New!
Critique Club & Another Zoom Class Added!
Read on for all of the details.

NEW -- non-members can sign up to take our Zoom classes
(full semester/9-10 sessions, if space allows)

Otherwise, all classes are for Art Club members only.

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. 
PAC CRIT CLUB
 
Tuesday, September 29
Tuesday, October 27
Tuesday, November 17
 
5:30-7:30pm
in Angell's Lane / Maxwell Mays Gallery
A friendly gathering of artists for sharing of work for feedback and thought provoking discussion.  
 
Each member will bring a work in progress to discuss. They will talk about where they feel their piece is successful, and what they are struggling with. Fellow artists will offer feedback, constructive critique and questions about the ideas behind the work, and how it fits into the artist’s journey. This is not meant as art instruction, as much as an exchange of ideas, impressions and suggestions on how the artist can realize their vision. All will be encouraged by sharing how we approach our work, our thoughts, struggles and breakthroughs in our common artistic journey.
 
The sessions will be moderated by Kathy Hodge to make sure everyone has an equal opportunity for feedback. Light snacks will be served, and beverages available to purchase. Limited to 8 people. Sign up for one, or multiple sessions. Please email Abba if you need to cancel your reservation as there may be a waitlist. 
 
 
Location: Angell's Lane / Maxwell Mays Gallery
Limited to 8 students

Fee: $15 per session
As you can imagine, due to COVID and the social distancing guidelines, we have a long wait list for many classes. With that said, WE HEAR YOU and we worked to add additional classes and extending into Angell’s Lane to accommodate more students. Two instructors have agreed to offer a second class to accommodate their very long waitlists. Two new evening classes have been added as well, and we will continue to book exciting Thursday night Zoom lectures through the Fall!

If you are interested in a class that is waitlist only, please let me know so you're name can be added to the waitlist. Sometimes people's plans change and spots open up!

As we are all eager to get back and create together, your safety is our top priority. All tables and easels in the classroom will be set up 6 feet apart, and we are requiring that everyone wear a mask while inside the Club.

Because of the ever-changing policies and rules, please be aware that in-person class size limits are subject to change.

Due to the in-person class limit, we ask that (for now) you only sign up for two classes to give all of our members an opportunity to participate. If you wish to sign up for more than two, please specify when registering which classes you prefer in order. You will be added to a waitlist, and if there is room, you will be notified.

Please note which classes are NEW, and waitlist only.
FALL 2020 CLASSES
September 21-December 4
TO REGISTER, e-mail Abba Cudney
See below for registration and policies
MONDAYS
Mondays, September 21 - November 30
9am-noon
no class October 12
Watercolor Painting
Intermediate/Advanced:
with Bill Lane
Wet, dry, and everything in between

During the Fall class session, we’ll explore: different watercolor techniques; wetness and dryness of the paper; and experiment with multi-color washes; all through a series of exercises.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students


Class Fee: $110
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!

Hint: Solid planning, a value sketch, and drawing skills are essential for the artist in developing their watercolor painting.
WAITLIST ONLY
Mondays, September 21 - November 30
1-4pm
no class October 12
Pastel Painting:
with Susan Aitcheson & Valerie Albert Weingard
Through demonstrating various techniques, and constructive class critiques, Susan and Valerie will help guide your progress in working with this vibrant medium. Students will concentrate on honing their drawing and mark making skills, balancing a composition, and improving color harmony. Emphasis will always be on creating form with light and shadow. The subject matter is up to the student, who can work from their photos, or a still life from a set up in class. All experience levels are welcome.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students


Class Fee: $110
TUESDAYS
WAITLIST ONLY
Tuesdays, September 22 - October 20 (half session)
9am-noon
Expressive Drawing:
with Anthony Tomaselli

(This class is not a beginners drawing class. Some studio experience is necessary.)

Drawing is the foundation of all artistic endeavor. In this class we will pursue drawing as expression, we will draw to develop an idea, we will draw to learn how to observe, and we will draw to express emotion and thought. We will work with charcoal, nu-pastel, pencil, graphite powder, ink, and all other mark-making instruments. We will work wet and we will work dry. Part of the class will be structured and part of the class will involve your personal pursuits.
As always I will cater to your artistic tendencies.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students


Materials fee: $20
Class Fee: $55
WAITLIST ONLY
Tuesdays, October 27 - December 1 (half session)
9am-noon
no class November 24
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 13 students

Class Fee: $55


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.
Tuesdays, September 29 - December 8
10am-noon
no class November 17
ZOOM CLASS
Decisions Decisions: Your Options in Making Photographs with Cindy Horovitz Wilson

Designed for students who are beginner level or looking for a refresher course in digital photography. Topics include camera operation, the seeing & capture of light, depth of field, shutter speed, ISO, exposure, focus & composition.
The course will be taught online via Zoom. Each class will have a lecture, a slide show with examples of the topic being discussed and an assignment to practice the concepts. Where applicable, masters of photography will be introduced to further reinforce the learning.

Materials List: No supplies; Students should have a camera capable of making manual adjustments.

Location: Online via Zoom
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee:
$110 member || $150 nonmember
About the instructor: Cindy Wilson has been making image with intent since her days at the University of Rhode island in the 1970’s. Her background includes an MFA, years in photo labs, wedding photography, gallery ownership traveler and workshop instructor.
WAITLIST ONLY
Tuesdays, September 22 - December 1
1-4pm
no class November 24
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 12 students


Class Fee: $110
NEW!!
Tuesdays, September 22 - December 1
4:30-7:30pm
no class November 24
Creativity Through Abstract Painting with Eveline Luppi

In this class there will be a strong focus on Composition.

We will look at the Masters in painting like Matisse, Cezanne and Picasso, and identify compositional style that influenced modern abstract painters.
We will explore color, line and interesting forms.
• technique related to these
• tools to use
• and much more.
 
Different painting styles will be studied, as we as a group evolve in our individual directions.
• Classroom work will also evolve from participants interests (the instructor is very
committed to this)
• There will be one-on-one teaching with short talks- power point presentations and
critiques.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students


Class Fee: $110
About Eveline Luppi
Years of exploration with paint have led Eveline Luppi’s journey to create work that is technically challenging and visually inspiring to the viewer. Her work draws from the tradition of the Russian Constructivist Movement and Dutch Neoplasticism; her vocabulary is based on geometric techniques, where memory and experience are rendered as deeply structured space, full of passionate transitions and juxtapositions. The use of color is central to her work, evoking emotional states and bringing the viewer to a unified perception of the symbolic content.
Tuesdays, September 22 - December 1
6-7:30pm
no class November 24
ZOOM CLASS
Women Artists Making History
with Michael Rose

Women artists have contributed enormously to the history of art, but for many years were overlooked in the “official” canon of art history. In this ten week online course, PAC Gallery Manager Michael Rose will examine the work of women artists from throughout history and contextualize their unique achievements and importance. From the mystical mandalas conceptualized by the 12th Century nun Hildegard von Bingen, to the political works contemporary artists like Kara Walker, this course will feature a wide range of both celebrated and lesser known women art makers. Questions will be welcome.

Location: Online via Zoom

Class Fee:
$110 member || $150 nonmember
About Michael Rose
Michael is an art historian, gallerist, and appraiser based in Southern New England. The Art Club’s Gallery Manager since 2014, Michael has worked with hundreds of artists on exhibitions at the Club’s historic galleries on College Hill. He was a member of the team that produced the Making Marks trio of exhibitions at the Club in 2017 which celebrated both the Club’s groundbreaking status as an organization co-founded by women and highlighted the achievements of contemporary women artists. Michael earned his BA in art history at Providence College where his senior thesis focused on a feminist reading of the photographs of Francesca Woodman. He also holds a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University.
WEDNESDAYS
WAITLIST ONLY
Wednesdays, September 23 - December 2
9am-2:30pm
no class November 11, 25
Atelier Open Studio:
with Carol Beagan & 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 13 students

Class Fee: $54
Detail from painting by Dora Atwater Millikin
NEW!!
Wednesdays, September 23 - December 2
10am-1pm
no class November 11, 25
ZOOM CLASS
An Introduction to Cold Wax Painting with Debra Claffey
A class introducing cold wax medium and many of the techniques for painting and mixed media work. We will cover all the basics so that you will understand how and, more importantly why, you might incorporate using cold wax medium into your artistic practice. Get basic training, including using the materials safely and efficiently and have some fun exploring this revitalized medium.


Location: Online via Zoom
Limited to 10 students

Class Fee:
$99 member || $150 nonmember
Debra Claffey is a visual artist who uses encaustic, oil, and mixed media in her work. She holds a BFA in Painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Tufts University and an Associate's Degree in Horticultural Technology from the University of New Hampshire. In 2011, she received an Artist Entrepreneurial Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Claffey’s work has won several awards, including the Second Place Award at the Monotype Guild of New England’s Fifth National Monotype Exhibition in May 2018 and the Juror’s Award at the Anything But Flat Exhibition at the Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill.
NEW!!
Wednesdays, September 23 - December 2
3-6pm
no class November 11, 25
Atelier Open Studio

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 13 students

Class Fee: $54
Wednesdays, September 23 - December 9
3-5pm
no class November 11, 25
Classic Cinema:
Foreign Films:
with Paul Stein
How to get new people interested in Cinema? Most of us go to the movies for entertainment. That’s great, but movies can go beyond. I’ll prove to you that film can be art. Some of the greatest films ever made are not in English. The American movie audience rarely sees any film not in our native language. Now at The Providence Art Club, you can come and see the magic of some films masters.

All films will be shown in their original language with English subtitles. A short introduction will precede each film and a discussion will follow the film.

Location: Maxwell Mays Gallery
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee: $110
THURSDAYS
WAITLIST ONLY
Thursdays, September 24 - December 3
9am-noon
no class November 26
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 13 students

Class Fee: $110


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.
Thursdays, September 24 - December 3
10am-noon
no class November 12, 26
ZOOM CLASS
Painting Around the World with Susan Klas Wright

Watercolor, All Levels. 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: Online via Zoom

Class Fee:
$99 member || $150 nonmember
WAITLIST ONLY
Thursdays, September 24 - December 3
1-4pm
no class November 26
Composition
with Judy Vilmain
This course is for representational artists working in any media — oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, mixed media, etc. We will consider both landscape and still-life compositions.
 
How many times have you been in the middle of a painting and realized that the composition is just not working? But by then it feels too late to try to change it. Or, do you ever look at your paintings and realize they’re just… kind of boring? By the end of this workshop you will have the skills, tools, and mindset you need to design compelling compositions and avoid all that frustration and time-wasting.
 
During the ten weeks:
  we will go over common compositional “tools” such as emphasis, isolation, convergence and asymmetry.
  you will practice making Value Studies, using different methods such as grisaille, markers, pencil sketching, and painting.
  we’ll discuss Notans and their usefulness, and practice making them.
  the emphasis will be on learning fast, simple ways to come up with good compositions.
  you will learn how to use Composition to help the viewer connect to your work at an emotional level.
 
You will work from your own photos and still-life setups. And you will revisit some of your past work. 

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio.
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee: $110
Materials List:
All your usual paints and gear, plus:
  Raw Umber paint
  White paint
  A large paintbrush (at least 1/2”)
  A viewfinder
  A sketchbook, any size
  A thick, black Sharpie
  A range of drawing pencils from dark to light
  Masking tape
  A variety of sizes of canvas or board
  Inexpensive supports, such as gessoed paper, canvas paper, canvas sheets, or small canvases or panels. You could also gesso over some of your old, not-very-good paintings. (I have plenty of those if you need them.)
  A smartphone or tablet if you have one.
WAITLIST ONLY
Thursdays, September 24 - December 3
4:30-7:30pm
no class November 26
Composition
with Judy Vilmain
This course is for representational artists working in any media — oil, pastel, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, mixed media, etc. We will consider both landscape and still-life compositions.
 
How many times have you been in the middle of a painting and realized that the composition is just not working? But by then it feels too late to try to change it. Or, do you ever look at your paintings and realize they’re just… kind of boring? By the end of this workshop you will have the skills, tools, and mindset you need to design compelling compositions and avoid all that frustration and time-wasting.
 
During the ten weeks:
  we will go over common compositional “tools” such as emphasis, isolation, convergence and asymmetry.
  you will practice making Value Studies, using different methods such as grisaille, markers, pencil sketching, and painting.
  we’ll discuss Notans and their usefulness, and practice making them.
  the emphasis will be on learning fast, simple ways to come up with good compositions.
  you will learn how to use Composition to help the viewer connect to your work at an emotional level.
 
You will work from your own photos and still-life setups. And you will revisit some of your past work. 

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio.
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee: $110
Materials List:
All your usual paints and gear, plus:
  Raw Umber paint
  White paint
  A large paintbrush (at least 1/2”)
  A viewfinder
  A sketchbook, any size
  A thick, black Sharpie
  A range of drawing pencils from dark to light
  Masking tape
  A variety of sizes of canvas or board
  Inexpensive supports, such as gessoed paper, canvas paper, canvas sheets, or small canvases or panels. You could also gesso over some of your old, not-very-good paintings. (I have plenty of those if you need them.)
  A smartphone or tablet if you have one.
FRIDAYS
Fridays, September 25 - December 4
9am-noon
no class November 27
Copying the Masters with Kate Huntington

In this class, the students will be learning from the masters while Kate guides them along, putting emphasis on the structure of the face while building up color. Copying the masters is a very valuable and time-honored learning experience. It’s sure to make the student aware of unique approaches and possibilities concerning the portrait. Kate will share her approach by giving a quick demo in oil on the first class. Students will then work on their own pieces while Kate gives one on one attention to each individual. Rather then teaching formulas, she will be teaching each student how to learn to see better to improve his or her portrait painting skills.
 
Students are free to work in whatever medium he or she chooses. Each week, Kate will select a new painting to work on which she will email to the students for them to print or download before bringing to class

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee: $110
Kate Huntington has been studying portrait painting since the 70’s. In 1992, she started hosting a weekly open portrait painting group that is still very popular today. Besides getting to explore new ideas and techniques of her own, as a result, Kate has developed a keen eye as to producing a solid portrait as well as a good likeness.
Fridays, September 25 - December 4
10am-1pm
no class November 27
ZOOM CLASS
Drawing in the World's Museums:
with Frances Middendorf
Drawing In the World’s Museums
Every week, the students will be presented with an exercise studying paintings from around the world and then applying specific principles to one’s own work. Each student will be sent a workbook of artworks highlighting a museum, concept or artist in the beginning of the week with an assignment due by the end of each week. The student works will be projected via zoom for a class discussion.
This class benefits all levels of experience. For the seasoned painter, the class will challenge their work with a paradigm offered by the masters. For the beginning painter, the basic principles of art will be thoroughly explored such as the study of color, perspective, proportion, the golden ratio, contrapposto and composition. Works studied will cover a wide range from ancient to contemporary and much in between.

The class is called ‘Drawing’ because we will be drawing from concepts found in paintings, sculpture and drawings. Both painting and drawing will however be encouraged in class by working with transcription of master works and by creating one’s own. We will also explore various mediums that have been used throughout history from chalk to oils.

Location: Online via Zoom
Limited to 15 students

Class Fee:
$110 member || $150 nonmember
WAITLIST ONLY
Fridays, September 25 - December 4
1-4pm
no class November 27
Painting:
with Dora Atwater Millikin
This class is for artists painting solely in oil paints at all ability levels. Students will be expected to follow class guidelines and lessons and to not bring in their own subject matter. They will learn about the formal issues and elements of painting through a very precisely prepared schedule based on the atelier-style discipline of the Old Masters. Each class will end with an interactive critique.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students


Class Fee: $110
Mondays-Fridays, September 21 - December 4
9am-noon, 1pm-4pm, or full day
no class October 12, November 11, 24-27
Open Print Studio
For VETTED Printmakers ONLY
Minimal, if any, supervision.

On certain days, there will be a monitor. Any other times, you must be a vetted printmaker to use the studio.

Monitor Schedule:
Monday: (waitlist only): No monitor
Tuesday (waitlist only): Betsy Zimmerman, 1pm-4pm
Wednesday: Ruth Clegg, 9am-noon
Thursday (waitlist only): Elena Obelenus, 9am-4pm
Friday: Carol FitzSimonds, 9am-4pm

Location: Garden Level Print Studio.
Limited to 3 students per session

Class Fee: $5 half day, $10 full 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