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Spring 2017 Semester Begins

March 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Newton Open Studios Kick-Off

Help us kick-off what promises to be a fantastic weekend of Newton Open Studios, featuring some of our talented students and faculty. Come see the range of work being created right here in our neighborhood, some even in our studios.

Visit the Newton Open Studios website to learn more.

March 31, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Newton Open Studios, 4/1 & 4/2

Join us all weekend long as we host the largest group participating Newton Open Studio artists, featuring some of our talented students and faculty. This will be a great chance to see the range of work being created right here in our neighborhood, some even in our studios. Help Newton Open Studios celebrate 20 years and New Art Center celebrate 40 years!

Newton Open Studios is a non-profit affiliate of Newton Community Pride, funded by artists' registration fees and donations from generous individuals and businesses, and in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the Newton Cultural Council.

Visit the Newton Open Studios website to learn more.

April 1, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Newton Open Studios, 4/1 & 4/2

Join us all weekend long as we host the largest group participating Newton Open Studio artists, featuring some of our talented students and faculty. This will be a great chance to see the range of work being created right here in our neighborhood, some even in our studios. Help Newton Open Studios celebrate 20 years and New Art Center celebrate 40 years!

Newton Open Studios is a non-profit affiliate of Newton Community Pride, funded by artists' registration fees and donations from generous individuals and businesses, and in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the Newton Cultural Council.

Visit the Newton Open Studios website to learn more.

April 2, 2017 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Registration Required: Register Online, or call us at 617.964.3424.

Drawing & Painting Workshop: The Figure and Beyond

Presented By: Robert Siegelman

Work from a live model and discover new ways to approach art making. Experiment with drawing and/or painting to expand your range in a supportive studio. Learn how the figure can be the focus or a point of departure. Have fun in an encouraging environment, while being introduced to new challenges. Materials not provided. 4 Tuesdays 4/4 to 5/2, no class 4/19/17.
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April 4, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Fee: $250.00

Opening Reception: In Flawed Abundance

Presented By: International Encaustic Artists

The International Encaustic Artists (IEA) and the New Art Center in Newton (NAC) join together to present "In Flawed Abundance." Juried by Miles Conrad of Conrad Wilde Gallery and organized by IEA Exhibitions Co-Chair Lola Baltzell, this exhibition explores the riddle of living, the struggle to be content with the moment, with what is. Rather than wishing things were different -- not wanting what we have, wanting what we don't have, Mr. Nepo points to the deep truth that everything we need is right before us. Encaustic painting lends itself perfectly to this concept of here and now. There is an immediacy to encaustic which suits an intuitive style of working and its inherent translucent characteristics readily express a wide range of subject matter.

April 7, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Opening Reception: Interplay: the arts of engagement

The New Art Center is pleased to partner with Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media, and Design to showcase the work of four graduate student artists (Mark C. Aylward, Aiwen Cheng, David Cohn, Hannah Groudas). Working across sculpture, drawing, installation, video, and animation, these artists playfully illustrate the broad scope and unique sensibility of Northeastern’s new Interdisciplinary Arts program. This program educates artists for a lifetime of creative work in the public sphere. Drawing on visual and performing art, media studies, and the expanded field of design, the program supports the development of ambitious projects by a diverse, international group of creative practitioners.

April 7, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Monotype and Monoprint Workshop: In Pursuit of the Wayward Muse

Presented By: Catherine Kernan

This workshop provides context, information, and inspiration to create richly layered monotypes and monoprints in series and variations using soy-based Akua Inks. With particular attention to mixing and modifying inks for viscosity, students will exploit basic additive and reductive monotype techniques. Explore overprinting, off-set transfers, and ghost images, using a variety of materials to increase the opportunities for controlled accidents and calculated spontaneity. Materials provided. 2 Saturdays 4/8 and 4/15.
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April 8, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Fee: $265.00

Collaborative Drawing Workshop

Presented By: Grey Held

Experience the power of play and the fun of improvisational and collaborative drawing in a safe, encouraging environment. Artist Grey Held will guide the use of mixed media to create two-dimensional one-of-a-kind drawings, reflecting the contributions of each participant. Materials provided.
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April 8, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Fee: $55.00

Early Registration for Summer 2017 Ends

April 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Collaborative Drawing Workshop

Presented By: Grey Held

Experience the power of play and the fun of improvisational and collaborative drawing in a safe, encouraging environment. Artist Grey Held will guide the use of mixed media to create two-dimensional one-of-a-kind drawings, reflecting the contributions of each participant. Materials provided.
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April 22, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Fee: $55.00

Curator Workshop & COP Info Session

Presented By: Dan Byers

Presented as part of our “Curatorial Opportunity Program”, curator workshops feature presentations by curators about their projects and approaches to curating contemporary art, and invite participants to engage in dialogue about curatorial ideas. This workshop will feature Dan Byers, Mannion Family Senior Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about NAC’s open call for curatorial proposals.

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April 26, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Fee: $10.00

Collaborative Drawing Workshop

Presented By: Grey Held

Experience the power of play and the fun of improvisational and collaborative drawing in a safe, encouraging environment. Artist Grey Held will guide the use of mixed media to create two-dimensional one-of-a-kind drawings, reflecting the contributions of each participant. Materials provided.
Register Here.

April 29, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Fee: $55.00

Submission Deadline: The Creative Process 2017

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April 29, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Workshop: Exploring the Reduction Block Print

Presented By: Arlene Bandes

Reduction block printmaking results in unique, multi-colored prints. We will be using Akua water soluble inks in transparent layers to create prints on archival paper. Materials provided.
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May 3, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Fee: $55.00

Registration Required: Register Online, or call us at 617.964.3424.

Submission Deadline: Holzwasser Gallery Program 2017-2018

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May 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Jewelry Mosaic Workshop

Presented By: Michel L'Huillier

Using a selection of pre-cut colored glass pieces and beads, create a mini mosaic inside a deep pendant (many shapes available, silver or copper plated). Fit pieces together with glue, then grout with one of the many colored grout available. Clean your pieces. Voilà! You’ll be provided a black leather cord necklace for each pendant. Tuition includes 2 pendants.
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May 6, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Fee: $90.00

Glass Fusing Workshop

Presented By: Michel L'Huillier

Through the study of a wide range of fused pieces, students will learn about different glass firings. Experiment with colored glass pieces, glass powders, and glass frits to create a plate available to pick up within one week. No previous glass experience is necessary. Materials provided.
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May 6, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Fee: $90.00

White Line Woodcut Workshop

Presented By: Amy MacGregor-Radin

Learn this low-tech method to hand-print colorful images. The white line woodcut or Provincetown print method was devised in the early 1900’s in Provincetown by a group of artists who were working to simplify traditional Japanese woodblock printing. Your white line printed images can be as simple or complicated as you would like. Materials fee $40. 3 Wednesdays, 5/10, 5/17 & 5/24.
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May 10, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Fee: $135.00

Workshop: Nature Printed Shirts

Presented By: Arlene Bandes

Design, make, and wear a one-of-a-kind hand printed shirt using natural objects such as leaves, flowers, and shells. Explore the process of removing dye from fabric to reveal the colors hidden beneath. Bring at least one pre-washed shirt (black, 100% cotton is recommended) or material to print.
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May 10, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Fee: $55.00

Watercolor Workshop: Loosen Up!

Presented By: Lisa Goren

Watercolor can seem daunting, but this workshop is designed to help loosen your approach to the medium, feel more capable with the paints, and find out how rewarding it can be. Focus on working with water, color mixing, understanding paper, and using the strengths (and weaknesses) of the medium. Work with a wet-on-wet approach using different surfaces and methods. Materials not provided.
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May 13, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Fee: $125.00

Workshop: Exploring Transparent Layers with Akua Inks

Presented By: Arlene Bandes

Class will introduce techniques of building up transparent layers of Akua inks using styrofoam printing plates and resists. Students will use a reduction process for several layers of inks on archival paper. Materials provided.
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May 17, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Fee: $55.00

Registration Required: Register Online, or call us at 617.964.3424.

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