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Adult Classes

Education is life-long -- and creative exploration can happen at any time in that journey. Come explore mediums more fully, establish rapport with instructors, meet other creative minds, and find new friends. Our instructors offer technical guidance and encouragement to stretch all minds and artistic skills.

All date below are subject to change.

We have modified our classes to provide our community with an array of covid-safe creative experiences.  What can we expect?

In Person Classes
  • Limited number of participants to comply with State of RI guidelines
  • Masks to be worn by instructors and students at all time
  • Hand sanitizing stations upon entry to building
  • We are currently trying to purchase air purifiers for our building
  • Open doors & windows, weather permitting
Online Classes
  • Expanded number of participants
  • Increased number of offerings
  • Accessible to those outside of the Warwick or Kent County area
  • Materials and supplies prepackaged for pick up or delivery (depending on your location) so that you have all the tools to work from home

Introduction to Primitive Fired Pottery

Saturdays, June 5, 12 & 26, 2021 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)

Instructor:  Dennis DeLomba

Cost: $180 Members / $200 Non-Members

Open to adults and teens ages 15 and up. (student under 18 must have an adult present for firing week 3)

When we think of pottery, most of us envision clay being fired in electric kilns. However, long before industrial kilns were developed, early artisans fired clay using simple techniques incorporating material at hand -- with stunning results. We will explore one of these techniques - barrel firing - in our introductory program. Join us in this unique experience where art and history intersect!

In this three week course, you will learn the basic concepts of working with clay, creating pottery and multiple hand-building techniques, as well as learn the history behind these methods. The course will include instruction, professional demonstrations by Dennis Delomba, and hands on pottery making. During the final day of the course, the class will meet in Bristol to learn how to prepare their pottery for primitive firing and participate in the primitive firing process.  This will be an in-person program, so we will be taking covid precautions. Please be sure to bring your mask!

Dennis DeLomba currently teaches art at CCRI and is the Owner and Chief Designer of DeLomba Studios. He is an award winning artist and Exhibiting Artist Member of the Providence Art Club, and he has exhibited his works nationally.

Week 1 - June 5, 1pm-4pm - instruction, demo, hand-building (WCFA)

Week 2 - June 12 - 1pm-4pm - instruction, hand-building, finish work (WCFA)

Week 3 - June 26 - 1pm-4pm - Firing will take place in Bristol - tbd

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Emerging from Hibernation: A Mindfulness, Movement, and Writing Workshop!

Sunday, April 11, 2021 (1:00pm - 4:00pm)

Instructor:  Lauren Sarat

Cost: $40 Members / $50 Non-Members

Here comes the sun! We've all been underground in one form or another over the past year of pandemic isolation and social distance. Now that spring is here, warm weather is on the way, and the world is showing promise of opening up again. Come move your body, move your mind, and move your heart out of hibernation with this workshop that will awaken the joy of coming alive again after a long winter. No previous writing, meditation, or mindfulness experience is necessary.
For more information and to register, please contact laurensarat@gmail.com. We'll be adhering to all COVID guidelines. Fee is $40 for WCFA members and $50 for non-members. Feel free to share with anyone who might be interested!
Instructor bio: Lauren Sarat is a writing coach, editor, and teacher. She blends meditation and mindfulness with creative writing in her classes and has taught at Brown University, where she was nominated for an Undergraduate Award for Excellence in Teaching. Lauren's fiction, poetry, and nonfiction has appeared in a variety of publications, including New York Stories, Shenandoah, and Rhode Island Monthly, and her short story "Russian Lessons" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Lauren holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, and she is currently working toward her MA in Holistic Counseling at Salve Regina University. To learn more about Lauren, visit www.laurensarat.net.

Teens and Adults are welcome.  This will be an in-person class, so we will be taking covid precautions.  Please be sure to bring your mask!

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Wine & Watercolor in the Gallery

Saturday, April 10, 2021 (5:00pm - 9:00pm)

Instructor:  Aileen Quinn

Cost: $45 Members / $50 Non-Members

Renew your creative spirit by taking time for yourself, and enjoy the company of friends in this relaxing, encouraging environment. Artist Aileen Quinn will guide us through her watercolor workshop in our gallery. The group is guided through the use of brushes and basic watercolor techniques before getting started. Everybody gets to create their own individual piece. Working with watercolors is relaxing, and the colors are lively and vibrant. This fun way to learn offers something for everyone!

Includes matted painting, hors d'oeuvres, and use of glass.  BYOW

This will be an in-person class, so we will be taking covid precautions.  Please be sure to bring your mask!

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"Green with Envy" by Diane Brown

The Oil and Cold Wax Experience

Saturday, April 17, 2021 (10:30am - 2:30pm)

Instructor:  Diane Brown

Cost: $90 Members / $120 Non-Members

Materials Fee: $10 to be paid to instructor

Our workshop will begin with Diane as she demonstrates her unique process.  We will then learn to mix paint and cold wax to prepare to create several of our own works using a variety of basic marking tools.  Diane will lead us in this fun, engaging artistic experience.

In addition to your materials fee, you will be asked to bring some of your own supplies. 

Students to supply the following materials:

  • Oil paints (darks, lights and other vibrant colors)
  • Metal palette knife (preferably a #6)
  • Princeton Catalyst Silicone Wedge #6
  • 1" blue painters tape
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 small knitting needle

This will be an in-person class, so we will be taking covid precautions.  Please be sure to bring your mask!

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Smartphone Photography with Cindy Wilson (Online)

Saturdays, April 10 & 17, 2021 (10:00am - noon)

Instructor:  Cindy Wilson

Cost: $75 Members / $100 Non-Members

2 sessions, class size limited to 8 participants, learn how to take better pictures using your smartphone (Apple or Android) and what controls are available. The 2nd session will focus on what applications are available to edit & process your images for best quality.  Supplies needed: smartphone

Online, via Zoom

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New Online Photography Classes offered by Thom Williams

Introduction To Photographing People 

April 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 6:30pm

Summarize what portraiture is and what constitutes a good portrait. Describe the nuances of lighting and posing. Understanding equipment, it’s limits as well as strengths and maximizing what you have to work with. Embracing the concept that a portrait is created in front and behind NOT in the camera. There will be demos to help students see the topics discussed in the real world.

Intro to Lightroom

April 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 6pm

Lightroom is one of the most powerful software packages for the organization, presentation and editing of photographs. This class walks students through organization and workflow of images as well as the different elements of lightroom. The primary focus of the class will be on the library module and develop module to have students be prepared to maximize the potential of their images. Students are asked to have "Lightroom Classic CC" installed on their computer so that they can follow along with the instructor to learn the different aspects of the software.

Introduction To Still Life/Product Photography 

May 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 4pm DAY SESSION

We will explore the differences and similarities between still life and product photography allowing students to have the experience of shooting both. We will cover professional equipment as well as tips, techniques and tricks to help you create wonderful images from what you have to work with. There will be demos to help students see the topics discussed in the real world.

Beginner Photography 1 for Teens/Young Adults 

May 5, 12, 19, 26 @ 6pm

This 4 session class will help beginners learn the basic functions of their camera as well as the basis of ALL photography: the exposure triangle. Students will, through class instruction and a series of homework assignments, begin to master the use of: shutter speed, aperture and ISO to take complete control of image creation. 

Beginner Photography 2 for Teens/Young Adults 

June 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 6pm

A series of 4 classes focusing on beginner composition techniques. It is best if students have a working knowledge of their camera including an understanding of the exposure triangle. Each class will include new instruction and homework designed to put into practice new knowledge. Images created will be reviewed in class for students to receive input and further guidance.

About the instructor: THOM WILLIAMS

TM WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY

Thom Williams is a photographic artist currently living in Troy, NY. Thom earned a B.F.A. from SUNY Oswego with studio concentrations in Graphic Design and Photography. He has taken photographs ranging from fashion editorials, portraits, architecture, athletic events and street photography. Whether a gesture, expression, or angle of architecture, Thom is inspired by capturing images not otherwise seen of ordinary moments that can have profound reflective meaning for the viewer. As an artist, he is interested in experimenting digitially with images and more recently in presenting images in a unique multidimensionally way.

His fashion editorials have been published in Saratoga Living, The Muse and Tatoo Envy Magazine among others. Thom's work can be viewed on TM Williams Photography through Facebook or Instagram. Below is a list of shows participated in.

Teaching at multiple art centers for the past 3 years in person and virtually beginning in 2020 he has found an avenue to share his passion and foster growth for others interested in photography. 


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