Classes & Workshops

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Workshop NameMedium / FormatLevelInstructorDescriptionDatesTimesMembers' Price (15% Off)Non-Members' PriceMaterialsRegistration
Daytime Life Drawing Open studioDrawing / In-personContinuingMonitor

Weekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience. 

We are not currently allowing drop-ins for our life drawing open studios. To attend the full season must be purchased.

Wednesdays, Sept 15-Dec 299 am- Noon$272 / $192 for Artist Members$320IN SESSION
Evening Life Drawing Open studioDrawing / In-personContinuingMonitor

Weekly monitored life drawing sessions, without instruction, open to individuals of all levels of experience. 

We are not currently allowing drop-ins for our life drawing open studios. To attend the full season must be purchased.

Wednesdays, Sept 15-Dec 295:30-8:30 pm$272 / $192 for Artist Members$320IN SESSION
Carving Wooden SpoonsWood / In-personBeginning/ContinuingAlexandra ForbesCome carve and shape a kitchen-ready cooking spoon or spatula out of cherry, curly maple, and other New England hardwoods. You'll shape, carve, and finish pre-cut wood pieces, while learning about a number of different carving tools, including antique spokeshaves, rasps, bent knives and gouges. Finally, sandpaper and oil will help polish and bring your piece to a fine polish. This class meets in-person at AVA.Saturday November 209:30 am-4 pm$110.50$130$20 Materials FeeFULL; please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a wait list
Sketch and Paint: A Winter ScenePainting / OnlineBeginning / ContinuingRobert Carsten

This 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. Weathered barn photos provided via email. All levels welcome. This class meets online via Zoom. 

Wednesday, December 151:30-3:30 pm$51$60Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
The Active Observer – Basic DrawingDrawing / In-personBeginningMichael Kraatz

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 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 at AVA.

Tuesdays, January 4-February 226-8:30 pm$272$320Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Introduction to Oil PaintingPainting / In-personBeginningHarrison HalaskaIn this class we will be focusing on painting still lifes, in oil paint, from life. We will discuss composition, color temperature, paint application and technique, oil painting materials and practices, and the mood of the painting. We will also take a look at the history of still life painting and talk about historical and contemporary masters of the genre. This class meets in-person at AVA.Thursdays, January 6-February 246-8:30 pm$272$320Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Continuing Pottery Clay / In-personBeginning / ContinuingRoger Noble

Learn to throw the natural way, using techniques like rhythm, mechanical advantage, fingertip sensitivity, and collaring to center clay on the potter's wheel and make vases, mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and much more. Complete beginners to experienced potters can gain ease and control and have fun. Gain mastery through group exercises that break throwing down to discrete skills. Receive personal instruction tailored to your skill level; beginners and more experienced potters welcome.  This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building and is limited to 5 students. No class February 14. $70 materials fee applied at check-out.

Mondays, January 10-March 7 (no class Feb 14)9:30 am-Noon$289$340$70 Materials FeeRegister Now
Welding for BeginnersMetal / In-personBeginningJimmy Martell

Strike 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 oxyacetylene torches. Safety, fun and learning are the priorities. Beginners welcome. This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building and is limited to 6 students. $85 Materials Fee applied at checkout.

Tuesdays, January 11-March 154:30-7:30 pm$425$500$85 Materials feeRegister Now
Woodworking with Hand and Power ToolsWood / In-personBeginningChris McGrody

Learn 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 in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building and is limited to 6 students. $85 Materials Fee applied at checkout.

Tuesdays, January 11-March 156-9 pm$425$500$85 Materials feeFULL; please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a waitlist
Continuing Pottery Clay / 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 in AVA' Sculptural Studies Building and is limited to 5 students.Wednesdays, January 12-February 166-8:30 pm$216.75$255$70 Materials FeeFULL; Please email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a wait list.
Mobile-Making Wood and Metal / In-personBeginning / ContinuingMichael KraatzMobiles and Stabiles have spun the imagination since Alexander Calder made this popular artform a household name. Join this mixed-media fun, while learning skills in whimsey, design, material science, simple physics, and tool use. Use common hand tools and simple machines, work with metal wire, rod, grommets, wood, plastic, sheet metal and paint to create delightful kinetic sculptures. The class meets in-person at AVA's Sculptural Studies Building. Wednesdays, January 12-March 26-8:30 pm$289$340$85 Materials FeeRegister Now
Continuing Watercolor Painting / In-personBeginning / ContinuingJoan Hoffmann

Continue your watercolor journey and move beyond the basics. Technique demos, along with critiques and discussions, will guide you through a painting each class. Beginning and more experienced students are welcome. This class meets in-person at AVA.

Wednesdays, January 12-Feb 166-8:30 pm$204$240Click here for a materials listRegister Now
Continuing Pottery Clay / In-personBeginning / ContinuingRoger Noble

Learn to throw the natural way, using techniques like rhythm, mechanical advantage, fingertip sensitivity, and collaring to center clay on the potter's wheel and make vases, mugs, bowls, pitchers, casseroles and much more. Complete beginners to experienced potters can gain ease and control and have fun. Gain mastery through group exercises that break throwing down to discrete skills. Receive personal instruction tailored to your skill level; beginners and more experienced potters welcome.  This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building and is limited to 5 students. No class February 17. $70 materials fee applied at check-out.

Thursdays, January 13-March 10 (no class Feb 17)9:30 am-Noon$289$340$70 Materials FeeRegister Now
Metal Heads II: Advanced Welding Metal / In-personIntermediateJimmy Martell

You've earned AVA’s “Metal Head" badge, now learn to weld “out-of-position.” After this class you'll be able to fix your tractor or build your sculpture with confidence. Learn to weld vertically, diagonally, overhead, and in the round, using flat steel, rod, and pipe. Prerequisite: Welding for Beginners class or equivalent experience. This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building and is limited to 6 students.

Thursdays, January 13-March 174:30-7:30 pm$425$500$85 Materials feeRegister Now
Sculpting in Plaster I Plaster / In-personBeginningAmber Geneva

Begin learning basic sculptural form with plaster of paris, cloth, and mud. This material and basic additive process is an age-old method making sculpture. Under the expert tutelage of Amber Geneva, your sturdy armatures will reach upward and outward like a tree whose limbs gesture as volume is fleshed out with chicken wire, foil fabric and plaster. This class will take place in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building.

Thursdays, January 13-February 105:30-8:30 pm$212.50$250$55 Materials feeRegister Now
Sculpting in Plaster IIPlaster / In-personContinuingAmber Geneva

Save your milk carton! Use it to make a solid plaster block, then learn the reductive, sculpting technique by removing material to create a form. A continuing student might recreate their sculpture from Sculpting in Plaster I, or chisel their way toward a new creation. Use traditional carving chisels and build your gateway into the world of traditional sculpting. This class will take place in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building.

Thursdays, February 17-March 175:30-8:30 pm$212.50$250$55 Materials feeRegister Now
Hand-building with ClayClay / In-personBeginning/ContinuingKärin Rothwell

Bring your ceramic ideas alive as we explore methods of creating with clay without using the wheel. Modeling, coiling, and building with slabs are techniques that have been used throughout time to make diverse objects for both functional use and art to behold. Each class will begin with a demonstration and group time before working on individual projects that are open to student expression, while incorporating our weekly lesson. After building, the class will cover decorating and glazing techniques, and students will go home with completed projects at the end of the session. Open to all skill levels. This class meets in-person at AVA's Sculptural Studies Building.

Thursdays, January 13-March 35-8 pm$322$380$85 Materials feeRegister Now
Wood Sculpture - Design, Shape, Texture, and BuildWood / In-personBeginning/ContinuingJay Singh

Learn some of the fundamentals of fine woodworking and transfer these skills to the constructions of wood sculpture. Design, shape, texture, carve and join. Build a take-away piece and learn about color as it relates to sculpture. Tool use will include hand machine tools, including chisels, sanders, joiner, bandsaw, Dremel, and pneumatic grinders. This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building and is limited to 6 students. $85 Materials Fee applied at checkout.

Fridays, January 14-March 184:30-7:30 pm$425$500$85 Materials feeRegister Now
Painting the Winter Landscape with WatercolorPainting / OnlineBeginning/ContinuingRobert O'Brien

Paint the beautiful New England winter landscape in watercolor. The subtle tints of snow will be teased out using glazing techniques and layering, and you'll learn how to use tonal value, composition, light and shadow to capture your scene. Learn to create a finished painting using a photographic reference (provided a few days before the class begins). Robert O'Brien will demonstrate his approach and provide hands-on guidance to each student. This class will meet online via Zoom.

Friday-Saturday, Jan 28-2910 am-1 pm$70$100Click here for a class materials list.Register Now
Beginning Watercolors, the Light and Dark and the in Between Painting / In-personBeginning/ContinuingJennifer 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 meet in-person at AVA.

Tuesdays, Feb 1-March 1510 am-12 pm$191.25$225Click here for a materials listRegister Now
Wood Engraving Printmaking/ Wood / In-personBeginning/ContinuingDerek BellIn this class you’ll use wood engraving tools to carve an image into a wood block, and then create prints based upon your wood engraving. The tools you’ll use will give you the ability to create detailed images in hard wood, and then turn those images into multiple prints using a variety of inks and papers. Come try your hand at this old yet engaging printmaking technique. This class meets in-person at AVA.Postponed; new dates soon1-4 pm$102$120$35 Materials FeePostponed; new dates soon
Skyscapes in AcrylicPainting / OnlineBeginning/ContinuingRobert Carsten

Whether you are new to painting in acrylics or experienced, this fun and engaging zoom workshop will surely get your creativity flowing. Working on a small scale on your choice of paper, canvas or board, paint along, step-by-step, with noted and popular artist Robert Carsten. We’ll create a stunning skyscape from a photo provided by the instructor. Learn painting tips and techniques in this fun and easy-to-use medium. Photo and a materials list provided via email. All levels welcome. This class meets online via Zoom. 

Saturday, Feb 51:30-3:30 pm$55.25$65Click here for a materials listRegister Now
Continuing Pottery Clay / 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 in AVA' Sculptural Studies Building and is limited to 5 students.Wednesdays, February 23-March 306-8:30 pm$216.75$255$70 Materials FeeRegister Now
Stretching Your Line: Continuing DrawingDrawing / In-personContinuingMichael Kraatz

Hone your skills as you continue stretching your mastery of line from beginning drawing. Poetic contour drawing, various approaches to light and shadow and linear perspective. Individual instruction will encourage a personal style and approach to drawing. Bring whatever drawing material you are comfortable using to start. Drawing from model included. Prepare for lively discussions, hard work and fun. This class meets in-person at AVA.

Tuesdays, March 8-April 266-8:30 pm$272$320Click Here for a Materials ListRegister Now
Drawing With WireMetal and Drawing / In-personBeginning / ContinuingMichael Kraatz

What does one do with all the lines? The class will try to answer that question with two sessions exploring line with graphite and charcoal pencils, followed by a shift to mild steel and aluminum wire. As your 2D work on paper guides your 3D drawings, a bridge will be built in your mind, on paper, and in space. Objects from nature, still life sets, and a live model may be sources of inspiration and analysis. All levels and ability welcome. The class meets in-person at AVA's Sculptural Studies Building.

Wednesdays, March 16-May 46-8:30 pm$289$340$55 materials fee applied at check-outRegister Now
Hot Wax: Encaustic Painting for Beginning and Advanced StudentsPainting / Encaustic / In-personBeginning / ContinuingStephanie Gordon

Encaustic is an ancient method of painting with hot wax that results in luminous, layered works of art. Beginners will learn about choosing appropriate work surfaces, application of pigment and medium, how to mix colors, fuse layers and create texture. Image transfer, stencils and collaging will be included. If you have experience with encaustics and want to work with support and guidance from an experienced practitioner and learn more advanced techniques, this workshop is also for you. This class meets in-person at AVA.

Tuesdays, March 19-2010 am-4 pm$212.50$250$90 materials fee applied at check-outRegister Now
Be There, Be Square – Metal Fabrication TechniquesMetal / In-personContinuingJimmy Martell

Metal heads: Design, measure, fit, and weld. Work on a whimsical or functional project that will also teach your about accuracy and metal craftsmanship. Some welding experience preferred: Welding for Beginners class or equivalent. This class meet in-person at AVA's Sculptural Studies Building. Click here for a class syllabus.

Tuesdays, March 29-May 314:30-7:30 pm$425$500$85 Materials feeRegister Now
Welding for BeginnersMetal / In-personBeginningJimmy Martell

Strike 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 oxyacetylene torches. Safety, fun and learning are the priorities. Beginners welcome. This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building and is limited to 6 students. $85 Materials Fee applied at checkout.

Thursdays, March 31-June 24:30-7:30 pm$425$500$85 Materials feeRegister Now