WINTER 2020  Classes for Adults
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Calendar at a Glance

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Art 1:1 

10:30 – 12:30 AM
5 Mondays: 1/6-2/10, 
no class 1/20
Cost: $145 (5 weeks)
6 Wednesdays: 1/8-2/12
Cost: $175 (6 weeks)

This is an opportunity for the 1:1 instruction you are looking for in drawing, watercolor, acrylic painting, or mixed media. Sara will take a maximum of 6 artists from beginning to intermediate levels and work with you to create individualized goals based on your interests and ability. This is a great way to get started with your “I’ve always wanted to….” art goals. Two sections available, please note dates and price difference.

Digital Camera 101

Dennis Geller 
4 Mondays: 2/3-3/2, skips 2/17
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $200 (10% member discount available)

This class will help you get comfortable with your digital camera and with the process of taking photographs, with a focus in three areas. (1) Controlling your camera: knowing when and why to move past Automatic mode to control ISO, shutter speed and aperture, and understanding the technology that a photographer needs to know; (2) Taking better pictures: understanding the basics of composition and of using light to get the best picture you can; (3) looking at photographs, both each other’s and some of the great photographers of the past and present. Participants are expected to have a DSLR (or mirrorless) digital camera. There will be weekly photographic assignments.

Portrait Drawing

Julie Angela Theresa 
6 Wednesdays: 1/8 – 2/12
9:00-10:30 AM
Cost: $175 (10% member discount available)

The goal of this class is garner a better understanding of the proportions of the human face and create a believable and convincing likeness of the subject. Each week the teacher will lead a guided drawing, using reference photos, in a step by step process to draw a face, or facial features, and then through graphite, charcoal and pastel add shading and/or color.


Art Play for Adults

David Winkler 
6 Wednesdays: 1/8 – 2/12
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $220 (10% member discount available)

No time during a busy week to be creative? Then save this time for an artistic shake up. Join us for a series of focused art exercises in various media and discussions with peers to help you cultivate your artistic passion. This course will explore your current studio practices and try to develop a deeper understanding of how you can grow as an artist.

Drawspace: from Observation

Adrian Johnson 
10:00 – 11:30 AM
6 Thursdays 1/22-2/12
Cost: $220 (10% member discount available)

Ink, graphite, charcoal, action…join us as we practice observing and drawing the world around us! Observation is the first step into the skill of drawing, and necessary to maintaining the same. Anybody, regardless of background or experience can attain proficiency though developing a few simple skills. Join us weekly, as we fuse left and right brain in drawing challenges from life and still life.

Drawing for Adults

Julie Angela Theresa 
10:00 – 11:30 AM
6 Fridays 1/10-2/14
Cost: $175 (10% member discount available)

Drawing is a means of visual representation; this class emphasizes drawing fundamentals such as proportion, composition, and layout. Subject matters will vary for each project. Students will learn to demonstrate skills in various methods. They will learn to arrange their own objects to create a successful composition, create highlights and shadows to enhance mood, tell a story through object choice arrangement, color, lighting, and mark-making. By the end of the session, students will begin to develop their own sense of style.

Squares of aliens and pig

Improv for Adults 

David LeTendre
January 18
1:00 -4:00 PM
$45 (member discount available)

Dip your toes into the fundamentals of improv during this workshop! Whether you’re new to improv or looking for a refresher, this workshop will be an introduction to basic concepts, games, and the fundamentals of crafting a great scene.


Storytelling for Adults

Rilda Kissel 
3 Tuesdays 1/14 – 1/28 
7:00-8:30 PM 
Cost: $75 (member discounts available)

Do you love listening to the Moth? Ever wanted to try telling your own story? Everyone has a story. In this workshop participants will work on developing a compelling story from start to finish. The first class will focus on what makes a good story and how to find the stories in your own life. The second class students will have the opportunity to workshop their story, hear stories from their peers and give/receive feedback. The final session will be a storytelling showcase were participants will tell their stories to friends, family, and alumni from the past workshop.


Roberta Tobey Gertz 
1/24: 6:30-8:30 PM 
1/25: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
1/26: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Cost: $295 (member discount available, includes all supplies)

This weekend workshop with Roberta Tobey Gertz will introduce you to the beautiful world of creative mosaics, and get you started (and hopefully finished!) on an 8”x 12” piece of original art. On Friday night we will learn about a variety of materials, practice basic techniques, and talk about inspiration and “what to make.” Saturday and Sunday, armed with tools and tiles, we will create your art with plenty of guidance, learning the language of mosaics. Students are encouraged to bring any materials with them, from that broken serving platter of your  grandmothers, your chipped favorite mug, or that pile of beach glass that you don’t know what to do with!

***This workshop has reserved snow dates in the event of inclement weather: 2/28, 2/29, and 3/1***

Good Grief: Writing about Loss 

Joe McGonegal 
3 Tuesdays: 2/11-2/25
7:00 – 8:30 PM
Cost: $45 (10% member discount available)

Explore various ways to channel grief, whether one’s own grief or that of others, through writing. We’ll look at memoir to poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction, that can express personal loss. Participants can workshop draft(s) of their writing if they so choose. We’ll discuss excerpts/models from authors including Roger Angell, Donald Hall, Galway Kinnell, Joyce Carol Oates, and award-winning journalists.

Please note: this is a supportive writing class about grief but not a grief support group. If you are in need of grief counseling services, please visit your local hospital’s resources site for more information. 

Drop In for Adults

Creative Writing Monthly Drop In Sundays

February 9
March 22
April 5
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Cost: $10/FREE for members

Don’t have time to write? Join local writers for a 2 hour Drop-In Writing Workshop to supercharge your creativity with prompts, open writing time and conversation. Led monthly by local writers and members of FYACS Writers’ Studio. Writers of all genres welcome. Space is limited to 12 participants. Bring your laptop, notebook or whatever you use to write. Ages 16+ welcome. 

February’s facilitator is Elizabeth Christopher, the Writers Studio coordinator and an FYACS board member. Her pieces have appeared in print and online, including in HuffPost, the Boston Globe, Slow Trains Literary Magazine, and Moveable Feasts: An Anthology. She is currently working on a historical novel.

Registration is NOT necessary for this event. Cash or check only at the door. 

Creative Art Drop In

Every First Tuesday
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
members: FREE if you bring supplies, $10 if you use ours
$10/$20 with supplies

Make time for you! Get away from a screen for a night and get your hands busy with something creative. Either bring a project you are working on at home, or let Chiara get you set up with some user friendly supplies and basic instructions. Meet other creatives and spend some time with good people doing creative things.  Ages 16+ are welcome. 

Registration is NOT necessary for this event. Cash or check only at the door.