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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:

Figure Drawing
Jan Berglund

6 Week Session

Saturdays, September 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27 and November 17, 2018

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm  |  $165.00

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, October 12 thru November 2, 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.


 Abstract Mixed Media/Collage
Karen Sako

Sunday, October 21, 2018

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Create abstract concepts from life and invent spontaneous design. An emphasis will be placed on design fundamentals, observations, color and loosening up. 
Acrylics on canvas and board.

Supply list:
sketchbook, fluid acrylics, soft body acrylics, marker, glue stick, 2” brush, detail brush, water container, paper towels, baby wipes, water sprayer, rubbing alcohol.

Photo Editing on the iPad
Susan Ploughe

Tuesday & Wednesday,

October 23 & 24, 2018

9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Better photo references can lead to better paintings! There are a number of apps available that allow you to edit and enhance your photos. Much of what Photoshop Elements is used for can now be done on the iPad. Learn to adjust lights and darks, change colors, apply filters, selectively blur areas, combine photos, move objects, work with layers and more. (This is different information from what is covered in the “Art and Your iPad" workshop).

 Essential Information for Selling Your Art / Organizing Your Records
Barb Benstein

Monday, October 29, 2018

9:00 am - 12:00 pm  |  $50.00


Art & Your iPad
Susan Ploughe

Wednesday & Thursday,

November 14 & 15, 2018

9:00 am - 12:00 pm    


The iPad is an incredibly useful tool for artists. In six hours, you will learn what Susan has spent four 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. Next we will explore ValueViewer, a great tool for understanding the value structure of your painting, as well as sizing your reference sketches or photos for painting. Finally, we will cover many ways that these two apps can help you with your studio paintings.

 You've Been Framed
Karen Sako

Friday, January 25, 2019

9:00 pm - 1:00 pm  |  $60.00

This one day workshop is the ultimate test of your creative prowess. Learn to problem solve and work with limited materials. You will complete one large mixed media project with random materials and a time limit. You will receive a brown bag filled with the items to create your unique abstract painting. No cheating, you can only use the items provided.  Most supplies provided. Just bring an open mind, paper towels, baby wipes, acrylic brushes in a variety of sizes, water spray bottle, black and white acrylic paint. 

Painting Hands in Oil
Susan Ploughe

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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.

 Watercolor & Pastel
Exciting Textures Together

Frankie Johnson

Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4, 2019

9:00 am - 4:00 pm  |  $200.00

These two mediums really complement each other.  In this two 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.

 Beginning Plein Air
How To Set Up Equipment

Frankie Johnson

Sunday, May 5, 2019  | 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.


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