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Tuesday, March 22
Contemporary Caricatures with Charles Wharton

"The idea for the Caricature Series came as I was making my first foray away from representational painting into expressionism. I was studying portraiture, collage, traditional painting technique when I discovered the use of a paint ‘pen’ or cartridge which afforded the ability to draw over and incorporate line into my work. Thus, as I approached a subject, which could be represented by figures/portraits, wherein the human condition and values or lack thereof could be represented in mixed media. Thus ideas like pride, vanity, honesty, deceit, and social status could come out through the pose and attitude of the various caricatures."

This course will consider varied subject matter mostly of photographs or images of people randomly selected from magazines and newspapers provided.
The idea is to react to how you feel about the image when you reproduce it BASED on your feelings. Express yourself! Have fun!

Finish with pizza, beer, wine and critique, nothing serious!

Acrylic paints
Brushes varied by size
Several pallet knives
Mixed papers but no magazines or glossy paper
One or more acrylic paint cartridges (markers)
Several plastic containers
A good clean sponge 
5 or more smaller canvas 11x14 or larger and one or two up to 16x20 or 20x20
Scotch tape
**It would be helpful if you bring candid photos of friends, family, strangers, etc.

An assortment of paint pens will be available to borrow, as well as medium and transparent colored papers.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Class size limit: 20

Fee: $25 member
Charles Wharton spent over 50 years as an investment professional, retiring as a Senior Vice President and Senior Consultant from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch in 2021.

Wharton has been a serious student at the Providence Art Club for 15 years studying under various teachers including Harley Bartlett, Dora Atwater Millikin, Kevin Gilmore, Craig Masten, and many others.
He has been an Exhibiting Artist Member since 2019.

Wharton has a long history of working as a volunteer in education and cultural non profit organizations, including being a trustee of University of Rhode Island, a member of the URI Foundation Executive Committee, as well as serving on the Executive Committee of the Board of Management at the Providence Art Club.

"My goal is to be a relevant contemporary American artist."
Take A Class with Us This Spring!
Beginning March 28, 2022
TO REGISTER, e-mail Abba Cudney
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Mondays, March 28 - June 6
No class May 30
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 member (10 classes)
Image: Bill Lane
Image: Anne Wert
Mondays, March 28 - June 6
No class May 30
Relief Printmaking with Elizabeth Bonner Zimmerman

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. 
Linocut, Monotype and Monoprint are all variations of relief printing. Explore any of them that interest you, and explore ways they can be combined. 

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, March 28 - June 6
No class May 30
Pastel Painting
with Susan Aitcheson and Valerie Weingard

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 15 students

Class Fee: $110 member (10 classes)
Mondays, March 28 - May 2
Joy of Self Expression using Your Smart Phone
with Laurie Klein

Listen closely; can you hear your art is speaking to you? It may begin as a whisper. This is the poetry of your heart.

How do you gain a fresh perceptive during these changing times, unrest and insecurity? Everyone has a smartphone these days. It is one of the most accessible creative tools we have at our fingertips.
Through a series of fun exercises, you will realize how taking photographs can be transformative, healing, fun and joyful.
Come play with Laurie Klein and learn how to tap into your creative juices!
We will be concentrating on storytelling from capture on your phone, then using apps to create moods, to continue your storyline. We will also dive into the world of compositing. You will be given photographic prompts.

Materials List: smart phone fully charged.
Download Snapseed and Distressed FX + to start with on your mobile device.

Location: Garden Level Print Studio
Limited to 8 students

Class Fee:
$66 member (6 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, March 29 - June 7
No class May 10
Abstract Painting with Eveline Luppi

This course will be taught as a studio class for all levels. The class direction will be a 3-hour paint session with individual instruction, critique, and response to participant’s questions. Demonstrations will be given. The medium is acrylic paint on canvas. The spirit of the course emphasizes exploration combined with enhancement of practical techniques for building shape, generating movement, and balancing color will be a primary consideration. The focus will be on encouraging the participant to explore their individualistic style. There will be bi-weekly short talks on five modernist abstract artists, including Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Jules Olitsky, Kenneth Noland, and Jill Nathanson.

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

Class Fee: $110 member (10 classes)
Tuesdays, March 29 - May 31
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 20 students

Class Fee: $110 member (10 classes)
Wednesdays, March 30 - June 1
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 17 students

Class Fee: $60 member (10 classes)
Detail from painting by Dora Atwater Millikin
Wednesdays, March 30 - June 1
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 our wonderful 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, photographs and your unique mark making work. Color and collage can be added to create printed paintings and artworks. A variety of papers, including printmaking, mulberry, and many other unique papers will lend textual and original visual communication to your artwork.
We’ll investigate the techniques and processes of monotypes including subtractive, additive, tracing, ghost, masking, embossing and collage printing. We will experiment and work with different water-based inks and acrylic paints.
The history of monotypes, composition, color and line will be discussed. Your drawings and photographs and spontaneous mark making will lend a personalized creative element to your prints. This is a class that one may take many times and still discover a rewarding, productive and happy art making morning!

Location: Garden Level Print Studio
Limited to 8 students

Materials Fee: $20
Class Fee:
$110 member (10 classes)
Wednesdays, March 30 - June 1
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
Wednesdays, March 30 - June 8
No class May 25
Paint Better Faster!
with Judy Vilmain

You’re an artist, you know you have it in you, but why does it take soooo long to see improvements in your work?
This 10-week course is designed to show you ways of speeding up the learning process, including:
•  Timed paintings
•  Composition tricks and tools
•  Color simplification
•  Self-hypnosis
•  Quick painting analysis
•  Checklists and more checklists
This course is open to representational painters working in any paint medium (including pastels), any subject matter. All skill levels are welcome. This will be a supportive and challenging environment!
Materials List:
•  All your usual painting gear
•  Lots of supports (canvas, board, or paper) in different sizes and aspect ratios
•  A viewfinder
•  A smartphone
•  A hand mirror
•  A studio notebook

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee:
$110 member (10 classes)
Thursdays, March 31 - June 2
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 member (10 classes)
Image: Kate Huntington
Image: Craig Masten
Thursdays, March 31 - June 2
No class April 14
Watercolors, Loose and Lively! with Sue Klas Wright

Discover the romance of watercolor painting! Learn how to guide the flow of the water to create free and loose brushstrokes and interpretations of the image. You'll guide dropped in color by moving the paper in different directions to encourage subtle color changes and deeper infusions of color without telltale brushstrokes in washes. We will build dramatic lights and darks into our paintings to make them sparkle and to call the viewer in from across the room. You'll discover how to create hard and soft edges and lost edges to entertain the eye as it moves across your painting.

Most important, learn to practice patience with the medium by taking thoughtful pauses in the process, keeping your painting fresh without muddy colors. A fresh start is a beautiful thing and it can wait a week or two for your eyes to know what to do next. Some works are created in the moment with vigor and economy of strokes. Many more are created with time on their side. 

Location: Garden Level Print Room
Limited to 8 students

Class Fee: $99 member (9 classes)
Thursdays, March 31 - May 5
Painting the Masters with Nancy Gaucher-Thomas

Who better to learn from than Sargent, Homer, LaFarge, Trost Richards, Wyeth or your favorite master artist? This fun, upbeat painting class will teach old master techniques, through hands-on study and application next to each student’s selected masterpiece. Each student will be asked to select up to three master works that they would like to copy. One will be selected. Research on each artist and their technique will be an ongoing discussion over the duration of the class. Topics that will be discussed: subject matter, design and composition, palette and technique. 

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 15 students

Class Fee: $66 member (6 classes)
Thursdays, March 31 - June 2
Big and Bold: Expressive Drawing with Paint with Jossy Lownes

Whatever the subject, we will paint using more color, more variety, and more confidence. Each week the demonstrations and exercises focus on a variety of elements including; bolder color, value dominance, and interesting composition. There will be simple exercises to practice the topic of the week. Florals, still life, landscape and figurative are possible subjects. We will include all. The concepts apply to 
all mediums.

The class is geared to “getting to the next level” for each person. 
Lots of improvement awaits in this fun, new class with Jossy. 

For more information feel free to call her at 480-580-3252.

Materials List:
Please bring your favorite colors (oils, acrylics, watercolors)
-sketch book: 11 x 14
-brushes: at least one 1” and one 2”
and palette knives (assortment) 
-canvas or paper 11 x14 or larger
-reference material: (photos - preferably your own...or sketches)
-paper towel
-watercolor/oil pad: 14 x 18 or larger

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 15 students

Class Fee: $110 member (10 classes)
Jossy Lownes has been a professional artist for the past 30 years. Painting and teaching occupy most of her time in Arizona and in Rhode Island. Summer on an island gives her inspiration for landscapes and non-representational work. Her figurative pieces reflect her feelings for the single life as well as relationships. Groups of people show the human desire for companionship and for enjoying life together.
Thursdays, April 7 - June 16
No class May 26
The Films of Federico Fellini with Paul Stein

“One of Fellini's greatest gifts is his ability to communicate a sense of wonder, which has the effect of making us all feel much younger than we have any right to” – Vincent Canby, New York Times. Throughout his career, Federico Fellini focused on his personal vision of society and his preoccupation with the relationships between men and women and between sex and love. An avowed anticleric, he was also deeply concerned with guilt and alienation. He was a poet of the cinema whose work, illuminated by unforgettable images, was intensely autobiographical. His deeply personal films were vivid, sometimes bizarre portraits of the human condition. 

Location: Maxwell Mays Gallery
Limited to 15 students

Class Fee: $110 member (10 classes)
Fridays, April 1 - June 3
Explorations in Mixed Media and Collage
with Karole Nicholson

This collage and mixed media class will include instruction on applying collage, mixing mediums, plus finishing and framing. Explore the expressive potential of collage/mixed media while experimenting with a variety of materials including drawing and painting media, paper, cardboard, fabric, and photographs. You are encouraged to let intuition be your guide.

Featuring short weekly demos on developing your own unique collage materials such as staining papers, creating written calligraphic marks, making marks with excess paint, and applying textiles in collage.
While some experience with painting or design is helpful, everyone is welcome as we learn together and from each other.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee: $110 member (10 classes)
Fridays, April 1 - June 3
Painting Lab
with Tom Monahan
A safe, encouraging environment to grow as an artist.
This intimate class is part open studio and part independent study, to help representational artists of all levels grow, through exploration, insights and discoveries. It’s a small class where you’ll get personalized guidance around your specific wants and needs.
From week to week, you’ll paint what you choose to paint, as Tom circulates through the classroom, stopping in with each student two or three times per class, to help you achieve your vision as an artist or navigate through challenges.
Tom believes it takes courage to explore new areas of artistic expression, so this class provides ample encouragement in both practical and empathetic terms.
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 member (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.
March 29 - June 3
Open Print Studio
For VETTED Printmakers ONLY
Minimal, if any, supervision.

Tuesdays 9am-4pm
Wednesdays 1-4pm
Thursdays 1-4pm
Fridays 9am-4pm

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

Class Fee: $10/day
TO REGISTER for SPRING 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