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Womanspace Rockford

Art Classes

Drawing | Watercolor | Painting | Mixed Media | Art Lectures |
Artshops | Open Studio Hours

 


DRAWING


Drawing the Figure
Ages 16–Adult. Open to men and women who have had some basic drawing lessons/experiences. Participants will concentrate on gesture, contour, density and personal characteristics for the figure. Drawings and inspiration will be available from the instructor, your sketching colleagues and your own critical instincts. Includes all materials and model fees.

Dorothy Bock, co-founder of Womanspace, earned her BA at Alverno College, her MA in English Literature at Marquette University and completed her MFA in Art at the University of Notre Dame. She has been a teacher of art, literature and the humanities since 1950.

Course #: DW13-3
Dates: May 6, 13, 20
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00–8:30p
Instructor: Dorothy Bock, MFA
Location: New Dimensions 2D Studio
Regular Fee: $60
Member's Fee: $50
Register by May 1. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Drawing for the Timid
Ages 16–Adult. During this six-session introductory course, students will learn the basics of composition, value, and color theory while exploring graphite, charcoal, chalk pastel, and oil pastel to produce representational and expressive drawings working from both observation and photographic sources. Most materials are included, but students may bring their own visual references to work from and any supplies they may already have.

Danielle Barton is an artist and educator who graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2010 with an MFA focusing in Sculpture, and a concurrent Museum Studies Certification. Prior to her graduate studies, she earned a BFA in studio arts with emphasis in painting. In addition to her own artistic production and exhibition, Danielle currently teaches credit courses in drawing, sculpture, 3-D design, and ceramics at Rockford University along with 1-D design classes at Waubonsee Community College and non-credit Community Education class in ceramics at Rock Valley College.

Course #: DW13-4
Dates: June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: Tuesdays, 1:00–3:00p
Instructor: Danielle Barton, MFA
Location: New Dimensions 2D Studio
Regular Fee: $70
Member's Fee: $60
Register by June 19. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Participant's Name & Phone

 

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WATERCOLOR


Watercolor: Toes in the Water (Beginner Level)
Ages 16–adult. This class is for those first timers wanting to experience watercolor or someone who wants to expand beginning skills. Have fun exploring the enchantment of water and paint in their irresistible dance. As with all painting, a little drawing experience is helpful. Feel free to bring supplies you may already have or wait for suggestions on what you may want to purchase. Some basic supplies are furnished. We will discuss preparing paper to paint, brushes and their technique, some color theory – but mostly we will jump in the water, and do it!

Sue studied at Ohio State University and at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has taught privately, as well as at the Kaleidoscope School of Art in Barrington. Sue exhibits throughout the Midwest and South, has artwork in many private and public collections, and tries to devote most of her time to developing her own paintings.

Session II
Course #: WC13-7
Dates: March 12, 19, 26 April 2, 9
Time: Wednesdays, 10:00a–12:00p
Instructor: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: New Dimensions 2D Studio
This class is currently in session.
Register by March 10. Registration Policy

 

Session III
Course #: WC13-9
Dates: May 7, 14, 21, June 4, 11
Time: Wednesdays, 10:00a–12:00p
Instructor: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: New Dimensions 2D Studio
Regular Fee: $85
Member's Fee: $70
Register by May 5. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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Watercolor: Splashdown! (Intermediate & Advanced Level)
Ages 16–adult. In this five-week class we will continue to practice our skill building toward simplicity, spontaneity and success. We will discuss value, wetness, color and composition. Do you know what NOT to paint? Ideas abound, lots of thinking goes on as students and instructor continue learning.

Sue studied at Ohio State University and at the Cincinnati Art Museum. She has taught privately, as well as at the Kaleidoscope School of Art in Barrington. Sue exhibits throughout the Midwest and South, has artwork in many private and public collections, and tries to devote most of her time to developing her own paintings.

Session II
Course #: WC13-8
Dates: March 13, 20, 27, April 3, 10
Time: Thursdays, 10:00a–12:00p
Instructor: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: New Dimensions Studio
Regular Fee: $85
Member's Fee: $70
Register by March 11. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Participant's Name & Phone

 

Session III
Course #: WC13-10
Dates: May 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12
Time: Thursdays, 10:00a–12:00p
Instructor: Sue Gilbert Abare
Location: New Dimensions Studio
Regular Fee: $85
Member's Fee: $70
Register by May 6. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Participant's Name & Phone

 

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PAINTING


Discover Acrylic Painting
Ages 16–adult. Students at all levels will develop their own style and refine their skills working with the versatile media of acrylic during this six-session course. Students will explore observational painting and translation of a photographic source of their choice with exposure to realist and expressive methodologies. Students should bring two pre-primed canvases of any dimensions, acrylic paints, brushes, and two containers for water.

Danielle Barton is an artist and educator who graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2010 with an MFA focusing in Sculpture, and a concurrent Museum Studies Certification. Prior to her graduate studies, she earned a BFA in studio arts with emphasis in painting. In addition to her own artistic production and exhibition, Danielle currently teaches credit courses in drawing, sculpture, 3-D design, and ceramics at Rockford University along with 1-D design classes at Waubonsee Community College and non-credit Community Education class in ceramics at Rock Valley College.

Course #: AC13-3
Dates: June 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22
Time: Tuesdays, 4:00–6:00p
Instructor: Danielle Barton, MFA
Location: New Dimensions 2D Studio
Regular Fee: $70
Member's Fee: $60
Register by June 19. Registration Policy

Fee
Memb.# (required for discount)
Participant's Name & Phone

 

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MIXED MEDIA


Mixed Media Discovery
Ages 16–adult. Introductory class for the beginner mixed media artist…willing to experiment! This class will introduce mixed media techniques for drawing and painting. Learn the basics of canvas and paper stretching as well as prepping and layer techniques for creating multi-dimensional drawings and paintings. Bring photocopies of sentimental pictures to the second session. Most materials will be provided; others may be purchased at the class (approx. $7/person).

Tabatha is currently working in the advertising field after teaching high school art at Boylan and Winnebago High Schools for nine years. She has her BFA in Advertising Design with a minor in drawing and a MAT in secondary education focused on art. Her work is diversely experimental and she is always looking for ways to challenge her artistic focus. She has exhibited her work for a number of events including ArtScene, Greenwich Village Art Fair, Rockford Artists Fair, Art on the Lawn, and Rockford Art Museum’s Midwestern Biennial Art Show.

Course #: MM13-1
Dates: July 8, 15, 22
Time: Tuesdays, 6:30–8:30p
Instructor: Tabatha Dougherty, BFA, MA
Location: New Dimensions 2D Studio
Regular Fee: $50
Member's Fee: $40
Register by July 3. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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ART LECTURES


Ages 16–Adult. Join us over the lunch hour where we will view short documentaries and discussing the interesting life of various artists.

 

Alice Neel–1900-1984, Painter of the People
Unrelenting in her unique characterizations of people that she worked with, uncovered personalities and figures, Neel makes no attempt to apologize. Her expressionistic work brought her fame in the 70’s and 80’s along with an honest portrait of herself in classic Neel style.

Dorothy earned her MFA in Art at the University of Notre Dame. She has been a teacher of art, literature and the humanities since 1950.

Course #: AL13-7
Date: April 17
Time: Thursday, 12:00–1:30p
Instructor: Dorothy Bock, MFA
Location: William Reif Gallery
Regular Fee: $15
Members' Fee: $10
Register by April 15; Walk-ins welcome. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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ARTSHOPS


Creative Adornments
Age 14 to adult. Spend a fun afternoon playing with epoxy clay and create a custom pendant or ring and earrings in the color of your choice. The process takes a little time as you combine the two components, but once it reaches the correct consistency, you’ll have a delightful medium that requires no baking. You can design your own “adornment” and embellish with beads, glitter and other small pieces in our collection. You may also bring your own tiny beads and “jewels” to enhance your pendant. Fee includes some materials.

A self-professed bead addict, Barb has experimented in many different media that have allowed her to incorporate these “little gypsies”. She enjoys working with others in helping them to explore their own creativity with delightful results.

Course #: AW13-11
Date: March 18
Time: Tuesday, 2:30–5:00p
Instructor: Barb Phillips
Location: New Dimensions 2D Studio
Sorry, this class has been cancelled.
Register by March 14. Registration Policy

 

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Fearless Art Journaling II
For those who were in Art Journaling 1, or those who have been art journaling for years, you will want to quickly sign up for this class before it is filled! During this class we will look at more advanced techniques in art journaling and dive deeper into reflective activities to get your creativity flowing! Two solid sessions of exercises will help in providing depth to your journaling.

For the first night of class, bring a completed journal entry that showcases a technique that you’ve discovered and fallen in love with and a page that is your favorite. Also, bring a list of your pet peeves, a list of your favorite things, a small cherished memento (the actual item), handwritten notes (old calendar pages, to-do lists, letters, cards from cherished ones.)…Don’t worry; we will be making copies of everything so nothing will be damaged!

Tabatha Dougherty was an art teacher at Boylan Catholic High School. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts. She has had experience in graphic design, web site design and management, advertising design in addition to teaching art classes including computer art and design.

Course #: AW13-12
Date: April 1, 8
Time: Tuesdays, 6:00–8:30p
Instructor: Tabatha Dougherty
Location: New Dimensions 2D Studio
Regular Fee: $55
Members' Fee: $45
Register by March 27. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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"Picture This" Matting & Framing Workshop
Age 16–Adult. Learn simple and elegant matting techniques for displaying your artwork or photographs. Each participant will be guided in creating a completed piece, using mats and cutting materials provided. Framing decision will be discussed during this hands-on workshop, or if you already have a frame, bring it along and take home a completed, framed work of art. (Be sure to bring the piece of artwork or photograph you want to matt).

Elaine Hirschenberger is not only Executive Director & Co-founder of Womanspace, she is also a gifted artist and potter. She received her degree in English from Alverno College and pursued further studies in art & design at College of DuPage, Rockford College and NIU. Elaine is an active member of School Sisters of St. Francis, an international community of religious women based in Milwaukee.

Course #: AW13-13
Date: April 26
Time: Saturday, 10:00a–12:30p
Instructor: Elaine Hirschenberger
Location: New Dimensions 2D Studio
Regular Fee: $30
Members' Fee: $20
Register by April 24. Registration Policy

Fee
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Participant's Name & Phone

 

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