Pottery from Spring 2015

Grades 1 - 4, Spring 2015There was some amazing work created in the ceramic studio by young artists this spring. If your child took my class and you have not picked up their work, please call the office at, 617-730-2700, to make arrangements. We’ll be making room for the summer term soon and have to throw out unclaimed pieces. Thank you!

Summer Courses 2015

Acrylic painting  by Marietje Halberstma, adult course - winter term

Acrylic painting by Marietje Halberstma, adult course – winter term

I’m teaching two summer courses this year, starting in the second week of June!

Working from nature, still-life, photographs, and independent ideas, students ages 11-15 will be introduced to specific drawing fundamentals and techniques including line drawing, value, shape, pattern, texture, shading, perspective, and composition. Mediums that will be explored include charcoal, pastel, inks, paint, and paper. A $35 materials fee is included in the course fee.

Do you want to learn painting techniques? Are you intimidated by the requirements, rules, and rigors of creating a highly polished, finished work of art on canvas? You may find that by sketching on paper with acrylic paints, you will be less “awed” by the artistic experience, and will enjoy the activity, without the pressure of creating interesting visual images. We will develop fundamental painting techniques as we paint from a variety of subjects including still lifes and landscapes. Our art will progress from sketches to a finished painting and you may discover that your loose manner is as beautiful and interesting as more polished works. A supply list will be mailed upon registration.

HeArt for Art – May 9th

Web_Event_Page-500x252Join Arts Resource Collaborative for Kids in the Boston Common on Saturday, May 9th for our A HeART for ART event! Come to our table near the Earl of Sandwich anytime from 12-4pm and show us what you love by decorating a paper heart. Donate your heart back to ARCK and you will get a sweet treat from Ben & Jerry’s! ARCK will then hang the hearts in Boston businesses to gain awareness for arts education. If you are craving more ice cream, then head to Ben & Jerry’s on Newbury St. to get a HeArt for Art Sundae where 100% of the proceeds from that sundae will be donated to ARCK. Please support art education in Boston.

“Mr. Wilber, Arts Administrator”

arck_logo_mainIt became a whirlwind month when I was selected as the new Education/Program Coordinator of ARCK! Based in Downtown Boston, ARCK places teaching artists in public schools without art programs. But we don’t just teach art, we incorporate science, math, geography, culture, leadership in our classes. That’s right, something I’ve been doing since I began teaching in 2007. When I was invited aboard, I jumped at the chance to be working with like minded professionals who make up an enthusiastic and creative team. I’m three weeks in and I’ve already learned a lot, shared a ton of laughs, and met some amazing students. I have a lot of ideas of how to move forward and I’m excited to begin the 2015-16 school year!

Spring classes 2015

Comic book in progress by Charlotte, age 9.

Comic book in progress by Charlotte, age 9.

Hello! I’m close to falling behind deadlines due to bad weather, illness, and all around winter ickiness. Currently staff and educators of Brookline Adult Community Education and the Brookline Arts Center are rearranging schedules to accommodate make up classes due to snow days. I’m trying to wrap two (or three) paintings in the hopes I can submit them into national juried shows at the later part of the season. In three short weeks the spring term begins and I’m offering lots of creative fun for youth, teen and adults! Check ’em out! Continue reading

My (lack) of works in progress …

The winter months in New England have been brutal and weighing on me physically and mentally. I’ve barely spent more than a few hours a week in the studio. I’ve tried to work from home, but that’s almost never fully successful. I’m determined to finish, “Fireball Jackson”, by the end of the month.

Underpainting for “Passion”, oil on canvas.

“Fireball Jackson”, oil on canvas and mixed media.

Winter term 2015

Tony, 15, preparing his installation piece.

It’s been a rush to wrap up the fall semester, prepare for the holidays, pack for a week in Punta Cana while simultaneously plan for the winter term of classes beginning the second week of January! I have some fun stuff planned for youth, teen, and adult, hopefully you can join me! I’ll be updating this in the coming weeks, so please check back!

Happy holidays!

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Announcing Paint Nights With Steven Derrick!

BVrLpYbCcAA-zbFPaint Night, Fridays – 6:30-9pm

Portraits: September 26, Landscape: October 24, Still Life: November 21

Want a fun way to unwind with friends? Maybe you’re looking to meet new people who are also ready to get creative? Learn the basics of painting with acrylics in a fun environment for one, two or three nights of artistic entertainment. Refreshments provided.