September 26, 2013

Another Season of Art Classes at AAC

Becoming An Artist, Summer 2013
Becoming An Artist, Summer 2013

Starting in the first week of October, we are once again opening the classroom doors!  Each season we offer classes for children, teens, and adults that are designed to match the interests and needs of each group. Fall classes last 8 to 9 weeks and accommodate a wide range of abilities and skill levels. Additionally, classes are kept small so that individualized attention can be provided to each student.

In order to create a better learning experience, AAC provides specialized classes geared toward four different age groups. In The World Around Us, (ages 4- 6 years) students create art that reflects their environment by taking inspiration from the living and growing things around them. This class is intended to enhance observational skills while encouraging creativity.

In the 7-10 year old class, Celebrating Contemporary American Artists, taught by AAC Resident Artist Becca Kallem, students explore the works of contemporary artists to gain experience working in different 2D and 3D techniques like proportion, perspective, abstraction, cartooning, costume design, sculpting with clay, and more.

Dan Perkins, Basking in the Glow, 2012, oil on canvas, 84'' x 120'' - installation
Dan Perkins, Basking in the Glow, 2012, oil on canvas, 84” x 120” – installation

For adults AAC offers a range of classes intended for all skill-levels with small class sizes so that each student receives individualized attention by the instructor.

In the Contemporary Landscape class taught by Daniel Perkins, students will explore different landscape styles using oil paint techniques such as linear perspective, atmospheric perspective, how to achieve the effects of light and its reflections, as well as how to use color to intensify these effects. 

The Observational Drawing class, taught by Jenny Walton, familiarizes students with materials and methods for developing line, form, and light. Various media will be employed, including graphite, charcoal, and conte crayon. This class allows for sustained drawing sessions, two of which will be with a live model.

Stephanie Lane, Spring's Push, oil on canvas, 26”x40”
Stephanie Lane, Spring’s Push, oil on canvas, 26”x40”

Lastly we have On Your Mark. Projects in this class are designed to explore methods that will guide students in the discovery of a personal style.  Students may work abstractly, representationally, or both, and will have the opportunity to paint from a live model during one class session. This class will be taught by one of our most popular instructors, artist Stephanie Lane.


If you’re not ready to commit to a full session, keep an eye out for our upcoming daycamps and workshops such as our Day of the Dead (free!) workshop for 11-14 year olds on November 1, Art’s Cool! Art’s School! daycamp on November 5 and Gift Mania! on December 14 for 4-6 and 7-10 year olds.  Registration is open for all classes now so be sure to be sure to sign up soon while there’s still space!

Sign up for the AAC newsletter or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay informed about upcoming classes. Remember, AAC members at the Family level and above receive up to 15% off classes all year.

Written by Leslie Mounamie, AAC’s Education Intern

Artist Talks with Andrew Barco and Elliot Doughtie

Saturday / October 21 / 1pm-3pm

Join artists Andrew Barco and Elliot Doughtie for conversations about their solo exhibitions currently on view at MoCA Arlington.

Neon Nights: Gala & Silent Auction

Wednesday / September 27 / 7pm

Join us on Wednesday, September 27 for a special gala and silent auction to benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington. Tickets range from $250 to $500 and include a 3-course dinner, silent auction, and the joy you’ll feel knowing you’re supporting the museum! Can’t attend? Consider sponsoring an artist to attend in your place!

MoCA on the Move at Met Park

Sundays 10am-12pm

MoCA Arlington at Met Park
Fun for the whole family! No Experience Required offers playful art making activities for children (and their curious adults) every Sunday morning. There will be collaborative, community-built art works, and opportunities to “make and take” works, too.