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General Information

• 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.


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Learning Lab

Adults & Children grades 5 and up

 

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. The cost for private 1 on 1 instruction is $50M $70NM per hour.

 

2. The cost for group instruction, with a maximum of 4 students, decreases to $35M $45NM per hour.

 

3. All learning lab sessions must be purchased in blocks of 5 2-hour sessions.
($500M $700NM private instruction. $350M $450 group instruction.)

 

4. Review the learning opportunities below to tailor your lessons.

 

5. Have fun!

 

Two-hour blocks. dates to be mutually determined by student and instructor and must be completed within the term.

 

Possibilities Include


801 BASIC DRAWING—This is the place to start. Everything stems from drawing.
802 BEGINNING PAINTING—Learn the wonders of color alchemy, slosh around in oil or acrylics. Make a mess or be neat. Compose on the stage of the canvas.
803 Self Portrait—Embrace your ever-changing expressions with charcoal, wire, and monoprints.
804 Life Drawing—Working from a clothed model—with gesture drawings to 30 minute poses—discover new ways to express the ever-moving 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 SCRAPBOOKING—Collect your travel or memoir experiences and memories.
808 Photoshop (Mac Only)—Beginner or 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
814 Artist Choice—Students will request their own medium and direction.
815 private lessons for students with special needs


Call to schedule sessions—781 383 2787


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 2015 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)


Elective Courses
Advanced Drawing (24 hours)
Printmaking (24 hours)
Photography (16 hours)
3D ceramics (24 hours)
Visiting Art Workshops (18 hours minimum)


Studio Art
Foundation Program

300a Studio Drawing | Intermediate/Advanced

Judy Rossman


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. Class content is provided in a supportive environment with lots of one-on-one instruction. Continuing students welcome.


7/12–8/16 Fri am 10:30–1:30
$205M $250NM 6 classes

300a
Members
Non Members


310 Watercolor/Intermediate

Mary Callahan


Designed for all levels of the watercolorist, this course will begin by providing the fundamentals and will then explore the many techniques of watercolor such as various types of washes, color glazes over dry areas, or painting directly with coordinated color harmony and value. 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.


7/11–8/15 Thu am 9:00–12:00
$205M $250NM 6 classes

310
Members
Non Members

320 Introduction to Oil Painting

Dianne Panarelli Miller and
Kelley MacDonald


This is a fun class designed to get you painting right away. Class will begin with an informative demonstration to help guide students on beginning a painting. After the demo, the instructor will work one-on-one with students to facilitate improvement paced to meet each individual’s needs. There will be many interesting still life set-ups, which will be used to explore the design principles that relate to the dynamics of composition, color, and the expressive use of materials. While the goal is to help students learn the fundamentals of oil painting technique, there will also be an emphasis on creating paintings that are structurally sound in color and composition. Students at all levels—from the beginner to the advanced artist—will benefit from this class.


7/9–8/13 Tue am 9:30–12:30 6 classes
$205M $250NM

320
Members
Non Members

321 Buildings, Boats, and Plein-Aire

Robert Beaulieu


This course is focused on creating a plein-aire painting based on effectively composed man-made mechanical and/or architectural objects such as lobster boats to sailboats, summer cottages, or harbor store fronts. Course content will cover atmospheric perspective expressed through color and value, and the spatial dynamics of one and two point perspective. Students will be introduced to various locations on the South Shore noted for picturesque qualities to explore the rich pictorial possibilities of light and shadow, color and texture. The use of photography as a vehicle for study and self-expression will also be discussed. Onsite demonstrations, individual critiques, and concept development will be an integral part of this experience. In the event of inclement weather, classes will move indoors.


7/10–8/14 Wed am 9:30–12:30
$205M $250NM 6 classes

321
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

326 Drawn to Painting

Santiago Hernandez


Someone once declared that the basis for a great painting is a great drawing. Basic drawing skills are essential for any painter. This 2-part course will combine Beginning Drawing with Beginning Painting. Part 1 will begin with an introduction to basic drawing using still life arrangements as a source of content. Students will work from observation focusing on drawing techniques used in rendering and composing forms in space successfully. In Part 2 students will expand on the topics covered in Part 1 while learning the basics of color mixing, developing a value scale, and exploring methods of indirect painting based on a layering process known as Flemish technique. This is a class that is intended to demonstrate the dynamic relationship of drawing and painting and provide students with the skills necessary for successful artistic expression.


7/9–8/13 Tue pm 6:00–9:00
$205M $250NM 6 classes

326
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

327 “Alla Prima” Still Life

Dianne Panarelli Miller and
Kelley MacDonald


This class will begin with an informative demonstration to guide students on beginning 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. Instruction is based on blending the discipline of Academic Traditional Methods with the freedom of “Alla Prima” (all in one sitting) painting. The ultimate objective is to learn the fundamentals of creating 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.


7/8-8/12 Mon am 9:30–12:30
$205M $250NM 6 classes

327
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register


328 Storytelling through Still Life

Santiago Hernandez


How can one tell a story through objects? Take your still life painting to the next level by focusing on the narrative aspects of still life to convey a story as you refine your observational and paint handling skills. We will discuss lighting, composition, color, paint application and the form of objects being depicted. These formal aspects will be explored as a means of expressing students’ own objects in an effective composition. Traditional uses of symbolism will be discussed illustrated by notable examples from art history as a source of reference and inspiration.


7/10–8/14 Wed pm 6:00–9:00
$205M $250NM 6 classes

328
Members Call to Register
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329 Pen, Ink, Colored Pencil, Charcoal, Graphite: Exploring Graphic Media

Santiago Hernandez


This course is designed to expand your mastery of materials and your potential for self-expression through graphic media. If you are looking to strengthen and diversify your portfolio or simply want to discover new ways to express yourself, this course is for you. Using still life and portraiture as subject matter, we will explore the descriptive and expressive potential of line, value, shape, and color using a range of mediums individually and in mixed media works. We will also discuss aspects of composition, abstraction, representation, gesture, and mark making. This is a class that will appeal to beginners, intermediates, and high school students who are looking to enhance their portfolio content.


7/13–8/17 Sat 9:30–12:30
$205M $250NM 6 classes

329
Members
Non Members

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. $10 per session model fee payable at class.


Ongoing Mon pm 7:00–10:00

343a Monoprinting, Pastel, Chine Colle, Collage, Trace Drawing

Esther Maschio


Many people appreciate Degas for his rich elegant pastels, but did you know that much of his work is supported by underpaintings of monotypes? This class will fully explore the layered look of combining monoprinting with dry and oil pastels. In addition, chine colle and collage will be utilized to further enhance your work. Chine collé is a process of adhering a thin paper to a thicker one during the process of printing. The purpose is to create nuances of color shifts from original colors and can be accomplished only this way. Comparisons will be made with collage which is gluing any papers together after printing. These techniques will be explored for consideration as they yield entirely different looks. As time allows, simple transfer techniques, such as three-color trace drawing will be demonstrated and used to enhance images, or considered as a compelling stand-alone drawing. Classes include show-and-tells, demonstrations, individual and group discussions, techniques for creating art on and off the press, brush and brayer handling, and the use of modifiers to change the look of your art. Quality soy-based Akua, etching and litho inks will be available. Acid free Rives BFK paper will be offered for sale. This is a class which is offered to intermediate and advanced artists with recent print experience Materials fee is included in the course fee.


7/8–8/12 Mon am 9:00–3:00
$350M $395NM 6 classe

343a
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

343b Monoprinting, Pastel, Chine Colle, Collage, Trace Drawing

Esther Maschio


This class is an abridged version of 343a and is geared to beginner to intermediate students.


7/9–8/13 Tue am 9:00–12:00
$205M $250NM 6 classes

343b
Members
Non Members

350 Introduction to Ceramics

Ann Conte


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. This class is also open to teens.
7/11–8/15 Thu pm 1:00–4:00


$235M $280NM 6 classes
(includes materials and firing fee)


350
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

351 Clay for Beginners

Erin Carney


This course is designed to wet your whistle and introduce the interested clay student to a wide variety of skill sets including wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration techniques. No previous experience required, but please sign up if you still consider yourself to be a beginner who can benefit from new ideas and guided instruction. The course will be structured around introducing lots of different methods for creation through one-on-one instruction as well as guided demonstrations throughout the session. We will work on both functional and sculptural objects and will explore the ideas that students are excited about. The only requirement is a positive attitude and a willingness to learn from one another.


7/9–8/13 Tue pm 6:00–9:00
$235M $280NM 6 classes
(includes materials and firing fee)

351
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register


352 Potter’s Wheel & More

Jeanne Wiley


This ceramic class will cover wheel techniques as well as slab, coil, and hand building. Students will learn about surface decorations such as sgraffito, slip trailing, wax resists and unique glaze combinations. Glaze applications will be demonstrated and independent projects are welcomed in this very supportive class. Open to all students.

 

7/10–8/14 Wed pm 6:00–9:00
$235M $280NM 6 classes
(includes materials and firing fee)

352
Members
Non Members

354 Clay Decorating Techniques

Ann Conte


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.


7/11–8/15 Thu pm 6:00–9:00
$235M $280NM 6 classes
(includes materials and firing fee)

354
Members
Non Members

355 Advanced Clay Throwing and Handbuilding

Ann Conte


This is an intermediate to advanced 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.


7/12–8/16 Fri am 5:00–8:00
$235M $280NM 6 classes
(includes materials and firing fee)

355
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

371 Basic Digital Photography—A New Beginning

Keith Conforti


Learn how to unlock your creativity with your digital camera. Students will learn the fundamentals of photography 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: proper basic settings, lens selection, image file formats, exposure settings, and developing a digital workflow. Then we will explore the art of photography: composition, depth of field, storytelling, and leading lines. We will build on your abilities each 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, tripods recommended.


7/9–8/13 Tue pm 7:00–9:00
$200M $245NM 6 classes

371
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

372 Basic Digital 2

Bruno Debas


Basic Digital 2 is a class designed to extend and strengthen the skills acquired in Basic Digital 1. The class will introduce students to a variety of advanced techniques including street photography, architectural photography, time-lapse, night photography etc. Class lecture is an integral part of this class. In addition, in-the-field shooting under teacher supervision may require some traveling. Students will need to provide a DSLR camera and tripod. An intervalometer may be needed, depending on the type of camera used.


7/11-8/15 Thu pm 6:00-8:00
$200M $245NM 6 classes

372
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

373 Introduction to Lightroom

Bruno Debas


Learn how to maximize your digital photography workflow with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. In this workshop you will learn how to import and manage your digital photographs, as well as how to improve photos, in both color and black & white. Applying preset filters will be discussed and demonstrated as well as how to make your photographs “pop” using Lightroom’s array of image modification tools, such as tone curves. An understanding of digital photography and your camera’s RAW image file format are required. Also required is a laptop or desktop with Lightroom installed that you can bring to the workshop. The latest version of Lightroom is recommended but not necessary.


7/10–8/14 Wed pm 6:00–8:00
$200M $245NM 6 classes

373
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

380 Write Your Own Story (Or Somebody Else’s):
A Memoir Class

Kathleen McKenna


In this class we’ll explore taking real life people and their real-life experiences and transforming them into compelling prose. Whether you want to record your own story or the story of someone you love, whether you want to write a 500-word essay or a book-length manuscript, you’ll learn the best ways to retrieve stories from your memory and bring them to life on the blank page. The instructor will tailor the class to address the individual needs of students.


7/8–8/12 Mon pm 7:00-9:00
$180M $225NM 6 classes

380
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

 

385 The Class You Always Wanted to Take

Anthony Pilla


If you have ever wondered what makes a visual artwork better than others? Or wondered if there was a creative side to your human nature? Or would like to try your hand at making artwork even though the last time you did so was in high school? Or would like some basic skills so you could take better advantage of future art classes? Or—or—what? This is the class for you! We will explore visual media, techniques, design concepts, and elements and principles of design. The mediums will be simple and manageable; the concepts will be challenging. You can do it! As a result, you will be better informed active participants, moving beyond the level of appreciation. This is a class which is intended to engage students in a supportive environment of exploration and personal discovery. Each week we will address a different topic supported by significant examples from art history to illustrate the workshop experience. Topics will include: Expressing What You See, Drawing Techniques for an Uncooperative Hand, Design Principles You Thought You Knew, Discovering Neat Ideas in Messy Media, Creating Drawings That Will Surprise Your Spouse or Partner.


7/11–8/15 Thu 6:30–8:30
$195M $240NM 6 classes

385
Members
Non Members

VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOPS

 


502 Why Draw the Figure?

Bill Flynn


Because we are the figure—physically, mentally and emotionally—the exterior or interior space we occupy helps us to respond and draw who we are. When you have a reason to draw the figure it becomes much easier to select and define the forms you are looking to discover. Starting with life drawing and a few assigned problems, students will learn how to use the model to express their ideas about the figure and how it can be defined. Since art history is always a great beginning for the exploration of new ideas, we will discuss significant concepts related to the articulation and expression of the figure from the past to present. Students should bring examples of artwork by artists they love and hate, old and new.


7/20, 7/21 Sat–Sun 9:30-3:30
$355M $400NM 2 classes

502
Members
Non Members

 

520 Speed Painting on Location

Jill Pottle


Painting on location will occur at various sites on the South Shore. We will paint at a new location each day and learn how to simplify forms, develop overlapping areas for depth, and create color relationships between sky and land. Students will work on two landscapes each day—morning and afternoon—and learn how to set up paint quickly and capture the scenery with big shapes and ideas. It’s exciting to paint fast, while trying to capture a moment in time in a picturesque setting. Demos, group critiques and discussion of historical references are an integral part of the class throughout. On inclement weather days, students will meet at the South Shore Art Center and explore issues of landscape painting by referring to drawings and photographs. Media choices may range from oil paint or acrylic or drawing materials for this class. A demo in oil will introduce the first day’s activities, followed by acrylics the second day. Before painting in oils, acrylics, pastels or other mediums, students should come to classes with a dry canvas toned with a thin wash of yellow ochre. Since drawing experience is required sketches will be considered an integral part of the painting process. Please be on time.


7/12–7/13 Fri–Sat 9:30–3:30
$260M $305NM 2 classes

520
Members Call to Register
Non Members Call to Register

540 Drawing with Light and Making Prints

Marc St. Pierre


This class will explore drawing and mark making on translucent surfaces such as ground glass, plexiglass and mylar. The resulting drawings will be transferred to photo sensitive plates using a light source. These plates can produce good results with photographic images as well as direct drawing. The plates can yield delicate tonal range and rich deep blacks. Through the use of colored inks, multi-plate printing, and chine colle, the plates can also yield beautiful color prints. Polymer plates are developed in water and are ready to print immediately after drying. We will use a variety of drawing tools and mark making on plates the first day, and experiment with printing techniques on day two. Students may also use positive orthographic negatives, transparency film or transfer images as a visual resource. No printmaking experience is necessary

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8/22–8/23 Thu–Fri 9:30-3:30
$260M $305NM 2 classes

540
Members
Non Members

 

550 Creative Building in Clay

Suzanne Stumpf
Looking to inject new conceptual, structural, and creative detail into your clay work? Internationally-recognized ceramic artist Suzanne Stumpf will share her creative process with you and help you unlock new directions in your own work. This three-part workshop begins with a presentation and discussion of Suzanne’s work and her creative process, followed by a hands-on segment in which participants will begin the first phase of creating new texture tools made from clay for use on clay. Expect to feel new creative juices start to flow and to receive some fun “creative seeing” assignments in preparation for Day Two.

The second day will consist of two in-studio sessions (morning and afternoon) in which Suzanne will help participants define and refine the structural execution of their work, explore new sources of inspiration, and offer some techniques for creating personalized surface treatments. The morning session will commence with a discussion of the participants’ work along with suggestions to bring about new ways of thinking about clay building and the creative process. The afternoon session will focus on the completion of personalized texturing tools as well as exploration of other surface treatments. Expect to come away from this workshop with a new awareness of the choices you can bring to the design of your work as well as your own new tools for adding unique surface treatments to your work.
8/17–8/18 Sat–Sun 9:30–3:30
$280M $325NM 2 classes

550
Members
Non Members

525 The Life Studio as Painted and Perceptual Space

Stuart Shils


This class offers a controlled and carefully orchestrated setting for analytically exploring critical pictorial and visual concerns ranging far beyond “how to” paint the figure. Students will be encouraged to focus on pictorial structure or design, color, and close, intense looking. The layout of the room and the model are the pretext for the creation of painting based on the organization of form, color and design.

 

Students will dig into the complex relationship of how we see nature and how we compose on the page. Exploration and fun will also be key elements. Considerable emphasis will be placed on drawing for its own sake as a mode of inquiry critical to painters, in both graphite, crayon and collage.

 

Each day there will be a demonstration and discussion of other painter’s work analytically, in slides, to understand the direction of our own concerns. Students will also explore guided collaboration as a way of understanding the decision-making process more fully and seeing where we stand individually. Two days will involve working from a model.

On the third day, students will work from reproductions of older and more recent masters, to investigate how they designed and articulated painted space. Rather than copying the old masters, we will improvise our images as if painting from life by looking closely into their graphic thought processes. The class will meet the evening (Wednesday) before the first day for a 90 minute introductory lecture that will provide a foundation and explanation of the large issues associated with the concept of visual presence.


7/25–7/27 Thu–Sat 8:30-4:00
$850M $895N 3 classes

525
Members
Non Members


Professional Development

Attention Teachers! We are pleased to provide a certificate of completion for any of our adult courses or workshops.