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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/Spring 2015

Intermediate/Advanced Watercolor  

Fridays, 10:00-12:00
January 23rd to March 13    (8 weeks)
$175 members / $190 non-members

Jay Ryan, Instructor

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

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.

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.


Winter/Sring 2015 MAC Dance Academy

February 23 to May 4 (10 weeks)
Instructor:  Paige Hiller

Preschool (age 3-4) 3:00 – 3:30

Beginner (age 4-5) 3:30 – 4:15

Intermediate (age 5-6) 4:15 – 5:00

Winter/Spring 2015  Session Begins Monday, February 23rd 

Click here to Register and pay on-line.

The Marion Art Center is now accepting registrations for its Spring 2014 Dance Academy.  Classes are held on Mondays and run for 10 weeks. Fall session is grounded in classical dance, whereas the Spring session focuses heavily on choreography and recital performance.  All classes are on Mondays.   

Preschool Dance:
Preschool instruction is for children between the ages of 3-4. Class is 30 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 instruction is for children between the ages of 4-5. 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.

Intermediate instruction is for children aged 5-6.  Class is 45 minutes and involves advanced ballet warm-up, barre and adagio, tumbling, jazz stretches and combinations and tap combinations.  The fee for the 12-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.

Winter Session begins January 10 and runs until the end of the school year.  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.