The East Side Art Center

Fall Catalog

26 Rochambeau Avenue    
Providence, RI  02906    

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 Adult classes start at age 17.


Our 8-week Fall Semester for adults starts on Monday, October 4.

For the safety of all, we are requiring at this time that all of our students and teachers are fully vaccinated. Depending on health guidelines, we may require the return to mask-wearing. We are all together during this awful and probably unnecessarily extended situation and we hope that you will respect this policy.

There's a class here for you, no matter what your experience. Some of our students can't remember the last time they explored their "artistic side". Others are quite far along in their artistic ventures.

We go out of our way to make you feel comfortable in developing that part of you that wants to be creative. Classes are eight weeks and start the week of October 4.

Adult classes are for students aged 17+.

Drawing: Beginning to Advanced

for Adults
Monday evening, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Thursday evening, 6:30 - 9:00 pm
or Wednesday morning, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Starts October 4, 6 or 7.

Some are just beginning, while others can't wait to return for more advanced drawing or to move on to painting. This side-by-side class for beginners or more advanced students individualizes instruction to take your drawing to a higher level, whatever your ability.

Beginners start by learning to see all over again as they practice very directed, step-by-step procedures. The fundamentals are taught very clearly and accessibly: line, form, perspective, composition and positive-negative relationships will be put on paper in black-and-white and shades in-between.

Intermediates with some drawing background will be given greater latitude as they strengthen their skills, moving toward greater individual expression.

Advanced students add technique, making drawing a comprehensive tool of design that facilitates and enhances the ability to communicate ideas in all areas of artistic interest, including painting, design, architecture and sculpture.

If you really want to learn, this course may be your best bet!

Instructor: Don Simon    8 weeks (20 hours)
Tuition: $215.
Materials not included.

Multi-Media Painting & Monotype Printmaking

for Adults

Tuesday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Simon)
or Thursday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm (Simon)

Tuesday, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (Caswell)
or Wednesday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm (Caswell)

Starts October 5, 6 or 7.

This class offers instruction in a variety of media. Students explore the medium of their choice while observing others develop theirs. Side-by-side will be the opportunity to focus on the exciting one-of-a-kind printing technique, the monotype.

Pastels, a logical step between drawing and painting, brings drawing techniques into the manipulation of color.

Acrylics and Oils both have similar properties and techniques, with oils being more traditional and flexible, while the quicker drying, water-based acrylics are a possible advantage in the learning process.

Watercolor has transparent color blendings and relative quickness.

Beginning/Intermediate watercolorists should register for that focus with Sally Caswell listed below. The more advanced should register in Multi-Media or Advanced Watercolor with Carolyn Simon.

Gouache, a more opaque medium (sometimes called "opaque watercolor"), also offers interesting challenges.

Monotypes: Using the newly developed water-based paints by Createx™, we will develop various kinds of prints on a plexiglass plate. The monotype allows the student to explore printmaking while, at the same time, keeping the spontaneity of a painting and adding some of the textural effects of collage. This produces both surprising and exciting results when we pass the plate through our etching press. Some basic drawing experience is strongly recommended.

Instructors: Carolyn Simon or Sally Caswell    8 weeks (24 hours)
Tuition: $235.
Materials not included.

Beginning / Intermediate Watercolor

for Adults
Tuesday, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
or Wednesday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Starts October 5 or 6, within Sally Caswell's Multi-Media classes.

Whether you are just beginning or are taking what you have learned to the next level, this class really gives you the foundation and confidence many find lacking in some watercolor classes.

Those who have taken this class previously will find lots more to do to advance their watercolor experience. You can do it!

Some basic drawing experience is strongly recommended.

Instructor: Sally Caswell   8 weeks (24 hours)
Tuition: $235 plus $5 in-class materials, $240 total.
Personal materials not included.

Intermediate / Advanced Watercolor, Multi-Media Painting & Monotype

for Adults
Tuesday, 6:30 am - 9:30 pm
or Friday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Starts October 5 or 8.

Those familiar with traditional and experimental watercolor techniques further develop their skills with challenging exercises.

With inspiration from forms in still-life, landscape, abstract design - we may even use the figure - we explore visual ideas as fully as one's ability allows. Composition, color, light, and brush techniques are only some of the areas we will investigate.

Instructor: Carolyn Simon    8 weeks (24 hours)
Tuition: $235.
Materials not included.

Creating A Portrait

for Adults
Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:30 pm
Starts October 6.

These portrait sessions focus on techniques in achieving an accurate likeness using color or black & white head-and-shoulders photographs that must be enlarged to at least 8 X 10".

We will draw in charcoal or graphite. (Students with portrait experience may work in pastel or oil.) Students are encouraged to choose a medium for the full eight weeks. Drawing skills will be developed with attention to shapes in light and shadow, proper placement of facial features, as well as facial expressions. One class will be devoted to drawing a portrait from a live model.

Techniques will be introduced according to drawing ability, and each student will receive individual attention.

Materials will be discussed at the first class. Bring whatever you have, or, if you don't have any, bring charcoal paper or sketch book and pencil or charcoal. Table easels will be provided if needed.

If you are planning to study art in college, consider this class as excellent preparation for your portfolio review; Figure and portrait samples are a must when applying for this type of education.

Instructor: Sally Caswell    8 weeks (24 hours)
Tuition: $235. In-class materials and model: $15. Total: $250.
Other materials not included.

The Art of Calligraphy

for Adults
Wednesday, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Starts October 6.

Something you've always wanted to do: invitations, cards, posters, certificates and awards all come to life with the uniqueness, customized elegance and design of hand-lettering. You will learn the basics of calligraphy and letterforms as we study a variety of styles, learn strokes, consistency,study positive / negative space and develop examples of page designs.

You don't need to know how to draw but, if you do, calligraphy will be an enhancement to your drawing ability. You don't even have to consider yourself "artistic". By practicing eye-hand coordination, you will develop skills that you - and others - will appreciate for the rest of your life. (If you work on a computer, you will particularly appreciate the study of letterforms, combinations and page layout - without software.) We will all gain an understanding of letterforms as being truly beautiful individual and collective designs.

Instructor: Don Simon    8 weeks (20 hours)
Tuition: $215. In-class materials: $15. should provide you with everything you'll need. Total: $230.
Other materials not included.

Decorative Furniture & Wood Painting for All

for Adults
Thursday, 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Starts October 7.

Have some fun with us transforming small pieces of furniture or wooden objects into personally customized new works of art! You will be introduced to the basics, including hand painting, wood surface prep, stenciling, collage and distressing.

Prior artistic experience is not necessary: All levels will learn in this explorative class. Some prep work may be done at home and pieces must be transported back-and-forth due to limited studio storage.

What to bring: Small, easy-to-carry pieces, such as wooden boxes, corner tables, chairs, etc.

A $20 fee includes in-class material such as brushes, stencils, gloves, smocks and collage materials. You provide your own latex or acrylic paints.

Instructor: Lindsay Adler    8 weeks (20 hours)
Tuition: $215. In-class materials: $20. Total: $235.
Other materials not included.

Materials Not Included...

When a course listing says "Materials not included", that means we try to take advantage of any materials you may already have (please bring to first class) or can make yourself. The instructor will tell you what materials will be required and where you can buy them if needed.

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