We are so excited to have everyone back for our winter classes!

This semester, we have an array of both in-person & Zoom classes. We will begin with a 5 week session for in-person classes. Some Zoom classes will run for a full 10 weeks. 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.

Due to the in-person class limit, we ask that (for now) you only sign up for two in-person 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.

Nonmembers 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!
WINTER 2021 CLASSES
Beginning January 4
TO REGISTER, e-mail Abba Cudney
See below for registration and policies

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MONDAYS
Mondays, January 4 - February 8
9am-noon
no class January 18
Watercolor Painting
Intermediate/Advanced:
with Bill Lane
Wet, dry, and everything in between

During the January class session, we’ll explore 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.)

Location: 3rd Floor Masiello Studio
Limited to 12 students


Class Fee: $55 (5 classes)
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!
Mondays, January 11 - March 29
10am-1pm
no class January 18, February 15
ZOOM CLASS
What to Do with Those Unfinished Prints:
with Elizabeth Bonner Zimmerman
Printmakers never throw out the “ghost” print or the experiment that almost worked. Let’s pull out some of those prints and think together about ways to use them. Adding them to collages or adding collages to them; adding printing ink directly to the surface; working with stencils are just a few ways to give new life to the prints. This will be a time for exploration and thinking outside the box, perhaps inspiring each other.

We will spend the first 45 minutes looking at what we have, and talking about some ideas. Then have time to work before returning to the Zoom at the end of the morning.

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:
$110 member | $150 non-member
(10 classes)
Mondays, January 4 - February 8
1-4pm
no class January 18
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 12 students

Class Fee: $30 (5 classes)
TUESDAYS
Tuesdays, January 5 - February 2
9am-noon
ZOOM CLASS
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: Online via Zoom
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee:
$55 member | $95 non-member
(5 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.
Tuesdays, January 5 - February 2
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 12 students

Class Fee: $30 (5 classes)
Tuesdays, January 5 - February 2
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 12 students


Class Fee: $55 (5 classes)
Tuesdays, January 5 - February 2
6-7:30pm
ZOOM CLASS
Buildings & Meaning: Looking at Architecture
with Michael Rose

Join PAC Gallery Manager Michael Rose for a special five week long Zoom lecture series that will change the way you look at the built environment. Over five live virtual classes, Michael will look thematically at architecture across time and space. This class will examine major structures, how architectural movements dovetailed with their counterparts in the visual arts, and what meaning viewers can draw from key buildings. In addition to live lectures, each class will also be recorded and made available to students via a private YouTube Channel.

About Michael Rose
Michael has been the Art Club’s Gallery Manager since 2014 and regularly teaches classes on art appreciation at the Club and other organizations. He earned his BA in Art History at Providence College where he also studied architectural history. He also holds a Certificate in Appraisal Studies in Fine and Decorative Arts from New York University. After receiving his BA, Michael was a regular contributor to Big Red & Shiny, a Boston-based contemporary art journal, where he wrote essays about architecture. Additionally, he took Harvard University’s online architecture course “The Architectural Imagination” in 2018.


Location: Online via Zoom

Class Fee:
$55 member | $95 non-member
(5 classes)

Image: Margaret Bourke-White, Chrysler Building, New York, 1931
WEDNESDAYS
Wednesdays, January 6 - February 3
9am-2:30pm
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 12 students

Class Fee: $30 (5 classes)
Detail from painting by Dora Atwater Millikin
Wednesdays, January 6 - February 3
1:30-4:30pm
ZOOM CLASS
Printmaking without a Press:
with Debra Claffey

In this class, we will be exploring the use of multiple surfaces for making hand-pulled monotypes on paper with oil paint. Using stencils, color shapers, brayers, and other tools, we’ll produce vibrant and layered prints without a press.

There will be a short talk about materials, a demonstration of basic techniques, time for working on your own, and then a work share for questions and discussion. 


Location: Online via Zoom
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee:
$55 member | $95 non-member
(5 classes)
THURSDAYS
Thursdays, January 7 - February 4
9am-noon
ZOOM CLASS
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: Online via Zoom
Limited to 12 students

Class Fee:
$55 member | $95 non-member
(5 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.
Thursdays, January 7 - February 4
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 12 students

Class Fee: $30 (5 classes)
Thursdays, January 7 - February 4
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)
Thursdays, January 7 - February 4
10am-noon
ZOOM CLASS
Better Art Through Photography
with Nickerson Miles & Cindy Wilson

Designed for both photographers and other artists who rely on photographs to inspire their paintings, this team-taught course will focus on five specific areas: Still-life composition and lighting; landscape settings and composition; capturing water scenes; portraiture using natural light; and making the most of your smartphone’s camera, including how best to photograph other artwork. In addition to the discussion of techniques that can be practiced close to home, we will be reviewing assignments related to these topics each week.

Materials: No supplies; students are expected to have, and be familiar with using, either a camera or the camera function of their smartphone.

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.
Thursdays, January 7 - February 4
1-4pm
Contemporary Realism
with Judy Vilmain
For Representational painters working in any medium, and any subject matter.

If you feel your paintings are a bit too conservative or ho-hum, this course may help you break through and get bolder. We will explore popular contemporary painters and analyze the choices they make. 

I will give you exercises to push your choices of subject matter, color, surface texture, and compositions. You will revisit some of your older work and take it in a new direction.

Whether you choose portraits, figures, landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, or still life, this will be a fun + serious course. There will be homework.

Materials List:
All your usual painting gear, plus a viewfinder and plenty of supports (canvas, board, or paper) in different sizes and aspect ratios.


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

Class Fee: $55 (5 classes)
FRIDAYS
Fridays, January 8 - February 5
9am-noon
Copying Portraits from 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: $55 (5 classes)
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, January 8 - March 12
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 10 students

Class Fee:
$110 member | $150 non-member
(10 classes)
Fridays, January 8 - February 5
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: $55 (5 classes)
Tuesdays - Fridays, January 5 - February 5
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 have sold our press and are buying a new Takach press which will arrive at the end of January. Only the small table press will be available for use in the meantime.

Monitor Schedule:
Tuesday: Betsy Zimmerman
Wednesday: Ruth Clegg
Thursday: No Monitor
Friday: No Monitor

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

Class Fee: $10/day
REGISTRATION AND POLICIES
TO REGISTER for WINTER 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