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Visual Arts Classes for Teens and Adults


Studio Potter
for advanced students (see below)
with Anzietta DiPierro
6:30-8 p.m.
6 weeks beginning Sept 11
$60 class fee (or $54 for members)
$15 materials fee
Limit of 6 students
This class is designed for students who have taken Beginning Pottery with Anzietta DiPierro, or who have had a semester of ceramics at either the high school or college level.


Oil Painting
for ages 16 & up
with Linda Merchant
6:30-8 p.m.
8 weeks beginning Sept 19
$60 class fee (or $54 for donors)
$10 materials fee
This class is designed for the intermediate artist who wants to expand into oil painting. Students will explore layered techniques in oils, learn how to use the materials, and develop their painting style. Some basic drawing and painting are skills strongly recommended.


Introduction to Photography
with Don Miskowich
2-4 p.m.
8 weeks beginning Sept. 13
$120 (or $108 for donors)

Photography can be fun and very satisfying.  It’s fun to see things with a photographer’s eye — to see something in the world around you that is beautiful or fascinating or important, and capture it. You don’t even need a camera to do that. You can take a mental snapshot and enjoy the scene in your memory. Of course, when you take a picture with your eye, it turns out perfect – just the way you saw it – but it’s hard to share. When you take a picture with a camera you want it to turn out well so you can show it. But for a number of reasons a picture taken with a camera can turn out badly. It is SO frustrating to have a bad picture and not understand why, or how to avoid that problem the next time. In this course we will reveal not just how to use a camera, but share an understanding of what is going on. With that understanding you can avoid problems and also begin to enjoy another aspect of photography – solving problems. Taking great pictures can be fun, and solving problems can be exhilarating. We invite you to take this course and see.

Rendering in Pencil
for ages 14 & up
with Ralph Bacon
7-8 p.m.
8 weeks beginning Sept 13
$45 class fee (or $41 for donors)
Just because it’s the most common art tool doesn’t mean it should be dismissed. We’ll cover the variety of pencils on the market and how to use them. Each class will have a different object for study in order to work on gradations, patterns, textures, and contrast. Different techniques in rendering (and erasing) will be explored, all while keeping in mind the use of composition.


Watercolor for Beginners
with Rebecca Ollikainen
6-7:30 p.m.
8 weeks beginning Sept 14
$60 class fee (or $54 for donors)
Limit of 10 students
Learn watercolor technique while completing a landscape painting step-by-step. All supplies are provided — just bring yourself and a creative spirit.

Drawing for Beginners
with Rebecca Ollikainen
7:30-8:30 p.m.
8 weeks beginning Sept 14
$60 class fee (or $54 for donors)
$10 materials fee
Learn to record what you see on paper. We’ll begin with simple shapes and move on to more complex.

Teen and Adult Pit Fire Class
with Sandy Rill
7:15-8:45 p.m.
8 weeks beginning Sept 14
$80 class fee (or $72 for donors)
Materials fee $10
Students will work on a series of projects that incorporate the basic methods of developing sculpture in clay, using their own creative ideas. Projects will be bisque-fired and glazed to create permanent works of art.

with Pamela Amy
6-7:30 p.m.
8 weeks beginning Sept 14
$70 class fee (or $63 for donors)
$10 materials fee
We will continue to build a repertoire of basic hardanger stitches and fillers. No experience is necessary! Come join our sewing circle and preserve a beautiful Norwegian tradition. Bring embroidery snips and magnifiers. The teacher will supply fabric, needles, thread, and hoops.


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