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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 / Workshops:

Portrait Painting
Linda Vice

4 Week Session

Fridays, April 6 thru April 27, 2018

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.


 Mixed Media Basics
Karen Sako

Saturday & Sunday

April 21 & 22, 2018

9:00 pm - 4:00 pm


This two day workshop is great for someone new to working with mixed media. It will introduce students to the process of combining many different art styles by layering multiple mediums to create a unique work of art. This process will incorporate basic design skills, drawing and painting with a variety of mediums to create still-lifes, landscapes and animals. Students will work with collage, altered papers, acrylics, ink, charcoal and pastels. Several projects will be completed exposing students to a variety of possibilities that each individual can then adapt to their own personal style. Supplies: sketchbook, glue stick, pencil, black and white images and baby wipes

 Watercolor & Pastel
Exciting Textures Together

Frankie Johnson

Friday, May 4, 2018 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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 is necessary.

 Beginning Plein Air
How To Set Up Equipment

Frankie Johnson

Sunday, May 6, 2018  | 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$50.00 (in studio)

This workshop will prepare the beginner for painting in the great outdoors.  The supplies and equipment needed for plein air painting will be displayed and discussed, including demonstration of how to pack and setup your equipment in the field.  This is an important first step for those who want to expand the realm of their art beyond the studio and provides valuable preparation for those taking Frankie's plein air painting workshop in the following weeks.

 Plein Air Painting
Frankie Johnson

Tuesday, May 8, 15 & 22, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm  |  $150.00


This class is for newer students getting started in plein air painting , as well as advanced plein air painters who just want to get out and warm up for the season. Frankie will do a short demo each day, reminding you how to look at the landscape and capture the essence of the scene.  She will show how the light affects the mood of the day and determines your color choices.  She will discuss how to simplify and become more efficient using larger brushes, selecting just enough details so as not to clutter, and how to make a clean, exciting impact or statement.


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