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Spring 2017 Class Schedule at the Guild

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Painting Essentials with Sam Morrow – Mondays 10am-1pm

Painting Essentials with Sam Morrow – Mondays 10am-1pmSam Morrow painting

Sam Morrow will teach traditional painting techniques and methods.  Beginning with a transcription of an old master painting, he will go through all basic processes from under painting, through body paint, glazing, scumbling, wet into wet, wet onto dry, transparency and opacity to name but a few.  Students will apply the principles learned in their old master copy to their own paintings, working from still life, photographs or the imagination.  Group discussion will be a feature in class as well as individual personal instruction.  The aim is to bring out the uniqueness in the student and all levels are welcome, from absolute beginner to advanced.  This class is for the oil or acrylic painter.

Sam Morrow was born and educated in London, England and has shown extensively in Britain and the United States.  He has taught art at university level in Virginia, Ohio and Tennessee and now lives in Connecticut.Dates: March 27, April 3, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5

Cost: 9 classes – $315 members, $45 drop in fee / $405 non-members, $55 drop in fee

Contact the Guild for more information 203.438.8863

OPEN TO SERIOUS STUDENTS OF ALL AGES AND LEVELS, BEGINNERS WELCOME!

Supply List:
Recommended Paint Colors:
Ivory Black, Flake White, Titanium White, Zinc White, Veridian Green, Terre Verte (Earth Green), Permanent Green, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Prussian Blue, Light Red (actually a sepia brown), Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson (‘lake’ is best but ‘permanent’ will be ok), Burnt Sienna,
Raw Umber, Cadmium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Yellow Ocre

Essential Materials
Linseed Oil (Artist’s Quality not Household!)
Artist’s Thinners (Mona Lisa brand is good).
Flat, medium-sized palette.
Paint rags (old T Shirts, sheets etc…)
Tacklebox or similar for storing paints.
Empty food cans, jars etc…

Brushes
A good selection of small-to-medium sized oil painting brushes (these tend to be a courser bristle than watercolor) or Acrylic Brushes if painting with Acrylic. Buy long-handled brushes for better balance and handling.

Canvas
Initially you will need 2 or 3 canvas boards.  These are fairly inexpensive.  After a couple of weeks, feel free to purchase stretched canvas.  If you have previous experience with painting use stretched canvas if you prefer.

Other Materials (optional)
For Oil: Damar varnish,Linseed Stand Oil, Liquin Paint Medium
For Acrylic: Mediums

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Finding Your Way in Abstraction with Binnie Birstein – Tuesdays 10am-1pm

AIR 6 30X30-printFinding Your Way in Abstraction with Binnie Birstein – Tuesdays 10am-1pm

Abstraction in painting allows the artist to communicate in often personal and impactful ways.

Designed for all levels of experience, students are exposed to a variety of approaches applying abstract techniques and sensibilities to painting. Through lectures, demonstrations, critiques, and in-class painting, this course allows participants to develop a unique voice in their paintings.

Topics include: color theory, composition, depth, movement, abstraction from life, and paint application.

Students supply their own painting materials.  Acrylic or Oil Paints.

Dates: April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Cost: 6 classes – $210 member, $45 drop in fee / $270 non-member, $55 drop in fee

Contact the Guild for more information 203.438.8863

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Painting with Jock MacRae – Wednesdays 10am-1pm

Painting with Jock MacRae – Wednesdays 10am-1pm

Instructor Jock MacRae delivers high level instruction and feedback in this class, tailored to meet individual needs and goals. Students may work from any reference materials and paint in a variety of styles. Bring your own supplies from your preferred medium.

Dates: April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7

8 classes – $280 members / $360 non-members

Drop-in cost: $45 members/$55 non-members

Contact the Guild for more information 203.438.8863

OPEN TO SERIOUS STUDENTS OF ALL AGES AND LEVELS, BEGINNERS WELCOME!

Instructor Jock MacRae is an accomplished artist and has taught painting for many years. He completed his formal education at the Art League in New York City in 1980. His paintings appear in numerous corporate and private collections.

“I have been studying under Jock’s guidance for about three years now and continue to learn from his outstanding knowledge of art history as well as technical guidance. Students of Jock tend to be very devoted because he is an outstanding teacher. He has the unusual ability to stand back and observe without interfering with your creative process but then know just when the right moment is to intervene if you are stuck. Each artist in the class is working on something different and Jock is able to instruct each accordingly. For instance my work is mostly abstract figurative while another student will be working on something representational. One artist will be working on something for weeks while another will crank out several paintings in one class. we are all very different and that’s what makes it interesting and gives us all the opportunity to learn from one another as well as from Jock. There is a great dynamic in there, in addition to be really interesting people, all the artists are very generous with their positive support for one another. Jock’s class tends to attract artists with certain sophistication and focus, especially the student’s who come back year after year.”  from student Maria Poosikian

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Still Life Oil Painting with Rick Daskam – Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pm

Still Life Oil Painting with Rick Daskam – Thursdays 9:30am-12:30pmRick_DaskamClass

Instructor Rick Daskam will be working from a new still life each week. You will learn drawing skills, understanding of light and shadow, color relationships and composition. All levels of expertise welcome!

Dates: April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 25

Cost: 7 classes – $245 member, $45 drop in fee / $315 non-member, $55 drop in fee

Contact the Guild for more information 203.438.8863

Supplies you will need:

  • Oil Paint – Alizarin Crimson, Cad. Red Light, Cad. Orange, Cad. Yellow Lite, Titanium White, Ultramarine Blue and Thalo Blue and Green. This is the palette I use, others will suffice if you have them.
  • Brushes – I use flat and round bristle brushes #s 2/4/6 and 8, Windsor and Newton, Robert Simmons, Utrecht or Grumbracher are all good brands.
  • Canvas – We will be doing a new set-up each day so you will need a 12in x 16in canvas or board each week.
  • Thinner – Odorless

About the Artist
Rick Daskam’s paintings have appeared in Art Galleries and Juried Exhibitions through out the Connecticut and New York area. In 1998, he followed his passion of painting plein air, and spent his time painting landscapes and farms in the local area surrounding his home.

In 2002 Rick first visited Monhegan Island and fell in love with its rugged beauty. Returning every year for a week of “sun up to sun down” painting, the artist has produced some of his most memorable works.

Mr. Daskam is on the board of the Hudson Valley Art Association. In 2004 he began entering Juried Art Exhibitions and Museum shows. Preferring to express his passion in Oil, Mr. Daskam’s works have garnered him numerous awards including the, The Collectors Award from the Butler Museum of American Art, the Claude Parsons Memorial Award for Landscape from the American Artists Professional League, and the Frank Vincent Dumond Award for Best Light and Atmospheric Effect from The Hudson Valley Art Association.

Rick makes his home in Southbury, CT with his wife Paula and their 15 year old daughter Alex.

To view Rick’s Work go to www.rickdaskam.blogspot.com

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Life Drawing

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Life Drawing – with Vic DeMasi

Thursdays: 7:00pm-9:00pm

$12 members/$15 non-members

Contact the Guild for more information 203.438.8863

Live models are presented for this open, drop in studio session. Open to adults of all skill levels. Please bring your own supplies. Class is ongoing and artists of all levels are invited.

Class monitor, Vic DeMasi, has been painting and teaching for many years.

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Joy of Art – Mondays

Joy of Art for Elementary School Students (8+) Monday 5:00-6:00pmdropboxphotos.kids-2774

Joy of Art for Middle and High School Students Monday 3:15-4:45pm

For new and returning students. Instructor Laura McCormick will introduce your child to multiple media including watercolor painting, pastels, ink, charcoal and more. Laura is a freelance artist specializing in charcoal and pastel portraiture and has a unique and engaging way of teaching. All materials included.

7 Classes: April 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, June 5

Elementary School: members $123 / non-members $150

Middle/High School: members $185 / non-members $220

Contact the Guild for more information 203.438.8863

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Photography Club: Learn to See Creatively – Tuesdays

digitalphotographyPhotography Club for Elementary School Students (8+) Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm

Photography Club for Middle and High School Students Tuesday 3:15-4:45pm

Whether you are new to photography or already know a thing or two, Photography Club is a place to develop your eye and learn to see creatively, no matter where your interests lie.

New and returning students will explore different genres of photography, learn to “read” and critique work of others and their own, make sun prints and with fun games and exercises, learn what it takes to make a great photograph.

This session will culminate with an exhibition on the last day for friends and family to view the students’ work.

Please bring a digital camera (no camera phones, please) and a clean memory card.  All other supplies will be provided and arrangements can be made to borrow a camera, if needed.

Elisa Keogh is a fine art photographer who believes that with a little thought and understanding of light and composition anyone can begin to think creatively and take great photographs.  Elisa uses fun exercises and group activities and discussion to teach digital photography to children of all ages.  For more information about her and her work visit www.elisakeogh.com.

7 classes: April 18, 25, May 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6

Elementary School: members $123 / non-members $150

Middle/High School: members $185 / non-members $220

Contact the Guild for more information 203.438.8863

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Comic Book Illustrations – Tuesdays

Comic Book Illustrations for Elementary School Students (8+) Tuesday 5:00-6:00pm

Comic Book Illustrations for Middle and High School Students Tuesday 3:15-4:45pm

Learn to take your imagination and your drawing skills to new heights while making comic strip illustrations. Students will create creatures, characters and stories by developing their skills at observation and learning the basic techniques of illustration and rendering. Guided daily drawing exercises will help students to understand human anatomy and proportions in order to create exciting comic strips. Ages 8+

8 classes: April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6

Elementary School: members $140 / non-members $170

Middle/High School: members $210 / non-members $250

Contact the Guild for more information 203.438.8863

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Art Exploration – Wednesdays

Art Exploration for Elementary School Students (8+) Wednesday 5:00-6:00pm

Art Exploration Middle and High School Students Wednesday 3:15-4:45pm

Instructor Laura McCormick will have weekly projects, and students are encouraged to explore a wide variety of art styles and techniques, while strengthening both their artistic skills and their understanding of art. Each student is encouraged to work at their own level and stretch their imagination in a relaxed and fun environment.

8 weeks: March 29, April 5, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24

Elementary School: members $140 / non-members $170

Middle/High School: members $210 / non-members $250

Contact the Guild for more information 203.438.8863

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Sculpture on Thursdays

sculpture4Sculpture for Elementary School Students (8+) Thursday 5:00-6:00pm

Sculpture for Middle and High School Students Thursday 3:15-4:45pm

Instructor Justin Perlman will introduce students to sculpture in the round as well as relief sculpture. Students are encouraged to explore the different materials in the process of sculpture. There will be moderate hand tool usage (age relevant). Basic materials will be provided. Clothing that can get dirty is recommended.

4 classes: April 20, 27, May 4, 11

Elementary School: members $70 / non-members $85

Middle/High School: members $105 / non-members $125

Contact the Guild for more information 203.438.8863

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Traditional Drawing & Painting

Traditional Drawing and Painting with Carol Miller (Ages 7-12) Saturday 11am- 1:00pm

Traditional Drawing and Painting with Carol Miller (Ages 13-18) Saturday 1:30pm- 4:30pm

traditionalpaintingInstructor Carol Miller graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh in Commercial Art, specializing in Fashion Illustration and Portraiture. She studied at the Traphagen School of Design in NYC.  Carol has been teaching at the Guild for many years and has helped hundreds of students develop their talents.

6 classes: April 29, May 6, 13, 20, June 3, 10

Elementary School: members $156 / non-members $192

Middle/High School: members $234 / non-members $288

Contact the Guild for more information 203.438.8863

Supplies to bring:  hard/med/soft charcoal pencils, HB pencil, kneaded eraser, set of 25 or 50 cray-pas, simple watercolor set, approx. 11 X 14″ sketch pad.

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Registration & Student Membership Information


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

  • You may register by submitting the registration form (below) with either a check or credit card number, by phone with a credit card number or by Paypal through the website at RGOA.ORG under education.  You may also register in person at the the Guild where cash and credit cards are accepted.
  • Classes are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Tuition will be refunded if the class is cancelled or filled
  • Classes not held due to inclement weather or the instructor’s absence will be rescheduled
  • When the Ridgefield public schools are closed because of weather RGA is also closed. If the Ridgefield Schools announce a delayed opening, the classes at the Guild will start at their usual time.

STUDENT MEMBERSHIP COST $30 INCLUDES:

  • Inclusion in all-member exhibitions
  • Discounted fees for classes, workshops, life drawing and special events
  • Opportunities to interact and create with other artists through RGA events
  • Discounted fees for annual juried exhibition

If you would like to purchase a student membership online, please click here to be redirected to the membership page.

Click on the link the below to download the registration form. If you have Adobe Reader you can fill the form out online before printing:

Class Registration Form for Children and Teens

 

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Mini to Maxi Workshop: Mixed Media Small to Large (Sunday, March 26, 2017)

Mini to Maxi Workshop: Mixed Media Small to Large

Instructor: Roxanne Faber Savage

Sunday March 26, 2017, 10am-3pm

$145 members/$165 non-members

There is something about working in a limited size that forces new ideas.

This workshop will begin with guided drawing and collage activities. Artists will “play” with materials and create mini compositions on square *substrates. Following these exercises- Artists will leap to a *larger panels/canvas/ papers to activate their mini ideas into large format creations.

All levels welcome

Materials list sent upon registration

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Inclement Weather Guidelines for All Classes

The Guild follows the Ridgefield Department of Education (see ridgefieldct.org) guidelines for school closings and early dismissals. If schools are dismissed early or are closed, the Guild will close and no classes will be held that day.

*Please note, if the schools have a delayed opening, our morning classes will proceed at the scheduled time without a delay.*

Classes and events that are cancelled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled.