Print, paint, clay coming to Waterfall Arts

Jan 20, 2014
Cary Upton Cosulich, whose “Flower Plate” is pictured, will co-teach a beginning ceramics course with Adam Bogosian at Belfast’s Waterfall Arts.

Belfast — February will bring a new lineup of ceramics, printmaking and painting classes for young people and adults at Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. In addition, open clay and print studio hours are scheduled to begin the second week of February.

Linda Stec will guide students Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Wonders of Clay, Feb. 5 through March 26. This long-running class welcomes new and returning artists age 6 to 16 to the versatility of clay and the basics of pottery and sculpture. Limited scholarship funds are available for this class.

Beginning Ceramics for adults, an eight-week course, taught by Adam Bogosian and Cory Upton-Cosulich, will run Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Feb 11 through April 1. This beginner class is for students experiencing clay for the first time or for those who desire a refresher course. Students will gain basic understanding of both wheelthrowing and handbuilding skills. Wheelthrowing topics include wedging, centering, shaping and trimming. Handbuilding topics teach the use of studio equipment — slab roller, tools and textures, pinching and coiling. Students also will be presented with aesthetic considerations, simple glazing techniques and studio safety. Materials and open studio time are included in the class fee.

Painter, knitter and book dealer Karen Jelenfy will lead a Beginning Painting class for adults Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30, Feb. 11 through April 1. Her students will explore the materials of oil and acrylic painting on canvas, extending and reinvigorating their painting practice. The focus of the class will be on composition and color development, with critiques and discussions. All levels are welcome.

Waterfall Arts celebrates its new printmaking studio with classes led by Tara Law and Jeff Jelenfy. Law, an intermedia artist with a passion for printing, offers Introduction to Printmaking Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m., Feb. 13 through April 3. Students will experiment with dry point, monotype, transparency, ghost images, silhouette, dendrites and new textures. A new technique will be introduced in each class, and time will be given to students to explore their own ideas after each class demo. The class is open to beginners through advanced. Law also will offer a monoprint workshop Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 a.m. ton 2 p.m. for all levels.

Experienced printer Jeff Jelenfy will instruct students in the diverse possibilities of intaglio printing Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12 through April 2. Intaglio is the family of printing and printmaking techniques in which the image is incised into a surface, and the incised line or sunken area holds the ink. The course aims to provide students with a strong command of essential intaglio techniques as well as an overview of historical and contemporary approaches to the medium.  For both beginners and experienced printmakers, this course focuses on traditional methods of printing from copper plates.

For more information on classes, fees, scholarships, instructors and open studio hours, visit; email; or call the office at 338-2222. Office hours are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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