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The Mainstreet Art Center 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 Center there is something for every artist.

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





Special Mini Series Classes / Workshops:

Background Check

Susan Ploughe
March 18, 2021  |  9:00 am - 4:00 pm  |  $100.00

I wish I had a nickel (okay, a dollar) for every time someone said, "I don't know what to do with the background." The reason it's hard is because the possibilities are infinite!

In this mini-workshop you will:

  • Analyze the role of backgrounds in masterful works of art

  • Learn design principles that you can apply to your own background decisions

  • Experiment with different background options

  • Learn when to paint the background

Perspective, The Art of Sketching

Cheryl Cook
Sunday, April 18 & May 2, 2021  |  9:00 pm - 3:00 pm  |  $200.00

This is an introduction to Perspective drawing. You will be encouraged to begin practicing perspective drawing in One, Two and Three point perspective. Learn simple principles that will instantly improve your work by resolving problems when something you’ve drawn, doesn’t look right. These techniques will help suggest depth in actual painting situations; landscape, still life and figure painting.

Art & Your iPad

Susan Ploughe
Thursday & Friday,
April 22 & 23, 2021  |  9:00 am - 12:00 pm  |   $100.00

The iPad is an incredibly useful tool for artists. In six hours, you will learn what Susan has spent six years discovering! First you will learn how to draw and “paint” on your iPad with ArtRage. This app is able to mimic oil painting, watercolor, sketching, pastels and more. You will also use it to modify and combine multiple photo references. Next, we will explore Notanizer, a great tool for understanding the value structure of your paintings. Finally, we will cover many ways that these two apps can help you with your studio paintings. (This is different information than what is covered in the Photo Editing workshop).

Photo Editing on the iPad

Susan Ploughe
Thursday & Friday, May 6 & 7, 2021  |  9:00 am - 12:00 pm  |   $100.00

Better photo references can lead to better paintings!  Much of what Photoshop Elements is used for can now be done on the iPad. We will use several great apps that allow you to edit and enhance your photos: adjust lights and darks, change colors, apply filters, selectively blur areas, combine multiple photos, move objects, work with layers and more. (This is different information than what is covered in the “Art and Your iPad” workshop).




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