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Visual Arts Programs for Adults

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Either as part of the program at the West Side Y or offered at other Ys throughout the five boroughs, visual arts programs give adults the opportunity to learn a new craft or hone their skills in a supportive environment. Explore available programs below:

Visual Arts Programs for Adults

Beaded Jewelry

This six week workshop is for beginners as well as those with some beading experience. Participants will learn square stitch, brick stitch, right angle weave and other stitches. Each stitch will be used in a project assigned by the instructor. Supplies will be available for purchase from instructor in the first class. Multi-level class, no experience necessary. Instructor - Ellen Gelber. Program is available at the West Side YMCA

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Beginning Drawing/Watercolor

Students will learn basic drawing techniques inspired by still life in a relaxed environment. No experience necessary. Supplies will be provided during the first class. Instructor Beth Bailis. Program is offered at the West Side YMCA.

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Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

Starting with simple contour exercises, this class will teach you how to see in a new way in order to draw naturally. With each drawing you do, you will build the skill and confidence to make finished drawings or as a foundation for painting. Bring an 11" x 14" drawing pad or sketchbook and a 2B or HB pencil to the first class. Instructor - Nan Carey. Program is offered at the West Side YMCA.

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Exploring Surface and Form - Advanced Handbuilding

For students seeking to develop an individual style through a personal vision in clay. Class includes thematic projects and slide presentations. Students experiment with combining wheel throwing and handbuilt forms in developing their own vision in clay. Experience is necessary. Instructor- Matt Nolen. Program is offered at the West Side YMCA.

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Focus on Tiles

This beginning/intermediate level class will focus on making tiles and slab work. We will also explore stamped and resist patterns plus other decorative techniques. Multi-level class, no experience necessary. Instructor - Peter A. Davis. Program is offered at the West Side YMCA.

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Fused Glass

Glass fusing is the process of kiln firing to join together pieces of glass. Slumping includes using molds to create new shapes in the glass. In this introductory class the participants will learn the basic techniques of scoring, cutting glass, and slumping into molds. Multi-level class, no experience necessary. Instructor - Ron Beckett. Program is available at the West Side YMCA.

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Handbuilding

This class will focus on construction techniques for vessels and tiles as well as exploring colorfully patterned surfaces with the use of underglazes and slips. Explore new forms and surfaces to add richness and diversity to your handbuiling work. Multi-level class, open to beginners.Instructor Sheryl Zacaria. Program is available at the West Side YMCA.

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Intermediate Wheel

This class will focus on developing sensitivity to the various internal relationships and subtleties of the vessel form. Beginners will learn the basic skills of throwing on the potter's wheel. Intermediate students will work on individual projects to further develop their skills and unique personal expression. Demos and critiques will be given regularly. Program is available at the West Side YMCA.

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Painting for Beginners

Painting for beginners - no drawing skills required! It's about color... mixing colors and applying paint to paper, through a variety of projects intended to make it fun and easy. The hardest part is picking up the brush! We'll be using acrylic paint on paper, with the goal of completing a piece at each session. All supplies will be provided. Program is available at the McBurney YMCA.

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Sources of Inspiration - Advanced Handbuilding

Students pursue their own individual handbuilding projects with occasional class assignments and demonstrations. Instructor critiques, slides, readings, films and field trips will also be included. Must be skilled in working with clay. Instructor - Kate Missett. Program is offered at the West Side YMCA.

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Stained Glass

Learn to create a variety of beautifully colored art pieces like light catchers, candle holders and window pieces by developing proficiency in this ancient craft. Guided assistance by the instructor will allow for each person to learn and work at a comfortable pace. Class time includes 1.5 hours of open studio. Multi-level class, no experience necessary. Instructor - Ron Beckett. Program is available at the West Side YMCA.

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Watercolor - Beginner/Intermediate

An intensive class in developing watercolor techniques by working primarily with still life and painting in Central Park. Multi-level class, some experience is helpful. Instructor - Bonnie Steinsnyder. Program is available at the West Side YMCA.

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Wheel - Beginner/Intermediate

An introduction to the basic elements of throwing on the wheel and surface decoration. Intermediate students develop increased skills through more demanding projects that explore a variety of shape and glaze possibilities. Classes include a demonstration and assigned projects. Multi-level classes, no experience necessary. Instructors - Julie Terestman or Outi Putkonen. Program is offered at the West Side YMCA.

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