Adult Classes

Oils and Acrylics Class with Jackie Jones

Coming March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2018.

Jackie Jones is presenting a series of four Tuesday adult classes in the use of oils and acrylics at the Marlborough Arts Center. The morning set of classes will be from 9-12 a.m. The second set will be from 1-4 in the afternoons. This means a complete set of four classes is 12 hours. You can sign up for either mornings or afternoons, but can’t mix the two times. Of course one could take complete sets of both mornings and afternoons. The fee for one complete set of 12 hours in four classes is $120.

This class is designed for those new to painting. We will make our own black and white 9 step value scale and a color wheel. Next we will create a basic black and white still life then on to color mixing exercises. Lastly we will paint a simple landscape from a, provided, photograph. Note: Although my specialty is oils and acrylics, all mediums are welcome).

In this class, students will create a landscape painting using photographic reference (bring your favorite photos or use mine). The goal is to create simple designs with strong foundations derived from a ‘thumbnail’ value sketch. Value, composition and technique will be stressed as well as capturing the feeling of a landscape, rather than just copying a photograph. This class will include an instructor demo and plenty of individual attention.

Jackie speaks of her work by noting that her oils are done primarily on location wherever her travels take her and are an expression of mood and emotion manifested through the beauty of the landscape. A deep desire to partake in a dialogue with nature and a quest to infuse a moment of truth within the canvas is why she paints. This spontaneous process invigorates the work and is imbued with the spirit of nature created in communion with the wind and sunlight itself. This communion with nature is evident in her work and an emphasis in her classes.

For detailed information on these classes, contact Jackie Jones directly at

Watercolor Class with Mary Horrigan

Mary Horrigan – Big Poppy

Coming April 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2018

Marlborough artist Mary Horrigan will be teaching a watercolor class at the Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main Street in Marlborough, CT this spring. The class will be held on Thursday mornings, from 10 until Noon, for six weeks, starting April 5, 2018.

Mary Horrigan is an award-winning artist, an elected member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society, and the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts. She is an associate member of the New England Watercolor Society and the American Watercolor Society. She has taught classes not only at the Marlborough Arts Center, but also at Manchester Community College, the Glastonbury Art Guild, with the Middletown Adult Education, and the Guilford Art Center.

She is known for simple shapes, broad, loose washes, and deep rich color. She strives for spontaneity and sparkle, and is a master at bringing out these qualities in her students.

Mary Horrigan – Pansies

This set of lessons will explore the “Wonders of Watercolor“, and it is suggested that students have a basic knowledge of working in watercolor.

Cost for the class is $120 for the six sessions. To register, please contact Mary Horrigan via email at


Classes are held at the Marlborough Arts Center, 231 North Main Street, Marlborough, CT. This is a non-profit regional center for the arts and is a fully accessible facility with ample parking.