Dorchester Center for the Arts announces fall classes

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Special to Dorchester Banner/DCA
September marks the start of several Dorchester Center for the Arts fall classes to include watercolor classes and the Open Clay Studio. For a full schedule, visit or call 410-228-7782.

Now that students are back to school, the Dorchester Center for the Arts (DCA) invites the community to participate in upcoming classes and programs. Enroll in one of the many affordable offerings. Supply lists for classes are available from DCA. The following classes begin in September.

• Intermediate Watercolors—Instructor: Barbara Zuehlke
Students will work with the exciting technique of using wet pigment on wet paper combined with hard edge work. Explore new triad palette combinations, learn how to pull and layer color, and discover new ways to create paintings from photographs. Demonstrations and assistance will be provided by the instructor. Watercolor experience is necessary. Wednesday afternoons, six weeks, 1 – 3:30 pm; $85 members, $125 non-members; Sept. 23 – Oct. 28

• Watercolor Essentials for Beginners and Beyond – Instructor: Jeanne Ewell
This class introduces basic techniques of watercolor and builds to the more complex techniques. Emphasis will focus on controlling the medium, color mixing, brush handling, and composition. Demonstrations are part of the class. Beginning and continuing students will receive individual attention, while painting a variety of subject matter. Thursday mornings, six weeks, 9 am – noon; $95 members, $135 non-members; Sept. 24 – Oct. 29.

• Open Clay Studio
Open Studio allows more advanced students who are current members of the Center to work autonomously with access to our clay studio. We require that you have been enrolled in at least one previous class at the Dorchester Center for the Arts prior to your enrollment in this program. Registration for this program includes 10 weeks of classroom space.

Participants must provide their own clay, glazes, hand tools, towels, and plastic to cover the projects. Studio clean-up is required. Ceramic pieces should be average size, not exceeding 14” x 14” x 14” unless approved by a staff member. Firings are done at the end of the month, with class firings taking priority over open studio. Participants are responsible for loading and unloading their work in the kiln under the supervision of a staff member. Participants must schedule the time and date with a staff member for loading and firing. Six-week sessions:     Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday noon – 3 pm; evening hours available by request. $35 per five-week session, or $10 per week.; Sept. 21-Nov. 2.

• Knitting for Everyone – Instructor: Windy Karpavage
Beginners as well as more experienced knitters will create beautiful projects using patterns purchased in the class. Supply prices vary depending on project selection, $50 – $200/project. Work on one project until completion or select a beautiful array of projects. No experience is necessary to enroll. More experienced knitters are also welcome. Quality matters—all supplies are purchased through the instructor to ensure student success. Wednesday evenings, six weeks, 6 – 8 pm; $75 members, $125 non-members; Fall session: Sept. 16 – Oct. 21

• Stained Glass for Beginners and Intermediates – Instructor: Jan Boettger
Depending on experience, students will learn basic or intermediate techniques for creating a stained glass panel. Instruction includes design, cutting, foiling, and soldering. Stress free, excellent instruction for creating custom work with beautiful results. Tuesday evenings, ten weeks, 6 – 8 pm; $125 members, $165 non-members; $75 – $125 (depending on size of project) supply fee payable to instructor Fall session: Sept. 15 – Nov. 17.

For more information and a full class schedule, visit or request that a program schedule be mailed to you by calling 410-228-7782.

Editor’s note: Spectrum is the weekly column of the Dorchester Arts Center. It is written by Mickey Love, executive director.

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