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Adult Courses - SPRING 2018 @ 57 ORNAC

All Adult courses (except ceramics) are being held at The Umbrella Annex @ 57 Old Road Nine Acre Corner (ORNAC)




Meditation and Art
Mindfulness is a contemplative practice that has been shown to enhance focus and promote stress management. We will use drawing, painting, and other projects to explore a different path to living a more mindful life. No artistic experience is necessary, but established artists will discover new ways to experience their creativity. The practice of art accompanied by mindfulness leads to new insights and viewpoints of our individual experience in the world. Come join us to deepen your awareness, peace and presence.
: Kara Wetzel
6 Weeks; Saturdays, 10:30am-12:00pm
April 7 - May 19; No class April 14


Introduction to Needle Felting and Wet Felting
Felt-making is an ancient art that can be found in many cultures. Although its origins were more practical than artistic, the old techniques have evolved and new ones have been invented. Modern felting often straddles the line between art and craft. If you love color and texture, and find satisfaction in creating things with your hands, this class is for you. Basic wet and needle techniques will be taught through weekly projects.
Instructor: Elizabeth Stubbs
6 Weeks; Mondays, 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. Class will be held at instructor’s private home. Location details upon class registration.
Instructor: Kathy Muse Mayer
8 Weeks; Tuesdays, 7:00-9:30pm

Advanced Stained Glass
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. Class will be held at instructor’s private home. Location details upon class registration.
: Kathy Muse Mayer
8 Weeks; Wednesdays, 7:00-9:30pm

Next Level Quilting
Do you want to learn to make beautiful quilts?  Do you have the basics of rotary cutting, measuring, and using a sewing machine? Then this is the class for you!  Each week you will learn a new technique along with helpful tips to make your quilts come together easily. Some experience is necessary along with a sewing machine in good working order.
Instructor: Kate Wellen
8 Weeks; Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:00pm

Continuing Needle Felting and Wet Felting
This class takes felt making beyond the basics. In addition to practicing wet and dry techniques, we will explore some new ones and begin to create original art through combining these elements. We will look into some of the more challenging techniques, such as Nuno, Shibori, slashing and resist. Some projects will require more than one class to complete. Open to adults who have some felting experience, or with permission of the instructor.
Instructor: Elizabeth Stubbs
8 Weeks; Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:30pm


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 watercolors, acrylics, gouache, or pen & ink or digital images for those who have the necessary computer skills.
: Ilse Plume
10 Weeks; Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:30pm

Intermediate Drawing – NEW
This intermediate drawing class is for people who have taken beginner drawing and want to work on their technique. We’ll look at landscapes to understand perspective as well as space. Mediums such as pencil, pen and ink, and other mediums will be explored. A mix of all will be encouraged! Helpful critiques and Art Historical references will be included in this drawing journey.
Instructor: Joy Buell
6 Weeks; Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm

Figure and Portrait
Expression using the figure is the focus of this class. We will explore art history, anatomy as well as composition. The model will be used in a variety of poses-one week -shorter nude poses-2nd week a long pose and the 3rd week is a clothed portrait.  Media recommended for this class are pastel, charcoal, pencil, or acrylic paint. This class is open to those who are serious about being creative with the figure.
Instructor: Joy Buell
8 Weeks; Thursdays, 9:30am – 12:30pm

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

Beginner Drawing

This class offers instruction for a beginner or for those who drew years ago and want a refresher course. We will begin with line, work into value, and progress from there into composition and perspective. The class builds from the lessons of the previous weeks, so consistent attendance is recommended. Student can explore drawing with different mediums including colored pencils, willow or vine soft charcoal or compressed charcoal, ink, and dry pastel.
Instructor: Joy Buell
6 Weeks; Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:00pm

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


Plein Air Painting - NEW
Enjoy the beauty of the Concord area by drawing or painting on site at a different location for each class. Weather depending, all drawing and painting will be done outdoors. Instructor will work with students to complete their work primarily on site in that time. Any drawing or painting media and all skill levels welcome. No pressure, just and enjoyable art-making experience!
Instructor: Joanne Stowell
8 Weeks; Mondays, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Still Life Painting
In this class we will be painting the still life from direct observation. Each week we will work on a new set up of objects, both traditional (fruit and flowers), and more contemporary subject matter. The class addresses: composition, color relationships, how to begin a painting and learning new painting techniques as we go along. Oil paints are preferred, acrylics can be used. All levels are welcome.
Instructor: Denise Mickilowski
8 Weeks; Mondays, 10:00am – 1:00pm

Landscape Painting

Bring in your favorite landscape photos and learn the fundamentals of landscape painting. We will learn how to develop the visual space, how to construct your compositions and learn a variety of painting techniques.  Also, we will discuss various artists and how they have interpreted their work. Oil or acrylics can be used. All levels welcome.
: Denise Mickilowski
8 Weeks; Mondays, 1:30 – 4:30pm

Oil Painting; Considering Composition and Color
Working with oil paint is a rich experience with a long history. Join this congenial group of dedicated students working in a traditional approach, allowing room for great variety of sensibilities. Emphasis will is 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. Still life arrangements will always be available as subject matter, or you can supply your own. All levels of experience are welcome.
Instructor: Lois Andersen
8 Weeks; Mondays, 7:00 – 9:30pm

Discovering Your Personal Style

This class is perfect for those who have already learned the basics of oil painting and who want to take it to the next level. The instructor will work with each student to see where they already are and to help them bring more of their own voice into their work by experimenting with different ways to paint, individualized color palettes, etc.
Instructor: Joanne Stowell
8 Weeks; Tuesdays, 10:00am – 12:30pm

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

Drawing into Painting - NEW
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 Weeks; Fridays, 9:30am-4:00pm (Dates: June, 1, 8, 15)

Intensive Water Media: Layering Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache - NEW
Use any or all of these media to create finished paintings. Layering of opaque and transparent media will be explored. Students should have some experience in at least one medium. Please bring all supplies to first class.
Instructor: Kat O’Connor
2 Weeks; Fridays, 9:30-4:00pm (Dates: April 13, 27)


Glass Fusing Workshop
During this three hour workshop, students will learn about the principles of glass fusing. Students will also be exposed to different approaches to creating fused art. Tiles, earrings, sun catchers, and pendants are among the projects that students will create during the afternoon.
Instructor: Kathy Muse Mayer
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:00pm: May 20th

Stained Glass Workshop
During this one day workshop, students will learn about the steps used in creating stained glass art. Students will build a panel or sun catcher from patterns and templates provided by the instructor. Glass cutting, soldering, and finishing techniques are among the skills taught in the class. Class will be held at the instructor's private home. Location details upon registration.
Instructor: Kathy Muse Mayer
Sundays, 1:00 - 6:00pm June 10

Plein Air Painting Workshop – Monhegan Island, ME - NEW
Step off the ferry onto Monhegan, “Painters Island”, for three days away. Time for painting, discussion, analysis and exploration of this beautiful island. Demonstrations and group critiques will give you vital input for your work. Arrive on Sunday, June 17, depart June 21 for three full days of painting. Travel and accommodation arranged privately. 
Instructor: Lois Andersen
Dates: June 17 – 21

Youth and Family Workshops can be found HERE!

Online registration for this program is currently closed/unavailable. Please contact The Umbrella Community Arts Center for further information.