The New Bedford Art Museum is offering a new adult education agenda called The Joy of Creating & Understanding Art! 

There are three, four week session courses scheduled on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 PM.

Color Affects: Color Theory for Art and Everyday Application

    • March 6, 13, 20 & 27
    • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Do you notice that color surrounds us – or that colors surround us?  There is a difference.  We cannot escape the presence of color.  Yet, many individuals don’t understand its presence or how it is used on a daily basis to define, alter or enhance our lives. This course will make you comfortable with color. Whether it’s to redesign a room or create visually delicious menus you will learn to see the world in a different light. This four-week program will help you understand the subtleties of color and how it pertains to the world around you. Each participant will have the opportunity to create a storyboard which can be put into action with a redesign in your own home.
    • COURSE OVERVIEW: Imagine color, if you would, in the same context as the physiological term: happiness.  Happiness has three required components; control, affection and belonging.  Color is no different.  Color can be controlled.  In fact, in many cases, it must be controlled.  Color is reflects and is reflective of our emotions.  We paint, color and decorate based on our affection for or, our lack of affection towards an object.  The colors we choose also indicate where or to whom we belong to.
    • COURSE SYLLABUS: In this course, students will learn and understand how to compare and contrast additive and subtractive color theory, as well as, become familiar with the physical, psychological and cultural aspects of color.  Students will also learn how to apply color in solving design problems whether as a symbolic, expressive or descriptive solution.  Students have the opportunity to use their new knowledge and skills though the use of an interior design storyboard, or other personal applications from crafting, to painting their homes or in selecting their wardrobes.

Taming Watercolor: There’s Beauty in the Beast!

    • June 5, 12, 19, & 26
    • COURSE DESCRIPTION: Watercolor painting vexed even the likes of Vincent van Gogh.  It can be a daunting medium.  But, with the innovative instruction technique presented in this introductory course, students can learn to control, appreciate and create skillful watercolor compositions. This course will not only offer students watercolor painting basics, it also presents some color theory and basic (drawing) observation principles. Students will finish the course with at least one finished piece and will learn the basics of watercolor so they can continue painting at their leisure.
    • COURSE OVERVIEW: Watercolor is pure painting!  It is a medium, as well as, the artwork that results from the effort of engaging that medium.  Watercolor is a type of paint medium and its pigment is suspended in a water-soluble vehicle.  In this course, students will learn traditional application methods; wet on wet, wet on dry and dry on dry (opaque).
    • COURSE SYLLABUS: Painting with watercolor may be described as painting with light because of its transparent nature.  It is both a rapid and engaging process as it can be paced and contemplative.  In this course, students will learn and understand, through a series of exercises, how to control the medium as the result of their better understanding of the medium’s innate tactile aspects.  Students will also be exposed to watercolor as a way of seeing reality and recording it with their new knowledge and skills of composition, color and technique.

The Principles of Drawing: Making Marks that Make Art

    • October 9, 16, 23 & 30
    • COURSE DESCRIPTION: This is a different kind of drawing course. Anyone can draw! Whether you’re a complete novice, a doodler or a self-motivated sketcher, this course will present you with the instruction you need to successfully begin what could be a lifetime drawing habit. Students will be introduced to the 7 T’s 2 Drawing instruction method I’ve developed over my teaching career.  Students will finish the course with at least one well-rendered drawing and the skills and tools to continue drawing at their leisure.
    • COURSE OVERVIEW: Why do we draw? Why do people like to draw? Why do people think they may enjoy drawing? For everyone it’s different. For some, even the less than serious act of doodling, represents an activity to pass the time or to relieve tension. For others, it is a process and although they may not realize it, this process can assist them to better understand and perhaps see the world around them.  More here.  It also is a great way to learn problem solving by forcing themselves to use the right side of their brains. But more importantly, to many, it represents the simplest form of joy because they have achieved some level of personal satisfaction or, perhaps even self-actualization.  Self-actualization is, oddly enough, a process of establishing yourself as a whole person. It is the ability to exercise and develop your cognitive skills in order to better understand yourself.
    • COURSE SYLLABUS: Students will learn the basic elements of drawing based on my 7T’s 2 Drawing as follows:  The first T is is for Teacher and requires, as harsh as it sounds, to listen, and not think because, when it comes to drawing, your logical brain can be your worst enemy.  The second T is for Trust and is very much a requirement if the rule of the first T is to be learned and applied.  It is very necessary that the student totally trusts the teacher and the method.  The third T is is for Time and, as with anything of any value, the more time invested; the better the outcome.  T number four is for Tools because you need to learn and understand that both the mark making tools you will be exposed to and your body mechanics are critical to your success.  The fifth T is for Talent and, it will be demonstrated in class how the concept is overrated and as such – anyone can draw!  The sixth T is for Technique another misconception since it is more about a system than a style.  Finally, we have the seventh T, or Temperament which, for some, is the greatest challenge some students may be faced with – patience is very much a requirement for success in this class.  More here.
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