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!

Graphic Novel Exploration, Ages 10-12, Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, April 1 – June 3

Explore the subject of the graphic novel 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 4/22.

Drawing and Painting, Ages 11-15, 3:30-5:50pm, March 30 – May 15

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.

Studio Art, Ages 12-16, Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, March 31 – June 2

Learn what it is to be a working artist in a studio environment! This class is designed for beginners and advanced students who are serious about drawing and painting. Different techniques and a wide range of materials will be used to explore and help redefine students’ art class experience. Use what is studied and discussed along with your imagination to create your own unique masterpiece by the end of the term. No class 4/21.

April Vacation (April 20-24)

Sculpture in Clay, Ages 5-7, 9-10:30am / Ages 8-10, 10:30am-noon

Enjoy the wonders of clay in a pottery studio and learn hand-building techniques as we sculpt ceramic creatures to take home and enjoy.

Cartoon Art, Ages 8-10, 1:30-3pm

Stretch, squash, bend flatten cartoon characters in this comic drawing class where you’ll learn about basic shapes, proportion, facial expression, and perspective.

Aspiring Architect, Ages 8-10, 3-4:30pm

Imagine a world underwater or a city of tree houses. Using architecture and the built environment as our guide, we’ll turn drawings into models and sculptures.

Acrylic Painting, Adults, Mondays, 7-9pm, March 30 – May 15

Acrylic paint, the chosen medium for many amateur and professional artists, is versatile, non-toxic, easy to clean, and offers brilliant color. This course provides an introduction to the skills and practice of acrylic painting, including paint thinning, surface preparation, and paint application techniques. We will also concentrate on general painting skills such as composition and color mixing. Students will be encouraged to pursue their own choices in subject matter and style. Artists of all levels welcome. A supply list will be mailed upon registration.

Mixed Media Illustration, Adults, Tuesdays, 7-9pm, March 31 – May 26

An illustration is a picture, diagram, drawing, or any image used to interpret or illuminate text. Through a series of creative exercises, we will explore the relationship between literary and visual arts, while also learning basic drawing skills, including line, proportion, perspective, and page composition. We’ll also work with cut paper, ink, watercolor, and collage. You’ll learn how to create documentary images that tell an interesting story. Please bring a 3B and 6B pencil, eraser, sharpener, and a 12″ x 18″ sketchpad to the first class. Further supplies will be discussed at the first meeting.

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