Academy Art Museum January Events

The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design
Through February 10, 2013
Curator-Led Tour: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 12 noon
A new exhibition The Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, “The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design,” was organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Jacksonville in collaboration with the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen Ph.D. Foundation and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.
The exhibition presents a survey of exceptional American chair design from the early 19th century to the present day. The chair is experienced not only as a functional item, but as sculptural in view—the chair as art. The exhibition is sponsored by Wye Financial & Trust, the Talbot County Arts Council and the MD State Arts Council.

In photo: Designed and Manufactured by Kenneth Smythe (b. 1937), Oakland, CA
Synergistic Synthesis XVII sub b1 Chair, 2003. Photo by Michael Koryta and Andrew VanStyn, Director of Acquisitions, Conservation and Photography.




Animal Prints by Helen Siegl
Through February 10, 2013
Helen Siegl (Vienna, 1924 – Philadelphia, 2009) studied architecture and design at the Academie für Angewandte Kunst in Vienna, Austria. In 1952, she moved to Montreal, Canada, where she married American conservator Theodor Siegl, and eventually moved to Philadelphia. Siegl’s unusual printmaking technique— often combining various kinds of blocks and plates to create an image, including handmade plaster blocks she designed when wood was scarce in Vienna during World War II— helped garner her reputation as a widely respected printmaker. Siegl gained a reputation for both her individual signed and numbered prints and for her book illustrations. Her book illustrations include “The Dancing Palm Tree,” which was chosen one of The Year’s Best Illustrated Children’s Books by The New York Times (1990), “Aesop’s Fables,” and “Birds and Beasts” (World Publishing). She was a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Print Club, and her work is included in various collections nationwide, among them the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Academy Art Museum is fortunate to have 49 original prints by Helen Siegl in the Permanent Collection.

In photo: Helen K. Siegl, The Fox and the Crow, woodcut, illustration from Aesop’s Fables, retold by Anne Terry White AAM 2012.012.35

Architecture of Sicily
Presenter: Erik Neil, AAM Director
Thursday, January 10, 2013, 2 p.m.
Cost: $15 for Museum members and $25 for non-members
Director Erik Neil will present an illustrated talk on the architecture of Sicily, to coincide with the release of his new book Tomaso Maria Napoli 1659 – 1725 (publisher, City, 2012). After touching on the earlier eras of art history, the talk will focus on the buildings and protagonists of the Renaissance and Baroque in Sicily with special atten­tion on the growth of villas around Palermo.

History of Art II: Renaissance to Contemporary
Presenter: Anke Van Wagenberg, AAM Curator
Wednesdays, January 16, 23, 30 & February 6, 13, 20, Noon to 1 p.m.
Cost: $100 for Museum members and $135 for non-members
This course is a chronological survey of the art and architecture of Western Civilization. Course II in­cludes discussion of the Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Impressionism, up to Contemporary art and architecture. Pre-registration required.

Academy Art Museum Open House/Gallery Walk: Meet the Instructors for Adult Classes/ Ballet Theatre of Maryland Open House
Friday, January 4, 2013, 5 – 7 p.m.
This open house will feature demonstrations by the Museum’s fine art instructors of adult classes. Participants can also meet the instructors of the Ballet Theatre of Maryland and register for these classes. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments.


The Peabody Consort directed by Mark Cudek
Friday, January 25, 2013, Hors d’oeuvres at 5:45 p.m., Dinner at 6 p.m.
Cost: $55 for Museum Members, $90 Non-members
The Peabody Consort returns to the Academy Art Museum with a program exploring the transition from the secular music of the late middle ages to the Renaissance. The consort will perform on lutes, Renaissance guitar, recorders, Renaissance flute, vielle, and viola da gamba. Award-winning instrumentalists including Brian Kay, winner of the Lute Society of America’s 2011 Emerging Artist competition, will accompany counter tenor extraordinaire Daniel Moody, who also sings at Washington’s National Cathedral. Reservation required.

Arts Express Trips
Arena Stage, Washington, DC
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Cost: $105 Museum Members, $140 Non-Members
When Professor Henry Higgins wagers he can transform a Cockney flower girl into an
aristocratic lady, he never guesses that Eliza Doolittle will in turn transform him. Lerner and Loewe’s sparkling score includes such enduring favorites as I Could Have Danced All Night, Wouldn’t It Be Loverly, The Rain in Spain, On the Street Where You Live, and Get Me to the Church on Time. Based on Shaw’s most incisive social satire, My Fair Lady is a joyful, crowd pleasing celebration for the entire family.

Baltimore Museum of Art
Newly-renovated Contemporary Wing
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Cost: Members $55, Non-members $90
Welcome the return of the masterworks you’ve missed when the Museum unveils the transformed Contemporary Wing, featuring a spectacular new presentation of its great contemporary collection. More than 100 objects – paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, and moving image works—are featured in revitalized galleries that create thought-provoking encounters with contemporary art. The group will be greeted by the BMA’s Director, Doreen Bolger, and then receive a tour by one of the Museum’s curators.

Classes for All Ages
Individual Lessons in Photography or Photoshop
Instructor: George Holzer (410-820-0462)
Private lessons in digital photography, Photoshop (Elements or Full Version), and general digital imaging; Shooting pictures and photography principles, Photoshop enhancements and creative uses, specific individual digital projects. Lessons can be tailored to individual needs and time frame.

Voice Lessons
Ages 10 through adult
Instructor: Suzanne Chadwick (410-963-0893)
Exploring vocal technique, performance skills, and even stress therapy can be a part of each individualized program. Contact the instructor directly for lesson schedule and cost.

Children’s Classes
In Service Day Activity – Talbot County Public Schools

Instructor: Constance Del Nero

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 9-3 p.m.

Ages 6-10

Cost: $25 for materials

Spend the day off from school exploring art projects and other activities based on the exhibition, Art of Seating, currently on view in the Museum’s Lederer and Healy Galleries. Bring a lunch. The Museum will provide snacks. Registration is required. Class size is limited.
After School Creative Power Hour (and a half)
Ages 9 and up
Instructor: Jen Wagner
$95 Museum Members, $105 Non-Members (per session)
Two sessions: Wednesdays, January 9, 2013 – February 13, 2013 and Wednesdays, March 6-April 10, 2013
Unwind after school with great art projects, such as mosaics, beaded jewelry, friendship bracelets, journals made out of homemade paper and more! All materials supplied.

Dinner By Design
For children ages 9-12
Instructors: Jen Wagner & Constance Del Nero
January 12, 19, 26, February 2 & 16 (no class on February 9), 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Dinner with family and guests on February 16 at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $125 Members, $135 Non-members
Children will learn to cook a full-course meal and create related art projects, such as place mats, invitations and centerpieces. On the evening of the dinner, students will invite up to five guests and serve them a fun and formal dinner at the Museum.

Artist’s Image of the Chesapeake Bay
Ages 6 – 9
Instructor: Elaine Thompsen
Saturdays, January 12 and 19, 2013, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $75 Members; $85 Non-members
1st Session: Learn to draw sea life of the Chesapeake Bay, and then create an “under-the-sea” painting with watercolors. Next, learn about the terrapin, and then sculpt a turtle in air dry clay.
2nd Session: Learn about Chesapeake Bay environmental concerns and habitat, and then sculpt a fish with wire and pipe cleaners. Next, learn about Canada Geese migration, and then paint and create a mixed media seascape of waterfowl on the Bay.
All supplies included. Each student will also receive a signed copy of the Artist’s book, You Can Draw Me Chesapeake Bay Sea Life and More. A short lunch break will take place midway through each class. Bring your lunch from home.
Artist’s Image of the Chesapeake Bay
Ages 10 – 12
Instructor: Elaine Thompsen
Saturdays, January 26 and February 2, 2013, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cost: $85 Museum Members: $95 Non-Members
1st Session: Learn to draw sea life of the Chesapeake Bay, and then create an “under-the-sea” painting with watercolors. Next, learn about conservation issues of the Bay, and then sculpt a relief tile in clay.
2nd Session: Learn about Chesapeake Bay water concerns and habitat, and then sculpt a crab in wire. Next, learn about waterfowl, and then paint a trompe l’oeil marsh scene and seascape of the Bay.
All supplies included. Each student will also receive a signed copy of the Artist’s book, You Can Draw Me Chesapeake Bay Sea Life and More. A short lunch break will take place midway through each class. Bring your lunch from home.

Home School Art Education Classes
Instructor: Constance Del Nero & Jen Wagner
Fridays, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (No class on March 29­)
Cost: $110 per student for the 12-week session for Museum members, $125 per student for Non-members
For students ages 6 and up and years 10 and up
The classes will focus on fine art techniques and materials and a variety of media will be explored. Classes will visit the Museum’s exhibitions when appropriate.

Adult Classes and Workshops

Field Trips for Grown Ups!
Instructor: Constance Del Nero
Monday, January 7, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Monday, January 14, 2013, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Following an informal tour/chat about the exhibition, The Art of Seating, on view at the Academy Art Museum, participants will make art projects designed to get them thinking, experimenting, and working with different materials. The class is designed to spark creativity and to appeal to novices and professional artists alike. There is a $5 materials fee payable to the Museum on the day of the workshop. Please email Constance to sign up.

Drawing: Gaining New Confidence in Value and Composition
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
Tuesdays, January 15 – February 19, 2013, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $175 Museum members, $210 Non-members
This class is for the artist who wants to expand on the basic ele­ments of drawing to bolster confidence in their art. Using a variety of lighting techniques, the student will learn to strengthen their understanding of tonal relationships to create depth in their art­work.

Portrait Drawing
Instructor: Raphael Sassi
Thursdays, January 10 – February 14, 2013, 10 a.m. -1 p.m.
Cost: $200 Museum members, $225 Non-members
This class will involve long poses with a clothed model. The student is encouraged to utilize a variety of abstract measuring and compositional methods in order to first begin with a structural study that arrives at a true to life rendering. Basic structural anatomy is discussed, as well as a variety of materials and drawing methods.

Still Life and Landscape in Pastel
Instructor: Katie Cassidy
Wednesdays, January 9 – February 13, 2013 AND February 20 – March 27, 2013
9:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Cost: $195 Museum members, (per session), $215 Non-members (per session)
This class will go right to the heart of the fundamentals of pastel painting – perceiving and recording the values and color; understand­ing basic color theory and the properties of light; and drawing skills. Techniques, including underpainting using pastel, watercolor, and oil washes, will be demonstrated.

Beginning Watercolor
Instructor: Heather Crow
Tuesdays, January 15 – February 19, 2013, 1 -3 p.m.
Cost: $150 Museum members, $175 Non-members
This class will cover all the basics of transparent watercolor – including brush handling, color theory, and a few drawing techniques pertinent to watercolor. Students will learn to mix colors that are bright not muddy (particularly greens and neutrals); work on exciting shadows that exist in nature – particularly snow and winter landscapes; and plan palette arrangement to keep colors fresh, and understand the person­alities of transparent, opaque, and granulating watercolor pigments.

Beginning Photography: How to Tame Your Camera
Instructor: Sahm Doherty-Sefton
This award-winning photojournalist will guide you through the button and dials on your camera. Thursday evenings in January.

Landscape Painting in Oils and Acrylics
Instructors: Roberta B. Seger and Margery Caggiano
Thursdays, January 24 – February 28, 2013, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: $240 Museum members, $265 Non-members
This class offers the opportunity to study landscape painting from talented and experienced artists. Intermediate students will receive short demonstrations, then focus on painting with personal instruction when needed.

Brushing Up in Oils
Instructor: Matthew Hillier
2 Sessions: January 8 – February 12, 2013 AND February 26 – April 2, 2013
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Cost: $190 Museum members, $220 Non-members (per session)
This course is designed to help students with their studio paint­ing techniques, turning an idea or sketch into a finished painting with an emphasis on understanding successful editing, composi­tion, application, and build-up of paint, color and tonal values. Students will work from photographs, still life and from a live model.

Building Blocks of Impressionist Landscape Painting — Sky, Water, Trees and Ground Plane
Instructor: Diane DuBois Mullaly
Saturdays, January 19 – February 23, 2013, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $195 Museum members, $225 Non-members
Back by popular demand, this class is for all levels. Students will love the way the landscape is taken apart and then put back to­gether to make a complete oil painting in this step-by-step indoor studio class. The class will include how to capture skies, water, and reflections in oil paint. This is a great way to get ready for plein air painting in the spring!

Intermediate/Advanced Potter’s Wheel
Instructor: Paul Aspell
Tuesdays, January 8 – February 12, 2013, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $175 Museum members, $190 Non-members
Participants will focus on the further development of functional forms and on developing a personal style. Students will be intro­duced to new techniques while continuing to work on basic skills.

Your Camera
Instructor: Sahm Doherty-Sefton
Thursdays, January 17, 24, 31, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cost: $100 Museum members, $125 Non-members
This course explores what all the dials, buttons and wheels on a digital camera do and explores how exposure and composition work. Through a step-by-step lecture followed by a power point presentation showing numerous images including portraits, nature, travel and family scenes, participants will learn how to turn any subject into a good photograph.

Fundamentals of Digital Photography
Instructor: George Holzer
Sundays, January 13 – February 17, 2013, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $140 Museum members, $180 Non-members
This class is designed for digital beginners or those making the switch from film cameras to digital. Both novice and somewhat experienced digital camera users are welcome to take part. This will be a lecture and discussion type class 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).

Stained Glass Mosaic Studio
Instructor: Jen Wagner
Learn the basics of mosaics including design, breaking, and adhering techniques. Wednesday evenings.

Open Studio
You must be an Academy member to participate. Call Katie Cassidy for more information at 410-820-5222.

Open Portrait Studio: 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon on Mondays. One pose, clothed figure. Modeling fee is divided among participants.

Open Figure Studio: 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Mondays. Nude model, variety of gesture, short poses and long poses. Modeling fee is $10.

Adult Ballroom & Latin Dance
Instructor: Amanda Showell (410-482-6169)
Tuesdays and Thursdays –January – February
Classes offered in Waltz, Cha Cha, West Coast Swing, Tango, Salsa, Foxtrot, Samba, Hustle, and Country 2-Step.

Full information about the classes and workshops is available online. Go to or call Katie Cassidy 410-820-5222 for more details.