Classes, Workshops and Studios

Adult Weekly Studios


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Note: High School Students are welcome.
All studio Tuitions include attending Wednesday Night Lecture Series.

The Art, and Cultural Heart, of Asia

Instructor: Haziel Jackson
6-Weeks: Wednesdays | 9:30–Noon
July 12, 19, 26 and August 2, 9, 16 | $275 + $15 Lab Fee

Enjoy a prelude “Art Tour of Japan” presentation/lecture:
Monday July 10 | 4:30 pm with Haziel Jackson
This presentation is free and open to all – Come tour Japan with us!

Then register to continue your journey with Haziel in “The Art, and Cultural Heart, of Asia”-Workshop:
Journey with guide Haziel Jackson, who has lived, taught, and studied throughout the region, in a once-a-week for 6 weeks workshop exploring Asia’s richly-varied cultural traditions and outstanding artistic creations. After a 1st class overview – including a trek through the southern Buddhist “begging bowl” cultures of Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Myanmar – we’ll focus on India, one of the most original and profound founts of world civilization: and the cradle of both Hinduism and its offshoot Buddhism. Next, we’ll venture north over the mighty Himalayas – as the northern “Mahayana” strands of Buddhism did – through ancient shamanic Nepal, Ladakh, and Tibet, then east across the vastness of China, down the peninsula of Koreas and across narrow sea to Japan – where most of the preceding artistic, and spiritual, endeavors were copied, re-imagined and refined. The class will include hands-on experiential learning and self-chosen creative projects – imparting, by the end, a tangible, overall awareness of the long flow of art, and religions, in Asia. Please bring an 8 x 11 (or larger) sketch pad and whatever materials you prefer for notes, drawings etc.

How to Tell Your Story in 3D Assemblage

Instructor: MJ Levy Dickson
Tuesdays | 9:30 – Noon
Session I: July 11, 18, 25 |
$225 + $15 Lab Fee
What is your story? Would you like to tell a story? Would you tell a story about yourself? Or would you tell a story about someone or something else? Would you tell a story about an event or a place? These are all questions that we can decide during the first class by exploring examples of art made by artists as well as people who are concerned about our environment. Participants will be taught to visualize their ideas and draw them on paper. These basic sketches will be turned into either collage, which is cutting and pasting paper or anything that can be glued on a flat surface, an assemblage, the same as a collage, but using objects attached to a piece of wood or other found object, sculpture, which would be materials suspended on their own, or a combination of any and all ideas. The process is what becomes the focus. Walking on the beach and picking up what washes ashore such as shells, plastic bottles, and seaweed. If you look around your house, paper bags, plastic bags, soda cans, bottle caps, anything you might throw away. If you stop by a grocery store, they might have all kinds of cartons they are throwing away, a restaurant might have extra plastic cutlery, or paper plates, or take out containers. A garden center might have plastic ower pots to be thrown out. Just bring in anything that is clean that you might have thrown away or recycled and think about what kind of story you can tell. Maybe the objects will determine the subject matter, maybe you will choose with a theme in mind.
The goal is to think differently about the world around you.

Illustrating Nantucket

Instructor: Elizabeth Long
Mondays | 1:00–3:30 pm
Session I: July 10, 17, 24 | $225+15 lab fee
Session II: July 31, Aug 7, 14 | $225 + 15 lab fee

Illustrating Nantucket will cover both landscape and architectural sketching, with technical instruction and on-site sketching across the island. You will learn how to creatively document the island, and will end the course with your very own field guide to Nantucket! Students will primarily work with watercolor, pencil and pen with a focus on capturing the energy of a scene, rather than the exact details. Whether you want to capture the magic of Nantucket in a fanciful style, or wish to faithfully render the island, this is the class for you! The class will give you the tools to create your own unique vision of an extraordinary place.

Discover Nantucket:
A Field Photography Course

Instructor: Ann Conway Jennings
Thursdays | 6:30-9:00 pm
Session I: July 13, 20, 27 | $260
Session II: August 3, 10, 17 | $260
An evening photographing Nantucket’s scenic landscape and sites. We will meet at NISDA campus then depart for a location determined by weather and instructor. An overview of basic photographic principles and mechanics will be discussed, and description of the site included. Time will be maximized for photographing with a focus on methods and challenges to create photographs that are both unique to the photographer and site chosen. The course is flexible and open to all age groups and levels; from absolute beginner to seasoned pro, or family on vacation. All camera formats and/or devices welcomed, and tripod encouraged but not required.

This course is designed for all skill levels, age groups and families. We will meet at the NISDA campus in Wauwinet. Vehicle is required with ability to walk for stretches of time on-site.

Watercolor En Plein Air:
Remembering this Moment

Instructor: Alexandra Buciak Mondays | 9:30–Noon
Session II: July 31, August 7, 14 | $225 + $20 lab fee
Let’s head out into the field to record, translate, and paint your surroundings. With an emphasis on composition, using watercolor to your advantage, and capturing light, this course will leave you with the tools to capture your very own hand-painted memories, wherever you may go. Techniques will be demonstrated and the history of “water color” will be considered.

Memory Patterns:
Discover your own Symbols and Motifs

Instructor: Kathy Kelm
Tuesdays | 9:30–Noon
Session II: August 1, 8, 15 | $225 + $15 lab fee

Connect with meaningful experiences in your life! You are a treasure box of memories and designs awaiting release through your creativity. Through vignette experiences, then using India Ink and paint brushes, we will take a journey to capture your cascading memories. Open to Artists, Writers, and all curious to discover their own innate symbols, motifs and memory patterns!

Painting Textile
Floor Cloths

Instructor: Denese Allen
Thursdays | 1:00–3:30 pm
Session I: July 13, 20, 27 | $225 + $20 lab fee
Create your own oor cloth for your home or patio! Hands-on studio with the design process, preparation and techniques of marbleizing, stenciling, stamping and sponging. Apply these learned techniques to your floor cloth as well as interiors, walls, furniture, decorative boxes, frames and sculpture. The floor cloth is waterproof – a colorful, lively personalization for your décor. Bring your ideas and any stencils you might have and like to use!

Textiles: Cultural Threads
An Introduction to Stitchery Techniques

Instructor Elizabeth (Betsy) Sibley
Thursdays | 1:00–3:30 pm

Session II: August 3, 10, 17 | $225 + $20 lab fee
This class is designed as an exploration and introduction to a wide variety of stitchery techniques (both traditional and contemporary) from world cultures and indigenous USA. Fiber characteristics and design inspiration will be covered. Experimentation encouraged with participants creating their own unique stitched piece. Instructor will provide the basic materials, and in addition a list of readily available supplies.

Clay: Beginner Wheel Throwing

Instructor: Allyson George
Wednesdays | 9:30–Noon

Session I: July 12, 19, 26 | $225 + $50 lab fee
Session : August 2, 9,16 | $225 + $50 lab fee

Learn the different stages and possibilities of clay utilizing the wheel! Starting with centering the clay and progressing to simple forms, such as cylinders and bowls. Trim, alter and add to these pieces after the clay has been shaped. Experiment with different surface applications such as glazes, slips and underglazes to decorate your pieces.

Clay: The Art of Hand Building

Instructor: Allyson George
Mondays | 1:00–3:30 pm
Session I: July 10, 17, 24 | $225 + $50 lab fee
Session II: July 31, Aug 7, 14 | $225 + $50 lab fee
How can we utilize traditional techniques and material to create something new? Students will discover unique ways of molding the clay with their hands as our main tools. We will utilize coil, slab, and pinch methods of hand building to create functional or sculpture pieces you will enjoy for years to come. Decorate your pieces with various surface techniques and glazes. We will discuss the traditions and history of clay as a medium as well as the exploration of contemporary ceramic artists from our very own island to the world at large.

Nantucket in Clay

Instructor: Allyson George
Tuesdays | 1:00–3:30 pm
Session I: July 11, 18, 25 | $225 + $50 lab fee
Session : Aug 1, 8, 15 | $225 + $50 lab fee
Learn to create 3D ceramic work inspired by Nantucket’s environment and history. Discussions and presentations will relate clay work to the geography and history of the island. Create work that shows your personal interests and relationship to Nantucket using the wheel and handbuilding methods. Projects will include utilizing the textures, colors and materials from the island. We will explore different surface techniques to decorate our pieces.

Clay: Wheel and Hand-building
Functionality Combined!

Instructor: Allyson George
Thursdays | 1:00–3:30 pm
Session I: July 13, 20, 27 | $225 + $50 lab fee
Session II : Aug 3, 10, 17 | $225 + $50 lab fee
Students will have opportunity to experiment with sculptural and/or functional forms. Explore the art of functional ceramics utilizing both hand-building and wheel techniques to create unique vessels! Our inspiration will be historical and contemporary crafts from around the world as well as textures and forms found here on Nantucket. Learn the different stages of making functional forms, starting with centering the clay and progressing to simple forms such as cylinders and bowls. Combine these techniques with coil, slab and pinch methods, and experiment with different surface treatments.

Clay Wheel – Evening Studio

Instructor Eve Wetlaufer
Tuesdays | 6:30–9:00 pm
Session I: July 11, 18, 25 | $225 + $50 lab fee
Session II: August 1, 8, 15 | $225 + $50 lab fee

Learn the basics of wheel throwing in clay from Nantucket Island potter Eve Christa Wetlaufer. Techniques covered will include wedging, centering, and throwing, as well as additional skills like glazing design, texture, and methods for throwing larger pieces. The newly renovated Long Shed studio at Seaview Farm features electric wheels, a slab rolling table, extruding set up, basic hand tools, electric kilns, and a terriffc “al fresco” view the meadows. Students of all levels including beginners are encouraged to join in!


NISDA is happy to arrange individual tutorials with our NISDA faculty. Tutorials can be arranged for individuals and groups for Adults, Teens, Youth or Families. Scheduling is dependent on instructor and/or studio availability. Please call 508-228-9248 or visit NISDA office to inquire. Pricing based on number of participants.


Are you an artist needing studio time to do your work?
NISDA offers Open Studio, scheduling is dependent on availability of studio when not in use for NISDA’s Arts Programming. Please call 508-228-9248 or visit NISDA office to inquire on availability and fees.