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Workshop NameMedium / FormatLevelInstructorDescriptionDatesTimesMembers' Price (15% Off)Non-Members' PriceDrop-In FeeMaterialsRegistration
Woodworking with Hand and Power ToolsWood / In-personBeginningChris 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-outIN SESSION
Continuing PotteryClay / In-personBeginning/ContinuingAra 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 4 students.Wed, March 3-April 216:30-9 pm$289$340A $40 Materials Fee will be included at check-outIN SESSION
Welding for Beginners Metal / In-personBeginningJimmy 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-outIN SESSION
Think Outside: Spring Hand-building with ClayClay / In-personBeginning/ContinuingKärin RothwellAs the long winter subsides with the grips of covid isolation along with it, this class will focus on the transition to the great outdoors as we create items for flowers, the garden, returning birds, and planting. Bring your own design ideas as projects are presented with each session. Using ancient methods of creating with clay including coils, slabs and pinching, we will be making vases, bird baths, bird houses, planters and unique sculpture for your garden. Glazing and decorating techniques will also be covered. Please bring hand towel and journal to class. This class meets in-person and is limited to 4 students.

This class is limited to 12 students. 

Mar 20-May 810 am-1 pm$306$360$40 Materials feeRegister Now
Experimental Abstract Design with Mixed MediaAcrylics with Mixed Media / OnlineBeginning/ContinuingPatty 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 9-May 14 (new dates)9:30 am-12 pm$229.50$270Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Stretching Your Line: Continuing DrawingDrawing / OnlineContinuingDan 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 21-May 26 (new dates)6-8 pm$204$240Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Introduction to Acrylic PaintingPainting / OnlineBeginningHarrison 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, April 22-May 276-8 pm$204$240Click Here for a class materials list.Register Now
Spectacular Flowers in WatercolorPainting / OnlineContinuingRobert O'BrienThis course is open to all levels of painting ability. Students will learn basic floral painting techniques, with an emphasis on values and composition. Layering and blending color into soft edges will also be taught. The course will focus on painting from close-up photo references of flowers in an artistic setting with spectacular results. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session. This class will meet online via Zoom.Fri & Sat, April 24-2510 am-1 pm$93.50$110Materials ListRegister Now
The Active Observer – Basic DrawingDrawing / In-PersonBeginningMichael KraatzPut 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 and form while using various materials and the unique marks they make. Begin your creative journey at AVA! Working from a model included. This class meets in-person.Tues, June 1-July206-8 pm$272$320Click here for a class materials list.Register Now
Continuing PotteryClay / In-personBeginning/ContinuingAra 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 4 students.Wed, May 5-June 236:30-9 pm$289$340A $40 Materials Fee will be included at check-outFULL; please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a wait list.
Woodworking with Hand and Power ToolsWood / In-personBeginningChris 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, May 25-July 276-9 pm$425$500A $45 Materials Fee will be included at check-outRegister Now
Welding for Beginners Metal / In-personBeginningJimmy 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, May 27-July 294:30-7:30 pm$425$500A $75 Materials Fee will be included at check-outRegister Now
Sketch and Paint: Weathered BarnsPainting / OnlineBeginning/ContinuingRobert CarstenThis fun and engaging workshop will surely get your creativity flowing. Learn sketching and painting tips and techniques to create lively and beautiful works of art that reveal an integral visual dialog between drawing and painting. Sketch and paint along, step-by-step, with noted artist Robert Carsten, using a combination of pencil, pen and watercolor. Working on a small scale, we will create two works of art: an expressive quick sketch and a detailed study sketch. This class meets online via Zoom. Wed, June 231:30-3:30 pm$51$60Weathered barn photos, a materials list, and a zoom link will be provided via email.Register Now
Fiber Arts Open StudioOpen Studio / OnlineAll LevelsMeredith 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-12:30 pmFree$5 Drop-In Fee for Non-Members$5Please email Nick Gaffney for a Zoom link.