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  • Acrylic Painting: An Introduction

    Learn the basics of painting with acrylics in this easy-to-follow class. We'll start with color mixing to produce vibrant hues and build up your skills so you can make paintings that pop and begin to bring your ideas to life on canvas. Develop your own style and. create your own masterpieces, whether you have painting experience or not. All levels are welcome. Please note: A materials list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Acrylics Magic

    Delve into the wonderful world of acrylics. Explore a myriad of ways to use acrylic gels, mediums and paints to create luscious, colorful surfaces. For both newcomers and experienced artists, this course offers guided exercises and demos as well as ample time for experimentation. Spark your creativity with exciting ideas for taking your work in new directions. Please note: Tuition includes a $20 materials fee. An additional materials list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • An Introduction to Watercolor

    Do you love the luminosity of watercolor paintings? Build the foundational techniques necessary for capturing any subject matter. Learn how to choose quality materials, manage flow, control and use blooms, paint washes and glazes, understand transparencies and saturation, identify the science of light and pigment to control your medium, and more. Develop confidence and fluency in the medium while relaxing and enjoying the painting process. Please note: A supply list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Anyone Can Draw: Cray-Pas®

    Cray-Pas® are big, waxy crayons in fabulous brilliant colors. They’re called “oil pastels” but are much less messy and toxic than either oil sticks or pastels. In this class we’ll learn drawing basics—perspective, shade and shadow, composition—using this medium. The bright colors will be fun and freeing and a perfect antidote to being cooped up for so long. Please note: A supply list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Art Romp: Holiday Spirit

    Celebrate the holiday season by making colorful cards, 3-D ornaments, and artful mini-books using acrylic paints and a variety of fun mark-making, painting, and printing techniques. Both new and experienced artists will find easy methods and fresh ideas to inspire creativity while making unique gifts to share. Please note: Tuition includes a $20 materials fee. A small additional supply list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Beginning Silversmithing: Jewelry Design

    Sterling Silver Ring Learn fundamental techniques for designing and fabricating a sterling-silver textured band ring. You’ll receive step-by-step instructions in texturing, filing, forming, soldering, sanding, and polishing your ring. Sept. 21 and 28 or Oct. 12 and 19 Sterling Silver Pendant This workshop focuses on creating a sterling silver pendant with bezel-set cabochon stone. Develop your fabrication skills including: drilling, sawing/piercing, filing and multiple soldering techniques; making jump rings; satin finishing; and setting the stone. Nov. 9 and 16 Please note: For each session, a $40 materials fee is payable to the instructor at the first class.
  • Botanical Art

    Learn how to use plants as a subject of art. The emphasis will be on the beauty and personality of the plants and we’ll work using both pictures and live subjects. The main materials used will be colored pencils and watercolor paints. Your “portraits” of flowers or fruit can be printed on postcards and calendars as perfect gifts for your loved ones. All skill levels are welcome. Please note: A materials list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Create the Perfect A-Line Skirt

    Draft and sew your own skirt that will fit your personal measurements perfectly in the fabric of your choice. Once the pattern is drafted you can make it over and over again with different variations. Make it short to wear with leggings, make it knee length for summer, add patch pockets because everybody needs pockets, make this skirt a staple of your wardrobe. You will learn pattern drafting (without difficult math), how to place and sew darts, seam finishing, putting in a centered zipper, making and attaching a waistband, and hemming. You will need to know how to use your sewing machine and have a zipper foot (you don’t need to know how to use it). Please note: A supply list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Crochet

    Crochet can be used to make all sorts of fun and cool accessories: hats, scarves, wraps, shrugs, embellishments (flowers, ruffles), bags/purses, and more. Beginner Learn basic techniques and stitches, including single and double crochet. Leave with an understanding of how to read patterns, crochet different shapes, increase/decrease, and how to finish pieces. Tuition includes a $10 materials fee. 6 Thursdays | Sept. 30–Nov. 4 | 7:00–8:30 pm | Gibbs | $115 Project-Based Workshop For those with some experience. Get ideas and help starting a new project in a relaxed, friendly setting. The instructor will have a variety of patterns to choose from or you can bring your own. 3 Thursdays | Nov. 18–Dec. 9 | 7:00–8:30 pm | Gibbs | $55 Take both & save | $155 Please note: A supply list for each session will be emailed once the classes have reached minimum enrollment.
  • Drawing Foundations

    Learning to draw is about learning to see. Learn and practice basic techniques as we draw objects and scenes around us. Each week will introduce a new topic, such as perspective, light, shade and shadow, value, and relationships, and we’ll draw together as we integrate these concepts. For inspiration, we’ll look at examples of artists whose work demonstrates our new techniques. We will work on a variety of subjects which may include landscapes, still lives, people, and more. All levels are welcome, especially beginners. All levels are welcome, especially beginners. Please note: A supply list will be emailed once the classes have reached minimum enrollment.
  • Felted Scarf Workshop

    Using warm water, a little soap and some friction, craft a soft, warm, beautiful, and light-weight scarf from fine merino wool fleece. Felting, the oldest known way to make fabric, combines layers of wool fibers into one flat piece without knitting or weaving. Create a scarf from wool fleece alone or make a Nuno-felted scarf, which integrates silk fabric with the wool fleece. Felt a fabulously textured scarf for yourself or to give as a one-of-a-kind gift. Tuition includes a $30 materials fee.
  • Fused Glass Workshop: Sushi Serving Set

    Learn the basics of glass fusing while having fun playing with glass shapes, colors, and textures. First learn how to use glass powders, frits, glass beads, and stringers. Then design and create your own sushi set featuring two small 6” x 6” plates and one large serving dish (4″ x 13″ channel plate, 8" x 8" square or 8" circle), perfect to serve sushi, cheese and crackers, or desserts. Please note: Tuition includes a $125 materials fee. Additional pieces can be made for an extra fee. The instructor will fire your pieces in his kiln and return them to ACE within a week—in time to give as a gift for the holidays! Students must wear closed toe shoes, eyeglasses or safety glasses (glasses can be provided to those who do not have them). Teens are welcome to register with a registered adult.
  • Get to Know Your Sewing Machine

    Unleash your inner seamstress! Whether you have no experience or just need a refresher, in just three evenings you’ll learn what you need to get sewing. Review your machine’s parts and functions, learn to change a bobbin, thread the machine, decipher stitch selections, and use the buttonhole function. After some practice and to boost your confidence, undertake a small project such as a mini bag. Please note: Bring your sewing machine in good working order along with your machine’s instruction manual, if you have it. A materials list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

    Explore Adobe Photoshop, the photo-editing software used by professionals. With guided instruction, learn how to create eye-catching images using the basic tools of Photoshop. Discover how to adjust an image’s color or perspective, correct blemishes, create layers, and add text. We’ll cover the basic functions of Photoshop with plenty of time for hands-on practice to get a true sense of how fun and easy editing your pictures can be. Please note: Computers running Adobe Photoshop will be provided, although the ability to access Photoshop outside class is recommended in order to practice. To get the most from this course, you must be familiar with how to use a personal computer and be comfortable with the internet. No Photoshop experience necessary. Please note: class dates are 10/12 (no class 11/2) - last class is 11/16.
  • Knit One, Purl Two: Knitting for Beginners & Beyond

    Take up or rediscover the relaxing craft of knitting in these classes for beginners and beyond. Reduce your stress as you get a solid foundation in basic skills, including how to hold the needles and yarn, casting on and binding off, knit and purl stitches, increasing and decreasing, and how to read a pattern. Additional skills will be introduced based on the level and interests of participants. Students will select an appropriate project to work on. Please note: A supply list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment. Please note: For the Evening class starting on 10/7, the first class will meet at Arlington High School. All subsequent classes will meet at the Gibbs School.
  • Kumihimo Jewelry: Beaded Bracelet

    Make a beautiful bracelet using the ancient art of Japanese braiding. Kumihimo means “gathered threads.” Originally used to braid lacing for a Samurais’ armor, today it is a popular jewelry-making technique that is easy, fun, fast, and addictive. We will explore the history of this art, and learn about terms, tips, and resources. Then we will start working on mastering the basic round braid. Each participant will create a half hook bracelet, for yourself or to give as a gift. Leave with new skills to continue this satisfying craft on your own. Tuition includes a $25 fee for a kit. Color choices (silver black, copper brown, silver lavender, silver turquoise) can be made at time of registration. Reusable braiding disks ($4) will be available for purchase. Please note: Participants must bring a small bottle of white glue, a small tube of very strong glue such as Gorilla glue or E600, scissors, and a ruler.
  • Leather Working: Wallet Design

    Learn the basics of working with leather while designing and constructing a keychain and simple 6x4 inch wallet. Practice using knives safely to cut the material, and then use punches, rivets, and studs to construct your projects. Choose from a selection of vegetable tanned leather, a sustainable substance that gets more soft, supple, and develops a beautiful patina with time. See how fun it can be to work with leather as you explore its unique properties and versatility. Tuition includes a $20 materials fee.
  • Mandala Drawing: Meditation Through Art

    Mandalas are geometric diagrams or patterns that are created as a form of self-expression through concentrating one’s mind via meditation, or as a creative practice. Mandala-making is enjoyed by many different cultures and religions to help set one’s mind in the right direction. The practice can calm the mind, relieve stress, heal pain, and help transform a busy mind into a more enlightened one. This workshop will encourage you to use the process in whatever way is most meaningful for you, and through simple steps, you will leave with a fantastic artwork of your own and potentially a new way to engage more fully in the present moment. All skill levels are welcome. Please note: A materials list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Meditative Slow Stitching

    Slow down and relax with this simple yet stunningly creative activity. Drawing inspiration from the Japanese boro and Indian kantha techniques, we’ll work with the basic running stitch and explore the use of different fabrics, color, and pattern. In the first class we’ll go over basic techniques and work with samples to explore different textures. Then we’ll introduce patterned fabric and work on creating a fabric collage. Create a finished piece for display or use the techniques to embellish jeans or other clothing items. Instructor will provide fabrics but students may wish to bring their own items to the later class(es). This is a great way to upcycle old clothing or linens as well as fabric. No experience necessary and beginners are welcome. Please note: A supply list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Mixed Media Collage

    Have fun as we mix it up with a variety of papers, paints, inks, stamps, stencils, found objects, and more. Using layers, textures, patterns and experimentation, we’ll use a variety of techniques to create artist trading cards, bookmarks, triptychs, and journal pages, building toward a final project on a 10x10 inch canvas. New and returning students are welcome. There is no experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment and play. Tuition includes a $30 materials fee.
  • Painting with Colored Pencils

    Colored pencil painting is experiencing a whole new level of appreciation in the art world. In this class, we'll learn how to create wonderful painting effects with just colored pencils. You will learn principles of layering and blending the colors, technical tips, and ways to combine your pencils with other art materials. We’ll talk about color theory, lights, and shades as we work on different projects such as landscapes, flowers, still life, abstract art, and illustration. Please note: A supply list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Pop-Up Card Design (Adults)

    Learn how to create fun and engaging cards with pop-up designs. No artistic ability required, only a willingness to muck about with paper, scissors, and glue. We’ll master a variety of simple and more complex techniques, and learn how to customize them to make our own designs. We’ll discuss useful books and tools for more complex pop-up designs. Holiday-themed designs will be demonstrated for those hoping to make holiday cards. A special kind of creative magic awaits you in this workshop. You’ll never send a store-bought card again, and delight in how your creations become treasured gifts. Please note: Tuition includes a $5 materials fee. Please bring scissors to class.
  • Quilting for Beginners

    Learn the basic techniques of making a quilt: cutting fabric, piecing the blocks, and sewing the quilt top. The process of pinning the quilt layers, quilting the quilt, and binding the edges will be demonstrated at the last two classes. We will use a basic traditional star design that you can modify in size to make anything from a pillow to a full-sized quilt. A well-tuned sewing machine is required, and although this class is for beginner quilters, you must know the basics of how to use it. To keep up with the pace of the class, independent sewing will be necessary between classes. A materials list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.It’s possible that fabric and supplies could exceed $100 depending on project size. Please note: A supply list will be emailed once the class has reached minimum enrollment.
  • Shibori: Creative Textile Design (Adults)

    Come explore shibori, a surprisingly easy and wonderfully addictive ancient Japanese hand-dyeing technique that involves folding, twisting, or bunching cloth and binding it, then dipping it in indigo dye. Experiment with cotton as the canvas and enjoy seeing the variety of patterns created by other students using the identical techniques. Then make a beautiful shibori apron. Leave with detailed instructions to practice your new skills on your own. Tuition includes a $15 materials fee.