Classes & Workshops

Oil Painting with Laura Tryon Jennings

***As of 8/16/2022: THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. ***

Wednesdays (6 class session)
September 7, 21 (No classes Sept 14, Sept 28)
October 5, 12, 19, 26
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Oil painting for adults of all skill levels. Laura teaches each student individually, so they can paint at their own level and paint a subject befitting their skills and needs.

Each session focusses on learning the basics of oil painting materials, foundations of color theory, color mixing, composition, and critique, and demos. For each session, there is an optional assignment or challenge for students who would like more direction or want to discover a new technique.

The atmosphere is relaxed, supportive, and encouraging. Laura talks with each student new to painting to get a feel for what he or she would like to accomplish, which enables her to guide the student. For students with no background in painting, Laura recommends one or two private lessons with her prior to the 6-class session. If that is not possible, please contact Laura (LTryonJennings@gmail.com) with your email and phone number so she can connect with you at least one week before the session begins.

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 except for COVID-19 related events.

Image: Details of “True Warmth,” Laura Tryon Jennings,  32″ x 46″, oil on canvas

Fee: $198.00 ($28.00 supply fee to Laura if you need supplies)

Registration required.
12 participants maximum

Gentle Yoga with Kezia Bacon

SEPTEMBER: Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21, 28
OCTOBER: Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Suitable for beginners, this 1-hour class includes centering, warm-ups, and gentle yoga postures to help you stretch, strengthen, and tone your body while calming your mind. Most students feel relaxed and refreshed by the end of class.

Sessions are held in the museum’s Phoenix Gallery.

Kezia (pronounced Kee-za) is a Kripalu-Certified Yoga Instructor who has been teaching since 1997.

Fee: $48.00

Registration required:

12 participants maximum in each class.

Tai Chi with Kathryn Demers

Fridays 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Six weeks:
October 7, 14, 21, 28, 2022
November 4, 11, 2022

Held on the grounds of the museum

Tai Chi is an ancient art involving postures, breathing, and movements to enhance the flow of energy, or chi, throughout and around the body. It is based on the concepts of yin and yang, the dynamic balancing of opposites, and the rhythms of the natural world.  Tai chi is a mind-body practice originally developed as a martial art, and now widely practiced for its many health and wellness benefits. 

Kathryn Demers is a certified tai chi and qi gong instructor. She has studied tai chi and qi gong with Master Fang Chih-Lee for several years. She teaches Yang style, with the focus on enhancing health and wellness through the mind-body connection. With a diverse background in education, movement-based learning and energy modalities, Kathryn enjoys teaching the art and science of tai chi. She offers classes at several locations in the area.

“Tai Chi and Qi Gong are gentle on the body, calming to the mind, and good for the spirit,” says Demers. “I love the many health benefits of tai chi and qi gong and am glad to have the opportunity to share this practice with others.”

Fee: $75.00

Registration: Required

12 participants maximum

Collage Workshop

Saturday, October 15, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Collage is a method of creating art through the assemblage of items (such as paper, fabric, and other items) to form a new work.  Join artist Marcia Ballou and learn the basics of collage in this daylong workshop.

The workshop will focus on intense and vibrant color combined with design. We will work with a beautiful palette of painted and printed paper. Using traditional painting and composition, we will explore layering and applying patterns and values.

In the morning, we will explore ways to loosen up and work with creative spontaneity. We will create a series of small works that will form a visual vocabulary. After lunch, we will create a larger piece using that visual vocabulary with a slower process.

The workshop will follow this schedule:

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am: Introductions, demo, and set up to work.
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Learn the basics of collage and create one or two small pieces.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch break. (Participants should bring their own lunch.)
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Create a large collage.
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Wrap up, sharing of works, and clean up

No experience with collage is necessary. We will be using acrylic paint, acrylic mediums, stencils, and spray paint along with painted and printed papers. All materials will be provided.

Instructor: Marcia Ballou

Class Fee: $175.00

Materials Fee: A $35.00 materials fee must be paid directly to the instructor at the start of class. Cash or check, please.

Registration Required

10 participants maximum

Saturday Yoga with Kathleen Young

September 10 and 24, 2022
October 8 and 22, 2022

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.

Gentle flow yoga with Kathleen Young is a one-hour class that incorporates simple flowing sequences to warm up the body as well as slower paced movements focusing on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility.

Each class ends with a period of relaxation.

This class is appropriate for anyone of any age, shape, or size.  No experience or flexibility required.  Kathleen is a certified yoga teacher and has been teaching for over 20 years.

Fee: $15.00 per class

Registration: Required

10 participants maximum

Collage Workshop

Friday, October 21, 2022
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Collage is a method of creating art through the assemblage of items (such as paper, fabric, and other items) to form a new work.  Join artist Marcia Ballou and learn the basics of collage in this daylong workshop.

The workshop will focus on intense and vibrant color combined with design. We will work with a beautiful palette of painted and printed paper. Using traditional painting and composition, we will explore layering and applying patterns and values.

In the morning, we will explore ways to loosen up and work with creative spontaneity. We will create a series of small works that will form a visual vocabulary. After lunch, we will create a larger piece using that visual vocabulary with a slower process.

The workshop will follow this schedule:

  • 9:00 – 10:00 am: Introductions, demo, and set up to work.
  • 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Learn the basics of collage and create one or two small pieces.
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch break. (Participants should bring their own lunch.)
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Create a large collage.
  • 3:00 – 4:00 pm: Wrap up, sharing of works, and clean up

No experience with collage is necessary. We will be using acrylic paint, acrylic mediums, stencils, and spray paint along with painted and printed papers. All materials will be provided.

Instructor: Marcia Ballou

Class Fee: $175.00

Materials Fee: A $35.00 materials fee must be paid directly to the instructor at the start of class. Cash or check, please.

Registration Required

10 participants maximum

Simple Gifts Series: Basket Making Workshop

Saturday, October 22, 2022
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In this class, students will make a useful and attractive tote basket. This is a great basket for holding your knitting, vegetables at the farmer’s market, your mail, or special rocks collected from the beach. This basket is a fun project suitable for beginner to advanced students.

Students will learn how to weave a checkerwork base with spokes that alternate in color. The sides are then constructed using natural and dyed weavers, and students will learn how to shape their basket.

Various sizes and colors of natural and dyed weavers will be available for students to create their individual project. Students will also have a choice of colors for the handle strap.

Materials: dyed and natural rattan, woven fabric strap

Tools for students to bring to class: your lunch, a bucket or dishpan, small towel, pencil, clip clothespins, an awl or knitting needle, scissors and/or diagonal cutting pliers.

Instructor: Dianne Stanton
Stanton is an artist who has been weaving baskets since 1977. She has taught and exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Currently, her coiled work is included in the National Basketry Association online show, “Every 1” 2022, and featured in the magazine Fiber Art Now, Sprint 2022, Vessels/Basketry.

Class Fee: $60.00

Materials Fee: A $48.00 materials fee must be paid directly to the instructor at the start of class. Cash or check, please.

Registration Required

12 participants maximum

Oil Painting with Laura Tryon Jennings
(starts November, 2022)

Wednesdays (6 class session)
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Oil painting for adults of all skill levels. Laura teaches each student individually, so they can paint at their own level and paint a subject befitting their skills and needs.

Each session focusses on learning the basics of oil painting materials, foundations of color theory, color mixing, composition, and critique, and demos. For each session, there is an optional assignment or challenge for students who would like more direction or want to discover a new technique.

The atmosphere is relaxed, supportive, and encouraging. Laura talks with each student new to painting to get a feel for what he or she would like to accomplish, which enables her to guide the student. For students with no background in painting, Laura recommends one or two private lessons with her prior to the 6-class session. If that is not possible, please contact Laura (LTryonJennings@gmail.com) with your email and phone number so she can connect with you at least one week before the session begins.

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 except for COVID-19 related events.
COVID vaccines are recommended. Be aware that the class will follow Mass State COVID guidelines; therefore, students should be aware that masking and vaccination requirements may change over the duration of the class.

Image: Details of “True Warmth,” Laura Tryon Jennings,  32″ x 46″, oil on canvas

Fee: $198.00 ($28.00 supply fee to Laura if you need supplies)

Registration required.
12 participants maximum

Image from a BIG INK event at the Dedee Shattuck Gallery

BIG INK Weekend

Saturday/Sunday, November 12 and 13
Participating Artists: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Public Viewing: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The Art Complex Museum is pleased to partner with BIG INK to host a weekend of monumental woodblock printing. As part of the museum’s 50+1 anniversary, BIG INK’s “Big Tuna”—a one-of-a-kind, oversized, traveling printing press—will be at the museum for a two-day event.

Registration for participating artists has now closed.

The public is welcome to observe the printing process during the museum’s normal hours, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Simple Gifts Series: Collaged Notecards Workshop

Saturday, November 5, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come spend a fun day creating unique collaged notecard sets to give as gifts.

No experience with collage is necessary. Mixed-media artist Mandy Fariello will guide you through the process and will share tips and tricks that she uses to create collages. She has been creating a collage every single day for 3 ½ years and sharing them on Instagram. www.instagram.com/mandyfariello

The supply fee includes all papers and vintage ephemera needed to create your cards, plus a selection of collage supplies to use in class and then take home.

Bring a bag lunch and we will take a break at 12:30.

Instructors: Mandy Fariello

Class Fee: $60.00

Materials Fee: A $15.00 materials fee must be paid directly to the instructor. Cash or check, please.

12 participants maximum

Simple Gifts Series: Origami Paper Wreath Workshop

Saturday
December 3, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Would you like to display a new kind of holiday wreath? Learn to make these origami versions!

Origami wreaths are versatile, year-round decorations. They are easily made with plain or decorative papers, and provide lightweight, versatile, attractive décor for many areas in your home.

  • Hang wreaths on a wall, an inside door or over a table
  • Lay wreaths flat on a table, with a vase, tree or candles in the center
  • The pockets in the wreath center and around the outer edges may be filled with greens or flowers and glued into place, to enhance the wreath and make it larger.
  • Wreaths are reversible; a slightly different design is seen on each side of the patterned versions

You will learn how to create the basic folded structure and make as many as you want! Then they are glued and interlocked together. You will leave with a completed wreath to enjoy during the holiday season!

Please bring a lunch. Coffee, tea, and water will be provided.

Instructor: Bryson Dean-Gauthier, who has made, shown and sold these wreaths for many years.

Fee: $60 plus a $10 materials fee to be paid directly to the instructor on the day of the workshop.

Registration: Required.

Maximum 12 participants.

Oil Painting with Laura Tryon Jennings
(starts December, 2022)

Wednesdays (6 class session)
December 14, 21
January 11, 18, 25
February 1
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Oil painting for adults of all skill levels. Laura teaches each student individually, so they can paint at their own level and paint a subject befitting their skills and needs.

Each session focusses on learning the basics of oil painting materials, foundations of color theory, color mixing, composition, and critique, and demos. For each session, there is an optional assignment or challenge for students who would like more direction or want to discover a new technique.

The atmosphere is relaxed, supportive, and encouraging. Laura talks with each student new to painting to get a feel for what he or she would like to accomplish, which enables her to guide the student. For students with no background in painting, Laura recommends one or two private lessons with her prior to the 6-class session. If that is not possible, please contact Laura (LTryonJennings@gmail.com) with your email and phone number so she can connect with you at least one week before the session begins.

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 except for COVID-19 related events.
COVID vaccines are recommended. Be aware that the class will follow Mass State COVID guidelines; therefore, students should be aware that masking and vaccination requirements may change over the duration of the class.

Image: Details of “True Warmth,” Laura Tryon Jennings,  32″ x 46″, oil on canvas

Fee: $198.00 ($28.00 supply fee to Laura if you need supplies)

Registration required.
12 participants maximum

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