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Adult Courses - SPRING 2017




Silkscreen Workshop (Adult, 16+)
This workshop will provide students with the necessary skills and techniques needed for the creation of a simple one color silk screen. Over four sessions students will create their image, prepare their screen, expose and print edition of prints. Silk-screening has exceptional versatility, without requiring expensive equipment, making it an excellent method of printmaking for both beginners and experienced print makers.
Instructor: Samuel Guy

4 Weeks; Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Wood Block Printmaking
You will design your own image, transfer it to the wood block and carve to make a relief-printing block. Cutting into the wood is a satisfying process, and printmaking allows for changes and alterations of your image. Print in classic black on white, change colors of ink and paper, or color in your prints!
Lois Andersen
6 Weeks, Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00pm


Meditation and Art
Meditation and mindfulness are skills that we can develop to increase both our health and our creative expression. In this class, we will practice five different types of meditation and explore the connection between our practice to our experience of art making. All levels of artistic experience are welcome to join this supportive environment and find new ways to be mindful of our creative process.
: Kara Wetzel
6 Weeks; Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00p

Interplay: Stories in the Fields of Possibility
This workshop teaches ways to tell and move our stories, as well as new ways of listening and responding to other people’s stories. Experiment with stretching, breathing, moving your hand, 3-sentence stories and in the process builds very real opportunities for your body, mind, heart and spirit to play together with a process called InterPlay.
: CC King
6 Weeks, Alternate Thursdays 10:00-11:30am
April 13, 27; May 11, 25; June 8, 22

Cost: $125 for all 7 weeks (After required minimum, drop-in rate = $20/week)


Bollywood Fitness
Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program that combines exhilarating choreography and intensive workouts with upbeat music from around the world. We begin with a 5-10 minute warm up and end with a 5 minute cool down. It's a high energy workout that will get you moving, sweating, burning, and smiling - all at the same time.
: Renu Goyal
8 Weeks; Mondays, 11:00am-12:00pm


Sewing and Quilting - NEW
Do you want to learn basic sewing and quilting skills?  Then this is the class for you. In this class, you will learn to use your sewing machine and make beautiful projects at the same time.  This class will help you raise your sewing confidence and have fun.  Bags, zippered projects and small quilts are some of the items on the menu to inspire and create.
Instructor: Kate Wellen
8 Weeks; Mondays, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Needle Felting and Fiber Art - NEW

Students will not only explore the basics of sculptural needle felting, but also learn how to incorporate yarn, threads and other fibers into a felted project. They will become familiar with “wet” felting technique as well. The projects will combine fleece, yarn, knitted fabric or other textiles, and the students will have a chance to knit, crochet or sew.
Instructor: Anastasia Semesh
6 Weeks; Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:30pm

Intro to Stained Glass and Mosaics

In this eight-week class, students will learn the fundamentals of stained glass and mosaics, and make a small stained glass project and a mosaic panel. Glass and tile cutting, grouting, soldering, fitting pieces to a pattern, and different approaches to mosaics will be covered.
Instructor: Kathy Muse Mayer
8 Weeks; Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30pm

Intro to Mosaics - NEW

Students will create mosaics using the direct and indirect method, and will be given the opportunity to work with both tile and glass as a mosaic medium. Tile placement and style, and different kinds of materials used for mosaics will be covered. Tile nipping, glass cutting, and grouting will be skills learned in the class. A small window mosaic will be included in the work in the class.
Instructor: Kathy Muse Mayer
6 Weeks; Fridays, 1:00-4:00pm

Advanced Stained Glass - NEW

Students will refining glass cutting skills, improving their soldering, and learn about pattern making, overlays, and ways of reinforcing larger panels, and create a more complex panel using the copper foil approach. Student will also get the chance to learn the method of “leading”, and create a small traditional leaded stained glass panel. Prerequisite: Intro to Stained Glass and Mosaics Class, or prior stained glass experience
Instructor: Kathy Muse Mayer
8 Weeks; Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30pm


Beginner Drawing
For those of you who have always wanted to learn how to draw and never really got the chance, this is for you. Bring your open mind, willingness to try new things out and we will have some lovely drawings by the end of the semester! I will take you through basic exercises that will help demystify the art of drawing and support your progress.
: Bryony Bensly
8 Weeks; Mondays, 1:00-4:00pm

Intermediate Drawing
Following on the heels of the Beginner Drawing class, we bring you Intermediate Drawing! Covering more techniques and materials, the student will be able to expand into the world of color and deepen an understanding of everything covered in the first drawing course or build upon any basic understandings of drawing.
: Bryony Bensly
8 Weeks; Mondays, 4:30-6:30pm

Beginner Figure Drawing
If you have always wanted to draw members of your family or friends, or incorporate the figure into your work, this course is for you! It’s a course that will simplify and demystify the figure and give you a straightforward approach. Using age old techniques and working from a life model, we will start small and then develop, until we can draw the whole figure!
: Bryony Bensly
8 Weeks; Wednesdays, 5:00-7:00pm

Long Pose Figure Study for Drawers and Painters
We provide the studio, model, easels, tables, and sculpture stands.  The first half hour of class will be shorter gesture poses, followed by two one-hour poses. Bring your own supplies.
No Instructor

10 Weeks; Thursdays, 9:30am-12:30pm

Silverpoint Drawing – NEW
Used in the Renaissance by artist such as Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Durer to create exquisitely delicate portraits, the art of silverpoint drawings has been largely neglected. This drawing medium differs from pencil or charcoal in that it is inherently soft and subtle. Through demonstrations and hands-on exploration, students will learn how to prepare the special surface required for silverpoint drawing.
Denise Mickilowski
8 Weeks; Thursdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

Drop-In Life Drawing
The Umbrella provides a model and easels for 3 hours. Work in any drawing medium—bring your own supplies! Visit the website for model schedule and times.
No Instructor

10 Weeks; Fridays, 9:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $25/class, $60/3 classes or $100/5 classes
Also, use this course to register for the remaining dates of the Winter session March 3 - 31.

Writing and Illustrating a Picture Book
This course will focus on the creation of a picture book. This might be a book for children, a book of poetry, or an original text or a journal of travel.  Students will learn how to create a picture book using both the text and sequential images. Students may use media such as water colors, acrylics, gouache, or pen & ink or digital images for those who have the necessary computer skills.
: Ilse Plume
10 Weeks; Tuesdays, 9:30am-12:00pm


Oil Painting: Considering Composition and Color
Join in this group to work in a traditional approach, allowing room for great variety of sensibilities. Emphasis will be on the use of color/values and solid composition. Each class will begin with a series of projected images of paintings for the class to discuss and analyze.
: Lois Andersen
8 Weeks; Mondays, 7:00-9:30pm

Beginner and Intermediate Acrylic Painting
Starting with basic techniques and an introduction to the acrylic medium, this course takes you through a series of exercises, with support from the instructor-your canvas will begin to reflect your newfound understanding of color and composition.
: Joy Buell
8 Weeks; Wednesdays, 9:30am-12:30pm

Classical Oil Painting
This course studies the fundamentals of oil painting and is for students with fundamental drawing skills. Students will use age old techniques and learn about tools and processes to advance in oil painting. The class is open to those who are new to oils or those students who would like practice with classical techniques.  Required Prerequisite: Beginner drawing or equivalent with instructor approval.
: Bryony Bensly
8 Weeks; Wednesdays, 1:00-4:00pm

Painting with Gouache

Gouache is a semi-translucent medium that is more opaque than watercolor. While it can be as fluid as traditional watercolor, it can also be used like egg tempera to create a richly-detailed design. Gouache tends to be more “forgiving” than watercolor, allowing you to correct your mistakes. Basic techniques will be demonstrated and students will work either from a still life or on a project of their choosing.
: Denise Mickilowski
8 Weeks; Thursdays, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Figuration in Contemporary Painting – NEW!
This course seeks to propose a critical response to figuration, its role and resurgence in 21st century painting. Through the creation of paintings focused on late 20th and 21st century artist’s students will learn new languages in figurative painting.
: Samuel Guy
8 Weeks; Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm

Drawing into Painting: The Figure and Water Media

Practice using the drawing process to inspire painting and build confidence for more intensive studio work. Students can use any water based painting medium (ink, watercolor, acrylic, or gouache) and will work from the nude model. Students should have some experience in their chosen medium. Please bring all supplies to the first class.
Instructor: Kat O’Connor
3 sessions; Fridays, 9:30am-4:00pm: June 2, 9, 16



Watercolor Workshop Series
This series of three watercolor workshops will include creating stone textures, clouds, grasses, waves, trees, and atmospheric perspective. If you’re a beginner, you’ll learn basic techniques and methods. If you’ve used this medium before, you will get a chance to expand your work with an opportunity for critiques.  Bring your supplies and enthusiasm!
Instructor: Glenn W. Davis
Sundays, 1:00 – 5:00pm: April 2, May 7, June 4
NOTE: Time change.

Faux Finish and Decorative Painting Workshop
Using water-based paint, learn how to create faux finishes imitating wood, stone, marble, malachite and more. The decorative painting methods of sponging, marbling, ragging and stenciling will also be covered. You will learn from a professional artist with over 15 years of experience in art restoration and decorative painting. Materials list provided.
Instructor: Denise Mickilowski
Saturday; April 15th, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Plein Air Workshop on Monhegan Island, ME

Join a congenial, supportive group of painters on Monhegan Island for three full days of drawing and painting with instructor, Lois Andersen. Demonstrations and group critiques will give you vital input for your work. Arrive on Sunday, June 18, depart June 22 for three full days of painting. Just four square miles of land, Monhegan sits 10 miles off the coast of Maine. The island has been a summer haven for artists and naturalists since the 1800’s and offers rich options for artists; crashing Atlantic surf on granite cliffs, a small harbor nestled between islands and a winding dirt road populated by weathered wooden frame houses. Critique and group discussions will be at Monhegan House.
Travel and accommodation arranged privately.
Instructor: Lois Andersen
June 18th – 22nd
Deadline to register is May 31

The Family Ceramics Workshop, Playing with Clay Together with Joanne Stowell, can be found in the Youth program course offerings.
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Online registration for this program is currently closed/unavailable. Please contact The Umbrella Arts Center for further information.