Intergenerational Master and Enrichment Classes

Part of the Chautauqua Visual Arts is our extensive programming of technical classes taught by our wonderful Makers faculty. We are excited to offer a range of classes for virtually any age, any level of experience, and anyone who has an interest in learning, experimenting, discovering and enjoying ART!

Here’s a taste of what we are offering for the 2021 season, both in-person and online. This is an amazing opportunity to have a summer full of creating.

To find and register for our classes, please visit the catalog at learn.chq.org.

In-person classes

Ceramics Experience
AM and PM sessions available | Register
Beginner and Intermediate students are introduced to the fundamentals of working with clay as an art medium. Depending on the students and their specific interests, this course focuses on wheel working with hand building aspects and a variety of glazing and firing techniques. Instruction will be tailored to the individual skill level of each student in an atmosphere that fosters creativity and exploration.

A pottery tool kit and an apron or towel are recommended. Tool Kits may be purchased for $20 on first day of class.

Figure Drawing
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In this week long figurative drawing class students will have the opportunity to explore and hone their drawing skills while working directly from a live model. Class topics will include gesture, form, light, proportion, and rendering. Time will also be spent learning how to engage in meaningful dialogue and critique.

Landscape Painting
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In this class students will learn to observe and represent nature and their neighboring environment through the medium of watercolor. Instruction will be given in how to both paint from a photograph of a landscape as well as the student’s surrounding areas. Student’s will also be challenged to question the basic nature of a landscape, as well as to oscillate between representation and abstraction.

Young Artists ages 6–11
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Join us for a week or more of fun and interesting projects! Follow your curiosity as we explore a variety of artmaking processes like fiber arts, mail art, comic bookmaking, drawing and painting extra-large, and sculpture! Accommodations readily made for young artists of all abilities. Please email the amazing teacher, Brett Taylor, beforehand if you or your young artist could benefit from certain adaptations or supports. Adults are encouraged to accompany their Young artists to the classes!  

Young Artist ages 12–17
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Drawing, Painting, or Sculpture are avenues for exploration within this class. We will tackle new projects exploring the basic techniques of art while emphasizing creativity and exploration. Wear old clothes to class and come ready to immerse yourself in the studio. Work with the brilliant Samuel Peck who is an artist himself and specializes in working with young artists and giving them freedom as well as direction to express and construct projects individually and as a group. Please email the teacher beforehand if you or your young artist could benefit from certain adaptations or support. Materials are available in the Bookstore.

Printmaking
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This interdisciplinary printmaking course will focus on the exploration and development of each student’s unique ideas and sensibilities inspired by the printmaking medium. This course will introduce various printmaking techniques, such as relief, intaglio, and lithographic processes, and will also embrace the integration of the stay-at-home studio. Historical and contemporary artists will be introduced throughout the week. Student projects, collaborations, and experimentation along with scheduled critiques, reflections, and group discussions will be important components of this course.

Online Classes

Portrait Painting Workshop
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In this one-day workshop students will be given a crash course in the basics of portraiture. Topics will include proportioning the head, mixing skin tones, as well as brush and paint application techniques. One workshop will be held each Wednesday through week 7.

Printmaking
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This interdisciplinary printmaking course will focus on the exploration and development of each student’s unique ideas and sensibilities inspired by the printmaking medium. This course will introduce various printmaking techniques, such as relief, intaglio, and lithographic processes, and will also embrace the integration of the stay-at-home studio. Historical and contemporary artists will be introduced throughout the week. Student projects, collaborations, and experimentation along with scheduled critiques, reflections, and group discussions will be important components of this course.

You can find all of our offerings in the 2021 Chautauqua Institution catalog of master and enrichment classes at learn.chq.org.

Have fun, enjoy, fully engage (yes, even online!) with our fantastic Makers faculty this summer. Experience knowledge like no other program! We welcome everyone!

Chautauqua Visual Arts Facilities Pass

This one-week facilities pass will grant access to the CVA printshop, ceramics studio, wood shop, and outdoor sculpture pad. Available Weeks One to Nine. Available for purchase through learn.chq.org.

Contact Us

For inquiries, comments, and acquisitions, please feel free to contact us any time. We welcome your input and conversation.
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