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!

Ages 8-10

Graphic Novel Exploration

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, January 14-March 11

Explore the subject of the graphic novel with comic books by delving into the history of the medium and its influences on animation, music and film. Students will learn to give realistic expression to their drawings of original characters and create their own graphic novel with focus on story structure. Materials included. No class 2/18.

Ages 10-12 (February Vacation)

Pottery and Wheelthrowing Intensive
Monday through Friday, 9am-2pm

This hands on pottery program will introduce students to wheelthrowing and handbuilding fundamentals. Explore your creativity while learning techniques for creating your own mugs, bowls and other unique pieces! Class will break for a 30-45 minute lunch.

Ages 11-15

Drawing and Painting Skills for Kids

Mondays, 5:30-7pm, January 12-Febuary 23

Working from nature, still-life, photographs, and independent ideas, young artists 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.

Ages 15-17

Studio Art
Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, January 13-March 10

Learn what it is to be a working artist in a studio environment. Use what is studied and your imagination to create your own unique masterpiece by the end of the term! Sketchbook required. No class 2/17.


Sketching with Paint

Mondays, 7-9pm, January 12-Febuary 23
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.

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.

Summer Schedule for SWart Studio!

Summer Schedule for SWart Studio!

Steven’s summer schedule of classes has finally been released and registration info can be found in catalogs for the Brookline Arts Center and Brookline Adult & Community Education, or online. Steven’s already begun planning and collaborating for some exciting classes … Continue reading