"Bringing Art to the People and People to the Arts"

Upcoming Classes

Register online by clicking the links below. All registrations and payments must be made online in advance. Space will not be held for unpaid registrations.

Sketching in Pen and Ink

Date: Thursdays in August (5:30-8:30pm)
Cost: $35 ($30 for BRAC Members) per session
Instructor: Holly Hannon

This pen and ink drawing with watercolor wash was done by one of Holly's beginner students using a light box . Imagine doing a drawing of your home or a favorite vacation spot! Explore drawing in all the various ink mediums and sketch the subjects you enjoy. Create vignettes of vacations, recollections, historic landmarks, or beloved pets. We will use India ink, electric erasers, simple watercolors, micro pens, drafting pens, and scratch board. Classes are individually priced. Take as many classes as you can or as few as you choose.

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Keep It Simple, Landscapes in Pastel

Date: Thursday, August 15 (12:30-4:30pm)
Cost: $45 ($40 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Brenda McLean

Begin with a simple composition inspired by a photograph of your choosing, do a quick value study sketch which becomes the under-painting. Bring in the soft pastels to layer and blend that luscious color. Pastels are the easiest and fastest way to achieve brilliant effects. All materials, including source photographs, will be provided. Just wear a smile and an old t-shirt!

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Playing Fast and Loose - Pastel Landscapes

Date: Thursday, August 22 (12:30-4:30pm)
Cost: $45 ($40 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Brenda McLean

Using a photograph of your choice as inspiration, we will sketch a quick and simple composition of main shapes, block in local color with hard pastel, and brush with alcohol to melt the color and achieve a loose energetic under-painting. Bring in the soft pastels to layer color and detail, achieving a luscious, loose, landscape. All materials, including source photographs, will be provided. Just wear a smile and an old t-shirt!

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Mixed Media with Tyvek

Date: Saturday, August 24 (10am - Noon)
Cost: $45 ($40 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Diana Walter

Diana Walter is an award winning artist using this unusual addition to her vast selection of materials furnished to inspire the creation of your own prize-winner!! Diana is an excellent instructor and you will see how scrumptious her work is when you view her special exhibit which opened at BRAC July 19. Come and see her show and then go home and sign up for this most wonderful of classes! You totally love collage---you simply may not have known it yet!

CLASS IS FULL

Explorations in Clay

Date: Tuesday, August 27 (6-9pm)
Cost: $45 ($40 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Wendy Converse

Take a break from your busy schedule and explore the fun and exciting world of clay in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere . During this workshop, you will design and create small bowls and trays, personalized wall plaques and other functional or sculptural objects of your choosing. All materials all provided. Wendy will glaze and return finished works 2 weeks after class ends.

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Opposites Attract. Pastel Landscape

Date: Thursday, August 29 (12:30-4:30pm)
Cost: $45 ($40 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Brenda McLean

Working from a source photograph, you will sketch in large shapes to create your composition. The next step is to block in areas of color opposite to the colors seen in photo. If the grass in green, you will paint it red! You will then layer in the more realistic hues to create a landscape that vibrates with the color tension! Such fun!! The underlying color peeks through giving the landscape such liveliness.

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Perspective Drawing

Date: Saturday, August 31 (10am-Noon)
Cost: $40 ($35 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Donna Juras

Donna Juras is one of your favorite instructors! She will teach perspective in drawing. She will make it easy and interesting. Improve all your approaches to painting and drawing.

CLASS IS FULL

Perspective Drawing

Date: Sunday, September 1 (1-3pm)
Cost: $40 ($35 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Donna Juras

Donna Juras is one of your favorite instructors! She will teach perspective in drawing. She will make it easy and interesting. Improve all your approaches to painting and drawing.

CLASS IS FULL

Heat It Up with Raku

Date: Tuesdays, September 10 & 24 (6-9pm)
Cost: $80 ($75 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Wendy Converse

Heat up your clay experience with Raku! This intense and immediate clay firing technique creates unique metallic and crackled surfaces you can't get with any other method. In this 2-day workshop, you will experience clay from start to finish. You will make your own clay pieces on the first night, then return a couple weeks later to decorate, glaze and fire in our Raku Kiln. All participants are expected to participate in the firing process (it's the fun part) in some way or another. Cost includes clay, glazes and all materials you will need to create multiple clay projects that you’ll take home immediately after firing. This is an outdoor firing technique, therefore firing date may need to be rescheduled in the case of bad weather.

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Fundamentals of Drawing

Date: September 11 & 12, 2019 (11am-1pm)
Cost: $60 ($55 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Margaret Mattox

The purpose of this class is to nail down proportion, scale, value and form. The first session will include instruction and demo, followed by the class drawing a still-life of several simple shapes. Session 2 will build upon session 1 - instruction and demo, followed by the class drawing a still life of simple organic objects. You will interpret and record what you see in 3D onto a 2D surface. A materials list will be provided to participants.

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Jump into Raku

Date: Saturday, September 14 (10am-1pm)
Cost: $45 ($40 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Wendy Converse

Jump start your clay experience with a morning of Raku! This intense and immediate clay firing technique creates unique metallic and crackled surfaces you can't get with any other method. For this one-day event, Wendy will provide pre-formed cups and bowls for you to decorate, glaze and fire in our Raku Kiln. All participants are expected to participate in the firing process (it's the fun part) in some way or another. Price includes two pieces you’ll take home the same day. This is an outdoor firing technique - workshop may be rescheduled in the case of bad weather.

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Mixed Media Collage on Paper

Date: September 26, 27 & 28, 2019 (10am-4pm)
Cost: $150 ($145 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Tom Dimond

You have seen Tom's work in our gallery. Now you can learn more about his techniques!

Students will learn how to make mixed media collages from start to finish, combining the techniques of watercolor washes, acrylic monotypes, photo transfer processes and over-painting with various mediums. Demonstrations will include applying watercolor washes, pulling monoprints from plexiglass and photo transfer processes. You will also coat pieces with various opaque mediums, sand, then apply watercolor wash to to coated paintings. And if you haven't learned enough, Tom will also cover ideas for reworking other pieces and the extending process.

A materials list will be provided to participants.

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Acrylic Painting on Slate Tiles

Date: Friday, October 4 (1-4pm)
Cost: $35 ($30 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Cathy Young

Join Cathy to paint these beautiful 6" x 9" tiles of natural slate, . Use as wall hangings in your home, inside or outside---- or as hot pads in the kitchen . Uses are limited only by your imagination. What a unusual gift! Choose oval or rectangular shapes. We will paint birds, flowers, butterflies---you decide. Paint one, and if you want a pair, you can purchase an additional tile for $8 and start on another one.
All materials provided. You need only your imagination and a smile. You will love Cathy and her easy going methods.

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Oil and Cold Wax Painting: Layers and Marks

Date: November 7, 8 & 9, 2019 (9:30am-4:30pm)
Cost: $150 ($145 for BRAC Members)
Instructor: Terry Garrard-Dimond

Cold Wax medium is a dense paste, and lends itself to creating textures within a painting and allows for expressive brush marks and the ability to carve into paint layers with palette knives. Cold Wax also gives oil colors a beautiful translucent quality, layered lightly working with transparent paints, a seductive surface similar to encaustic. The emphasis of this workshop is on establishing a foundation for working in this medium. Participants will leave with some finished work as well as starts to be finished at home. No previous experience required.

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