Class and Workshop Schedule

Online via Zoom: Design Principles


This 4 week course serves as an introduction to the basic elements of design (line, shape, value, texture, space) and their organization on a two-dimensional surface through the principles of design (balance, unity, emphasis, repetition, rhythm, etc.) into effective design statements. Students will develop imagery from simple abstract line work to more complex representational imagery. For example, projects will include incorporating lines and solid shapes in one design. In another students will play with the juxtaposition of disparate objects in order to imply a narrative. Primary media are markers and cut paper. Each 2 hour session students will work on specific design problems learning the tools needed to create strong compositions. This course is invaluable for all artists, be they photographers, painters, sculptors, etc. as having the ability to create excellent compositions carries forward across multiple disciplines. Material list available upon registration.

Dates: Saturdays,  April 10, 17, 24; May 1  Makeup May 8

Time:  1:00-3:00pm

Cost: $120 per person Members save $12

Location: Online via ZOOM

Membership starts at $45 per year and offers 10% discount on art instruction* as well as 10% off select Store items at the Gallery. *Does not apply to summer camps. Click here to become a Member

Teaching Artist Lisa Macbride, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design,  has had solo exhibitions at the New Britain Museum of American Art, Trinity-On-Main in New Britain, CT and Atelier A/E in New York City, among others. Her watercolors were exhibited at a solo exhibition at the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (ICPNA) in Lima, Peru, at the invitation of the Cultural Ministry of that country. Macbride's work is in the collections of ICPNA, New York University and Bellevue Hospital for which she was commissioned. She has received numerous grants and awards, among them the Vogelstein Foundation Grant, several grants from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant along with two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Grants. Macbride has also done numerous illustrations, including ad work for Lord & Taylor, various CD covers and other freelance projects. Lisa Macbride is on the faculty of Tunxis Community Technical College in Farmington, CT, where she teaches drawing and design.

She studied painting and drawing with Benny Andrews and Seong Moy. She also works as a free-lance designer and illustrator. Her work has been shown at the Silvermine Art Faculty Show, New Haven Paint and Clay Club and the Woman’s Caucus for Art Group Show in NY.  Lisa’s work is currently exhibited at Spectrum Gallery in Centerbrook, Connecticut.

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