by Dave Warner

A wide range of classes are starting this fall at the Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts (MVCA). From drawing to painting with oil or watercolors, sculpting with polymer clay, to zentangle and photography are all on the docket.

Doug Whitfield

Doug Whitfield is teaching Oil Painting Real Simple starting September 23rd. He studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art, Mohawk Valley Community College, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Syracuse University. He received his AAS in Design ad BFA in Painting from RIT. He also earned his Master Teacher Certification, Integrative Learning System from Syracuse University.

Whitfield says, “This is a six-week class that makes oil painting less complicated and available at a fraction of the cost. This uncluttered, practical approach makes the experience more accessible and enjoyable. You’ll be working from still-life arrangements, learn by doing, and will use a simplified materials list.”

After six sessions, students will have the knowledge and practice of how to use a greatly simplified process that when used in whole or part, will provide them great oil painting results on a budget. Students will also be able to add colors, medium, and other products if they desire as their basic skills and confidence levels increase.

“Sometimes people keep it simple for the duration of their practice,” he said. “Students will have several small paintings to take home when the sessions are completed.”

In-person classes include Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain with Donnalyn Shuster, Sculpting Polymer Roses with Garlyn MaGinns, Freedom of Watercolors with Joanne DeStefano, Oil Painting Real Simple with Doug Whitfield, Landscape Watercolors with Bob Willman, Neurographic Art with  Adrienne Watson, Intro and Advanced Zentable with Adrienne Watson, Cell Phone Photography with Bob Buck, and Beginner and Advanced Tai Ch with Rosann Scalise.

DeStefano’s Freedom of Watercolors class is also available online for $57.00.

To sign up, visit or call 315-823-0808. The Art Center is open Thursday through Saturday from noon until 4 pm.