Adult Education

Adult Education - Class Descriptions and Schedule



Hand Engraving Demo

August 20th, 2016, 2pm

In this FREE demo, Ron E. A. Powell will be covering a brief history of engraving with an overview of the tools used and how he applies those tools to create shapes and forms on a variety of metals. The background will be followed by a demonstration of engraving on a metal plate and a short Q&A.


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Instructor: Ron E. A. Powell mixes a variety of techniques and styles in his haunting yet strangely tranquil paintings. The sensuous faces of his subjects are often framed by painterly brushwork and expressionist flourishes, but whatever amalgam of techniques he uses, Ron’s concern is always the emotional impact of his portraits. At times pensive, contemplative or unabashedly fervent, Ron’s subjects reveal themselves to us while remaining enigmatic. Powell is also a hand-engraving craftsman at Tiffany & Co. and has shown his paintings in various New York galleries, and has won fine art awards throughout the country from numerous prestigious arts institutions.

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Drawing, Painting, and Biking

in the Urban Landscape

Saturday, September 10th & 17th, 2016, 12-4pm

Students will meet at Artworks for two consecutive Saturdays to discuss plein air drawing and painting, then will venture by bicycle to multiple locations each week to spend time drawing and painting the urban landscape. Then we will return to Artworks to review and critique the day’s work. The Boys and Girls Club Bike Exchange will provide bicycles for students to borrow as well as bikes for sale.  Jonathan Conner ("Lank") will be providing instruction, but students must bring their own materials.

Topics will include: drawing and painting techniques, the unique intricacies of plein air painting, composition on the page, drawing from life, and portable art mediums.  When we arrive at each destination, the instructor will give a short demonstration, and then travel from student to student as they paint to give additional instruction and recommendations.

Suggested Supply List:

-Mixed media sketchbook or pad 11x14 or smaller

-Drawing tools (pencils, markers, pens)

-Painting Media (recommend watercolor, gouache or acrylic)

-Bicycle (can be provided)

-Plein air easel (very optional)


-Water for paint

-Water to drink

-Backpack or other storage system for supplies while riding bike.


Please arrive 10 minutes early.

Price: $45

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Instructor: Jonathan Connor ("Lank")  is an artist, designer and educator from Hamilton, New Jersey. A graduate of the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, Jon has designed artwork and signage for Whole Foods Market and created educational content for Utrecht Art Supplies. Jon currently works for Monmouth University and teaches drawing, two dimensional design, and digital media at Mercer County Community College. He is a founding member of the city beautification non-profit S.A.G.E. Coalition and has been working with the public art organization Albus Cavus since 2008, participating in public art and mural projects along the east coast.

Watercolor Anarchy

Watercolor Anarchy

Saturday, September 10th & 17th, 2016, 10am-1pm

Once titled “Watercolor Independent Study”, this supportive and inclusive group quickly evolved and became known as “Watercolor Anarchy”. Set up a still life, use your photos for inspiration - or - experiment with artistic ideas from your inner being.  Work with basic watercolors, textured papers, collage, monoprints or layering and enjoy the flow of watercolor in a supportive and creative group setting. Each week the class finishes with a group critique that the "Anarchists" call ‘show & tell’.

*Please note that materials are not supplied in this workshop. Please refer to the suggested materials list below:

Paint: Winsor-Newton, SoHo or Grumbacher brands are preferred. Be sure to get watercolors and not gouache.

Warm Colors - Cadmium yellow medium, Cadmium red medium or deep, Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue, Raw sienna or yellow ochre

Cool Colors - Aureolin or Lemon yellow, Alizarin crimson, Antwerp or Winsor (Pthalo) blue, Cerulean blue, Burnt sienna

Palette: Any plastic watercolor well that has wells for paint around the outside with a LARGE mixing area and a lid. A white enameled "butcher" tray or a dinner plate with plastic wrap will work.

Paper: 140lb cold press, suggested brands are Lanaquarelle, Arches and Waterford.

Brushes: 1" flat brush with beveled handle, #10 or #12 round, #5 or #6 round, 1/2" flat (synthetic or blended is fine)

Miscellaneous: Spiral bound sketchbook with heavier or watercolor paper, pencil, roll of masking or artist tape, sponge, water container (ex. leftover yogurt container), paper towels

Instructor: Gail Bracegirdle

Price: $50 (2-day workshop)

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Life Drawing

Saturday, September 24th, 2016, 12-3pm

Both beginners and seasoned artists are welcome to this Saturday workshop. A nude model, easels and drawing boards will be provided, but participants must bring their own paper and drawing media. Adam Brazil will be guiding instruction for those interested, but participants may also use this time to sketch freely. Registration is limited, so sign up early!

Suggested Supply List: 18" x 24" newsprint pad, 18" x 24" drawing paper pad, vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, conté crayon, kneaded rubber eraser, pencils (2h to 4b range), workable fixative - paper and drawing media are not supplied by Artworks. 

Please arrive 10 minutes early. 

Price: $25.00

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Instructor: Adam Brazil


Bookbinding Ins & Outs

Saturday, September 24th & Sunday, September 25th, 2016, 11am-4pm

The Bookbinding Ins & Outs returns for another fun weekend at Artworks! In this bookbinding workshop, artists will become familiar with the tools, materials and tricks of the book binding trade! Throughout this course, we’ll explore binding in highly personalized way, creating multiple soft and hardcover artists’ books. Each artist will create beautiful handmade books, and all the knowledge needed to explore binding in their own work. Artists should anticipate creating a minimum of 6 different books. Beginners welcome!

Students enrolled in “Book Binding Ins & Outs” should anticipate bringing with them the following:

-1 yard of light-weight fabric (silk, cotton, linen; no stretch, no quilting, embroidery, beading, sequins, etc)

-3-4 sheets of decorative papers (minimum size 11x15”; varied weights okay)

-1 sketchbook or notebook in which to take and hold notes

Optional: Binding tools (needles, Xacto knife, bone folder, cutting mat, pencils, rulers, etc). These will be available to be used during the two-day workshop; you do not need to purchase these if you do not already have them. However, if you prefer to use your own tools, please label them.

Optional: Prints, photos, works on paper, etc. These may be used as the covers for both soft and hardcover books. You may also choose to use these in your bindings.

Price: $85  (2 day workshop)

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Instructor: Dave DiMarchi

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Holistic Creativity:

A Complete System for Inspired Productivity

October 1st, 2016, 2-3pm


In this FREE one hour seminar, you will learn about the Holistic Creativity system and begin to experience a

creative transformation by engaging a simple demonstration technique.

Holistic Creativity is a complete system for inspired productivity using contemporary design theories,

cutting-edge science, and ancient practices for self-awareness.

Holistic Creativity training utilizes hands-on learning so that lasting change can occur in the way that you

conceive, develop, and produce. Through this transformational experience, you’ll achieve a more authentic

point of view and create work with more impact, no matter what project, process, or career.

For more information about Michelle Rothwell's Holistic Creativity program, please visit

Instructor: Michelle Rothwell


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Special Effects Makeup 101

Friday, October 14th, 7-9pm

Blood, Bruises, and Burns! Learn the basics of gory special effects makeup in a fun hands-on atmosphere. Let professional makeup artist Meagan Impellizzeri show you how to use the tools of the trade. We will discuss and demonstrate the various materials and makeup used in the industry and students will have the opportunity to try materials and practice on one another and the model. Meagan is an experienced teacher and her classes are both fun and chock full of great information and tips! Class is BYOB so students are welcome to bring any beverages and snacks to enjoy during the class. Can't think of a good costume for this year's Monster's Ball: Nightmare on the Bayou? Well, do we have the perfect thing for you! Come and get gross with us!

Instructor: Meagan Impellizzeri

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Price: $25