• Please register early to avoid disappointment. You may register online at www.ssac.org, call 781.383.2787 to register by phone with a credit card or see registration page for mail-in information. A $25 non-refundable registration fee is included in tuition. If a student cancels a registration at least ten days before a course or workshop begins, a refund will be granted. Visiting Artist Workshops require a 30 day cancellation notification.
• Students must provide their own materials for Adult Courses and Workshops unless noted.
• Young adults, 15 years and older, are welcome to enroll in most adult courses with the permission of the instructor.
Tuesday or Friday from 3:30–5:30 or Saturday 10–12
Develop your artistic skills, talent, and creativity! Our highly skilled artist-teachers will train you in techniques and use of tools and materials,to help unlock your own unique style. Customized instruction for beginners to advanced levels.
1. Buy a block of 5 sessions. This is a rolling admission program of two-hour sessions. Reservations required. Blocks of 5 sessions for $350M and $400NM must be used by the end of the term in which you sign up.
2. Reserve your 5 choices. (Offered below.) 4 students maximum per session.
Individual mentoring sessions are available at $50 per hour.
3. Have fun!
Call to schedule sessions—781 383 2787
801 Observational Collage—Take your still life to a new level. Learn basics of drawing forms in space before changing it up with collage. Learn how shape, patterns, and relationships of objects help you create a new visual dimension. 802 It’s all in Perspective—Lead your viewer into your landscape scenes using aerial, one-and two-point perspective. Start with simple shapes before you take your skills on a journey around your paper. 803 Self Portrait—Embrace your ever-changing expressions with charcoal, wire, and monoprints. 804 Life Drawing—Working from a clothed model—gesture drawings to 30 minute poses, discover new ways to express the ever-changing form of the figure. 805 Pastel Landscape—Amp up the color of the landscape using soft pastels. Learn many techniques while creating beautiful landscape paintings. 806 Printmaking—Express your inner animal through printmaking. We will create multi-colored prints based on the animal in you. 807 Photoshop (Mac Only)—Beginner, Photoshop CS4 808 Photoshop (Mac Only)—Intermediate, Photoshop CS4 809 Photo Elements (Mac Only) Adobe version 11 or 12 810 PowerPoint for Mac 2008 (docx) or 97–2004 (ppt) 811 Art Explorations for Teens 812 Portfolio Works in Progress 813 All About Industrial Design 814 Artist Choice—Students will request their own medium and direction. 815 Private Lessons For Students With Special Needs. Call to book.
Studio Art Foundation Program
South Shore Art Center offers a new program for students looking to formalize their art studies. Upon completion of a specially designed curriculum, SSAC will award students a Certificate in Studio Art Foundation. Participants in the program will have ongoing support of Art Center faculty to evaluate work and assist in course selection. Certificate Students will have priority registration and be assisted in creating a portfolio of work from their selected courses for presentation and exhibition. They also will have the opportunity to exhibit at SSAC in Certificate Student shows. Courses must be completed within three years of registration. (One course, taken prior to January 2012 is eligible for inclusion in the Certificate Program.)
Registration fee for this program is $50. Contact 781-383-2787 for more information.
First Year Focus
Basic Drawing (48 hours minimum)
Color Theory (10 hours minimum)
Intro to Painting (24 hours minimum Oil, Acrylic, or Watercolor)
Elective choice (24 hours)
Second Year Focus
Drawing II (24 hours minimum)
Art History (12 hours)
Painting Elective (24 hours minimum)
Elective choice (24 hours)
This is a beginner/Intermediate drawing for those looking to mix up their drawing practice. In this one-day workshop we will discuss some contemporary artists and discuss strategies for maintaining a healthy studio practice at home. The day will consist primarily of observational drawing that are meant to be challenging and fun. Previous artistic experience would be helpful but is not a requirement.
3/19 Sun 10–4 1 class
432 Painting Shmainting
Paul Endres, Jr.
This is an intermediate painting class for those looking to mix up their painting practice. In this one-day workshop we will discuss some contemporary painters and discuss strategies for maintaining a healthy studio practice at home. The day will consist primarily of observational painting and color mixing exercises that are meant to be challenging and fun. In the workshop we will use acrylic paint though the techniques and prompts will be helpful for painters in any medium. Previous painting experience would be helpful.
3/5 Sun 10–4
$110 $155NM 1 class
440 Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Monoprinting
Learn something new to stretch your imagination. Monoprinting is the most accessible and experimental of any of the visual arts. Technique and process are taught by means of sequential demonstrations starting with basic lessons. An indirect process, imagery is applied to a Plexiglas surface then transferred to archival paper by means of an etching press. Students will learn about mixing inks, roll-ups, viscosity, color theory simplified, additive, subtractive, trace drawing, transfers, blind embossing and chine colle among others. Solar platemaking and printing will be included for those who have experience with this technique. Individual attention is given during each class and group experience and interaction with other students all combine to create a stimulating atmosphere with lots of room for meaningful and fascinating learning curves. Students at all levels of experience are welcome.
Have fun painting with paper. Using a bright collection of my painted paper create a little collage. The class offers a brief introduction to collage, basic design and composition. We work on a prepared panel layering on collage materials to create a little composition, 12 x 9in or 8 x 10 in,painting with paper. No experience needed. It is a fun activity for friend to do together. My version of paint night.
All materials provided.
3/16 Thrs 6:00–8:00 pm
SPRING CLASSES & WORKSHOPS
300a & b Basic Drawing
The ability to draw is not inherited, it is a learned skill. That ability is directly related to one’s observational skills. Being able to see the basic structure of all objects is the first step (similar to reading music). Through a series of exercises, assignments, and homework, students will strengthen their observational and drawing skills. Composition, value studies, line, texture, and color will broaden their understanding of the drawing process. This class can accommodate both intermediate and advanced levels in a supportive environment with lots of one-on-one instruction. Continuing students welcome.
Learn how to create beautiful paintings using soft pastels while working from photographs of landscapes. Students will develop their own style while learning the basics, including perspective, composition, color, and technique. Instruction will focus on demonstration, individual attention, and student need. This class is perfect for the beginner or those looking for a new medium of expression. Students are encouraged to bring their own photographic references and soft pastels.
This course is for intermediate and advanced pastel artists with drawing experience. Each class will involve five hours of uninterrupted studio and plein-air painting time, because we will go outdoors (weather permitting) to various locations. Instruction will include one-on-one easel time, critiques, and lots of information exchanges. All students will be encouraged to express their own personal style and imagery. We will have fun, laugh, and learn from one another in this extended class. Some materials provided. Bring your lunch.
4/26–5/31 Wed am 9:00–2:00
$210M $255NM 6 classes
303 Expressive Pastels
Let’s break away from tradition and have fun painting landscapes! In this session, students will go beyond their photo reference and develop their own style while expressing themselves through their stroke, color choices and value decisions. Laurinda will demonstrate, suggest exercises and themes, and offer plenty of individual instruction. Students are encouraged to bring their own photographic references, soft pastels, soft vine and compressed charcoal, kneaded erasers, Canson paper for sketching, and your favorite sanded paper for painting.
4/25–5/30 Tues am 9:30–12:30
$180M $225NM 6 classes
310 Beginner/Intermediate Watercolor
Designed for all levels of the watercolorist, this course will first provide the fundamentals, and then explore the many techniques of watercolor. Art works may be based on still life set-ups, photos, or from your imagination. Emphasis will be on color and design, with the goal of creating an organized emotional statement.
4/27–6/15 Thurs am 9:00–12:00
$240M $285NM 8 classes
317 Bare Bones Watercolor
Embrace the power of winter scenery through the medium of watercolor. The snow can be hard to shovel, but beautiful to capture with paint. Apply wet into wet techniques with other materials to help render unique imagery. Work from photographs or your own ideas to paint the season. This is a fun and relaxed atmosphere. The class will also include individual and group critique in an instructive and supportive manner. No class May 19.
5/5–6/2 Fri am 9:30–12:30
$125M $170NM 4 classes
320 Introduction to Oil Painting
Dianne Panarelli Miller
This is a fun class designed to get you painting right away. Class will begin with an informative demonstration to help students see how to begin a painting. After the demo, Dianne will work with you on an individual basis to help you improve at your own speed. There will be many interesting still life set ups, so there will be no crowding. Dianne will blend the discipline of Academic Traditional Methods with the freedom of “Alla Prima” to help students learn the fundamentals to create a painting that is structurally sound in color, composition and technique. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced artist, you will benefit from this class. No class May 9 and May 16.
4/25–6/20 Tues am 9:30–12:30
$210M $255NM 7 classes
323 Acrylic Painting: Basics and More
Learn to develop your painting skills with this versatile medium. Through projects using photographs, master works and still life, you will learn how to create strong compositions through mastering acrylic techniques. You will receive individual instruction as well as group critique in a supportive, creative environment.
4/27–6/15 Thurs am 9:30–12:30
$240M $285NM 8 classes
324 Contemporary Techniques in Painting
Valerie Forte Vitali
How does drawing enhance your painting practice? When do you draw to inform your painting work and when do you rely solely on drawing methods and techniques as a means of expression? This class will present exercises that distinguish between drawing and painting and also combine both in ways which will provide new directions and further possibilities. We will build on your prior knowledge and experience in both drawing and painting, and explore new challenges through group discussions, projects and individual investigation.
4/27–6/15 Thurs pm 1:00–4:00
$230M $275NM 8 classes
$10 materials fee paid to instructor
325a Painting the Figure
This studio course is for intermediate students who are looking to advance to another level. The primary focuses will be on practicing methods for painting and rendering the figure based on proportional accuracy, foreshortening and cast shadows in order to achieve a convincing three-dimensional form based on the study of life models. Instruction will focus on color theory, gesture, contour, outline, negative space, and tonal values. Students will explore different classical and contemporary techniques, which will produce an effective rendering of the figure. The ultimate goal is for students to have a better understanding of human anatomy, rendering the figure with accurate observation, and developing confidence in drawing and painting the figure.
4/25–5/16 Tues pm 6:00–9:00
$185M $225NM includes model fee
325b Composing the Figure and Interior Spaces
This class is an extension of class 325a. In this second half of the initial course, the focus will be on composing sophisticated narratives and visually interesting interior scenes. Students will be exposed to an in-depth study of the principles of composition, value, pattern, tone, staging, mood, and color theories. By examining artworks from a variety of periods and styles, represented by diverse artists such as Bonnard, Vuillard, Courbet, Caravaggio, and Hammershoi, students may explore different methods in composing interior scenes. The ultimate goal is for students to develop their own style while exploring their individual creative process.
5/23–6/13 Tues pm 6:00–9:00
$185M $225NM includes model fee
327 "Alla Prima" Still Life
Dianne Panarelli Miller
This class will begin with an informative demonstration to help students see how to begin a painting. The instructor will work with students on an individual basis to help them improve at their own speed. Students will work outside (weather permitting) or work from still life set ups. Dianne will blend the discipline of Academic Traditional Methods with the freedom of “Alla Prima” (all in one sitting) to help students learn the fundamentals to create a painting that is structurally sound in color, composition, and technique. Whether you are a beginner or advanced artist, you will benefit from this class. No class May 8, May 15, and May 29.
4/24–6/26 Mon am 9:30–12:30
$210M $250NM 7 classes
500 LIfe Drawing and Painting Studio
Uninstructed—Michael McNabb, Coordinator
Develop your skills in drawing from the model in this ongoing class. Please call the Coordinator 781-545-4991 if you plan to attend.
Ongoing Mon pm 7:00–10:00
$10 per session model fee payable at class
341 Intermediate/Advanced Monoprinting
Monoprinting can be a highly experimental medium for creating strikingly unique works of art. An indirect process, typically imagery is created on a Plexiglas plate and then transferred by means of an etching press to archival paper. Brayers and brushes are the primary tools used. Methods and techniques include: additive, subtractive, mixing inks, roll-ups, viscosity, transparencies, color layering, multiple plate printing, plate registration, color theory simplified, trace drawing, collage, chine colle, and more. Students will work with the instructor to define goals and then set a plan to begin work. In this dynamic and energetic studio environment, exploration and growth are emphasized at the individual and group level. For students with prior experience in solar platemaking and printing as well as other platemaking techniques, they may continue in those directions.
No class May 29.
4/24–6/19 Monday am 9:00–2:00 $315M $360NM (includes $15 materials fee for inks) 8 classes
342a Gelatine Platemaking and Printing
This class will introduce students to the printmaking technique of gelatine platemaking and printing. This is the simplest of all plate and print methods in the world of printmaking. The less time you spend on learning technique, the more time you have for creativity to flow. Images can be made any size and used as 2D art, as collage material and for bookmaking. It is the ‘kitchen table’ approach, meaning that platemaking can be done quickly with no expertise or studio equipment required; they can be made any size and recycled for additional use. Printmaking, using these plates, is also simple fare. Waterbased inks are used and applied to the plate with a brayer. Cleanup is with water, no chemicals. Stencils and natural materials are used easily and successfully, while overprinting multiple colors yields striking results and both positive and negative techniques give added variety to the imagery. These processes, along with multiple paper choices, make this medium well worth exploring. Bring your curiosity and open mind and discover your inner world of amazing images. Students must purchase GEL making materials (see supply list online) and determine individual print plate sizes. Students familiar with this technique may continue with work previously created or materials previously experimented with.
4/24–5/15 Mon pm 6:00–9:00
$125M $170NM 4 classes
342b Gelatine Platemaking and Printing
This class is a continuation of 342a and is intended to incorporate collage, solarplate, and/or simple book-making techniques, or any combination of the above. Students will receive individual instruction while engaging in technical concepts and project ideas.
No class May 29.
5/22–6/19 Mon pm 6:00–9:00
$125M $170NM 4 classes
350 Introduction to Ceramics
For the beginning clay student, this course will introduce students to the techniques of coil, pinch, slab, wheel, and combinations of these techniques. Functional and non-functional pieces will be created, glazed, and fired. Texture, form, and surface treatment will be covered as part of the one-on-one instruction, reinforced by demonstrations of technique and process.
4/28–6/16 Fri am 9:30–12:30
$295M $340NM (includes materials and firing fee) 8 classes
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351 Clay Work
This course includes instruction in wheel throwing and hand building techniques. We will start where you are; beginners will learn how to center clay, make small bowls and cups, and advanced students will explore more complicated forms including lidded jars and teapots. Handbuilders will learn pinch, coil, and slab techniques and will produce a variety of containers and objects. The class will also investigate different surface/decorating techniques such as slips, sgraffito, paper resist, carving, stamping, and glazes. Come ready to try new ideas.
This ceramic class will cover wheel techniques as well as slab, coil, and hand building. Glaze applications will be demonstrated and independent projects are welcomed in this very supportive class. Open to all students.
Learn new ways to finish your clay pieces with image transfer, mono printing, photo lithography, sgraffito, and more. This class will allow you to expand your glazing repertoire. The first classes will focus on learning new techniques. Students will then be able to put their new knowledge into practice through their hand-built and wheel-thrown clay work. Prior clay experience is required to take this course.
4/27–6/15 Thurs pm 6:00–9:00
$295M $340NM (includes materials and firing fee) 8 classes
355 Modern Forms and Vessels
This is an intermediate ceramic sculpture course focused on experimentation with modern forms in hand building and wheel work. Emphasis will be on novel use of scale, surface design, and fabrication techniques. We will study the sculptural forms and surfaces of: Alison Britton, Hans Coper, Peter Voulkos, and Picasso. Through assignments that give liberal opportunity for individual interpretation, students will grow their skills and ability to work with modern and abstract forms in clay.
4/27–6/15 Thurs am 10:00–2:00 $305M $350NM 8 classes
371 Basic Digital Photography—Start to Finish
Learn how to maximize the digital camera. Students will learn the fundamentals of exposure by taking advantage of the features and functionality specific to their own digital camera. This course will focus on the technical aspects of digital photography, including image file formats, lens selection, light metering, and developing your own digital workflow. You will build on your abilities week-to-week through various assignments created to reinforce the topics you’ve learned. Students should bring their cameras and manuals to class.
Digital SLR cameras required.
4/27–6/1 Thurs pm 7:00–9:00
$195M $240NM 6 classes
372 Intermediate Digital Fine Art Photography
This in-depth photography course will take your digital photography to the next level! If you have already taken the SSAC’s Basic Digital Photography workshop, or a comparable Basic Digital Photography Class, this is the next step to advance your skills. This class will build your knowledge and expand your artistic vision. Beyond the exposure, structure, and composition of your work, we will address personal style, artistic intent, creativity, and inspiration. Students can count on in-depth critique of new work every week, and inspirational discussions about the work of past and current artists in a fun and relaxed environment. Students will make new work each week and will be encouraged to work on an ongoing photographic project in a subject that most interests them. If you do not have subjects in mind, we will find them. It is recommended that students use a Digital SLR camera.
This course is designed for students of all ability levels, who wish to explore the endless possibilities of collage media. Students will learn how to prepare a variety of surfaces for collage application and will create unique papers with various printmaking techniques integrated with acrylic paint and drawing media. Experimentation and play are essential to the collage-making process. We will do plenty of both as we strive to create satisfying, richly layered compositions utilizing fabrics, textural materials, fibers, and wood elements. We will discuss materials as the course progresses. We will look at exemplary works by Pablo Picasso, Robert Motherwell, Kurt Schwitters, and Joseph Cornell. Students are encouraged to bring their own collection of inspiring materials. The materials list will be posted online.
4/26–6/14 Wed pm 6:00–9:00
$240M $285NM 8 classes
375 The Altered Book and Mixed Media Collage
Don’t write in that book! Don’t tear the pages! Don’t turn down the corner! Have you ever heard a teacher or librarian say those things? In this class we are throwing all that out the window and “breaking the rules”. We are turning books into art! Students will alter used hard-backed books and turn them into works of art, using various techniques to create page backgrounds, flaps and page pockets, decorative edges, cover design, coloring mediums, and shadowbox effects. Your book and its pages will be your canvas as you draw, paint, rip, burn, fold, stamp, and whatever you can think of. If you like any type of art - collage, scrapbooking, stamping, or mixed media - then you will love making an altered book. The possibilities are endless for what your altered book can become: a planner, an art journal, a shadowbox, or even a scrapbook. Throughout the course, I’ll share the many altered books that I’ve made to inspire your creative journey, as well as discuss the history of the altered book and introduce you to some of the modern masters. The direction and theme you take your book is totally up to you. No class May 29.
4/24–6/19 Mon pm 6:30–9:00
$240M $285NM 8 classes
402 Your Personal Pastel Painting Workshop
Be part of a very unique custom-tailored pastel workshop experience! Here’s how it works: two weeks prior to the first workshop day, email the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) your preferred topic for the workshop’s demonstrations. She will choose one of the submitted topics for the first workshop’s demonstration and instruction, another for the second, etc. You will learn and see demonstrations relevant to your personal pastel painting development. This is an educational yet fun pastel workshop. Plenty of “instructor’s hands-off guidance” at your easel. Open to all adult student levels. General suggested materials list available; additional materials list (depending upon topics received) available ten days prior to workshop.
4/22, 4/29, 5/6, and 5/20 Sat 9:30–4:00
$240M $285NM 4 classes
428 Painting the Head—The Art of Portraiture
This workshop introduces the methodologies of drawing the head for experienced beginner and intermediate students interested in mastering a more academic approach to portraiture, using toned paper and sanguine pastel pencil. An in-depth investigation into basic drawing principles will be emphasized. Composition, perspective, proportion, focal point, value pattern, and the use of light and shadow techniques will be studied using the human head as subject. At the end of the course, students will have attained a better understanding of portraiture’s historical importance, and its contemporary use today. After preliminary instruction and demonstration, students will work with models using a variety of media.
Students will learn Virginia’s original technique for creating an improvised one-of-a-kind small art quilt. In this workshop the students will also learn rotary cutting and foundation “crazy piecing” on a sewing machine with unmeasured strips and will construct their own unique composition. Basic use of sewing machines is required.
Through a series of structured sequential exercises, students will understand the basics of color mixing. This understanding will endow the student with skill and confidence in any color media he/she approaches including watercolor, oils, acrylics, oil pastels, colored pencil, and gouache. A simple still life will be completed utilizing techniques experienced in previous exercises.
6/4 and 6/11 Sun 11:00–4:00
$120M $165NM A $5.00 materials fee will be payable to the instructor. 2 classes
VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOPS—SPRING 2017
501 Masks and Mirrors: Portraiture Today/A Drawing Class
What is portraiture in the 21st century? How do you see yourself and others? We will look for new ways to visualize the portrait. What is behind the mask and how much of it do we need to see? What associations, artifacts, symbols and mediums help define the inner life? We will examine the perceptual vs. the conceptual and the direct vs. the indirect ways of arriving at images to construct an individual’s identity. Problems will be given as starting points, with some work to be done in class and outside of class. Experimentation with collage is highly encouraged and may include old letters, pages from cookbooks, art books, newspapers, plastic, wood, cloth fragments, or anything that will set the stage for the idea to build on. This course moves into the known and the unknown areas of portraiture: dare and imagination are necessary. The investigation and focus in this work will relate to how other visual concepts about your art can be developed; that is, how the portrait becomes part of an artist’s evolution through their work.
6/9–6/11 Fri–Sun 9:30–3:30
$450M $495NM 3 classes
522 The Not So Still "Still Life"
Capturing the magical luster of metals—whether high-shine or low-luster —sets the stage for paintings of dramatic effect. Learn to paint the reflections of shiny objects and subtle transparencies in glass forms. Through demonstrations, instruction, and exercises, you will discover techniques that will enable you to capture the flash and flare of metal and glass, while responding expressively to the challenges of reflected light on transparent surfaces. Drawing and some painting experience is required.
6/4 Sun 9:30–3:30 1 class
560 Mixed Media Drawing and Painting
This multi-media class encourages an exploration of materials and finding one’s process in the transition from drawing to painting. We will begin drawing from observation and quickly move into the addition of various materials. You may choose to work in representation or abstraction or transform your drawing to include the imagined or remembered. Charcoal, graphite, pastel, oil pastel, ink, shellac, and acrylic paints will all be introduced. The addition of collage and photographic transfers may also be integrated into the work. Finding a personal preference to materials, mark making, and surface will be discussed in relation to meaning. We will look at the work of Jim Dine, Christopher Wool, Kiki Smith, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Julie Mehretu and many others. Come with lots of paper, as we will work vigorously. Open to all levels.
The focus of this workshop will be on expanding your personal vocabulary and vision through a series of exercises that will loosen you up and also help you discover techniques of moving paint. We will be exploring cold wax and other media to create expressive, richly surfaced paintings. Materials such as: R&F pigment sticks; graphite, ink, pastels and oil paint will be introduced. Demonstrations will include: layering, excavating, monoprinting,glazing along with, texture, mark making and editing. Students will be encouraged to work in a series, while revisiting the painting process. Activities will include exercises, informal group discussion, individual support, power points and more. We will focus on: content, how to see, and moving the work forward. Some art background would be helpful. Workshop is for beginners to professionals. A supply list will be provided online.
Attention Teachers! South Shore Art Center is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education as a provider of Professional Development Points. We are pleased to provide a certificate of completion for any of our adult courses or workshops.