Category Archives: Blog

New Sip ‘n Paint Workshop!

You’ve been asking for another Sip ‘n Paint Workshop. We agree they are so much fun! Get ready because on Friday August 1 from 6-9 pm will be our next workshop. Grab your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, Mom, Dad, best friend and sign up today!

Beautiful seascape by Jeff Kern to be used for Sip 'n Paint Class at Workshop13 in Ware, MAWe get so excited about this particular workshop because it is so relaxing and the laughter is loud!! Instructor Jeff Kern will guide you through the process of creating this beautiful, serene seascape. From start to finish he’ll be there to help every step of the way. And you will leave with a renewed energy and a love for the art you created.

Sign up soon as space is limited to 20 people! Hope to see you there.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Reading from Local Authors!

It’s magical when you get a chance to hear an author read from their masterpieces! And that is exactly what will happen on June 5th from 6:30-9:00 pm.

Local authors Suzanne Strempek Shea and M.P. Barker will read and talk about their newest books.

Bondsville resident Suzanne has just launched her tenth book, “This Is Paradise: An Irish Mother’s Grief, an African Village’s Plight and the Medical Clinic That Brought Fresh Hope to Both,” which chronicles the story of Mags Riordan and the Billy Riordan Memorial Clinic in Malawi, which she created in memory of a son who drowned in that country while on vacation.

M.P., of East Longmeadow, has just launched her second novel, “Mending Horses,” a historical novel set in 19th-century New England about three misfits—a peddler, a young runaway, and an Irish horse whisperer—who mend each other’s broken lives as they heal a traveling circus’s mistreated ponies. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Join us –  meet and greet starts at 6:30!

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Spring Break Art Camp

Did you hear? We’re holding a Spring Break Art Camp from Monday April 21 – Friday April 25.

A special event for art explorers of all artistic abilities. Your child will learn about Modern Art movements and works of Art from around the world! This is intended to stimulate their senses and draw inspiration in order to create their own original work of art in various mediums.

What an awesome way to spend Spring Break!

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Pastel Workshop

This is going to be an awesome workshop! Have you always wanted to take a pastels class but felt you’d be lost because you don’t know the first thing about it. Part of you is like ‘sounds great let’s take this class’, then another part says, ‘but I really don’t know the first thing about pastels’. Then you have this inner battle. Kind of like – should I eat the chocolate or not. Well…now you can eat the chocolate!

This is a workshop to teach you everything you need to know about pastels – really! From the value of colors through blending and final treatment.

Find out more info at www.workshop13.org/classes/workshops and finally say yes I can!

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Sip ‘N Paint Class

sip_n_paint_PicDo you want to create this serene picture? Wouldn’t this be a fabulous addition to your home? Well…we are so excited to announce another Sip ‘N Paint for adults. Will be held on Friday April 18th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

This is a perfect way to spend a Friday night! To be held at Workshop13. Yes, you may bring your favorite wine or beer (no hard liquor) and we’ll provide some snacks. But the magic will be in the finished painting! Bring your friends…or perhaps – this is a perfect date night! Either way we know you’ll have a fun and creative evening.

The last Sip ‘N Paint we held we very popular. Class size is limited to 20 participants so please book early!

See you soon…and get ready to create!

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Kid’s Sip ‘N Paint Workshop

Is your child an aspiring artist? Or perhaps they flourish in group settings? Well this is the class for them!  

Workshop13 is hosting a Kid’s Sip ‘N Paint Workshop to be held on April 11th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm with instructor will be Roc Goudreau.

This 2 ½ hour class will guide them, step-by-step, through the creation of one painting of their own to take home, in a relaxed and laid back atmosphere, with a super friendly instructor.

Your child will leave with a painting they are proud to say they created! Imagine the self esteem this class can impose on them!  They will have an excellent time, and best of all, it doesn’t matter if they have ever painted before – they WILL have fun! Roc will make them comfortable and ensure they have a fantastic experience.

Register early as class size is limited to 20!

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

An Evening with the Figure Workshop Coming Soon!

Oh yeah! We have another Evening with the Figure Workshop scheduled for May 2 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm.

Whether you are an established artist or just have the desire to draw you will find this to be a very relaxing and therapeutic evening. You bring your favorite bottle of wine, and we will supply the cheese and crackers. Working from a nude female model we will explore some of the basic rules, and techniques of figure drawing.

We start with 2 minute poses and work our way up to a final 45 minute pose. You’ll be amazed at how these mini poses help to bring the artist out!

No experience necessary.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

New Classes at Workshop13.org

New classes have been listed on the Workshop13.org website! We’ve heard over and over “Once you take a class you’ll be hooked”. Classes for all ages and at different times of the day. What’s the course you just need to take?

  • Children’s Book Illustration – Linda Graves
  • Painting Together – Fran Gianfriddo
  • Imaginative Drawing – Gary Lippincott
  • Water Color Basics – Kara Bigda
  • Painting Techniques – 2 Classes in 1! Oil Painting & Pastels – Jeff Kern
  • Visual Journals – Pat Bock
  • Illustration Techniques – Roc Goudreau
  • Expressive Drawing for Teens – Sandy Gianfriddo
  • Photography 101 –  Jack Cascio
  • Beginning Painting for Kids Phase 2 – Roc Goudreau
  • The Making of a Comic Book – Delia Jean Hickey
  • Handmade Books – Pat Bock

Register today to be sure you get the class you want! See you there.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

February Classes Listed!

We’re happy to announce the February class schedule is now listed on our site. From some of your favorites to exciting new topics like Expressive Drawing for Teens to Using Adobe Lightroom and so many more! Check them out and sign up early! Let us know if there is a topic YOU are interested in that is not listed. See you soon!

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Gift Certificates

GiftCert_print1up

 

Perfect Holiday Gift – Gift Certificate from Workshop13!

What do you get for the budding artist in your life – or perhaps the professional artist? A gift certificate towards a class at  Workshop13 might be the perfect gift.

Available in denominations of $25, $50, $100 or $125 – purchase on line or stop in and see us.

Happy Holidays!

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Memberships Now Available

Memberships are available at Workshop13!

Want to be a member of a growing arts community? We believe in the value of an energizing community built around those who appreciate the arts.

That is why we started Workshop13 – to bring an Arts & Cultural center to Ware and we need you to help us grow.

Check out the new Membership page on our website.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Appreciation and Exploration of Poetry

Instructor: Richard Bachtold
Cost: $80
5 week Course • Tuesdays 6:30 – 7:30
Dates: 11/12, 11/19, 11/26, 12/3, 12/10

This class is for anyone who might want to explore, appreciate, and enjoy the vast and inspiring world of poetry. The general approach by the teacher / facilitator will help guide the class to meet the needs and interests of the participants through a dialogue / discussion method. Possible topics could include the creative process of the poet which would be helpful to any imaginative thinking and any artistic endeavor. Or the exploration of the interesting poetic heritage, or an analysis of what creates a poet’s work of art by looking at the wide range of work from classic poets like Walt Whitman to song lyrics by Bob Dylan to often unappreciated poets like the thirteenth century mystical Persian poet Rumi.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Sculpting The Figure In Paper Clay

Instructor: UK Artist Susan Halls
Cost: $130 plus $10 firing fee (optional)
One day Workshop:
Saturday, December 7
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

All materials and tools will be provided. Class limited to ten. No experience necessary.

Working from the nude model, students will be shown how to easily manipulate and construct figurative forms using soft, hollow, clay shapes. The technique allows you to work quickly – with no internal armature or tedious hollowing out. By employing the use of paper clay and electric heat guns you can force dry your work as you go, accelerating your output whilst speeding up the creative process. With this immediacy in mind you are freer to concentrate on expressing the dynamics or subtlety of the pose. Emphasis will be on capturing the energy and fundamental mechanics and anatomy of the figure – not on creating portraits. Much of what will be discussed and demonstrated on the day can be applied directly to your figure drawing – strengthening your understanding of three dimensional forms.

Two poses will be studied throughout the day – one semi reclining, one standing. The model will be female.

Demonstrations will be given throughout the day and much individual tutoring offered.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Painting Together

Instructor: Fran Gianfriddo
Cost: $125

5 week course • Wednesdays 9:30 – 11:00 am
Dates: 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16

This class will cover all art mediums. And note this is a morning class – what a perfect way to start the day!

This gathering will be loosely structured and as instructional as desired, but will generally focus on the social aspects of “painting together” and being part of a combined resource for mutual sharing, friendly critique, and encouragement.

Advice, guidance and suggestions will be available from Fran in the areas of drawing, composition, color, contrast, perspective, etc., at the request of those in attendance.

All levels are welcome to come and grow together as artists.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Instructor: Jenna Richardson
Cost: $90
6 week course  •  Thursdays  6:45 – 7:45 pm
Dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17

This is a 6 week progressive series of Vinyasa Flow Yoga. This series begins with a slow approach to the sequencing of postures, allowing each student to feel comfortable in the gradual build of each Yoga class. Each week we will revisit different postures while incorporating new postures and exercises. All while building body awareness and breath recognition. Vinyasa flow yoga is a class in which the movements flow from one posture to the next, while synchronizing with the breath.

This class will get you moving, breathing and meditating all while enjoying the social benefits of meeting with the same group each week, gaining a more personal experience and creating new connections.

This is a medium level class. Requiring some strength, yet no experience. We will build physical strength and breath and body awareness, while enjoying the benefits of yoga.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Photography 101

Instructor: Jack Cascio
Cost: $125
5 week course • Mondays 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 10/30, 10/7, 10/14
Understanding the DSLR

Have you ever wondered why after spending hundreds of dollars on the latest cameras you still can’t get photos you’re really proud of? We’re not talking about the party snapshots you post on Facebook, but stunning, well-exposed photographs that can be considered fine art.

This five-week course in digital photography is not just for beginners, it’s for anyone who wants to learn how to take better photos. You’ll learn what all those knobs and dials on your DSLR do, and what settings to use in any lighting condition. You’ll understand concepts like exposure, aperture, depth of field, ISO and shutter speed, and probably never want to use the “automatic mode” again.

No prior experience or camera equipment is necessary to attend – just a desire to improve your photography skills and learn more about digital photography.

If you have the following please bring to class:

Camera – Any camera will do but we focus mostly on DSLR’s so that you can change the shutter speed and aperture settings.
Tripod – To help your camera focus better and so you don’t have to worry about shaking.
Camera Lens – Most DSLR’s come with a kit lens of 18-55mm, this will work just fine.
Card Reader – To quickly and more efficiently move pictures from your camera to your computer.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Functional Stoneware

Instructor: Nicole V. Guzik
Cost: $125
5 week course • Tuesdays 10:00 to 11:30 am
Dates: 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/8, 10/15

This class will explore functional creations in clay while learning the basics of the clay process through hand-building.  We will create functional dinnerware including plates, bowls, and serving platters in a more traditional sense. An emphasis will be placed on molding and designing the set to fit your particular interests and specific uses. Download registration form for Workshop13 class here.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin

Clay Mask-Making

Instructor: Nicole V. Guzik
Cost: $100
5 week course • Mondays 4:00 to 5:30 pm
Dates: 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14
This class is for grades 5-8

This class will embrace the use of clay to develop skills in rendering the features of the human face through sculpture. The initial class will begin by looking closely at facial features and learning how to sculpt these features into a 3-dimensional form.  In creating a variety of ceramic masks, we will look closely at the ways in which facial features can be exaggerated and manipulated to achieve different visual effects. The result will be beautifully-crafted “masks” that represent human emotions and will be sure to spark conversation. Download registration form for Workshop13 class here.

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedin