Art Complex Museum

2019 Workshops and Classes

Alcohol Ink Workshop
with Mary Wojciechowski

Saturday, October 5, 10 AM – 3 PM, $85. Plus $10 materials fee

Alcohol Ink is a highly pigmented and quick-drying medium applied by pouring, brushing or stamping on a non-porous surface such as Yupo. The vibrant colors of this ink intermingle creating unique textural effects, often leading to unexpected results.

The five-hour workshop (with a break for lunch) will begin with an introduction to alcohol ink as a painting medium and a demonstration in techniques of pouring, brushing and creating textures with inks. The remaining time will be used for personal exploration with time to complete many paintings on Yupo. After the lunch break, more advanced techniques will be demonstrated. The workshop will end with a critique allowing participants to share their paintings and to discuss what they have discovered.

All materials will be included. * It would be advisable to bring a paint shirt or apron to protect clothing. There will be protective gloves provided.

Mary Wojciechowski, a retired visual arts teacher, received her BFA degree from the University of Connecticut. She is a signature member of the Rhode Island Watercolor Society, a juried artist in the Cape Cod Art Association and is a member of the Attleboro Arts Museum, the Monotype Guild of New England and Collective Marks Artists. Watercolor has been Mary’s principle medium during her painting career with subjects taken most often from the natural surroundings of her New England home. Most recently, Mary’s art has expanded beyond representational toward a more explorative and experimental approach and includes work in alcohol ink painting and monotype printmaking as well. Mary’s work has been accepted into many juried exhibitions, both local and regional and has received awards. She is currently represented by Gallery 31, Orleans, MA and True Grit Art Gallery, Middleborough, MA

Basic Watercolor Simplified
with Jack Haran

Thursday Mornings, October 17 - November 21, 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM $198.

The goal of the class will be to demystify watercolors, from planning, materials, composition, washes, shapes, perspective, values, edges and anything else that comes up. Each day will start with a short talk and demo followed by the class painting following the advice.

Watercolor artist Jack Haran is the past president of the New England Watercolor Society (NEWS) and past President of North River Arts Society (NRAS). He sits on the Board of Directors for NRAS. He earned a BS in Fine Arts from Northeastern University and a Fine Arts Diploma from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has studied with Tony Van Hasselt and Judi Wagner, Zygmond Jankowski, John Kilroy, Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic.

Quick Perspective for Urban Sketchers and Plein-Air Painters
with John Roman

Saturday, December 14, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM $125.

Artists are aware modern-day "perspective" drawing was discovered during the years of the Renaissance (1435-1550AD). What's not as well known, however, is the fact that countless Renaissance artists were intimidated by the geometry and mathematics associated with "technical" perspective, they practiced a form of approximate perspective in their paintings and drawings.

This one-day workshop will introduce you to seeing the three dimensions around you as well as quick ways to draw convincing perspective. Based on principles first conceived by the artists of the Renaissance, we will experiment with ways to capture depth in our art without the dry, technical rules most of us associate with perspective.

John Roman has been teaching Perspective Drawing at Massachusetts College of Art and Design since 1993. He is also the author of The Art of Illustrated Maps (Simon & Schuster/HOW Books, 2015), and an award-winning illustrator. He has written for Communication Arts magazine, The Artist's Magazine, Drawing, Professional Artist and Print magazine. Roman's article, "Urban Sketchers and Plein-Aire Painters: Descendants of The Renaissance," will appear as a feature story in the November 2019 issue of The Artist's Magazine.

50th Anniversary Printmaking Project

Looking ahead to our 50th Anniversary (2021), we are creating a 24 inch by 24 inch linoleum print, based on our permanent collection, as part of the celebration. We have taken small sections from 9 different prints.

block print block print

On selected weekends (Saturday April 14, 27, June 23, August 31, September 7, 15, November 16, 23) the public will be invited to observe the process of transferring and carving into the linoleum block. Different cutting techniques will be explored. When the block is complete we will hand print a limited edition of prints.

Drop by to be part of the fun!

Please rsvp by calling 781-934-6634 ext. 10 or
Click here to contact Sally Dean-Mello to register for classes and workshops


Alden Studio Print Lab
with Kyle Turner

Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 PM. $125

Command the studios printing press! Join us as we explore printmaking techniques, including LINOCUT and DRYPOINT.

Please rsvp by calling 781-934-6634 ext. 10 or
Click here to contact Sally Dean-Mello to register for classes and workshops

Laura Tryon Jennings Oil Painting Classes


Laura Tryon Jennings, The Journey, 2019, oil on canvas

Artist Laura Jennings approaches teaching with each student individually, so they can paint freely, at their own level, and paint a subject (landscape, still life, portrait, abstract, interior, etc. from life and/or from a photograph) befitting their skills and needs. She talks with each new student before taking their first class to get a feel for what he or she would like to accomplish. This enables her to help guide his or her own unique creative strategies. For each session there is an optional assignment or challenge for those students who would like more direction and/or to discover a new technique. Often the class works on diverse paintings with a few participating in the assignment/challenge. Each session focuses on learning the basics of oil painting materials, foundations of color theory, color mixing, composition, and critique. Class can also be used to learn helpful tips and techniques to help promote your art professionally. The classes are sprinkled with beginners, intermediates, and beyond students. Each class contains a relaxed, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere enabling the student to find a distinctive pathway to oil painting. All supplies will be provided or bring your own supplies if you prefer.

Please make sure when registering for classes that you provide your preferred email address and phone number. Make-up classes will be scheduled by the instructor only in the event they are cancelled due to weather or if the instructor cancels. No refunds will be made after one week of classes. Classes cannot be pro-rated.

Fee: $198 (plus $28 supply fee)

Oil Painting for the Beginner to the Intermediate and Beyond... (Adults) Class

Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (six classes per session)

September 11-October 16, 2019, Upcoming classes:October 23-November 27, 2019,
December 4, 2019-January 22, 2020 (no classes December 26 and January 1)

For more information about, or to register for the painting classes above please call Laura at 781-837-7982 or email


Wednesdays 11:30 AM-12:30 PM with Kezia Bacon*

*Pre-registration and/or fee required

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