Classes for Adults

Summer 2015 Offerings

To register, call the Library Arts Center office at 603-863-3040.

Download the Adult Class Registration Form.Heidi Painting in Studio

*PLEASE NOTE: If the class of your choice is full or canceled due to lack of enrollment, you will be notified and entitled to a full refund. Class tuition is due in full on or before the first day of the class session. Make-up classes will only be offered when the instructor is unable to teach his/her class.

Members of the Library Arts Center may subtract 10% from tuition prices of all classes. Scholarships for children’s classes are available, please inquire.
 
Adult Open Studio Art Group
Group Painting in StudioFacilitator:  Heidi Lorenz
DROP-IN FEE per session: $8 members / $12 non-members 
Ongoing,WEDNESDAYS, 9am-12noon
Description:   Looking for a time to work on current projects?  Be inspired to work in a studio environment alongside other area artists in this drop-in group that meets on a weekly basis.   The class facilitator, Heidi Lorenz, is available for light guidance.   All mediums are welcome.   No prior experience is necessary.   Please bring all supplies you will need for your projects.  Call the Arts Center at 603.863.3040 for more information.
  
 
Un-Cork Your Inner Artist
Instructor: Patti WarrenUncork Group at Work 2
Dates:
OR  Tuesday, August 25th , 6:30-9pm
OR  Tuesday, September 29th , 6:30-9pm
OR  Tuesday, October 27th , 6:30-9pm
Painting Focus:  TBA
Tuition: $35.00 per session
12 student maximum, students can sign up for just one, or all of the sessions
Description: Come to the Library Arts Center for an evening of creativity, community, and cobalt blue! This is an opportunity for the non-artist to explore his/her expressive side while following step-by-step directions from a certified art instructor. In a relaxed and supportive environment, students will complete a painting suitable for framing.
**NOTE:  All studio materials will be provided as well as a complimentary glass of wine, so we ask that students are a minimum of 21 years old.
 

Felted Bird Houses
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates: Tuesday, June 30, 5-8pm
Tuition: $35.00 (sign up for both bird house & next night’s bird class and save!  $50 for both classes!)
Description:  For felting beginners and experienced alike,  spend the evening creating a whimsical, yet practical bird house by felting wool.  A multitude of colors and supplies will be available to make your piece just what you want.  Leave the home with a finished birdhouse ready to hand in a garden or give as a gift, along with the skills to create more on your own.

Felted Birds
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates: Wednesday, July 1, 5-8pm
Tuition: $30.00 (sign up for both bird house & previous night’s bird house class and save!  $50 for both classes!)
Description:  For felting beginners and experienced alike,  spend the evening creating a whimsical, beautiful needle felted  birds.  A multitude of colors and supplies will be available to make your piece just what you want.  Leave the home with a finished bird ready, along with the skills & inspiration to create more on your own.

Art Journaling
Instructor: Jennifer Stark
Dates: Tuesdays July 7, 14, 21, 28, 6:30-8pm
Tuition: $35 includes all four sessions as well as journal & basic materials
Description:  Art Journaling is a private, creative journey in which you journal including collage, painting, drawing, doodles, ephemera etc. into your entries, bringing your journal out of the Dear-Diary-realm & into a personal art experience with the guidance & inspiration of artist Jennifer Stark.  In each class, new techniques, prompts & inspiration will be shared.  Participants can choose to work on their journals during the week, or leave it just for studio time, further individualizing the experience.  Bring any collections of papers, pieces or other materials you would like to potentially work into your journal. 

Wine Cork Cork BoardsWCB
Instructor: Ann Stout Dates: Wednesday, July 8, 6:30-9
Tuition: $25 (8 student maximum)
Description:  Create a mosaicked cork board with wine corks.  Bring in your own wine cork collection if you have some, and supplement with ones collected at the LAC (we have volunteers busy getting them out of bottles, we are also happy to have more volunteers working on this!)  Start with 16X16 wooden frames made & provided by instructor Ann Stout, create a cork pattern of your choice, adhere, and take your cork board home done and ready for use.  A complimentary glass of wine will be provided by the LAC so long as all participants are 21+.  Leave the studio with a finished wine cork cork board.

Plein Aire Workshop with a Special Focus on Drawing and Painting Trees
First FrostInstructor: Peter Granucci
Level: Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner
Dates and Times:  Mondays, July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10 & 17, 5-7:30 PM
Tuition: $252.00 for all six sessions
NOTE:  If a student’s summer schedule makes it so he or she must miss a session, Peter is willing to generously work with students to arrange make-up sessions.
All Media welcome including for Painting; oils, acrylic, pastel, watercolor.  Including for drawing; Pencil (Graphite or Colored) or charcoal. ** Each artist can make their own choice of the medium they’d like to work with for this class. Peter will be happy to discuss it with you if you have any questions.
Description:  Enjoy a relaxing evening painting in and around this beautiful area. In this class Peter will discuss all the why’s and how to’s relating to Plein Aire painting and Drawing.   Including (but not limited to): how to start, how to finish, color mixing, values, form, and drawing.  Class will be held outside whenever possible and will be moved into the studio in cases of inclement weather. Each class will have a brief opening presentation and a final gathering to appreciate each other’s accomplishments.
Click the following to see recommended materials lists for this class:
 Materials List for Plein Aire and Portrait Drawing 2015
Materials List for Peter Granucci’s Plein Aire 2015
 
Brief Instructor Biography:  Peter is a respected landscape and portrait painter. He began exhibiting in NYC in 1975 and has continued to exhibit throughout New England and other parts of the country. He has won multiple national awards including from the Salmagundi Club in NYC. He has been teaching privately and in groups since 1985.
 
Watercolor Florals
Instructor: Becky Bense
Dates: Saturday, July 18, 9:30am-2:30pm (bring a lunch)
Tuition: $30 (10 student maximum)
Description:  This watercolor class is for beginner to intermediate artists and will focus on painting flowers.  Weather permitting the class will be outside in area gardens, so bring a lunch, bug repellent and a chair or easel.  We’ll start in the studio with a brief discussion and demo, then head out to paint on site.  If it is raining, please pick some flowers, whatever is blooming around your home to bring into the studio.  Class will end with a conversation about our paintings with a focus on composition and technique.
Materials List:  Folks should bring what they have for supplies – if they do not have any supplies they will be available at cost. $3.00 for paint set and brush (The Library Arts Center also has some brushes folks can use and $1.00 per page for paper. Each page can be divided into 2 or 4 or 8 depending on artists preferences. Bring a roll of paper towels and a container to put water in to rinse your brushes in- like a cottage cheese tub.If folks want to purchase supplies I recommend buying an Arches Watercolor Block of 120 pound cold pressed paper I use 9×12″ and 7 x10″. My next suggestion would be buy to yourself some good brushes (Winsor Newton) are good,  size 8 or 10 one round and one square and a smaller one like a number 4 round or number 3 pointed round for details. Then purchase tubes of Windsor  Newton  (student grade) paint- cerulean blue, yellow ochre, cadmium red, lemon yellow, dioxazine purple, ultramarine blue, raw umber and sap green. 

Moments of light in the Landscape
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates: Saturday, July 25, 10am-3pm
Tuition: $35
Description:  This class is for students of all painting levels.  The landscape offers ever-changing moments of breathtaking light.  Watercolor is the perfect medium for capturing these fleeting images from the world around us.  Experiment with techniques both traditional and unconventional.  Backlit woodlands scenes, stormy skies, glowing horizons & night skies are among the themes that will be demonstrated & explored.  Watercolor encourages a responsive interaction between the artist and the wet surface of the painting that has a life of its own.  It requires a blend of control & freedom, the experience is never the same twice as watercolor is so versatile & filled with surprises.Materials:  Watercolor paints & acrylic inks will be available for use.  If students would like to purchase their own materials ahead of class, they’re welcome to contact the instructor for specifics at dwyerdavis@gmail.com.   Students are asked to bring a large spray bottle such as an empty Windex bottle, a towel, paper towels, watercolor painting brushes if you have them, if not, there will be ones available for use.
 
Fabric Surface Design
Instructor: Nancy Graham
Dates: Wednesday, July 29, 10am-2:30, bring a lunch
Tuition: $35
Description:  Great for beginners as well as more experienced artists who just want to let loose & experiment with less traditional methods to spark creativity.  Start with basic white fabric and learn ways to transform it from bland to extraordinary.  Make stamps out of the most ordinary of household materials, create rubbings from basic upcycled supplies, create stencils with found objects as you create something very special out of very simple means.  Color will abound with the incredible array of textile paints Nancy provides, and ideas will rocket with the inspiration of Nancy’s creative examples and extensive supplies.  Learn techniques, experiment & create one-of-a-kind fabrics for quilting, sewing, wearables, home décor etc.
Materials List:  Bring a few yards worth of pre-washed white fabric with which to experiment & work.  Feel free to bring some solid colors &/or black as well.  Bring a smock or apron, wear clothes you don’t mind getting paint on and a few plastic bags in which to bring wet projects home.
 
Basket Weaving
Instructor: Ray LagasseStudent Weaving Basket
Dates/Times: Saturday, July 31st 8:30am-4:30pm  (bring a bag lunch)
Tuition: $98.00  (or $105.00 for the larger pack basket option)
Description: In this one-day workshop students can choose to make one of four large-sized baskets: a wool gathering basket, laundry basket, double-pie, or pack basket. The baskets will be woven using reed with a hardwood base, rails, and rim. All materials are created and prepared by Ray Lagasse. Each participant will be asked to choose which basket he or she will be making upon registration. Each Student will leave the workshop with the completed basket of his or her choosing. Registration will close a week before the class starts.    **Students who cancel before the class will still owe a $35 fee for materials preparation. 
 
BASKET OPTIONS:
Wool Gathering Basket 12x12x12 basket form with leather handles and a wooden bottom
Laundry Basket 11x18x12 basket form with leather handles
Double Pie Basket 10x20x6 basket form with wooden handles
Pack Basket 7x14x18 basket form with straps
Large Pack Basket 9x16x22 (for higher fee of $105.00–includes tuition)
 
Basket options UpdatedSilk Screening for Adults and TeensSiscre
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates: Tuesday, August 4, 1-5pm Tuition: $35, all materials included
Description:  Learn the basic principles of silk screening using printmaking ink in various transparencies to obtain a variety of pleasing results.  A variety of materials will be available to experiment with as stencils, you may also hand cut your own paper stencil.  Create your own set of limited edition prints, cards or uniquely original art pieces.
 
Watercolor Landscape Workshop
Instructor: Becky Bense
Dates: Saturday, August 8, 9:30am-2:30pm
Tuition: $30 (10 student maximum)
Description:  Meet in the studio for this watercolor class for beginners and intermediate artists.  Start with a demo 7 discussion, then head outside if weather permits.  The group will head down to the covered bridge.  Bring a lunch, bug repellent, bug spray and an easel or chair.  If it is raining, bring some landscape pictures to work from in the studio.  Class will end with a conversation about our paintings with a focus on composition and technique. 
Materials List:  Folks should bring what they have for supplies – if they do not have any supplies they will be available at cost. $3.00 for paint set and brush (The Library Arts Center also has some brushes folks can use and $1.00 per page for paper. Each page can be divided into 2 or 4 or 8 depending on artists preferences. Bring a roll of paper towels and a container to put water in to rinse your brushes in- like a cottage cheese tub.
If folks want to purchase supplies I recommend buying an Arches Watercolor Block of 120 pound cold pressed paper I use 9×12″ and 7 x10″. My next suggestion would be buy to yourself some good brushes (Winsor Newton) are good,  size 8 or 10 one round and one square and a smaller one like a number 4 round or number 3 pointed round for details. Then purchase tubes of Windsor  Newton  (student grade) paint- cerulean blue, yellow ochre, cadmium red, lemon yellow, dioxazine purple, ultramarine blue, raw umber and sap green. 
 
Watercolor Workshop for Adults & Teens
Instructor: Margaret Dwyer
Dates: Thursday, August 13, 10am-3pm Tuition: $
Description:  This workshop focuses on really interesting experimental techniques involving the use of fresh leaves, ferns, string, waxed paper & other accessible non-art items to create organic scenes of nature.  The first part of the clas involves experimentation with artistic risk.  The second half of class involves responding  to the natural patterns that you have captured.  The resolution of the piece employs traditional watercolor techniques that will be demonstrated such as glazing, washes, negative painting, saturation and color mixing.  Margaret enjoys teaching this process as she uses it in her own artwork because she loves the process so much.
Materials:  Watercolor paints & acrylic inks will be available for use.  If students would like to purchase their own materials ahead of class, they’re welcome to contact the instructor for specifics at dwyerdavis@gmail.com.   Students are asked to bring a large spray bottle such as an empty Windex bottle, a towel, paper towels, watercolor painting brushes if you have them, if not, there will be ones available for use.
 
Watercolor Class for Differently Abled Adults
Instructor: Becky Bense
Dates: September 25- October 30, 6 week session of Friday mornings 10am-11:30am
Tuition: $35, includes materials & all 6 sessions
Description:  This watercolor art class if for adults with special needs.  What we do in the studio will depend of who expresses interest in the class & what they are looking for, but whatever the focus, we will be painting with watercolors!  If you or someone you know is interested they should reach out ASAP so we can begin planning what the group wants to paint.  Caregivers are asked to come to join in the fun as well (with no additional charge).  Upon registration, please let us know if there are special needs or accommodations of which we should be aware.  We are looking forward to starting this new program for our studio & we are open to input and ideas as we want to make it as enjoyable & beneficial to participants as possible.

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