Spring and Summer Classes 2018

Supply, material and model fees are paid directly to the instructors in class.

An Artful Arrangement: Painting the Still Life in Pastel

Jeanne Tangney
Friday & Saturday, August 3 & 4
2 - Day Workshop
9 AM - 4 PM
Still lifes are much more than a collection of objects. A story can be told by the selected subjects and the space they occupy. Establishing a mood supports this narrative. In this workshop, we will study how to create the illusion of depth and atmosphere while learning the importance of values, form, edges and color. We will also explore the technical aspects of setting up a still life, lighting concerns, tips for accurate drawing, and guidelines for interesting compositions. Students will receive plenty of individualized instruction to help them reach their personal goals. Prior drawing and painting experience will be useful, but all levels are encouraged to participate in this workshop. Although demos will be in pastel, oil painters are also welcome as many of the concepts are common in both media.
$250 Members   $285 Non-members
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Oil & Water - Side by Side Painting Workshop

Painting in Wickford - A Plein Air Workshop
in multi mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic & pastel
with Bill Lane & Anthony Tomaselli

Fridays, June 1 - 22
(4 classes, rain date of 6/29 if needed)
9 AM - 4 PM
Contemporary oil painter Anthony Tomaselli and watercolorist Bill Lane join forces to lead a unique collaborative Plein Air painting workshop in Wickford this June.
Students will be treated to the knowledge, wisdom and talents of two extraordinary artists. 'Oil & Water' offers two very different approaches to both traditional and expressionistic painting. Witness as these two artists capture the same scene - Anthony in oil and Bill in watercolor - side by side. Brush up on your watercolor techniques, hone in on your oil skills or capture Wickford using the medium of your choice. Whichever you choose, planning and composition get you started while passion guides you through the process.
Wickford offers a huge variety of subject matter for your creative spirit. Whether your goal is capturing buildings, land, sea, sky and/or people, this class and these distinctly diverse instructors have it all covered. There is nothing quite like the magic of creating on location with shifting light, weather and life!
Demonstration: Each class begins with a 'Dueling Demo', Same scene, Two mediums, Two points of view.
Critiques: 3:00 - 4:00 pm at Wickford Art Association or on location.
$350 Members   $385 Non-members
Class size is limited to 20 participants. Registration must be paid in full to secure a spot in the workshop.
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Earrings Your Way - Great Mother's Day Gifts!


Christy Sherman
Sunday, May 6
1 -  4 PM
Learn to make earrings your way. Make a pair to match your favorite outfit. Make them long or short, in the shapes and colors you like best.  Make a pair of custom earrings for Mother’s day, or make it even more special and take this class as a family.  We will cover a variety of techniques such as making wire loops, links, and spirals. You’ll learn how to use findings such as headpins, eyepins, jumprings and earwires. I’ll bring as much of my bead stash as I can carry, and you can make as many pairs as you like. This is a great starting point if you’d like to make or mend your own jewelry, or learn connection techniques for mixed media. No experience needed.
$50 Members   $85 Non-members
$20 Material fee - All materials included.

Palette Knife Inside and Out

Class Full

Trish Hurley
Saturdays, May 5 - 19
(3 classes)
9 AM - Noon
This class is geared for those who want to play with that textural aspect of painting with clean color mixing. We will start by discussing interesting compositions and designs which create deeper space. Working from photos we will discuss expanding color knowledge and mixing. Hopefully, weather dependent, we will be able to try some plein air painting to try out our new skills. This is a great class for beginners or those who want to paint plein air.
$125 Members   $160 Non-members
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The Next Step in Digital Photography


Cindy Wilson
Tuesdays, May 8 - June 5

(5 classes)
4 PM - 6 PM
Now that you are familiar with the basic controls on your digital camera, it is time to take the Next Step! This course will take you deeper into understanding how to make your photographs more closely reflect how you see your subject through advanced controls. Learn more about exposure, raw capture & post processing, creative use of aperture, shutter speed and composition. There will be classroom lessons, assignments and a field trip for more practical experience.
$200 Members   $235 Non-members

Plein Air Watercolor - Painting on the Bay

Vicki Iannuccillo
Tuesdays, June 5 - 26
(4 classes)
9:30 AM - 1 PM
Paint with watercolors outdoors at a predetermined and different location each week. Class begins with a short demo for beginners and more experienced painters can choose a scenic view and start to paint.  Individual assistance and constructive guidance will be provided to everyone throughout the session. The last half hour will be a gentle critique & discussion with the group (bring your lunch).
$165 Members   $200 Non-members
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Morning Light - 2 sessions

Trish Hurley

Wednesdays, 7:30 - 10:30 AM
June 6 - June 27 (1st session, 4 classes)
July 11 - August 1 (2nd session, 4 classes)
As the sun rises and everything is new to the day, the light creates a wonderful haven for plein air painters. Each class will start with a quick discussion of design and composition as well as a block in demonstration to inspire you further. Locations will vary each week to get a diversity of our beautiful New England environment.
$150 Members   $185 Non-members (cost per session)
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In Your Right Mind

Donna McCarthy

Saturdays, June 9 & 16
10 AM - 1 PM
This class is designed for beginning drawing students and those who wish to improve their drawing skills. Methods devised by Betty Edwards in her book, "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain" are used, in addition to other methods devised by the instructor to help the student to "see" more accurately. We will begin with the element of line, improving accuracy through contour drawings, and work our way through exercises to enhance understanding of spatial relationships, proportions, effective composition, indicating depth, and 3 dimensional space on a two dimensional surface.
$75 Members   $110 Non-members
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Late Afternoon Plein Air Painting

Class Full

Trish Hurley

Tuesdays, June 12 - July 17 (no class 7/3)
(5 classes)
4 - 7 PM
A great way to end the day is by truly observing and capturing the late day color change as cool shadows spread. Discussion of compositional aspects as well as a quick demonstration to block in will get you started. Locations will vary each week with an assortment between field, coastal and street scenes. Beginners are welcome and open to all mediums.
$180 Members   $215 Non-members
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Plein Air Drawing, Then Painting - 2 Day Workshop

Amy Bartlett Wright

Saturday & Sunday, June 23 & 24
10 AM - 4 PM
Plein Air rendering as its own genre, or as an exercise is valuable to every artist as it teaches us to work more quickly and decisively. Learn to simplify and capture the essence of a scene as lighting changes and shadows move. Two days - pencil on the first day, color the second day. Open to all painting mediums - oil, acrylics, pastel, watermedia. All skill levels are welcome.
$150 Members   $185 Non-members
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 Inspirational Acrylic Painting

Ann Bianchi

Tuesdays, July 10 - 31 (4 classes)
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Ready to paint with Acrylics? Interested in experimenting as an artist with new skills? In this class you'll have multiple opportunities to sample with Intuitive and Realistic styles, choosing subjects and painting methods along the way. Work small or large. Achieve success mixing warm and cool colors while learning a variety of application techniques. Achieve basic perspective, and also attain success with a limited palette of colors and values. Ann will demonstrate expressive styles, as well as refined detailed work. Enjoy increased confidence, personalized attention, and be inspired as you achieve your artistic goals. Bring multiple landscape/seascape /nostalgic photos to reference. A still life will also be available for observational painting choices. Beginners to all skill levels are welcome.
$150 Members   $185 Non-members
$25 Material fee includes all supplies or you may provide your own.
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Dragon's Eyes - A Make & Take Workshop

Christy Sherman

Saturday, July 14
9 AM - Noon
Learn how to freehand sculpt a dragon's eye in polymer clay. Wear your eye as a pendant, or decorate a journal, box, or other treasured possession. We'll cover different scale and texturing methods, as well as how to create an iridescent eye effect using mica powders and a glass cabochon. The same techniques can be used for other fantasy creatures and many animals. No experience needed.
$65 Members   $100 Non-members
$15 Material fee - All materials included.

On Site Instructional Photography


Cindy Wilson
Tuesdays, 4 - 7 PM (3 classes)

July 17 - Westerly (cemeteries, architecture & beaches)
July 24 - Wickford Walkabout
July 31 - Fort Weatherall and Beavertail
Who wants to be sitting in a classroom during our beautiful RI summer? Why not learn new photography skills or polish your existing technique in these three instructional classes. Practice architectural, low light and scenic photography tailored to all skill levels. Cindy is there for hands on group and individual instruction.
$200 Members   $235 Non-members

Textile Art Designs

Ann Bianchi
Saturday & Sunday, June 2 & 3
10 AM - 2 PM
Fabrics from natural cellulose fibers (cottons and silks) will be our "canvases" as we experiment with historical and cultural dyeing and resist methods. Working in the styles of Arashi Shibori, Itajime Shibori and Adire Elesso, we will add colors to white cloth for fantastic results. A beautifully prepared cloth may be constructed into a wearable item or perhaps framed as a piece of art, or a wall hanging. In this workshop I will provide multiple demonstrations, and offer guidance on suggested final product applications. Be prepared to be amazed with your results, have fun and witness colors merging together as they take on a life of their own! Work with varieties of fabrics within each method and observe countless outcomes. Samples of completed work and step-by-step instructions will guide participants. No prior experience needed. All skills are welcome.
$120 Members   $155 Non-members
$25 Material fee - All materials included