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Mainstreet Classes

The Mainstreet Art Centre offers a wide variety of fine art classes for all ages.  Beginners start with drawing in charcoal and then advance to painting in oils, pastels or watercolor.  Advanced students are constantly challenged with new techniques and subjects.  Workshops conducted by some of the leading artists in the country are offered regularly.  The craft of painting is taught by demonstration and individual instruction.  At the Mainstreet Art Centre there is something for every artist.

Select from the following to see schedules for ongoing classes and workshops:





Special Mini Series Classes:

Figure Drawing
Jan Berglund

8 Week Session

Thursdays, March 2, 2017 thru April 27, 2017

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm    


Drawing from life is one of the best skills to develop.  Quick sketching improves visual perspective.  With constant practice, comparing plumb lines, angles and shapes, you will develop a good eye in which to see things more quickly in your drawing.  If you can keep this up for a period of time, you will see much improvement.  Every Artist should take this class.  There will be various drawing exercises to help you become a more creative designer.  Learn how to use that pencil, conte, pastel or charcoal in as many ways as you use your brush!  Make it exciting!

Portrait Steps
Linda Vice

4 Week Session

Fridays, March 3, 2017 thru March 24, 2017

9:30 am - 3:00 pm    

$185.00 (plus model fee)

It starts with drawing. Good demos, lectures and practice will give you a better understanding of how to draw the head and then progress into painting.

You will learn to build the structure of the head, block in with masses, mix flesh tones and develop the features in the face. Various exercises and studies will take place.


 Portrait Challenges
Frankie Johnson

6 Week Session

Fridays, March 3, 17, 24, 31 & April 21, 28, 2017

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

$210.00 (plus model fee)

New students will go through some fundamentals of drawing the face, features, and structure of the head.  Every session includes new projects of study.  You can take this class many times and always learn new things.  Models will be used as well as some photo reference. There is much to be learned working from life, this is the best experience of all. You will learn to simplify the painting process by massing values.  There will be studies in paint application, various painting techniques, backgrounds, moods, emotions, edges, color temperatures and lighting.  How to get a likeness, simply, solidly, but effectively.

Mixed Media
Karen Sako

Sunday, March 12, 2017

9:00 am - 4:00 pm     $125.00

All supplies included

In this mini workshop students will be introduced to the process of combining many different art styles by layering paper with other mixed media.  A variety of mediums will be used in this process such as collage papers, acrylics, ink, charcoal, pastels and colored pencils.  A project will be completed exposing students to a variety of possibilities that each individual can then adapt to their own personal style. Work intuitively, surrendering your expectations and create art!

Sketch Book Fun - Quick & Lively
Karen Sako

Sunday, March 19, 2017

9:00 am - 3:00 pm     $90.00

This mini workshop will build confidence and improve your drawing skills. We will be working from life in the studio and on location drawing figures and landscapes. Students will practice using elements of composition, simplifying basic forms and how line, value and gesture are used to capture the figure and landscape.This is great practice for traveling with your sketch book

Watercolor & Pastels - Exciting Textures Together!
Frankie Johnson

Friday, April 14, 2017

9:00 am - 4:00 pm     $100.00

These two mediums really compliment each other.  In this one day workshop you will explore a loose watercolor application on sanded pastel paper.  There will be drips and splatters and salt patterns.  Finish with pastel on top.  Selective details will refine a center of interest in an exciting way.

There will be several projects and demos throughout the day.  No watercolor experience necessary.

Painting Hands
Susan Ploughe

Thursday, April 27, 2017

9:00 am - 4:00 pm     $100.00


Hands are a beautiful, agile, expressive part of the body, but in too many paintings they wind up looking like big hams with sausages attached! If you struggle with painting hands (or avoid them completely), do yourself a favor and dedicate a day to acquiring essential skills and knowledge that will improve your handling of this important subject matter.  For oil painters.

Pattern Play - Oils or Pastels
Susan Ploughe

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm     $100.00

What do plaid shirts, grandma's china, brick walls and Persian rugs have in common? Patterned surfaces! Learn to depict ornate or detailed objects in a painterly manner. Discover where to show details and where to leave them out. Become a master of suggestion as you tackle a variety of patterned subject matter.​ (Demos will be in oil, but the principles apply to pastels as well).



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