Director's Notes ... Winter 2018

Awesome New Classes to Spark your Creative Genius!

This season we have some very exciting new classes and I want to take them all!

Ceramicist Kathy Hanson is returning to offer Glazed Terra Cotta Sculpture (SA 20) beginning March 22. She teaches how to build small sculptural pieces as well as larger low relief wall pieces that are glazed with Majolica glaze and colorants. I've long admired her own colorful work.

Bryan and Emily Boucher who run the wax and mold making departments at Green Foundry are offering Direct Wax Sculpting (SA 18). Come create one-of-a-kind pieces in wax that can move directly into the lost wax process for metal casting, saving lots of moldmaking money.

Cate Irvine will be teaching Continuing Figure Sculpture (SA 19) for those who want more time with the model or are yearning to learn more about surface anatomy to create a more convincing figure. Cate studied at the New York Academy of Art and her own work reflects her knowledge of anatomy while also considering the archetypal or overarching feeling of the pose and the model.

Gail Sauter is offering a new IPad for Artists (SA 2) course. Improve your paintings by using an Ipad to test out new ideas. Learn how to simplify, move, and resize elements, how to change layer, make screen shots, edit details and do digital sketching. Gail also offers Seeing Deeply, Painting Freely (SA 10), a course that focusses on the abstract qualities that make strong paintings.


Pat Hardy joins us to offer Watercolor Bliss in the Greenhouse (SA 7) at Wentworth Gardens. What could be better than painting orchids in the winter with snow falling overhead? I can't think of a better winter antidote.

Pastel artist Lisa Regopoulos offers Songbirds in Pastel (SA 15), a one day exercise for bird lovers. The focus on creating these gentle creatures will be on capturing the bird's expression, especially the eyes, beak and feet.


I'm planning on taking Sydney Bella Sparrow's Drawing the Figure (SA 8) class since I am always trying to expand my figure observation and drawing skills. And Sydney is a great instructor, very knowledgeable and able to help students go beyond what they think they can do. I've been taking her Painting the Still Life in Oil (SA 9) class and have learned a lot about color mixing methods that will help me become a better painter.



Well, that's quite enough in the way of new course offerings to titillate your palette. We have 20 course offerings to choose from- something for everyone to distract us all from the cold and dark.