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.
This class is for the advanced 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.
This class is for both beginner and advanced artist wishing to learn about drawing and painting the portrait. The first few classes will focus on positioning the model, general anatomy and defining the planes of the head. Demonstrations will be given. Beginners are encouraged to work in vine charcoal. Advanced students may work in oil or a medium of their choice. There will be a variety of models: male, female, young and old rotating between the first six 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.
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. Course focus and teacher demonstrations will include landscape and still life. Students may choose from provided subject matter or bring in their own inspirational references. To learn more about the class, download the PDF syllabus below.
Morning and evening classes are available. 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 demonstrations and apply newly learned methods to their work. 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 or bring in their own inspirational references. To learn more about the class, download the PDF syllabus below.
Putney painter and award winning artist, Carol Arnold will be offering a two-day portrait workshop for all levels. Carol will begin both days with a teaching demonstration followed by plenty of one on one instruction to artists as they paint from the live model. Students in the class will explore the importance of knowing what they want to say about their subject before beginning a painting and then focus on learning how to ask the right questions to get the right colors, values, edges and drawing to become more competent in executing their vision.
Robert J. O’Brien, AWS NWS, will show you how to make the ordinary extraordinary painting light in watercolor. This course will explore techniques on how to achieve spectacular light effects from ordinary images through the use of light and shadow. Subject matter will range from landscape, to close focus studies of architectural and agricultural motifs. Composition and values will be explored in this workshop. All levels of painting ability are welcome. Students will work from photo reference. Some drawing experience is recommended. There will be a critique and class discussion at the end of the workshop.
Robert J. O’Brien, AWS NWS, paints flowers in watercolor. 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. A critique and class discussion will be held at the end of the session.
This 10 week course introduces the technical and creative possibilities of your Digital SLR camera. We will cover all the basics of moving from “Auto” to “Manual” shooting, including Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, Metering, Focusing, White Balance and more. We will also introduce creative advanced techniques such as depth of field, freezing and blurring motion, shooting silhouettes, and panning. The course is intensive and fun, designed to help you take the photos you want. Simple weekly shooting assignments are provided to reinforce the material covered in class. Note: this class is not designed for point and shoot cameras. To learn more about the class, download the PDF syllabus below.
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!