Online Classes and Workshops

Online Fall Session (via Zoom)
September 26 – November 13

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 - Registration is OPEN! Classes Start September 26!

Our art classes are online!

For a single page summary click on: Fall Art Classes 2020 – Farmstead Arts Center
 
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. 
Pen & Ink Techniques Workshop - Friday, September 25 - 10am - 12pm

Pen & Ink Techniques Workshop with Margaret Fanning
Single Session – Friday, September 25
10 am – 12 pm
$40 members / $45nnon-members  Register here.

Explore pen and ink in this one day workshop to create bold and vibrant drawings. Delve into traditional and contemporary pen and ink applications as you learn and experiment with a variety of mark-making techniques. Students will create compositions that will bring objects to life on paper.

Virtual Workshop held via Zoom – link and password will be sent out prior to class

Materials List

  • HB Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Bristol Pad (9″ x 12″ or 11″ x 14″) Vellum or Smooth
  • Pigment Liner Set (such as Staedtler or Micron)
  • Ruler
  • Drawing Board (this is optional, but recommended if you don’t have a smooth surface to work on)
Intro to Illustration & Cartooning (Teens & Adults) - Saturdays, September 26 - October 31, 11am - 1pm

Intro to Illustration and Cartooning with Stefano Junior
Saturdays, 11:00am – 1:00pm
6 Sessions
September 26 – October 31
$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

The Art of Colored Pencils (for Teens and Adults) - Mondays, October 5 - November 9, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Master the Art of Colored Pencils with Doug Schiller
Mondays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
October 5 – November 9 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 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.

Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class

Materials List

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

 

Indoor Studio Landscapes (for Teens and Adults) - Mondays, October 5 - November 9, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Indoor Studio Landscapes with Doug Schiller
Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
October 5 – November 9 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members   Register here.

 

Students will complete an outdoor landscape indoors working from direct observation, photographic references and imagination. Step-by-step instructions and demonstrations help develop an understanding of perspective, shading, color and compositional elements as representational three-dimensional spaces are created. Personal understanding and progress reinforced with individual and group critiques. No previous experience required.

Virtual classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class start date.

Materials List

  • one drawing pad, 11″ X 14″ or larger, 140 lb.
  • 2H & 2B drawing pencils
  • one drafting eraser (“Vanish brand recommended)
  • one blending stick
  • one 1/2″ soft bristle flat paint brush
  • one soft bristle pointed paint brush
  • one :colorless blender blending pencil
  • assorted soft oil pastels
  • one set watercolor drawing pencils (Derwent recommended)
  • one small piece sandpaper
Intro to Watercolors - Tuesdays, Sept 29 - Nov 3, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Intro to Watercolors with Doug Schiller
Tuesdays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
September 29 – November 3 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members  Register here.

Students will learn basic watercolor techniques, both traditional and non-traditional. Still lives and landscapes will be explored, as elements of composition, design, and basic skills will be refined through color, shading, value, and proportions. No previous experience required.

Virtual classes held on Zoom. Link and password provided before class start date.

Materials List

  • one watercolor drawing pad, 11″ x 14″ or larger, 140 lb.
  • one set watercolor drawing pencils (Derwent recommended)
  • one drafting eraser (“Vanish” brand recommended)
  • assorted soft oil pastels
  • one piece sandpaper
  • one set tubed watercolor paints (optional)
  • one 1/2″ soft bristle flat paint brush
  • one soft bristle pointed paint brush
Oil Painting for Adults - Tuesdays, Sept 29 - Nov 3, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Oil Painting with Doug Schiller
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
September 29 – November 3 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members  Register here.

Gain a greater understanding and experience working with oil paints and related materials. Basic skills and materials will be reviewed as still life arrangements, landscapes and personal imagery are developed.  Demonstrations and personal attention will be given.  All levels welcome.

Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class

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

Watercolor Painting for Teens & Adults - Wednesdays, Sept 30 - Nov 4, 10am - 12 pm

Watercolor Painting (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Wednesdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Sept 30 – Nov 4 (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)

Introduction to Pastels for Adults - Wednesdays, Sept 30 - Nov 4 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Introduction to Pastels with Doug Schiller
Wednesdays, 1-3pm
September 30 – November 4
$160 members / $175 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

Drawing & Painting for Adults - Wednesdays, Sept 30 - Nov 4, 3:30 - 5:30
Drawing & Painting for Adults with Doug Schiller

Wednesdays, September 30 – November 4
3:30 – 5:30 pm
$160 members / $175 non-members.
Register here.

Learn how to develop and apply the fundamental principles of drawing and painting and gain a greater understanding of varied mediums and techniques. Light and shadow, color, perspective, and composition will be explored in still life arrangements, nature studies and personal imagery. Demonstrations and individual attention will be given. All levels welcome. Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class Materials List pending

 

Watercolor Portraits - Thursdays, Oct 1 - Nov 5 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Watercolor Portraits with Margaret Fanning

Thursdays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
October 1 – November 5 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members
Register here.

Learn how to paint animals or people using the luminosity and transparency that only watercolors can offer. This class will teach you how to develop proportion and create structure with the under-drawing, as well as how to approach watercolor with greater control using beaded washes and varying brushstrokes. To better understand color theory, students will learn how to find the right color through layering your paint rather than mixing. (This class will be using photographs as reference.)

Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class

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

 

Draw & Paint from Photos - Thursdays, Oct 1 - Nov 5 - 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Draw & Paint from Photos with Margaret Fanning

Thursdays, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
October 1 – November 5 (six sessions)
$160 members / $175 non-members
Register here.

Photographs have served as inspiration for artists since the early 19th century. Learn to interpret the photograph in your own way with various painting techniques, both traditional and experimental. Create an impressionist landscape or a realistic portrait. This class is perfect for beginners as well as experienced painters. You can use the medium of your choice. Remember to bring your own photo!

Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class

Materials List

  • Sketch pad
  • Graphite pencils
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Media of your choice (Oils, Watercolor, Acrylic, Colored Pencils, Gouache, etc)
  • Reference photo to work from

 

 

Tromp L'oeil - The Art of Illusion - Thursdays, Oct 1 - Nov 5, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Tromp L’oeil: The Art of Illusion with Doug Schiller

Thursdays, October 1 – November 5 (six sessions)
4:00 – 6:00 pm
$160 members / $175 non-members.
Register here.

This course will explore drawing techniques that develop illusionistic, three dimensional compositions that “fool the eye.” Learn how to manipulate color, light, and shadow to create optical illusions that make you question your initial perception of what is real. All materials provided, no experience necessary.

Class held via Zoom (login and password to be sent prior to class start date)

Materials list

  • one Bristol drawing pad. 11″ x 14″ or larger, 100 lb, mimimum
  • 2H & 2B drawing pencils
  • one blending stick
  • one “colorless blender” blending pencil
  • soft charcoal pencils or sticks
  • one drafting eraser (“Vanish” brand recommended)
  • one small piece sandpaper

 

Teen Drawing & Painting - Thursdays, Oct 1 - Nov 5, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Teen Drawing & Painting with Doug Schiller

Thursdays, October 1 – November 5 (six sessions)
7:00 – 9:00 pm
$160 members / $175 non-members.
Register here.

Learn how to develop and apply the fundamental principles of drawing and painting and gain a greater understanding of varied mediums and techniques. Light and shadow, color, perspective, and composition will be explored in still life arrangements, nature studies and personal imagery. Demonstrations and individual attention will be given. All levels welcome. Virtual Classes held via Zoom – links and passwords will be sent out prior to class Materials List pending

 

Portrait Drawing (for Teens & Adults) - Fridays, Oct 2 - Nov 6 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Portrait Drawing (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
October 2 – November 6 – (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, Oct 2 - Nov 6 - 1:00 -3:00 pm

Figure Drawing (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
October 2 – November 6 (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, Oct 2 - Nov 6 - 4:30 - 6:30 pm

Landscape & Still Life Painting (for ages 16 and up!) with Oscar Peterson
Fridays, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
October 2 – November 6 (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)

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

  • Gallery Hours - Closed
    November 1, 2020|1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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