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Margretís classes are held at the Wayland Art Center, 14 East Plain Street, Wayland, Massachusetts (attached to the Cochituate fire station, at the corner of East Plain Street and Route 27). Click here for a map. Wayland is a western suburb of Boston.

Wayland Recreation Department classes:

Drawing and Painting

This studio class is offered to all levels of students interested in instruction in drawing (graphite, colored pencil, and pen and ink) and/or painting (watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and oil). An individualized program is developed for each student, which gives the student the opportunity to pick a medium and to work at his/her own level. Previous students have explored still life, figure, and landscape, but all subjects are encouraged. A material list is available from the teacher.

This class is held on Mondays, 9:30am - 11:30am. As of April, 2015, the Wednesday evening class will no longer be held. For the dates of the latest classes, refer to the web page of the Wayland Recreation Department. On that page, under "Additional Links", click on the latest course brochure.

An easy way to find Margret's class once in the brochure is to type <Ctrl-f> (for "Find on Page"), and search for "drawing". This will take you right down to the description of Margret's course.

Register in person:  

  Register in person at the Recreation Department in the Wayland Town Building, 41 Cochituate Road, Wayland, MA (508-358-3660)

Register on-line:  

  Click here for on-line registration.  To use that page,
     Hover over "Register" in the blue navigation bar at the top.
     Slide down, and click on "Programs or Activities".
     Then in the "Register for Activities" box,
       ... click on the + sign to the left of the desired program category (e.g. "2015 Spring Programs"),
       ... then click on the appropriate program (e.g. "2015 Spring Adult Programs").
         Scroll down in the box on the right to "Drawing & Painting Am".
            ... (you can type <Ctrl-f> (for "Find on Page"), and search for "drawing").
         Read about the course, and click the icon under "Sign up" (on the right) to register
            ... (the icon will be replaced by "Registration closed" if that is the case).


How I Teach

After years of teaching childrenís drawing classes (Grades K-5) and a Summer Art Workshop (Grades 1-8) with potter Phyllis Biegun, I now concentrate on my adult studio art class. This is offered through the Town of Wayland, Massachusetts Recreation Department. There are usually four seasonal sessions. I also have occasional private adult and adolescent students and I have helped a couple of seniors in High School prepare their portfolios for application to Art School.

Before becoming an artist full time, I trained as both a Biologist and a Social Worker, beginning to paint when my younger daughter, Sara, was an infant. Most of my own art education was with the late world renowned artist George Dergalis, who was proficient in all media, and helped his students explore and experiment. In a similar way, when I began teaching about 15 years ago, I introduced my students to drawing and painting through studio classes. I work with each student individually as they discover media and subject matters that complement their talents and interests.

I believe that drawing is the foundation of the artistic process, and I usually encourage my beginning students to explore drawing. I feel this helps them become familiar with art terminology, learn design concepts, and explore mood through the use of lights and darks without the addition of color. However, I am not rigid, and if a student wants to work in color even from the beginning, I encourage them to do so. This is because being engaged in one's medium and subject matter is so very important for being contented and successful. Some of my students prefer to keep working in black and white, using graphite pencil or pen and ink as their medium. Others pursue watercolor, colored pencil, pastel, acrylic, or oil.

One of the more difficult decisions a student has is choosing a subject to draw or paint. Some prefer figure or portrait, while others like landscape, or still life. Some love flowers or animals. I usually suggest working from some sort of graphic. Some use a picture from a magazine or calendar, but I think using his or her own photographs probably helps create the most original and personalized painting.

During our classes, in addition to critique and instruction for each student, I might talk about various techniques, new products, gallery or museum exhibits nearby, upcoming competitions, and so forth. If I think a demonstration might be helpful, I set up a small area and show the interested students various techniques for obtaining a desired effect.

Everyone can learn to draw and paint. Most will never be a Rembrandt or a Picasso, but all can learn to express their interests, thoughts, and feelings on paper. Painting can be a tranquil and intimate experience or it can be powerful and exhausting. If you are interested in exploring your artistic side and live in Metro-West Boston, join us and create some beautiful art!

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