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Classes and Art Instruction

Vernon Community Arts Center, Vernon CT Art Classes

CHILDREN’S CLASSES

Mom (or Dad or Grandma) and Me — Making Art Together (Ages 3 – 6)  

Have fun making art with your child or grandchild. Create together while learning to experiment and play with a variety of art materials. Adults will be given suggestions for encouraging the creative spirit at home.  Instructor Nancy Cooke Bunnell has exhibited widely and has 30 years experience teaching in public schools and 12 years experience teaching art to ages 3 to 100! Her awards include Best in Show Award at the 2012 Connecticut Pastel Society Exhibit and Second Place Award at the VCAC’s Annual Juried Exhibit in 2013. Dates:  Sat. Nov. 1 – Sat. Nov. 15 (Three Classes) Time:  10:00 – 11:00 Fee: $35.00 for each child/adult team. Make check payable to Vernon Community Arts Center or pay online at vernonarts.org. 10% discount for VCAC members. 20% discount 2nd child same family. Register early as there is a class minimum of five and a maximum of twelve. Place: Vernon Community Arts Center, 709 Hartford Tnpk. (Route 30) Vernon, CT. For more information, please call VCAC at (860) 871-VCAC (8222)  

The Joy of Painting (Ages 7-12)

In this popular painting class, young artists will make colorful artworks inspired by famous artists. Students will learn to apply acrylic paints expressively using bold brushstrokes. The exciting and dynamic results will be suitable for framing. The class will culminate with an exhibit and discussion for students and their families.  Instructor Debra Gag has broad experience teaching a variety of media and techniques to adults and children. She has been a professional artist and art teacher with the Vernon Public Schools for 33 years. Her paintings and pottery have been exhibited in galleries and are in private collections. Debra creates a classroom environment where everyone feels free to develop new skills and to follow their inspiration.  Dates: Monday Nov. 10 – Monday Dec. 15 (Six classes) Time:  4:15 – 6:15 Fee: $125 + $20.00 for materials. Make check payable to Vernon Community Arts Center or pay online at vernonarts.org. 10% discount for VCAC members. 20% discount 2nd child same family. Register early as there is a class minimum of five students and a maximum of twelve. Place: Vernon Community Arts Center, 709 Hartford Tnpk. (Route 30) Vernon, CT.  For more information, please call VCAC at (860) 871-VCAC (8222)

ADULT CLASSES

Writing Workshop

Turn your Autumn inspirations  into memoirs, poems, short stories, essays  or plays. Bring copies of your work to share in class and go home with valuable suggestions from a community of creative souls.  All levels are welcome. Instructor Joan Shapiro, Founder of Blue Spruce Press, has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Wesleyan and a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis in English and American Literature.  She has had a thirty year career teaching, writing, editing and publishing.  Her publications include two volumes of poetry, numerous short stories, articles, and reviews. Dates:  Monday Nov. 3 – Monday Nov. 24 (Four  Classes) Time: 2 – 4PM Fee:  $85.  Please make check payable to Vernon Community Arts Center. 10% discount for VCAC members.   Register early as there is a minimum of five students needed to run a class. Place: Vernon Community Arts Center, 709 Hartford Tnpk. (Route 30), Vernon, CT 06066 Register online at vernonarts.org or call for more information (860)871-VCAC (8222).

Painting with Watercolors  — Evening Class — All Levels Welcome

Learn to paint with watercolors, capturing nature through color and light. You will create landscapes and floral paintings with a well known, award-winning artist. Bring any watercolor supplies you may have to the first class. Arches watercolor paper is recommended. Additional supplies will be discussed at that time. Instructor Lynette Goric is an impressionistic artist whose paintings are bathed in atmospheric light. Her work is in many private and corporate collections throughout the United States. She has exhibited widely and taught classes for over 25 years. Lynette studied at the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts and is a member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society. Dates: Tuesday Nov. 4 – Tuesday Dec. 9 (Six classes) Time:  7:00 – 9:00PM Fee: $125. Make check payable to Vernon Community Arts Center or pay online at vernonarts.org. Discount for VCAC members. Register early as there is a minimum of 5 and maximum of 12 students. Place: Vernon Community Arts Center, 709 Hartford Tnpk. (Route 30) Vernon, CT.  For more information, please call VCAC at (860) 871-VCAC (8222)  

Painting with Acrylics – Beginner to Intermediate Students

Enjoy creating one still-life and one landscape painting suitable for framing.  Students will learn to mix colors on a palette and to create depth, with special attention to light and shadow. Acrylic paints are a great alternative to oil paints as clean up is quick and easy with just soap and water.   Instructor Debra Gag has broad experience teaching a variety of media and techniques to adults and children. She has been a professional artist and art teacher with the Vernon Public Schools for 33 years. Her paintings and pottery have been exhibited in galleries and are in private collections. Debra creates a classroom environment where everyone feels free to develop new skills and to follow their inspiration. Dates: Tues. Nov. 4 – Nov. 25 (Four Classes) Time:  2 – 4 Fee: $85 + $25 for materials. Make check payable to Vernon Community Arts Center or pay online at vernonarts.org. Discount for VCAC members. Register early as there is a class minimum of five and a maximum of twelve. Place: Vernon Community Arts Center, 709 Hartford Tnpk. (Route 30) Vernon, CT.  For more information, please call VCAC at (860) 871-VCAC (8222)  

Exploring Pastels – All Levels Welcome

Explore the joys of pastels with an award winning pastel painter and certified art teacher. Improve drawing skills and learn pastel techniques while creating a suitable-for-framing landscape or still-life painting. Skills taught include contour, value, composition, color and pastel application, and under painting.  Bring an 8×10 or 9×12 sketchpad and pencil to the first class. If you have pastels and pastel paper, bring those to the first class as well. Additional supplies will be discussed at that time. You can also email ncbunnell@gmail.com for a supply list.  Instructor Nancy Cooke Bunnell’s pastels are infused with light, color and energy.  She received the Best in Show Award at the 2012 Connecticut Pastel Society Exhibit, the First Place Award at the Mansfield Art Show, 2011 and the Second Place Award at the VCAC’s Juried Exhibit in 2013. She has exhibited widely and has taught children and adults for over 30 years. Time: 2:00 – 4:00  Session 2: Thursday Oct. 30 – Thursday Dec.11 (No Class Thanksgiving)  Fee: $125  Make check payable to Vernon Community Arts Center. 10% discount for those registering for both sessions by Sept. 15th. 10% discount for VCAC members for each session. (Additional 10% discount for VCAC members registering for both sessions.)  Please register early as there is a minimum of five students and maximum of twelve.Place: Vernon Community Arts Center, 709 Hartford Tnpk. (Route 30) Vernon, CT 06066 For more information, or to register, please call VCAC at (860) 871-VCAC (8222)

Weekly Ongoing Watercolor Class

Ongoing watercolor classes are taught using a step by step paint-along method which students of all levels (including beginners) find fun and easy to follow. A new painting begins approximately every three weeks with varied subject matter allowing students to learn a wide variety of techniques.Instructor Beth Parys was originally in the field of advertising and design. For the last fifteen years, she has enjoyed teaching watercolor classes and workshops in the Connecticut/ Massachusetts area.    Dates: Thursday mornings Time: 9:30 – 12:00To register or for more information call Beth Parys at (413) 245-3295

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Workshop 13

Ongoing

Located at 13 Church Street, Ware, Massachusetts, in a turn of the century 11,000 square foot church building Workshop13 offers affordable art and DIY classes to the public taught by many of the professional, and creative folks from the New England area.

Classes range from the single workshop for the commitment-phobics, to the more detailed, multi-day classes for those truly desiring to learn their craft.

Besides multiple classrooms, Workshop13 is equipped with studio spaces, and a complete kitchen facility. For cultural inspiration the building also houses a gallery with wonderful art created by some of the finest local and regional artist and illustrators in New England.

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Exhibition Proposals The Mill Arts Project

Exhibition Proposals The Mill Arts Project is an educational opportunity for first-time and experienced curators to develop their marketing and curating abilities by putting on an exhibit or an event for one to two months. While curators bring a vision or creative idea, ECA+ and Eastworks assists by providing a space, assisting with marketing for the exhibition or event, and project guidance. Questions, contact info@easthamptoncityarts.com

Deadline: Rolling  

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On-going — Giclee of New England, Inc. Studio Classes and Coaching

Coaching in Digital editing, digital photography, website building, and Photoshop.  Classes will be scheduled when three or more individuals request a class. Individual coaching by appointment. Email:   goneinc@goneinc.com  or phone 413-284-4344 for more information.

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 Susan Tilton Pecora: Watercolor Workshops

When:  3rd Friday and Saturday of every month, 10 am to 3pm
Cost:  $55 per day or $100 for both days

Rainy Day Boston

Each workshop includes step by step demos, exploring various techniques in watercolor, ending with a group critique.  Everyone works from pictures which I provide but if students want to paint outside in my gardens or paint the barns or draft horses on my property they are welcome to do so.

Students complete a 1/2 sheet watercolor in each class. $55 per day or $100 for both days. Located a couple miles from exit 6 off the Mass Pike, in Thordike, MA at my studio.  email: susanpecora@comcast.net or call  413-283-7441 for more information.

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Grants and Artist Residency

Massachusetts Artists Assets for Artists

has announced its fall 2014 program cycle for artists living or operating their creative business anywhere in Massachusetts. Eligible applicants include artists in all disciplines whose practice would benefit from the opportunity to receive working capital funds and improve their financial and business management skills to make valuable investments aimed at growing their creative enterprises. (Income and household asset guidelines also apply.) Learn more.
Deadline: November 7, 2014

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 Art for Social Change

The Surdna Foundation is issuing a request for proposals to support projects developed in response to communities’ specific challenges and to support artists and organizations whose long-term, deeply-rooted work has increased social engagement. The foundation will consider all artistic disciplines, including cross-disciplinary work, for grants ranging from $25,000 to $150,000 over one or two year periods, with a maximum total award of $150,000 per year.
Deadline: November 12, 2014 (11:59 pm EST)

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The Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI

Exhibition Proposals The Chazan Gallery in Providence, RI, is currently accepting exhibition proposals for solo and group shows for their 2015-2017 seasons.
Deadline: December 1, 2014

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Artist Residency Haystack Mountain School of Crafts,

an international craft school in Deer Isle, Maine, offers a two-week residency program and intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. All of the studios will be staffed by technicians who can assist with projects, and residents can move between studios as needed. Learn more. Applications will not be accepted until January 1, 2015.
Deadline: March 1, 2015

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New England Foundation for the Arts

ongoing

NEFA site offers information about New England Art Grants, creative economy, and all things art related in our region. NEFA offers a list of events at Creative Ground. From workshops on strategic planning and nonprofit incorporation to advice on using social media to build audiences, the listings include an array of events around the region. Although Matchbook.org is a resource targeted toward the performing arts field, these professional development listings are relevant for many creative economy practitioners. Anyone can view the listings and it’s free and easy for registered users to add events to the calendar.

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Awesome Grants

deadline: Rolling

Yes, that’s right, the Awesome Foundation The Foundation provides $1,000.00 grants with no strings attached and claims no ownership over the projects it supports. Funded Projects have included efforts in a wide range of areas including technology, arts, social good, and beyond. To apply, you can emailcontact@awesomefoundation.org
Deadline: Rolling http://www.awesomefoundation.org/

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