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Education

Creative Classes & Camps for Children, Teens and Adults.

The Jamestown Arts Center offers a variety of learning opportunities for children, teens and adults throughout the year!

The Jamestown Arts Center now offers virtual classes for children and adults.  Visit the Education section of our website for more information.  
Stay tuned for ways to view the “Mythic Pause” exhibition. Please check back for updates on when we plan to host events and classes in our facility again.
Please send questions to membership@jamestownartcenter.org.  

Camps

Summer Camp: Digital Photo (Two Weeks Available!)

Ages : 10 - 15

digitalphotosummercampThe JAC is evaluating the feasibility of Summer Camp programs in the context of social distancing.  We will confirm program plans for summer programs by May 31st.  In the case of cancelations, all Summer Camp fees will be refunded.

Explore the world with your camera! Learn about lighting, composition, and photo editing in Adobe Photoshop during this fun and engaging camp. Campers must provide their own digital cameras throughout the week. Space is limited to due to technology. This camp includes a field trip to the Rose Island! Campers should bring a snack and water bottle each day. 

Please Pre-register. Scholarships available – contact Seamus Hames, JAC Education Coordinator, at 401-560-0979 or seamus@jamestownartcenter.org to inquire.

Please note that March is a members-only registration period, with registrations opening up to the general public on April 1st. To renew or purchase a JAC Membership, go here.

Dates:

Week One: July 20 – July 24 (Field trip to Rose Island on July 22)

Week Two: August 10 – August 14 (Field trip to Rose Island is August 12)

Times: 12:30PM – 3:30PM (Wednesday class is 12pm-3pm for field trip to Rose Island!)

Fee: $200 (members $180)

Ages: 10-15

Instructor: Teddy Trocki Ryba

  • Dates: See class date options in description above.
  • Fee: $200 (Members $180)
  • Instructor: Alessandra Antonelli
Complete Registration Info

Summer Camp: Digital Arts Camp (Two Weeks Available!)

Ages : 10 - 15

The JAC is evaluating the feasibility of Summer Camp programs in the context of social distancing.  We will confirm program plans for summer programs by May 31st.  In the case of cancelations, all Summer Camp fees will be refunded.

Bring your ideas to life in Studio B- the JAC’s Digital Classroom! Students will learn both 2D and 3D design on the 3D Printer. Projects to be completed include Tee Shirts and Stickers using our Vinyl Cutter and Heat Press, 3D-Printed Sculptures using MakerBot software and Group Photogrammetry. Space is limited due to technology. Campers should bring a snack and water bottle each day.

Please Pre-register. Scholarships available – contact Seamus Hames, JAC Education Coordinator, at 401-560-0979 or seamus@jamestownartcenter.org to inquire.

Please note that March is a members-only registration period, with registrations opening up to the general public on April 1st. To renew or purchase a JAC Membership, go here.

Dates:

Week One: July 13 – July 17

Week Two: August 3 – August 7

Times: 12:30PM – 3:30PM

Fee: $190 (members $171)

Ages: 10-15

Instructor: Teddy Trocki-Ryba

  • Dates: See course description and details above.
  • Fee: $190 (members $171)
  • Instructor: Teddy Trocki-Ryba
Complete Registration Info

Adults

Free-Wheeling Single Girl: Improvisational Quilting Workshop with Denyse Schmidt

Ages : Adults

Join us for an afternoon creating with renowned quilt maker, fabric designer and author Denyse Schmidt! Learn to improvise Denyse’s best-selling (and beloved) Single Girl pattern. Learn how to bypass the repetitive (and let’s face it- tedious) tracing and cutting of hundreds of pattern pieces, and transform the patchwork process into an in-the-moment creative flow. This simple technique will have you stitching up Single Girl blocks quickly and easily, and change your perspective about any quilt pattern!

Please note: a supplies list will be forwarded once your registration has been received.

Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020

This workshop has been postponed. Please join us for the reschedule date when the JAC reopens to the public!

Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Fee: $199 (Members $179.10) 

Ages: Adults

Instructor: Denyse Schmidt

A former graphic designer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, Denyse Schmidt has been sewing since she was a young girl, taught by her mother. As a professional seamstress, Denyse worked on everything from tutus and bishop’s mitres to fine clothing. She brings these eclectic influences together in patchwork quilts characterized by simple graphics, rich color, and quality workmanship. Firmly rooted in the techniques of quilt-making in this country, Denyse reinterprets tradition to make modern functional quilts that are fresh and offbeat. Her Couture custom quilts, in production since 1996, are pieced to order in her studio and hand-quilted by Amish women in Minnesota. Denyse Schmidt Works, a line of machine-quilted pillows and quilts with an industrial-chic aesthetic, are made at her studio located in a Bridgeport, CT factory building. Clients of DSQ have included The Philip Johnson Glass House, Ralph Pucci International, Takashimaya, The University of Michigan Art Museum, The American Folk Art Museum, and The Whitney Museum Store.

Denyse’s licensing partnerships include books and stationery featuring her quilts and fabric designs with Chronicle Books; a new book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration with Stewart, Tabori & Chang (Spring 2012); vintage-inspired consumer fabrics with FreeSpirit/Westminster Fibers Lifestyle Fabrics; fabric for chain store distribution under the name DS Quilts Collection with Fabric Traditions; quilt patterns for McCall Pattern Company; and Denyse Schmidt Designs for Sarita Handa, an affordable line of high-quality quilts and accessories that were distributed through boutique and specialty shops worldwide, as well as catalogs and stores such as Pottery Barn, Land of Nod, Crate & Barrel, Neiman Marcus, Maine Cottage Furniture, and ABC Carpets.

Denyse’s journals and drawings are featured in Drawing From Life, The Journal as Art by Jennifer New (Princeton Architectural Press, June 2005). Her quilts are featured in American Contemporary Furniture (Rizzoli International Publications, 2000), and Diamond Baratta Design (Bulfinch, 2006). Denyse’s approach to design and business, and her work has been celebrated in print, including Craft Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco (Chronicle Books, 2007), You Can Do It by Lauren Catuzzi Grancolas (Chronicle Books, 2005), and The Crafter Culture Handbook by Amy Spencer (Marion Boyers, 2007). Denyse recently wrote the foreward to the Modern Quilt Guild’s first book, Block Party by Alissa Haight Carlton and Kristen Lejnieks (Stash Books, 2011).

Denyse’s work has been published in hundreds of distinguished magazines and newspapers world wide, including: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times Magazine, TIME, American Craft, Yankee Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, Martha Stewart Living, Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Country Living, Town & Country and People Magazine. She has appeared on several national television shows, including Martha Stewart Living. Her work has been exhibited around the country. Denyse Schmidt was born in 1961 and grew up in central Massachusetts, surrounded by the textile mill towns prevalent in that area. She lives in Bridgeport, CT.

  • Dates: Workshop Postponed
  • Fee: $199 (Members $179.10)
  • Instructor: Denyse Schmidt
Complete Registration Info

Photography Workshop: Evening Radiance Through The Lens

Ages : Adults

Join us for an evening photography workshop exploring Jamestown this June! Evening light is intriguing. It allows us to imagine. It can make a simple scene far more interesting than it might appear in broad daylight, but it takes time, practice and patience to understand the art of photographing in the evening. In this workshop you will learn the necessary skills to go out and brave the night!

Who should take this workshop? Advanced beginners and intermediate photographers. A basic understanding of one’s camera is required. Students will need a DSLR or mirrorless digital camera, tripod and preferably a cable release.

Class One (6/8): Photographic Outing (Location TBD)

Class Two (6/15): Slideshow and Presentation at JAC

Class Three (6/22): Photographic Outing (Location TBD)

Class Four (6/29): Slideshow and Presentation at JAC

Dates: Mondays, June 8 – 29 (4 classes)

Times: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fee: $249 (Members $224.10)

Ages: Adults

Instructor: Eileen Muldoon

  • Dates: June 8 - 29
  • Fee: $249 (Members $224.10)
  • Instructor: Eileen Muldoon
Complete Registration Info

Visual Development: Abstract Painting, Mixed Media & Collage Techniques with Kevin Gilmore

Ages : Adults

kevingilmore-smallJoin JAC Member Kevin Gilmore in exploration of the creative process through painting, collage and mixed media. Prepare substrates that allow for experimentation, and learn how to apply collage techniques on canvas. Composition and color are two formal elements of abstract painting that lead to compelling and successful works of art. We will focus on these areas through painting challenges, one-on-one instruction and demonstrations. The workshop setting is an amazing
opportunity to gain experience looking at art and will include short slideshows and a brief lecture with several chances for guided group critiques. Expand how you view your own work own with positive feedback from peers and instructor.

Dates: Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 – 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

This workshop has been postponed. Please join us for the reschedule date!

Fee: $335 (Members $301.50)

Please note that this workshop falls under our special cancellation policy for classes with registration fees over $300- scroll down to see our policy.

Ages: Adults

Instructor: Kevin Gilmore

  • Dates: Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 - 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
  • Fee: $335 (Members $301.50)
  • Instructor: Kevin Gilmore
Complete Registration Info

Stone Carving Workshop at Watson Farm!

Ages : Adults

Join us for our latest workshop at Historic New England’s Watson Farm! Limestone carving is a satisfying and useful skill which has numerous applications for gardens, landscaping, and creative expression. In this 12-hour introductory-level workshop, students will use manageable scraps of limestone and carve them in relief- bring your own idea or utilize teacher references, and in the process learn something of an art form that has graced buildings and monuments from the Assyrians onward. Included will be plenty of stone lore, tips on securing materials and tools, and information about techniques including polishing and finishing. Please note: This workshop does not include instruction in carving letters. An additional $12 materials fee must be paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class. 

Dates: August 25, 27 and 29

Times: 1 pm to 5 pm 

Fee: $125 (JAC and Historic New England Members $112.50)

Location: Watson Farm, 455 North Rd, Jamestown RI

Instructor: Laura Travis

  • Dates: August 25, 27 and 29, 1 pm to 5 pm
  • Fee: $125 (Members of JAC and Historic New England $112.50)
  • Instructor: Laura Travis
Complete Registration Info

Children

Creative Shack (Virtual Workshop) with Miss Mac!

Ages : 6 - 12

Join JAC Instructor Donna McCarthy, aka Miss Mac, for a fun, FREE kids project every Monday at 3:30 via Zoom! **PLEASE NOTE: THE MEETING ID AND PASSWORD FOR THIS CLASS IS NOW AVAILABLE THROUGH REGISTRATION ONLY!** Register below, and we will reply with a confirmation that includes the weekly Meeting ID and Password. Please consider a donation to the JAC when registering!

Contact seamus@jamestownartcenter.org if you experience any technical difficulties.

Ages: 6-12

Up next (Monday, June 1): 

Nature Drawing: Birds!

Materials needed:

  • Drawing paper
  • Colored pencils
  • Eraser

Please pre-register for this free online class below, and consider a donation to support the Jamestown Arts Center.

 

  • Dates: Mondays at 3:30pm, ongoing
  • Fee: $0
  • Instructor: Donna McCarthy
Complete Registration Info

Summer Camp: Digital Photo (Two Weeks Available!)

Ages : 10 - 15

digitalphotosummercampThe JAC is evaluating the feasibility of Summer Camp programs in the context of social distancing.  We will confirm program plans for summer programs by May 31st.  In the case of cancelations, all Summer Camp fees will be refunded.

Explore the world with your camera! Learn about lighting, composition, and photo editing in Adobe Photoshop during this fun and engaging camp. Campers must provide their own digital cameras throughout the week. Space is limited to due to technology. This camp includes a field trip to the Rose Island! Campers should bring a snack and water bottle each day. 

Please Pre-register. Scholarships available – contact Seamus Hames, JAC Education Coordinator, at 401-560-0979 or seamus@jamestownartcenter.org to inquire.

Please note that March is a members-only registration period, with registrations opening up to the general public on April 1st. To renew or purchase a JAC Membership, go here.

Dates:

Week One: July 20 – July 24 (Field trip to Rose Island on July 22)

Week Two: August 10 – August 14 (Field trip to Rose Island is August 12)

Times: 12:30PM – 3:30PM (Wednesday class is 12pm-3pm for field trip to Rose Island!)

Fee: $200 (members $180)

Ages: 10-15

Instructor: Teddy Trocki Ryba

  • Dates: See class date options in description above.
  • Fee: $200 (Members $180)
  • Instructor: Alessandra Antonelli
Complete Registration Info

Summer Camp: Digital Arts Camp (Two Weeks Available!)

Ages : 10 - 15

The JAC is evaluating the feasibility of Summer Camp programs in the context of social distancing.  We will confirm program plans for summer programs by May 31st.  In the case of cancelations, all Summer Camp fees will be refunded.

Bring your ideas to life in Studio B- the JAC’s Digital Classroom! Students will learn both 2D and 3D design on the 3D Printer. Projects to be completed include Tee Shirts and Stickers using our Vinyl Cutter and Heat Press, 3D-Printed Sculptures using MakerBot software and Group Photogrammetry. Space is limited due to technology. Campers should bring a snack and water bottle each day.

Please Pre-register. Scholarships available – contact Seamus Hames, JAC Education Coordinator, at 401-560-0979 or seamus@jamestownartcenter.org to inquire.

Please note that March is a members-only registration period, with registrations opening up to the general public on April 1st. To renew or purchase a JAC Membership, go here.

Dates:

Week One: July 13 – July 17

Week Two: August 3 – August 7

Times: 12:30PM – 3:30PM

Fee: $190 (members $171)

Ages: 10-15

Instructor: Teddy Trocki-Ryba

  • Dates: See course description and details above.
  • Fee: $190 (members $171)
  • Instructor: Teddy Trocki-Ryba
Complete Registration Info

Teens

Summer Camp: Digital Photo (Two Weeks Available!)

Ages : 10 - 15

digitalphotosummercampThe JAC is evaluating the feasibility of Summer Camp programs in the context of social distancing.  We will confirm program plans for summer programs by May 31st.  In the case of cancelations, all Summer Camp fees will be refunded.

Explore the world with your camera! Learn about lighting, composition, and photo editing in Adobe Photoshop during this fun and engaging camp. Campers must provide their own digital cameras throughout the week. Space is limited to due to technology. This camp includes a field trip to the Rose Island! Campers should bring a snack and water bottle each day. 

Please Pre-register. Scholarships available – contact Seamus Hames, JAC Education Coordinator, at 401-560-0979 or seamus@jamestownartcenter.org to inquire.

Please note that March is a members-only registration period, with registrations opening up to the general public on April 1st. To renew or purchase a JAC Membership, go here.

Dates:

Week One: July 20 – July 24 (Field trip to Rose Island on July 22)

Week Two: August 10 – August 14 (Field trip to Rose Island is August 12)

Times: 12:30PM – 3:30PM (Wednesday class is 12pm-3pm for field trip to Rose Island!)

Fee: $200 (members $180)

Ages: 10-15

Instructor: Teddy Trocki Ryba

  • Dates: See class date options in description above.
  • Fee: $200 (Members $180)
  • Instructor: Alessandra Antonelli
Complete Registration Info

Summer Camp: Digital Arts Camp (Two Weeks Available!)

Ages : 10 - 15

The JAC is evaluating the feasibility of Summer Camp programs in the context of social distancing.  We will confirm program plans for summer programs by May 31st.  In the case of cancelations, all Summer Camp fees will be refunded.

Bring your ideas to life in Studio B- the JAC’s Digital Classroom! Students will learn both 2D and 3D design on the 3D Printer. Projects to be completed include Tee Shirts and Stickers using our Vinyl Cutter and Heat Press, 3D-Printed Sculptures using MakerBot software and Group Photogrammetry. Space is limited due to technology. Campers should bring a snack and water bottle each day.

Please Pre-register. Scholarships available – contact Seamus Hames, JAC Education Coordinator, at 401-560-0979 or seamus@jamestownartcenter.org to inquire.

Please note that March is a members-only registration period, with registrations opening up to the general public on April 1st. To renew or purchase a JAC Membership, go here.

Dates:

Week One: July 13 – July 17

Week Two: August 3 – August 7

Times: 12:30PM – 3:30PM

Fee: $190 (members $171)

Ages: 10-15

Instructor: Teddy Trocki-Ryba

  • Dates: See course description and details above.
  • Fee: $190 (members $171)
  • Instructor: Teddy Trocki-Ryba
Complete Registration Info

CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY

  • A student withdrawing before the start of a class, workshop, or camp, must notify the Jamestown Arts Center of his/her intent to withdraw ten (10) business days or more before the start date to receive the class fee less a 2.75% processing fee.
  • A student withdrawing from a class, workshop, or camp less than ten (10) business days but more than five (5) business days before the start date must notify the Jamestown Arts Center of his/her intent to withdraw to receive the class fee less a 25% processing fee.
  • A student withdrawing from a class, workshop, or camp less than five (5) business days before the start date must notify the Jamestown Arts Center of his/her intent to withdraw and is not entitled to a refund nor will receive a credit (unless an extreme medical issue arises).
  • For all classes, workshops and camps exceeding a $300 registration fee, students who withdraw 45 days or more prior to the start date will be refunded the full amount minus a $100 administrative fee. Students withdrawing 44-21 days prior to the start date will receive 50% of the registration fee. No refunds will be available to students withdrawing less than 21 days before the start date.
  • Due to the fact that classes can quickly reach maximum capacity, online registration does not guarantee a space in a class. If the class you have registered for has reached capacity and can no longer accept any registrations, you will be alerted promptly and a full refund will be issued.
  • We do not offer pro- rates to attend part of a course.
  • The Jamestown Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any course, class, camp or workshop. In the event of cancellation, full refunds will be granted.
  • Classes, workshops or camps postponed because of weather or factors beyond our control will be made up, if possible, at the end of the session. The JAC follows the school cancellation policy of North Kingstown School Department.

 

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