Studio Landscape Painting with Mike Rada

Wednesday mornings in March – June
Mike Rada

Whether you are just getting started or have painted for many years, this class has much to offer. You will work from your own studies, sketches, drawings, or photos and will learn what it takes to create a successful painting from start to finish. Mike will show examples of his work and give demos, short lectures, and lots of positive encouragement while you work on your own projects and style. The information provided applies to all mediums, so you may work in oils, acrylics, or pastels. Class is limited to 10 students. Students cannot miss the first day of class, as Mike will be giving important lectures and demos. No supplies are needed the first day of class, except paper and pen to take notes.

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Painting with Dan Mackerman

Tuesday afternoons in March – June
Dan Mackerman

This is a painting class taught by demonstration. Watch demos (such as brushwork, clean colors, and layering) and work on personal projects. Reference books, field trips, and critiques are applied as needed to release your inner fauve! Solvent-free oil painting dating back to the time of Rembrandt is highlighted but any opaque media such as pastel or acrylic are also welcome. Drawing experience recommended.

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Private Technology Instruction Session

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Elise d’Entremont

Bring your own laptop, netbook, tablets or iPad for a private, customized instruction session one-on-one with a very knowledgeable and patient technology instructor. No geek talk, just straight, everyday language to help you succeed with your technology, software, and business-related technology needs. Here are only a few of the many software programs (PC or Mac) Elise can help you with: QuickBooks, Quicken, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, PhotoShop, Photoshop Elements, Google Drive/Docs/Slides/Sheets/Forms/Calendar, Skype, Creating Websites, Photo Editing, Social Media, Cloud storage, keyboarding (typing), or computer basics. Please inquire for any other software help.

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Create a Custom Art Class

Pick a date!
Various Instructors
Create a custom class and enjoy a creative, lively day or evening of art, laughter, and friendships. Absolutely no artistic ability required for fun with a group of friends. Bring favorite drinks and appetizers to spice up the class! Gather a group and call the office to set up dates. There is a 6 person minimum for a custom class.

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Bienvenue à la Conversation Française

Thursday afternoons in June – August
Carolynn Johnson

Join us for open-ended conversation amongst friends. Whatever your proficiency, we’d love to see you. If you’ve always wanted to be more conversational with your French, here’s your opportunity. Bring a notebook if you wish to take notes.

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Tai Chi

Thursday afternoons in June – September
Aimee Van Ostrand
Tai Chi is practiced by millions of people in the parks and squares of China. The practice of Tai Chi is a series of silent, fluid seamless slow-motion movements and studies show regular practice supports good health and longevity.  It improves circulation, balance, mental focus and sense of well-being. It is low impact and can easily be modified to be practiced by those with mobility issues. Aimee Van Ostrand is a Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Healing Within Acupuncture. No experience or equipment is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing.

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Plein Air Painting in Oils

Thursday mornings (NEW!) or evenings in June – August
Christopher Copeland & Toni Nelson
This class will focus on how to interpret light and shadow effects outdoors. Learn how to simplify, design, and connect larger shapes of the landscape, as well as how to apply a foundation quickly and accurately. Emphasis will be on composition and atmospheric perspective with color and value. This class will meet at various local parks, to be determined.

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Basic Techniques for Realistic Oil Painting

Thursday evenings in June – August
Dan Patterson

In this course you will learn the basic techniques for shading, blending, and the importance of soft edges. Dan will also lecture and demonstrate the key details on each object in a still life to give your painting that realistic look. These are simple techniques that with practice can take your painting to a whole new level of realism. We’ll start by working in gray values to concentrate on the blending, shading, soft edges, and handling of the brush to achieve these techniques. After completing the gray value exercise we’ll move onto a color composition and discuss how to apply the techniques and the observation of details and mixing of colors needed for each element of the painting. Dan will be conducting group and individual demonstrations throughout the classes and with practice you will see a positive improvement in your painting skills. A basic understanding of oil painting is recommended.

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Studio Coffee

13 Fridays, June 2-August 25, 9:30-10:30 AM
Neil Johnston

Come to WBCA for coffee and discuss art, artists, techniques, and trends. Free with registration. Stay for open studio and make art.

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Friday Morning Clay

Friday mornings in June – August
Alexander Chinn

Enjoy a morning of clay! Each class begins with a short demonstration followed by working on clay projects: throwing on the wheel, hand-building, tiles, sculptures, etc. All levels are welcome. Materials are included.

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