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Try your hand at something creative. The BCAE offers Boston’s best variety of art classes. Learn to sew in our series of sewing classes and never have to tote your sewing machine. Try one of our many photography classes. Want to paint or draw? We have classes in watercolor, acrylic, oil and more. Or learn from Boston’s best by taking a craft class with the artisans of Boston Handmade.

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Join us for this weeknight class that will help you break up the week by being creative and enjoying a glass or two of wine. You'll be given a demonstration of watercolor techniques then choose from three different motifs. You'll be finished creating your very own greeting card in just two hours. These cards are perfect to duplicate as many times as you please to send to friends and family.   

Tuition: $49.00

Member Cost: $45.00

Materials Cost: $10.00

Schedule : Tue 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 1 session on 07/11/2017

Instructor : Glenn Davis 

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Examine the fundamentals of watercolor painting, including basic approaches to color and value. We'll start by reviewing the basic elements of composition, which you can use as a foundation for your work. Then, through a series of projects, you'll develop a sensitivity to the medium and begin to understand how to use the brush, paint, and paper to achieve the best possible results. No previous painting experience is required.

Tuition: $389.00

Member Cost: $329.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM; 8 sessions; starting 7/12/2017, ending 8/30/2017

Instructor : Rosetta Del Giudice 

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Whether you’ve never picked up a paintbrush or are an avid hobbyist intent on expanding your skills, daytime oil painting is for you! Beginners will learn the fundamentals of color mixing, composition, and paint application. By working from still-life arrangements, students will also learn how to create the illusion of light and depth as well as texture while developing their own personal styles. Those with more experience are welcome to concentrate on advanced techniques and work at their own levels. Assistance is available for individual projects. Please bring the following to the first week of class: Small metal palette knife A variety of brushes- 3 are fine, but you should have a large (1"-1.5") flat. Turpenoid (blue and white can, small size) Glass jar Palette paper Rubber gloves optional Something to paint on- canvas paper, canvas board, stretched canvas - your choice. Oil paint- small tubes. Some good brands include Gamblin, Amsterdam, Windsor Newton, and can be purchased at Blick in the Landmark Center, near the Fenway, or Pearl on Mass Ave in Central Square. Please bring the following colors: burnt umber titanium white cadmium red (hue is fine) alizarin crimson (hue is fine) cadmium yellow (hue is fine) lemon yellow OR cadmium yellow light phthalo green French ultramarine blue OR cobalt blue Prussian blue cerulean blue (optional) dioxazine purple (optional)    

Tuition: $315.00

Member Cost: $269.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM; 8 sessions; starting 7/12/2017, ending 8/30/2017

Instructor : Rosetta Del Giudice 

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Join accomplished photographer Christopher Padgett as he takes you through the basics of iPhotography. Go from simply finding the camera app all the way to being a smartphone-picture-taking master in just two hours. This class is targeted towards students with an Apple iPhone. The class will not be covering how to use other cellphone brands.  

Tuition: $55.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Wed 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 07/12/2017

Instructor : Christopher Padgett 

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Join us for this Thursday-night class that will all you to flex your creative muscles and enjoy a glass or two of wine in a relaxing, friendly atmosphere. At the beginning of class you'll receive an ink pen, small pieces of seaglass, pebbles, and sand. The instructor will lead you through creating your own beach scene on paper, with the seaglass acting as birds, fish, or whatever your creative heart desires! You'll frame the project at the end of class.  

Tuition: $49.00

Member Cost: $45.00

Materials Cost: $25.00

Schedule : Thu 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 1 session on 07/13/2017

Instructor : Amanda Poggenburg 

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This class is for the complete beginner. You will start by learning how to tame the sewing machine -- winding and loading a bobbin; threading and changing a needle; and stitching straight. You will also explore a world of textiles and learn how to tell apart different kinds of fabrics. While making a cozy pair of pajama pants, you will learn how to work with a pattern. Sewing machines are provided, but you are encouraged to bring your own if you have one. Expect to spend a little money on sewing tools and materials for the PJs. During the first class, we will talk about what to buy (and what not to buy). So don't miss the kick-off session, and please be prompt because we have lots of work to do.

Tuition: $215.00

Member Cost: $185.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 7 sessions; starting 7/13/2017, ending 8/24/2017

Instructor : Julia Yampolsky 

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If you're interested in calligraphy but don't have the time to commit to our great multi-session class, take this 1-day workshop. You'll learn all the core techniques and be given printouts on how to pursue calligraphy on your own time. If you decide you'd like to pursue the Calligraphy for Beginners multisession after taking this course, the class is taught by the same instructor.

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $10.00

Schedule : Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 07/15/2017

Instructor : Emily Gallardo 

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Learn the basics of sewing machines in a class designed especially for beginners. We'll show you how to load a needle, thread a machine, thread and load a bobbin, change a foot, front and back stitch, and more. We'll even review various stitching options, explaining which ones works best in which situation. Sewing machines will be provided, but you're welcome to bring their own if you prefer. If you do, please bring your machine's instruction manual as well.

Tuition: $65.00

Member Cost: $55.00

Materials Cost: $3.00

Schedule : Sat 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM; 1 session on 07/15/2017

Instructor : Julia Yampolsky 

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You know how to use a sewing machine, now let's learn some sewing techniques. We will cover several seam finishes, regular and invisible zippers, piping, different ways to finish necklines, patch pockets, how to do gathering on a sewing machine, setting sleeves,  a buttonhole, proper hand stitches, sewing buttons and other fasterners by hand, and more! We will create a portfolio of small samples and description of each technique for you to take home after the course. Students will be told what materials need to purchased during the first class meeting.

Tuition: $315.00

Member Cost: $269.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM; 7 sessions; starting 7/17/2017, ending 8/28/2017

Instructor : Julia Yampolsky 

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This class will focus on calligraphy using a broad-nib pen. Students will start with foundational exercises and then combine these skills to form words and phrases. The class will focus on Chancery and Blackletter styles. The instructor will provide paper, pens, ink, work sheets, and plenty of encouragement.

Tuition: $175.00

Member Cost: $149.00

Materials Cost: $20.00

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM; 6 sessions; starting 7/17/2017, ending 8/21/2017

Instructor : Emily Gallardo 

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Explore light and shadow, proportion, perspective, and composition while drawing from still-life objects and the human figure. You’ll begin with exploring the different grades of pencils. You will learn to the eraser as a drawing tool and what stumps are for. You will start out with simple drawing exercises, working in pencil. Then as your skills improve, you’ll advance to more finished drawings. The tuition includes a fee for models.  

Tuition: $249.00

Member Cost: $215.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM; 7 sessions; starting 7/18/2017, ending 8/29/2017

Instructor : Glenn Davis 

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Unlike oils and acrylics, which stay where you put them, watercolor is a blend of subtlety and surprise, with extraordinary interactions between water, tint, and paper. You'll start by learning the basic elements of composition as a foundation for your painting. Then, through a series of landscapes and other subjects of your choosing, you'll develop sensitivity to the medium and begin to understand which techniques achieve the best results. No previous watercolor experience required.  

Tuition: $189.00

Member Cost: $159.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM; 7 sessions; starting 7/18/2017, ending 8/29/2017

Instructor : Glenn Davis 

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