Still Life Painting in Oil

CLASS ID: 12Y210
Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, December 6 – 20, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Date/Time: 3 Thursdays, January 17 – 31, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Date/Time: 4 Thursdays, February 7 – 28, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Christopher Copeland
This class will focus on organizing a still life composition set-up and painting from life. Emphasis will be on drawing and value structure. Finally completing the value study with color and edge-work control.

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Bienvenue à la Conversation Française

CLASS ID: 12Y801
Date/Time: 6 Thursdays: December 6 & 20, January 3, 17, 31 & February 14, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Carolynn Johnson
Join us for open-ended conversation among 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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Introduction to Watercolor

CLASS ID: 12Y222
Date/Time: 2 Thursdays, December 6 & 13, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Date/Time: 2 Saturdays, February 16 & 23, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Sylvia Benson
Finding success in working with watercolor includes learning the basics. Sylvia will describe in detail the materials used in watercolor paintings and how the water and pigment work together on the paper. The class also involves learning brush techniques, mixing colors, graying colors or knocking down the intensity, methods for producing textures, doing value studies, and discussing what makes a good composition. Use a viewfinder to choose an eye-catching composition that can be painted in a larger abstract version, illustrating high, medium, and low key value. Curious? Join us to experience, enjoy, and relax while learning.

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Friday Morning Clay

CLASS ID: 12Y309
Date/Time: 3 Fridays, December 7 – 21, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Date/Time: 4 Fridays, January 4 – 25, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Date/Time: 4 Fridays, February 1 – 22, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Alexander Chinn
Join Alex and enjoy your morning with 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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If Picasso Painted a Snowman

CLASS ID: 12Y703
Date/Time: Saturday, December 8, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Sylvia Benson
According to the book, If Picasso Painted a Snowman, there are many ways to paint a snowman. It all depends on which artist is doing the painting. In this class, students can experience painting a snowman the way Picasso might have painted it. Brighten up winter by using oil pastels and watercolor making a brilliant and exciting painting.

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Make Your Own Blown Glass Ornament

CLASS ID: 12Y102
Date/Time: Saturday, December 8, 10:00 AM

Foci MCGA Instructors
Foci MCGA’s skilled instructors will guide each participant through making a blown glass ornament. Choose your own color to create your own individual ornament, perfect for the holidays. Ages 10 and up! Class end time varies depending on number of participants.

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Polymer Clay Ornaments

CLASS ID: 12Y704
Date/Time: Sunday, December 9, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Erika Arndt
Explore this versatile clay medium by making a variety of holiday-inspired ornaments, such as a snowflake, snowman, tree, elf, and sweet treats.

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Portraits in Pastel Pencil Verdaccio Technique

CLASS ID: 12Y218
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 11, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Suzann Beck
This unusual pastel pencil technique makes portrait drawing seem almost magical. Learn how an “underdrawing” in green values can make your finished skin tones look natural and luminous. The workshop will feature best practices and a demonstration in the morning session with hands-on student work in the afternoon. Students will work from their own photos, learning how to transfer an initial drawing to pastel paper, and how to build skin tones in a step-by-step process. Attention will be paid to drawing accuracy and rendering light effect. Bring a lunch.

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Painting Skills for Beginner Painters

CLASS ID: 12Y211 or 12Y231
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, December 11 – January 15, 9:45 AM -12:15 PM OR 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

CLASS ID: 1Y210 or 1Y231
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, January 22 – February 12, 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM OR 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

CLASS ID: 2Y211 or 2Y223
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, February 19 – March 12, 9:45 AM – 12:15 PM OR 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Dan Mackerman
This is a class for those with either little or no experience or for those with experience that want to pick up tips they might have missed. Learn the skills that are fundamental to painting so that your imagination won’t be restricted later. Drawing techniques for measuring proportion and composing, color mixing tricks, an introduction to the different kinds of brushes and how to use them, and several different easy methods to developing a painting.

This class will be taught in sections, each new topic building upon the last, starting with the most basic skills in the fall and advancing to more exciting levels of painting by the end of spring. Each topic will be demonstrated so you can see how it’s done before you try it yourself.

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Intermediate/Advanced Painting with Dan Mackerman

CLASS ID: 12Y212
Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, December 11 – January 15, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
*No Class December 25 & January 1

Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, January 22 – February 12, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Date/Time: 4 Tuesdays, February 19 – March 12, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Dan Mackerman
This course is designed for intermediate and advanced painting students who wish to broaden their knowledge and experience. Work on your own projects while taking advantage of Dan’s 40+ years of painting. The purpose of this class is to improve upon what you already know, expose you to new possibilities and to make you a better painter. Dan will regularly give demonstrations, share references from his personal library of over 500 books, lead critiques, and give museum tours when the need arises. All media welcome including oil, pastel & acrylic. Solvent-free oil painting, dating back to the time of Rembrandt, will be highlighted.

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