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Drawing and Painting Studio Art - Day
This open studio art class is perfect for beginners and continuing students alike. New students will begin with drawing basics, from contour through composition, using charcoal pencils. Continuing students may work in the medium of their choice and will receive individual instruction. Instructor Laura McCormick is a teacher and artist specializing in charcoal and pastel portraiture. Her work has won many awards and hangs in private collections all over the world. She delights in cultivating the creative side of her students. Class size limited. Make up dates, if needed are 4/11 & 6/20.

SUPPLIES for Laura McCormick’s Class:

New Students: General’s Charcoal Pencils (at least one hard and one soft); drawing pencils (soft); kneaded eraser; bundle of tortillion for blending; drawing paper - loose or in pad (11” x 14”).

Continuing Students: Please bring your own supplies.

7 Sessions $149 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $115) + mtls.
Thur., 4/25; 5/2, 9, 16, 23, 30 & 6/13 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Town Hall Annex




Drawing for Everybody
This class will focus on drawing techniques and composition. We will use various papers and materials to create images, and develop our own style through the use of the materials. Beginner and advanced students are welcome. A list for students to purchase additional supplies will be provided for students who want to integrate mixed media into the class. Instructor Leslie Connito has taught art history and given lectures on creativity and the process of making art. She is a professional artist with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and studied painting and art history at The American University in Paris, France. She has had many solo art shows, and written and published three children’s picture books and two e-books. She is a member of the Katonah Museum Artists Assoc., the Ridgefield Guild of Artists, and The Cape Cod Writer’s Association. Make up date, if needed is 5/20.

SUPPLIES for Leslie Connito ’s Class:
Students should bring a gum eraser, ebony pencil, and Strathmore 9" x 12" drawing or charcoal paper to class to start. These items can be purchased on Amazon. 

6 Sessions $ 128 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 100) + mtls.
Mon., 4/1, 8, 22, 29; 5/6 & 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Explore the Mediums (charcoal, pastels, watercolor . . .) OR Continue with Your Favorite . . .
Trying to decide which medium is for you? This course is the perfect answer. Students will explore charcoal, pastel, watercolor and acrylic by spending a two hour class on each medium. No experience is necessary. New students pay a $20 fee to the instructor at the first class that covers all materials and supplies. After trying each medium, students may continue in the medium of their choice and bring their own supplies. All students are welcome whether beginning or continuing in the medium of their choice. Instructor Laura McCormick is a teacher and artist specializing in charcoal and pastel portraiture. Her work has won many awards and hangs in private collections all over the world. She delights in cultivating the creative side of her students. Class size limited. Make up date, if needed, is 6/10.

7 Sessions $149 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $115) + mtls.
Mon., 4/1, 8, 22, 29; 5/6, 13 & 20 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Town Hall Annex



Decorative Painting


Hand Painted Furniture
No art experience necessary! Learn how to take an old piece of furniture and turn it into a hand done family treasure. Learn how to prepare the surface, develop, create and paint designs using pictures, patterns, lettering, sponging, marbling or feathering. Supply list provided and discussed at first class so bring a notebook. At the end of this class, the student will complete a small piece of furniture (small wall shelf or step stool which can be used as a plant stand) supplied by instructor for a fee of $13-$18 payable at first session. Instructor Shelley Lowell is an award-winning visual artist, illustrator, graphic designer and poet. She earned her BFA in Advertising Design and Visual Communications from Pratt Institute. She hastaught furniture painting to adults in continuing education departments in many cities including Ridgefield, Baltimore and Asheville.

6 Sessions $128 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $100) + $ mtls.
Wed., 4/3, 10, 24; 5/1, 8 & 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School