Class information:

Colored Pencils

Friday, November 15th 10am – 3pm 

Limited to 10 students Adults
Tuition: $50 Materials Fee: $2
Rita continues her class series in using Prismacolor Colored Pencils to help you create
beautiful paintings using these pencils.
Bring all your colored pencils along with the following:
 Light grey – “Col-Erase” pencil – also made by Prismacolor (sold open-stock at
Jerry’s; but you can borrow another student’s if you don’t have one since its use
is only for the initial sketching)
 Drawing pencil – 2B
 Kneaded eraser
 Pencil sharpener – preferably a portable, battery sharpener with a cylindrical
sharpening blade
 Bring a bag lunch (for our break)!
If you are a beginner or are unsure of what subject you want to draw, Rita supplies
paper and a resource print of prior student subjects for $2.
If you are ready to do your own subject, choose a photo with good contrast lighting
that provides interesting shadows and good “edges” (since you will need to trace it).
Print it out so the subject is the same size you want to draw it – usually 5×7 or so. Also
bring any Bristol paper and Vellum tracing paper, if you have it.

We need a minimum of 5 students. Please call Bonnie at 860-267-4584 to save your
spot prior to mailing in your registration form and check.


Throughout the Winter, Dean Waite’s Open Studio will continue on Thursdays. We are have started a “Wednesdays at Two” drop-in 2-hour studio. In order to schedule future classes and open studios, the Arts Center needs to know your interest in the following…

Felted Characters – one-day class – Kristen Walsh
Colored Pencil (various levels) – one-day class – Rita Paradis
Introduction to Pastels – one-day class – teacher pending
Polymer Clay Jewelry – one-evening class – Kristie Foss
Wire-wrapped Jewelry – one-evening class – teacher pending
Introduction to Digital Photography – one-day class – teacher pending
Chocolate Candy Holiday Centerpieces (Seasonal) – one-evening class – Sue Hollister
Fused Glass – one-evening class – Robin Simpson
Extreme Origami – one-evening class – Ben Parker
Introduction to Photoshop – time and teacher to be determined
Watercolor Painting – 6-week series of one-evening classes – Audrey Carroll Prucnal
Contemporary Hand-built Pottery – time and teacher info pending
Calligraphy – teacher pending
Free Motion Quilting – teacher pending
Acrylics for Children ages 8 and above – 4-week series of Saturday classes – Marcia Letourneau
Figure Study Open Studio – time and teacher to be determined
Mommy and Me Projects- 4-week series of seasonal one-hour classes – teacher pending
Pottery for Children ages 8 and above- time and teacher to be determined
Open Studio: Media of Choice – either during the day or evenings – no teacher; students will mentor each other

…and any others that you have interest in.

So, please email the Class Coordinator ( to let us know what you’d like to do. And if you have a group of friends, we can create a class with a minimum of 5 students.

Acrylic Painting Class on YouTube

The Marlborough Arts Center’s class in Acrylic Painting for Children, taught by Marcia Letourneau, well-known artist and author of “Magic Rabbit of Green Hill”, has had another very successful group of students who made a You Tube video about their art.

The young art students are Ayden Michaud of Colchester, Ben Moorcroft of Hebron, and Alec Wallman of Marlborough. Their enthusiasm for the class is evident. The Arts Center is pleased to have classes particularly for children and it is obvious that the children are pleased to have art classes here.

Marlborough Arts Center opens its 7th Annual “Artist Members Show” with a full house

The Marlborough Arts Center kicked off their annual Fall event with an opening

reception on Friday, September 20th. Every year the artist members are able to enter
their best paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, fiber arts, and jewelry in this show.
Many at the opening said the art this year was the best yet.

And this year, besides the usual refreshments and enthusiasm about the announcement
of winners, there were door prizes for the attendees and cash awards for the winners.
Artists and photographers from Marlborough, East Hampton, Hebron, Colchester,
Glastonbury, Columbia, and even as far away as Cheshire are exhibiting their work
there. So, the Gallery was filled to capacity with them, their friends and families, for this
7th year in their own gallery at the 231 N. Main Street location in Marlborough.

Hopefully, many people from surrounding towns will stop by on the weekends that the
show is running to view the works and learn about the artists. Many of the works on
display are for sale, with 20{eba5a16469fb4a7f18f8ea69c1431b00c5f2da579f8ac6bd75c322ccea0d0754} going to the Arts Center to continue its art and cultural
programs for the community. This is a good way for art enthusiasts to get local art from
local artists. Also learn about the benefits of becoming a member, or just volunteer to
help with a few hours of time. The display cases are filled with samples from classes,
especially the “Characters in Clay”, and there will be information about the new Fall
classes. In addition, the Arts Center is planning a new walk-in open studio, “Tuesdays at
2” – which will start in October where participants can drop in with any project,
beverage and a snack, and connect with other artists, sharing their tips and Art news for
a low studio fee. Occasionally teachers will pop in to give encouragement and critiques.

The show will be open on Saturdays and Sundays through October 27th from 1-4pm.
There is ample parking, wheelchair access, full amenities, and the location is just down
North Main from Sadler’s Restaurant and the Shoppes at Marlborough Country Barn.
So a trip to the Art Show can easily be combined with shopping or dining. And the trees
along the lake this time of year provide nice fall color for quick photos; some of which
might turn up in next year’s scheduled photography show.

Marlborough Arts Center is a regional non-profit center for fine arts, performing arts,
and fine crafts. For more information about upcoming events, classes, open studios, and
its monthly 4th Friday @ the Arts Café live performances, visit,
LIKE them on facebook: Marlborough Arts Center, or call 860-295-8389. Also inquire
about gallery or classroom rentals.

1st Place Fine Art – Jim Grabowski

winner - 1st place


2nd Place Fine Art – Bob Bavier

winner - 2nd place


3rd Place Fine Art – Bob Desaulnier

winner - 3rd place


Best 3-Dimensional Art – Albert D’Antonio



winner - 3 dimensional


Best Photography – Mark Hall

winner - photography


Althea Harris Award for Creativity – Kristen Walsh



winner - creativity

Members Recognized at Clinton Art Society’s Summer Exhibition


Pictured: Jim gets his award as his grandson looks on. Bob Desnaulier with his picture.

Two members of the Arts Center won awards at the reception for the Clinton Art Society’s Summer Exhibition. Jim Grabowski won the Hammocks. LLC award for his abstract acrylic painting, “Dreaming”. Bob Desaulnier won the “Techniques Printers award for his watercolor and gouache painting “Thimble Island Stairway”.