Parents and young’uns, rejoice! There are lots of opportunities to keep busy and stay creative at Eckford Street Studio (70 Eckford St.) this fall. See below for a pair of classes that appeal to artists of many ages and skillsets. Sharpen those pencils and get crafty!
Art After School: Portfolio Prepis a semester-long course for fifth to eighth grade students on Monday afternoons, 3:30–5:30 PM
The class is a chance for older students to experiment and explore while working towards a portfolio that can be used for specialized high school applications. Student-driven classes balance open studio time with guided explorations in a variety of media, and are co-planned by students and a professional Teaching Artist in accordance with the class’ interests. Possible units of study include drawing from observation, painting with acrylic, relief printing, and sculpture using both traditional and found materials. Semesters include visits from working artists, field trips to local arts organizations and cultural institutions, and an end-of-semester student-curated exhibition.
Essentials of Acrylic Painting is a five-class series for adults on Wednesdays from 7–9:30 PM, starting on October 16
In this class, students will learn color mixing and theory, composition, brush technique, and other skills associated with acrylic painting through hands-on activities and looking at work by historical and contemporary artists. The class will include various projects such as still life, portraiture, painting from photographs, and more according to student interest. Appropriate for all levels — experienced painters and absolute beginners welcome!
Billy McEntee has been fortunate to work for arts non-profits in Boston, Denver, Berkeley, and now New York. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Vanity Fair, American Theatre, HowlRound, Observer, and others. He's usually getting wine at Dandelion or eating cookies at Archestratus.