Newell-Conyers-(N.C.)-Wyeth,-Summer-Chadds-Ford,-1945ACADEMY ART MUSEUM – JUNE 2014 EVENTS


The following Academy Art Museum exhibitions are sponsored by the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

From Bierstadt to Wyeth: American Landscapes from a Private Collection Through July 13, 2014 Curator-led tours: Wednesday, May 28, 12 noon & Friday, June 20, 12 noon

The Academy Art Museum is in the fortunate position to show landscapes by American masters of the 19th and 20th centuries from a private collection. The collectors – who prefer to remain anonymous – have gathered very fine works of art over a period of some 25 years. The exhibition of mostly oil paintings and includes several well-known artists’ impressions by Albert Bierstadt, Rockwell Kent, George Inness, Leon Kroll, Jesse Leach France, Childe Hassam, Eastman Johnson, and N.C. Wyeth.

Wood Transformed:  The Art of Vicco von Voss Through July 13, 2014 Member reception: Friday, May 9, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Curator led tours: Wednesday, May 28, 12 noon & Friday, June 20, 12 noon

Vicco von Voss was born in Kiel, Germany, where he was greatly influenced by both his grandfathers. One was a forester and woodcarver who inspired Vicco’s deep love of nature, understanding of trees, and introduced him to the craft of woodworking. The other was an architect who worked in conjunction with Frank Lloyd Wright to re-build structures in post-war Hamburg. The essence of Vicco’s work is in relationships: he feels a spiritual connection to trees, an understanding of the nature of wood, a collaborative partnership with clients, and a unique creative process with each piece. The exhibition will contain some 15 newly created wood sculptures and an entirely new body of work.

Through July 20, 2014

Book reading and signing by Bryan Collier at the Museum’s Juneteenth Celebration, Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bryan Collier has a unique style of painting that incorporates both watercolors and collage.

Collier received the Caldecott Honor book Medal winner for “Martin’s Big Words: the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,”  illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Doreen Rappaport (Jump at the Sun/ Hyperion) in 2002; for “Rosa,” illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Nikki Giovanni (Henry Holt and Company) in 2006; and for “Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier,” written by Laban Carrick Hill (Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.) in 2011.  His latest book, “Knock Knock,” was published in December 2013.


Introduction to the “Museum’s Digital Media Lab & the Macintosh” – Workshop Instructor: George Holzer Wednesday, June 4th at 1pm – 3pm Cost $30 Members, $55 Non-members
The Museum’s new digital lab is not only a beautiful work space, but it is stocked with the most up to date (Macintosh) computers and technology. Students should not be intimidated if they are not familiar with using an iMac and/or the Macintosh operating system. This workshop is specifically designed to familiarize students with the basics of the Macintosh and the lab’s computers. When students are done with this workshop, they will be comfortable utilizing the lab for the Museum’s upcoming digital class offerings.

Digital Editing Using Adobe Photoshop Instructor: Christopher Pittman 6 Weeks: June 11 – July 16 Wednesdays, 6 – 8:30pm Cost: $250 Members, $285 Non-members

Did you ever wonder how celebrities and models shown on the covers of magazines end up looking absolutely flawless? Or what it might look like if you morphed together Tom Cruise and Betty White’s face? Or maybe you have an old photograph that is torn, faded and needs fixing? Students who sign up for this class will learn the basic tools and skills used every day by professional photographers, designers, and artists. Some of the other things they will learn include how to remove unwanted objects from photos, how to adjust eye and hair color, how to paint on the computer, and how to lose 10 pounds (digitally that is). No Photoshop experience necessary.

Watercolor: Three Days of “Support” Instructor: Heather Crow Three-Day Workshop Friday to Sunday: June 6, 7 and 8, 10am – 2pm daily Cost: $190 Members, $220 Non-members (plus $20 materials fee)

Students get not only emotional “support” to try new ideas, but an exploration of various non-traditional “supports” (painting surfaces) and watercolor painting techniques, including Yupo, black cotton Nero watercolor paper, plate bristol board, and very rough paper.  Friday’s workshop is all about color – a review of trusted pigments and information about new pigments.  Students will work transparently, as well as with gouache on some surfaces.  Painters of all levels are welcome. Almost all papers, pigments and brushes will be furnished. Look at Heather’s class online for the complete list if supplies.

Email or call Heather with questions, at  or call 410-310-5615.  Workshop is limited to 10 students

Getting to Know Your Smart Phone

Instructor: Scott Kane The iPhone Class: Wednesday, June 11 and 18, 6- 8pm

The Android/Galaxy Class: Wednesday, June 25 and July 2, 6 – 8pm

Cost for Two-Day Class: $40 Members, $70 Non-members

An information-filled class filled with tips, tricks and plain old solid information to help students get the most out of their new Smartphone. Whether you are a novice or an old hand, you will find just what you need to make you the master of your phone. The focus will be on the iPhone 5S/ 5C and the Galaxy S4. The first session will get students acquainted with how to use the features of their phones, including learning what each one does and how to get each feature to work for them. The class includes understanding the basic Apps that come with the smart phone and how these Apps can make life easier. In one two-hour course, students learn how to save time, effort and money with their cool new hand-held device. The class is focused for the novice to intermediate user.

The second class session will delve further into the smart phone and how to truly get the most from it.  Topics will include using Siri (S Voice on the Galaxy) as a personal assistant; how to do web searches; how to play music on any device; how to get your TV shows on your phone, iPad or tablet; as well as all the best new Apps for downloading. There will also be hands-on time for students to get all of their questions are answered.

The instructor is an engineer/entrepreneur/technologist who has advised numerous telephone companies, e.g., AT&T, Motorola, and Verizon and founded and run his own telephone company. Email or call Scott with questions, at or call 240-478-7672.

The Art of Perspective Instructor: Katie Cassidy Three-Day Workshop Tuesday to Thursday, June 10, 11 and 12, 10am – 1 pm Cost: $145 Members, $175 Non-members

Perspective is the art of drawing three-dimensional scenes convincingly on a two-dimensional surface. Through a series of well-designed exercises, this workshop will cover atmospheric perspective (edges, space, size overlap, color/value) and linear perspective (one and two point, vanishing point, eye level). The student will gain confidence in this very important part of representational drawing.

Clothed Figure Drawing Instructor: Patrick Meehan Three-Day Workshop Tuesday to Thursday, June 10, 11 and 12, 10am – 2pm Cost: $180 Members, $210 Non-members

Students will be introduced to drapery and will learn to understand structure, shape and form of the body underneath the clothed model. The model will maintain one pose per class with different costumes and a variety of materials and patinas. Some drawing experience will be helpful but this class is open to all levels.

Underpainting Techniques for Pastel Instructor: Katie Cassidy Four-Day Workshop Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, June 17 to 19, 10am – 2pm Cost: $180 Members, $210 Non-members

New papers and grounds designed for pastels have opened up many unique and creative techniques for applying an underpainting to pastel paintings. This new workshop is designed to teach a few of these popular methods – oil stains, pastel washes and watercolor underpaintings. The possibilities are endless and will expand your enjoyment of this wonderful medium. All supplies (oil paints and watercolors) for the techniques will be provided with the materials fee.

Life’s a Beach!– Painting Surf and Sand Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly One Day Mini Workshop Saturday June 14, 10am – 3pm Cost $60 Members, $90 Non-members

This workshop is for students of all levels in oil, acrylic or pastel. Its focus is for painters who love the beach and want to know more about how to capture the feel of sea, sky, waves, and sand. Learn to paint the atmosphere of the beach, and some simple pointers to properly draw the beach and waves. Discover the surprising colors found in surf and sand and how to paint them. This fun and inspiring workshop includes written materials, a short demonstration, plenty of painting time, and personal attention. Please bring a bag lunch. Coffee will be provided. Minimum 6, Maximum 15.

Burnt Umber Pickout Instructor: Patrick Meehan Three-Day Workshop Tuesday to Thursday, June 24, 25 and 26, 10am – 2pm Cost: $180 Members, $210 Non-members

A traditional stage of painting is known as imprimatura or underpainting. Patrick will introduce how to use burnt umber in a transparent manner to establish placement and value control. Students will have the option of moving into burnt umber direct painting with the addition of white to the palette. This new workshop is an excellent transition from tonal drawing to painting.

Oil Painting Workshop: Speaking in Paint Instructor: Leslie Belloso Two-Day Workshop Thursday, June 26 and Friday June 27, 10am – 3pm Costs: $125 Members, $155 Non-members

To paint is to speak in a visual language. The artist responds to their subject and creates an image, “speaking” with color, edges, texture, shape, and other visual tools. In this workshop, Leslie will discuss how to use these visual elements to create effective paintings. The emphasis will be on appreciating the subject’s abstract qualities. The student will do several interesting exercises to trick our brains into a fresh, abstract approach. Ultimately, it isn’t what students paint, it is how they paint. Leslie will encourage students to paint boldly and decisively, and to try something new. The class will paint from life and also from photos. Students should bring at least four reference photos. Previous experience with oil paint and a willingness to experiment are required.

Digital Photography – Fundamentals
Instructor: George Holzer
Six weeks: June 14, 21, 28, July 12, 26, and August 2 
Saturdays, 10:30am – 1pm Cost: $150 Members, $185 Non-members

This class will be for digital beginners or those simply mystified by these devices. Both novice and the slightly experienced digital camera users are welcome. This class will include lecture, demonstration, and discussion, covering the basics of using digital cameras, as well as the basic fundamentals of photography (ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and the control of freezing/ blurring motion and depth of field). Students will discuss digital terminology, camera types, appropriate digital formats, file sizes, menus, memory cards, exposure controls, white balance (color balance), transferring pictures to the computer, and some common data/picture file back-up procedures. There will be occasional outside of class shooting assignments to reinforce and demonstrate principles discussed. Students will need a functioning digital camera and the manual for referencing its features and functions.

Title: Mug and Jugs Instructor: Paul Aspell June 26 and 27, 10am – 4pm Cost: $140 Members, $150 Non-members

This workshop is offered to those pottery students with experience working with clay.  Students will make mugs and pitchers using the potter’s wheel and hand building techniques.  All materials are included.  This workshop is limited to 8 students.

Private Lessons in Photography or Photoshop
Instructor: George Holzer
Time and number of weeks: Variable
Cost: Per hour fee

George Holzer offers private lessons in digital photography, Photoshop (Elements or Full Version), and general digital imaging; shooting pictures and photography principles, Photoshop enhancements and creative uses, and specific individual digital projects. Lessons can be tailored to individual needs and time frame. Call the Museum for more information. 

ArtReach Continues Through June

Spring might have sprung, but the school year isn’t over yet! The Museum continues to welcome students to experience its popular ArtReach program.  A typical ArtReach field trip includes a gallery tour, a gallery game or activity, and a related art or language arts project. Projects are tweaked to appeal to all grade levels. Adult groups can enjoy adult-level projects or learn how to make art meaningful for children.  All schools, public and private, in Talbot, Caroline, Queen Anne, Dorchester, and Kent counties are welcome to attend.  There is no charge for participation and the Museum pays for transportation costs as well.

Did you know that the Museum welcomes repeat groups within the same school year? Come twice…come three times! Every exhibition offers new learning opportunities. For more information, please contact Director of ArtReach and Community Programs, Constance Del Nero, at

Open Studios

A Museum membership is required to participation in these studios.

Open Portrait Studio Mondays, 9:30am – noon

Group meets weekly with a live model. Model fee collected weekly.

Open Studio with Live Model Mondays, 1-3:30pm

This studio provides the opportunity to study the human figure and its action, volume, structure, anatomy, design and expressive potential.  Model fee collected weekly.

Collage Studio Second Saturday of each month

This studio is for those interested in collage, assemblage or fibers. Artists are invited to come and work on a project they would like to start, or have begun.  There is no designated instructor.


Art and Movement Ages 4-8 Instructor: Heather Crow Monday-Friday, June 23-27, 9:30 – 11:00am Cost: $100 Members, $110 Non-members

“Move” immediately into summer with a class that looks at the bodies of people and all kinds of animals.  Each class begins with a movement/acting exercise to see how the bodies of humans and creatures move and bend.  Students will create two-d and three-d art based on what they have discovered. Questions?  Please email Heather at  Bring a snack if you are staying for two classes.

Painting Weather–Hot, Horrible, Wet, Wild Ages 6-10 Instructor: Heather Crow Monday-Friday, June 23-27, 11:15am – 1:00pm Cost: $125 Members, $135 Non-members

Kids will learn about at all kinds of weather on planet Earth–through drawing, painting, collaging, and sculpting. It might be raining cats and dogs inside!!  Questions?  Please email Heather at  Bring a snack if you are staying for two classes.

Creative Self Portraits Ages 9 and up Instructor: Heather Crow Monday-Friday, June 23-27, 1:30 – 3:30pm Cost: $125 Members, $135 Non-members

Kids will look at themselves from head to toe – and make art that reflects what they see.  At the end of the week, each student will leave with a personal portfolio of work in many media and from many points of view, including one full-sized self-portrait.  All works are based on those of famous artists.  Please email Heather at  Bring a snack if you are staying for two classes.

Graphic Design Sampler, including a session in our new digital media studio! Ages 13+ Instructor: Zac Del Nero Monday-Thursday June 30-July 3, 9:30am – 12:00pm Cost: $85 Members, $95 Non-members

From iPhones to magazines, fashion to games, images and words shape our lives as never before. We are surrounded by graphic design in advertisements, signs, graffiti, icons, slogans, posters, fonts…the list is never-ending!  Students will look at examples of design in both familiar and unexpected places and develop their design skills. Projects may include creating a personal logo, inventing alphabets, dreaming up new words, creating fantasy maps and making up unusual advertisements. The instructor has designed new projects for previous camp-goers who would like to learn new things. In addition, towards the end of the camp, students will be able to work on a project in the Museum’s new digital media studio. 

Young Explorers Program

The Young Explorers program puts art and museum objects at the center of a child’s day, encouraging exploration and discovery. As a part of Young Explorers children will have ongoing opportunities to interact with professional musicians and artists who perform, teach, or exhibit at the Museum. They will learn about the creative process through active participation with these visiting artists. For additional information for Fall 2014 classes, please contact Melanie Young at 410-822-2787.


Voice Lessons (ages 10 through adult) Suzanne S. Chadwick   

Exploring vocal technique, performance skills, and even stress therapy can be a part of each individualized program.  Contact the instructor directly at (410) 963-0893 for lesson schedule and cost.

Flute Lessons (ages 8 through adult) Irene King  

Study the elements of flute performance; repertoire; and management of performance anxiety and audition preparation.  Contact the instructor directly at (443) 834-3010 for lesson schedule and cost.


Tuesday and Thursday night dance classes in bolero, tango, East Coast Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Latin Variety, Rumba, and Samba.  Contact the instructor at (410) 482-6169 or visit

For further information or to register for these programs, classes and event, visit or call 410-822-2787.