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Adult Classes

All Levels Watercolor Painting for Adults with Drop-In Option
Spring Session 2, 2024

Thursdays, 10:00am to 12:00pm in the MAC Studio - Two Hours
May 9 - June 27, 2024 (8 weeks)
Fridays, 9:30am to 12:30pm in the MAC Studio - Three Hours
May 10 - June 28, 2024 (8 weeks)

The final class of each session (6/27, 6/28) will be held at another location offsite (TBA).

Thursday Session (Two Hour Classes): $195 MAC members | $225 nonmembers
Friday Session (Three Hour Classes): $295 MAC members | $325 nonmembers
One Day Drop-In (all levels welcome) THURSDAY: $30 per day
One Day Drop-In (all levels welcome) FRIDAY: $45 per day
Please email to inquire about drop-in for the current session.

Jay Ryan, Instructor
Minimum 4 students, supplies not included

Description: This course is great for those with a little painting experience and is also 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 Drop-In Option: Can't commit to a full session? If you'd like to join an "open paint" session guided by an instructor, this option is for you! Drop-in students should register by Wednesday at 2:00pm for the upcoming Thursday 10:00am class or Thursday at 2:00pm for the upcoming Friday 10:00am class. Drop-in registration is accepted on a week by week basis, for the upcoming class only. Space is limited and may change on a weekly basis. A MAC representative will contact drop-in students with any changes to availability or if the class has filled for the week.

To register, please fill out the form below. If the form is unavailable, that means the class is full for this week. Please check back on Friday afternoon to register for the next drop-in class.

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.

Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Spring Session 1, 2024 - SOLD OUT
Thursday evenings, 6:00-8:30pm in the MAC Studio
May 2 - May 30 (5 weeks)

In case of cancellations, make up dates will be determined by the instructor.
Accessibility: There are several steps with handrails leading downstairs into our lower level studio.

$150 MAC members | $160 nonmembers (Plus $10 loom/equipment fee payable directly to instructor)
Classes are non-refundable once a session has sold out, unless we can fill your spot.
Lisa Elliott, Instructor
Maximum 6 students

Description: Learn a new fiber skill on a rigid heddle loom! Have you ever wanted to try weaving but not sure where to begin? In this course over five weeks, you can create and take home your very first woven project. Students will weave one of the following: a scarf, table runner, set of placemats, or set of tea towels. Looms and weaving equipment are provided for a $10 fee, but let us know if you have your own rigid heddle loom that you would like to bring to class. Students will provide their own yarns. After registering, students will contact the instructor before the first class to discuss your project and calculate the amount of appropriate yarn needed for your project. To register, please fill out the form below.

About the Instructor: Lisa Elliott comes from a family of artists: her parents, siblings, husband, and children. She received her BFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and later completed four additional semesters in weaving at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. After several years of weaving on her four-harness floor loom, where she’s currently working on rag rugs, she discovered the joy of creating wearables and home accessories on the simple rigid heddle loom. The simplicity of plain weave puts emphasis on color interactions. Finger-controlled techniques and the use of a pick-up stick can add subtle or dramatic textural details.