Deposit / Cancellation Policy

Deposits are required for all classes and workshops 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 or workshop. We cannot be responsible for issuing refunds, credits or transfers for classes missed due to illness, emergencies or events beyond our control. If a workshop is cancelled by us, all money will be promptly refunded.

 

 

Please contact Academy for space availabilities after class begins

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts

431 Hartford Ave., Wethersfield, CT  06109

info@wethersfieldarts.org

860-436-9857

 

 

Classes

 

 New England’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.

 

Drapery Drawing   6-weeks

Instructor: Eliza Moser

Learn how to draw or paint one of the most beautiful and challenging subjects in the history of art, drapery. Beginners will work with charcoal and chalk on toned paper, while more advanced students have the option to paint. Each student will work from a complex arrangement of cloth, and learn how to simplify and then develop their work to mimic folds of drapery. 

Thurs., Sept. 7, 9:30am - 12:30pm  6 weeks

Fee: $250 for members;  $30 membership per year    


Drawing the Still Life in Charcoal   6-weeks

Instructor: Eliza Moser

Learn the basics of still life in this drawing course, suitable for beginners and any level of artistic training.  Beginner students will leave this course with a solid understanding of the basics of drawing, while advanced students will learn how to push the boundaries of their skills.  Over the course students will learn how to take their drawing from a simple block-in, to a finished drawing with a full value-scheme and realistic sense of form. The beginning of the course will focus on line drawing and accurate proportions, the middle will explore tone and it’s relation to mimicking the effects of light, and students will finish by perfecting their rendering technique to make their drawing look convincingly 3-D.  Each day will begin with a short exercise, designed to introduce students to all the essential drawing concepts in a memorable way. 

Thurs., Sept. 7, 1:30am - 4:30pm  6 weeks

Fee: $250 for members;  $30 membership per year



 

Figure Drawing   6-weeks

Instructor: Kathryn Engberg

Students will draw the figure from life from a single pose lasting six weeks. 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.  

Wed., October 4, 5-8pm  6 weeks

Fee: $270 for members;  $30 membership per year    Model fee extra paid at beginning of session

Material List

   


 

Portrait Drawing   6-weeks

Instructor: Kathryn Engberg

In this portrait class, students will draw the portrait from a single pose for 6 weeks. 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.

Wed., October 4, 1-4pm  6 weeks

Fee: $270 for members;  $30 membership per year    Model fee extra paid at beginning of session

Material List


Perspective 1    6-weeks

Instructor: Steve Linberg

Perspective is one of the cornerstones of representational art of any style. Whether your subject matter is the human figure, architecture, landscape, still life, interiors or exteriors, and no matter your medium, a solid foundation in the principles of perspective is essential in creating believable images.

 In this 6-week drawing class, we will start at the beginning and develop all of the skills that you need to successfully represent the 3-dimensional world on 2-dimensional surfaces. Topics to be covered include the horizon, eye level and the picture plane, 1-point, 2-point, “2.5-point” and 3-point perspectives, scaling and foreshortening, circles and ellipses, shadows and reflections, and the figure in perspective, and we will work both from imagination / construction and from direct observation, including outdoors (weather permitting).

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017;    9:30am - 12:30pm   6 weeks

Fee: $270. members; $30 membership

Materials list:

11x14” or larger sketch paper or sketchbook

standard drawing materials (pencils, erasers, a sharpener)

a T-square 18” or longer

a 180° protractor 6” or longer

tape (scotch, masking or painter’s tape)

black string or thread and something to cut it with

 

optional:

tracing paper

drawing board


Anatomy: Practical Figure Drawing Class; Studies of the Torso, Limbs, Features    6-weeks

Instructor: Steve Linberg

This study will be on the traditional focus of building knowledge of the human anatomy. Bones, muscles, origins/insertions, functions, and other aspects of anatomy will be discussed.  Female model. 

The Anatomy Figure Studio, will focus on the anatomy with a live model, so students can apply the academic knowledge to an actual figure and relate the knowledge to the specific process of drawing. Sessions include lectures, male/female models, modeling with clay. Subjects include; torso, pelvis, legs and feet, arms and hands, the head, fat/veins/hair.  Offered as 6 hours / week

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017;    Session 1) 1:30 - 4:30pm:  Session 2) 5:30 - 8:30pm   6 weeks

Fee: $540. members; $570. non-member

Materials List


Atelier Bargue Drawing    6-weeks

Instructor: Steve Linberg

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 weeks are split into 6 week sessions. The principals taught are progressive and presented for the duration of the session.

Monday, Sept. 25, 2017;    Session A) 1:30 - 4:30pm:  B) 5:30 - 8:30pm   6 weeks each

Fee per Session: $270. members; $300. non-member

 

Material List


Cast Drawing and Painting   6-week session 

Instructor: Kathryn Engberg

This cast drawing class will serve as an introduction to the concepts of academic art that can be applied to all other areas of classical drawing and painting. The students begin by learning the basics of the "block in" in which a linear drawing of the subject is created with an emphasis on accuracy of shape, proportion, and gesture. From the block in stage, the students will move into the modeling stage, in which the forms of the subject is conceived of and rendered in an entirely three-dimensional way. We will discuss the fundamentals of light and how it reacts with form and how to depict these events with graphite on a two-dimensional surface. Students will complete one cast drawing with a strongly developed sense of depth and realism. Beginning to advanced students are welcome.  For the Cast Painting: the first few days will still be spent drawing. Materials for painting below.

Wed., October 4, 1-4pm or 5-8pm  6 weeks

Fee: $270 for members;  $30 membership per year   

Material List for Drawing

Material List for Cast Painting


Ecorche Drawing: Learning Artistic Anatomy     6-weeks

Instructor: Eliza Moser

The aim of this course is to learn artistic anatomy. Working from master drawings, students will draft the human figure, beginning with the skeleton and constructing the muscles on top. The course is designed to increase students’ knowledge of the construction of the human form in an in-depth and memorable way. By the end of this course, students will have an understanding of standard human proportions, the construction of the skeleton, origins and insertions of individual muscles, and be able to recognize anatomical information on the live human form. The knowledge obtained through this course is useful both to artists who work from imagination and from life. 
(Note: Intermediate course, students must have basic drawing knowledge. Working from master drawings, not live figure. Medium: Pencil and paper)

Thursday, November 9;   9:30am - 12:30pm   6 weeks

Fee: $250. members;  $30. membership


The Anatomy of a Portrait:  Ecorche of the Human Face    6-weeks

Instructor: Eliza Moser

This course will teach the construction of the human face in a method both thorough and memorable. Students will begin drafting an anatomically correct skull, onto which they will add facial muscles. Later we will explore how to apply this information to portraiture, especially with capturing facial expressions.  By the end of this course, students will have a thorough understanding of the proportions, planes, muscles, and overall construction of the human face.  (Note: Intermediate course, students must have basic drawing knowledge. Working from master drawings, not live figure. Medium: Pencil and paper

Thursday, November 9;   1:30 - 4:30pm   6 weeks

Fee: $250. members;  $30. membership


Color Theory in the Munsell Color System    6-week session 

Instructor: Steve Linberg      Steve has recently joined the Board of Inter-Society Color Council     iscc.org

This class will teach you everything you need to know about color theory, and introduce the Munsell color system for oilpainters. Although the subject matter applies equally to any medium, we will be painting in oils to explore the concepts taught in the class. Students will learn the scientific principles underlying color perception, and how to control color’s aspects of hue, value and chroma in painting. No prior painting experience is necessary.

Note: this is a condensed version of a 120-hour class by The Classical Lab; there are fewer painting projects in the class out of necessity. Advanced students may be given additional assignments to complete outside of class, if desired.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 - Dec. 12, 2017;    1:30 - 4:30pm:   5:30 - 8:30pm   6 weeks

Fee: $540. members; $570. non-member

A Supply List will be provided upon registration.  

 


Youth Arts Program

Youth Program - Drawing and 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; $220 non-membership

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.

Mondays  4-6pm; 6-week session
Fee: $160. member; $185 non-membership

Embroidery
Ages 9 and Up     6-week session 

Instructor: Lynn Payette

This class will explore a variety of basic embroidery stitches using yarns and a variety of other fibers, as well as metallics. The student will work on an embroidery hoop learning how to work on a variety of stitches and techniques. The first project can be a pin cushion using the colors and threads of choice.  Stitches taught will be: split, satin, chain, back stitch, outline stitch, French knots, open buttonhole, closed buttonhole, open and closed fly.  After stitching is completed, student will learn to block, stuff and finish the pin cushion. Other projects will follow with stitch complexity and techniques as students progress. Image at left is the Moroccan Tile Box. Fee includes materials.

Wednesdays  3:30-5:30pm, beginning Sept. 6; 6-week session
Fee: $160. member; $30 one-year general membership;  $25 one-year membership student/senior

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts continually adds new courses to its curriculum.

Please check back with us!