MASTER CLASS series 2020 POSTPONED to 2021

The Governor Wentworth Arts Council has served the creative community and our local educational institutions in the greater Wolfeboro, NH area for the past 52 years as one of the longest continual non-profit educational arts organizations in the Lakes Region. Arts Council events and programs have fueled individual artists’ growth and contributed to the income of local area businesses who have benefited from our public community events. Our new MASTER CLASS Series 2020 fundraiser will continue to aid those artists and arts organizations in our creative arts community.

Artists wishing to enroll in one or more of the GWAC hosted art classes will be able to download and print out the attached click on this link REGISTRATION Brochure. Be sure fill in ALL information as requested on the registration form. You will be sent a confirmation email when we receive the completed form and full payment. To date, we are only receiving payment by cash or check, but are working on receiving payment through our PayPal account soon. For additional full color printed registration/brochures visit The Art Place, Main St. Wolfeboro, NH or VirgoDesign Studio,17 Grove St. Wolfeboro. Questions please contact the MASTER CLASS Registrar, Jeannette D’Onofrio, email: or the Arts Council directly: . Send your completed Registration form and full payment to: GWAC, mail to: Master Class, 17 Grove St. Wolfeboro, NH 03894.


Elizabeth Helfer – CLASS #1 – “Upcycled Sculpture” 3/21/20 (snow date 3/28/20)

ABOUT THE CLASS: Learn sculpture basics using recycled materials! Explore 3-dimensional form in a collaborative group setting and branch into individual large-scale sculpture. We’ll discuss materials, themes, footprints and the use of positive and negative space. Although we will touch on traditional sculpture methods, our focus will be on contemporary practice and sculptural interpretation. There is no materials list, but please bring along some of the following to integrate: cardboard, cans, string, old photos, etc. Participants should feel comfortable wielding a hot glue gun and utility knife.

Elizabeth Helfer is a sculpture artist living in Waltham MA whose resume includes gallery installations and bronze cast works. Liz pursued sculpture and received her BFA from Alfred University in 2010. She currently creates cast metal and mixed media sculpture at Liz Helfer Studios outside of Boston, MA. In addition to creating commissioned work, she is the Coordinator of Hatch Makerspace run by the Watertown Free Public Library. Hatch is a public workshop dedicated to bringing tools and knowledge to makers in the greater Boston area. She has taught a variety of art media with a focus on sculptural process.

Peter Ferber – CLASS #2 – “Fearless Watercolor” 6/5/20

ABOUT THIS CLASS: This class will show you a simple technique that can bring new life to watercolor. By adding a wash over a conventional, or even failed painting, and then lifting out highlights, you will discover a way to add richness and depth to your painting, and hopefully be more fearless in your work!

Materials: Winsor & Newton “Professional” watercolor paper
(not “classic” watercolor paper) 140lb or 300lb cold press surface. Lanaquarelle and Fabriano can also work, but to a lesser degree. NOTE: Arches, Saunders, or Strathmore will not work.
• Basic watercolor supplies: paint, pallet, brushes.
• Wash brush, at least 1”wide, 1.5” or 2” is better.
• Dish to mix wash in, separate from pallet.
Prerequisite: Participants should have experience in watercolors. You will be emailed directly by Peter Ferber with a more detailed materials list prior to class.

Peter Ferber is a professional watercolor artist from Alton NH working commissioned pieces and gallery-only works. You can find his work at The Art Place, downtown Wolfeboro, NH.

Mike Howat – CLASS #3 – “To Life” Life Drawing 8/13/20

ABOUT THE CLASS: Expand your drawing knowledge of the human form with tips and techniques using your dry medium. You will be drawing from a live model.

Required: 18 x 24 Drawing Pad, Strathmore 400 Series
Erasable dry drawing media of choice (graphite, charcoal etc.) Kneaded Eraser
Plastic Eraser (Mars Plastic Eraser)

Recommended: Vine Charcoal, Soft or Medium
Compressed charcoal,
Charcoal pencils,
Graphite pencils in various harnesses, 2H, H, HB, 2B, 4B – Strathmore Drawing Pads, Mars Plastic Erasers, kneaded erasers, and charcoal pencils should be available at Michaels, A.C. Moore or Dick Blick. Windsor Newton Vine Charcoal can be ordered from Dick Blick. For graphite pencils, I recommend Mars Lumograph, also available at Dick Blick. Questions? Email me at

Mike Howat is a Concord-based painter and printmaker. He exhibits regularly with Kelley Stelling Contemporary and Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, and has shown with Chase’s Garage, Rochester Museum of Fine Arts, Nahcotta, among others. He is the current artist-in-residence at Kimball Jenkins School of Art, where he teaches classes and workshops in painting, printmaking and drawing.

Anne McMillan – CLASS #4 – “Book Binding” 9/26/20

ABOUT THE CLASS: Book Arts and Non-Adhesive Bindings
Using different non-adhesive structures you can make a variety of books. In this one day workshop we will learn to make three structures: a single signature pamphlet, a Japanese stab binding book & a small book using the double needle coptic stitch method. No materials list, materials are provided with additional fee. Class size is limited to 10 persons.

I collect objects and use them as inspiration for my work by incorporating them into altered books and using them for printing to make unique surface designs. My art varies and I work in various mediums which I bind into original books.


Discounts for buying multiple Classes. Please call for special coupon!