Adult Studio Art

Dabble and explore with new materials not always found in your home studio. Various materials will be available for experimentation—watercolors, tempera paints, assemblage materials, glue guns, charcoal, various papers, etc. Poke around the Gamble Center’s supply room and see what strikes your fancy. Don’t be afraid to play and let go of outcomes!
This studio exploration invites participants of all levels and creative inclinations to learn and/or explore this unique drawing practice. Silverpoint is a traditional drawing technique still used today that was first used by Medieval scribes then by artists of the 14th century and through the ages. It is one of several types of metalpoint techniques where a drawing is made by dragging and etching a metal styli on a prepared surface.
In this introductory drawing class, the group will do a few quick drawing exercises to loosen up, and then work on some object/still life drawing. Participants should bring an object they love, so that you have some connection to your subject. Together, the class will discuss the difference between looking and seeing, which is key to drawing (or any art making, really). Instructor Mark Kelly will show some examples of different types of drawing through history.
In this 3-week intensive introduction to animation for adults, participants will learn the basics of three animation techniques: charcoal animation, Claymation, and pixilation—and choose one technique to create their own short film. The course will be co-taught by Annie Bailey and Trelawney O’Brien and is open to 6 participants.
The Wednesday night classes will be devoted to demonstrating techniques, covering the history of animation, and discussing key concepts. Within each of the animation formats, the class will discuss ways to create mood, create scenes, and how to develop character.
This class will offer simple and easy artistic techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces and provide various paper products to use, including handmade paper and various recycled materials. Learn the steps on how to make a sculptural vessel that you can use in the home or give as a gift.
“A poet writes the history of his [her] body.”—Henry David Thoreau, The Journal
Led by poet Kathleen Ellis, this workshop will explore the connections between poetry and art, using the museum’s current exhibitions and practicing acts of cultural dumpster-diving (both literally and figuratively) to trigger our creative juices. We will generate new poems that challenge who we are in our historical, cultural, and natural environments, using real-world references to address the paradoxical inevitability of modern life. There will be experimentation with a wide range of poetic forms, visits to exhibits (different from the Aug. 5-9 workshop), daily group critique, and revision sessions.
Punch needle rug hooking, also called "New England Style," is easy to learn and fun to do. Create an 8" x 8" square or circular wool hooked project (a mat or pillow top) of your own design. With a punch needle threaded with yarn, the rug is worked from the back to form the loops, instead of from the front, as in traditional rug hooking.
Simple, graphic designs work best for this method. Time will be spent introducing and practicing technique, creating a design (perhaps inspired by the museum collection), choosing colors of available 100% wool rug yarn, hooking, and finishing off the project. Participants will have use of Oxford punch needles, hoops and frames during class time as well as all necessary supplies and equipment to complete their project.
In this four-day workshop, painter Tina Ingraham will open paths of visual awareness for students while painting in the open air. Topics of learning include what to do with the foreground, dealing with the cast shadow, translating the nuances of green into paint, and how to describe three-dimensionality on a two-dimensional support with color, paint, brush and surface, including the “Alla Prima Process,” which involves gauging time, light and passion for finding a painting’s resolution in one sitting. On Tuesday afternoon Ingraham will present and discuss a selection of plein-air paintings.
Learn the art of Mokuhanga, a traditional Japanese woodblock printing process, in this intensive introductory workshop. Each participant will cut and print an edition of color prints to learn about this water-based, nontoxic technique. Mokuhanga provides precise registration and great control over color and a connection to an important chapter in the history of printmaking. Students will cut blocks during the first half of class and print during the second half. Each class will begin with a discussion of a different aspect of Japanese woodblock.
Engaging in the act of art making asks questions of us, such as “Who am I? What do I have to say?” Any creative endeavor provides us with an opportunity to explore, think, discover and express ourselves. The intention of this class is to give participants space and time to awaken and stimulate the creative process. We will "play" in order to strengthen our ability to recognize our own creative voice. Using paper, paint, ink, cardboard and an assortment of other materials we will draw, paint, cut, tear, glue and construct 2D and 3D work. Each day, projects will be suggested to get you started. Both the absolute beginner and the more experienced artist will enjoy and benefit from this experience. Participants are encouraged to bring any personal art materials they may have for themselves and the group.