Art Complex Museum

2018 Workshops and Classes

Summer 2018 Monotype Workshops

Concurrent with The Monotype Guild of New England’s Fifth National Monotype/Monoprint Juried Exhibition

Introduction to Monoprint with Carol MacDonald


Saturday, May 19, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, $100 (materials fee: $15)

Monoprint is a print medium whose simple concept, spontaneous process and elegant results have attracted artists for years. This workshop will get you started in making monoprints through the direct transfer of an image from plate to paper. Working with the etching press, we will explore a few basic processes and techniques. No experience is needed and all materials will be provided.

Carol MacDonald is an artist, and master printmaker living and working in Vermont. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Lake Placid School of Art. Printmaking has been her passion since pulling her first etching in 1976. She has taught printmaking at Community College of Vermont and runs monthly monoprint workshops in her Colchester studio. Her work has been exhibited at Washington Printmakers Gallery, Silver Springs, MD; Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT, Firehouse Gallery, Burlington,VT, Galerie Maison Kasini, Montreal, Quebec; Papier 12, Contemporary Art Fair in Montreal, Quebec. MacDonald has been an artist fellow at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. Her work is in many private and corporate collections.

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Pochoir Re-imagined: Stencil Based Printmaking Applications With Claudia Fieo


Friday, June 22, Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, $200, (materials fee: $35.)

Pochoir uses stencils to add ink by hand, creating unique prints or enlivening existing prints with color. Popularized in French fashion journals and architecture folios in the 1920s and 1930s, pochoir was employed by artists such as Braque, Matisse, and Picasso in their print works. This two-day workshop expands and reimagines traditional pochoir techniques to explore their potential: adding color passages to print editions, building complexity in color monoprints, or creating a series of monotypes in a more dynamic method.

The first day will focus on demonstration and experimentation. You will create hand-cut stencils and masks, experimenting with different materials and methods to understand how they can be used with newly adapted techniques. Demonstrations will show the exciting potential of pochoir using screenprinting fabric and carborundum, relief and intaglio matrices, and chine collé printed papers.

The second day will focus on printing-dedicated to working with the stencils created on day one, (as well as any stencil designs you have purchased or that you have had laser-cut). You will have the opportunity to compose a series of monotypes inspired by the possibilities of applied pochoir techniques.

Claudia R. Fieo is a printmaker, graphic designer, and Professor of Art in the Department of Art and Art History at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she has taught design, drawing, and printmaking courses since 1992. Though her training is in traditional stone lithography, relief, and intaglio printmaking, she has been committed to working with less toxic processes for several years.

Her prints and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally in more than sixty exhibitions. Among the public collections that have acquired her work are the Boston Public Library, Newport Art Museum, and Slater Memorial Museum, among others. Her prints are also in numerous private collections. Fieo is a member of the Monotype Guild of New England, Printmakers' Network of Southern New England, and Zea Mays Printmaking in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Collograph with Joan Hausrath


Friday, July 27, Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM $200. (materials fee: $30)

Collograph is an inexpensive, versatile and non-toxic way to make an intaglio print. The process entails creating an image on a mat board or plastic substrate by gluing textural elements, manipulating acrylic mediums, and cutting into the plate to create lines, tones, and textures.

Participants in the workshop will learn how to prepare, ink and print plates. The process is especially suited to endless creative possibilities including producing monoprints using chine colle, stencils and printing from multi-color plates.

Joan Hausrath holds an MFA in Printmaking from Bowling Green (OH) State University and an MA in the History of Art from Ohio State University. After more than 30 years of teaching, Hausrath recently retired from the Art Department of Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts where she taught printmaking, design and art history.

For the past twenty-five years, Hausrath has investigated non-toxic alternatives to traditional printmaking processes and has received several grants to support her research. She has participated in residencies at the Edinburgh Printmakers Studio in Scotland; Studio Camnitzer, in Valdottavo, Italy; and New Grounds Print Studio, in Albuquerque, NM.

Hausrath is a member of the Boston Printmakers, the Monotype Guild of New England, and the Printmakers' Network of Southern New England. Her prints are widely exhibited in the US, internationally by invitation, and are in numerous private and public collections.

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Plein Air Monotypes for Oil Painters, or....
How an Oil Painter Can Become a Printmaker Fast and Easy! with Carolyn Letvin


Saturday, August 11, Rain Date: Friday, August 17, 10AM - 3PM, $100 (materials fee: $10)

Level: Intermediate to Experienced

This one-day workshop will cover the process of taking a basic printmaking process into the field. Using your current oil painting supplies and some simple tools, you can create beautiful, unique prints that will freshen your painting process as well as open opportunities to be able show with organizations like Boston Printmakers and the Monotype Guild of New England. The day will include classroom time for demonstration and critique as well as time in the field for printing on-site. Please bring your usual oil painting supplies. This workshop is open to intermediate and experienced oil painters. If there is inclement weather, we will work from photos and looking out the windows of the Alden Studio (on the grounds of the museum).

Carolyn Letvin is a resident of Plainville, Massachusetts. She has exhibited in the New England area since 1990. She is an accomplished landscape painter and also creates stylized feline and farm animal imagery. She works on-site, from photographs and memory.

She has won many awards through the years, including the Top Award at the 18th Annual Faber Birren National Color Award Show, an Honorary Mention/Sakura Award from the United Pastelists of America/Oil Pastel Association and a second place in the 2014 Blanche Ames National Juried Exhibition. Her most recent award is from Concord Art's 2017 Members Juried 2 Exhibition where she received the prestigious Nancy T. Baldwin Drawing Award.Currently, her work can be seen at Galatea Fine Art in Boston, MA, Lauren Clark Fine Art in Great Barrington, MA, Hudson Art & Framing in Hudson, MA, and Gallery Wright in Wilmington, VT. She is the new board president of the Monotype Guild of New England.

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Alden Studio Print Lab with Kyle Turner, Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:30 PM. $175

Tuesday Evening Clay Workshops for Adults with Carolyn Daly Shedd, January 16,
March 13, May 8, and September 18, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, $40


Kids Try It One Day Clay Workshops, Saturday,
January 20, March 10, May 19, September 22, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM $35 (includes materials and snack)

2020 Herring Mosaic Project Workshops (limit of 5 participants) with Sally Dean Mello, May 4, June 1, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7, 1:00 – 3:00 pm*

Fish Tile Workshop for the 2020 Herring Mosaic Project, Saturday, April 28, (offsite) at Local Pottery, 376 Washington Street, Norwell, 1:00 – 2:00 pm (shift 1) 2:30 – 3:30 pm (shift 2) limit of 12 per shift*

Free Fairy House Family Workshop, Saturday, September 15,
10:00 AM – 12:30 PM, (to display in the Alden Studio Gallery)

Monotype Workshop with Acua Inks with Amanda Barrows, Saturday, October 13, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM $90

*Pre-registration and/or fee required

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Laura Tryon Jennings Oil Painting Classes


Laura Tryon Jennings, Close Haul, 2018, 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)

April 4 - May 9, May 16 - June 20

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 Marnie Bacon*

*Pre-registration and/or fee required

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