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Artist Lecture & Closing Reception: Amy Beecher

Presented By: Amy Beecher

Artist-in-Residence, Amy Beecher (on view in "The Newest Romantics") will be transforming the Holzwasser Gallery into a print studio, through February 18, combining digital and analog modes of printmaking to create unique works. During this lecture and reception, learn about Beecher’s practice, source materials and inspirations that have shaped her work, including Roman Murals, food advertising, and the still life photography of Irving Sandler.

February 18, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

President's Day - NO CLASSES

February 20, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

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

February Vacation - No Regular Classes 2/21-2/24

February Vacation Art Program: Discovering Botanical Wonderland
Before photography was created botanical art was the only method available for the scientific documentation of plants, their shapes, structure, colors and lifecycle. For this week’s projects students will be inspired by artwork on view from the New Art Center’s exhibition that showcases botanical still lifes and environments. Students will also look at the painting Primavera by Botticelli that depicts at least 190 different species of flowers, where 130 were identified! The week and its projects will be the perfect break that we need from winter days as we focus on the beauty of botanical art in different forms, including clay, 2D sculpture, mixed media and performing arts.
Register Now: Children Gr K-3, Preteen Gr 4-6, Teen Art Gr 7-11, CIT

February 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Opening Reception: Karine Kadiyska & Sandra Mayo

In this exhibition NAC faculty member Karine Kadiyska and NAC student Sandra Mayo look inward and to the past to explore identity through quiet and expansive figurative works. For Kadiyska, the figure is ephemeral, moving from presence to absence in surreal sculptures and installation pieces that contemplate the inner self and the soul. Mayo explores her connection to the past through monoprints and collages from her “genogram” series that use a system of symbols to describe and expand upon familial connections and her place within the larger pattern of family history.

February 24, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

QPR Prevention Training

Presented By: Newton Cares

The New Art Center is pleased to welcome Newton Cares: Coalition for Suicide Prevention & Mental Health to host a special QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Suicide Prevention Training. The mission of Newton Cares is to raise awareness and identify strategies to assist in creating a healthy, empowered community that promotes emotional well-being across the lifespan. QPR is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize the warning signs of suicide or similar mental health emergency, how to respond to someone in distress by offering hope, and how to get a person at risk the help they need.

This training workshop is free, however registration is required.
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March 1, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Clay Sculpting: Owls

Presented By: Nancy Merrifield

Learn how to make your unique owl sculpture using air-dry clay. Learn and aply simple potterytechniques such as pinch methods that allow you to work quickly and effectively. Add personality to your piece and bring a final product home in the same evening. Materials provided.
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March 2, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Glass Fusing

Presented By: Michel L’Huillier

Through the study of a wide range of fused pieces, students will learn about different glass firings. Students will 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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March 2, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Mastering Matisse: Explorations in Color, Form and Invention

Presented By: Carol Blackwell

Who doesn't love Matisse, his colors, compositions, cut-outs?! The energy and vigor of his work, from the Matisse Chapel to the beautiful SNAIL, composed of colored paper squares, will be the underpinning of this workshop. Develop new work influenced by the study of Matisse's use of intense color, line, pattern, and shape, using a viariety of materials, not all of which were available to the master. Materials not provided.
2 Sessions Saturday 3/4 & Sunday 3/5
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March 4, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Drawing Your Family Genogram (Adults and Teens)

Presented By: Sandro Mayo

Inspired by Mayo's "Genogram" series on view in the Holzwasser Gallery, participans are guided ghrough the process of creating their own family genogram. Genograms are pictorial family trees used in medicine, psychiatry, and social work, which, through a system of marks and symbols, illustrate hereditary patterns and provide insightinto the character of individual relationships. Each genogram has its own pattern built upon the deepest and most basic human relationships. For Adults and Teens (Grades 7-12)
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March 4, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Painting Still Life with Confidence (March)

In this three part workshop (oil or acrylic), learn to work with confidence using various starting approaches (blockin-ins) to achieve a successful still life. Study value,shapes, color temperatures, edges,and design. Learn how to set up a still life; improve your paint application; mixing various harmonious colors; and refine your brush strokes. Instructor demos as well as plenty of individual attention will be included. Materials not provided.
3 Saturdays 3/4, 3/11, and 3/18
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March 4, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Early Registration for Spring 2017 Ends

March 6, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Portrait Drawing 101

Presented By: Nancy Merrifield

Explore, learn, and have fun in this laid back, step-by-step portrait drawing workshop. No experience necessary. Bring a photograph, (color or black and white) and use vine charcoal to draw the basic proportions of the face, neck and shoulders. Learn techniques for drawing specific features such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. Discover that portrait drawing can be easier than you think! Materials provided.
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March 8, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Glass Mosaic

Presented By: Michel L’Huillier

Learn the basics of the mosaic process, which incorporates pieces of glass or ceramic with grout to fit a square or rectangular substrate. Choose your glass from a wide selection of precut pieces and glue these pieces on the base. Michel will grout the panels and bring them back to the NAC within a week. Materials provided.
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March 9, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Drawing and Painting Dog Portraits

Presented By: Katherine Miller

Discover how to sketch and paint your favorite pet or animal in a realistic or abstract way. Learn how to select the source photos to work from and ways to sketch and transfer images to canvas or paper. Use pencil, charcoals and/or paints to mix colors, create shade, fur, whiskers, and layers of colors to create special effects, features, shapes and dimensions. Materials not provided.
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March 11, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Last Day of Regular Winter Classes

March 18, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Make-Up Week 3/20-3/25

March 20, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Curator Workshop & COP Info Session

Presented By: Henriette Huldisch

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 Henriette Huldisch, curator at MIT’s List Visual Art Center. Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about NAC’s open call for curatorial proposals.

This workshop will feature a presentation by Henriette Huldisch, curator at MIT’s List Visual Art Center.

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March 22, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Aspects of Collage: Diversify and Discover

Presented By: Carol Blackwell

All aspects of collage are omnipresent in our postmodern world;film, print,TV, text...it's a global mish-mash of fragmentary images floating continually before us. THis art form, begun by Picasso and Braque, has many possibilities for artists today. Learn the many diverse aspects of collage and assemblage in this hands-on workshop to discover new directions of this multifaceted medium. Materials not provided.
2 Sessions, Saturday 3/25 & Sunday 3/26
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March 25, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Spring 2017 Semester Begins

March 27, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Early Registration for Summer 2017 Ends

April 10, 2017 at 11:59 PM

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