Spectrum: Fall Preview at the Dorchester Center for the Arts

By Barbara Seese Special for Dorchester Banner

CAMBRIDGE – Dorchester Center for the Arts will introduce several new programs, courses and workshops for the fall session, starting in September. New offers include:

“Introduction to Digital Photography” with Robert Sullivan: This course is designed to teach the basics of digital photography. Learn the functions needed to take control of the camera: aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure modes, white balance, depth of field, and more. This class is appropriate for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. The course will run on four Saturdays, September 3-24, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monotype Workshop with Sheryl Southwick: Southwick presents a one-design workshop in two parts. Consider painting upside down on a sheet of plastic, then transferring the image to paper. It’s always a wonderful surprise to see what happens. Southwick will demonstrate and teach the basics of several methods of making these one-of-a-kind works of art. Beginners are welcome. Two-part workshop: Sept. 22 and 29, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Evening of Readings with Johns Hopkins University: The Faculty of the Writing Seminar Program and Mary McCoy, Artist and Environmental Writer: On October 1, from 7 to 9 p.m., the public is invited to enjoy an evening of poetry and prose with Lysley Tenorio, Associate Research Professor, JHU; Bruce Snider, Senior Lecturer, JHU; Shannon Robinson, lecturer and director of the IFP; James Arthur, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies; and Mary McCoy, environmental artist and writer, and DCA exhibit artist.

Designing with Lines and Watercolor Washes with Marianne Kost: This course is for beginners and experienced painters who wish to explore creative approaches to design.

Students will design compositions using contour lines, to serve as practice sheets for exploring watercolor techniques that include graduated washing, layered washing, wet-on-wet painting, texture application and the use of white intervals. Brush application will also be explored to practice using hard and soft edges to create dimensional effects. The exercises will also cover color theory using a limited palette. This six-week course meets on Saturdays, 2-4:30 p.m., November 5-December 17.

The Dorchester Center for the Arts is dedicated to enriching Maryland’s east coast

community through high-quality, engaging programming in the visual, literary and performing arts. For full program information and/or to register, visit DCA online at dorchesterarts.org or stop by 321 High St. in Cambridge. Open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. DCA programs are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council. For the latest news, find DCA on Facebook.

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