Bedford Center for the Arts – Fall 2012 Courses & Samplers

Submitted by Bedford Center for the Arts

Bedford Center for the Arts ( announces its program of classes to be held this fall. If you have wanted forever (or for a very short time) to take a class in one of the arts close to home, please join us for one or more of this fall’s offerings.

Register by calling Kati Oates (781-275-7112) or Julie Turner (781-275-0742) or email

BCA’s Fall 2012 courses and Samplers are fundraisers for Bedford Center for the Arts;  your support will be greatly appreciated!

BCA Courses:

The Art of the Pencil with Maureen Oates
Meets on 6 Saturdays from1:30 to 4 pm – September 22 thru October 27

Class size: min 6/max 12; age: 16+; tuition: $120.

This class is intended for beginners, though all artists are welcome. The class will emphasize skill development and fundamental techniques. You’ll put pencils to paper, and create special drawings; and individual critique will be an indispensible part of class time. Local artist MaureenOates will share her love of drawing with people who aspire to develop skill with a pencil.

Weaving with Penny Leslie
Meets on 8 Wednesdays from 7 to 9 pm –  October 3 thru November 14

Class size: min 6/max 12; tuition: $240, includes use of loom and supplies for first project.

Weaving is easy, fun, technically engaging, and you will learn the following skills during the class: warp a flat loom; use a shuttle; and explore a variety of both weaving and embroidery techniques. Students will work on their design individually with support and guidance from Penny. Supplies will be provided, including a variety of yarns, beads, ribbons, feathers, raffia, dried materials and printouts.

Mini-memoir with Mindy Pollack-Fusi
Meets on 6 Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm –  November 1 thru December 6 (no class on 11/22)

Class size: min 6/max 12; tuition: $150.

Learn simple techniques for writing a memoir for yourself, or to share with family and friends. The class will review writing tips to make your writing creative, and then outline 4 key times in your life for you to have fun writing into 2-8 page “chapters”. Most of the work will be done in class and shared with others (sharing is always optional), but you will want to finish longer chapters at home. At the end, you will have a notebook (or laptop) containing a mini-memoir. Mindy Pollack-Fusi runs a writing center in Bedford. Learn more at To register or to get further information, call 781-275-7301 or email

Magical Baby Toy with Ginger Greenblatt
Meets on 3 Thursdays from 7 until 8:30 pm – October 11 thru October 25

Class size: min 6/max 12; tuition: $90, includes materials for first toy.

You will learn to make a unique baby toy from scraps of material. Using Ginger’s patterns and choosing from her supply of materials, you will create this old fashioned toy. There will be a few sewing machines available, but any student who can bring her or his own will be appreciated. Ginger Greenblatt is an accomplished artist in many media. See her work at

Verdi and the Metropolitan Opera, with Dave Collins
Wednesday, December 5, from 7 until 9 pm and Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 7 until 9 pm

Class size and tuition TBD

Thanks to the Met’s Live in HD telecasts, interest in opera has soared. BCA is excited to offer two multi-media, warm-up sessions to prepare you for upcoming Met productions.

Each session will be led by Dave Collins, resident lecturer of Opera Boston for eight years, and an opera instructor at many colleges in Boston. The first class will prepare for the telecasts of two Verdi operas, Un Ballo in Maschera and Aida, that will be broadcast in December.  The second class in early February, will be a prelude to the telecast of Rigoletto later that month.

All the Arts: A Fall Sampler Series 

BCA’s dynamic duo, Lee Vorderer and Mindy Pollack-Fusi, has done it again: a Fall Sampler series is on tap for your entertainment and education. You will want to be one of the 10 fortunate participants in each of these 2-hour sampler classes for adults (age 16+). A fee of $10 per person will be collected at the door, and early sign-up is suggested.

Register at or call 781-541-0748. Fee: $10 per person  for each Sampler.

The Art of Antiques
Wednesday, October 3, from 1 to 3 pm –  Register by Sept. 29
Location: 80 Loomis Street, in the old train depot
The owner of JRM Antiques ( will present a general discussion and demonstrations about antiques, and offer feedback on small pieces that participants bring that day (or bring photos of larger items).
The Art of Frosting
Monday, October 8, from 2 to 4 pm – Register by October 4
Location: 119 The Great Road, Bedford
Create delicious stovetop frostings and learn the art of fondant and chocolate molding with Vicky, the owner of Café Darling, Bedford’s new bakery. Add a modest materials fee to frost and enjoy your own
The Art of Color in Your Home
Thursday, October 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm – Register by October 21
Location: 51 The Great Road, Bedford
Join Kristie, the color consultant at Colorworks ( to learn about colors in paint and wallpaper and how to use color and textures in home decorating. Bring a photo showing your own color “challenges” and hear solutions.
The Art of Oriental Rugs
Monday, October, 29, from 11 am to 1 pm – Register by October 25
Location: 200 The Great Road, Bedford
Learn about Oriental rugs and their various materials, weaves, and quality from a master. Nazar, the owner of Bedford Rugs, may also demonstrate weaving on a special loom. Attendees can receive a 15% discount on rugs purchased.

Keep our journalism strong! Support The Citizen Journalism Fund today. Contact The Bedford Citizen: or 781-325-8606

Share your enthusiasm for this article!

Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x