Classes, Programs, Workshops

New Works Exhibit and Special Events!

Posted By on Jun 23, 2017

Special Events: BAA Art-Making Workshops (Free)! Refresh your skills or learn some new techniques… The Belmont Art Association (BAA) in partnership with the Belmont Gallery of Art (BGA) present a series of four special summer art-making events on Thursday evenings. All workshops take place 7-9pm at the Belmont Gallery of Art. Thurs., June 29: DRAWING PORTRAITS Rick Corbett. Corbett, an award winning pencil artist/portraitist will demonstrate his personal process of creating a portrait based on light as well as structure to capture the personality of his subject. An example of Corbett’s work is below: Thurs., July 13: KUMIHIMO NECKLACE WORKSHOP Naomi Ellenberg-Dukas, of DukasDesigns, will demonstrate Japanese beaded braiding to create a single strand kumihimo bracelet. This technique has unlimited designs and varying degrees of complexity, but this will start with the basics. Materials will be supplied to 10 attendees (by lottery to those present). Naomi is President of Beadesigner International/New England Bead Society. Thurs., July 20: SIMPLIFIED ANATOMY Drawing the Human Figure from Imagination and Life – led by Damon Lehrer. Lehrer has taught at RISD, Boston University, Art Institute of Boston, Mass College of Art, and Montserrat College of Art. Founder of Boston Figurative Art Center, Somerville. Thurs July 27: LIVE MODEL SESSION Come try your hand at drawing a clothed live model. BAA artists will be on hand to offer tips and advice to workshop attendees. Art supplies will be provided for workshop attendees. Some events will feature brief talks by participating BAA artists about their individual art-making techniques and influences. Refreshments will be served. Free...

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Turtle Studios is now accepting new members. If you have ever craved a big, well-lit studio in which to express your creativity among the company of fellow creatives, you HAVE to visit Turtle Studios. About Turtle Studios Turtle Studios is a participatory, democratic arts community that provides a safe and inclusive space where the individual’s creative process, values and aesthetics are respected. We welcome people of diverse identities and economic means, with or without prior art experience. Our community maintains a nonjudgmental, supportive culture. Our vision is to liberate the creative spirit within and increase understanding between people through art. Summer Drop-In Workshop A casual, creative, drop-in workshop on Tuesdays from 11-3 at Turtle Studios June 2 – July 28. Exercise your creative muscles in the company of Turtle Studios members and non-members. EACH WEEK YOU WILL DISCOVER: optional warm-up activities designed to open the creative channels (may draw from art, mind-body practices, or who knows what sources of inspiration!) group connection and cross-pollination of ideas through facilitated check-in and check-out discussions individual support for your creative process if you wish WHEN? Tuesdays from 11am – 3pm June 2, 9, 16, 23 (does not meet 6/30, 7/7), July 14, 21, 28 HOW MUCH? Turtle Studios Members: $105/7wks or $15/day; Non-Members: $175/7wks or $25/day WHERE IS TURTLE STUDIOS? 213 California Street, Newton MA 02458-1008 (next to McDonald’s, near Newton Corner and Watertown Square) To find out more about workshops, summer membership or annual membership, please email and be sure to visit our website at...

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Framers Workshop

Posted By on Aug 6, 2013

Framing is ridiculously expensive, so I have typically done a bad hack job of cutting pieces of wood and nailing them to the side of my canvases. I have cut mitered corners but they NEVER are clean. I am NOT a carpenter. This much I know. But I thought, how hard could it be? Just a couple of pieces of wood. One reason I organized the session for the BAA at “A Street Frames” was that I felt that I was missing some key trick to framing. It was an amazing session, and we all learned a lot, but not how to build a wood frame and not the trick to it. I have a “miter box” which never seems to let me cut nice angles, even though that is what it is supposed to do. I looked up framing on the web and found some information. The first trick was to buy an electric compound miter saw, but I really don’t want to buy power equipment for various reasons. The second trick was to lay the wood down on the saw with a little piece of cardboard under it so that it is slightly on an angle as it approaches the saw blade. This creates a cut where the front edges extend slightly more and allows the pieces to touch. The back falls away, so an uneven cut doesn’t inhibit the front from touching. I decided to try again with the miter box and hand saw. As soon as I entered the workshop, I saw a major problem which encouraged failure. The miter box was bolted to the top of the workbench and its working surface of 7”on either side of the blade, was 3” above the table. There was no long flat working surface to cut my 4 foot length. That would make the inexact miter cut VERY inexact. I thought about the problem and decided the solution was to find someone who had power equipment, knew what they were doing and could cut it for me! Earlier, in my search for information, I had found the Framers Workshop on the web, but for whatever reason, initially dismissed it. It is in fact AMAZING and the answer to my problems. They offer custom framing but also “do-it-yourself”. According to them: “Framers’ Workshop first opened its doors … in Brookline Village in 1976. In those days, there were several shops in the Boston area that offered do-it-yourself framing. Today, we’re the only one left. “Framing your own artwork is the best way to save yourself from custom fees and waiting-time. At Framers’ Workshop we have ten do-it-yourself...

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