Oil paint is a medium which is rich in history. It has been used for centuries and if applied correctly is long lasting as we see in museums today. The paint is full of body and chroma. It may be used in an impressionistic way or applied with glazes as seen with the Dutch Masters.
This course will cover the traditional methods of oil painting from the French academy under-painting to a finished piece. Students will learn the fundamentals for creating a painting including composition, color, and techniques. Landscape painting will be the course focus. Weekly demonstrations will guide students along Students may choose from provided subject matter or bring in their own inspirational references. Students may expect to finish at least two paintings during the course.
This class is for the intermediate or professional artist, who is comfortable using their media, but is looking for advice and guidance while tackling their own independent project. This is a great opportunity to surround yourself with other artists. Constructive comments and critiques will be given by both the instructor and your peers. Please bring in your projects and chosen media. To learn more about the class, download the PDF syllabus below.
Bargue Drawing is a term used to describe the 18th Century art curriculum designed by artists Jean Gerome and Charles Bargue. Students learn the basic elements of drawing at first by copying master drawings known as Bargue Drawings. The program progresses to cast drawings and then to drawing and painting from life. Even for the professional artists, Bargue drawings can be an eye opening experience. There are many lessons to be learned which include application of medium, shadow shapes, edges and more. These valuable lessons will later carry through to other art forms such as portrait, figure, and still life. To learn more about the class, download the PDF syllabus below.
Unlike any other medium, watercolor offers a bountiful array of wonderful techniques. From glazing to spattering, these unique properties may be found in all successful watercolor paintings. In this class, students will have the opportunity to learn from weekly demonstrations and apply newly learned methods to their work. Subject matter ranging from landscapes, still life, and portraiture will be covered –summer theme. Beginning students are encouraged to practice the techniques. Advanced students may work independently on their own projects with guidance and advice. Students may choose from provided subject matter (emailed ahead of time) or bring in their own inspirational idea.
Learning to draw and paint the portrait is a delightful journey. It challenges the artist to see subtle angles and shapes. This class is for both beginner and advanced artist wishing to learn about drawing and painting the portrait. The first five classes will focus on positioning the model, general anatomy, and defining the planes of the head. Demonstrations will be given. The first five classes will be in charcoal and the final four will focus on oil. Optionally students may work in their own media choice with approval. There will be a variety of models: male, female, young and old, all rotating between the first 5 classes. The last FOUR classes will be devoted to one long pose giving students ample time to study the form. To learn more about the class, download the PDF syllabus below.
Need to photograph a painting and submit it to a juried show? How do you make sure the color is correct? What kind of light do you use? What about cropping? Or resizing (what exactly do they mean by 72ppi or 1200 pixels on the long side)? Some of it is easy, and some is not. During our practical demonstration we will discuss each of the problems you face, and offer solutions to consider.
For anyone who cares to remain, we will finish up with a brief session on how to light portraits using only one light. This will again be a practical demonstration and, hopefully, some light fun (pun intended).
Effective use of negative space in transparent watercolor! Through demonstration and skills exercises the concept of designing with negative space will be explored. What is negative space? How can you use it to improve your paintings? What role do edges and value contrast play. There will also be a focus on developing sound fundamental skills relating to the technical aspects of transparent watercolor as far as equipment, materials, and application.
This workshop will focus on painting the human portrait in a natural sunlit setting using a photo reference. Students will learn how to develop skin tones through the layering process. Students will also learn how to apply shadow and to retain highlights to give the portrait a three- dimensional appearance. The class is open to all levels with some drawing experience recommended.
This course is open to all levels of painting ability. Students will learn basic floral painting techniques, with an emphasis on values and composition. Layering and blending color into soft edges will also be taught. The course will focus on painting from close-up photo references of flowers in an artistic setting with spectacular results. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session.
This is not a class, but an open forum for artists and students of all skill levels to draw the nude figure as one long pose session. To learn more about the group and cost, please follow the link below to download the PDF file. The cost is $15 per person and you pay at the door!