Fall 2021 Session 2

Time to Get Creative!
With painting, puppets, playwriting and more, we’ve got you covered.

  • All offerings are listed below. Use the age range buttons to jump ahead. Some programs skew across age ranges, so double check please!

  • Information about protocols, class sizes, and contingency plans can be found on our Covid Protocols Page

Our acting and puppet performance classes will return this spring (sigh, we miss them too!)

Let’s Paint!

Ages 4-6
7 Thursdays: 10/28-12/16 (no class 11/25)
 4:00-5:00 PM
Cost: $195 (member discount available)
Facilitator: Jen Blesso

This group is all paint, all experiments, and all fun! Young artists use different kinds of paint, including acrylics and watercolor, and various techniques and painting implements to explore the basics of color, form and texture. This program allows for young painters to fully engage in the process of creative exploration. Supplies included.

Multi-Arts with Jen

Ages 3-6
7 Thursdays: 10/28-12/16 (no class 11/25)
2:45 – 3:45 PM
Cost: $195 (10% member discount available) 
Facilitator: Jen Blesso

Explore basic art skills with a balance of structure and experimentation. Groups are designed to build problem-solving and expressive skills, as well as reinforce natural creative tendencies. Varied materials and art concepts are presented in a way that takes into account the child’s creative interests, developmental level, and any particular cognitive, social, and emotional needs. Supplies included.

Little Masters

Ages 4-6
7 Wednesdays: 10/27-12/15 (no class 11/24)

2:45-3:45 PM

Cost: $195 (10% member discount available) 
Facilitator: Sally Gordon

This inquiry-based group will look at work by noted artists and discuss what they see and what they think is happening. The group will then give it a try to create their own work in this artists’ style exploring various art materials. The group will work on expressive vocabulary describing what they see and also using these mindful words to help each other with their own creative process. Supplies included.

"Statue of Liberty," Watercolor and mixed media, February 2021

Art with Olivia!

Ages 5-8
7 Mondays: 11/1-12/13
5:00-6:00 PM 

Cost: $175 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Olivia Frakt

Those of you who love Summer Studio will love this little artful hour with Olivia. Low key, fun art experiments and activities perfect for young friends and led by one of our favorite Studio Assistants. Whether painting, drawing, cutting, gluing, twisting or connecting, this small group (4 artists) will have more flexibility to select their favorite materials and activities.  Supplies included.

Ages 6-8 (more or less...double check each program)

"Statue of Liberty," Watercolor and mixed media, February 2021

Art with Olivia!

Ages 5-8
7 Mondays: 11/1-12/13
5:00-6:00 PM 

Cost: $175 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Olivia Frakt

Those of you who love Summer Studio will love this little artful hour with Olivia. Low key, fun art experiments and activities led by one of our favorite Studio Assistants and special guests! This small group will have more flexibility to select their favorite materials and activities. Supplies included.

Explore Sculpture!

Ages 5-8
7 Wednesdays: 10/27-12/15 (no class 11/24)

4:00-5:00 PM
Cost: $195 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Alessia O’Brien

In this 3D adventure tailored to our younger sculptors, we will have a wide range of materials and techniques to broaden each artist’s understanding of sculpture! Using fun prompts, some structural problem solving, a touch of art history, and interesting materials like found objects and foil, we’ll carve out a new artistic path. Supplies included.

Creative Arts I

Ages 6-9
7 Wednesdays: 10/27-12/15 (no class 11/24)
2:45-3:45 PM 

Cost: $195 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Sara Gravante

This class covers it all! We’ll explore new and familiar materials (like paint, drawing, collage, mixed media), try multiple projects in both 2-D and 3-D media, while building expressive and problem-solving skills. Projects are presented with an age-appropriate balance of structure and exploration. Supplies included.

Doodle Days

Ages 7-9
7 Tuesdays: 10/26-12/14 (no class 11/23)
2:45-3:45 PM
Cost: $195 (member discount available)
Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

Using inspiration from our favorite things, real life, and other artists, we’ll dive into the drawing process to explore its endless possibilities. By exploring basic techniques, students can begin to look at composition, line, form, and texture, bringing the pictures in their imaginations to life like never before. Supplies included.

Painting Techniques

Ages 7-10
7 Thursdays: 10/28-12/16 (no class 11/25)
2:45-3:45 PM
Cost: $195 (member discount available) 
 Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

They ALL want to paint. It’s true. While acrylic and watercolor paints may be familiar mediums to young artists, in this all painting class we’re going to expand on previous knowledge and introduce new concepts in color theory, composition, and strategies for our paintings. We’ll balance imagination and real-life observation to create a series of studies and final paintings in both acrylic paint and watercolor. Supplies included.

Ages 8-12 (some stuff for 8 and 9 up above!)

Assemblage Art

Ages 8-12
7 Tuesdays: 10/26-12/14 (no class 11/23)
4:00-5:00 PM

Cost: $195 (10% member discount available)
Facilitator: Alessia O’Brien 

Inspired by the great artists Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, and Louise Nevelson, this course focuses on the beautiful niche world of assemblage art. Students will learn about the history of assemblage, with its diversity and endless possibilities for creating new worlds to display. Using materials like found objects, shadow boxes, old books, wood, elements from nature, and personal mementos, we will sculpt a story! Supplies included.

Sculpture

Ages 8-12
7 Wednesdays: 10/27-12/15 (no class 11/24)
5:15
-6:15 PM

Cost: $195 (10% member discount available)
Facilitator: Alessia O’Brien 

In this class we’ll do a more in depth exploration of what makes a sculpture, take our time with thoughtful planning, and push boundaries with the medium. Wire, plaster, wood, and found objects will all come into play, and thinking bigger and bolder is the name of the game! Students will practice larger sculptures with scaled mock-ups, learn how to engineer 2D sketches into a 3D reality, and balance art elements like form and color. Supplies included.

Drawing the WHOLE Picture

Ages 8-12
7 Tuesdays: 10/26-12/14 (no class 11/23)
 5:15-6:15 PM 
Cost: $195
(member discount available)
Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

In this drawing class, we’ll work on projects that build on our artist’s interests, exploring different techniques through engaging subjects. Individual instruction will help your young artist learn the fundamentals of building a drawing and developing a personal style, building on what they already know, and encouraging exploration and experimentation. Supplies included.

Painter’s Studio

Ages 9-12
7 Thursdays: 10/28-12/16 (no class 11/25)
5:15-6:15 PM

Cost: $195 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

This is an opportunity for older artists to develop their skills in acrylic or watercolor painting. Projects will be based on individual student interest, so this is a great chance for motivated students to learn new techniques while working on self-determined projects. More structure is available for students who may need it, but, as always, artists are encouraged to bring their own ideas to class! Supplies included.

It’s Your Story

Ages 10-14
4 Thursdays: 10/28-11/14    5:15-6:15 PM 
Cost: $110 (10% member discount available)
Facilitator: Nicole Wade

What’s your story? Are you misunderstood like Kylo Ren? Or brave like Merida? This four-week creative writing class for middle-schoolers gives you the freedom to explore your personal story through a series of writing prompts. This class will use examples from published personal essays, poems, and fiction and cover a variety of techniques that allow students to find their unique voice. Come discover yourself through language and leave with at least one complete piece.

Creative Arts II

Ages 8-12
7 Wednesdays: 10/27-12/14 (no class 11/24)
4:00-5:00 PM 
Cost$195 (member discount available) 
Facilitator: Sara Gravante

Got a creative kid who loves art in all forms but isn’t sure what their “thing” is yet? This is the place for the artist who wants to try a little of everything. Learn new techniques in drawing, painting, collage, even printmaking! This survey course is a great way for creative kids to get to explore many two dimensional materials to get a sense of what they prefer.  Supplies included.

Ages 12-16 (ish...)

It’s Your Story

Ages 10-14
4 Thursdays: 10/28-11/18    5:15-6:15 PM 
Cost: $110 (10% member discount available)
Facilitator: Nicole Wade

What’s your story? Are you misunderstood like Kylo Ren? Or brave like Merida? This four-week creative writing class for middle-schoolers gives you the freedom to explore your personal story through a series of writing prompts. This class will use examples from published personal essays, poems, and fiction and cover a variety of techniques that allow students to find their unique voice. Come discover yourself through language and leave with at least one complete piece.

Artist Books

Ages 12+
 7 Thursdays: 10/28-12/16 (no class 11/25)
4:00-5:00 PM 
Cost: $195 (10% member discount available)
Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

Books are always personal – whether a novel you’ve read a hundred times, or a journal that records your life. Artists often use books to explore  themes or subjects that interest them. We’ll create our own books around a theme, designing everything from the individual pages using different types of media, to the covers and cases or boxes to put them in! This was one of our most popular MS/HS offerings this summer. Supplies included.

Teen Open Studio

Ages 13+
7 Thursdays: 10/28-12/16 (no class 11/25)
7:00-8:30 PM

Cost: $275
 (member discount available)
Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

This is a small, independent group for self-directed teenage artists who want to improve their drawing, painting, sculpture, or design skills. Artists’ interests and abilities are assessed, and personal instruction in specific media is offered. We work one on one with artists to help them develop a personal style, challenge creative skills, take risks and try new materials. Acceptance, encouragement, and constructive collaboration is encouraged among artists. Supplies included.

Creative Arts

Ages 12+
7 Wednesdays: 10/27-12/15 (no class 11/24)
5:15-6:15 PM 
Cost$195 (member discount available)  
Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

This class is perfect for any creative teen who wants to try it all. It covers everything with a balance of structure for those who aren’t sure how to begin and independence to take projects in personal directions. Explore new and familiar materials, try multiple projects in both 2-D and 3-D media, and build expressive and creative problem-solving skills through art. Supplies included.

Teen Writers Monthly MeetUp
December 8th, 7:00-8:30 pm
Ages 13+
Cost
$10 (member discount available)  
Facilitator: Sara Desmond

Creating Compelling Characters: Who’s your favorite character and why? Is it Percy Jackson, half god/ half boy? Is it Violet Baudelaire from Lemony Snicket with her uncanny ability to solve problems with her inventions? In this month’s session, we’ll experiment with creating round, memorable characters and put them in motion on the page. We’ll take a look at published authors and engage with fun writing prompts to invent our own unique characters. 

Photography Club

Ages 11-15
4 Mondays Nov 22-Dec 13
5:00-6:00 pm
Tuition: $100

This 4-week beginner workshop is geared towards middle school students with an interest in learning more about photography. Our studio assistant Kaileigh is a 3-year photography student working directly with professional photographer Thais De Marco to develop a workshop for the basics and beyond. A manual digital camera is strongly encouraged, and tuition includes 1-3 8×10 prints of student work. Email krodolico@fyamelrose.org with any supply or technology questions.

Ages 17-97+

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Art 1:1 

7 Mondays: 11/1-12/13
10:30 AM-12:30 PM 
Cost$265 (member discount available)
Facilitator: Sara Gravante

This is an opportunity for guidance and feedback in drawing, watercolor, acrylic painting, and mixed media. Sara will take a maximum of 6 artists from beginning to intermediate levels and help you to create a personal goal based on interest and ability. This is a great way to get started with your “I’ve always wanted to….” art goals. Because of the independent nature of the class, there is no supply list, but the instructor will get in touch with you ahead of time about what supplies you should bring based on your interests. Participants purchase their own supplies.

New Project

Better Together! Creative Writing AND Open Studio

Tuesday 11/23
7:00-9:00 pm
Cost$10
Facilitators: Joe McGonegal AND
Chiara Pieri

See how art can inspire your words, and vice versa! For this month’s creative writing session, we’ll use visual art to prompt our writing. November’s writing session will be joined by our Adult Open Studio artists for a night of collaborative creativity. Writers will generate a short piece while artists create something of their own–and then, we’ll trade! Next, writers will get to respond to the artists’ work in writing while respond to the writers’ pieces. We’ll come together at the end of the night to see how art and words are better together!

No registration is necessary, though an email heads up is appreciated, especially if you are coming in a group. 

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Reductive Painting
Saturday 11/6
1:00-4:00
PM 
Cost$75 (member discount available)

Facilitator: John Maciejowski 

We will prepare a glaze and completely cover over an old acrylic painting and then remove portions of the glaze to create a new art piece! This process can revitalize a piece of art you’ve been stuck on, and opens new opportunities for creativity!

Bring your own acrylic painting (up to size 11×14) OR use one of ours!

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Linoleum Block Printing Workshop
Saturday 11/13
1:00-4:00
PM 
Cost$75 (member discount available)

Facilitator: John Maciejowski 

We will work together to create and carve a linoleum block print of  your own design! This 5” x 7” print could be a holiday card, a gift tag, or even an all-purpose card. All supplies are included, and students will leave with multiple prints of their work to send or give!

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Creative Process

4 Wednesdays: 11/17-12/15 (skips 11/24)
7:00-9:00 PM 
Cost$165 (member discount available)
Facilitator: Heidi Reynolds

This course focuses on the process of art-making as meditative, restorative, and inspiring. Like yoga for your creative mind, exercises in focus, letting go, mark-making, and exploration encourage new thinking and push boundaries. The focus is process, not product, though you may find exciting buds for new projects. This is a great class for creative professionals to expand creative thinking as well as anyone looking to open their creative process!
Materials: Please bring a sketchbook. All other materials provided; you are welcome to bring in any additional ephemera, ongoing projects, and materials if desired.

playwriting

Writing the Ten Minute Play

4 Tuesdays, October 26-Nov 16
7:00-9:00 pm
Cost
$165
Facilitator: Josh Polster

What makes a good drama? Learn and practice the essential elements of playwriting with Emerson College professor, author, and theatre critic Josh Polster. Discuss dramatic structures, genres, and styles, and how to write complex characters, compelling dialogue, and vivid settings that connect with audiences. Read short examples/models from published plays, share and discuss your work, and leave this class with a better understanding of the craft of playwriting (skills applicable to other forms of dramatic writing) and a draft of a ten-minute script.

All ages (almost...)

Saturday Drop In is BACK!

All Ages!***
Time: 10:00-1:00 (last seating is 12:15)
Cost: $15 per artist for up to one hour

Facilitator: Chiara Pieri

Drop in is BACK! Come when you can, stay for an hour, and create with Chiara. Projects change week to week, each with a balance of structure and creativity so everyone walks away with something. Children 5+ can be dropped off. 

**Please email ahead of time for children 18 months-4 years so we can prepare an adapted activity
***Adults are always welcome to come alone, or with a child, and participate too!
Adults creating a project separate from their child must pay an additional fee.

Arts Club grades 4 and 5

Arts Club

Grades 4-5
Mondays only
Until 4:30 pm: $35/day
Until 6:00 pm: $50/day
Session 1: 9/13-10/04
Session 2: 10/18-11/08
Session 3: 11/15-12/20

This is a semi structured, low key, arts after school program for students in 4th and 5th grade. Small group activities will be run by HS staff, supervised by Kris Rodolico, FYACS Director. There will be opportunities for outside time, structured art activities, open art, and homework/reading time. No transportation provided. 
Sessions: To guarantee staffing, families must commit to 4-6 weeks at a time. 

* As always, financial assistance is available.
Please email our Director, Kris Rodolico,  
at krodolico@fyamelrose.org,
or leave a message at 781 665 4140