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SPRING 2022
Fine Arts and Media Classes
April 4th to June 20th

SPRING CLASSES 2022 ART WORKSHOPS

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(Or register in-person at BRAC, Tues-Fri 2-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm)

CLASSES RUN APRIL 4TH - JUNE 20TH


Youth Classes (7-20): $95 for Ten sessions

Youth and Parent together: $160 for Ten sessions

Adult Classes (ages 21 and older): $120 for Ten sessions

* * * 10% Early bird discount thru 3/19 * * *

Proof of vaccination will be required upon entering building for first class. Negative tests required for under 12.


MONDAYS

(April 4, 11, 25; May 2, 9 , 16 , 23; June 6, 13, 20) 

Cartooning with Gregory Maldonado (4:30-6:30pm | Tweens & Teens)

From American superhero comics, to Japanese manga, and everything in-between, you will learn the tools to tell a story in the sequential art form. Learn the basics of shape and gesture drawing to create your own characters to serve as the stars of your story, before moving on to panels and composition, and finally crafting a short story that will start you on the road to creating your own graphic novel like the pros.


TUESDAYS

(April 5, 12, 26; May, 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; June, 7, 14) 

Drawing with Tiffany Miller (4:30-6:30pm | Youth & Families)

Drawing is one of the oldest forms of communication and storytelling. It is also the foundation for many masterful works of art. Discover the beauty, magic, and power of this artistic discipline in a relaxed, supportive environment. Sketchbooks recommended to keep track of your growth, but paper will be provided. We will draw what we see and imagine as well as learn how to express our personal visions, ideas, and observations. With a focus on composition, we will practice our craft by sketching the landscape still life, abstract, and figurative drawings of master artists, contemporary artists, illustrators, and photographers. Students will be drawing with graphite (#2 pencils or 2b, 4b, 6b, 8b pencils), medium-soft charcoal pencils, color pencils, markers, ink, ballpoint pens, and pastels, and use kneaded and rubber erasers.


WEDNESDAY

(April 6, 13, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1, 8, 15) 

Digital Illustration with Maria Ferrari (4:30-6:30pm | Teens & Adults)

Arm yourself with the best tools possible for creating art digitally using the Photoshop application! This class teaches basic skills and good work habits that are essential to mastering Photoshop, and its complex range of possibilities - skills that will better prepare students for a lifetime of creating digital art with ease. Geared for ages 13 and up, this class will be valuable both for building portfolios for school applications and expanding job opportunities for adults in the digital design fields. In this course you will have great fun exploring your creative vision on the computer.

This class is being offered hybrid with the teacher leading the class virtually on our large screen monitor. Students can take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab with a teaching assistant there to help you, or work virtually from their home.

(Access to Adobe Photoshop is required for this class. BRAC can provide a few temporary subscriptions of Adobe Photoshop for registered participants who chose to work remotely).


THURSDAY

(April 7, 14, 28; May 5, 12, 19, 26; June, 2, 9, 16) 

Introduction to Art with Jennifer Tomaiolo (4:30pm-6:30pm | Youth & Families)

Let’s take a trip around the world! In this class for both young children learning about art for the first time, and experienced artists looking to experiment with new materials, we will look at art & artists from all over the world, including ancient cultures as well as contemporary practices. This course is designed to inspire your creativity and build your skills each week by teaching students how to use a variety of art materials and methods to create unique works of art, including drawing, painting, collage, clay, 3D multimedia and sculpture. Join us and explore all the ways that make art a visual, universal language and develop your ability to communicate with it.


FRIDAYS

(April 8, 22, 29; May, 6, 13, 20, 27; June 3, 10, 17) 

Crochet w/ Recycled Textiles with Ruth Marshall (4:30pm-6:30pm | Teens & Adults)

Instead of tossing out used sweaters, t-shirts and plastic bottles, let’s upcycle and recycle these items into crafty, smart and good looking items with an eye towards longevity and usefulness. Sweaters can be repurposed into cushions, or beanies. T-shirts can be transformed into bags, headbands and yarn that can be crocheted into bath mats for instance. Let’s make plastic bottle purses, flowers and even string. This class will be more successful if you can supply your own materials (i.e, second-hand sweaters, t-shirts and plastic bottles)!


SATURDAYS

(April 9, 23, 30; May 7, 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11, 18) 

Printmaking with Tammy Wofsey (11am-1pm | All Ages)

In this class we will learn drawing and printmaking skills. We will make our own sketch books to be used throughout the semester. We will draw from life and incorporate this in our printmaking artwork.
 
What is printmaking? Printmaking allows students to duplicate artwork. Printmaking uses material that can be drawn, carved or chosen from material such as leaves, cloth or paper that is then placed on an inked plate.
 
Printmaking is best described as a surprise using ink and paper. The process is like a sandwich is created of your artwork. First, you ink the plate you have your artwork on, then the paper you want to print the art on is placed on top, followed by a felt blanket. Using our wheel press, you will hand crank through your artwork. Each layer is peeled off to get to the bottom of your print. Your paper is pulled off the plate to reveal a surprise picture that is in reverse from the original plate.

 

Hand-Building Ceramics with Ana Ruiz-Castillo (11am-1pm | Youth & Families)

Building Up with Clay by Hand. Learn how to build pots, cups, plates, vases and other vessels in class using only the simplest hand building techniques. Begin with a slab of wet clay and through the course learn what it takes to sculpt your vessels from the bottom up. Decorate your creation with glaze before we fire them in our kilns for you to take for home use or display.

 

Wheel Throwing Ceramics with Ana Ruiz-Castillo (2pm-4pm | Teens & Adults)

This course introduces students to creating ceramic forms utilizing the potter’s wheel. A range of techniques will be demonstrated as starting points to using the wheel as a tool for creating forms. The design, function, decoration, and presentation of the thrown forms will be emphasized through course assignments.

 

Mixed-Media Painting with Marta Blair (2pm-4pm | Teens & Adults)

This class will teach students to explore the multiple sources of abstraction inherent in natural forms. Sharpening the way we approach and look at nature and reviewing the basic properties of line, shape, space, form, texture, pattern, and color; we will open up a space for personal expression while giving painting and mixed media techniques to work around these concepts along with the brief introduction of artists and artwork to reinforce the same.

 

Digital Animation (2pm-4pm | Teens & Adults)

Through the use of digital software, lecture, demonstration, and hands on learning students will learn animation. By the end of the course students will have created their own animated short (30 seconds max.)

This class is being offered hybrid with the teacher leading the class virtually on our large screen monitor. Students can take advantage of BRAC’s state-of-the-art computer lab with a teaching assistant there to help you, or work virtually from their home.

(Access to Adobe Photoshop is required for this class. BRAC can provide a few temporary subscriptions of Adobe Photoshop for registered participants who chose to work remotely).

 

Bronx River Art Center
1087 E. Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY 10460
T (718) 589-5819
info@bronxriverart.org

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GALLERY HOURS:
Tuesday - Friday: 2 - 6 PM
Saturday: 12 - 5 PM
Gallery hours are only in effect during the
exhibition dates.

OFFICE & CENTER HOURS:
Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM

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DIRECTIONS TO CENTER:  By Train: Take #2 or #5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street. By Bus: Take #'s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road. By Car: Take Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway, and exit at East Tremont Ave. Turn left at the traffic light one block down onto East Tremont. Turn left after one block onto Bronx St. (Cross Bronx Expressway) towards Rosedale Ave, then exit. Turn left onto Rosedale Ave, then take a left onto Tremont Ave. Drive four blocks to West Farms Square.