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WINTER 2023 ART CLASSES

January 17th to April 3rd

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(Or register in-person at BRAC, Mon-Fri 11-6 PM, Sat 11 PM-5 PM)

Children and Teen Classes (under 18): $95 for 10 sessions

Child and Parent together: $160 for 10 sessions

Adult Classes (ages 18 and older): $120 for 10 sessions

10% Early Bird Discount if you register before January 6th!
SNAP recipients can use "SNAP20" to get an extra $20 off


WINTER 2023 SCHEDULE AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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(Crossed-out courses have reached capacity and are no longer open to new registrants.)

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INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Ages 7-15 (Parents Welcome)

Instructor: Tiffany Miller

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. `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.

INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Ages 7-15 (Parents Welcome)

Instructor: Jonathan Berry

This class is an introduction to the skills and techniques for working in painting. It will guide students through their preliminary painting experience. Students will learn to work with multiple paint mediums: acrylic and watercolor, and be introduced to the basic concepts of painting exploring color, form, and composition.

INTRODUCTION TO ART (PAINTING AND SCULPTURE), 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Ages 7-15 (Parents Welcome)

Instructor: Jennifer Tomaiolo

Let's get creative! This class will teach you how to use to a variety of art materials and methods to create unique works of art. We will learn about: drawing, painting, collage, 3D multi-media and sculpture. We will look at art & artists from all over the world to inspire our creativity and learn new skills every week. Join us to paint, draw, use paper, make clay figures, create masks and other 3D projects!

DIGITAL ART & DESIGN, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Ages 11-15, Teens & Adults

Instructor: Maria Ferrari

Arm yourself with the best tools possible for creating art digitally using Adobe Photoshop. 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.

CERAMICS, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Ages 11-15, Teens & Adults

Instructor: Cristen Shea

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.

NOTE: For younger students, preliminary skills needed for this class. Taking Introduction to Art (Painting and Sculpture) first is highly recommended.

POTTERY - WHEEL THROWING, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Teens & Adults

Instructor: Cristen Shea

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.

NOTE: Preliminary skills needed for this class. Taking Ceramics first is highly recommended.

MANGA / ANIME CARTOONING, 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Ages 11-15, Teens & Adults

Instructor: Gregory Maldonado

This class focuses on learning about the structures of manga / anime characters using shapes and anatomy for movement. Students will focus on the creation of Chibi Style caricatures, develop pacing, setting up scenes using panels, working with depth, and the use of lighting and shadow techniques. Students will work on developing their own manga and anime characters to tell their own stories.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Teens & Adults

Instructor: Vicky Azcoitia

Titled "Digital Photography, From Memory Card to Paper", this course will cover the digital workflow from shooting to producing artist prints. We will review basic conceptual and digital aspects of photography, analyze and speak about digital photography, and create and print original work. You will get to know your camera and develop your digital skills, and at the end of the course, your work will be showcased in BRAC's Student Exhibition in April. All digital cameras and devices are welcome, and some cameras are available for check-out from our equipment room on a "first come, first served" basis. Students will have the opportunity to create their photos during each class in the Media Lab and our immediate surroundings, including BRAC's garden and green roof.

FRIDAY WORKSHOP #1 - PAPER MAKING WITH MICHELE BRODY (FEBRUARY 3RD - 3:30PM TO 5:30PM)

Learn the art of making paper and paper collage from natural materials with Michele Brody, one of the artists from BRAC's current gallery exhibition Scaling Nature, on view until March 4th.
Participants will learn how to make their own sheets of handmade paper in order to collage with found natural materials, such as dried flowers and leaves, while collaborating with Ms. Brody on a future installation of origami butterflies folded out of handmade paper from milkweed plants and inscribed with personal migration stories. All participants will be able to bring home their own handmade sheets of paper at the end of the workshop.

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PRINTMAKING & DRAWING, 11 AM - 1 PM
Ages 11-15, Teens & Adults

Instructor: Tammy Wofsey

In this class you will learn drawing and printmaking skills. You will make our own sketch books to be used throughout the semester, and will learn to 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 created from 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.

CERAMICS, 11 AM - 1 PM
Ages 11-15, Teens & Adults

Instructor: Ana Ruiz-Castillo

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.

NOTE: For younger students, preliminary skills needed for this class. Taking Introduction to Art (Painting and Sculpture) first is highly recommended.

POTTERY - WHEEL THROWING, 2 - 4 PM
Teens & Adults

Instructor: Ana Ruiz-Castillo

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.

NOTE: Preliminary skills needed for this class. Taking Ceramics first is highly recommended.

DIGITAL ANIMATION, 2 - 4 PM
Teens & Adults

Instructor: Hector Canonge

Through the use of applications, demonstrations, and hands-on learning students will learn animation. By the end of the course students will have created their own animated shorts (30 seconds max.)

ADVANCED PAINTING, 2 - 4 PM
Teens & Adults

Instructor: Marta Blair

This course will cover foundations of color theory, composition ideas, and canvas layout. Students will refine their technical skills using acrylic and watercolor as well as other techniques and methods in painting in order to expand their painting vocabulary. This course will culminate in an instructor-led multi week project aimed at producing a finished painting based on participants interests and themes.

NOTE: Classes may not run if there are less than 8 registered students. If the class is canceled, you will be notified before classes start.

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

 

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: 2:30 - 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

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.

BRAC's programming is made possible with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, including Council Member Eric Dinowitz and the Bronx Delegation. Additional support is from Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the NYS Legislature including Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda. Foundation support is from Con Edison: The Power of Giving, BronxCare Health System, New York Community Trust and private donors.