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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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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 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 1 session on 05/06/2017

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: $69.00

Member Cost: $59.00

Materials Cost: $3.00

Schedule : Sat 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 1 session on 05/06/2017

Instructor : Julia Yampolsky 

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So, you've decided this is the year you're going to learn how to garden. Or, maybe, this is the year your garden will finally be attractive. But, where to start? What are the secrets to growing beautiful flowers, fruits, and vegetables? Join the experts from Cedar Grove Gardens as they guide you through the process of creating a truly respectable garden.

Tuition: $59.00

Member Cost: $49.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Sat 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; 1 session on 05/06/2017

Instructor : Cedar Grove Gardens 

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Learn the basics of knitting --  knit, purl, cast on, bind off, increase, and decrease. This class is designed for beginners and out-of-practice knitters in need of a refresher. Bring your own yarn along with size 7 or 8 needles. You'll receive a list of additional materials to purchase at the first class. Expect to spend around $30 on supplies.  

Tuition: $249.00

Member Cost: $209.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Mon 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM; 7 sessions; starting 5/8/2017, ending 6/26/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 5/29/2017)

Instructor : Stephanie Seebach-Griego 

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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 5/8/2017, ending 6/26/2017 ; Class Skip Dates : (No class on 5/29/2017)

Instructor : Julia Yampolsky 

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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. DRAWING SUPPLY LIST Pencils: With the enormous assortment of graphite media out there, an inexpensive solution is to get a set of different grades of pencils. ONE of the below sets is fine for this class. Utrecht Shade/Contour pencils of 10 Brevilliers Cretacolor Artist Studio Draw 101 Intro pencil set Koh-I-Noor 1900 Technical Set of 12 pencils Staedtler Mars Lumograph 12-count pencil set Prismacolor Premier 12-count pencil set Paper: ONE of the below pads is fine for this class. Canson 9” x 12” 70-pound pad of 30 sheets Strathmore 9” x 12” 80-pound pad of 24 sheets Utrecht 11” x 14” 70-pound pad of 50 sheets Borden & Riley 9” x 12” 60-pound pad of 20 sheets Blick 11” x 14” 60-pound pad of 100 sheets Additional Supplies: A kneaded eraser A hard eraser  

Tuition: $285.00

Member Cost: $245.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM; 8 sessions; starting 5/9/2017, ending 6/27/2017

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. Please bring following supplies to the first class: BRUSHES Please be aware different companies have their own numbering systems as to brush sizes. This means a #2 from one company may be a different size than a #2 from another company. The numbers listed are meant only as a guide. Rounds Small (#2, 5) Medium (#8, 10): The smaller numbers are generally for detail. The larger sizes are for washes. Look for the brushes that are made of synthetics but not nylon. Nylon brushes carry less paint and water than the synthetics Mops Large (#3, 4): This brush is good for large washes. The design of the hairs makes the brush carry quite a bit of paint. Look for the brushes that are made of synthetics but not nylon. Nylon brushes carry less paint and water than the synthetics Paint Cadmium Red Alizarin Crimson Cadmium Yellow Lemon Yellow Ultramarine Blue Cerulean Blue Sap Green Hooker's Green Payne's Gray Sepia Burnt Sienna What you want is warm and cool reds, (Cadmium Red & Alizarin Crimson) yellows, (Cadmium Yellow & Lemon Yellow) and blues (Ultramarine Blue & Cerulean Blue) as well as colors for the landscape like the Greens (warm Sap Green & cool Hooker’s Green). Colors to be used for shadows and earth tones are covered by Payne’s Gray, Sepia and Burnt Sienna. PAPER Paper comes in two forms: pads & blocks. The paper’s weight should be 140-pound weight and a cold press type. This information is on the paper cover. A block is a pad that has adhesive on all four sides save a small section. The block eliminates the need for a stiff backing. You should know the block is more expensive than the pad because of the added labor. A watercolor pad, on the other hand, has adhesive only on the top. The pad would need to be supported with tape and a stiff backing. PALETTES Get the white plastic palettes for watercolor. They come in a rectangular or circular shape. You can see your colors better with these than the metal palettes. MISCELLANEOUS Use a non-paper stiff backing for taping watercolor paper to it. A cutting board or Masonite is a possibility. Masking tape Pencil Kneaded eraser

Tuition: $215.00

Member Cost: $185.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Tue 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM; 8 sessions; starting 5/9/2017, ending 6/27/2017

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. Expect to spend approximately $60 on materials. Please bring following supplies to the first class: Watercolor Paint in Pale Cadmium Yellow, Rose Madder, Emerald Green, Cobalt Blue and optional a medium Cadmium Red, Ultramarine Blue. Round and pointed Sable or Sablette brushes, at least one smaller(#6/4) and one bigger (#10/12) one. 140 lb Cold Press Paper. A roll of 1 inch masking tape, a water jar, a 4B pencil and a small 8.5 x 5.5 sketch book. If you already have supplies you may bring them, even if they are different from above list.

Tuition: $389.00

Member Cost: $329.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM; 8 sessions; starting 5/10/2017, ending 6/28/2017

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: $265.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Wed 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM; 8 sessions; starting 5/10/2017, ending 6/28/2017

Instructor : Rosetta Del Giudice 

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Join Hunt's photo and video's Don Toothaker for a lesson on black and white nighttime photography while you explore some of Boston's best landmarks. Class will start at the BCAE and then venture out. Participating students should have at least an intermediate knowledge of photography and know how their camera works.  

Tuition: $69.00

Member Cost: $59.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Wed 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM; 1 session on 05/10/2017

Instructor : Don Toothaker 

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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: $45.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Wed 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM; 1 session on 05/10/2017

Instructor : Christopher Padgett 

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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: $249.00

Member Cost: $215.00

Materials Cost: $0.00

Schedule : Weekly - Thu 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; 7 sessions; starting 5/11/2017, ending 6/22/2017

Instructor : Julia Yampolsky 

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