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The Marion Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the visual and performing arts.  It has been offering classes for adults and children for over 25 years.  Members of the Marion Art Center are offered a discount on tuition for all classes except piano.



WINTER-  2016

Watercolor Painting for Adult Beginners – Part II
Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
January 14th to March 10th (8 weeks)
Note: No class February 11, 2016
Tuition: $180 members / $195 non-members (supplies not included)
Patricia White, Instructor
Note: This course requires a minimum of 5 students to run.


This course is designed for people who would like to try watercolor painting, but do not know where to start. Students will explore different techniques, while working on the landscape, still life, figurative, and/or imaginative painting, in a nurturing environment. Participants should bring, to the first class, whatever supplies they have on hand.

About the Instructor
Patricia White, is a painter and a Gallery Instructor Associate at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is past President of the Marion Art Center and the current President of the Bourne-Wareham Art Association. She studied Illustration and Realist Painting at the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, and has shown her work in numerous exhibitions in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including the Marion Art Center, The Jonathan Bourne Library, The Wareham Library, Don’s Art Shop of Warren, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, ArtWorks of New Bedford, the Annual BWAA Show and Sale, and the Gift Shop of The Cape Cod Museum of Art.

Watercolor Painting for Advanced Painters (Adult)
Fridays, 10:00-12:00
January 8th to February 26th (8 weeks)
Jay Ryan, Instructor
Tuition: $180 members / $195 non-members (supplies not included)


This course is a perfect “next step” for those who would like to explore watercolor painting beyond a basic understanding of color and brush strokes.   Using the brilliant nature of light (and dark), we’ll “push” the medium, adding other water media, brushes, and paper surfaces, and experiment with palette color mixing to capture magic and luminosity.  In each class we will start a new painting together using landscape, still life, the figure, abstract or imaginative thought, or narrative ideas as subjects.  Each class will also provide a brief and supportive group “critique”.  Students will leave with expanded knowledge of technique and traditional and contemporary use of watercolor.

Note:  This course requires a minimum of 5 students to run.

About the Instructor – Jay Ryan is a Fairhaven painter and a Gallery Instructor at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  A former K-12 public school art teacher and administrator, Jay has studied at Massachusetts College of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Framingham State and Lesley Universities.  His work has been locally shown at the Judith Klein Gallery, ArtWorks! and Gallery X in New Bedford and the Marion Art Center.

CHILDREN’S CLASSES Winter/Spring 2016

MAC’s goal is that young people develop their own unique creative voice, their imagination, and their understanding of drama and its role in society. We look forward to soaring with your young star as they experience new adventures and challenges through our performing arts offerings and take their next step as an actor and a person!

Little People’s Theater (ages 6-9)
Tuesdays 4:30 – 5:30
Instructor:  Kim Teves
Tuition:  Each six-week Session is $80 for MAC members and $95 for non-members
Minimum of 5 students required for this class to run.


The deadline for registration for Winter Session 1 2016 is December 29th.  In this class, students will use their bodies, voices, and found objects to create another world full of fantastic beings that are wacky and spooky and everything in between.  Through storytelling, theatre games and creative play, our youngest actors will experience the joys of stretching their imaginations.  Each week the children will learn basic theater craft through drama games, readers’ theater and experience the fun of the stage while rehearsing for a small production to be performed the last day of each session.  Sign up with a friend and have twice the fun!

Winter 2016 Session 1 LPT: January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9
Winter 2016 Session 2 LPT:  February 23; March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Spring 2016 Session LPT: April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 17

Thursdays 4:00 to 5:30 8 week sessions
Instructor:  Kim Teves
Tuition:  Each eight-week Session is $160 for MAC members and $175 for non-members
Minimum of 5 students required for this class to run.
The deadline for registration for Winter Session 2016 is January 1st.


The class will meet on Thursdays from 4:00 to 5:30pm.  Classes are for boys & girls in grades 4 – 8. The 8-week Winter Session starts January 7th and runs through March 3rd.   Performance will be on Thursday, March 3rd.  YPT nurtures the intellectual, artistic, and personal development of young people, helping them find their “inner light” of self-confidence, sensitivity, creativity, and leadership. Our young actors will develop acting skills while having fun and learning to interact with one another. Through acting games, improv, and small scenes, these young actors will learn theatre basics. They will learn the rules of the theatre, theatre terminology, how to project an emotion, how to start creating a character, and more.  Students will learn the process of putting on a production through selection, rehearsal and production of a small show presented at the end of the session.  Kimberly Teves, instructor.

Winter 2016 Session YPT: January 7, 14, 21, 28; February  4, 11, 25; March 3
Spring  2016 Session YPT: March 24, 31; April 7, 14, 21; May 5, 12, 19

MAC Dance Academy – Winter/Spring 2016

NEW!  Wednesdays
February 24th
Instructor:  Joclyne Nunes

Preschool (age 3-4)           3:30 to 4:05
Beginner (age 5-7)            4:15 to 5:00
New! Tap Class (boys & girls – 4-9)     5:15 – 6:00

Winter/Spring 2016  Session Begins WEDNESDAY, February 24th 

Click here to Register and pay on-line.

The Marion Art Center is now accepting registrations for its Winter/Spring Session 2016 Dance Academy.  Classes are held on Wednesdays and run for 10 weeks.  Spring session focuses heavily on choreography and recital performance.  All classes are on WEDNESDAYS.   Fall session is grounded in classical dance.

Preschool Dance:
Preschool instruction is for children between the ages of 3-4. Class is 35 minutes and involves ballet warm-up, jazz stretches, basic mat tumbling and basic tap steps. The fee for the 10-week Session is $145 for Marion Art Center members and $160 for non-members. (Child MUST be 3 years of age at the start of the Session.)

Beginner (ages 5-7):
Kinderstep and Beginner instruction are for children between the ages of 4-5 and 6-7. Class is 45 minutes and involves ballet warm-up and barre, jazz stretches, beginner mat tumbling.  The fee for the 10-week Session is $155 for Marion Art Center members and $170 for non-members.

Tap Class (boys & girls ages 4-9):
Tap class is designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun. The fee for the 10-week Session is $155 for Marion Art Center members and $170 for non-members.

PRESCHOOL PIANO (age 3-5 yrs)
InstructiPreschool Piano Pictures 1on by Jamie Wiksten  

25 minute private lessons for children ages 3-5 yrs.

Friday mornings at the Marion Art Center.

$20 per lesson (includes cost of music/materials/recital)

Little Mozart’s Preschool Piano is an early music enrichment program for children, ages 3 to 5. Lessons are designed to introduce children to the piano, and teach basic foundation skills that will inspire an early appreciation for music. Individual lessons place an emphasis on rhythm, finger position, music vocabulary, music notation, note reading, and encourage overall fine motor development. It is offered 3 times per year at the Marion Art Center for 10 week sessions during the fall (Sept-Dec), winter/spring (Jan-April), and summer (July-August). Each session concludes with a short recital. Children may repeat sessions through age 5, to enhance their knowledge and performance skills.

To reserve a lesson time contact Jamie Wiksten:  jwiksten@verizon.net or 508-295-0379.

Instructor:  Donald Richard

Piano lessons for beginners and intermediates are offered on Saturday mornings, by appointment only, with instructor Donald Richard.

To reserve a lesson time, please call Donald Richard at 781-582-6273 or email him at don@javajiveband.com

About the Instructor – Donald Richard earned his Bachelor of Music from University of Lowell and has been teaching private lessons on piano and trumpet since 1980.  He has substituted in the Old Rochester Regional School District since 1999 and since 2003 has assisted with the Sippican Elementary School Annual Band Blast and other events.