Where tradition meets innovation

Join us this Fall for the best of both worlds —  classic arts curriculum paired with new digital offerings. Come experience the best of art traditions and the newest innovations, only at The Lyme Academy.

About Lyme Academy

Mission

The mission of Lyme Academy of Fine Arts is to educate aspiring artists through a rigorous studio curriculum rooted in figurative and representational art. The academy offers a comprehensive education essential for advanced critical and creative thought. The program reflects a deep respect for both traditional and innovative forms of teaching and provides an unrivaled foundation for developing unique visual expressions.

Fall Programs

The Core program reflects a deep respect for traditional forms of teaching which have produced Master Artists throughout the ages. The Studio curriculum is centered around the study of Nature and the Human Figure. Our core courses meet twice a week with one instructed session and one session monitored. The monitored Sessions provide students the time to practice skills learned in each weeks lesson.


Foundations in Drawing

Instructor:  Melissa Imossi

Tuesday & Thursday, October 1st to November 7th, 1 pm to 4 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $475 | 12 total sessions | 72 total workshop hours

Description: A solid foundation in drawing is essential for anyone who would like to excel in painting.  In this class, students will learn how to draw from life by first working from the flat, 2-D to 2-D, and then using methods acquired in these projects, will learn how to interpret 3-D objects on a 2-D surface.  This program builds on itself by introducing more complicated concepts as the students master the basics.  Once they learn how to draw simple geometric shapes in pencil, they will complete a cast drawing and then more complex still life compositions in pencil and charcoal.  This course is a good foundation for anyone who would like to tackle the complexities of drawing the figure.


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Anatomical Drawing

Instructor: Kimberly Monson

Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 1st to November 7th, 9 am to 12 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $475 | 12 total sessions | 72 total workshop hours

Description: This course investigates the surface anatomy visible to artists. Skeletal structure, joint systems and origins and insertions of superficial muscle groups will be described regarding their relevance to the rhythm of the body, its gestures and overall movement. A one hour lecture is followed by drawing directly from the model.

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Figure Drawing to Painting

Instructor: Michael Viera

Mondays & Wednesdays, September 30th to November 6th, 1 pm to 4 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $475 | 12 total sessions | 72 total workshop hours

Description: This course addresses the composition and construction of figure paintings by establishing a workable drawing. The drawing is established in value, sealed, and then a series of painted layers are applied. Building a figure through two mediums gives a comprehensive approach to the use of glazes in oil paint and practice to the figure.

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Figure Sculpture

Instructor: Kimberly Monson

Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 1st to November 7th, 1 pm to 4 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $475 | 12 total sessions | 72 total workshop hours

Description: This course provides a variety of approaches on constructing the whole figure and its details.  Proportions, modeling techniques, and anatomy are explored with emphasis on gesture and composition.  Once the student has constructed a basic figure, various finishing techniques are discussed.

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Printmaking

Instructor: Nancy Friese

Fridays, October 4th to November 8th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $475 | 12 total sessions | 72 total workshop hours

Description: This course will cover the topics of intaglio, monoprints, and remove carry and how they advance our visual intentions.  Technical demonstrations and individual assignments will prove to stimulate and advance one’s imagery. The course will alternate work periods with critical analysis, historical information and context. We will use the direct drawing experience as the core to technical development in each medium. Communal studio protocol and safety will be stressed.

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Weekly Classes are offered to the public at various skill levels. Classes and open studio sessions are offered on a weekly basis and provide an enriching art experience where artists can build on their skills in a supportive community.


Open Figure Drawing

Instructor: Rick Lacey

Session 1: Saturday, September 28th to November 2nd, 10 am to 1 pm Session 2: Wednesday, October 2nd to November 6th, 6 pm to 9pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $15 per session and $10 per session for alumni| 1 total session| 3 total workshop hours

Description: The primary focus of Open Figure Drawing is to allow students at any level, beginning to advanced, to work from a live model. The class features a range of both short and longer poses to encourage a flexibility that is essential to the craft of drawing. Open Figure Drawing is a great environment for people who have never drawn the figure from life, as well as a place for experienced artists to further hone their skills through ongoing practice.


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Watercolor

Instructor: Barbara Maiser

Monday, October 7th to November 4th, 9 am to 12 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $350 | 5 total sessions | 15 total workshop hours

Description: Watercolor is arguably the most challenging of painting media. Consequently, it also has a quality like no other and one that can be beautifully manipulated by the experienced painter. Students gain control and confidence through fundamental exercises. By working with still-life as well as from photos, participants will explore the methods and techniques of this wonderful medium. This course is perfect for the novice painter as well as those who are looking to expand their watercolor skills. All skill levels welcome.


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Portfolio Preparation programming is dedicated to portfolio development. Instructional weekends focus on building skills to construct a body of work. These courses are foundational in nature and valuable in establishing and refreshing ones skill-set.


Drawing: Art of the Cast

Instructor: Rick Lacey

Saturdays & Sundays, September 28th to September 29th & October 5th to October 6th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $325| 4 total sessions | 24 total workshop hours

Description: Cast drawing enhances the strength observational skills. Exterior contours and interior light shapes reinforce 3 dimensional form in a 2 dimensional space. Students will be working on toned paper with both charcoal and white chalk to take advantage of the full range of value.

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Sculpture: The Skull

Instructor: Bruce Wallace

Saturdays & Sundays, October 19th to October 20th & October 26th to October 27th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $325 | 4 total sessions | 12 total workshop hours

Description: Sculpting the human skull in clay combines the principles of structure, planes, and edges. By working life-size, direct comparisons can be made and utilized. Students gain knowledge of form, volume and mass through the understanding of the underlying foundation the skull provides.

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Value Painting: Shades of Grey

Instructor: Rick Lacey

Saturdays & Sundays, November 2nd to November 3rd & November 9th to November 10th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $325 | 4 total sessions | 12 total workshop hours

Description: The power to manipulate value is essential to understanding paint and color.  Light and dark becomes easier to translate when the pigment is simplified. By working in shades of gray students focus on paint application, blending, edges, contrast and building form in paint.

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Masterclass Workshops provide both novice and skilled artists the opportunity to deepen their knowledge with intensive short term workshops. Expert, nationally known artists will provide instruction in their specific skill set for a unique and rewarding learning experience.


Animal Sculpture

Instructor: John O’Reilly

Monday to Friday, September 23rd to September 27th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $850| 5 total sessions | 30 total workshop hours

Description: Sculpting animals is a time honored tradition. The founder of the Lyme Academy, Elisabeth Gordon Chandler, began her art career sculpting her beloved dog to cope with her grief after he passed away. Sculpting an animal from direct observation is an invaluable learning opportunity. Comparative anatomy, overall structure and form variations will be explored while choosing the proper gesture or behavior to suit your vision. Workshop participants will sculpt live from a horse or a dog.

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Encaustic

Instructor: Kathryn Bevier

Saturday to Sunday, November 2nd to November 3rd, 10 am to 3 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $375 | 2 total sessions | 10 total workshop hours

Description:
The encaustic wax painting medium offers a fantastic array of opportunities to work with all sorts of mixed media products. From pastels and pigment sticks we will explore the various ways in which to incorporate in a sound and archival way. We will begin with basic collage and image transfer methods and move into exploring the addition of pastels and other dry media ending with the use of pigment sticks. You will be amazed at how versatile this medium is and the interesting effects you can achieve.

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Stone Carving

Instructors: Stephen Shaheen and Kellie Pereria

Thursday to Sunday, November 7th to November 10th, Thursday & Friday 6 pm to 9 pm and Saturday & Sunday 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $750 | 4 total sessions | 18 total workshop hours

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the tools, techniques and materials of sculpting in stone.  Basic and more advanced principles of the reductive process are covered, including the proper use of manual, pneumatic, and electric tools, direct versus indirect carving, the employment of calipers and measurements, using models for 1:1 or enlargement reference, abrasives and finishing techniques.  Limited to 6 students.

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Painting the Human Image

Instructor: Steven Assael

Friday to Sunday, October 4th to October 6th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $700 | 3 total sessions | 18 total workshop hours

Description: Learning to see is a selective endeavor .. understanding is an extension of our minds eye... we will look at color as value , and temperature as form. One single pose with various light possibilities, students can paint the portrait or the figure ... open to all ages with moderate to advanced experience in painting and drawing.

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Large Scale Figure Painting

Instructor: Jerry Weiss

Friday to Sunday, November 1st to November 3rd, 10 am to 5 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $500 | 3 total sessions | 18 total workshop hours

Description: In Large Scale Figure Painting, students will be taught to block in the major shapes of the composition, particularly the figure, with a broad approach. The overall design, with simplified value and color shapes, will take precedence. This is, initially, an exciting gestural method, which will culminate in more specific articulation of drawing and forms on the last day.  Previous experience in drawing and painting is strongly recommended.


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Painting en Plein Air and In-Studio: 4 Steps to Successful Painting

Instructor: Zufar Bikbov

Thursday to Sunday, November 21st to November 23rd, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Ages 18+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $450 | 3 total sessions | 21 total workshop hours

Description: “Great painting is when the right color, with the right value, is applied onto the right place”. Good to keep this in mind, but what steps does a student need to know in order to turn the struggle of work “en plein air” into an efficient tool for improving overall skills and quality of artwork? During this three-day workshop, Zufar Bikbov will go over all the nuances and details of the four-step painting process, which smoothly incorporates analysis, drawing, composition and particularly how to create larger-sized art in the studio using a Plein Air painting as a model. This approach has been the key to creating artworks that receive top awards on numerous regional and national level art competitions. During these 3 days, students will paint outdoors and in-studio. Going twice over the 4-steps of work. This workshop is fully hands-on, and the improvement of your skills will help you paint more often with better results.

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Photography: Insightful Portraiture

Instructor: Joe Standart

Friday to Saturday, October 4th, October 5th, October 11th, and October 12th, 9 am to 7 pm
Ages 16+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $550 | 4 total sessions | 28 total workshop hours
Class Size: 6 minimum, 10 maximum

Description: If five photographers photograph the same person, you will have 5 different approaches. What is you’re your approach? Creating a portrait utilizes the photographer’s vision, technical and logistical skills as well as drawing on one’s sense of empathy and personal insights. A portrait offers insights into what the subject is all about, and in a rather revealing way, it offers insights into what the photographer is all about as well. This course will expose each participant to various techniques and technical approaches to portraiture in an effort to reveal and strengthen the student’s personal style and artistic sensibilities.

 The course will begin with a brief introduction to artificial (strobe) lighting as a means of exploring the emotional impact of lighting and then evolve into the use of natural light and the infinite possibilities it allows. An emphasis is given to a very simple working process, the use of available light, and the photographer’s awareness of his or her surroundings. Practical considerations will be discussed such as what is the photographer’s intent, the subject’s expectations, and where or how the photography will be presented. The course will include a brief introduction to the use of Lightroom and portraiture.

Preferred Course Equipment:

·   35mm DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera with lens or Mirrorless Compact camera with manual function option. Participant must be conversant with his/her camera.
·   Laptop computer with Adobe Creative Cloud Applications (Photoshop & Lightroom)
·   USB Flash Drive 16gb minimum capacity
·   Tripod
·   Cable release

 *This is a digital Photography course. Analog photography (film and processing) will not be taught in this course.
* Camera technique will be taught, however, instruction on specific cameras will not. Participants are expected to know how to work their cameras.


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The Expressive Photograph and the Landscape

Instructor: Joe Standart

Friday to Saturday, October 25th to October 26th & November 8th to 9th, 9 am to 4 pm on Fridays & sunrise to 3 pm on Saturdays
Ages 16+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $550 | 4 total sessions | 28 total workshop hours
Class Size: 6 minimum, 10 maximum

Description: To be a fine craftsman, one must master the tools of one’s craft. This workshop explores the camera as an expressive tool, teaches the fundamentals of good camera technique, and puts those techniques and tricks to work during trips to some of Lyme’s most engaging landscapes. The goal is to reinforce a strong technical knowledge of the camera to enable our vision and creative expression to be realized.

Students will photograph the local environs, exploring the ways in which site selection, composition and viewpoint can influence work. The aim is to arouse new ideas from direct observation to discover one’s unique, expressive vision.  The challenge is to explore light, texture, composition, and the nature of creativity itself, and discover ways to bring its power to your images. Each day will consist of an even division of field photography and photo editing in the digital media studio using LightRoom. The group will have the opportunity to develop a body of work highlighting the wonders of Lyme, which will then be displayed on the Lyme Land Conservation Trust’s website.

The workshop will open with a lecture by Joe Standart on great photographers, which will include highlights of his many years of experience photographing remote landscapes in the Turkish wilderness to the teaming bazaars of Morocco.

The course is designed for intermediate to advanced photographers working with the 35 mm digital format camera, or larger, and a basic knowledge of Adobe Lightroom.


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Art is about many things, including conveying a concept and sharing a vision. Today, sharing of concepts and ideas are about integrating the newest medias with classic methods. Through pagination that is both pixel and ink; photo manipulation that is both manual and digital and motion graphics that is both programming and inspiration, art is claiming a place on the international internet. In these inaugural classes students of all generations will be empowered to master the Adobe cloud and advance careers — both just staring out and well-established. Join us in innovation.


Adobe Photoshop Level I

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Monday, September 30th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours

Description: The most intuitive of the Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop has been designed for the creation and manipulation of original images. In this entry-level class, students will become familiar with basic tools and actions in Photoshop. Also addressed will be image resolution, retouching, and integration with Adobe Bridge — a cross-platform resource for all Adobe products. Before the class concludes students will have a hands-on understanding of image selection (lasso/wand), layers and helpful quick fixes including facial retouching. This course is ideal for photographers/traditional artists seeking to maximize the quality of their images for web and print production.

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Adobe Photoshop Level II

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Monday, October 7th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours
Prerequisite: Adobe Photoshop Level I or related experience

Description: In this intermediate class, we will be working with masks — a helpful tool for cleanly isolating images. Also addressed will be the integration of type, working with vector images and compositing using a variety of layer options. For the traditional artist, this intermediate class spends time with the brush tools, mixing patterns, colors and a variety of tips for quality retouching techniques. This course is ideal for the working professional who wants to work toward mastering Photoshop and prepare for the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Exam.

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Adobe Photoshop Level III

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Tuesday, October 15th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours
Prerequisite: Adobe Photoshop Level II or related experience

Description: Photoshop is not just for still images — videos can be manipulated in this software as well. During this advanced class, we will be working with videos, creating effects and working with the Timeline panel. We will cover the basics of adding audio and how to render the finished file for a variety of uses. Also addressed will be “Camera Raw” — working with files from raw digital output for color correction and management. Finally, we will cover exporting files for the web and print — including color management and exporting to common formats such as EPS. This program is ideal for the advanced professional who wants to understand recent new tools added to Photoshop and how they relate to contemporary environments such as websites, social media and more.

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Adobe Acrobat DC Level I

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Thursday, October 3rd, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours

Description: Adobe Acrobat is a universal file-sharing platform that has many tools to make commenting, editing and form-creation efficient and functional. In this course, you will become familiar with beginner features including basic tools; file creation; editing and the development of fillable forms. Learn helpful tips including how to scan forms with mobile devices and how to convert web pages to printable documents.

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Adobe Acrobat DC Level II

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Thursday, October 10th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours
Prerequisite: Adobe Acrobat Level I or related experience

Description: In a continuation of instruction provided at the beginner level, this intermediate  class will take a deeper dive in the tools of Acrobat including the helpful text editing function, and tips on how to export files as presentation or Microsoft Word documents. Also addressed in this training will be using Acrobat on mobile devices including form filling and cloud-based applications as well as integration with Microsoft Office files including documents and spreadsheets. The class will conclude with hands-on examples on how to combine files, arrange pages and exporting as a portfolio file.

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Adobe Acrobat DC Level III

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Friday, October 18th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours
Prerequisite: Adobe Acrobat Level II or related experience

Description: In this advanced class, we will begin with security features including use of digital signatures for approval/acceptance. This class will also address how to manage the review process of any file — commenting, sharing and summarizing for efficient editing. We will wrap up our time learning how to create interactive forms and advanced information about preparing files for quality reproduction.

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Adobe Illustrator Level I

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Wednesday, October 2nd, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650| 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours

Description: Designed for artists, Adobe Illustrator is an ideal bridge between traditional media and digital interpretations. Intuitive but complex, Illustrator offers endless creative variables with an ever-evolving tool pallet. From a full spectrum of colors to pin-point rendering tools, Illustrator can be powerful, but also overwhelming. This entry-level course will help you master the basics (navigation, selecting objects, creating documents, art boards, and shape tools) while establishing a foundation for continued learning.

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Adobe Illustrator Level II

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Wednesday, October 9th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours
Prerequisite: Adobe Illustrator I or related experience

Description: In a continuation of instruction provided at the beginner level, this intermediate  class will open the Illustrator tool bar and provide training on the pen and pencil, for control of shapes and curves. Also addressed with be color swatches, the live paint tool and control of layers for introducing type, patterns and blended objects. This course is ideal for entry-level design professionals who want to increase marketable skills and to work with greater efficiency in this software.

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Adobe Illustrator Level III

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Thursday, October 17th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours
Prerequisite: Adobe Illustrator II or related experience

Description: In this advanced class, we will address the more complex aspects of the toolbar including brushes (calligraphic, art, pattern, etc); live effects; placing image files and developing helpful masks. Also addressed will be tips and tricks for combining artwork, pixel-perfect drawings and exporting files for printing or web development. This course is ideal for the working professional who is seeking to keep current with new tools and software advancements.

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Adobe InDesign Level I

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Tuesday, October 1st, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours

Description: Adobe InDesign is where it “all comes together,”  — pagination of text and images for well-designed flyers, brochures, magazines and more. This introductory class will familiarize students with common tools, page formatting and how to take control of the control panel. Through hands-on exercise, you will manipulate text, place objects and set up guide/margins. Helpful shortcuts such as master pages, layers and paragraph styles will also be addressed. 

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Adobe InDesign Level II

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Tuesday, October 8th, 9 am to 4pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours
Prerequisite: Adobe InDesign I or related experience

Description: This intermediate course will open up with how to master the editing tools of InDesign. From spell-checking basics to custom dictionaries, learning how to control the accuracy of type is a vital aspect of design. Also addressed in this class will cover the finer aspects of typography formatting including spacing, font control and drop caps. From text we take on color, learning how to specify PANTONE or CMYK options and proofing color for best reproduction. Before the class concludes we will learn how to manipulate imported files (size, effects, dropped backgrounds), and how to use style sheets for efficient file management. This course is ideal for designers who want to better understand more of the really useful resources of InDesign.

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Adobe InDesign Level III

Instructor: Bill Carberry

Wednesday, October 16th, 9 am to 4 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 1 total session | 6 total workshop hours
Prerequisite: Adobe InDesign II or related experience

Description: If there are items in the InDesign tool bar that you have never used but always wanted to understand their purpose — then this course is for you. In this advanced class we will work with tables, cells and other macro options. We will also explore the transparency, gradient and other image manipulation functions. A portion of our time will be spent on pre-flighting and the creation of press-ready files including color management and booklet formatting. We will conclude with web-based applications including e-books, sound/video integration and fillable forms. If it has been a few years since you took formal training on InDesign, or are an active professional in the industry but have not yet converted your designs to digital-only applications, then this course is ideal for your career development.

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Adobe Premiere Pro CC

Instructor: Karl Hill

Saturday and Sunday, October 5th to October 6th, 9 am to 2 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $650 | 2 total session | 8 total workshop hours

Description: If “content is king,” then videos are the crown. In this two-day bootcamp, Instructor Ken Hill will guide students through the basics and more advanced tools of this popular video editing software. Following an introduction to the workspace students will import from existing media (smart phone video/stock footage/still photos) and begin to modify files with editing techniques, timelines and the integration of transitions. Following that, the class will cover audio editing and as well as special effects and advanced editing techniques. Title bars, color correction and use of green- screens will also be reviewed. Students will conclude bootcamp by uploading finished results to social media or other channels/websites. This course is ideal for working professionals, social media managers and entrepreneurs who want to produce better in-house videos for all aspects of communications.

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Social Media for Creatives

Instructor: Maria Miranda

Thursday, October 24th, 6 pm to 8 pm
Ages 14+ | Lyme Academy Campus
Tuition: $75 | 1 total session | 2 total workshop hours

Description: Should you be on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter… or all three? What about YouTube? How and why should you do Facebook live? Join Maria Miranda, social media advocate and 30-year principal of a brand management firm, Miranda Creative, for a fun, hands-on tutorial about best practices on social media for creative types. Telling your story on social media has become a vital part of being a visual artist and if done well, can increase your marketing exponentially. Learn more about what, where, when and why to post. How to grow followers and the best channels for your specific creative format.

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Steven Assael

Instructor of Painting

Steven Assael was born in New York, New York in 1957.  He attended Pratt Institute and presently teaches at The School of Visual Arts in New York.  Assael balances naturalism with a romanticism that permeates the figures and surroundings of his paintings and drawings.  The focus of his work is the human figure, either individually or in a group, rendered in glowing relief by gentle beams of warm and cool light.  Steven Assael’s classical talents are as rare as they are essential to the diverse art world of the 21st Century.

Steven Assael’s work was the subject of a one-person exhibition at the Naples (FL) Museum of Art from October, 2010 to January, 2011.  Assael’s paintings were also included in the exhibition “New Old Masters”, curated by Donald Kuspit, at the National Museum in Gdansk, Poland in 2006. A retrospective exhibition was held at the Frye Art Museum, Seattle (WA) in 1999.  Single-person exhibitions of works by Steven Assael have also been featured at the Cress Gallery of Art at the University of Tennessee, Lowe Gallery (Atlanta, GA) and Ann Nathan Gallery (Chicago, IL).  His work has been exhibited at The Arkansas Arts Center, The New York Academy of Art and The Arnot Art Museum (Elmira, NY), and is in the permanent collections of The Hunter Museum of Art (Chattanooga, TN), The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design (Kansas City, MO), The Columbus Museum of Art (OH) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY).

Steven Assael is currently represented by Forum Gallery, New York, NY.

Kathryn Bevier

Instructor of Painting

Artist Statement: I am inspired by my surroundings and from memories. Wooded lots, expansive farmlands, and city scenes all generate the same response in me; finding the balance. I love the way shapes and forms relate to one another and how colors interact. I use color and the handling of the medium to try and capture the essence of what is before me. These aspects are an expression of me in my art, even more than the subject. I want my art to impart a sense of awareness, have a sense of place, a feeling of atmosphere. I am interested in aspects of unity, of how everything comes together to create a grounded feeling.

Zufar Bikbov

Instructor of Painting

Zufar, a Russian native, started taking drawing and painting classes at age nine. He was eleven when he painted his first few plein air works; depicting nearby village cottages and a horse resting next to a carriage delivering pies to the local market. He fell in love with landscape painting and started exploring the language of direct expression of what just in front of him.

Zufar’s town and landscape style leans towards Russian and Soviet-era impressionism. For him, art is a continuous experimentation and growth. After more than a decade of traveling and painting in the US, he changed his painting palette to a higher key.

A spur of interest to plein air painting in the United States, brought the artist to national level competitions, where he won a number of awards. Among others, Zufar treasures his several Artist Choice awards at Plein Air Easton (Maryland). Another memorable achievement was receiving "The Medal of Honor and Merit Awards" from the Kent Art Association, the first U.S. art organization he had joined. Recently, he was honored to receive the Irvine Museum Award at the Laguna Plein Air national competition in Laguna Beach, California.  His works are widely present in private collections across the United States, in the UK, Spain, and of course in Russia.

William Briggs

Instructor of Photography

William has spent his entire career as a commercial photographer in NYC and later in Westchester County, NY. He’s worked in the field of marketing and advertising photography shooting products, food and beverage, architecture and portraits. Clients included Nestle Waters, Capital One, UPS, IBM, P&G, NFL Properties, Duracell, Friendly’s, Maille & Diageo Liquors.  He was an early adopter of digital imaging and began using one of the first professional model digital cameras in 1996. He currently resides in Old Saybrook, CT and continues to take on commercial assignments.

Bill Carberry

Instructor of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat

Since 1999, Bill Carberry, an Adobe Certified Instructor for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat has been providing online and onsite training/consulting for students at all learning levels. With a career path that includes pre-press, technical equipment sales and project management, Bill understands the workflow of the Adobe Suite and has worked with a variety of creatives to help them better master toolbars for the best possible outcomes. Bill is honored to be the inaugural instructor of the Innovation Classes at Lyme Academy and resides in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge (NYC) when not enjoying the Fall season in New England.

Learn more about Bill on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bcarberry

Nancy Friese

Instructor of Printmaking

Nancy Friese received an M.F.A. in printmaking from Yale University School of Art and studied in the graduate painting program at the University of California, Berkeley. She studied painting and printmaking at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and was a recipient of a Yale University Summer School of Music and Art at Norfolk fellowship. She has a B.S. from the University of North Dakota. Her paintings and prints are represented by Cade Tompkins Projects in Providence. A member of ArtTable, she resides in Rhode Island and North Dakota and teaches at Rhode Island School of Design.

Karl Hill

Instructor of Adobe Premiere

Karl Hill, one of the first Adobe Certified Training Providers has been the on-site, online or contract educator for a variety of industries including defense, medical, manufacturing and educational. Karl is honored to bring to the Lyme Academy his expertise in total Adobe workflows for best use of this powerful creative tools. 

Karl currently resides in the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts and can be found teaching classes though "Cape Space" — a contemporary co-working space for that region. To learn more about Karl and his team visit http://klhpublishing.com

Melissa Imossi

Instructor of Drawing

Melissa Imossi is an award-winning contemporary realist artist.  She was born on Long Island, NY where she acquired a passion for the natural world and the desire to capture the essence of that beauty through art. She is known for her close-up studies of nature, where she examines the graphic quality of a single subject, emphasizing symmetry, repetition and rhythm.

 Melissa’s unique style has been honed through years of study and discipline.  After taking classes at the Art Students League in NYC, Melissa realized that she wanted to focus on art full-time and traveled to Florence, Italy where she studied Old Master techniques at the prestigious Angel Academy.  In 2005, after only 2 years at the Academy, Melissa won “First Place” in The Artist Magazine’s student competition.  In 2006, she was a “Finalist” in the Artist Magazine Annual Competition, competing against 10,000 entries.  She continued to hone her skills and develop her style at two other studios in Florence before returning to the Northeast.

While back in the States in 2010, she won an “Award of Merit” from Joan Young, curator of the Guggenheim Museum.  Recently, she won “Best in Show” in the American Art Awards juried by 25 of the leading galleries in the U.S.  In 2014 she won a “Williams Prize for Drawing Award” and the “Graphic Arts Award” at the “Academic Artists Association 68th Annual National Exhibit” in 2018.

Rick Lacey

Instructor of Drawing

Originally from Evergreen, Colorado, Rick has spent most of his life living in Lyme, Connecticut. He graduated from Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in 2011, with a BFA in painting. He is a recipient of the American Visions Award as well as the John Stobart Fellowship Award. Rick has taught observational drawing, figure drawing, portrait painting, and horse drawing. Rick has been featured in both American Artist and Art of the West magazine.  His work is primarily figurative, he strives to create timeless contemporary American portraits.

Barbara Maiser

Instructor of Painting

Barbara is the author of the book Artist’s Projects You Can Paint, 10 Watercolor Tablescapes Loose and Light and a contributing artist for the book How Did You Paint That? 100 Ways to Paint Still Life and Florals. Both books were published by International Artist Publishing and distributed worldwide. In addition to teaching art classes privately, Barbara has taught at the Lyman Allyn Museum in New London and the Lyme Art Association in Old Lyme.

Extensive classes at The Lyme Academy of Fine Art provided Barbara with a solid art education and she now enjoys elected artist membership in the Salmagundi Club of NYC, the Connecticut Watercolor Society and the Lyme Art Association.

Awards Barbara has earned have come from the International America’s Parks Through the Beauty of Art Competition, the International Marine Art Exhibition, the Salmagundi Club and the Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society among others. Her paintings are in private collections worldwide as well as in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT.

Maria Miranda

Instructor of Social Media

Maria Miranda is the Creative Director and Founder of Miranda Creative, Inc. She received undergraduate degrees in Marketing and Design at the University of Connecticut, and has completed post-graduate coursework in Interactive Technology, Communications and Trademark Law.

For 30 years, Maria has served the strategic communications needs of clients from Maine to Florida, winning national recognition for effective, creative and compelling pieces. A community-focused leader, she is a member of many service organizations, regional chambers and non-profit boards. In 2014, The Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut named Maria “Citizen of Year.”

Kimberly Monson

Instructor of Sculpture, Anatomy and Drawing

Kimberly received a BFA from the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and a MFA from the New York Academy of Figurative Art, Cum Laude. Kimberly Monson taught with Lyme Academy Founder Elisabeth Gordon Chandler 2001¬2003 and was a Visiting Instructor of sculpture and drawing. She was responsible for launching the sculpture program at Amagansett Applied Arts in Long Island, NY and created a unique teaching program housed in East Hampton, NY.Ms. Monson won the National Sculpture Competition in 1999 and was presented the Walter and Michael Lantz Prize. She was awarded The National Sculpture Society Merit Scholarship and received Honorable Mentions in the Society’s publications, as well as being a two-time recipient of the Reutershan Trust Sculptor in Residence in Sag Harbor, NY. Noteworthy commissions include author John Steinbeck, philanthropist Margaret Russel Sage and Katharine Hepburn for the “Spirit of Katharine Hepburn Award” given annually by The Kate theater in Old Saybrook, CT. Represented by Peter Marcelle in Southampton, NY.

John O’Reilly

Instructor of Sculpture

John O’Reilly born in Columbus, Ohio. He received his B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art and Design and his M.F.A. from the New York Academy of Art. O’Reilly’s work has been shown alongside artists including Eric Fischl, April Gornik, Rona Pondik, Dasiy Youngblood and Arlene Shechet, Jeff Koons and Ai Weiwei.

O’Reilly has participated in numerous group exhibitions in New York; Baltimore, MD; Columbus, OH; and Leipzig, Germany. He is the recipient of several awards including the Post Graduate Fellowship from the New York Academy of Art and residencies at the Leipzig International Artist Residency as well as the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center Residency West Rutland, Vermont. O’Reilly’s work has been reviewed in publications such as Art in America, Cool Hunting, ArtSpace, DesignBoom, and The Huffington Post.

Kellie Pereria

Instructor of Sculpture

Kellie Pereira is a Brooklyn-based sculptor whose practice includes diverse media such as stone, wood, clay, foam, and concrete. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Lyme Academy College, where she was awarded the Wardlaw Prize for Three Dimensional Art.  She has designed and helped sculpt three public monuments in marble for the city of Rutland, Vermont.  She maintains a studio in New York, where she is also co-director of design for Greenpoint Stone, Inc.

Stephen Shaheen

Instructor of Sculpture

Steve Shaheen is an artist who resides and works in New York City. He has worked and trained extensively in Italy, earning his degree as a stone sculptor in Siena, and his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. He is the recipient of a Ludwig Volgestein Foundation Grant, the Italian Cultural Institute/La Fortuna Foundation Fellowship and a 2009-2010 Residency at the Digital Stone Project. Shaheen’s indoor and outdoor installations are in public and private collections in Europe and the United States. His 100-ton marble and granite monument to 9/11 victims, "Memoria," was covered by over fifty print and televised reports, including The New York Times and CBS/48 Hours. He currently teaches at the City University of New York in Manhattan, the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts and the New York Academy of Art, and is the director of Tuscany Study, an intensive summer art program in Italy.

Joe Standart

Instructor of Photography

Joe Standart is an internationally recognized, award-winning photographer who is widely published and exhibited. He is currently creating a series of public art exhibits entitled, “WE ARE.” His websites are www.PortraitofAmerica.org and www.JoeStandart.com .

Michael Viera

Instructor of Drawing and Painting

Developed the painting program At Amagansett Applied Arts in Long Island, NY Michael Viera has awards from the National Arts Club, New York and The New Haven Paint and Clay Club, where his work is part of their permanent collection. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is part of numerous private collections.

Michael’s latest solo show was at Peter Marcelle Project, Southampton, NY. He was recently selected to show in Masters of Realism at Rafael Gallery, New York, NY. Michael is represented by Peter Marcelle, Southampton, NY and MM Fine Art, New York, NY.

Bruce Wallace

Instructor of Sculpture

Bruce is an Alumnus of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts with a BFA in Sculpture and holds an MFA from the New York Academy of Art.

Jerry Weiss

Instructor of Painting

Jerry Weiss has had numerous one-man exhibitions in museums and galleries, and his paintings are represented in public, private and corporate collections. Jerry teaches figure drawing and painting year-round at the Art Students League of New York, as well as intensive workshops there and in other venues around the country. He has taught and lectured at art schools and art associations in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, and Washington, and was an instructor at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts for fifteen years. Weiss has written features for The Drawing Magazine, and contributes to The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Artist and Pastel Journal.

He is represented by Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Chester Gallery, Cooper & Smith Gallery and Portraits Inc.

Lyme Academy has committed itself to a relentless pursuit of artistic excellence for more than 40 years. Consider financially supporting the longevity of our mission and the many artists who walk through our doors!

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