Take A Class with Us This Spring!

While our in-person classes are reserved for PAC Members, all of our Zoom Classes are open to the public if space allows!
This semester, we have an array of both in-person & Zoom classes. Please note which classes are in-person, and which are Zoom.

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. Please also be aware that some in-person classes could switch to Zoom if state restrictions change.

Non-members will be able to take a Zoom class if space allows.
Interested in taking an online class but don't feel fully comfortable with Zoom?

Review our Distance Learning Student Guide on Zoom classes, created by member Nickerson Miles & his Distance Learning Strategy Team.

We will also be offering Zoom tutorials to anyone who would like to get more comfortable with the platform. Email abba@providenceartclub.org if you are interested in a tutorial. We are happy to help!
SPRING 2021 CLASSES
Beginning March 29
TO REGISTER, e-mail Abba Cudney
See below for registration and policies

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MONDAYS
Mondays, March 29 - June 7
No class May 31
9am-noon
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 12 students

Class Fee: $110 (10 classes)
Mondays, March 29 - April 26
10am-1pm
ZOOM CLASS
What to Do with Those Unfinished Prints
with Elizabeth Bonner Zimmerman

Follow in Degas’ footsteps and use monotypes as the beginning for other work. Explore ways to print without a press with rubbings, stamp printing, and transfer drawing. Collage parts of prints together with other images.

Materials:
Printing ink or water miscible oil paint
Small brayers
Newsprint
Colored papers or other interesting “stuff”
Glue
Wax paper
Colored pencils
All those prints
Anything else you might want to use

Location: Online via Zoom
Limited to 10 students

Class Fee:
$55 member | $95 non-member
(5 classes)
Mondays, May 3 - June 7
No class May 31
9am-noon
Monotype with Elizabeth Bonner Zimmerman

Become familiar with the new etching press and rediscover monotype printing. Brayers and water soluble inks will be available and some rice papers while the supply lasts. Learn the fundamentals of this painterly type of printing.

Location: Garden Level Print Studio
Limited to 4 students

Materials Fee: $15

Class Fee:
$55 member (5 classes)
Mondays, March 29 - June 7
No class May 31
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, March 29 - May 31
6-7:30pm
ZOOM CLASS
Jazz Age: Art and Architecture in The Roaring Twenties
with Michael Rose 

The great chronicler of the Jazz Age F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote of the 1920’s that “the buildings were higher, the morals were looser and the liquor was cheaper; but all these benefits did not really minister to much delight.” This period, defined as much by the romance of flappers and Art Deco as by the grim realities Prohibition and organized crime, was captured by artists ranging from Aaron Douglas to Georgia O’Keeffe. In this 10 week lecture-style class we will explore the complex social, economic, and historical trends that shaped the art, architecture, and design of the decade that came to be known as The Roaring Twenties.

Location: Online via Zoom

Class Fee:
$110 member | $150 non-member
(10 classes)
Michael Rose is an art historian, gallerist, appraiser and writer. Since 2014, he has served as the Gallery Manager at the Providence Art Club. A sought after speaker on topics related to art history and art business, Michael has taught art history at the Club and beyond including classes on American Art, Modern Art, and Women in The Arts.
TUESDAYS
Tuesdays, March 30 - June 1
9am-noon
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 14 students

Class Fee: $60 (10 classes)
Tuesdays, March 30 - June 1
1-4pm
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 14 students

Class Fee: $110 (10 classes)
WEDNESDAYS
Wednesdays, March 31 - June 2
9am-2:30pm
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 13 students

Class Fee: $60 (10 classes)
Detail from painting by Dora Atwater Millikin
Wednesdays, March 31 - May 26
1:30-4:30pm
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 12 students

Class Fee:
$99 member | $140 non-member
(9 classes)
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. Claffey has curated five exhibitions, the most recent being The Space Between Shadow and Light for the Eleventh International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, Massachusetts in June 2017. She is a Past-President of New England Wax, and Past President of the NH Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art. Raised in Connecticut, educated in Massachusetts, she now lives and works in New Boston, New Hampshire.
THURSDAYS
Thursdays, April 1 - June 3
9am-noon
The Draped Figure
with Karen Murtha

In this course we will be using a spot lit model with the goal of learning to understand structure of the anatomy of the human figure. We will study the proportions and perspective to accomplish a correct rendering. Light and shadow will play an important part in defining the form. Drapery will add another level to your drawing, establishing how it lays on and contours to the body. Portraying the folds, creases and patterns or print of the fabric is a fun challenge! We begin with 5 to 10 minute poses to establish proportions, gesture and movement. As class progresses, the length of time will be extended to develop definition, edges and proper shading to establish the complete form. Some drawing experience is helpful but I encourage new artists, especially, to experience an actual model set up. Instructor assistance and digital examples will be provided.

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee:
$150 (10 classes)
Thursdays, April 15 - May 13
10am-noon
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:
$55 member | $95 non-member
(5 classes)
Thursday, April 1 - June 3
1-4pm
Grisaille Method of Oil Painting with Judy Vilmain

This class is for anyone interested in using the Grisaille Method to paint in oils. With this method, you create an underpainting in gray, black and white. This is called the grisaille, which is French for "grayness”. Following that you start to apply color on top of this underpainting. I’ve tried several different approaches to painting in oils, and this method always brings me my best results.
 
In the first few classes we will focus on still-life setups, and after that you may work from your own photographs (landscapes, portraits, and etc.) if you prefer.


Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee: $110 (10 classes)
FRIDAYS
Fridays, April 2 - June 4
No class May 14
9am-noon
Watercolor with Anne P. Wert

In this class we will explore what makes watercolor so unique. Open to all levels, each class will begin with a focus on different watercolor techniques through simple lessons, projects, and/or demos. Students are then encouraged to apply these techniques to images of their choosing. I will work with students individually to determine how to find the strongest composition and best use watercolor to create a successful painting. Beginners will get a solid watercolor foundation, while experienced watercolorists will benefit from the studio setting and group critique, and may learn a new trick or two!


Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 13 students

Class Fee: $99 (9 classes)
Fridays, March 26 - April 23
No class April 2 (make-up class will be held Thursday, April 1)
10am-noon
ZOOM CLASS
En Plein Air Photography
with Nickerson Miles & Cindy Wilson

Now co-led and building on previous iterations of this class and designed for artists with a range of photographic skills, this course will involve alternating weeks of group “field-trip shooting” around RI and Zoom-based sharing/discussion of the previous week’s work along with a short technical lesson based on student interest. For the most part, the photography will reflect the course’s title. 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.” That said, class members will be expected to adhere to all pandemic-related safeguards. Note that shooting days may involve longer or varying hours, depending on a given week’s location.

Location: Online via Zoom
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee:
$55 member | $95 non-member
(5 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, April 2 - June 4
10am-1pm
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 non-member
(10 classes)
Fridays, April 2 - June 4
1-4pm
Independent Study in Painting
with Shawn Kenney
All levels welcome, from beginner to advanced. I will work with students individually to determine the direction, intensity, and outcome of the class, with extensive one-on-one coaching and critiques each class. My goal in the classroom is to create a safe haven for personal exploration and growth. I do not teach how to work "my way." I'm here to help you find  your  way.

Each student comes in with something specific in mind -- for instance, getting over a fear of paint, or copying an old family photo. For more advanced students, it's pushing and refining vision, improving sense of color, preparing a body of work for gallery submission, etc.

Materials:  paints & surfaces that you are comfortable working with

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee: $110 (10 classes)
Tuesdays - Fridays, March 30 - June 4
9am-4pm
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.

PLEASE NOTE: We finally have our new Takach press! If you plan to sign up on a day there is no monitor, you must get permission to use the new press.

Monitor Schedule:
Tuesday: No Monitor
Wednesday: Ruth Clegg
Thursday: Elena Obelenus
Friday: No Monitor

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

Class Fee: $10/day
REGISTRATION AND POLICIES
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