Fall 2019 Classes

Welcome to our new Fall 2019 art class offerings!  Please consider taking a class with one of FRANK Gallery’s talented Artist/Educators this Fall!   Classes will be taught in the Frank Main Gallery, Community Gallery classroom space, at Artist Member Studios, or “en Plein Air”.  FRANK Artist/Educators offer a diverse mix of talent and experience as professional artists, university educators, and community leaders.  We are thrilled to offer classes in a variety of media and topics.  All skill levels welcome.

 To celebrate FRANK:inFocus 2019: The Art Gallery as Classroom, A Student-Teacher Photography Exhibition, we are offering a special selection of photography workshops in the FRANK Community Gallery. FRANK:inFocus features students and faculty from The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and UNC Art Department at Chapel Hill, as well as internationally acclaimed visual artists, professional photographers, photography educators, and FRANK gallery guests!

Please contact our gallery manager, Natalie Knox at 919-636-4135 or info@frankisart.com with any questions.

Special thanks to our sponsors who made these offerings possible

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Title: Introduction to iPhone Photography #1

Instructor: Vicki Russell

Date:  Mondays, October 7-21 (3 weeks)

Time:  1-4pm

Cost: $150

Location: FRANK Community Gallery

Title: Introduction to iPhone Photography #2

Instructor: Vicki Russell

Date:  Saturday October 5  (day long intensive)

Time:  11-5pm

Cost: $100

Location: FRANK Community Gallery

This hands on workshop is designed for beginning and intermediate iPhone users. The workshop includes getting started or getting more familiar with your iPhone camera, learning about the best editing apps, and receiving personalized feedback on your photos. Classes are limited to 12 participants. BYO lunch for class #2.

 Meet Your Instructor: Vicki Russell is an experienced iPhone photographer, teacher, and world traveler. Vicki is also a founding member and director of iPhone Masters Community, an international group of 80 photographers. Her imagery is produced exclusively on the iPhone.

Photography Class #1 & #2 with Vicki Russell
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Title: Advanced Level Post-Process Editing for iPhone Photography-Photography #3

Instructor: Dennis Szerszen

Date: Friday, October 4th

Time:  6-9 pm

Cost: $75

Title: Advanced Level Post-Process Editing for iPhone Photography-Photography #4

Instructor: Dennis Szerszen

Date: Tuesday, October 8th

Time:  1-5 pm

Cost: $75

Intensive hands-on workshop for iPhone photographers who want to improve their iPhone images through in-phone editing. Students will learn techniques in the Snapseed application to tune and transform their images to the next level. Attendees are required to have an iPhone with the latest IOS installed, and Google Snapseed. Class is limited to 12 participants. Prerequisite: iPhone basics

Meet your Instructor: Dennis brings his scientific skills as a software specialist to his love for photography where he creates fine art imagery of the natural world. He serves on the FRANK Gallery Board, teaches iphone and Lightroom techniques, and provides freelance imagery for local magazines. Dennis exhibits his fine art photography with the Triangle Visual Artists.

Advanced Level Post-Process Editing for iPhone Photography with Dennis Szerszen
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Title: Illuminating Creativity: Gold Leaf Workshop

Instructor: Elisabeth Tyroler

Date: Wednesday, October 9th

Time:  6:30-8:30 pm

Cost: $45 ($20 materials fee paid directly to instructor)

Location: FRANK Community Gallery

Access a deeper state of creativity and intuition with this hands-on photography demo using gold and silver leaf application as it wrinkles, cracks, and dimples in unexpected and beautiful ways. You will leave this workshop with multiple completed works of art and the materials to complete the process at home. 

Meet Your Instructor: Lis Tyroler is a Durham photographer who uses alternative photography processing techniques to engage creativity, enhance intuition, and reveal innate, imperfect beauty. Her commitment to helping women experience their confidence and inner radiance is evident through her photography, teaching, and mentoring.


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Title: Photography Out of Hand: Innovative Techniques for Remote Capture and Photo Critique

Instructor: Bill McAllister and Barbara Tyroler

Date:  Saturday, October 19th

Time:  10am - 1pm

Cost: $145

Location: Bill’s Studio—1510 Pleasant Green Rd. Durham, NC 27705

Join FRANK member artists/educators as they lead you through a photographic adventure using the camera and your imagination to explore innovative technical, visual, and creative possibilities.

Bill provides opportunity for exploration in a fun and unique venue utilizing the remote control capabilities of your photographic devices. Barbara will lead the group in discussion of photographic style and personal vision with portfolio critique.

Bring to Workshop: print portfolio and/or digital files, laptops or iPads, and your cameras to create new imagery. BYO Lunch.

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Meet your Instructors:

Bill McAllister— has been involved in creating and teaching photography for over 35 years, as an Instructor at the Art Institute of Atlanta, Professor of Photography at Chowan College, and artist in residence at the Michael Karolyi Memorial Institute in Vence, France. Bill is a member artist at the FRANK Gallery.

Barbara Tyroler—Drawing on her dual masters degrees in digital art and education, Barbara served on the art faculty at the University of Maryland and currently offers independent critique and workshops with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Cullowhee Mountain Arts. She is a FRANK gallery member artist and serves on the Board as coordinator of education outreach. barbaratyroler.com


Title: Coffee and Critique       

Instructors: UNC professor Gesche Würfel and Students FRANK artists Bill McAllister and Barbara Tyroler  

Date:  Saturday, October 5th        

Time:  10am - 11am

Location: FRANK Gallery

Cost: Free


Title: Guided Exhibition Tour, The Gallery as Classroom; FRANK:inFocus, Student-Teacher Photography Exhibition     

Instructors: Bryce Lankard and Barbara Tyroler

Date:  Sunday, October 20th        

Time:  1-3pm

Location: FRANK Gallery

Cost: Free


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Title: Unlocking Your Creativity through Color, Form and Expression

Instructor: Kaidy Lewis  

Date:  Fridays—October 18th and 25th and November 1st and 8th

Time:  10am - 1pm

Cost: $210 (materials fee paid directly to instructor) contact Kaidy 919 260 0114 after booking to discuss what materials to bring / purchase.

Location: FRANK Community Gallery (by Southern Seasons)

This lively class will offer practical tools and insights to find key pathways to unlock the artist within.  Suitable for any level of experience and skill in art. Transferable with any painterly medium. Through expression and whole brain activities, students will be able to create a painting they have always wanted to paint. Class is limited to 12 students.

Meet your Instructor: Kaidy Lewis and her family moved to Chapel Hill in 2016.  Kaidy is a member of OCAG Guild (2017) and a FRANK Member Artist (2018).  Recent exhibitions include HCA, Hillsborough March 2019, FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill, April 2019, Block Gallery, Raleigh, June- September 2019. Her paintings of ecology were selected for the May 2019 issue of the journal, Genetics in Medicine. kaidylewis.com


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Title:  Imagine Your Inner Saint or Goddess   

Instructor:  Sudie Rakusin

Date:   Saturday, October 12th and Saturday, December 14th (2 offerings)

Time:  11am-3pm

Cost: $95.00 (plus $20 materials fee paid directly to the instructor)

Location: Sudie Rakusin’s Studio :3315 Arthur Minnis Rd Hillsborough, NC 27278

Join Sudie Rakusin for a unique creativity retreat designed to connect you to your inner goddess. Spend the afternoon at Sudie’s beautiful studio tucked away in the trees to renew and revive your inner creative spirit and divine nature. Through creativity and connection magnify your inner light in this afternoon workshop. In this 4 hour long workshop imagine your ideal self in saint or goddess form. 

 This workshop is inspired by Sudie’s divination deck, The Journey Cards. There are 36 Pen and ink drawings of goddesses and 19 paintings of Saints. The goddesses from antiquity and the imagined saints provide guidance through their particular virtues.  

 Participants will have the opportunity to imagine themselves as a saint or goddess. Who would you be? What is your name? What is your myth, your teachings?  Who and what surround you? 

 At Sudie’s studio we will lay out a tarp with all the supplies and you will be invited to dive into your creativity.  A piece of archival cardboard, 8” x 10” or larger will be supplied; as well as paint, beads, ribbon, strands of flowers and leaves, glue guns, etc. Please bring anything of significance to incorporate into your mixed media creation.

 You will be invited to also write a myth and teachings inspired by your goddess or saint. If desired, you may share your mixed media creation and myth with the group. Delight in the amazing conversations that arise from these revelations. 

 Leave feeling rested, restored and re-inspired in body, mind and spirit.

 A special discount for workshop participants on all Winged Willow Press products at the retreat. 

Meet your Instructor: Sudie Rakusin is an artist, feminist, animal activist, and FRANK member living in the woods of Hillsborough with her two dog companions.   www.sudierakusin.com

Imagine Your Inner Saint or Goddess with Sudie Rakusin
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Title: Introduction to Mosaic Art  

Instructor: Gabrielle Rousso

Date: Wednesdays, October 16th – November 13th (5 weeks) 

 Time: 12:30 – 3:00 pm OR 6:00-8:30 pm

Cost: $210  (plus $15 materials fee paid directly to instructor)

Location: FRANK Community Gallery (by Southern Seasons)

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Explore the ancient art of mosaics using contemporary materials and techniques. Students will learn about mosaic design using shape, color and texture, as you experience working with a wide range of materials including glass, stone, ceramics and found objects.  The best adhesives for indoor and outdoor use, as well as the best cutting/shaping tools for mosaics will be discussed. We will also explore use of the color-wheel in mosaics.

 The history of Mosaic art will be reviewed, as well as mosaic art examples and installations from artists around the world.  Students will complete at least one mosaic project during this class.  All tools, substrates and materials will be provided for student’s use. Class is limited to 8 students.

Meet your Instructor: Gabrielle Rousso has lived in Chapel Hill for two years. She was the Executive Director of a Fine Art School with multiple community Galleries in the Chicagoland area. Gabrielle has worked in the arts in both non-profit arts management and administration, as well as design. Throughout her career in Illinois she has always maintained a focus with the creative, as well as business side of the arts. 

Intro to Mosaic Art  with Gabrielle Rousso
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Title: Carve your own Rubber Stamps for Art!  

Instructor: Luna Lee Ray

Date:   Saturday, December 7th

Time:  11am-2pm

Cost: $45 (plus $10 materials fee paid directly to the instructor)

Location: *registrants will be notified of location

 Carving stamps is easy and fun, and the stamps can be used directly in your original art, or to make your own collage papers. I will provide most of the materials needed. 

 Meet your Instructor: Luna Lee Ray is a member artist of Frank Gallery, and a watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media instructor at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Lunaleeray.com


Title: Plein Air - From Sketch to Painting

Instructor: Nerys Levy

Date: Saturday, October 19th and/or Saturday, November 2nd   

Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm

Cost: $50 for one session, $85 for 2 sessions 

Location: *registrants will be notified of location

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This class will cover plein air landscape drawing and painting, focusing on composition, depth and materials of their choice. Site has covered area so weather is not an issue.

Meet your Instructor: FRANK member artist Nerys Levy has drawn and painted all over the world from the Arctic, Antarctica, China, Europe to her native Wales. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, her work is in many collections and her Polar website is currently being promoted by Disney Penguins and the UK’s Times Educational Supplement.She has been teaching plein air classes for FRANK Gallery for the past 7 years. neryslevy.com

From Sketch to Painting with Nerys Levy
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Title: Plein Air Drawing with FRANK Artists        

Instructors: Carroll Lassiter and Nerys Levy

Date: Saturday, November 16th and/or Saturday, December 7th

Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Cost: $25 each session

Location: *registrants will be notified of location

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Landscape composition, value and depth in drawing will be covered by FRANK member artists, Carroll Lassiter and Nerys Levy.  These artist/educators work together instructing participants in drawing in plein air. The instructors bring different approaches to teaching but together they provide participants with a variety of skills and ideas for landscape composition.  Class locations will vary in the area, and will be shared at time of registration. Participants supply their own materials.


What to Bring: Sketchbook, pencils etc are extra and can be purchased from the teachers at the class or feel free to bring your own. If you have taken one of our journaling classes before please bring these materials with you: sketchbook, gray scale, plastic viewer/grid, pencils.

Meet your Instructors: Carroll Lassiter is well known for her compelling North Carolina landscapes and is a Member Artist of Frank Gallery.

Nerys Levy is a plein air landscape artist who has worked all over the world in different climates and working conditions. neryslevy.com

Plein Air Drawing with Carroll Lassiter & Nerys Levy
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Title:  Introduction to Weaving- A Beginner's Guide

Instructor: Deborah Zionts

Date: Sunday, December 1st

Time: 1-4pm

Cost: $65 (plus $20 materials fee paid directly to instructor)

Location: tbd

Students will be introduced to weaving terminology, including how to warp a wooden loom, tools and techniques, as well as removal of weaving from the loom.  Students will have the opportunity to weave with numerous materials, including yarn, fabric, paper, and items from nature.  Students will complete an original wall-hanging during this class.  

Meet your Instructor: Deborah Zionts is a versatile artist, who has been fascinated by the arts since she was a child.  Deborah is an artist educator, who has devoted herself to learning about and creating many forms of artistic expression, including jewelry making, mixed media assemblage, knitting, and her current focus, weaving.