DOW ARTS CLASSES


The Dow Arts Program offers children and adults hands-on interactive experiences in the visual arts. The program brings together local artists to inspire and teach drawing, painting, photography, crafts, and the study of architecture linked to Ipswich’s historical past.
Please send your completed Dow Arts Program Registration Form(s) at least one week prior to the start of the class to educator@ipswichmuseum.org or bring/mail to
Ipswich Museum
attn: Museum Educator
54 South Main Street
Ipswich, MA 01938

For more information, please email the Dow Arts Program coordinator at educator@ipswichmuseum.org 

 

 

 

Spring 2018 Classes

More classes are being added weekly. Please check back soon.

 

Painting/Collage – Mixed Media

Saturday, June 9th, 2018. 11am through 3pm

Ages: 16 through adult (all levels welcome)

A fun and highly creative approach to mixed media collage. Similar to the art process used by Eric Carle, in The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and other noted collage artists. Produce your own painted materials and deconstruct them by tearing or cutting them up. Reconstruct the pieces as lively compositions with added materials such as oil pastel, charcoal, pencils, fabric, printed materials, rice paper, stamping, stenciling, and more. All levels are welcome. The instructor will provided group demos + individual attention. Acrylic paints on paper are the basis of the work, applied to varied surfaces. Alternatives to brushes will be explored.  Experimentation and personal themes are encouraged. Review the recommended supply list.

Jenn Wood is an accomplished artist who has shown her work in juried and curated gallery exhibitions in Boston, Brooklyn NY, Provincetown, MA, and Los Angeles. She has taught studio art courses at UMass Lowell, UMass Dartmouth, Quincy College, and regional art centers for many years. Visit the artist’s website.

Class size: 4-10 students

Instructor: Jenn Wood

Cost: $75

 

Past Classes


Drawing from Life Mondays 3:30-5pm, April 23rd – June 4th (classes skip a week when Ipswich schools are not in session, such as for vacation or snow days) Ages: 12-17 Explore the fun and challenge of drawing from observation. This class will work on skills that help young artists learn to draw what they see. Using pencil, watercolor, pen and ink, and charcoal, we will learn about line, form, space, value, composition, perspective, and proportion. Classes will be held in the studio or outdoors for drawing excursions. This class is supportive and interactive and each student’s individual style and contribution is valued! Class size: 3-7 participants Instructor: Nicole Hupin-Otis Cost: $150/member or $180/non-member

Art Exploration Wednesdays, 3:30-4:45 April 25th through May 30th Ages: 6-11 This session will feature art projects that connect us to our environment as our world transitions to spring into summer. We will explore our surroundings including the creatures that live around us, the nearby ocean and the many farms that grow our food.As always, class will begin with a book related to that day’s theme, followed by the project. We will experiment with a variety of materials and techniques. Please join us for this fun and creative class! Class limit: 3-10 students Instructor: Mary Taggart Cost: $150/member or $180/non-member

Smartphone Photography Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm, April 26 – May 17 Ages: 13-adult The smartphone has become the most ubiquitous camera in the world, yet the majority of users don’t appreciate all of capabilities the camera provides. This class will provide lessons covering the fundamentals and use of the smartphone camera’s features and settings, good photography skills and techniques, processing of captured images, and a review of some of the more useful and creative Apps available. Weekly assignments will be given and used as teaching and discussion tools. Class size: 5-10 students Instructor: David “Stoney” Stone Cost: $150/members or $180/nonmembers

Plein Air: Four and Four…Four subjects: landscape, building, boat and water. Four days.
Dates: Thursday May 10 and Friday May11, Thursday May 17 and Friday18, 9am to 1pm each day Ages: adults
There is no time like early May to paint Plein Air (outdoors). It’s the time when the sun’s out and the bugs aren’t! (Unless the spring weather turns to warm summer weather – then out with the “OFF”.) We will paint 4 classic plein air images of our area: a marsh landscape, a New England structure, a boat and a river. We’ll have four days to challenge ourselves. Mike suggests smaller sizes of 8 x10″ to 11x14″, but feel free to paint larger. Mike will be painting in oils. Feel free to paint in any medium you choose. All levels welcome. Class size: maximum 10 students Instructor: Mike Dorsey Cost: $150/members or $180/non-members

Folk Art Painting Sunday, May 20th 12:30-4pm Ages: Beginner and adventurous adult and teen artists welcome. Come paint this lively Maritime scene entitled: “Jumping Whales.” Since the Heard family was involved in shipping and trade, we are going to paint a Maritime piece. Bring a friend and get covered in paint! Johanne will tell you few tales about “American Folk Art” while you paint. This is truly an afternoon of fun and relaxation. Johanne will guide you every step of the way. Johanne paints the model painting. She then cuts stencils for the painting for those who choose to use them. You will take home a finished painting on canvas ready to hang.  All supplies are included: canvas, paints, supplies, and table easel to use. If you have favorite paint brushes, please bring them.  You will bring home a painting ready to hang. We suggest you wear painting clothes. Class limit: 15 Instructor: Johanne Cassia Cost: $75.

Winter 2018 Classes


Drawing from Life
Mondays 3:30-5pm, Jan. 22nd – Mar. 5th (classes skip a week when Ipswich schools are not in session, such as for vacation or snow days)
Ages: 12-17

Explore the fun and challenge of drawing from observation. This class will work on skills that help young artists learn to draw what they see. Using pencil, watercolor, pen and ink, and charcoal, we will learn about line, form, space, value, composition, perspective, and proportion. Classes will be held in the studio or outdoors for drawing excursions. This class is supportive and interactive and each student’s individual style and contribution is valued!

Class size: 3-7 participants

Instructor: Nicole Hupin-Otis

Cost: $150/members or $180/non-members

Multicultural Winter Art Class

Wednesdays 3:30-4:45, Jan. 24th – March 7th (classes are not held when Ipswich schools are closed, such as for vacation days and snow days)

Ages: 6-11

In this class the students will have the opportunity to explore the artwork and culture of a variety of countries such as China, India and Ireland for example.  We will begin each class with a children’s book relating to the days’ theme and follow by creating a piece of art. Each week will feature a different culture and exposure to new materials, techniques and images.

Class size: limited to 10

Instructor: Mary Taggart, BFA, Mass Art

Cost: $150/members or $180/non-members

Folk Art Painting Workshop

Sunday, January 28th, 12:30 – 4:00 pm

Ages: Adults

This fun class will paint “Ipswich in Winter.” Beginner and adventurous artists are welcome to attend. Johanne will give brief background of Folk Art in American and work with each student while they paint on background of the painting. Johanne will bring a completed model painting for this class to follow. Early American folk artists used precut stencils to assure successful results. Johanne will bring custom stencils for anyone in the class who would like to use them. She will bring table easels, canvases, paints and all supplies needed for you to bring home a completed painting. We will be using acrylic paint so you will need to wear painting clothes. Bring a friend and join in the fun.

Class size 10 – 12

Instructor: Johanne Cassia

Cost: $75

Landscape Painting

Wednesdays 9am-12, Feb. 7 – Mar. 14

Ages: adults

Each session will begin with a short discussion of an aspect of successful landscape painting, such as planning a composition, color versus value, atmospheric perspective, etc. Since this class is held during the winter months, we will paint indoors using photos as reference – bring your own or choose from those we will provide. Our goal is to help you find your own individual interpretation of nature. We’ll be there to help you with your composition and painting techniques, as well as critiquing your finished work. Participants may choose to paint in oil or watercolor.  A suggested supply list will be issued before the start of the session.

Class size: 4-10 students

Instructors: Janet Sutherland & Michael Dorsey

Cost: $150/member or $180/non-member

 

Watercolor Painting for Children and “Grand-friends”

Sunday, February 11th 2-4pm

Ages: kids in grades 3-5 plus a “grand-friend” (such as a grandparent, senior neighbor, etc)

We’re pleased to co-host this class with the Ipswich Council on Aging. Children and their “grand-friends” are invited to attend this watercolor painting class together, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Both kids and adults will create two small paintings ready to be framed and taken home by the end of this fun workshop. No painting experience required; our talented instructor, Mary will lead you both through the process. The cost is just $20 per pair (child and “grand-friend” must sign up together).

Class size: limited to 20 kids and 20 adults

Instructor: Mary Taggart, BFA, Mass Art

Cost: $20 per child and senior pair

 

Art History Seminar: Georgia O’Keeffe & Arthur Wesley Dow – includes a trip to the Peabody Essex Museum!

Wednesday, March 14th 1pm-5pm

Adults

Meet at the Ipswich Museum at 1pm for a 45-60 minute introduction to Georgia O’Keeffe, including her relationship with Ipswich artist, Arthur Dow. Next, the group will carpool to Salem for a 1 hour guided tour at the Peabody Essex Museum at 3pm. The group will return to the Ipswich Museum by 5pm. This is a test run on a new art history seminar series, providing participants with a deeper understanding of the artists and artwork exhibited before viewing.

Class size: 12 student maximum

Instructor: Barta Hathaway, art educator

Cost: $30/member or $40/non-member

 

Art History Seminar: Photography of Arthur Wesley Dow
Saturday, March 31st, 9am-noon
Ages: teens and adults
Ipswich artist Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922) worked in a variety of media, including painting, photography, and print-making. In this seminar we’ll explore his photography. Participants will have the rare opportunity to view and discuss objects from the Ipswich Museum’s vast Dow archive.
Instructor: Stephanie Gaskins, Dow Curator at Ipswich Museum

Cost: $30/member or $40/non-member

 

Photographing Your Artwork … a Workshop for Artists

Sunday, April 8th, 9am to 12pm

Ages: adult artists

The art world today requires artists, no matter what medium they are working in, to provide a digital image of their art. This could be for a website, for entry into shows, or for posting to your social media sites. Making your artwork look its best is critical. In this workshop we will look at basic camera techniques involved in photographing your work as well as the post processing of your digital files to optimize them for submissions. We’ll be doing hands on work and you are welcome to bring your laptops and cameras to the workshop.

Class size: 5-15 students

Instructor: David “Stoney” Stone

Cost: $30/members or $40/members

Fall 2017 Classes

 

iPhone/Android Photography Primer
Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm, Sept. 28- Oct. 19
Ages: 13-adult
The iPhone has become the most ubiquitous camera in the world, yet the majority of users don’t appreciate all of capabilities the camera provides. This class will provide lessons covering the fundamentals and use of the iPhone camera’s features and settings, good photography skills and techniques, processing of captured images, and a review of some of the more useful and creative Apps available. Weekly assignments will be given and used as teaching and discussion tools.
Instructor: David “Stoney” Stone

 

 

 

October Light & Air Workshop

My Day in the Sun, Charles Shurcliff, Acrylic on Canvas

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 10:30am to 4pm
Ages: teens & adults

Painters of all levels are welcome! Charlie Shurcliff one of the artists featured in this summer’s Light & Air exhibit at the Ipswich Museum will be leading a plein air painting workshop outside nearby the Museum. Participants should come dressed for the weather because the class will take place, rain or shine. Please come with watercolor or acrylic supplies, lots of paper or a canvas pad, and an easel if you prefer.
Class size: 4-12 participants
Instructor: Charlie Shurcliff
For students under age 18, parents must fill out a child release form.

 

Drawing and Painting for Children
Wednesdays 3:30-5:00, Sept. 20 – Oct. 25
Ages: 6-10
Using the museum’s collection as our inspiration, we will build drawing and painting skills. Over the six weeks we will explore the fundamental concepts of shape, color, line, composition and texture.
Every week, we will do a new project with a specific intent but the children will have the opportunity to respond in his or her own way.
For example, we might look at a landscape in the painting collection and then we would create our own landscape thinking about a favorite place or time. We will build skills while learning a variety of techniques through the use of a range of materials, such as oil pastels, acrylic and watercolor paint, marker and pencil. The students will begin to see the connection between the museum’s artwork and their own world as they explore the creative process.
Class size: limited to 10
Instructor: Mary Taggart, BFA, Mass Art

Drawing from Life
Mondays 3:30-5pm, Sept. 18 – Nov. 6 (
There is no class on Sept. 25th. Classes skip a week when Ipswich schools are not in session)
Ages: 11-14

Explore the fun and challenge of drawing from observation. This class will work on skills that help young artists learn to draw what they see. Using pencil, watercolor, pen and ink, and charcoal, we will learn about line, form, space, value, composition, perspective, and proportion. Classes will be held in the studio or outdoors for drawing excursions. This class is supportive and interactive and each student’s individual style and contribution is valued!
Class size: 3-7 participants
Instructor: Nicole Hupin-Otis

 For students under age 18, parents must fill out a child release form.

3-Day Landscape Oil Painting Workshop
Friday September 15 through Sunday September 17th, 9am-5pm
Ages: Adults
We will spend 2 mornings doing painting “strectching exercises” to help us reconsider our approach to the way we paint and observe nature, and to shed our bad painting habits. An additional morning will be devoted to demos by the instructors. Then each afternoon, we will apply these new skills as we paint a landscape, on site if weather permits. Assistance will be provided planning and executing, as well as critiques of the finished work. A suggested supply list will be issued before the start of the session.
Instructors: Janet Sutherland and Michael Dorsey
September Light & Air Workshop

My Day in the Sun, Charles Shurcliff, Acrylic on Canvas

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 10:30am to 4pm
Ages: teens & adults

Painters of all levels are welcome! Charlie Shurcliff one of the artists featured in this summer’s Light & Air exhibit at the Ipswich Museum will be leading a plein air painting workshop outside nearby the Museum. Participants should come dressed for the weather because the class will take place, rain or shine. Please come with watercolor or acrylic supplies, lots of paper or a canvas pad, and an easel if you prefer.
Class size: 4-12 participant
Instructor: Charlie Shurcliff
For students under age 18, parents must fill out a child release form.

 

 

Folk Art Painting Workshop
Thursday, September 21, 12:30 – 4:00 pm
Ages: Adults
This fun class has been created by folk artist Johanne Cassia. The class will be held in the Hall Haskel House / Ipswich Visitor Center at 36 South Main St. Ipswich. Beginner and adventurous artists are welcome to attend. Johanne will give brief background of Folk Art in American and work with each student while they paint on background of the painting. Johanne will bring completed model painting of the Hall Haskell House for this class to follow. Early American folk artists used pre-cut stencils to assure successful results. Johanne will bring custom stencils for anyone in the class who would like to use them. She will bring table easels, canvases, paints and all supplies needed for you to bring home a completed painting. We will be using acrylic paint so you will need to wear painting clothes. Bring a friend and join in the fun.
Class size 10 – 12
Instructor: Johanne Cassia
 

 

Summer 2017 Dow Arts Classes 

Bull Brook Paleolithic Site Clay Workshop
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 1-4pm
Ages: 7-12
We will build a clay replica of the amazing Ipswich Bull Brook Paleolithic site together. This is the largest Paleo Indian site excavated – possibly in North America! How great is it that it was excavated by 6 young men from Ipswich starting in 1950? Archaeologists believe the site was a hunting grounds that wide-ranging tribes gathered in to shape stone tools and hunt together. We’ll discuss what it may have been like in this period of early human history while we create together. The children will also carve their own fluted point in clay.
Class size 8-20 children
Instructor: Jill Montoni


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Spring 2017 Dow Arts Classes

Drawing from LifeDrawing from Life fall 2016
Mondays 3:30-5pm, March 27 – May 8 (classes skip a week when Ipswich schools are not in session)
Ages: 11-14

Explore the fun and challenge of drawing from observation. This class will work on skills that help young artists learn to draw what they see. Using pencil, watercolor, pen and ink, and charcoal, we will learn about line, form, space, value, composition, perspective, and proportion. Classes will be held in the studio or outdoors for drawing excursions. This class is supportive and interactive and each student’s individual style and contribution is valued!
Class size: 3-7 participants
Instructor: Nicole Hupin-Otis
For students under age 18, parents must fill out a child release form.
Select the membership status, enter the participant(s) name and the class name and click the “Pay Now” button to make a payment to the Ipswich Museum.

 


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Folk Art Painting
Sunday, April 23rd, 12:30 – 4:30pm
Ages: adult
Beginners, as well as adventurous artists are welcome in this workshop and are encouraged to bring a friend! After a brief introduction to folk art, students will be guided through the process of creating their own folk art painting. Participants will use a combination of custom cut stencils and free hand design. All supplies are included. Each student will leave with a completed folk art painting, ready to hang!
Class size: 5-12 participants
Instructor: Johanne Cassia

Enter the participant(s) name and the class name and click the “Pay Now” button to make a payment to the Ipswich Museum.


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Applied Digital Photography
Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm, March 30 – April 20
Ages: teens and adults

You’ve got a digital camera that you kind of know how to use. This workshop will give you the skills, tools and techniques to advance from simple snapshots to making quality photographs. We’ll cover camera basics and then move on to exercises teaching elements of composition, understanding light, correct exposure and selective focus. Finally we’ll explore the possibilities found in the all-important post processing of your images.
Instructor: David Stone

Select the membership status, enter the participant(s) name and the class name and click the “Pay Now” button to make a payment to the Ipswich Museum.

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Landscape Painting
Wednesdays 9am-12, March 29th – May 3rd
Ages: adults

Each session will begin with a short discussion of the aspects of successful landscape painting, such as planning a composition, color versus value, atmospheric perspective, etc. We’ll paint as a group indoors from photos, or outdoors if weather permits. With the goal of finding one’s own individual interpretation of nature, assistance will be provided in planning and executing, as well as critiques of the finished work. Participants may choose to paint in oil or watercolor. A suggested supply list will be issued before the start of the session.
Instructors: Janet Sutherland & Michael Dorsey

Select the membership status, enter the participant(s) name and the class name and click the “Pay Now” button to make a payment to the Ipswich Museum.

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Art History Seminar: Introduction to Arthur Wesley Dow
Saturday, April 8th, 10am-noon
Ages: teens and adults
An overview of the life and influence of Ipswich painter Arthur Wesley Dow (1857-1922).  Dow ran the Ipswich Summer School of Art at the turn of the 20th century.  An important figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement, Dow published in 1899 Composition, outlining his theory of art and art education. This book had great influence at the time and is still available today.  Participants will also have the rare opportunity to view and discuss objects from the Ipswich Museum’s vast Dow archive.
Instructor: Stephanie Gaskins, Dow Curator at Ipswich Museum

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 CANCELED

Oil Painting
Fridays 9:30am-noon, March 17th – April 21st

Ages: adults
All levels are welcome whether you are just starting or you would like to improve work, this is a great opportunity to study with awardwinning artist Paul George. You will work in a beautiful light studio space in Ipswich for six weeks on Fridays from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM He will analyze and critique your work and show you how to improve and strengthen your paintings.
Instructor: Paul George
Select the membership status, enter the participant(s) name and the class name and click the “Pay Now” button to make a payment to the Ipswich Museum.

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CANCELED

Watercolor Painting
Fridays 12:30-3pm, March 17th – April 21st
Ages: adults
All levels are welcome whether you are just starting or you would like to improve work, this is a great opportunity to study with awardwinning artist Paul George. You will work in beautiful light studio space in Ipswich for six weeks on Fridays from 12:30 – 3PM He will analyze and critique your work and show you how to improve and strengthen your paintings.
Instructor: Paul George

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WINTER 2017 DOW ARTS CLASSES

Drawing from LifeDrawing from Life fall 2016
Mondays 3:30-5pm, January 9 –
Ages: 11-14

Explore the fun and challenge of drawing from observation. This class will work on skills that help young artists learn to draw what they see. Using pencil, watercolor, pen and ink, and charcoal, we will learn about line, form, space, value, composition, perspective, and proportion. Classes will be held in the studio or outdoors for drawing excursions. This class is supportive and interactive and each student’s individual style and contribution is valued!
Instructor: Nicole Hupin-Otis
Select the membership status, enter the participant(s) name and the class name and click the “Pay Now” button to make a payment to the Ipswich Museum.

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FullSizeRender (3)Landscape Painting
Wednesdays 9am-12, Jan. 11 – Feb. 15
Ages: adults

Each session will begin with a short discussion of the aspects of successful landscape painting, such as planning a composition, color versus value, atmospheric perspective, etc. We’ll paint as a group indoors from photos, or outdoors if weather permits. With the goal of finding one’s own individual interpretation of nature, assistance will be provided in planning and executing, as well as critiques of the finished work. Participants may choose to paint in oil or watercolor. A suggested supply list will be issued before the start of the session.
Instructors: Janet Sutherland & Michael Dorsey


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Applied Digital Photography
Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm, January 12 – February 2
Ages: teens and adults

You’ve got a digital camera that you kind of know how to use. This workshop will give you the skills, tools and techniques to advance from simple snapshots to making quality photographs. We’ll cover camera basics and then move on to exercises teaching elements of composition, understanding light, correct exposure and selective focus. Finally we’ll explore the possibilities found in the all-important post processing of your images.
Instructor: David Stone

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