Classes & Workshops

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Workshop NameMedium / FormatLevelInstructorDescriptionDatesTimesMembers' Price (15% Off)Non-Members' PriceDrop-In FeeMaterialsRegistration
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 in AVA's Schleicher Family Children's Studio, and will be limited to 6 students. All students will be asked to follow AVA's COVID-19 reopening guidelines.

This class will meet online via Zoom.

While this class began on October 6 we are still accepting new sign-ups on a rolling basis. The tuition is pro-rated accordingly.

Tues, Oct 6-Dec 15 (No class Nov. 3)3:30-5:15 pm$127.50$150Register 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.

While this class began on September 30, we are still accepting new sign-ups on a rolling basis. The tuition is pro-rated accordingly.

Oct 7-Dec 163:30-5 pm$127.40$150Register Now
Pottery for ages 10-14Clay / In-person ages 10-14Tyler MorrisonAn introduction to the potter's wheel, developing the fundamental skills of centering, throwing, and shaping clay. An opportunity for artists of all types to understand and incorporate this traditional and powerful tool into their work.Wed, Nov 4-Dec 16 (No class Nov 25)3:30-5:15 pm$170$220$40 Materials FeeIN SESSION
Pottery for AllClay / In-personContinuingEvan WilliamsMake slab molded baking and serving dishes or experiment with pinchpots, coil, and handbuilding. A variety of pottery making methods will wow the novice and challenge the more experienced potter.Mon, Dec 7-Jan 11 (new dates)5-7 pm (new times)$204$240$40FULL; Please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a wait list
Holiday Themes in Watercolor Painting / OnlineContinuingMargaret DwyerThe holidays offer many themes to celebrate and paint with watercolor. We will work on small scale paintings that can be used for framing, card making, and other creative projects. These handmade treasures make lovely keepsake gifts as well. Some watercolor "tricks" will be introduced alongside traditional techniques. References to work from will be provided but we will do some simple pieces that need no reference at all, just your creativity. All levels are welcome! This class will be held online via Zoom.Tues, Dec 8 & 15 (new dates)10 am-12:30 pm$85$100Click here for a class materials listRegister Now
Paper Gifts Paper & Mixed-media / OnlineAll Levels - Adults & TeensStephanie Wolff You'll make a small collection of paper toys and gifts, most of them easily sent through the mail. These projects include a flexagon, a spinner, a magic wallet, and other simple but fun structures. The focus will be on making models with commonly available materials that can later be adapted for use with a variety of papers and personalized content. This class will meet online via Zoom. This class will meet online via Zoom.Wed, Dec 96-8 pm$34$40Click here for a materials list.Register Now
Photographing Artwork PhotographyAll Levels - Adults & TeensRob StrongThis 2.5 hour remotely-taught class will cover the necessary equipment and techniques for photographing your own art for cataloguing, marketing, reproduction, or any other use. The class will touch on the use of natural light, artificial continuous light, and flash. Though the class will focus primarily on the challenges of photographing flat art, those with sculpture and other 3-D art will also benefit and are welcome. Suitable for any level of photographer with any kind of camera, from an iPhone to a DSLR or anything in between. This class will meet online via Zoom.Sat, Dec 126-8 pm$42.50 / $20 for AVA Artist Members$50No materials are needed, but access to a digital camera is strongly recommended. Register Now
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.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, Jan 6-Feb 106-8 pm$204$240Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
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 listRegister Now
Digital Animation for ages 10-13Digital / Onlineages 10-13Paula 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.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, Jan 12-Mar 166:30-8 pm$255$300Access to Adobe Illustrator is required. Register Now
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.Register Now
Painting the Portrait in Watercolor Painting / In-personContinuingRobert 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 and in-person; the in-person class will be limited to 6 students. Sat & Sun, Jan 30 & 3110 am-4 pm$153$180Click 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
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
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, Feb 24-Mar 316-8 pm$204$240Click Here for a Materials ListRegister 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
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.