Classes & Workshops

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Workshop NameScheduleMedium / FormatLevelInstructorDescriptionMaterialsMembers / Non-Members PriceRegistration
Stone Carving - Bird WingsPOSTPONED; New dates available soonStone / In-personBeginning / ContinuingSEAN HUNTER WILLIAMSIn this weekend workshop you'll examine the morphology of bird wings and how the underlying forms influence their function, as well as the shapes of individual feathers that compose the different wing formations. You'll leave with a better understanding of layering, tucking and folding of forms and techniques to achieve these effects in stone.  This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building.$40 Materials Fee$225 / $250POSTPONED; New dates available soon
Summer Daytime Life Drawing Open studioWednesdays, June 29-Aug 31; 9 am-NoonDrawing / In-personContinuingMonitor

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

We are currently limiting the number of participants to 10 per session.

Participants may register in advance for individual sessions on the registration page. Individual session are $25 regardless of membership. 

Participants are also welcome to "drop-in" to a open studio session and pay in the AVA office, but we cannot guarantee that a spot will be available. 

-$225  / $250 / $25 Individual sessionRegister Now
Intensive Figure DrawingTuesdays, August 2-30; 6-8:30 pmDrawing / In-personBeginning / ContinuingMICHAEL KRAATZJoin us every Tuesday evening in August to explore figure drawing. All elements of drawing, proportion and perspective, shading and shadow, foreshortening and use of value will be covered as they pertain to drawing from a model. There will be long poses, short poses, both clothed and unclothed poses and lots of lively discussion as we work together to enhance our seeing and drawing skills. Primary materials will be graphite and charcoal but all mediums are welcome. All skill levels are also welcome. This class meets in-person at AVA, and a live model will be present at all sessions.Click Here for a Class Materials List$255 / $300FULL; email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a waitlist
Fall Daytime Life Drawing Open studioWednesdays, Sept 14-Nov 16; 9 am-NoonDrawing / In-personContinuingMonitor

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

We are currently limiting the number of participants to 10 per session.

Participants may register in advance for individual sessions on the registration page. Individual session are $25 regardless of membership. 

Participants are also welcome to "drop-in" to a open studio session and pay in the AVA office, but we cannot guarantee that a spot will be available. 

-$225 / $250 / $25 Individual sessionRegister Now
Fall Evening Life Drawing Open studioWednesdays, Sept 14-Nov 16; 5:30-8:30 pmDrawing / In-personContinuingMonitor

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

We are currently limiting the number of participants to 10 per session.

Participants may register in advance for individual sessions on the registration page. Individual session are $25 regardless of membership. 

Participants are also welcome to "drop-in" to a open studio session and pay in the AVA office, but we cannot guarantee that a spot will be available. 

-$225 / $250 / $25 Individual sessionRegister Now
Painting Architecture and Built EnvironmentsMondays, Sept 12-Oct 3; 6-8 pmPainting / OnlineBeginning / ContinuingMIKE HOWATBuilt spaces are everywhere and are an important element in representational painting and drawing. In this course you'll learn the fundamentals of painting and drawing architecture and built environments--from interior spaces, to windows, houses, and cityscapes. You'll explore the basics of linear perspective and creating light and shadow to make your work feel luminous as well as spatial. Ideas in warping or changing the viewpoint through perspective will also be explored. There will be plenty of room to explore your subject matter of choice within the context of architecture. Some painting and drawing experience is recommended, but the fundamentals of painting and drawing will be covered for any beginners who are eager to learn. This class meets online.Click Here for a Class Materials List$144 / $160Register Now
Seeing With Your Camera – Documentary PhotographyWednesdays, Sept 14-Oct 19; 6-8:30 pmPhotography / In-personBeginning / ContinuingNICHOLAS GAFFNEY

Expand your knowledge of  photography and use your camera to engage with and interpret the world around you. In-class work will combine technical instruction, viewing examples from photography's history, and class critiques. While some photography will happen during class, students should expect and be prepared to spend time out of class making photographs to be critiqued during class. This workshop assumes a basic knowledge of how a camera works, but is open to all levels and abilities. Basic photography experience suggested. Students should own a digital camera with manual controls (DSLR or Mirrorless preferred.)

Students should own a digital camera with manual controls (DSLR or Mirrorless preferred.)$270 / $300Register Now
The Cyanotype: Capturing Light On PaperSaturday and Sunday, Sept 17 & 18; 10 am-3 pmPhotography / In-personBeginning / ContinuingLINDA BRYAN

This two day workshop will introduce you to one of the very first photographic printing processes; the Cyanotype. Known for its rich indigo hues, the Cyanotype has many artistic applications. After a brief history on the process, Day one will jump right into making prints from two and three dimensional objects and cover subjects such as light and exposure, developing, layering, and basic paper types. Day two will expand on the process and will cover toning techniques to change traditional blue into other colors, specialty papers, and digital negative basics and what you need to make prints at home. No photography experience necessary! 

$25 Materials Fee$216 / $240Register Now
Moving Metal: Basic Forging, Fold-forming, Inflated Forms, and Sculpture Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 17 & 18 and 24 & 25, 10 am- 4 pmMetal / In-personBeginning / ContinuingSABRINA FADIAL

This intensive sculptural sheet-forming class will span two consecutive weekends! On the first weekend you'll learn basic forging, fold-forming and inflating forms, as you investigate the elasticity of cold and heated steel. Inspired by what you’ve learned, you'll have the intervening week to think, generate ideas, draw, and make paper models at home. On the second weekend you'll have the opportunity to utilize the skills learned the previous week, to create your new design in steel. Welding experience not required, but helpful. This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculpture Building over two weekends.

$85 Materials Fee applied at check-out.$540 / $600Register Now
Continuing Pottery Mondays, Sept 19-Nov 14 (no class Oct 10); 9:30 am-NoonClay / In-personBeginning / ContinuingROGER NOBLELearn 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.  This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building and is limited to 6 students. No class October 10.$70 Materials Fee applied at check-out$360 / $400Register Now
Introduction to Oil PaintingMondays, Sept 19-Nov 14; 9:30 am-Noon (no class Oct 10)Painting / In-PersonBeginningHARRISON HALASKA
This class focuses on learning about oil painting by painting still lifes. The class will cover composition, color temperature, paint application and technique, oil painting materials and practices, and the mood of the painting. The history of still life painting and  historical and contemporary masters of the genre will also be covered. No class Oct 10. This class meets in-person at AVA.
Click Here for a Materials List$360 / $400Register Now
Welding for BeginnersTuesdays, Sept 20 - Nov 22; 4:30-7:30 pmMetal / 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$495 / $550FULL; email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a waitlist
Continuing DrawingTuesdays, Sept 20-Nov 8; 6-8:30 pmDrawing / In-personBeginning / ContinuingMICHAEL 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 is a great class for beginners as well as more experienced artists. This class meets in-person at AVA.
Click Here for A Materials List$360 / $400Register Now
Introduction to Woodworking with Hand and Power ToolsTuesdays, Sept 20-Nov 22; 6-9 pmWood / 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$495 / $550FULL; email nick@avagallery.org to be placed on a waitlist
Plein Air in the Fall with Watercolors Tuesdays, Sept 20-Oct 25; 10 am-12 pmPainting / In-personBeginning / ContinuingJENNIFER BROWN
This fall, explore the joy of painting outside with watercolors. The class will emphasize gathering an outside painting kit for easy travel, finding a focus in the outdoors, and capturing a sense of place. Each class will begin at AVA, and then take walks, exploring the nearby neighborhood landscapes. Make sure to wear good walking shoes!
Click Here for a Class Materials List$216 / $240Register Now
Continuing Pottery Wednesdays, Sept 21-Nov 9; 6-8:30 pmClay / 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 6 students. $70 Materials Fee applied at check-out$360 / $400Register Now
Continuing Watercolor - Using Color Wednesdays, Sept 21-Nov 16 (no class Oct 5); 6-8:30 pmPainting / In-personBeginning / ContinuingJOAN HOFFMANNContinue your watercolor journey and move beyond the basics, or try something new.! Technique demos, along with critiques and discussions, will guide you through a painting each class. There will be an emphasis on using color effectively for brilliant fall colors. Beginning and more experienced students are welcome. This class meets in-person at AVA. No class October 5Click here for a class materials list.$360 / $400Register Now
Continuing Pottery Thursdays, Sept 22-Nov 10; 9:30 am-NoonClay / In-personBeginning / ContinuingROGER NOBLELearn 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.  This class meets in-person in AVA's Sculptural Studies Building and is limited to 6 students. $70 Materials Fee applied at check-out$360 / $400Register Now
Be There, Be Square – Metal Fabrication Techniques Thursdays, Sept 22 - Dec 1 (no class Nov 24); 4:30-7:30 pmMetal / 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.
$85 Materials Fee$495 / $550Register Now
Hand-building with Clay  Thursdays, Sept 22 - Nov 17; 5-8 pmClay / 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. 
$70 Materials Fee$450 / $500Register Now
Painting New England Architecture in WatercolorThurs & Fri, Sept 22-23; 10 am-1 pmPainting / OnlineBeginning / ContinuingROBERT O'BRIEN
Learn to paint the unique beauty of historic New England architecture in this fun and creative two day watercolor workshop. Students will learn elements of composition and perspective as it relates to the subject, as well as painting texture and natural materials, and how to render the unique beauty of light and shadow in a realistic manner. The class will begin with a demonstration by the instructor on the first day., followed by painting on the second. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session. This workshop is open to all levels of painting ability.This workshop meets online via Zoom.
Click Here for a Materials List$108 / $120Register Now
Beginning WatercolorsFridays, Sept 23-Nov 18; 9:30 am-Noon (no class Oct 7)Painting / In-PersonBeginningJOAN HOFFMANN
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.
Click Here for a Materials List$360 / $400Register Now
Basic DrawingFridays, Sept 23-Nov 11; 9:30 am-NoonDrawing / 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 will meet in-person at AVA.
Click Here for a Materials List$360 / $400Register Now
Introduction to Oil PaintingFridays, Sept 23-Nov 11; 6-8:30 pmPainting / In-PersonBeginningHARRISON HALASKA
This class focuses on learning about oil painting by painting still lifes. The class will cover composition, color temperature, paint application and technique, oil painting materials and practices, and the mood of the painting. The history of still life painting and  historical and contemporary masters of the genre will also be covered. This class meets in-person at AVA.
Click Here for a Materials List$360 / $400Register Now
Continuing Oil PaintingThursdays, Sept 22-Nov 10; 6-8:30 pmPainting / In-PersonContinuingHARRISON HALASKA
This class focuses on on painting still lifes, in oil paint, from life. The class will cover composition, color temperature, paint application and technique, oil painting materials and practices, and the mood of the painting. The history of still life painting and  historical and contemporary masters of the genre will also be covered. This class meets in-person at AVA
Click Here for a Materials List$360 / $400Register Now
Hand-building with Clay  Fridays, Sept 30 - Nov 4; 10 am-1 pmClay / 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. 
$70 Materials Fee$297 / $330Register Now
Drawing and Meditation Thursdays, Oct 6 - Nov 17; 5-7 pmDrawing / In-personBeginning/ContinuingTRACY PENFIELD
This class is open to beginners or experts in either drawing or meditation, but all should show up with their Beginner’s Mind. Simple breathing and meditation methods will be creatively combined with drawing to open pathways between our layers of consciousness. While there will be no formal critiques, participants will have the choice to share what they have drawn. The intention is to restore and revitalize. This class meets in-person at AVA.
Click here for a Materials List$252 / $280Register Now
Hot Wax: Encaustic Painting for Beginning and Advanced StudentsSaturday & Sunday, Oct 15 & 16; 10 am-4 pmEncaustic Painting/ 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.
$90 Materials Fee$225 / $250Register Now
The Cutting Edge: Stained Glass with Copper FoilSaturday & Sunday, Nov 5 & 6; 10 am-4 pmMetal & Glass / In-personBeginning/ContinuingSTEPHANIE GORDON & SUE MARTIN
In this weekend workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of stained glass panel design, glass cutting, and the copper foil construction method developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany to get a complete introduction to this exciting medium. You will learn about safety and how to create a pattern, choose glass, cut, foil, assemble, solder and patina to complete your own small stained glass panel in this fun beginner class. No experience is needed. Tools and materials will be supplied. Bring your own apron. Wear shoes with closed toes and comfortable working clothes. This class meets in-person at AVA.
$75 Materials Fee$270 / $300Register Now
Photographing ArtworkSaturday, Nov 12; 10 am-2 pmPhotography / In-personBeginning/ContinuingCOOPER DODDS
This class will cover the necessary equipment and techniques for photographing your own art for reproducing and promoting your artwork, and will include instruction on natural light, artificial continuous light, and flash. You'll leave knowing how to photograph flat art, as well as sculpture and other 3-dimensional pieces. This class is mean for all levels of photographer with any kind of camera, from an iPhone to a DSLR or anything in between. This class will meet in-person at AVA.
--$72 / $80Register Now