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Adult Classes

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    • 01/06/2020
    • 02/24/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    Join Frank in this fun and informative class exploring the vast range of possibilities with this versatile medium. We will create expressive paintings using simple still life set-ups or photos as reference starting each class with a short lecture and demonstration. Beginning with sketching the subject, we will focus on design and value. Principles of composition, color theory, methods and materials will be discussed. Individual instruction will be given and students will be encouraged to complete a series of quickly executed sketches/paintings. Students at all levels are welcome.



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    • 01/06/2020
    • 02/24/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    Would you love to learn new ways to create dynamic, visually exciting art? Come and learn the secrets of compositional design with all kinds of interesting materials in this playful, yet information-packed class! We will Explore the limitless potential of collage and mixed media. Layering, tearing, and surface development combine with plethora of exciting materials such as encaustic, acrylics, found objects, ink, and more. Bring your own images, patterned papers, fabric scraps, etc to use or share. Participants will come away with several finished pieces and a broad range of ideas for further exploration. A materials fee of $20 should be paid directly to the instructor at the first class meeting.

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    • 01/06/2020
    • 02/24/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    This course will introduce students to the characteristics of working with pastels as a painting medium.  Through still life, you will learn how to pinpoint and solve painting issues such as drawing, composition and color mixing. Students will learn to paint effectively using different papers and surfaces for desired visual effects including rendering in value. shape and edges. Subjects covered will be composition, mark making, value study, color mixing and more. Pastel is unique, in that it provides a combination of drawing and painting skill levels.


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    • 01/07/2020
    • 02/25/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    Join Carol in this informative, helpful and uplifting class. Learn simple and effective watercolor techniques while studying value, texture and how to incorporate a dynamic composition to hold the viewers attention. We will start with getting your vision down on paper and then move on to brush techniques, taping and all of Carol’s secrets. Be sure to bring your ideas and reference photos that you want to use. Class will include individual attention as well as daily exercises and demonstrations on initial drawing, placement and examples of related techniques. Please bring the materials you have and check the list of supplies posted online. Each student will receive a spiral watercolor note-book to practice techniques that are presented.

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    • 01/07/2020
    • 03/03/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    This class is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to paint portraits in watercolor using multiple transparent layers for ultimate depth in their work, with the goal of painting more realistically. Students will learn the basics of handling watercolor paints and brushes, and explore a variety of techniques: glazing, layering, methods for saving the white of the paper, juxtaposing color, key techniques in creating the perfect neutral color, softening and/or losing a few edges, the importance of incorporating the background-color as foreground-shadows, and others. Our portraits will be painted from carefully selected photos, instructor’s choice first, then photos provided by students, learning the importance of working from great, vs. bad photo references. We will also touch on the basic fundamentals of composition, contrast of values, the essentials of a good initial drawing, and how to achieve perfect chiaroscuro. Several technical demonstrations will complement your studio work. The goal of this class is to give students the basic tools necessary to begin their own realistic portrait work.

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    No class on January 21!

    • 01/07/2020
    • 02/25/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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     Join Nancy Goetz in this 8-week class exploring the basics of drawing, from the beginning. Whether you are an absolute beginner or you simply want to brush up on the basics, this is the class for you! Learning to truly see what is in front of you is key to all successful drawing. We will be working from life to increase skills of observation and realistic rendering. We will be working creatively while learning to incorporate the core principles of drawing; composition, the exploration of line, value, texture, and creating the illusion of space. Students will also have the opportunity to try out a variety of mediums including pencil, pen, ink, and charcoal. Everybody will enjoy a great sense of accomplishment after completing several projects by the end of class. 

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    • 01/08/2020
    • 02/26/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    The objective of this class is to acquaint students with traditional and contemporary techniques in drawing and painting that will give them the solid background needed to develop their own individual style. Class will progress to the introduction of traditional drawing and painting techniques and fundamental principles of design including composition, perspective and color. Classes will begin with a short lecture and demonstration, after which students will explore these techniques working from still life arrangements or their own photographic material.


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    • 01/08/2020
    • 02/12/2020
    • 6 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Join Waid for this 6-week exploration of landscape painting. Students will learn how to paint in oils using the time tested methods of the masters. Color theory and its application to landscape painting will be a central focus as Waid helps each student develop greater skills of observation. Meeting each artist at their individual level of skill, Waid encourages self-expression and individual inter-pretation of the subject while incor-porating the fundamentals of com-position, depth of field and balance in landscape painting.

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    • 01/08/2020
    • 02/26/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    In this introduction to oil painting class we will focus on both the technical aspects of oil painting and the basics of strong composition, proportion, object place-ment, value, and aerial perspective. Students will learn to mix color first by working with a limited palette and then, as we progress, we will add more colors to our palette.  After focusing on both painting from life and painting landscapes from photographs, students will choose the subject of their final painting. If you wish to break into abstraction as this time then go for it! Instruction will include short demonstrations as well as individual instruction. This class is intended for beginners and intermediate students who would like to sharpen their painting skills.




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    • 01/09/2020
    • 02/27/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    This newly designed course has been created specifically for artists wanting to expand their knowledge of perspective. Artists needs are unique and differ from those of architects and engineers who use traditional methods to learn perspective drawing. There will be no need for complex construction lines or mechanical devices. We will combine simple drawing techniques with basic design principles to create the illusion of depth. A sense of “correctness” will replace the need to be precise. While linear perspective is important, it’s only one component that contributes to the success of a good painting. Course topics will include: areal and intuitive perspective, light & shadow, composition, fixation points, foreshortening, Goldilocksʼ rule and more. Basic drawing skills will benefit the student. A perfect next step for beginners and intermediate drawing students ready to learn how to depict depth and space in their work.




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    • 01/09/2020
    • 02/27/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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      This class will focus primarily on bridging the gap between creating vibrant, luminous paintings from photographs by developing the skills to solve the shortcomings that photography presents as a source of ideas for paintings. Light, distance, perspective, atmospheric effects, composition, color and principles of design will be covered.  Students have the choice of working with their favorite medium: oil, pastel, acrylic or watercolor, using their own photographic material as reference. A great opportunity for turning joyful travel experiences into successful works of art.  Individual guidance and demonstrations will be given by instructor in order to help each student develop their own personal style.

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    • 01/09/2020
    • 02/27/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    Working intentionally with color can enhance your drawing skills as well as add another layer to your creativity. In this 8-week class, we will explore drawing realistically, and sometimes abstractly, with color, using a variety of materials and techniques. Starting out with a fun chalk pastel introductory project, we will then move on to drawings that work with colored pencils, oil pastels, conté crayons, watercolor, and more! Each session will include a demonstration/hands-on drawing instruction, as well as thoughtful discussions and constructive critiques of finished work.  By the end of this course, students will have a greater appreciation for drawing with color, as well as a range of skills to better interpret the visual world.

    This class is open to students of all experience and skill levels.

    Please sign up early;class size is limited.

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    • 01/10/2020
    • 02/28/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    This 8-week painting class will be an examination of some of the infinite possibilities of abstract image making. Whether you have experience working non-objectively or not, the class is about the seductive qualities and expressive potential of pigment, oil or acrylic. Linear concerns, color and value, form and surface treatments will be objectively manipulated as well as discussions about intent, atmosphere, narrative directions and or purely formal, pictorial issues. Working abstractly is deceptively difficult and amazingly rewarding since every decision that you make is coming from you, the responsibility and excitement of the unknown are yours. Don't fight the feeling, jump into the deep end of the art pool!

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/11/2020
    • 02/29/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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    Come learn how to put some pazazz in your landscapes as we investigate the power of color, sim-plified shape and texture. In this class for intermediate painters we will explore expressionism as it relates to the landscape. This class will include numerous demon-strations, power points of work by other artists and lots of person-alized guided instruction. If the class wishes we will also explore or review one, two and multiple point perspective. I will be working in oils but artists working in all media, watercolor, gouache, or acrylics. are welcome and instruction using a variety of media will be provided.

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    • 01/11/2020
    • 02/29/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • main studio
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      Interested in studying art in college or becoming a professional artist one day? Join artist, Nancy Goetz, for a comprehensive 8-week course building a successful art portfolio. Students will have fun exploring multiple painting, drawing and design projects, finishing with several successful pieces that could be included in a portfolio for admission to a university art program. We will be looking at works by masters throughout art history related to each project. Come ready to ask questions, share ideas and learn. This is a no pressure environment where all levels are welcome. Individualized guidance and constructive feedback will be given.

    Please sign up early, space is limited. 

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Hours: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday - Saturday  505-293-5034

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