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Workshop NameMedium / FormatLevelInstructorDescriptionDatesTimesMembers' Price (15% Off)Non-Members' PriceDrop-In FeeMaterialsRegistration
Introduction to WatercolorPainting / OnlineBeginnerJennifer BrownLearn the basics of watercolor painting, including flat wash, wet-in-wet, and dry-brush techniques. Technique demos, along with critiques and discussions, will guide you through a painting each class. There is no experience necessary, but experienced students are also welcome to brush up on the basics. This class will happen online, with virtual lessons and critiques, via Zoom meetings.Tues, Jan 5-26 (new dates)6-8 pm$136$160Click here for a class materials list.IN SESSION
Introduction to Acrylic PaintingPainting / OnlineBeginnerHarrison HalaskaIn this workshop you'll make images with acrylic paint using glazing techniques and other painting methods. You'll learn about color theory and using lights and darks effectively, as well as a little of art history. The emphasis will be on painting with economy in a fun and supportive environment. This class will meet online via Zoom. Thurs, Jan 7-Feb 116-8 pm$204$240Click here for a class materials listIN SESSION
Digital Animation for ages 10-13Digital / Onlineage 8-13Paula Allen/PollyzoomThis class will give you the skills to take your story or drawings and bring them to life. Learn about script writing, storyboarding, 2-D animation techniques and more. If you enjoy new media and digital art, then these are the perfect classes for you. Students will learn animation character design, background design, animation drawing techniques and more.

This class is limited to 12 students. 

Mon, Jan 11-Feb 153:30-4:30 PM$85$100Tech Requirements: Smartphone or tablet for animating and another device for watching the class on Zoom.IN SESSION
3D Design and Build for age 6-9Youth Art / In-personages 6-9Karl Neubauer

This is an exploration of engineering in art. Through the processes of planning, building, and testing, students will have fun create working vehicles, scaled architectural models, and kinetic sculptures. This class will meet in-person and be limited to 6 students.

Tues, Jan 19-March 23 (No class Feb 16)3:30-5:00 pm$148.75$175Register Now
Art Adventures for ages 6-9Youth Art / Onlineages 6-9Allison Zito

Art Adventures is an opportunity for elementary school artists to discover great works of art, observe nature, and refine their skills while exploring new and familiar art materials, methods and techniques. Students will observe, explore, investigate, make connections and create their own masterpieces inspired by great works of art and the natural world. We will draw, paint, create sculptures, print, make toys, and much more. Lessons will include cultural storytelling, games, history, and lots of fun. This class will meet online via Zoom.

Jan 20-March 24 (No class Feb 17)3:30-5 pm$170$200Register Now
Art Adventures for ages 6-9Youth Art / In-Personages 6-9Allison Zito

Art Adventures is an opportunity for elementary school artists to discover great works of art, observe nature, and refine their skills while exploring new and familiar art materials, methods and techniques. Students will observe, explore, investigate, make connections and create their own masterpieces inspired by great works of art and the natural world. We will draw, paint, create sculptures, print, make toys, and much more. Lessons will include cultural storytelling, games, history, and lots of fun. This class will meet in-person and be limited to 6 students.

Jan 21-March 25 (No class Feb 18)3:30-5 pm$148.75$175Register Now
Drawing, Painting, and Sculpting for ages 10-13Youth Art / Onlineages 10-13Karl Neubauer

This class will present students with a visual arts curriculum that will move from figure drawing and painting, to designing and building sculptures, vehicles, and houses. Students will explore a wide range of 2D and 3D visual arts media. This is a progressive skill building course that is sure to enhance every young person's creative practice. This class will meet online via Zoom.

Thurs, Jan 21-March 25 (No class Feb 18)3:30-5:00 pm$170$200Register Now
Drawing, Painting, and Sculpting for ages 10-13Youth Art / In-Personages 10-13Karl Neubauer

This class will present students with a visual arts curriculum that will move from figure drawing and painting, to designing and building sculptures, vehicles, and houses. Students will explore a wide range of 2D and 3D visual arts media. This is a progressive skill building course that is sure to enhance every young person's creative practice. This class will meet in-person and be limited to 6 students.

Fri, Jan 15-March 19 (No class Feb 19)3:30-5:00 pm$170$200FULL; Please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a wait list
Sewn Pamphlet BindingPaper & Mixed-media / OnlineAll Levels - Adults & TeensStephanie Wolff This workshop focuses on the single signature sewn softcover pamphlet with pockets, a foldout and a string and button closure. Ways to personalize and elevate this simple book will be discussed. A great structure for small editions of short text, blank journals and pocket calendars. This class will meet online via Zoom.Mon, Jan 186-8 pm$34$40Click here for a materials list.CANCELED
Painting the Winter Landscape with WatercolorPainting / OnlineContinuingRobert O'BrienPaint our beautiful winter landscape in watercolor. The subtle tints of snow will be teased out using glazing techniques and layering. One's captivating scene will utilize tonal value, composition, light and shadow. Learn to create a finished painting from a favorite winter subject, using a photographic reference. Robert will demonstrate his approach and provide hands-on guidance to each student. This class will meet online via Zoom.Sat & Sun, Jan 30 & 3110 am-1 pm$76.50$90Click Here for the Class Materials ListRegister Now
Artist Books 101Paper & Mixed-media / OnlineAll Levels - Adults & TeensStephanie Wolff This workshop focuses on the single signature sewn softcover pamphlet with pockets, a foldout and a string and button closure. Ways to personalize and elevate this simple book will be discussed. A great structure for small editions of short text, blank journals and pocket calendars. This class will meet online via Zoom.Mon, Feb 1-2210 am-12 pm (last class 10-11 am)$119$140Click here for a materials list.Register Now
Introduction to Adobe IllustratorDigital / OnlineAdults & TeensChristine HauckThis introductory Adobe Illustrator workshop will cover the essential features in Illustrstor and techniques for creating illustrations, drawings, graphic images and artwork using a MacOS or a Windows computer. Students will learn how: to create layers, artboards, paths and fills; to select a color matching system, add custom colors and gradients as swatches; to draw precisely with the pen tool; to stylize text in logos, headings and body copy; and to use templates. Class demonstrations are coupled with student assignments to reinforce learning and to support the mastery of Illustrator tools and techniques. NEW Adobe Illustrator features recently added will be introduced to the class. This class will be held online via Zoom.

This class is limited to 12 students. 

Tues, Feb 2-April 6 (new dates)6:30-8 pm$255$300Access to Adobe Illustrator is required. Register Now
Through a New Lens – Introduction to Digital PhotographyDigital / OnlineAdults & TeensRob StrongGain command of your digital camera and use that knowledge to create photos for discussion and critique. Get your camera ready and have a notebook handy and see the world through a new lens! This class requires a digital camera with manual controls (DSLR or Mirrorless camera recommended) and will be held online via Zoom. 

This class is limited to 12 students. 

Wed, Feb 3-March 3 (new dates)6-8 pm$170$200Register Now
Introduction to Adobe PhotoshopDigital / OnlineAdults & TeensChristine HauckThis introductory Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud workshop will cover the critical features and techniques in Photoshop for creating composite images in layers, collages, illustrations or artwork. Students will learn the best practices for converting and saving images for output for: print, websites, digital, social media or for favicons; how to use curves, adjust the contrast and sharpen images to improve them, access color libraries and customize gradients or add text to a composite image. Class demonstrations are coupled with student assignments to reinforce learning and to support the mastery of Adobe Photoshop tools and its techniques. NEW Adobe Photoshop features recently added will also be introduced. Access to Adobe Photoshop is required. This class will be held online via Zoom.

This class is limited to 12 students. 

Thurs, Feb 4-April 8 (new dates)6:30-8 pm$255$300Access to Adobe Photoshop is required. Register Now
From Flat Sheet to FolioPaper & Mixed-media / OnlineAll Levels - Adults & TeensStephanie Wolff In the class you'll make a flat sheet of paper into a folio that can stand alone as a card or be bound with more folios to create a book. This is a useful technique for printmakers or anyone who makes flat work on paper and wants to explore a simple but effective way to create image pages for a book. Using dry media art supplies, participants will make images, place some text, fold folios and bind them into a simple cover. This class will meet online via Zoom.Mon, Feb 156-8 pm$34$40Click here for a materials list.Register Now
The Active Observer: Basic DrawingDrawing / OnlineBeginning - Adults & TeensDan GottsegenPut pencil and charcoal to paper and see where you can go! Learning to draw is learning to see and a wonderful way to slow down. Understand line, contour, gesture, form, shadow, and perspective while using various materials and the unique marks they make. This class will happen online, with virtual lessons and critiques, via Zoom meetings. Wed, Feb 24-March 31 (new dates)6-8 pm$204$240Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Capturing Light & Atmosphere Oil or Acrylics / OnlineAll Levels - Adults & TeensMike HowatLearn how to see and “capture” light and atmosphere in your paintings to make them feel luminous and spatial. Working from photo reference as well as scenes and still lives from your living space, the online six-week course will cover how to depict light and shadow, and explore ways to manipulate light to create different moods or atmospheres in your work. It will also cover atmospheric perspective, a technique where you can create “deep space” in a painting or manipulate what looks way off in the distance and what looks like it’s right in front of the viewer. This course will cover basic painting techniques, so all skill levels are welcome. This class will meet online via Zoom. Wed, Feb 24-March 316-8 pm$204$240Click here for a materials list.Register Now
Continuing Acrylic PaintingPainting / OnlineContinuingHarrison HalaskaIn this workshop you'll make images with acrylic paint using glazing techniques and other painting methods. You'll learn about advanced color theory and using highlights and shadows effectively, as well as a little of art history. The emphasis will be on painting with economy in a fun and supportive environment. This class will meet online via Zoom. Thurs, Feb 25-April 16-8 pm$204$240Click here for a class materials listRegister Now
Woodworking with Hand and Power ToolsWood / In-personBeginning - Adults & TeensChris McGrodyLearn to square up rough boards, lay out and cut a variety of wood joints including lap joints, bridle joints, mortises, tenons, and dovetails. Safely learn about jointers and planers, table saws and drill presses, band saws and routers. Use skills of a professional to complete a take-home project that demonstrates the skills you're learned. This class meets in-person and is limited to 4 students.Tues, March 2-May 46-9 pm$425$500A $45 Materials Fee will be included at check-outRegister Now
Continuing PotteryClayBeginning/Continuing - Adults & TeensAra CardewLearn to center clay on the potters wheel, make mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and much more. If you are a beginner or more advanced you will enjoy the clay experience. Acquire the skills of throwing, trimming, making handles, glazing and kiln firing. This class meets in-person and is limited to 5 students.Tues, March 2-April 216:30-9 pm$289$340A $40 Materials Fee will be included at check-outRegister Now
Welding for Beginners Metal / In-personBeginning - Adults & TeensJimmy MartellStrike the torch and spark your imagination. AVA's metal studio offers everything you need to learn welding basics. Get hands-on practice measuring, cutting and joining metal using MIG and "stick" welders, plasma cutters and oxy-acetylene torches. Safety, fun and learning are the priorities. This class meets in-person and is limited to 4 students.Thurs, March 4-May 66-9 pm$425$500A $75 Materials Fee will be included at check-outRegister Now
Hand-building with ClayClay / In-personAdults & TeensKärin RothwellBeginners and more experienced artists can build with clay to create one-of-a-kind objects of beauty and wonder - and for the practically minded, items ready to use in the kitchen or home as well. Learn the basic hand-building methods of pinching, coiling, molding and slab construction. Discover ways to enhance the surface with various treatments and concoctions as each will react in different ways with the final glazes. This class is appropriate for new clay artists, as well as those with some experience. This class meets in-person and is limited to 5 students.

This class is limited to 12 students. 

Mar 6-Apr 2410 am-1 pm$306$360$40 Materials feeRegister Now
Writing the Artist StatementProfessional DevelopmentAll Levels - Adults & TeensMeg MakerA good artist statement is a terrific asset. It’s useful for exhibitions, artist websites, grant applications, press releases, and more. It explains the artist’s medium, motivations, and philosophy — not only what they’re working on but also why. It’s succinct, skipping jargon in favor of simple language that’s easy to understand. But simple doesn’t mean easy, and artists often get tripped up trying to write their own statements. In this two-part workshop, you’ll learn the essentials of the artist statement, discuss its structure and style, and see good examples. You will then draft your own statements, which the class will subsequently workshop as a group. You'll come away with a full-page statement you can start using immediately. This class will meet online via Zoom.Sat, March 13 & 20 (new dates)10 am-12 pm$85/ $40 for AVA Artist Members$100Register Now
Microfiction Mini BookPaper & Mixed-media / OnlineAll Levels - Adults & TeensStephanie Wolff You'll begin this workshop by writing a simple, six-word story and creating illustrations for it. You'll then bind it into a very simple but versatile book structure. The writing is meant to be a fun exercise, but you're also welcome to use an existing story. This structure could be used for any kind of content: text or image or both and can be scaled up in size. This class will meet online via Zoom.Mon, Mar 156-8 pm$34$40Click here for a materials list.Register Now
Experimental Abstract Design with Mixed MediaAcrylics with Mixed Media / OnlineBeginning/Continuing - Adults & TeensPatty CastelliniIn this class you'll experiment by combining a variety of mediums, including ink, paint, pencils, pastels, collage, and any other objects you can find. You'll also use a variety of tools to apply the mediums. Each class will begin with playful exercises intended to loosen up your creative energy as you learn about color, design, composition, line, and texture.Fri, April 4-May 79:30 am-12 pm$229.50$270Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Stretching Your Line: Continuing DrawingDrawing / OnlineBeginning - Adults & TeensDan GottsegenHone skills as you continue stretching your mastery of line from Beginning Drawing. Poetic contour drawing, various approaches to light and shadow and a closer look at linear perspective will enrich your draughtsmanship. Skill build using interior and exterior views, landscape drawing if weather permits, portraiture, and new approaches to drawing. Ink, as well as dry and oil pastels are just some of the media at hand. Join the fun and be emboldened! This class meets online via Zoom.Wed, April 7-May 12 (new dates)6-8 pm$204$240Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Fiber Arts Open StudioOpen Studio / OnlineAll Levels - Adults & TeensMeredith SmithLearn a new skill, rekindle a passion for what you already know, or get advice on how to repair that favorite piece of clothing. Try stitchery, needle felting, art quilts, garment construction and repair, artful embellishment and more! Bring a project or start something new. No experience necessary, everyone welcome!Ongoing9 AM-NoonFree$5 Drop-In Fee for Non-Members$5Please email Nick Gaffney for a Zoom link.