Acrylic and Oil Painting Techniques, Color Theory, Concept Development, Print Making, Drawing from Observation, Perspective, Charcoal, Decorative Art
Angela Ales is a graduate of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Arts, in New York City and holds an MFA from the Miami International University of Art and Design. She has participated in over 30 collective and individual exhibitions in the US and Central and South America. She is an accomplished Educator with 20 years of teaching experience at various institutions. She specializes in teaching individuals and groups of all ages Drawing and Painting as well as preparing students for acceptance into top ranked Universities and Art Magnet Programs. Her courses and seminars help students think and create art that goes beyond what the eye sees. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of specialty areas such as, color theory, concept development, drawing fundamentals, and art philosophy. Your first class is free an includes a personal assessment and discussion of your creative goals.
Bill is a graduate of New England School of Art, Boston. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, and numerous publications. He instructed courses in Cartooning and Advertising at UMass Lowell in the Continuing Education Division for about 15 years. He was employeed as a graphic artist at the Lowell Sun Newspaper for over 25years. Bill teaches a courses in Graphic Design at Middlesex Community College. He is a member of the Arts League of Lowell, The Whistler House Museum of Art and the Chelmsford Art Association. He spends a great deal of time doing portraits, caricatures, drawings and advertising. Bill shares Studio 515 at Western Avenue with his wife and creative partner Lois.
Nikki is a practicing artist and the co-founder/instructor of Refuge Lowell, a portfolio development studio space for students between the ages of 10-20 located at Western Ave. We assist young artists who seek serious portfolio development, playful artistic self-expression, and everything in between. With a strong emphasis on positive community outreach and the development of critical thinking skills, each student is offered a personalized approach to art-making, regardless of experience. Check out our website to see the work of our young art-stars!
My teaching philosophy as an art educator is to cultivate a safe environment where my students feel free learn what it means to critically examine their world and how to strengthen their technical skills for more effective visual communication.
Nikki Giraffo received a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts from Alfred University, NY in 2007 and a Masters in the Arts of Teaching from Tufts University, MA in 2010. As a practicing artist Nikki specializes in large-scale mural work, painting, and collage. Her technical approach is based in experimentation with unconventional materials and alternative collage processes.
PRISCILLA LEVESQUE – STUDIO 204
I have a BFA from UMass Amherst and have also studied with artists in- cluding Robert Roark, Paul George, Rosalie Nadeau and Selina Trieff. I have taught at numerous locations on Cape Cod, such as the Falmouth Artists Guild, the Cataumet Arts Center, the Cotuit Center for the Arts, and the Falmouth Community School. The drawing course I have developed is based on the book “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. The instruction methods in the book help students to overcome preconceived ideas of what they see and to draw what they actually see.
DENISE RAINIS – STUDIO 418
After many happy and fulfilling years as an educator, I now have the luxury of being a full time artist. The subject of my paintings is the ever-changing weather and seasons of New England, and the occasional dramatic light that allows transcendence from an ordinary scene to one of extraordinary and breathtaking beauty. I also love to paint on non-traditional canvases including birch bark, stone, and glass. I offer “Sip and Paint” style events as well as full day workshops. Please see my website for details.
Zentangle (c) Drawing
Jean has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Pychology from Brandeis University. After working for many years in software engineering, she has returned to her passions… art, fiber and teaching. She loves to pursue fiber art from a perspective that combines art and engineering, resulting in complex, often freeform pieces. She teaches with a goal of providing students with the skills, knowledge and tools to create their own designs, and not be shackled to prepared patterns. She is also a Certified Zentangle Teacher, having completed the Zentangle Certification Course with Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, founders of Zentangle. Her goal with Zentangle is to help students, particularly, the “non-artists” find their creative selves, and discover that they CAN create beautiful works of abstract art.
CHRISTOPHER VOLPE – STUDIO 521
Landscape oil painter Christopher Volpe paints moody, poetic landscapes and still lifes in an expressive, tonalist style, evoking emotional responses seldom elicited by contemporary art. Applying a graduate degree in poetry to the appreciation and practice of the painter’s art, he currently teaches art history on the faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, N.H. and sells his work through the Kennedy Gallery in Portsmouth, N.H., Northlight Gallery in Kennebunk, Maine, and Bowersock Gallery in Provincetown, Mass. Oil Painting classes are ongoing, on a drop in basis.