   time for private exploration. In-depth exploration of techniques, such as photo, embedding objects such  as fabric, paper, coins, stamps, metal.  Challenge yourself to further personalize your work. Photo transfer, collage techniques, incising and working with oil sticks and inks,  working 3-D and  framing are some of the additional things we will explore.

Otty Merrill is an artist from mid-coast Maine who maintains a studio in Tenants Harbor and Falmouth, near Portland.Her work has been shown at Portland events and mid-coast galleries, including The Center For Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport and is currently shown exclusively at Mars Hall Gallery in Port Clyde. Otty has recently become a member of the International Encaustic Artists and has  attended workshops in Tucson, Arizona with Danielle Woolfe, a renown encaustic artist from California and Paula Roland who teaches at Ghost Ranch in Sante Fe.  She will be attending again the annual Montserrat International Encaustic Conference in Massachusetts.  She has been a member artist  at “Running With Scissors”,  an  artists’ cooperative in Portland, Maine for several years.    Otty is a docent at the PORTLAND MUSEUM of ART and a frequent special events volunteer at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

Bobbi Heath


Daily Painting and Blogging – April 30 & May 1    9am-4 pm  $210 members $235 n/m

Do you want to paint regularly, but can’t find a way to fit it in? This workshop will show you how quick small paintings can be a rewarding way to improve your painting skills and to enjoy painting more. “Almost Daily Painter” (www.bobbiheath.blogspot.com), Bobbi Heath, who holds a fulltime “day” job, will explain techniques, materials, and an approach to daily painting that works.

A painting blog is a great device to help motivate and communicate your love for painting.

Bobbi will show you how to set up a painting blog. She will review several painting blogs that she follows, go through her blog, explaining what the blog elements are used for and her choices in setting up the blog. She will discuss photographing and scanning paintings and processing them in Photoshop Elements. Bobbi will answer questions such as “How do I get people to visit my blog?” and “Do I need a website and a blog?” Then Bobbi will create a new blog as an example, and provide how-to take home notes. For those who are interested, there will be the opportunity to monitor each other’s blogs over the subsequent month, make comments, and then get together for dinner to discuss the experience.

The painting portion of the workshop will consist of exercises focused on creating a finished painting in a short session, and having fun doing it, with demonstrations by Bobbi. She will discuss techniques that will help you get the most out of your painting time as well as subjects and reference materials particularly suited to daily painting. For an example exercise, see http://bobbiheath.blogspot.com/2009/11/10-minute-apples-and-workshop-in.html.

The two-day workshop will be divided roughly equally between learning how to set up and maintain your blog and experiencing daily painting. Bobbi will demonstrate with pen and ink sketches and oils. Students may use oils, gouache, or acrylics.

Irene Plummer


Acrylic Painting for Beginners and Intermediates

April 4, 11, 18, 25
Mondays  10am -1pm  $180 members $200 non-mem

Have you always wanted to paint but don’t know where to start, or think only “real artists” can? Or have you started the painting process but find yourself frustrated and could use some support to get to a more sophisticated level?

This course starts at the beginning. Absolutely no drawing or painting experience is required. All that is needed is enthusiasm, curiosity and the willingness to be open to the experience of painting. Through various exercises, students will learn the basics of painting in a non-competitive atmosphere. Various techniques of using the acrylic medium will be explored as well as composition and color theory. We will work primarily from the observed world, including still-life and landscape. If you are a “true blue” beginner, this class is for you. If you are not a beginner but want to learn more, this class is for you. Students will be expected to provide their own supplies. A list will be provided and explained in the first class.

Open Studio Life Drawing: monitor Roberta Goschke

Ongoing Wednesday evening 6 – 9 pm

$15 m/$20 n/m

Life Sculpture monitor: Kathleen Mack

Friday  mornings 9:30-12:30 $20 m $25 n/m

Life Sculpture monitor: Kathleen Mack

Tuesday evenings 6-9pm

$20m/$25 n/m