The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Fall 2019 Art Classes at The Northampton Center for the Arts

WHAT: Fall 2019 Art Classes at The Northampton Center for the Arts
WHERE: 33 Hawley St Northampton, MA. 
WHEN: Fall 2019

We offer classes for all ages, including visual art, puppet-making, and balloon twisting!
Scroll down for listings and links!

Watercolor Big and Bold with
Deborah Rubin

Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00pm
Oct 16 - Nov 20, no class Nov 13
Fee: $195
Learn techniques and theory to create wonderful colorful paintings. Techniques include dry brush, wet on wet, big brush and flat brush. Theory includes color, composition and more. Some demos, some critiques, and a lot of fun! All levels welcome.
To register, email or call the Center at 413 584-7327.

Drawing Into Watercolor with
Jeannie Donovan

Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00pm
Sept 3 - Oct 8
Fee: $175
In this fun and unique class we will explore the elements of black and white drawing, and techniques in watercolor painting as you build your creative and perceptual skills in both. Open to adults, all levels of ability.
To register, email or call the Center at 413 584-7327.

Puppet-making for adults and kids
with Eric Weiss

September 7-8, 2019
Join puppeteer and puppet maker Eric Weiss for these unique classes!
Foam & Rod Puppets for Kids: Saturday, September 7, 9:30-11:00am ($20 plus a $5 material fee, or $25 per student)
Simple Mechanism Puppets for Kids: Sunday, September 8th, 9:30am-12:00pm ($40 plus a $10 material fee, or $50 per student)
Adult Class—Carved Foam & Simple Mechanism Puppets: Saturday and Sunday, 12:30-5:30pm ($200 tuition and $60 material fee, or $260.00 per student)
To register, email or call the Center at 413 584-7327.

Balloon Twisting with
Melanie Klein

Is your child looking to gain a new skill, start a new hobby, or just have some fun with balloons? This 90-minute workshop is a great place to start learning the art of balloon twisting!
Saturday, Sept 21, 10:00-11:30
Saturday, Sept 28, 10:00-11:30
Saturday, Oct 5, 10:00-11:30
Come to one class or all three!
Cost: $20 per child; additional children in the same family are $15
Or $50 per child for the whole series (three classes) ($45 for additional children)
To register, email or call the Center at 413 584-7327.

Center for the Arts Drawing Group
Wednesday mornings
10:00am to 1:00pm
$15/session drop-in, $10/session if the month is paid in full in advance
Each Wednesday morning session begins with a nude model assuming a series of short poses that increase in length from 2 minutes to 30 minutes. There are no requirements other than a desire to draw, so bring you paper and pencil, water colors, crayons…whatever medium you choose. Beginners and experts and all in between are welcome. No critique or instructions, just drawing. Tables, chairs, and easels are provided.
Please, no fixatives sprays or other materials with noxious odors.
For more information, please contact Chris Murphy at or
(413) 336-8937.

Abstract Acrylics Class with
Mary Witt

Wednesday evenings
September 4 - 25, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Price: $180 total per person (includes materials)
Come have fun painting abstract acrylics with local painter Mary Witt! We will explore painting on stretched canvas as well as paper. Materials provided, included in the class fee. The 2 hour sessions will allow for some demonstrations of techniques, time to practice them, as well as individual attention as Mary circulates around the room for specific questions and input.
We will explore color, texture, contrast, scale, and more in this low-pressure, supportive environment. No experience necessary.
To register or for questions:

The Northampton Center for the Arts is a community arts organization dedicated to supporting local artists, makers, performers, organizers, and educators by providing affordable space in the beautiful Arts Trust building at 33 Hawley St, and by offering programming dedicated to arts education, multidisciplinary collaborations, and community connections.

Curious about the Center for the Arts and 33 Hawley St? Visit us during open hours each week, Tuesday through Friday 12:00-4:00pm! Walk-ins welcome!

Want to dance, sing, act, or make art? Join our mailing list and visit our website regularly for classes and workshop offerings!

Looking for something to do at night or on the weekends? Check out the arts events happening regularly at the Center!

Need affordable space for a meeting, rehearsal, or private event? Email us for details!

Dreaming about teaching a class or presenting a performance? Make an appointment with one of our directors and let us support your dream into reality!

Visit our website or call us at 413-584-7327 today!

Please consider making a donation to the Northampton Center for the Arts. Your donation helps us fulfill our mission of providing affordable and accessible space for community artists and arts activities.
Thank you for your support!

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