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Gift Certificates Now Available through December 20th!


Purchase $100 Gift Certificate and receive a Free Gift. Gifted Wrapped Items will be available for pick-up in the Gallery on:
Mondays December 11, & 18 – 10 am – 2 pm
Wednesdays, December 12, 19 – 10 am – 2 pm
Saturday, December 22 from 10 am – 1 pm.


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**Inclement Weather – If Region 15 is closed or delayed, please call the Gallery for class updates.  A decision will be made by 9 am whether the classes will be cancelled or delayed.

*For Information, enrollment, cancellations and tickets:
call the Arts Escape office at: 203-586-1474.

All registrations need to be paid for before program/workshop date.
There are no refunds for programs not attended.


Books and Bites
Facilitator, Barbara McKay

Wednesday, January 16
1 pm

The Children Act by Ian McEwan

A fiercely intelligent, well-respected High Court judge in London faces a morally ambiguous case while her own marriage crumbles in a novel that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page.

Fiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child’s welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is an expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.

But Fiona’s professional success belies domestic strife. Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house. His departure leaves her adrift, wondering whether it was not love she had lost so much as a modern form of respectability; whether it was not contempt and ostracism she really fears. She decides to throw herself into her work, especially a complex case involving a seventeen-year-old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their beliefs as Jehovah’s Witnesses. But Jack doesn’t leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case – as well as her crumbling marriage – tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page.

Books and Bites is a complementary program provided by Arts Escape.  Please call the gallery and let us know you will be joining us for a light snack and book chat.

 February 20, 2019 – 1 pm – Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

March 20, 2019– 1 pm – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


Coming in January

Writing Flash Fiction – All Levels

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25
12 noon – 1:30 pm

Interested in writing short stories?  Flash fiction, stories of 1500 words or fewer, is an excellent sub category to explore.  Students will experiment with writing stories of various lengths, using in-class prompts.  A draft of a longer story (up to 1500 words) will be developed during our time together.  All levels of writers are welcome.

The fee for the 4 week class is $90.  Class size is limited to 8 students.





Remember Me? A facilitated Memoir Course

 

Instructor, Cindy Eastman
Fridays, January 4, 11, 18, 25
10 am – 11:30 pm

Most of us want to leave a legacy; an account of our lives to pass on to our family so that the past lives on for our children and grandchildren. Writing a memoir is also a good way to chronicle one’s life as a way to reflect and make meaning of the choices and decisions we’ve made.  Rather than teach you “how” to write a memoir, this class will support you in “why” you want to write a memoir, although there will be practical methods and writing skills presented.  If you’re almost done or just beginning, please join us as we honor the memory that is our lives.

The fee for the 4-week class is $90.  Class size is limited to 8 students.




 


Welcome to Lightroom Classic CC for Beginners
A Photo Editing Course

 

Instructor, Chuck Fleischman
January 7, 14, 21, 28
Mondays – 10 am – 12 noon

This course is designed to give individuals with little or no proficiency in Lightroom the tools to perform the key functions involved with storing images in a way that they than can be readily located and edited so they can be enhanced and shared.  The course will concentrate on two major segments of the program, the Library Module that deals with importing, storing, finding and exporting images and the Develop Module that deals with enhancing images. This is a hands-on course and students will, for the most part, use their own images to explore the capabilities of Lightroom.

What Students Need:

  • A laptop computer running either Windows 7 or higher or MacOS v. 10.12 or 10.13.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Package.
  • A means to connect your camera or smart device to the computer such as a card reader, connecting cables by emailing your pictures to the computer.

The Computer Program:

Lightroom is one program that is part of a suite Adobe’s Creative Cloud for Photographers.  Adobe Creative Cloud contains Lightroom Photoshop and Bridge and is sold on a subscription base only for $9.99 plus tax a month.  The subscription can be cancelled at any time and it grants a license for two computers so you can have it on both a laptop and a desktop computer.

The fee for the 4-week course is $80.  Class size is limited to 8 students.





Independent Studio Acrylic Painting

Instructor, Linda Marino
Mondays, January, 7, 14, 21, 28
10 am – 12 noon

This 4-week, 8-hour workshop is for students that have worked with Acrylics and would like to work on a project of their own with the assistance of an instructor. Students of all abilities are welcome to come to this Studio painting class. There are two ways to register for this class: with supplies or without. Please bring reference images to work from. The fee for the workshop is $100 without supplies and $130 with supplies. Class size is limited to 8 students..


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Acrylic Basics, Focusing on the Atmosphere
Ex. – Clouds/Sunrises/Sunsets/Storms/Dusk

Student, Eva Mugno

Instructor, Linda Marino
Mondays, January 7, 14, 21, 28
1 pm – 3 pm

This class is designed to assist students in understanding how light reflects in the atmosphere which creates the dramatic feelings we have with sunrises/ sunsets and storms.  Students will work on cloud formations using a multiple colored pallet.  Brush strokes, glazing and other techniques will be demonstrated to help students understand how to create a dramatic painting.

The fee for this workshop is $130 which includes all supplies.  Class size is limited to 8 students.





Discovering the Art of Oil Pastels

Student Work – Gene Willingham

Instructor, Dita Carley
Mondays, January 7, 14, 21, 28
2 pm – 4 pm

Oil pastels have a lovely creamy quality when applied to a surface, feeling (and looking) somewhere between lipstick and crayon. They are made with wax and oil, so they always stay workable, but do dry enough to be stable, and stay on the surface fairly well. Oil pastels can be applied on just about any surface, whether absorbent or non-absorbent, matte or glossy, smooth or textured, painted or unpainted. This class is for those students who would like to experiment with this unique medium without making the investment to purchase them. The first two classes will focus on experimenting with exercises and learning some techniques about layering color to blending colors.  Once students master some basic techniques and are comfortable they can work on their own painting with guidance from the instructor.

The fee for this workshop which includes all supplies is $130.  Class size is limited to 8 students.





Evening Classes

Drawing for Painters

Instructor, Zufar Bikbov
Mondays, January 7, 14, 21, 28
6 pm – 8 pm

Award winning Plein Artist, Zufar Bikbov will share his secrets for creating his award winning paintings beginning with basic drawing techniques. This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore and develop drawing skills which are essential for creating a successful painting. Students will examine and explore  the importance of line, shapes and values in a landscape composition through exercises.  Students will produce a series of representational landscape drawings to use as a reference for future paintings.

The fee for the class is $130 which includes all supplies.  Class size is limited to 8 students.




 


Pints, Paints & Pencils Returns!
Men’s Art Class

Instructor, Priscilla Watson
Wednesdays, January 9, 16, 23, 30
February 6, 13, 20
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Looking for something to do these long winter nights?  This 7-week art class is for men who  would like to learn some basic drawing skills while learning about color, various mediums and the principles of design.  Students who have taken previous classes will be encouraged to work on their own projects independently with guidance from the instructor. Students may bring their beverage of choice to enhance their creativity if they choose.  Most supplies are included.

The fee for the class is  $160 and is limited to 10 students.  The class runs for 7 weeks but the fee is for 6 weeks leaving some flexibility for classes missed.





Theorem Painting
Birds

Instructor, Jean Hansen
Tuesday, January 8
10 am – 1 pm
Tuesday, January 15
6 pm – 9 pm

This workshop is for everyone and NO artistic talent is needed. This is the opportunity to learn a painting technique that dates back to the late 1800’s woman of “means.” Each student will receive their own kit which includes all stencils and the material to stencil on. Stencils are for the students to take home following the workshop. This stenciling technique is NOT the country stenciling that was so popular years ago. Theorem painting is a fine art, “decorative painting,” where the finished product looks like a fine art painting. Jean owns the stencil company and these are her original designs. http://www.jeanhansen.com

The fee for this one day workshop is $65 which includes all supplies and one stencil. Please specify which workshop – Morning or Evening in the drop-down menu.


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The Art of Zentangle – Beginners Workshop

Instructor, Kothy Hafersat
Tuesday, January 8
10 am – 12:30 pm

This workshop introduces the Zentangle method through drawing intentional structured patterns and creating beautiful personal works of art. (The art of doodling) Students will learn tangles and simple techniques that will inspire and spark their very own inner artist to glow!  Zentangle is a very portable mindful activity that can be accessed at any time. Not an artist? Even better! Absolutely no artistic experience needed!

The Beginner class includes all pens and supplies. The fee for the workshop is $60 and the class is limited to 10 students.





3 Dimensional Zentangle Snowman

Instructor, Kothy Hafersat
Tuesday, January 8
1 pm – 3 pm

Students who have taken the  beginner Zentangle class and would like to apply the techniques to an object, this is the class for you.  Each student will be provided a 10″ wooden snowman to Zentangle during the workshop.  Students can be as creative as they want to be with guidance from the instructor. Please bring your pens to class.  There will be additional pens available to purchase as well.

The fee for this workshop is $45 and class size is limited to 10 students.




 


The Art of Illustrating

Student, Patti Struski

Instructor, Robert Crawford
Wednesdays, January 9, 16,23,30
10 am – 12 pm

An illustration is a decoration, interpretation or visual explanation of a text, concept or process  for integration in published media, such as posters, flyers, magazines, books, teaching materials, animations, video games and films. (Wikipedia)  

This class is designed for those students who are interested in learning how to take a favorite story, phrase, poem or even just a word and create an illustration that depicts the verbiage.  Award winning illustrator, Robert Crawford will work with students independently on individual projects. Students may work in a variety of mediums and are asked to come to class with several visual aides to incorporate into their design.

Most supplies are included and the class size is limited to 8 students.  The fee for the workshop is: $130.





Mixed Media + Abstraction – All Levels

Previous Workshop Student Work

Instructor, Priscilla Watson
Wednesday, January 9, 16, 23,
1 pm – 3 pm

Mixed media is just that: mixing whatever material students want in whatever ways they want, with unexpected combinations often yielding some very interesting results.  The instructor will facilitate practice and play to allow for individual discovery, directed exercises will ensure a solid introduction to the possibilities of working with pastels, watercolor, ink and acrylic.  Techniques for cutting, gluing and layering will be explored to create a one-of-a kind piece. This class is for beginners as well as those with experience.

The fee for the 3-week class is $80 which includes most supplies.  Class size is limited to 8.




 


Write Like Crazy

Instructor, Nancy McMillan
Thursdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31
11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Do you think you’d like to write, and not sure how to get started?  Are you already writing and need a jump-start?  In either case, this class is for you.  Come to this 90-minute class and plan to write!  We’ll use timed prompts to get your writing mojo going.  this technique works for any genre and any level of writer, from beginner to experienced.  It’s also a nice way to meet people with similar interests and get peer feedback in a non-judgmental environment.  We will be writing by hand – no laptops, please.

The fee for this class is $90 and class size is limited to 8 students.





Independent Watercolor

Student, Eva Mugno

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Thursdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31
10:00 am – 12 noon

This class is for returning students and students that have watercolor experience. Independent students will be able to work at their own pace with the help and guidance of the instructor. New techniques will be introduced during this workshop as well. Students are encouraged to work independently in this class on their own project.

The fee for this class is $100.  Class size is limited to 8 students. 1 seat left.





Beginning Watercolor Painting

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Thursdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31
1 pm – 3 pm

The workshop is for beginners as well as experienced students who want to review or learn new techniques.  The instructor will cover wet and dry techniques, color mixing, layering with glazes, texturing and masking out.  Emphasis will be on learning how to understand watercolor’s spontaneous nature and how to work with color successfully.  Students will complete the workshop with a finished watercolor painting.

The fee for the workshop is $130 which includes all supplies.  Class size is limited to 10 students.





NEW TEEN CLASS for the Serious Student Artist

Instructor, Priscilla Watson
Fridays, January 11, 18, 25,
February, 1, 8, 15, 22
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

This series of classes are for those students ages 12 to 18 who are serious about art and want to study and learn more. The instructor is also a working artist with over 30 years of teaching experience in the school system.  Students will focus on the Elements and Principles of Design and Three Theories of Art which will provide students the opportunity to build their portfolio, reinforce basic skills and advance their own artistic growth.  Students will work on exercises as well as their own personal projects.  Class size is limited to 8 students.

The fee for the 7- week session is $175 which includes most supplies.




 


Try it You’ll Like It – Writing Workshop

Instructor, Cindy Eastman
Monday, January 14
1 pm – 2:30 pm

Have you always wanted to take a writing class but don’t know where to start?  Start here in the new Writer’s Loft at Arts Escape.  In this one-session class, curious writers will get a taste of what happens in a writing class and what the expectations will be.  There will be prompts, resources and an opportunity to put pen to paper and see what you’ll come up with.  In the words of the old Life Cereal Commercial ad from the 70’s . . . Try it!  You’ll like it!

This program is complimentary and is limited to 10 participants.  Please call Arts Escape to register. 203-586-1474


Beginning Colored Pencil Workshop

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Tuesday, January 15
10 am – 1 pm

This is a 3-hour, colored pencil workshop with award winning artist, Rita Paradis and is designed for Beginners only. Students will work in a small group setting of no more than 8 students and will start with value exercises and basic layering techniques that will serve as a foundation for more advanced work. This is NOT an adult coloring activity. Once basic skills are taught students are welcome to join the intermediate and advance workshop where students work more independently on their own work.

The fee for this 3-hour workshop is $65 which includes all supplies.





OIL PAINTING TECHNIQUES

Process into Practice

Instructor, Zufar Bikbov
Saturday, January 19
10 am – 4 pm

Today’s artist has endless material, processes and approaches to choose from.  In this one-day workshop students will work with Paint Application, Brushwork and Palette Knife techniques  in order to strengthen their oil painting practice.  Students will create a BEACH painting with dunes, water & sky. This workshop is designed to stretch, provoke and shake up any self-imposed obstacles one faces while painting.

All supplies are included in this workshop but students may bring their own supplies if they choose to.  The fee for this workshop is $165. Class size is limited to 8 students.




 


Independent Oil Painting Workshop

Student Work, Susan Hayward

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Fridays, January 11, 18, 25
10 am – 1 pm

Are you interested in painting with oils in an Open Studio environment but with guidance from an instructor? Well, this is the workshop for you. Award winning artist Betty Ann Medeiros will work with students on individual projects demonstrating techniques to aid students in their painting journey.  The fee for the 3-week workshop is $100 which does not include supplies.  Some supplies are available for purchase or use during the workshop.

The workshop is limited to 8 students.





The Art of Sketching

Instructor, Betty Ann Medeiros
Fridays, January 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15,
1:30 pm – 3 pm

A sketchbook is a book or pad with blank pages for sketching and is frequently used by artists for drawing or painting as a part of their creative process. … Observation: this focuses on the documentation of the external world to use as references for future work.  This 6 – week class is designed to help student’s observe and quickly document their observations.  There will be a couple of exercises each class to get students started.  Students are encouraged to try different drawing tools such as pencil, colored pencil, maker and ink for different effects.

The fee for this class  is $165 and includes most supplies. Class size is limited to 10 students.





Intermediate Colored Pencil

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Tuesday, January 22
10 am – 2 pm

Students will work in a small group setting of no more than 10 students  and those that have attended the beginner workshop or have some previous colored pencil experience will work on more advanced techniques gearing up for their own personal project.  Once basic skills are taught students are welcome to join the Advanced Colored Pencil workshop where students work more independently on their own work.

The fee for this workshop is $65 and all supplies are included.   Class size is limited to 10 students.





Creative Cards

Instructor, Lynne Henriquez
Tuesday, January 22
2 pm – 4 pm

Are you tired of trying to find the perfect card and settling for one that really doesn’t have any meaning and spending a lot of money on them as well.  This 2-hr workshop may be just what you are looking for.  Every workshop introduces a new technique with new ideas so students can continue to learn while taking this knowledge home to make their own personal cards as needed for various occasions.

All supplies are included and the classes are limited to 8 students. The fee for the workshop is $35 and students are guaranteed to leave with at least 2 cards.





Watercolor Painting on Rice Paper

Instructor, May Phillips
Wednesday, January 23
10 am – 3 pm

The 1-day workshop will include demonstration and instruction where students will learn to transfer their line drawings onto rice paper using a waterproof pen.  Students will take their line drawing and paint the design with their watercolor paints on the rice paper using very little water and paint, making sure the paint does not spread. All students will paint the same scene, Red Poppies. The instructor will supply a line drawing of the scene/design which will be transferred to the rice paper.  Following painting, students will learn to transfer their paintings to canvas using a wax transfer process.

The workshop fee is $130 which includes most supplies. Students can bring their own watercolors if they would like to, but supplies will be available. Also, students should bring their lunch.  As seating is limited to 10 students.





Independent Colored Pencil

Instructor, Rita Paradis
Tuesday, January 29
10 am – 2 pm

This workshop is designed for those students who have completed the beginner and intermediate workshops or for those students that have previous colored pencil experience.  Students will continue to learn more tips and techniques for working with this versatile medium.  Students will work on their own projects independently.

The fee for this 4-hour workshop is $50 and students are required to bring their colored pencils to class. Colored pencils can be purchased at the Gallery if needed. Class size is limited to 8 students.





Music in the Glen:
A Brief Journey through Irish Music and History

Wednesday, January 30th
3 pm

Ireland is perhaps the only country whose national symbol is a musical instrument, the harp – representing a powerful artistic legacy of music, poetry, and storytelling.  Join fiddler Jeanne Freeman and balladeer Dan Ringrose for a fascinating musical journey of tunes and songs exploring connections between Irish history and the enduring tradition of Irish music.

Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door.




 

 


Also Coming in January. . .

The Art of War Lecture Series

The Art of Abstract

Zentangle

Intro to the World of Jazz, lecture/live piano 

 

CALL THE GALLERY FOR INFORMATION & REGISTRATION
203-586-1474