Past Dow Arts Programs 

Spring 2022 Workshops

A Saturday Morning Digital Photography Workshop

Instructor: David “Stoney” Stone

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2022

Time: 9am-12pm (3 hours)

Cost: $30 members $35 non-members

Age: Adult (18+)

Workshop Description: Spend a couple of hours on a Spring Saturday Morning advancing your skills and techniques in Digital Photography. We’ll start with a quick but important review of photography basics that everyone should know. We will then move on to an in-depth look at tools, techniques and even some tricks that will help you to improve your photographic prowess and create photographs that are well beyond the typical snapshot capture. Time will be taken to answer individual questions and, weather permitting, we’ll step outside for some hands-on work. Sign up soon to save your spot.

April Vacation Workshop “Marshland Creatures!” 

Join Mary Taggart for a multimedia exploration of the fascinating plantlife and wildlife that inhabit our marshlands. All materials provided. 

Date: Tuesday April 19, 2022

Time: 9:30-11:00am

Ages: 6-10

Cost: $25 Members / $30 Non-members 

Location:  Heard House (main house of the Ipswich Museum) 

 

 

April Vacation Workshop “Honeybees and Flowers”

Welcome Springtime with Mary Taggart as we create and celebrate the buzzing critters that help our food grow and our flowers bloom. All materials provided.

Date: Thursday April 21, 2022

Time: 9:30 – 11:00am

Ages: 6-10

Cost: $25 Members / $30 Non-Members

Location: Heard House (main house of the Ipswich Museum) 

 Winter 2022 Workshops

February Vacation Art Workshop – “Snow Day”

Join Mary Taggart for a “Snow Day” themed art exploration during February vacation. We’ll read a story together then embark on a couple projects using different media inspired by the snow and all things winter!

Date: Tuesday February 22, 2022
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Ages: 6-10
Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members
Location: Whipple House classroom

February Vacation Art Workshop “Chinese New Year” 

Join Mary Taggart for a vacation-week exploration of the theme “Chinese New Year.” We’ll read a story related to the holiday and learn about the “Year of the Tiger” before embarking on two art projects along the same theme!

Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
Time: 9:30-11:00am
Ages: 6-10
Cost: $25 Members / $30 Non-members
Location: Whipple House classroom

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A Saturday Morning Digital Photography Workshop

Instructor: David “Stoney” Stone

Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022

Time: 9am-12pm (3 hours)

Cost: $30 members $35 non-members

Age: Adult (18+)

Workshop Description: Spend a couple of hours on a Winter Saturday Morning advancing your skills and techniques in Digital Photography. We’ll start with a quick but important review of photography basics that everyone should know. We will then move on to an in-depth look at tools, techniques and even some tricks that will help you to improve your photographic prowess and create photographs that are well beyond the typical snapshot capture. Time will be taken to answer individual questions and, weather permitting, we’ll step outside for some hands-on work. Sign up soon to save your spot.

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Landscape, Color & Abstraction

Instructor: Amanda K. Hawkins

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022

Time: 9am-3pm (break 12-1pm)

Cost: $110 Members / $120 non-Members (includes all materials, see list below)

 

Workshop Description: Landscape, Color & Abstraction explores color, mark and abstraction through the lens of landscape painting. This workshop will briefly look at the traditional elements and principles of landscape painting, and use these tools to inform and create a compelling abstract work of art. This workshop is designed to provide the structure necessary to enter an abstract painting language with intention and ease, while still providing space for freedom and intuition. Landscape, Color & Abstraction is designed to help the artist better understand composition, value, color, and most importantly, how to become a looser and more expressive painter.

What to expect: The morning will be spent exploring a few sequential exercises and the afternoon will be an open studio format. Amanda will demonstrate all exercises before artists embark on their own work. Artists will leave the class with preparatory composition and value studies and 3-5 color study paintings.

Age and Level: Adult (18+) and beginner to intermediate painters

Supplies: (Provided by instructor): Mixed Media Paper, size 11×14, Canvas Paper, size 11×14, HB pencils, Value Charts, Color-Aid Paper, Newprint, Charcoal Sticks, Palette Paper, size 12×16, Palette Knives, Paint Brushes, size small and medium, Acrylic paint (Titanium White, Quinacridone Magenta, Napthol Red Paint, Cadmium Yellow Light, Yellow Ochre, Phthalo Blue, Ultramarine Blue), Paper Towels, Water Cups 

Attendees to bring: Sketchbook (optional), 3-5 Reference photos (consider a variety of landscape shots, IE, marshes, forests, mountains)

Instructor Bio: Amanda K. Hawkins is an award winning painter living and working in Beverly, MA. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Montserrat College of Art in 2014 and Masters in Fine Arts in Painting at Boston University in 2021. She is on the Board of Trustees at Rocky Neck Art Colony and shows her work in gallery shows across New England. Amanda teaches painting workshops across North America, including in British Columbia and Arizona, in addition to virtual workshops which have an international draw. Her work can be found in private art collections across the globe. Amanda maintains an active studio blog and shares her creative practice with over 25K people worldwide. If Amanda isn’t in the studio, she’s exploring New England and gaining inspiration for her next painting.

Learn more at https://www.amandakhawkins.com/ or follow her on Instagram @mandahawk_studio

Botanical Watercolor Workshop

Instructor: Erin Rice

Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022

Time: 9am – 2pm (30 minute lunch break)

Cost:  $55 Members / $65 non-Members (includes materials)

Age: Adults (18+) 

Workshop Description: We’ll begin the morning with some exercises in watercolor technique and we’ll explore a brief, yet fascinating history of the art of botanical watercolor painting. We’ll then begin our specimen study with a flat wash and start to build volume and detail over the course of the afternoon with careful layering and observation.  

Materials to be provided: Watercolor pan set and palette, 11×14 hot press watercolor paper, pencils, sketch paper, rulers, water jars and paper towels. 

About the instructor: Erin Rice has a Bachelor’s degree in fine arts and graduate degrees in art history. In addition to running the education programs here at the Ipswich Museum, she also teaches art history at Montserrat College of Art and paints in her free time. 

Fall 2021 Classes and Workshops (Registration closed) 

Digital Photography Workshop 

Instructor: David “Stoney” Stone

Dates: Thursdays, October 7-28, 2021 (4 sessions) 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Ages: Adults

Class size: 10 person maximum

Cost: $110/members or $130/non-members

Course Description: This 4-session workshop is based on two overriding premises: #1 good photographs, even great photographs, are made by the photographer, not the equipment; #2 The best camera is the one you have with you.

Whether your Camera is an iPhone/Smart Phone, a digital SLR or a digital point and shoot you need to understand the basic techniques involved in obtaining proper exposure and focus. Once we’re sure everyone understands those critical steps the fun begins as we explore all the techniques for identifying and including all the elements of composition that elevate a snapshot to a worthy photograph, and the importance of and tools for post-processing your images. A homework assignment due for the 2nd session will be a key part of the learning experience, and class participation is important. No matter what level of expertise you think you are at with your Camera, this workshop will make you better.

The Museum is following state and CDC guidelines regarding Covid-19 and will adapt accordingly as they change. Currently we ask that unvaccinated people wear a mask while indoors at the museum. With any questions about these measures, please contact Erin at educator@ipswichmuseum.org

 

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Paint like a Famous Artist!

Instructor: Mary Taggart

Date: Wednesdays, Sept. 22 – October 27, 2021 (6 sessions)

Time: 3:30-4:45

Ages:  6-10

Cost: $110.00 members / $130 non-members

Class Size: Max 8

Course Description: In this class we will discover the artwork of famous artists and use them as our inspiration!

Students will use a variety of materials over the 6 week course, such as acrylic paint, watercolor, collage and more.

We will begin the class with a short book to illustrate the artists’ style and to set a theme and then each student will interpret that in his or her own unique way. For example, we might discuss Monet and the impressionist style. We would then do our own painting using the beautiful shapes and colors found in his work. The class will also cover basic art concepts such as color, composition, line and shape.

 

Mask Policy: Currently, visitors to the museum are asked to wear masks while inside regardless of vaccination status.  We continue to update our mask policies as the situation and guidelines evolve. With any questions about these safety measures please contact Erin at educator@ipswichmuseum.org

 

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Art of the Wild 

Instructor: Erin Rice

Date: Tuesdays, Sept. 21-Oct. 26 (6 sessions)

Time: 3:15 – 4:30pm

Ages: 8-12

Cost: $110 members / $130 non-members

Class Size: Max 8 students

Course Description:  In this class we will explore the possibilities that nature has to offer and take advantage of the beautiful colors of Autumn. Inspired by environmental artists like Andy Goldsworthy, Robert Smithson, and Ana Mendieta, this class will take place mostly outdoors using the materials we gather in the woods, the meadow, and along the riverbed. When we can’t be outside, we’ll bring nature into the classroom and experiment with printmaking and collage.

Mask Policy: Currently, visitors to the museum are asked to wear masks while inside regardless of vaccination status. We will continue to update our policy as the situation and guidelines evolve. With any questions about these safety measures please contact Erin at educator@ipswichmuseum.org 

 

Summer 2021 Classes and Workshops

Fairy Garden Workshop

Date: Wednesday July 28, 2021 9:30-11am

Ages: 6-10

Description: In this workshop we will build a fairy garden.  Using primarily materials found in nature such as moss, sticks, shells and stones, the students will create a magical environment suitable for the tiny fairies! With modeling clay, the students will sculpt additional figures to add to the gardens. These gardens can be rearranged indefinitely and expanded upon when taken home as well. 

Instructor: Mary Taggart

Cost: $30 members / $35 non-members

Covid Policy: The Museum is following and adapting to state guidelines as they continue to change. Currently, masks are optional outdoors and mandatory indoors. This applies to our classes and workshops. With any questions about these policies please contact Erin at educator@ipswichmuseum.org 

Fall 2020 

Digital Photography

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Instructor: David “Stoney” Stone

Dates: Thursdays, September 24 – October 15  (4 sessions) 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Ages: Adults

This 4-session workshop is based on two overriding premises. #1 Good photographs, even Great photographs, are made by the photographer, not the equipment. #2 The best Camera is the one you have with you.

Whether your Camera is an iPhone/Smart Phone, a digital SLR or a digital point and shoot you need to understand the basic techniques involved in obtaining proper exposure and focus. Once we’re sure everyone understands those critical steps the fun begins as we explore all the techniques for identifying and including all the Elements of Composition that elevate a snapshot to a worthy Photograph, and the importance of and tools for Post-Processing your images. A homework assignment due for the 2nd session will be a key part of the learning experience, and class participation is important. No matter what level of expertise you think you are at with your Camera, this workshop will make you better. 

Class size: 6 people maximum

Cost: $110/members or $130/non-members

The class will be held indoors at the Ipswich Museum with a number of safety measures in place, including reduced class sizes, distanced seating, sanitizing of all surfaces prior to and following class. All attendees will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver prior to arriving to the museum for the start of the course. Students must wear a mask and practice social distancing while attending the workshop.

REGISTER HERE

Experimental Watercolor Workshop

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Instructor: Christine Bobek

Date: Saturday September 19 and Saturday September 26 (2 sessions) 

Time: 9am – 12pm

Course Description:

Are you wanting to experiment with watercolor but hesitant to try? Have no fear! This is a workshop for adults new to painting, and also appropriate for the beginner to intermediate painter wanting to take their practice to a new level. 

During this workshop, you will learn secrets to success, and tips to get you on your way to enjoying this versatile and wonderful medium.

Lessons will cover the basics for the best composition and subject matter, how to choose appropriate paints, paper and brushes, and how to mix colors, glazes and washes for the result you want.

The class will be held outdoors under a tent, weather permitting.

Age:  Teen to adult

Cost: $75 members / $90 non-members

All attendees will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver prior to arriving to the museum for the start of the course. Students must wear a mask and practice social distancing while attending the workshop.

Students must bring their own paints, brushes and other supplies. A supply list will

Painting Abstraction with Acrylics

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Instructor: Jenn Wood

jennwoodstudio.com  –  instagram.com/jennwoodart  

Date: Wednesdays September 23 – October 21, 2020,  1:00 -3:00pm  (5 sessions)

Age: Adult only

Course Description:  Develop your visual language as you paint to reveal form, color, line and light. Utilizing painting exercises, visual references, and photos or sketches, you will abstract imagery of organisms, objects, or scenes, either real or imagined. Challenge your style or practice to re-think compositions and explore different ways of painting. Spontaneity, experimentation, and personal content are encouraged. Guidance and critiques are provided. All levels are welcome.

The course will be held partly outdoors (weather permitting), partly in the barn of the museum, and tent.

Students will need to bring their own supplies. The instructor will provide a list of materials prior to the start of the course.

Cost: $120 members / $150 non-members 

All attendees will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver prior to arriving to the museum for the start of the course. Students must wear a mask and practice social distancing while attending the workshop. Weather permitting, the class will be held in  a portion of the museum barn with doors open and an adjoining tent. 

REGISTER HERE

Paint like a Famous Artist!

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Instructor: Mary Taggart

Date: Wednesdays Sept. 23 – October 28 (6 sessions)

Time: 3:40-4:40

Course Description:

 

In this class we will discover the artwork of famous artists and use them as our inspiration!

Students will use a variety of materials over the 6 week course, such as acrylic paint, watercolor, collage and more.

We will begin the class with a short book to illustrate the artists’ style and to set a theme and then each student will interpret that in his or her own unique way. For example, we might discuss Monet and the impressionist style. We would then do our own gardens using the beautiful shapes and colors found in his work. The class will also cover basic art concepts such as color, composition, line and shape.

 

Age:  6-9

Cost: $150 members/ $180 non-members

 Students will be asked to bring some of their own materials. The Instructor will provide a list prior to the start of the course.

 The class will be held indoors at the Ipswich Museum with a number of safety measures in place, including reduced class sizes, distanced seating, sanitizing of all surfaces prior to and following class. All attendees will be asked to sign a COVID-19 waiver prior to arriving to the museum for the start of the course. Students must wear a mask and practice social distancing while attending the workshop.

REGISTER HERE

 

There will be no Spring 2020 Dow Arts Classes 

Winter 2019 Classes and Workshops 

Punch Needle Workshop 

Saturday January 18, 2020  10am – 1pm

Ages: teen – adult 

Join Elise of Le Comptoir at the Ipswich Museum to expand your fiber arts skills and learn the art of punch needle. Participants will be provided with all the materials required to create a unique work of art to take home with them.

Class size: maximum 15 students

Cost: Members $45 / Non-members $50

Embroidery on Printed Fabric Workshop 

Saturday February 1, 2020  9am – 1pm

Ages: teen – adult 

Join Elise of Le Comptoir at the Ipswich Museum for an embroidery workshop celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage in the United States. Participants will have the opportunity to choose images from a selection of photo-printed fabric and embellish their images with different embroidery techniques. All skill levels of embroiderers welcome. Materials will be provided and are included in the registration price.

Class size: maximum 10

Cost: Members $50 / Non-members $55

Fall 2019 Classes and Workshops 

Registration for these classes are now closed

All Ages Wire Sculpture Workshop

Sunday, September 22, 2019. 1-3pm

Ages: Age 7 – Adult 

Learn the basics of working with this fun and simple medium with award-winning artist Ryan Kelley. Students will create mixed media sculptures with wire and found objects while learning to work with their hands in our 3D world!

Class size: 7-20 students

Instructor: Ryan Kelley

Cost: $20

Plein Air Painting Workshop

Saturday & Sunday, October 5 and 6, 9:00- 1:00 pm. 

Ages: 16  to Adult

This 2-day workshop in plein-air painting will be taught on location by Nicole Hupin-Otis. We will explore what goes into making a landscape painting, working directly from the subject. The workshop will include an overview of materials, canvas and palette preparation, planning a strong composition, seeing tone and hue, developing, and finally, completing the painting. This class is open to all levels although some experience- especially in drawing- is helpful. The tone of the workshop will be light-hearted and encouraging, so if you’ve always wanted to work in oils but did not know how to begin, come give it a try! If you’ve got some experience but wish for a new perspective, join us! 

Nicole’s work can be viewed on Instagram at @nicole.hupin.otis 

Cost: $90/members or $110/non-members

Digital Photography Workshop 

Thursdays, October 24 & November 7  (2 sessions, no class on Halloween) 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Ages: adults

This 2-session workshop is based on two overriding premises. #1 Good photographs, even Great photographs, are made by the photographer, not the equipment. #2 The best Camera is the one you have with you.

Whether your Camera is an iPhone/Smart Phone, a digital SLR or a digital point and shoot you need to understand the basic techniques involved in obtaining proper exposure and focus. Once we’re sure everyone understands those critical steps the fun begins as we explore all the techniques for identifying and including all the Elements of Composition that elevate a snapshot to a worthy Photograph, and the importance of and tools for Post-Processing your images. A homework assignment due for the 2nd session will be a key part of the learning experience, and class participation is important. No matter what level of expertise you think you are at with your Camera, this workshop will make you better.

Class size: 5-12

Instructor: David “Stoney” Stone

Cost: $75/members or $90/non-members