Take A Class with Us This Fall!
Please note: Your health and safety remain our top priority and we continue to remain vigilant. Given the acceleration of the COVID-19 Delta variant across many regions of the United States, effective today, the Providence Art Club is requiring that all class attendees provide proof of the COVID-19 vaccination BEFORE registration can be completed. Please send a photo of your vaccination card, or some other form of proof that you have been fully vaccinated, to abba@providenceartclub.org.

Please remember that full vaccination means that you have completed both doses of a 2-dose vaccine (Pfizer and Moderna) or 1 dose of a one-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson) AND that 2 calendar weeks have elapsed since your last dose of a vaccine. We would like to thank everyone for your flexibility and understanding as we navigate this evolving situation together.

Because of the ever-changing policies and rules, please be aware that in-person class size limits are subject to change. Please also be aware that some in-person classes could switch to Zoom if state restrictions change.
FALL 2021 CLASSES
Beginning September 20, 2021
TO REGISTER, e-mail Abba Cudney
See below for registration and policies

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MONDAYS
Mondays, September 20 - November 29
No class October 11
9am-noon
Painting Your Vision with Watercolor with Bill Lane and Anne Wert

During the Fall class session, Anne and Bill will split the 10-week session as follows: the first 5 weeks Bill will teach and the last 5 weeks Anne will teach the class. We’ll explore different watercolor techniques, fine-tuning your values and planning your composition before you start painting. This will help ensure you start with a successful design...and painting! (Solid planning, a value sketch and drawing skills will make your watercolor painting a bit easier.)

We just ask that you have, at least, tried watercolor a little before taking this class.

Paint from your own images or set up a still life but make sure you are passionate about your subject. It will show in your work!


Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 15 students

Class Fee: $110 (10 classes)
Image: Bill Lane
Image: Anne Wert
WAITLIST ONLY
Mondays, September 20 - November 29
No class October 11
9am-noon
Linocut with Elizabeth Bonner Zimmerman

Linoleum Relief Printing class will be for anyone interested in learning how to make a linoleum relief print and those who have some experience. Explore some of the new materials that are available in this process. Some work can be done at home. We will make one and two color prints with a simple way to register blocks. You will be able to print at home as well as with the press at the Club.

Materials:
Speedball carving set
Printing baren
Linoleum will be available to purchase through instructor and cut to a specific size, or you can use your own.
Lightweight paper will also be available at no cost.
Relief printing inks will be available, and brayers.

Location: Garden Level Print Studio
Limited to 6 students

Materials Fee: $15

Class Fee:
$110 member (10 classes)
Mondays, September 20 - November 29
No class October 11
1-4pm
Pastel Painting
with Susan Aitcheson, Valerie Weingard, and Michele Mozzone

Whether you are an experienced pastelist or new to this expressive medium, all are welcome. Various pastel techniques will be discussed and instructor demonstrations will be provided. Participants are welcome to work from their own reference photos or a still-life set up in class. This class includes helpful one-on-one time at the easel with the instructor and group critiques at the end of each class. Emphasis is placed on drawing skills, planning a successful composition and achieving accurate values while exploring this unique and versatile medium.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students


Class Fee: $110 (10 classes)
Image: Michele Mozzone
Image: Susan Aitcheson
Image: Valerie Albert Weingard
Mondays, October 4 - November 15
No class October 11, November 8
1-4pm
Hand Coloring Black and White Photographs
with Laurie Klein

Hand coloring a black and white photograph is an art form all by itself. This course introduces you to the history, aesthetics and technical aspects of hand coloring as well as the many techniques for shooting and finishing images printed in the digital era. The all-important last step of preserving and framing the final artwork make this a comprehensive class. Laurie will be showing examples and doing demonstrations throughout the class. All participants will be working on their hand-coloring and will have the opportunity to have numerous one on one interactions with Laurie.


Materials Fee: $15

Location: Garden Level Print Studio
Limited to 8 students

Class Fee:
$55 member (5 classes)
Renowned photographer and educator, Laurie Klein, is regarded as one of the most influential infrared photographers in the world. Laurie holds a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MFA from Ohio University. Early in her career, Laurie studied with Ansel Adams. She is the author of Infrared Photography: Artistic Techniques for Brilliant Images and Photographing The Female Form with Digital Infrared  both published by Amherst Media, Hand Coloring Black and White Photography published by Quarry Publishers, and is published in numerous magazines. Her images have been exhibited globally. Laurie teaches regularly at Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, Maine Media, and presents her own boutique workshops.
TUESDAYS
WAITLIST ONLY
Tuesdays, September 28 - November 30
9am-noon
No class November 23
Painting the Landscape
and Beyond:
with Sam Green

In this class Sam will show students how to paint quickly and with a strong eye. We'll aim to capture what it feels like to be in the landscape, and to experience a still life without objectifying too strongly as we continue to focus more on the painting than our reference. Students will seek to answer one of the most important questions, “Why is it paint?” Through a series of lectures, demonstrations, painting prompts, and encouraging critiques, students will learn more effective ways to paint alluring landscapes and the occasional still life. This class will focus specifically on oil painting as a medium but Sam welcomes students to use acrylic paints as well.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio.
Limited to 15 students

Class Fee: $99 (9 classes)
Materials: Multiple reference landscape photos. A full range of paint colors in acrylic or oil (preferably NOT student grade). Students should bring rags, a variety of brushes and a couple flat edge pallet knives. In addition students should bring a good number of cheap surfaces to work on.
WAITLIST ONLY
Tuesdays, September 21 - November 30
1-4pm
No class November 23
Painting with Passion:
with Anthony Tomaselli
There is something about this creative process of making art that keeps bringing us back to IT! A passion…..a question that needs to be answered….that special feeling we get when doing it…..the camaraderie of others involved in this similar journey. Why do you keep coming back?

The main focus of this class will be YOU! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran of painting (making art), the journey begins with you. We will together define your goals and set out to achieve them. The ultimate goal for you is to learn and improve.

Yes we will work on fundamentals, yes we will discuss traditional as well as contemporary art applications, yes we will critique at the end of each class -- my goal is to inspire and challenge.

So I encourage you to Paint! Have courage, don’t be too comfortable where you are: experiment, splash, scrape, blend, draw, paint…and sculpt. Don’t fear the unknown. Embrace it. Be challenged by it. Most of all, enjoy every minute of it!


Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 15 students

Class Fee: $110 (10 classes)
WEDNESDAYS
WAITLIST ONLY
Wednesdays, September 22 - December 1
9am-2:30pm
No class November 24
Atelier Open Studio: with Carol Beagan and Catherine McKinnon
Share the experience that the Masters shared in a true atelier environment. This is a unique engagement for all levels of painters... an atmosphere where ideas and techniques are readily exchanged. It will be an experience that will enhance your art skills. Artists of all levels are welcome.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 15 students

Class Fee: $60 (10 classes)
Detail from painting by Dora Atwater Millikin
Wednesdays, September 22 - December 1
9am-noon
No class November 24
Monotype
with Kirsten Sorensen

Every level of artist is welcome to join us for our monotype class in the beautiful garden level print studio. Learn how to use the beautiful printing press and also pull prints created by hand pressure.
 
We will produce several different types of monotype prints using a Plexiglas surface, from your original drawings and photographs and your unique mark making abilities. Color and collage can be added to create printed paintings and artworks. A variety of mulberry, rice and unique papers will lend textual and original visual communication to your work.
 
We’ll investigate the techniques and processes of monotypes including subtractive, additive, tracing, ghost, masking and collage printing. Composition, color and line will be discussed. Your drawings and photographs and spontaneous mark making will lend a personalized creative element to your prints.

Providence Art Club member Kirsten Sorensen has a BFA in Painting and Art Education. She is an artist and art educator who has taught and directed art-based programs for over forty years.


Materials Fee: $15

Location: Garden Level Print Studio
Limited to 8 students

Class Fee:
$110 member (10 classes)
Image: Monotype by Kirsten Sorensen
Image: Monotype by a student of Kirsten Sorensen
WAITLIST ONLY
Wednesdays, September 22 - December 1
10am-1pm
No class November 24
Drawing in the RISD Museum
with Frances Middendorf

Students will be given a series of exercises that highlight works of art at the RISD Museum. We will explore the whole collection from furniture, textiles, works on paper, design as well as paintings. Students will be asked to transcribe works - draw accurately, perceptively as well as interpret the art in the collection. A homework assignment is encouraged. Special behind the scenes visits will be included. Open to all levels. The class should improve one’s ability to see, to draw and to learn about the art history and methods and materials of the artists.

Please note: Each student must be vaccinated and wear a mask while in the museum. There will be no fee for entering the museum as before. Also please be aware that the class may have to go virtual if their is an upturn in cases.

Materials: Easy to carry sketchbook, Bristol board Vellum finish with a support (small easy to carry drawing board or hard cardboard. A variety of pencils from 4-6 B,2B, HB, F. White eraser and kneaded eraser. Artist tape and paper towels optional.

Students can opt to gather for lunch back at the Art Club after class.

Location: RISD Museum
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee:
$110 member (10 classes)
"Frances Middendorf's classes are a delightful blend of drawing, studying art history, and stimulating your imagination, all while exploring the historic and notable art treasures of the RISD Museum. Her knowledge of the different periods and civilizations represented in the museum are astounding and informative. Her delight in our finished work makes her a most sympathetic and enthusiastic teacher and she is quite adept at providing a supportive experience for all from beginner to advanced." - Anne Carty
THURSDAYS
WAITLIST ONLY
Thursdays, September 30 - December 16
9am-noon
No class November 11, 25
Life Drawing and Painting with Kate Huntington and Craig Masten

Traditional Figure/Life class working with a nude model every week. Excellent way to enhance drawing skills for whatever art you do. Each class begins with brief gesture poses to practice how to put natural movement into figures, followed by a long pose to allow more finished work.

All levels of experience are welcome, with individual instruction focused on the needs and wants of each participant.

Materials List:
Bring whatever art media materials you like which are acceptable in other PAC classes, but suggested to start can include a fairly large pad of drawing paper (a good one is an affordable acid-free newsprint pad by Strathmore, 18x24” available at “Jerry’s”), soft charcoals and/or peel down charcoal pencils, and a kneaded eraser.


Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 15 students

Class Fee:
$150 (10 classes)
Image: Kate Huntington
Image: Craig Masten
Thursdays, September 23 - December 9
9am-noon
No class November 11, 25
Painting Around the World with Susan Klas Wright

Traveling with our hearts and memories we'll paint from my photos of Europe, Bali, India, Turkey, Hawaii, Alaska and the American Southwest. Our emphasis will be on lights and darks, patterns, and creating drama. We'll reduce "clutter" in these images and paint just what is needed to convey the heart of the art. If this appeals to you grab your paints and join me!


Location: Garden Level Print Room
Limited to 8 students

Class Fee:
$110 member (10 classes)
Thursdays, September 23 - December 9
1-4pm
No class November 11, 25
Still Life Painting in an Historical Context with Jonathan Small

In this class we will create still life paintings while examining the styles of artists throughout history. Our still life arrangements will reflect approaches taken by artists from the Renaissance up to the present day. This will be a fun way to learn a little art history while we paint.

Any painting or drawing media are welcome.

Materials: Students may choose their own materials to work with. Anyone with questions may contact Jonathan.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee: $110 (10 classes)
Thursdays, September 23 - December 9
1-4pm
No class November 11, 25
Solar Printmaking:
with Carol FitzSimonds & Elena Obelenus

Students will work with 21st century photopolymer plates using UV light and tap water to make a printable surface. Easy, safe, and fast --- these plates are ready to print in 20 minutes. Instruction will cover all the ways to create images on these plates, multiple approaches to printing them as well as other printmaking techniques that can be combined with solar plates. The possibilities are as exciting as they are numerous. Open to all members, at all levels of experience.


Materials Fee: $20

Location: Garden Level Print Room
Limited to 7 students

Class Fee: $110 (10 classes)
Carol and Elena are passionate, dedicated and award-winning artists with over 50 years of printmaking experience between them. 
Thursdays, September 23 - December 9
4-6pm
No class November 11, 25, December 2
Films of Ingmar Bergman
with Paul Stein

Ingmar Bergman wrote or directed more than 60 films and 170 theatrical productions and authored over 100 books and articles..
In Ingmar Bergman’s films, “this world is a place where faith is tenuous; communication, elusive; and self-knowledge, illusory at best,” Michiko Kakutani (NYT). God is either silent or malevolent; men and women are creatures and prisoners of their desires. He dealt with the human attempt to define one’s own personality by the removal of masks to see if there is a face underneath.
Bergman will always live on through his work and the films he has left behind will continue to be a timeless definition of cinema for all.

Location: Maxwell Mays Gallery
Limited to 15 students

Class Fee: $99 (9 classes)
FRIDAYS
Fridays, September 24 - December 3
No class November 26
9am-noon
Portrait Painting and Drawing with Kelly McCullough

The focus of this class is the portrait. Photographs will be used as the reference. The student can bring their own photo to work from or use a photo provided by the instructor. Ideally, the photo will be close to, if not exactly the same size as the canvas or paper the student is using. Prints, iPads or laptops are all usable. More than one portrait can be done during this 10 week course, but just one reference image is needed to start.

Kelly will go over important aspects of portraiture based on the Sight-Size technique, such as seeing heights and widths, recreating shadow shapes, mixing flesh tones based on a limited palette, scraping and softening, and so much more. Portraiture is Kelly’s passion and she is excited to share some tricks of the trade that can help any level artist create an impressive likeness. 

This class is open to all levels of experience. 

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 15 students

Class Fee: $110 (10 classes)
Materials List:
All materials are welcome. 
Charcoal, pencils, pastels, watercolor, acrylic, oil…the student can use preferred materials. 
For painters; please have a blue, red, yellow and white. Cadmium red and yellow are fine. Yellow ochre works well. Ultramarine blue or ivory black are both great. Titanium white or whatever white you have. Just bring your paints. If there is something you are lacking, Kelly can provide what you need. 
Brushes of various sizes, canvas, gamsol. A small palette knife can be useful if you have one.
Medium tooth paper if you are drawing. 
The most important thing is that the surface you are working on is similar in size to your photo. 
Email Kelly with any questions. *If you want to use your own photo, email Kelly the image. 
Fridays, October 8 - November 19
No class October 22
9am-noon
En Plein Air Photography
with Nickerson Miles & Cindy Wilson

Co-led and building on previous iterations of this class, En Plein Air Photography (EPAP) is designed for artists with a wide range of photographic skills. The course involves alternating weeks of group “field-trip shooting” in the region and Zoom-based sharing/discussion/critiques of the previous week’s work with short technical lessons based on student interest. For the most part, this iteration will reflect the course’s title with a particular emphasis on story telling. The field trips will be further afield this time with visits to Newport, New Bedford, and Mystic Seaport. In addition to the three-hour photographic outing, class members are welcome to stay for lunch and continue to shoot, if they wish.

No special photographic equipment is required; even a smartphone camera is acceptable.
 
In the event of inclement weather, we’ll find interesting indoor locations to photograph. This course builds on the concept that there’s so much we can learn from each other as artists. Since many artists depend on photographs to inspire their creations, we will be building on the idea of “creating better art through photography.”

Location: Photo field trips alternating with online via Zoom reviews
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee:
$66 member (6 classes)
About the instructors:

Cindy Wilson has been a professional photographer for most of her adult life, earning her MFA at Tyler. Most recently she has taught photography at local art associations in RI and led travel photography workshops.

A photographer by avocation for 50 years, Nick Miles has taught photojournalism at the university level and exhibited his work at various shows and galleries. He has taught several other PAC photography classes and led the Club’s expansion into distance learning.
Fridays, September 24 - December 3
1-4pm
No class November 26
Your Independent Journey
with Tom Monahan
This course is part open studio and part independent study to help you navigate your artistic journey. 

Every artist is on a unique journey. Certainly, you are influenced by other artists; many long dead, some living. But in the end, you are your own teacher, scout and guide. This course will help you chart a satisfying path forward via greater self awareness, or let a path find you organically.

From week to week, you’ll work on whatever you choose. Tom doesn’t teach his techniques or vision, he facilitates your growth, sometimes acting as GPS to help you move forward, perhaps past stuck places or even taking helpful detours.

For representational artists of all experience levels, working in any medium. 
 
Materials list:
Bring the kinds of paints, surfaces and other supplies that you typically use, including a painting or two that you are currently working on. 

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee: $110 (10 classes)
Instructor Tom Monahan has been a Providence Art Club exhibiting artist member for seven years. He brings decades of experience helping others explore their creativeness in his careers as one of advertising’s premier creative directors and as a pioneering creativity coach. As a painter his personal journey has unfolded organically in diverse directions overtime. He loves such exploration.
Tuesdays and Fridays, September 21 - December 3
9am-4pm
No class on November 23 & 26
Open Print Studio
For VETTED Printmakers ONLY
Minimal, if any, supervision.

Monitor Schedule:
Tuesday: No Monitor
Friday: No Monitor

Location: Garden Level Print Studio.
Limited to 4 students per session

Class Fee: $10/day
REGISTRATION AND POLICIES
TO REGISTER for FALL classes, email Abba Cudney at abba@providenceartclub.org

If you are not a member, and you are interested in membership, please contact Julia Hubbard in Membership Services to find out how to become a member. 
 
Class Enrollment
Class sizes are limited and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. If enrollment maximum is reached, your name will be added to a wait list. If an enrolled student cancels, the Art Club will notify the first person on the wait list. Unfortunately, the Providence Art Club is unable to prorate students for missed classes or classes that they are unable to attend. The Art Club strives to provide the highest quality art classes with various media for all members.

  • Members will be billed for each class they register for.
  • Portrait and Figure Class students will be charged an additional model fee.
  • If space allows, spouses of members may sign up for classes for an additional fee of $25 (class fee, model fee, and materials fee still apply).
  • Please review our guidelines for STUDIO ETIQUETTE and for ORIENTATION.

What if it Snows?
If it snows, every effort will be made to get an e-mail out to the membership about cancellations and closures. You may also call the Club's answering machine message (331-1114) regarding canceled classes.
Contact us:
Providence Art Club 11 Thomas Street Providence RI 02903 (401) 331-1114