Studio Art



You don’t have to be Picasso to enjoy our Drawing and Painting classes. Artists of all levels have the opportunity to create mini-masterpieces in The Arts Center’s drawing, painting, and printmaking courses.

Not sure where to begin? Try Drawing for the Terrified, Intuitive Painting, or any other Beginner-level class.

Bring your sense of adventure as you explore new tools, materials, and mediums in Studio Art classes at The Arts Center.


Saturday, Aug 2, 2014
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Political Art: An Aesthetic Account of Dissent

August 2, 2014 to August 3, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Faheem Haider

This two-day workshop will introduce political art as a historically grounded contemporary art practice that both shapes and is shaped by the content of political dissent. Students will begin this crash course thinking about politics and art, and then set to work making artwork that may be deemed “political”. Throughout the workshop we will be analyzing and discussing the reason why the work we are making succeeds or fails as political art. After all, good political art must first be good art! All ideas about the political and about art will be made welcome.

Monday, Aug 4, 2014
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White Line Woodblock “Provincetown” Print

August 4, 2014 to August 25, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: William Skerritt

The white line woodblock print, aka the “Provincetown Print”, is made by a process that requires one tool, watercolors, and a silver spoon. No press or toxic substances are required. The process was developed in the Provincetown art colony around 1915 as a way of producing colorful prints using only one wood block, and has proliferated as a regional art form. In four classes you will learn the technique and produce a print of your own design.

Wednesday, Aug 6, 2014
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Etching Workshop

August 6, 2014 to August 27, 2014 — 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM Instructor: Sunghee Park

This productive workshop will introduce or refresh the basic etching process. Students will be able to develop their own projects with technical support from the Instructor in an open studio format. Student feedback and discussion will be encouraged, and critiques will be given between the working of each process.

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014
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Abstract Painting Workshop

August 7, 2014 to August 14, 2014 — 06:30 PM to 09:30 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

Express yourself through line and shape. No need for realism, and you can’t fall back on your brush! In this abbreviated version of the course, students will work independently as they are guided through investigating the general language of abstract painting. Exploring direct contact with acrylic paint on canvas through different techniques and processes, the instructor will guide the student to develop their work in a manner different from a formal approach in order to understand effective use of color, texture, value, space, and non-representational modes of composition. All materials provided. All levels welcome.

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014
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NEW DATE! Figure Drawing for the Terrified

August 9, 2014 — 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

Have you always been intrigued by drawing from a live nude model, but lack a little confidence? This session is for you! We will break down the experience of drawing from a model to the most basic techniques, with a sense of humor and an attitude of effort is everything. Learn gesture sketches, contour line drawings, and basic proportions. By the end of this friendly class, you will improve your confidence and will be ready to take on more advanced classes in figure drawing and painting! Materials cover the cost of supplies and a live model.

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014
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Watercolor Workshop: Painting Summer Flowers

August 13, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 01:00 PM Instructor: Carol Bollinger Green

Enjoy the beauty of summer flowers in this workshop, for beginners as well as continuing students. Explore different ways of working with transparent watercolors, from free experimentation to a more controlled approach. Color theory and drawing will support each student’s personal creative expression.

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014
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The Mystery and History of Hands and Masks

August 16, 2014 to August 23, 2014 — 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

Explore the many dimensions of the human hand and face. In this workshop you will learn the power of the representation of hands and masks throughout the ages. Using plaster gauze you will use your own hand and face to create castes, and then embellish them as the muse moves you. This workshop is perfect for a parent and child, couples, best friends, or grandparent and grandchild.

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

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Figure Drawing Open Studio

August 23, 2014 — 01:30 PM to 04:30 PM Instructor: Armando Soto

Pre-registration is mandatory for this class. Immerse yourself in an intensive afternoon-long figure drawing experience offered in the “open-studio” tradition. The Arts Center faculty will be available for discussion, but no instruction will be provided unless requested. Draw from live nude models posing for quick, action-oriented gesture drawings, as well as longer poses ranging from 20 minutes to one hour. Improve your figurative drawing skills, build your portfolio, or simply have some fun! This draw-a-thon is open to all levels. Bring your own paper and pencils or other dry media. Drawing boards and easels will be provided. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Students under the age of 18 must have parent or guardian sign a release form.

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

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Basic Drawing Redux

August 23, 2014 to August 24, 2014 — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Monica Bill Hughes

Reference the traditional, most basic art form of drawing in non-traditional ways! In this intensive weekend workshop you will begin to explore creating artwork that stems from conceptual ideas rather than pure representation. Refresh your studio practice by approaching drawing from a new, thought-provoking angle! Come with ideas (What interests/excites you in contemporary culture?) and learn how to manipulate water-based media in traditional ways to create work that addresses these broader social ideas. Students should bring smooth drawing paper such as Bristol (whatever size you feel comfortable working), a variety of fine tip ink pens (Micron are best), liner brushes and acrylic inks and/or gouache if desired.

Sunday, Aug 24, 2014
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Discovering Joy and Expression in Abstract Pastel Painting with Robert Carsten

August 24, 2014 — 10:00 AM to 04:00 PM Instructor: Robert Carsten

This workshop will explore ways to express visual ideas with stunning beauty through abstraction. Whether beginner or more experienced with abstraction, discover new possibilities for artistic expression through Representational Abstraction, Abstract Impressionism, Abstract Naturalism and more, all of which will be demonstrated and discussed. Participants will learn ways to abstract from your own photos of any subject matter. Lots of painting time, helpful advice and loads of fun will make this an educational, creative and enjoyable painting experience with a very popular, nationally acclaimed instructor. All levels welcome from beginner through advanced.