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- learn from passionate, accomplished regional and national artists
- actively participate in a low student-teacher ratio setting
- enjoy spacious, light-filled, state-of-of the-art facilities in person or online
- draw inspiration from unique, challenging exhibitions
- surprise yourself and make new friends!
|Workshop Name||Medium / Format||Level||Instructor||Description||Dates||Times||Members' Price (15% Off)||Non-Members' Price||Drop-In Fee||Materials||Registration|
|Drawing, Painting, and Sculpting for ages 10-13||Youth Art / In-person||ages 10-13||Karl 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.
|Tues, Oct 6-Dec 15 (No class Nov. 3)||3:30-5:15 pm||$127.50||$150||Register Now|
|Art Adventures for ages 6-9||Youth Art / Online||ages 6-9||Allison 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.
|Oct 7-Dec 16||3:30-5 pm||$127.40||$150||Register Now|
|Pottery for ages 10-14||Clay / In-person||ages 10-14||Tyler Morrison||An 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 Fee||IN SESSION|
|Pottery for All||Clay / In-person||Continuing||Evan Williams||Make 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||$40||FULL; Please email email@example.com to be placed on a wait list|
|Holiday Themes in Watercolor||Painting / Online||Continuing||Margaret Dwyer||The 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||$100||Click here for a class materials list||Register Now|
|Paper Gifts||Paper & Mixed-media / Online||All Levels - Adults & Teens||Stephanie 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 9||6-8 pm||$34||$40||Click here for a materials list.||Register Now|
|Photographing Artwork||Photography||All Levels - Adults & Teens||Rob Strong||This 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 12||6-8 pm||$42.50 / $20 for AVA Artist Members||$50||No materials are needed, but access to a digital camera is strongly recommended.||Register Now|
|Introduction to Watercolor||Painting / Online||Beginner||Jennifer Brown||Learn 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||$160||Click here for a class materials list.||Register Now|
|The Active Observer: Basic Drawing||Drawing / Online||Beginning - Adults & Teens||Dan Gottsegen||Put 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 10||6-8 pm||$204||$240||Click Here for a Materials List||Register Now|
|Introduction to Acrylic Painting||Painting / Online||Beginner||Harrison Halaska||In 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 11||6-8 pm||$204||$240||Click here for a class materials list||Register Now|
|Digital Animation for ages 10-13||Digital / Online||ages 10-13||Paula Allen/Pollyzoom||This 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 15||3:30-4:30 PM||$85||$100||Tech Requirements: Smartphone or tablet for animating and another device for watching the class on Zoom.||Register Now|
|Introduction to Adobe Illustrator||Digital / Online||Adults & Teens||Christine Hauck||This 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 16||6:30-8 pm||$255||$300||Access to Adobe Illustrator is required.||Register Now|
|Sewn Pamphlet Binding||Paper & Mixed-media / Online||All Levels - Adults & Teens||Stephanie 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 18||6-8 pm||$34||$40||Click here for a materials list.||Register Now|
|Painting the Portrait in Watercolor||Painting / In-person||Continuing||Robert O'Brien||Paint 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 & 31||10 am-4 pm||$153||$180||Click Here for the Class Materials List||Register Now|
|Artist Books 101||Paper & Mixed-media / Online||All Levels - Adults & Teens||Stephanie 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 1-22||10 am-12 pm (last class 10-11 am)||$119||$140||Click here for a materials list.||Register Now|
|From Flat Sheet to Folio||Paper & Mixed-media / Online||All Levels - Adults & Teens||Stephanie 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 15||6-8 pm||$34||$40||Click here for a materials list.||Register Now|
|Stretching Your Line: Continuing Drawing||Drawing / Online||Beginning - Adults & Teens||Dan Gottsegen||Hone 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 31||6-8 pm||$204||$240||Click Here for a Materials List||Register Now|
|Microfiction Mini Book||Paper & Mixed-media / Online||All Levels - Adults & Teens||Stephanie 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 15||6-8 pm||$34||$40||Click here for a materials list.||Register Now|
|Fiber Arts Open Studio||Open Studio / Online||All Levels - Adults & Teens||Meredith Smith||Learn 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!||Ongoing||9 AM-Noon||Free||$5 Drop-In Fee for Non-Members||$5||Please email Nick Gaffney for a Zoom link.|