Classes and Workshops

We are pleased to offer online art classes (via Zoom) starting in June!

We have a variety of classes and have something for everyone!      

Register for all classes here or click on the link contained in each class description.

Please contact us by email (admin@farmsteadarts.org) if you wish to pay by check. Paying by check allows you to avoid online processing fees.

Please note: Some classes require a minimum enrollment. If the minimum is not met, a full refund will be given. In the event of a class cancellation, you will be notified at least 3 days in advance.

Online Art Classes

Online Art Classes - Registration is Open! Classes start June 9th

We have moved our art classes online!

For a single page summary with class topics, dates and times click on: Virtual Art Classes – Farmstead Arts Center – June – July.
All classes will be held via Zoom.  Material lists are provided in each class description.
Our instructors are working artists, illustrators or cartoonists who are passionate about engaging the community in the arts and dedicated to bringing out the creativity in their students. Farmstead Members enjoy discounted class rates. 
Butterflies (for kids 5-8) - Tuesday, June 9 - 2:45 - 4:15 pm (single session)

Butterflies  with Doug Schiller Tuesday, June 9, 2:45 – 4:15 pm (single session)

$20 per child   Register here.

Family and Me – The symmetry of a butterfly is one of nature’s most beautiful patterns. Draw a large butterfly and color with your
imaginative design.

Material List (use what is on hand)

  • Color markers (permanent markers better), water soluble colored pencils, or crayons
  • Stiff white paper
  • Scissors, pencil, eraser
Carousels (for kids 5-8) - Tuesday, June 16 - 2:45 - 4:15 (single session)

Carousels with Doug Schiller
Tuesday, June 16, 2:45 – 4:15pm (single session)

$20 per child. Register here.

Family and Me – Pick your favorite carousel animal and color (both sides), cut out and attach to a patterned pole.

Materials List (use what is on hand)
Full side view color photo of favorite animal(s)
Stiff white paper
Permanent color markers and/or water soluble colored pencils, or crayons
Plastic straw
Pencil, eraser, scissors

 

Animals Around the World (for kids 5-8) - Tuesday, June 23 - 2:45 - 4:15 (single session)

Animals Around the World with Doug Schiller

Tuesday, June 23, 2:45 – 4:15 pm (single session)

$20 per child  Register here.

Family and Me  – Lion, tiger or bear? We all have favorite animals. Draw that animal in its natural habitat and color using references photos.

Materials List (use what is on hand)

  • Full side view color photo of favorite animal(s)
  • Stiff white paper
  • Permanent color markers and/or water soluble colored pencils, or crayons
  • Plastic straw
  • Pencil, eraser, scissors
Landscapes (for kids 9-12) - Wednesday, June 10 3:30 - 5:00 (single session)

Landscapes with Doug Schiller
Wednesday, June 10, 3:30 – 5:00 pm (single session)
$20 per child  Register here

 
Materials List (use what is on hand)
Color photo of favorite landscape
Stiff white paper
Permanent color markers and/or water soluble colored pencils, or crayons
Pencil, eraser

Portraits (for kids 9-12) - Wednesday, June 17 - 3:30 - 5:00 (single session)

Portraits with Doug Schiller
Wednesday, June 17, 3:30 – 5:00pm (single session)
$20 per child  Register here.

Materials List (use what is on hand)
Hand held mirror
Stiff white paper
Water soluble colored pencils, colored markers, or crayons
pencil, eraser

 

Still Life (for kids 9-12) - Wednesday, June 24 - 3:30 - 5:00 (single session)

Still Life with Doug Schiller
Wednesday, June 24, 3:30 – 5:00 pm (single session)
$20 per child  Register here.

Materials List (use what is on hand)
Still life objects (favorite personal objects to arrange in composition
Stiff white paper
Permanent color markers and/ or water soluble colored pencils, or crayons
Pencil, eraser
 

Oil Painting (for Teens & Adults) - Wednesday, June 10 - 1-3pm (single session)

Oil Painting with Doug Schiller
Wednesday, June 10, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (single session)
$25 members/ $30 non-members  Register here.

Oil painting techniques will be reviewed and used to start an oil painting in this two hour workshop. Work from still life arrangements, photos and personal references. All levels welcome.

Materials List
Set of oil paints
Turpenoid
Palette, palette knife
Canvas board, 11″ x 14″ minimum
Assorted paint brushes
Pencil, eraser

Colored Pencil Drawing (for Teens and Adults) - Wednesday, June 17 - 1-3pm (single session)

Colored Pencil Drawing with Doug Schiller
Wednesday, June 17, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (single session)
$25 members / $30 non-members  Register here

Colored Pencil techniques reviewed and used to start a colored pencil drawing in this two hour workshop.. Work from still life arrangements, photos and personal references. All levels welcome.

Materials List
2H drawing pencils, eraser
Drawing paper, 11″ x 14″ minimum
Blending stick
Watercolor colored pencils
Pencil, eraser

Watercolors & Pastels (for Teens & Adults) - Wednesday, June 24 - 1-3pm (single session)

Watercolor & Pastels with Doug Schiller
Wednesday, June 24, 1:00 – 3:00 pm (single session)
$25 members / $30 non-members  Register here.

Watercolor and pastel techniques reviewed and used to start a work of art in this two hour workshop. Work from still life arrangements, photos and personal references. All levels welcome.

Materials List
Tubed watercolors and/or watercolor colored pencils
Heavy weight watercolor paper
Palette
Assorted soft pastel sticks
Assorted paint brushes (pointed to 1/2″ )
Pencil, eraser

Oil Painting (for Teens & Adults) - Thursdays, June 11-25 - 11:00am - 1:00 pm (three sessions)

Oil Painting with Doug Schiller
Thursdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
June 11 – 25 (three sessions)
$80 members / $85 non-members  Register here.

Supplies
Set of oil paints
Turpenoid
Palette
Palette knife
Canvas board, 11″ x 14″ minimum
Assorted paint brushes
Pencil, eraser

Colored Pencil Drawing (for Teens & Adults) - Thursdays, June 11-25 - 2-4pm (three sessions)

Colored Pencil Drawing with Doug Schiller
Thursdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
June 11 – 25 (three sessions)
$80 members / $85 non-members  Register here.

Explore and discover the range and special qualities of watercolor colored pencils. Drawing and painting principles will be applied in the of mixing and blending of colors on paper, overlays, washes, and value judgments. Choices of still life arrangements, landscapes, and and personal compositions. Appropriate for beginners and beyond.

Materials List
2H drawing pencils, eraser
Drawing paper, 11″ x 14″ minimum
Blending stick
Watercolor colored pencils
Pencil, eraser

Watercolors & Pastels (for Teens & Adults) - Thursdays, June 11 - 25 - 7-9pm (three sessions)

Watercolors & Pastels with Doug Schiller
Thursdays,  7:00 – 9:00 pm
June 11 – 25 (three sessions)
$80 members / $85 non-members   Register here

Students will learn basic watercolor or pastel techniques, both traditional and non-traditional. Students will learn how to develop their imagery, working from direct observation and photographic references – such as still lives and landscapes. Elements of composition, design, and basic skills will be refined through color, shading, value, and proportions. No previous experience required.

Materials List
Tubed watercolors and/or watercolor colored pencils
Heavy weight watercolor paper
Palette
Assorted soft pastel sticks
Assorted paint brushes (pointed to 1/2″ )
Pencil, eraser

Watercolor & Gouache (Teens & Adults) - Tuesdays, June 9 - July 14 - 10am - 12pm (six sessions)

Painting with Watercolor & Gouache with Margaret Fanning
Tuesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm
June 9 – July 14 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members  Register here

Learn to control watercolor and gouache with a variety of techniques, from basic washes to more experimental approaches. Paint a landscape, a portrait, or an abstract design. Bring your own reference photos if you’d like. Beginner or intermediate painters!

Materials List

  • Watercolor paints (tubes preferable)
  • Jar for water
  • Paper towels
  • 140lb (or higher) cold press Arches watercolor paper
  • Practice watercolor paper pad
  • Drawing board (unless you are using a watercolor block-pad)
  • pH neutral masking tape (preferably black)
  • Brushes: 4 sizes of rounds (Sable, Squirrel, or a synthetic blend of sable or squirrel)
  • 1 scrubber brush
  • Palette with deep wells
  • Something to control amount of water used (such as a syringe or eyedropper)
  • Sketch pad
  • HB or #2 pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Reference photos to paint from or objects to set up a still life
  • If using gouache paint, which is optional, you can get the following supplies:
    Gouache paint
    Synthetic brushes
    Butcher tray palette
Acrylic Painting (Teens & Adults) - Tuesdays, June 19 - July 14 - 4:30 - 6:30pm (six sessions)

Acrylic Painting with Margaret Fanning
Tuesdays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
June 9 – July 14 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members    Register here

Students will practice the steps and techniques to composing an acrylic painting. Learn how to mix colors on the palette and understand the properties of value and shapes. By experimenting with a variety of mediums that acrylic painting has to offer, you can develop a style unique to you!

Materials List

  • Acrylic paints
  • Synthetic or Taklon brushes
  • Canvases, canvas boards, or panels
  • Palette (a butcher tray palette, palette paper, or paper plates would work)
  • Paper towels
  • Jar for water
  • Table easel or drawing board
  • Sketch pad
  • HB or #2 pencil
  • Eraser
  • Palette knife (optional, but recommended if you use Heavy Body paints)
  • Spray bottle (optional)
  • Reference photos to paint from or objects to set up a still life
Watercolor Painting (for Teens & Adults) - Wednesdays, June 10 - July 15, 10am - 12 pm (six sessions)

Watercolor Painting (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Wednesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm
June 10 – July 15 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members  Register here.

Using traditional and modern watercolor techniques (wet-on-wet, dry brush, gradations, etc.) students will explore the freedom and precision that the medium offers. Although geared towards realism, this class will also examine abstract means and methods of creating art. Demonstrations provided.

Watercolor supplies (Students may use any supplies they already have)
Watercolor paper (140LB or heavier)
Painter’s tape (or masking tape), Pencils, Medium size jar, or cup

Paints – Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue

Brushes – 1/2″ flat brush, Assorted rounds (#2, #7, #10)

Portrait Drawing (for Teens & Adults) - Fridays, June 12 - July 24 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (six sessions)

Portrait Drawing (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
June 12 – July 24 (no class July 3) – (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members  Register here

Starting with a basic shape we will develop it into the first layer of a drawing. Adding simple light/dark shapes students will define the image. While learning the proper technique and approach, students will learn to create realistic-looking portraits. Demonstrations provided.

Materials List (Student may use any supplies they already have)
Drawing paper, and newsprint paper pads (14″x17″ is a good size)
Drawing board
Charcoal and graphite pencils
A small bristle paint brush
Kneaded and plastic erasers
Mat knife and sandpaper (to sharpen pencils)
Paper towels

 

Figure Drawing (for Teens & Adults) - Fridays, June 12 - July 24 - 1-3pm (six sessions)

Figure Drawing (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
June 12 – July 24 (no class July 3) (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members  Register here.

Starting with gestures, then short, and finally, long poses — you will learn how to create form and develop it into it into a completed drawing. Focusing on rendering and shading, you will discover how to define the image. While learning fundamental principles of light, planes, structure, and proportion, students will learn to construct images that look realistic. Demonstrations provided.

Materials List (Students may use any supplies they already have)
Drawing paper, and newsprint paper pads (14″x17″ is a good size)
Drawing board
Charcoal and graphite pencils
A small bristle paint brush
Kneaded and plastic erasers
Mat knife and sandpaper (to sharpen pencils)
Paper towels

 

Landscape & Still Life Painting (for Teens & Adults) - Fridays, June 12 - July 24 - 4:30 - 6:30 (six sessions)

Landscape & Still Life Painting (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
June 12 – July 24 (no class July 3) (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members  Register here

Learn how to use color, values, edges and color intensity are used to create stunning landscape paintings. Also learn what to use when setting up still life paintings, how to create mood, and achieve color harmony. All mediums. Demonstrations provided.

MaterialsChoose Oil, Acrylic and/or Watercolor (Students may use any supplies they already have)

Oil or Acrylic Paints (start with a limited palette) – Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow, or Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Red, Cobalt Blue, or Ultramarine Blue, Ivory Black

Brushes – Assorted filbert bristle brushes (#2 through #8); Assorted round soft brushes (#2 through #8)

Medium – *Linseed Oil, Artist Quality Odorless Mineral Spirits (OMS)

Painting Palette – Your choice — Masonite, plexiglass, glass, disposable wax paper

Painting Surface – Canvas, or canvas panel (with acrylic gesso), no smaller than 8×10 or larger than 14×17

Misc. – Drop-handle painting knife, Palette cups (water jar for acrylics), Cotton rags and/or Paper towels

Pastel Supplies (Students may use any supplies they already have)
Pastel paper pad, or sheets
Any brand of soft pastel (not oil pastels), minimum of 12 colors
Pastel pencils
kneaded eraser
Foamcore board (larger than paper used)
Binder clips, or tape

Watercolor supplies (Students may use any supplies they already have)
Watercolor paper (140LB or heavier)
Painter’s tape (or masking tape), Pencils, Medium size jar, or cup

Paints – Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, Cerulean Blue

Brushes – 1/2″ flat brush, Assorted rounds (#2, #7, #10)

 

 

Intro to Illustration & Cartooning (Teens & Adults) - Saturdays, June 13 - July 25 - 11am - 1pm (six sessions)

Intro to Illustration and Cartooning with Stefano Junior
Saturdays, 11:00am – 1:00pm
June 13 – July 25 (no class July 4) (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members  Register here.

Students will learn the basics of anatomy drawing, expressive line & gesture, cartooning and embellishment techniques through different mediums utilized in illustration, comic books & sequential art. All levels welcome.

Materials List
Newsprint sketch pad (9×12 minimum)
Vine charcoal
2B pencil (and assorted pencils)
Ruler or T-square (12”)
Bristol paper
India ink
Pitt pens
Kneaded eraser
Straedler eraser

 

Upcoming Events

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    July 5, 2020|1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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