Artist Tools

Art Workshops, Classes and Camps

Students of all ages and levels enjoy the art workshops, classes and camps. Give the gift of creativity to your family, friends, children, grand kids and colleagues!
AOY Gift Cards by following this link

2017-18 AOY Class Session Calendar

Please Email all questions or concerns regarding any AOY Adult, Youth and/or Workshops to Jim Bongartz, Director of Education at education@artistsofyardley.org
Due to limited office hours at the art center, voicemail messages will not be returned unless it is an emergency from a current student or AOY instructor.

 

Registration Deadlines are one week prior to the start of each class.

  • Adult Art Classes/Workshops
  • Youth Art Classes
  • Summer Camps
  • Private Lessons
  • Teaching Artists
  • Winter
  • Fall 2
  • 2017-18 Workshops


Winter Session – January 7 to February 17, 2018 - Register Here

Note: 2 weeks for make ups due to bad weather 2/18/18 - 3/3/18


226: Braided Table Runner (4 weeks)


$105 Members.   $120. Non-Members
5 sessions/Mondays; 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
January 8 to February 5
Teaching Artist: Peggy Rowlett

Bring your sewing machine and come sew a beautiful 17X52 inch “quilt as you go” table runner. It is reversible with machine quilting on the back side. You will learn basic cutting techniques for quilting, how to mitre corners and some basic machine and hand sewing techniques. A great project for a first time quilting project. 
Fabric and sewing supplies are your responsibility.




Weird Vegetables221: Introduction to Oil Painting  


$157. Members.   $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 9:30 am to 12:00 noon
January 9 to February 13
Teaching Artist:
Donna Sheehan


Learn to see as an artist does and apply that new found knowledge to oil painting! From a still life set up using solvent free oil paint you'll learn the basics in drawing in order to do a preliminary sketch in oil. Guided by your instructor you'll quickly learn about shape and form and gain an understanding of how to see value so that you can render drawings in oil paint to create a tonal underpainting. The Focus in second half of the session will cover the basics in pallet setup, color mixing and value matching. An explanation of tools and mediums will be discussed. While you progress to a full color painting you will learn about concepts and principals that will help you gain skills to further you on your way to becoming a better artist.


70: I've Painted Before, Let's Do More!

$157. Members.   $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 9:30 am to 12:00 noon
January 9 to February 13
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz
Website: jamesbongartz.com

This painting class is for students who enjoy painting and feel comfortable with their progress in composing composition and have a basic understanding of color mixing. Students will continue to develop their personal styles. Group and individual critiques will help to examine what practices are working and what techniques need to be explored further. Students are encouraged to use photos and/or electronic devices that display imagery for their source material.



20: I've Never Painted Before In My Life!

$157. Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 1:00 - 3:30 pm
January 9 to February 13
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz
Website: www.jamesbongartz.com

But guess what? You can easily learn how by using acrylic paints! Bring your laptops to paint from your own uploaded photographs or images captured off the Internet. Of course, printed images are suitable for use as source material too. Students will explore blocking-in methods while developing subject matter with expressive color and brushwork. The instructor will give demonstrations and students will start off creating studies of simple still life to learn basic techniques in color mixing and building volume and space. The instructor will offer critiques that assist in constructive problem solving. Supplies are provided by the student and a list will be sent one week prior to the start of class. Level: Beginner’s thru Intermediate.





118: Color Concepts


$189. Members. $216. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 1:00 - 4:00 pm
January 9 to February 13
Teaching Artist: David Rivera
Watch Video

Through various drawing and painting exercises, students will explore different methods of observing color. The course will begin with the introduction of the gray scale, and progress, through specific exercises, to working with a full range of colors in a variety of mediums. Students will learn about the relationship between warm and cool colors and how these play into creating the illusion of light and atmoshere. Layering applications on different surfaces (including pre-toned papers and prepared grounds) will be explored and students will acquire a thorough understanding of color concepts through observational exercises. Color will be analyzed in the following order; value, tints and shades, chromatic and achromatic grays, warm/cool contrasts, primary, secondary and tertiary colors, complimentary and harmonizing colors.





136: Beginning Oil Painting Designed with You in Mind

$189. Members. $216. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 6:30 to 9:30 pm
January 9 to February 13
Teaching Artist: Nancy Lloyd

This course is for the beginning or returning student. Students will be given individual attention and instruction will be oriented to helping the student achieve his or her own goals. Using photos and still life set-ups, painting fundamentals will be introduced, including color theory, paint application, values, contrasts, composition, and perspective. A variety of approaches will be explored. A supply list will be provided.






195: Pastel For Beginners

$157. Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 6:30 to 9:00 pm
January 9 to February 13
Teaching Artist: Kellen Mears

We will explore the use of pastel with a simple step by step method that will instill confidence while encouraging self expression and spontaneity. Topics to be covered will be materials to be used, composition, value development, and color selection. Its all practice. No previous experience of pastel necessary. Anything worth doing is worth doing badly. So don't be afraid. Give pastels a try.







205: Photography

$157. Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays; 6:30 to 9:00 pm
January 9 to February 13
This is an adult/youth (ages 13-17) combined class
Teaching Artist: Steven Kasich

Do you have a great camera that you just wish you could use better? Ever wonder what that button is for? What's an ISO? By the end of this class you will be shooting basic portraits and travel photos with your camera. You will learn how to set up your camera, how to get the right focus, how to take pictures of people, some sports and action, and a bit of landscape photography. The last class bring in your favorite 5 images as 4x6 or larger. You will need an SLR or Mirrorless 4/3's camera with interchangeable lenses and your manual. Camera should be able to shoot in Manual mode. Be prepared to take notes.

 


78: Handmade Felting Techniques

$189. Members. $216. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays; 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
January 10 to February 14

Teaching Artist: Nelly Kouzmina

From basic flat felting to luxurious surface design, this six week class progresses into Cobweb felting, felt collage, seamless accessory, exploring felt embellishments and finally, felt hat making.  Printed materials with description will be provided. Instructor will have wool fibers as well as silk fabric, exotic thread, variety of yarn available for purchase.  Extra supplies will be shared during each week. 

Week 1. Flat Felt making (basic wet felting technique)
Week 2. Felt embellishments (or collage making) 
Week 3. Cobweb felting technique (making accessory - scarf)
Week 4. Felting with resist (making fingerless mittens) 
Week 5. Felt Hat making (basic)
Week 6. Felt & Shibori (flat felt made in Week 1 can be used).
A supply list will be provided by the instructor one week prior to the start of class. 
Discover the ancient technique of felt making and it’s revival.


213: Watercolor Studio with Instruction

$189. Members. $216. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays; 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
January 10 to February 14
Teaching Artist: Jo-ann Osnoe

This class is for students with some experience in watercolor who want to work independently on their own projects with instruction. Choose your topic and I can help you develop it. You may choose to work from still life set ups or photos. Direction and guidance will be provided based on each student’s needs. Demos will be used to illustrate different techniques and work will be critiqued at the end of each session. This class is for students with basic knowledge of watercolor through advanced.


Collage and Mixed Media197: Collage and Mixed Media

$157. Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays; 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
January 10 to February 14
Teaching Artist: Nancy Shill

This Class will be playful and informative for both the novice and experienced student. Working in abstract format, the workshop will begin with a demonstration of the use of collage materials, glues, and glazes. Exercises in such areas as layering and adding acrylic paints to the paper will add more dimensions. Participants will be encouraged to consider texture, tone, line, and color. Critiques of works will be on-going during different stages of progress. This will help you to loosen up and it will enhance your approach to other more formal styles of art.







199: Approaching Abstraction


$157. Members.   $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays; 1:00 -3:30 pm
January 10 to February 14
This is an adult/youth (ages 13-17) combined class
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz
Website: jamesbongartz.com




Unleash the inspired abstract painter within when expanding your visual vocabulary for abstraction. We will apply design elements relating to composition, color, representation of form and various applications of paint or gesture making. This class will develop a series of studies meant to create a path for an informed personal, individualistic means of expression.

Acrylics and canvas are recommended however, oils, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, along with gessoed boards, paper etc. are all acceptable.
A recommended supply list will be sent as soon as a class roster with a minimum of four students is established. Suitable for all levels.



174: Oil Painting Studio with Instruction

$157 Members. $180. Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 9:30 -12:00 pm
January 11 to February 15
Teaching Artist: Anne Gannon

Students can work on whatever choose - unfinished paintings or begin something new. They can work from photo's or set up their own 'Still LIfe'. With individual guidance and instruction, each student has the opportunity to hone their skills while focusing on their choices. All aspects of oil painting are covered and discussed depending on each students needs. In a setting like this, we learn from each other and stay inspired! Before class ends everyone participates in a critique of the works that were done that day. This is for students with basic oil painting skills through Advanced.



117: Capturing A Likeness In Oils

$239 Members, $266 Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 1:00 to 4:00 pm
January 11 to February 15
Teaching Artist: David Rivera       Watch Video

Learn how to create a portrait with life-like accuracy using the same methodologies employed by the old masters. Part of what makes a beautiful and realistic portrait painting is a thorough understanding of each part beginning with a solid foundational drawing which establishes the proportion. The next step is establishing accurate variants of light and dark value tones to reveal the sculptural form and describe the lighting effect. Color is added over the tonal depiction in varying degrees of opacity and transparency. Developing this type of a systematic approach allows the artist to fully work out potential problems in each phase of the painting process. The emotion, intensity and poetic feeling expressed through the work are derived by the degree to which the artist is able to master each skill. Material preparation, observational drawing, anatomical studies, under painting, and glazing are a few of the lessons which will be covered during this six week class. A $50 model fee is included in the price of this class.




Hibbs House228: Exploring Watercolor Painting


$157 Members, $180 Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 1:00 to 3:30 pm
January 11 to February 15
Teaching Artist: Jill Tressel


This course offers guided instruction to beginning students and those developing skills in watercolor painting. We explore the translucent qualities that are unique to this versatile medium. Essential techniques include: painting flat and graded washes, creating texture, using value sketches to compose a painting, and combining colors to achieve harmonious effects. Specific projects are presented with encouragement for artists to progress at their own rate. Subjects to be painted may be still life set-ups, landscapes, and printed or electronic images. A list of suggested supplies will be provided.





Hibbs House229: Let's Paint Some More - Intermediate


$157 Members, $180 Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm
January 11 to February 15
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz
Website: www.jamesbongartz.com

This class offers a further guided instruction in acrylics, intended as a Part II to the AOY class "I've Never Painted Before!" however it is also suitable for beginners as well. Each class offers 45 minute - 1 hour warm up exercises and quick studies addressing color mixing techniques, layout, composition, mediums and varnishes. Afterwards, individual style is explored through developing independent paintings.Problem solving is offered through guided critique. Painting outside of class during the week is strongly encouraged.

232: Painting While Drawing

$157 Members, $180 Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm
January 11 to February 15
Teaching Artist: Kelsey Skarof

This class focuses on experimenting with various drawing techniques to inspire the painterly imagination. We will begin with a brief presentation about the history of painting and its tendency to constantly reinvent itself, to constantly show a new unique-ness, through something as simple as the 2-D plane. 

Thinking broadly about what it means to make an image, students will work in both wet and dry media; practice techniques such as collage, illustration, and traditional drawing methods; and use photography, self-made 3-D installations, and still life/figure/landscape observation as referential material. Students will also be required to keep and/or fill out a sketchbook, and encouraged to engage in discussions about their work. 

The instructor will give assignments covering topics such as color theory, composition, and narrative. Use of creative problem solving skills will be necessary. Following through on these assignments will result in a vast portfolio of "paintings" made while drawing.




168: Drawing Concepts

$157 Members, $180 Non-Members
6 sessions/Saturdays 9:00 am- 11:30 am
January 13 to February 17
Teaching Artist: David Rivera

Drawing is a skill which can be honed to an individual's personal vision. Any artistic concept whether it be a simple sketch in pencil or a complex composition in another medium, can be realized through the process of drawing. This class is designed to teach students the basic principles of drawing using a combination of observational and conceptual exercises. Students will learn various techniques such as sight-size/comparative measuring, methods of shading, concepts of perspective, and more! Mediums used will include pencil, charcoal, colored chalks, and ink.








rgentine Tango Basics
196 : Argentine Tango Basics
Registration Closed

$90 Members. $100 Non-Members
6 sessions/Mondays 7:00 - 8:30 pm
October 23 - December 4
Teaching Artist: Pablo Garcia Gomez

In this course, participants will learn the fundamentals of Argentine Tango and the way it is danced socially in Argentina and around the world. Students will also explore the history of Tango and its various musical forms. 
- No partner or previous dance experience are required. 
- Students should bring comfortable shoes to class.






70: I've Painted Before, Let's Do More!

$125. Members.   $140. Non-Members
5 sessions/Tuesdays; 9:30 am to 12:00 noon
October 30 - December 5
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz
Website: jamesbongartz.com

This painting class is for students who enjoy painting and feel comfortable with their progress in composing composition and have a basic understanding of color mixing. Students will continue to develop their personal styles. Group and individual critiques will help to examine what practices are working and what techniques need to be explored further. Students are encouraged to use photos and/or electronic devices that display imagery for their source material.







20: I've Never Painted Before In My Life!

$150. Members. $170. Non-Members (5 week class is $125 members $140 non-members)
20a: October 30 - December 5; 5 sessions/Tuesdays, 1:00 - 3:30 pm REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
20b: October 26 - December 7; 6 sessions/Thursdays 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz
Website: www.jamesbongartz.com

But guess what? You can easily learn how by using acrylic paints! Bring your laptops to paint from your own uploaded photographs or images captured off the Internet. Of course, printed images are suitable for use as source material too. Students will explore blocking-in methods while developing subject matter with expressive color and brushwork. The instructor will give demonstrations and students will start off creating studies of simple still life to learn basic techniques in color mixing and building volume and space. The instructor will offer critiques that assist in constructive problem solving. Supplies are provided by the student and a list will be sent one week prior to the start of class. Level: Beginner’s thru Intermediate.







118: Color Concepts


$180. Members. $200. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
October 24 - December 5
Teaching Artist: David Rivera
Watch Video

Through various drawing and painting exercises, students will explore different methods of observing color. The course will begin with the introduction of the gray scale, and progress, through specific exercises, to working with a full range of colors in a variety of mediums. Students will learn about the relationship between warm and cool colors and how these play into creating the illusion of light and atmoshere. Layering applications on different surfaces (including pre-toned papers and prepared grounds) will be explored and students will acquire a thorough understanding of color concepts through observational exercises. Color will be analyzed in the following order; value, tints and shades, chromatic and achromatic grays, warm/cool contrasts, primary, secondary and tertiary colors, complimentary and harmonizing colors.






136: Beginning Oil Painting Designed with You in Mind REGISTRATION CLOSED

$120. Members. $135. Non-Members
4 sessions/Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:30 pm
November 14 - December 5
Teaching Artist: Nancy Lloyd

This course is for the beginning or returning student. Students will be given individual attention and instruction will be oriented to helping the student achieve his or her own goals. Using photos and still life set-ups, painting fundamentals will be introduced, including color theory, paint application, values, contrasts, composition, and perspective. A variety of approaches will be explored. A supply list will be provided.





195: Pastel For Beginners REGISTRATION CLOSED

$150. Members. $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm
October 24 - December 5
Teaching Artist: Kellen Mears

We will explore the use of pastel with a simple step by step method that will instill confidence while encouraging self expression and spontaneity. Topics to be covered will be materials to be used, composition, value development, and color selection. Its all practice. No previous experience of pastel necessary. Anything worth doing is worth doing badly. So don't be afraid. Give pastels a try.









205: Photography

$150. Members. $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Tuesdays 6:30 to 9:00 pm
October 24 - December 5
Teaching Artist: Steven Kasich

Do you have a great camera that you just wish you could use better? Ever wonder what that button is for? What's an ISO? By the end of this class you will be shooting basic portraits and travel photos with your camera. You will learn how to set up your camera, how to get the right focus, how to take pictures of people, some sports and action, and a bit of landscape photography. The last class bring in your favorite 5 images as 4x6 or larger. You will need an SLR or Mirrorless 4/3's camera with interchangeable lenses and your manual. Camera should be able to shoot in Manual mode. Be prepared to take notes.

 


78: Handmade Felting Techniques

$180. Members. $200. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
October 25 - December 6

Teaching Artist: Nelly Kouzmina

From basic flat felting to luxurious surface design, this six week class progresses into Cobweb felting, felt collage, seamless accessory, exploring felt embellishments and finally, felt hat making.  Printed materials with description will be provided. Instructor will have wool fibers as well as silk fabric, exotic thread, variety of yarn available for purchase.  Extra supplies will be shared during each week. 

Week 1. Flat Felt making (basic wet felting technique)
Week 2. Felt embellishments (or collage making) 
Week 3. Cobweb felting technique (making accessory - scarf)
Week 4. Felting with resist (making fingerless mittens) 
Week 5. Felt Hat making (basic)
Week 6. Felt & Shibori (flat felt made in Week 1 can be used).
A supply list will be provided by the instructor one week prior to the start of class. 
Discover the ancient technique of felt making and it’s revival.


213: Watercolor Studio with Instruction

$180. Members. $200. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
October 25 - December 6
Teaching Artist: Jo-ann Osnoe

This class is for students with some experience in watercolor who want to work independently on their own projects with instruction. Choose your topic and I can help you develop it. You may choose to work from still life set ups or photos. Direction and guidance will be provided based on each student’s needs. Demos will be used to illustrate different techniques and work will be critiqued at the end of each session. This class is for students with basic knowledge of watercolor through advanced.




Collage and Mixed Media197: Collage and Mixed Media

$150. Members. $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays 1:00 to 3:30 pm
October 25 - December 6
Teaching Artist: Nancy Shill

This Class will be playful and informative for both the novice and experienced student. Working in abstract format, the workshop will begin with a demonstration of the use of collage materials, glues, and glazes. Exercises in such areas as layering and adding acrylic paints to the paper will add more dimensions. Participants will be encouraged to consider texture, tone, line, and color. Critiques of works will be on-going during different stages of progress. This will help you to loosen up and it will enhance your approach to other more formal styles of art.







199: Approaching Abstraction


$150. Members.   $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Wednesdays; 1:00 -3:30 pm
October 25 - December 6
Teaching Artist: Jim Bongartz
Website: jamesbongartz.com




Unleash the inspired abstract painter within when expanding your visual vocabulary for abstraction. We will apply design elements relating to composition, color, representation of form and various applications of paint or gesture making. This class will develop a series of studies meant to create a path for an informed personal, individualistic means of expression.

Acrylics and canvas are recommended however, oils, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, along with gessoed boards, paper etc. are all acceptable.
A recommended supply list will be sent as soon as a class roster with a minimum of four students is established. Suitable for all levels.



174: Oil Painting Studio with Instruction

$150 Members. $170. Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 9:30 -12:00 pm
October 26 - December 7
Teaching Artist: Anne Gannon

Students can work on whatever choose - unfinished paintings or begin something new. They can work from photo's or set up their own 'Still LIfe'. With individual guidance and instruction, each student has the opportunity to hone their skills while focusing on their choices. All aspects of oil painting are covered and discussed depending on each students needs. In a setting like this, we learn from each other and stay inspired! Before class ends everyone participates in a critique of the works that were done that day. This is for students with basic oil painting skills through Advanced.



117: Capturing A Likeness In Oils

$230 Members, $250 Non-Members
6 sessions/Thursdays 1:00 to 4:00 pm
October 26 - December 7
Teaching Artist: David Rivera       Watch Video

Learn how to create a portrait with life-like accuracy using the same methodologies employed by the old masters. Part of what makes a beautiful and realistic portrait painting is a thorough understanding of each part beginning with a solid foundational drawing which establishes the proportion. The next step is establishing accurate variants of light and dark value tones to reveal the sculptural form and describe the lighting effect. Color is added over the tonal depiction in varying degrees of opacity and transparency. Developing this type of a systematic approach allows the artist to fully work out potential problems in each phase of the painting process. The emotion, intensity and poetic feeling expressed through the work are derived by the degree to which the artist is able to master each skill. Material preparation, observational drawing, anatomical studies, under painting, and glazing are a few of the lessons which will be covered during this six week class. A $50 model fee is included in the price of this class.





168: Drawing Concepts

$125 Members, $140 Non-Members
5 sessions/Saturdays 9:00 am- 11:30 am
October 28 - December 9
Teaching Artist: David Rivera

Drawing is a skill which can be honed to an individual's personal vision. Any artistic concept whether it be a simple sketch in pencil or a complex composition in another medium, can be realized through the process of drawing. This class is designed to teach students the basic principles of drawing using a combination of observational and conceptual exercises. Students will learn various techniques such as sight-size/comparative measuring, methods of shading, concepts of perspective, and more! Mediums used will include pencil, charcoal, colored chalks, and ink.

*** Please note there are no Saturday classes on November 18th and the 25th. This is a 5 week class for the Fall II session.







Plein Air Painting203: Plein Air Painting Full Day Workshop
$125 Members, $140 Non-Members.
203a: Saturday, October 7, 2017; (Rain Date Sunday, Oct. 8th) 9:00 am to 4:30 pm REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
203b: Saturday, November 4, 2017; (Rain Date Sunday Nov.5th) 9:00 am to 4:30 pm REGISTRATION CLOSED FOR THIS SESSION
Teaching Artist: Barry Koplowitz

Painters with some experience in Plein Air Painting will make two paintings in Plein Air on a Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm. First painting will be done on the AOY property - break for lunch - and the second painting at Tyler Park. Students will need to drive from AOY to Tyler Park. Familiarity with painting and possession of a portable easel set up are required. Links and recommendations for easels and materials will be available for those who need it. Two separate workshops are offered here, Saturdays, September 30th and November 4th.










210: Natural Indigo Dyeing & Batik Workshop 
REGISTRATION CLOSED
$95 Members, $105 Non Members.
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Teaching Artist: Lian Sawires


Why not treat yourself to a fun, ancient art experience-namely indigo dyeing in the great outdoors with Master Artisan Lian Sawires. This fall, weather permitting, we’ll get out the pails and the hose and do indigo dyeing outside. Learn about this mysterious dye-stuff and other natural dyes, do some binding and winding with natural resists to create amazing patterned, bright blue and white fabrics! Soy wax batik and natural Tumeric Dyeing will also be taught in conjunction with Indigo dyeing, giving you a range of skills to create traditional, ethnic batiks, as well as modern, edgy designs. Everything is provided including samples, handouts, 2 silk scarves and a cotton Tee that you will dye and take home. Bring in your own un-dyed fabrics to play with, as well. 

The charge for materials is $35, payable to the instructor on the day of the workshop. This will be outdoors, please wear old clothes and bring a lunch.


Collage Workshop      Register Here

$75 Members, $90 Non Members.
223a: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM OR
223b: Sunday, January 28, 2018, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Teaching Artist: Joanne Donnelly

Looking to jump start your creativity? Let your imagination run wild in this low pressure, guaranteed results session! This collage workshop is for the anyone who has a passion for creativity and spontaneity; and open to new visual possibilities. In this 5 hour hands-on workshop information about products, content, design, process and historical perspective will be provided. No pressure, low material cost – all levels welcome.
* Snow or Bad weather make-up dates February 3 ( for Sat., 1/27), February 4 ( for Sun., 1/28).
















  • Winter
  • Fall 2
Fall Youth Classes - Artists of Yardley



230: Youth Drawing and Painting

Youth Ages 8-17
6 Mondays, January 8 to February 12, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 pm: $150
Teaching Artist: Cate Gipe, www.categipeart.com


Students will be having fun learning and creating masterpieces in various 2D mediums.
The "Elements and Principles of Design" will be explored and applied in depth using two dimensional techniques in drawing and painting. 
Students will be learning advanced artistic skills, vocabulary, and techniques through demonstration, guided exercises and project development.
Constructive critiques are given to encourage improvement and further exploration of techniques and/or personal style.
This class is for students of any level, beginner to experienced. The beginner will have fun while finding the concepts easy to grasp. Intermediate to advance students will be engaged in more tailored projects.


Clay Sculptures206: Lights! Camera! Stop Motion!

Adults & Youth Ages 8-17
6 Thursdays, January 11 to February 15, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 pm; Price: $150 (includes materials fee)
Teaching Artist: Elaine Morales

This class provides a hands on introductory experience into the world of stop motion through original characters and storytelling. We will push the limits of clay animation as we explore textures, poses and forms as well as set design and camera directing. Using multiple techniques and tools we will design creative characters ready for action and proud display.

This class is great for those interested in enhancing character design and animation skills and will assist on understanding their own characters as a 3D form. Please note clay work is loads of fun but can get messy at times. A DVD of the class film will be provided after the session is completed. Family screening event to be determined.







126: Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Youth Ages 8-17
Saturdays, January 13 to February 17, 2018
9:30am-11:30 am Price: $120 (includes materials fee)
Teaching Artist: Elaine Morales

This class will look into the basic elements of preliminary cartoon production. Characters, background designs, and storyboards will be developed in this class to create original comic strips. Allowing students to use sequential imagery to illustrate a story and bring multiple characters and personalities to life, cultivates creative ways of problem solving and social skills through the art of story telling. Students will need to purchase a 9"x12" sketchbook.

A $15 material fee is included.






Fall Youth Classes - Artists of Yardley



Clay Sculptures206: Lights! Camera! Stop Motion!

Adults & Youth Ages 8-17
6 Thursdays, October 26 - December 7
5:00 - 7:00 pm; Price: $135 (includes materials fee)
Teaching Artist: Elaine Morales

This class provides a hands on introductory experience into the world of stop motion through original characters and storytelling. We will push the limits of clay animation as we explore textures, poses and forms as well as set design and camera directing. Using multiple techniques and tools we will design creative characters ready for action and proud display.

This class is great for those interested in enhancing character design and animation skills and will assist on understanding their own characters as a 3D form. Please note clay work is loads of fun but can get messy at times. A DVD of the class film will be provided after the session is completed. Family screening event to be determined.







126: Saturday Morning Cartoons!

Youth Ages 8-17
Saturdays, October 28 - December 9
9:30am-11:30 am Price: $115 (includes materials fee)
Teaching Artist: Elaine Morales

This class will look into the basic elements of preliminary cartoon production. Characters, background designs, and storyboards will be developed in this class to create original comic strips. Allowing students to use sequential imagery to illustrate a story and bring multiple characters and personalities to life, cultivates creative ways of problem solving and social skills through the art of story telling. Students will need to purchase a 9"x12" sketchbook.

***PLEASE NOTE: There are no Saturday classes on November 18th and the 25th.
A $15 material fee is included.






The Art of the Picture Book
212: The Art Of The Picture Book
REGISTRATION CLOSED


Youth Ages 8-17
Saturdays, October 28 - December 9
9:30am-12:00 noon; Price: $135 (includes materials fee)
Teaching Artist: Virginia Law Manning

Each class, we'll begin by studying the work of a children's book author-illustrator. We'll talk briefly about their lives, read their picture books together and discuss what elements make them remarkable books for children. Then the class will create art in the artist's medium, inspired by the illustrator's style or subject matter. We’ll explore different types of picture books, essential elements of a story, components of the physical book and the role of the author, illustrator, editor, art director and designer in the book’s creation. 

*** Please note there are no classes on Saturdays, November 18th and the 25th.



Summer Camps


Check back in early 2018 for our 2018 Camp Listings

Private/Semi-Private Lessons

Fall Youth Classes - Artists of Yardley


Please read the following about private/semi-private lessons:

Students may request private or sem-private lessons with the following mediums/instructors

Note: If you hover over the links below with your mouse, you will see samples of the artists' work

  • Drawing Adult Students - David Rivera

    Learn the basics of drawing in pencil or charcoal. A "three dimensional" rendering is nothing more than an accurate representation of proportion, perspective and tonal values on a two dimensional surface. There are proven methods which can help to unveil the mystery about drawing accurately. With the right tools you can learn how to make educated decisions which will allow you to render a believable still life, portrait, figure or whatever else you wish to draw. A few of the lessons that I teach include sight-size and comparative measuring, compositional sketching, the rules of perspective, various shading techniques and anatomical studies for figures and/or portraits.

  • Design and Illustration - Elaine Morales

    Enter the world of graphic design and illustration. Learn branding skills and discover bold ways to capture thoughts and ideas through original artwork created by you!

    Practice different styles and techniques in finalizing design pieces for your personal projects or portfolio. 

    Receive personalized tips and pointers to enhance the over all aesthetic of your design.


  • Adobe Photoshop - Elaine Morales (note: Students must have a computer, laptop, or ipad on which to access the Adobe Creative Cloud). This is for beginners or those with intermediate knowledge of the most recent photoshop version available on adobe creative cloud.

    While in session we will cover : photo manipulation, photo restoration, digital painting/illustrating, save/print settings, creating and editing brushes, as well as review tools and techniques to better enhance your photoshop skills and familiarity with the program.

  • Acrylic Painting - Jim Bongartz

    Students will learn the necessary steps to produce a finished painting on canvas exercising concepts of composition, under painting, color mixing and blocking-in. Photographic references will be utilized for source imagery as students learn rendering techniques.
    I have been a full-time art teacher for 35 years while maintaining a professional painting studio. Happy to work with any student willing to build their creative skills and talent. Preferring acrylic painting as a teaching medium I am fluent with two-dimensional mediums such as oils, watercolor, pastels, drawing and mixed medium. Helping students build a strong, professional portfolio is one of my most rewarding teaching experiences.   Please visit my website jamesbongartz.com for details regarding my Bio and passion for painting.

  • Oil Painting - Nancy Lloyd

    Instruction will be oriented to helping the student achieve his or her own goals. Using photos and still life set-ups, painting fundamentals will be referenced, including color theory, paint application, values, contrasts, composition, and perspective. A variety of approaches and surfaces will be explored. A supply list will be provided.





Private/semi-private lesson packages are offered in 3 or 4 class blocks with times of 1-1/2 hours, 2 hours, 2-1/2 hours, or 3 hours per class.

Payment for Private/Semi-Private lessons are as follows: Individual: $75/hour

Group of 2 people: $65/hour per person

Group of 3 people: $55/hour per person

Payment is made ahead of time and after submitting the request for a private/semi-private lesson. Once you hear back from your instructor, follow this link to make payment . For semi-private lessons, all payments must be received prior to the first session.

Cancellation Policy For Individual Private Lessons:
  • Rescheduling a lesson requires a minimum of 24 hour notice to the assigned instructor.
  • No refunds for cancellations or absences.

  Cancellation Policy For Small Group Lessons:
  • If there is any change in group size prior to the start of the first lesson, the student or students who cancel will not be refunded.
  • Rescheduling a private group lesson requires a minimum of 24 hour notice to the assigned instructor.
  • Group rescheduling is done as a single group lesson for all participants.

Request for private or semi-private art lessons
                          
 Payment for private or semi-private lessons

  

Teaching Artists

Jim Bongartz Watch Video

James Bongartz began his passion for art during formal childhood lessons at the Carnegie Institute and continuing at Carnegie-Mellon University following a BSEd in art education from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania. He has painted for over thirty years, exhibiting in galleries and juried shows throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Many of his works are in private collections. Most paintings are responses and interpretation from his own photography. Mastering the use of color and brushwork as a form of processing imagery and evoking experiences are current inspirations. James is a member of Art+10, a Princeton based artist group and AOY. A portfolio of Jim's paintings and further details about current and past exhibits can be seen on his website: jamesbongartz.com.
 

Anne Gannon Watch Video

Anne was educated at the Traphagen School of Fashion, NYC and at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. Early on, she worked as an Illustrator for Well Being magazine in San Diego, then at Hammacher Schlemmer in NYC, where her drawings were published weekly in The New York Times and in the Wall Street Journal. She also designed licensing artwork for Merrill Lynch and other Wall Street firms. In 2003, Anne started teaching art classes while beginning a new career as a surrealist and an abstract painter. Recently she has had much success with her Encaustic work. Anne has been with the AOY since their inception in 2004, serving on the board and in various other areas of the organization. An award-winning artist, Anne’s work has been shown locally, in east coast states and abroad."

Barry Koplowitz

Barry Koplowitz, of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, studied with Lester Polokov at the Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City.  He has taught classes at various Art Centers and privately. In his early career he worked in New York Theater doing sets for small Off-Broadway shows as well as doing murals in private homes.  He participated in various Design Shows for his mural work.  During this time, he also worked in fine art galleries in the Upper East Side and on Broadway.    Barry moved to Pennsylvania long ago and now paints Landscapes and Figurative subjects, both in Plein Air and in his Chalfont Pennsylvania Studio.  He shows his work in various juried exhibitions as well as participating in Juried Plein Air Events.

Nelly Kouzmina

Fiber Artist & Instructor, Feltinelli LLC, Member of International Association of  Feltmakers  IFA,U.K, Member of Northeast Guild of Feltmakers, U.S. and Member of Surface Design Association, U.S. I am a self taught fiber artist working with natural fibers and dyes creating variety of pieces from wall art to wearable art  exploring the broad possibilities of felt making. All of my work is original and one of a kind. It is my passion, hobby and love. I share my knowledge and experience with students of all age groups. I participate in various juried art shows in New York City, New Jersey, Pennsylvania. http://feltinelli.blogspot.com, email: feltinelli@gmail.com .

Elaine Morales
 

Elaine's main priority as an artist is to express a deeper connection between works of art and their admirers. She believes that artists are never done learning, therefore her passion for art has been flourishing since she first picked up a pencil at a young age. Art has always been a part of who she is and to this day she continues to cultivate her skills in multiple media forms.  She studied Multimedia Arts and Animation at the Art Institute in Philadelphia where she then went onto freelancing and teaching art classes to all ages. As an artist Elaine has acquired many skills both digital and traditional.  Aside from digital artwork and animating, Elaine also enjoys working with all types of paints, creating ceramics, sculpting with cut paper, printmaking, airbrush art, mixed media, graphic design, drawing and illustrating, character design, and anything else she can get her hands on.  Her love for visual arts has her constantly thriving to learn more as she shares with others the unconstrained possibilities of the art world. Feel free to visit her website for samples of her work: www.elainemorales2d.weebly.com

Jo-Ann Osnoe Watch Video

holds a BFA from Parson’s School of Design and is celebrated for her watercolor work. She moves effortlessly from still life to landscape to florals and local scenes. Expanding recently into oil painting, she has gained recognition in this medium as well, winning First Place in a recent Bucks County art competition. She finds inspiration in nature and her Bucks County surroundings, where she has made her home for the past fifteen years. A dedicated and focused artist, she has exhibited in over one hundred local group shows, including over a dozen juried regional and national exhibitions. www.jo-annosnoe.com
 
Peggy Rowlett

Peggy is a retired Family and Consumer Science teacher from Pennsbury School District.  She graduated from Mansfield University with a BS in Home Economics and a masters in Elementary Education from Chestnut Hill College.  She currently teaches cake decorating during our summer camp.  Peggy has been a quilter for many years and continues to love the art of quilting and cake decorating. 



Joanne Donnelly Seglem Watch Video

is an award winning artist and photographer living in Yardley, PA, who graduated with honors in Fine Arts from Russell Sage College, NY. Over the years she has worked as Teacher, Art Director, Book Designer and Gallery Manager. Joanne's painting and photography has garnered regional recognition and awards throughout the region. Her work is in many private and permanent collections. Joanne continues to explore new artistic territory with continuing education and exploration. She believes that everyone can unleash their artistic potential and free their imaginations by letting go of self-imposed rules and restrictions. Her collage class aims to do just that with a variety of tips and techniques offered in a fun and carefree manner. www.myimajes.com


Donna Sheehan

Donna Sheehan is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, with two degrees focused in general illustration and graphic design. In her early career as a graphic designer, Donna designed marketing materials for malls around the country while working at Pembrook Management in Long Island, New York. With a move to Yardley, Pa in 1993 and taking time to raise her children, Donna transitioned to a fine arts career with commissions to paint hanging murals for the St. John the Evangelist Community Center and St. John Evangelist rectory. Versed in a wide variety of mediums, she enjoys oil painting using direct and indirect methods, choosing subjects from life and her own photography. Donna shows her work in juried and local shows and continuously grows and explores as an artist, drawing inspiration from teaching students from her in home Yardley studio and at AOY in beautiful Bucks County Pennsylvania