Fall 2018 Pricing Changes

A 12-week class is being offered to the dedicated artist who planned on signing up for (2) 6-week classes. The 6-week class will still be available at a small increase in fee. The 3-week class is for interested/new artist who is not sure about committing to the 6-week session. Once a class starts, there is no refund or credit for missed classes. Classes will run until mid-December and you can pay for additional weeks following. Instructors teach to each student so there is no course constants. For more information: info@wethersfieldarts.org

Deposit / Cancellation Policy

Deposits are required for all classes in the amount of half the tuition to secure limited spots. Full payment is due two weeks before the start of the session. All cancellations must be made 2 weeks before the start of a class. We do not issue refunds, credits or transfers for classes missed due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control. If a class is cancelled by us, there will be extended day(s) of classes.

 

The Atelier Method

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Connecticut’s Classical Atelier Program

 

The Atelier program at Wethersfield Academy for the Arts provides the serious artist-in-training an opportunity to be coached and mentored by a distinguished faculty member. Atelier students work side-by-side with their instructors in the beautiful north light studio. Students are provided with individual space within the studio to complete projects independently or with the guidance of their instructor. It is advisable to meet with an Atelier instructor before the beginning of each session. For more information, please contact the Academy at 860-436-9857.

 

Bargue Drawing 

Instructor: Eliza Moser

These drawing courses are based upon the 19th C. French Academic drawing course designed by Charles Bargue. Students will start with graphite pencil on paper, receiving demonstrations on materials, how to approach a drawing, sight-size and comparative measurement drawing, and tricks to aid in the making of more representational drawings. Students will be given a group demonstration on technique, and then work individually on practicing this technique for understanding. The curriculum starts with simple projects and moves progressively onto harder more complex work, each one incorporating more techniques to build upon previous lessons.  

Students will be working on more complex Bargue drawings, incorporating the fundamentals learned and adding new challenges of value, intricacy, and size. Development of your skills depends on focus in conjunction with demonstrations, practice, and continual guidance. Emphasis is on accuracy and training your eye so as not to be dependent on grids or tracing, thus making it possible to pursue drawing actively and freely in other areas like portraiture from life and landscape sketching. There is also a some homework that is recommended but not mandatory. 

This is an ongoing class that students go at their own pace once they get started. Bargue #1 continues onto #2 all the way up to #4.  The principals taught are progressive and presented for the duration of the session. This course is for beginners and those who want to continue their drawing skills.

Starting Monday, Sept 10, 2018: Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:30pm or Evening: 5:30 - 8:30pm  

12 weeks: $540   /   6 weeks:  $280.   /   3 weeks:  $150.    Membership fee for one year: $30

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Cast Drawing 

Instructor: Eliza Moser

This class follows Bargue Drawing, with drawing skills learned in Bargue now being applied to a 3-Dimensional Cast. Working in sight-size, each student will copy a cast at their own pace, learning the fundamentals of drawing from life with the same precision as Bargue.  After the completion of one cast in the medium of charcoal, students will continue to a subsequent cast with the addition of white chalk, to develop a strong sense of depth and realism. Traditionally, the Cast Drawing is completed in charcoal and is the transition step from drawing to painting, as well as the place to refine drawing skills.

Starting Monday, Sept 10, 2018: Afternoon: 1:30 - 4:30pm or Evening: 5:30 - 8:30pm  

12 weeks: $540   /   6 weeks:  $280.   /   3 weeks:  $150.    Membership fee for one year: $30

 

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Figure Drawing  

Instructor: Kathryn Engberg

kengberg.com

Students will draw the figure from life from a single pose. The first several sessions will be spent developing a block in, depicting all the essential information needed to render the figure. Comparative measurement, shape finding, plumb lines, and anatomy will be used to achieve an accurate representation of the figure. After the  block-in is satisfactory, the students will begin rendering each form using the “finish as you go” approach. This means that each area is given a sufficient amount of time and attention to finish it to completion before moving onto the next area. Knowledge of anatomy, form, and light, will be used to achieve a highly detailed and informed academic figure drawing. Kathryn will do a brief demonstration at the beginning of class as well as come around to each student to give individual critiques throughout the session. Beginning to advanced students are welcome.  Model fee extra.

Starting Wednesday, Sept 12, 2018: 5:30 - 8:30pm 

12 weeks: $540   /   6 weeks:  $280.   /   3 weeks:  $150.    Membership fee for one year: $30

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Portrait Drawing  

Instructor: Kathryn Engberg

kengberg.com

In this portrait class, students will draw the portrait from a single pose for 6 weeks followed by another 6 weeks with another model. The sessions will consist of developing a linear drawing with graphite on paper to establish an accurate likeness, proportions, and structure. The students will then begin modeling the form in a highly rational method, slowly developing each area based on an understanding of the effect of light on form. Some topics that will be discussed in length are comparative measuring, shape finding, anatomy of the skull, light and form. Kathryn will demonstrate each stage of the process briefly as well as give each student individual critiques throughout each session. Beginning to advanced artists are welcome. Model fee extra.

Starting Wednesday,  Sept. 12, 2018:  1:30-4:30pm  

12 weeks: $540   /   6 weeks:  $280.   /   3 weeks:  $150.    Membership fee for one year: $30

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Landscape Drawing 

Instructor: Paul Batch

paulbatchpainting.com

Through the centuries the greatest landscapes ever created began with drawing. Field sketches were an integral part to composing the masterpieces that came out of the Hudson River School. This course will provide the fundamentals needed by students seeking to further their understanding of both nature and how a landscape is constructed. There will be an emphasis on identifying shapes and executing details with accuracy. Demonstrations will be provided offering different approaches on how to achieve this. Classes will be held both outside and in the studio.

Starting Friday Sept. 21: 1:30 - 4:30pm

12 weeks: $520   /   6 weeks:  $270.   /   3 weeks:  $140.    Membership fee for one year: $30

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Introduction to Oil Painting 

Instructor: Tsultrim Tenzin

Students will learn the fundamentals of oil painting.  We will start with an overview lecture on materials and their uses.  Subsequesnt classes will include exercises in color mixing and finally building up to accurate master copies.  Students should leave the class with a basic understanding of their materials, light and form, hue/value/chroma, and paint application. 

Starting Wednesday, Oct. 3: 5:30 - 8:30pm

12 weeks: $520   /   6 weeks:  $270.   /   3 weeks:  $140.    Membership fee for one year: $30

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The Master Copy in Oils

Instructor: Tsultrim Tenzin

Students will deepen their knowledge and abilities by studying old masters. They will learn to break down a painting by an old master at a fundamental level in order to understand it and incorporate the techniques learned into their own work. Topics covered will be composition, tones, drawing, form, and color. Every student will be provided a selection of master copies to choose from such as Rembrandt, Velazquez, John Singer Sargent, Rubens, Bouguereau and many more.

This class is designed for every level, from beginners to the more experienced artist. Students will work in a progressive manner starting with alla prima master copy sketches to then a finished copy. Beginners will not only learn to copy a masterwork but also the medium of painting in itself from brushes used to learning how to paint at a fundamental level. This class is also great for experienced artists looking to take their abilities to the next level. 

By the end of the class, students will have developed a process for copying masterworks as well as a renewed confidence and improvement in their own work. Students will learn to appreciate great works of art and be able to break them down at a fundamental level. The goal is not only to understand the master but in the process develop one’s own dexterity, paint handling and ability to see color as well as draw accurately. Everything learned in this class will translate to any other projects pursued by students of the class.

Starting Wednesday, Oct.3: 1:30 - 4:30pm

12 weeks: $520   /   6 weeks:  $270.   /   3 weeks:  $140.    Membership fee for one year: $30

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Portrait from a Photo

Instructor: Eliza Moser

Create distinct portraits in graphite working from photographs. We will cover the fundamentals of capturing the proportions and likeness of a person, as well as conceptualizing form and achieving a sense of realism. Additional topics such as the nature of light and form, how to set up your ideal photo-reference, and the anatomy of individual facial features. Weekly homework assignments are given, but are not mandatory.

Starting Thursday,  Sept. 13, 2 - 5pm

12 weeks: $520.   /    6 weeks:  $270.   Membership fee for one year: $30

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Drawing at the Wadsworth

Instructor: Eliza Moser

We will take a short trip to the Wadsworth Atheneum each week to a great hall surrounded by masterpieces from the oldest continuously operating Art Museum in the country. Learn to draw in a defined process, the classical marble sculpture, Eve Repentent. Using Atelier methods from Florence, Italy, the static 3-D human form will be examined in structure, light effects, shapes, to create realistic drawings. Introductions to anatomy and figure-drawing concepts will also be taught.

A portable easel is needed. The museum has comfortable folding stools. We will carpool from the Academy parking lot, as parking in a nearby garage is $5. extra.

Starting Thursday,  Sept. 13, 10 - 1pm

6 weeks:  $270.   Membership fee for one year: $30

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Oil Painting Birds 

Instructor: Nick Frasco

This course will focus on birds in their environments as subject matter. Oil painting materials, use and preparation for the canvas/board will be reviewed. The fundamentals of a strong initial drawing will be discussed. Students will be given demonstrations on everything from organizing their pallets, to establishing the light source and developing forms that make these paintings come to life. 

From color contrasts to making a believable environment for the chosen species of birds, students will work from photographs to establish both larger shapes and fine details in the smallest of feathers. This course is open to beginners, as well as intermediate oil painters. 

Starting Tuesday,  Sept. 25: 6-8:30pm

6 weeks:  $225.   Membership fee for one year: $30

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Youth Arts Program

Youth Drawing/Painting
Ages 6 and Up     6-week session 

Instructor: Nick Frasco

This course will teach the basic fundamentals of drawing, composition and painting, how to mix and apply paint, and use of a variety of art materials. Students may bring a project of their own to work on. The ultimate goal of the Youth Program is for the student to enjoy a rewarding experience and to create a work of art that is satisfying. Now extended to 2 hours per week for 6 weeks. 

Saturdays –  Two hours within 9:30-12:00pm; 6-week sessions ongoing (sign up for any Saturday)
Fee: $195. member; $25 yearly youth membership

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Cartooning and Animation
Ages 6 and Up     6-week session 

Instructor: Nick Frasco

Learn to create your very own original Cartoon Character. Instructor Nick Frasco, will go over the different characteristics of drawing a dynamic character of your own. Starting by drawing their faces in a "cartoon style ", simplifying them into shapes and paying attention to depth while giving them a three dimensional look and drawing them from every imaginable angle. Once you have mastered these techniques, you will be well on your way to creating your own dynamic cartoon character.

Starting Tuesday,  Sept. 18:  4-6pm; 6-week session
Fee: $180. member;  $25 yearly youth membership

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Youth Oil Painting
Ages 13 and Up     

Instructor: Eliza Moser

Learn the fundamentals of Oil Painting-- this course, modeled after classical atelier methods, is designed to introduce teens to the techniques of handling oil paints. Working on a master-copy, students will learn how develop a picture from an underpainting, to mix precise colors, and to apply paint to create a realistic oil painting.  Excellent for teens looking for serious instruction in this classic medium.

Starting Thursdays, Sept. 13,  5:30 - 8:30pm;  6-week session
6-weeks: $180   /   12 weeks: $340.  member;  $25 yearly youth membership

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The Academy continually adds new courses to its curriculum.   Please check back with us!

860-436-9857     info@wethersfieldarts.org    431 Hartford Ave., Weth., CT  06109