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Adult Classes

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    • 11/01/2021
    • 11/05/2021
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join artist, Michelle Chrisman, to learn methods and techniques of how to quickly design bold paintings, capturing a simplified light and shadow pattern of the simply clothed figure and background shapes. Each session will start with small 25 stroke paintings, moving from 5 to 45 minute poses.  Concepts of value and color value will be explored through large, bold shapes with thick strokes of paint. Students will learn to quickly pre-mix correct color values in order to paint quickly, with decisive, intentional, large brush strokes.  On the second day, students will move to  longer poses and larger canvases, while still maintaining a contemporary approach.  All levels of painters are welcome.

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    • 11/06/2021
    • 12/11/2021
    • 6 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
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    Having objective eyes on your work in progress can be very helpful and sometimes result in just the right direction to enable the artist to forge ahead. Assessments of abstract work allows the artist to gain insight and different perspectives. In this 6-week critique based class, students will present finished or works in progress for review each week. Suggested weekly abstract projects will be outlined by the instructor. Artwork will be submitted digitally to the instructor each week to be included in a Keynote presentation for best viewing for the entire class. Abstraction is about respecting the past, being in the present and creating a future. Let the art discussion commence!

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    • 11/12/2021
    • 11/14/2021
    • 3 sessions
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    Join encaustic artist, Carolyn Berry, in this fun and experimental workshop where the sky is the limit! Encaustic wax is a versatile medium made from beeswax, damar resin and powdered pigments that can be used for traditional painting techniques as well as a way to add texture, layer and join mixed media materials together.  We will explore experimental techniques of painting, drawing, collage, stenciling, photo transfer, wax fusing and surface manipulation. Be inspired to create artwork with a unique surface using melted wax and pigments. Using magazine images, photo images and found collage materials students will achieve successful and personal imagery in this creative medium. No previous art experience is necessary only an adventurous spirit.


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    • 12/06/2021
    • 12/10/2021
    • 5 sessions
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    In this workshop you will advance your painting from the literal replication of the model to an expressive and unique work of art. We will revisit the basics of portraiture and offer simplified techniques that will help to build confidence in this most rewarding subject. Manageable concepts of anatomy are presented that will add to the student's knowledge base. These will be integrated with classic principles of art: rhythm of application, design and composition, tones and values, shapes and forms, cool and warm colors and more as they relate to painting the portrait. And finally, we will discuss the magic of Fechin, Zorn, Sorolla, Repin, Sargent and others which will help students take the leap to applying the principles of these masters.

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    • 01/04/2022
    • 02/22/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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    This class will explore the very essence of how ideas are formed from your sketchbook. Practice makes perfect and in this case it is so true. By developing the habit of taking your sketchbook with you everywhere you will begin to notice more and hone your ability to see and then draw very personal glimpses of life. Stacy will be working from his studio in Pittsburgh where he will share his various sketches and notations that grew into full fledged children’s books. Sketchbooks can also serve as a place to work out compositions, ideas for a series, preliminary drawing for a painting or any work of art. Stacy will guide you through a progression of exercises that will review drawing methods and principals that will become second nature to you as you develop the routine of sketching and drawing every day. Don’t miss your chance to work with Stacy Innerst who is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and exceptional artist. This workshop is open to students at all levels.

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    • 01/04/2022
    • 02/22/2022
    • 8 sessions
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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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    • 01/04/2022
    • 03/01/2022
    • 8 sessions
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    This studio class will focus predominantly on clouds and skies in the landscape. The principles of composition, color temperature, shadows, brush strokes, thickness of paint, edges, philosophies of painting and centers of interest will be incorporated. You will learn why the sky is blue, why sunsets orange and yellow, how shadows take on certain hues, how to capture atmospheric perspective, and how to paint different types of clouds with an understanding of how they form. Interspersed will be lessons on how to avoid muddy colors, how to maximize the impact of the colors you use and which combinations of color please the eye. We will also explore the techniques of alla prima, multi-step painting, realism and impressionism. This course will be flexible and tailored to the students needs giving ample time to work on paintings in class. Jeff will demonstrate techniques on a regular basis and whenever requested. Instruction will be constructive and positive at the level you are comfortable with whether you are a beginner or professional. The goal is for every student to deepen his or her knowledge about painting while enjoying the learning process. Expect to have fun. Plan on producing works you will be proud of.

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    • 01/05/2022
    • 02/23/2022
    • 8 sessions
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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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    • 01/05/2022
    • 02/23/2022
    • 8 sessions
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    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 interpretation of the subject while incorporating the fundamentals of composition, depth of field and balance in landscape painting.

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    • 01/05/2022
    • 02/23/2022
    • 8 sessions
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    So you've got the basics of painting down and now you'd like to push your representational work to a new level, a bit more out of the box — maybe even more loose and edgy. Michelle will guide you carefully (and at times even recklessly) down this fun and exciting path—no small brushes allowed in this class! We will paint several still lifes paintings each day, full of color, creative expression, and contemporary design. We will explore quick bold application of paint as well as the use of vibrant color.  You will leave this class with a whole new perspective on what is possible in your oil paintings. Painters at all levels are welcome, from beginner to advanced.

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    • 01/06/2022
    • 02/24/2022
    • 8 sessions
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    Join artist VASILI KATAKIS, in this course designed for artists who feel that they have reached a point in their work where they are ready for a new challenge. Learning something new allows you to build on what you already know, bringing a sense of excitement, accomplishment and confidence.The unique nature of the pastel medium, that exists between drawing and painting, is the immediate results with no waiting for pigment to dry. This allows for a great sense of freedom and immediacy. It also allows artists to work on a large scale with relative ease. Deciding to work large is a big step that has more properties to consider than you might expect.  Vas will demonstrate how to ‘scale up’ a drawing to a larger format but also address the effects and important questions to consider when increasing the scale of your work. For example, it is important to consider the effect on the viewer. A large work of art can have a strong impact, perhaps even larger than life. This is very different from the intimate personal experience of observing a small piece that you are inclined to come up close to view. Exploring these characteristics will allow students a deeper understanding of  what they are creating.  This class will benefit those wanting to try out new techniques, designs, interpretation, expanding their vision and scale, or simply break out of a creative rut. This class will enable you to build on your strengths and explore new territory. Students should bring their preferred materials to work with. All dry media are welcome. Intermediate students with painting experience are welcome. Please feel free to contact the instructor with questions, vasilikatakis2@gmail.com.

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    • 01/06/2022
    • 02/24/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
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    Join Maria online as she works from her home studio where she will demonstrate and lecture for one hour and look at student's work offering guidance and critique for the second hour. Maria will also be in contact with students via email. 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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    • 01/06/2022
    • 03/03/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Come learn how to put some pizazz in your landscapes as we investigate the power of color, simplified shape and texture. Designed for both beginner and intermediate painters this class will explore expressionism as it relates to the landscape.
      Alice will include numerous demonstrations, in and out of class assignments and lots of personalized guided instruction. We will also explore/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. Check out Alice’s recent work at alicewebbart.com.

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    • 01/07/2022
    • 02/25/2022
    • 8 sessions
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    This class will examine the bones of what constitutes a work on paper. If you are interested in abstract painting, the relative quickness and immediacy of drawing could be a great foundation to explore the potential of line, form, color/value and surface. Drawings can be fast and gestural or slower and complicated. The materials can be pencil and paper or mixed media including collage. We will utilize the idea of abstraction of line, form, value, color and surface of non-figurative drawing practices. Sitting equally between vision and process, the class will explore the boundaries of volume, the illusion of 3-dimensions on a flat surface, the object quality of material and let determination and chance have their say. Each week we will begin with a different simple process that is directional, serving as a catalyst to get the work going. We will work with both traditional wet and dry drawing media and mixed media as well to allow for experimentation. This class will be challenging but really fun!

    Please sign up early; space is limited.

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    • 01/08/2022
    • 03/05/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    This class is for intermediate artists who want to go to the next level. If you are asking yourself “Where do I go from here?”, this class will give you the direction you are seeking. Alice will be working with each student individually to determine how to build on your strengths and how to turn weaknesses into assets. Together you will clarify your visual voice and understand how your personal creative vocabulary is already apparent in your work. Alice will encourage an investigation of the imagery, color choices and composition you are presently using and guide you to a strong individual path in your painting.  Please bring your preferred materials. All media, charcoal and pencil, pastels, oils, acrylics and watercolors, are welcome. Check out Alice’s recent work at alicewebbart.com.


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    • 01/10/2022
    • 02/28/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    If you have never worked in oils but always wanted to, don’t be scared. Peggy will show you how enjoyable and rewarding this medium can be. This will be a fun introductory class discovering the beauty of working in oil paint.  We will cover materials, including different mediums, brushes, pigments and how to prepare the painting surface with a primer; working on different supports such as canvas, wood panel or prepped paper. Students will try out different techniques working in traditional and alla prima methods, while painting from a limited to a full color palette. We will use reference to work from, such as master copies of landscape, still life and portrait, as our subject matter. This class will be informative, without being intimidating and will give you choices that allow you to decide how you want to work with the medium of oil painting.

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    • 01/10/2022
    • 02/28/2022
    • 8 sessions
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    The technique of painting with egg tempera has been used for centuries, by Egyptians, Byzantine icon painters, Sandro Botticelli, Andrew Wyeth and many more since and in between. This painting medium can be used in a variety of ways with soft brushes, bristle brushes and sponging. Egg tempera does dry quickly, so modeling is built up with brush strokes. A bit of scumbling is also possible. The best part of egg tempera is the detail and luminescence that can be achieved no other way. During the first part of the class we will work with egg tempera on paper. Yes! It can be done. Mr. Wyeth achieved this. In the second part of class we will use ampersand clay board, utilizing a more traditional approach. Join Maria on this new adventure into an age old but versatile medium! Please sign up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 01/17/2022
    • 03/07/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
    • 5
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    Back by popular demand! Join Lea this fall to learn new ways to create dynamic, visually exciting art! Discover the secrets of com-positional design with all kinds of interesting materials in this playful, yet information-packed class! Lea will be working from her home studio where she will look at student's work offering guidance and critique for the first hour and demonstrate and lecture the second hour. She will also be in contact with students via email during the week between classes for questions that might arise. Students will enjoy exploring the limitless potential of collage and mixed media; layering, tearing, and surface development combining a plethora of exciting materials such as acrylics, found objects, ink, and more. Gather your own images, patterned papers, fabric scraps, etc to use. Participants will come away with several finished pieces and a broad range of ideas for further exploration.

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    • 01/17/2022
    • 02/28/2022
    • 6 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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    Join artist, Esther Marie, exploring the vast potential of gouache, ink and watercolor as you explore the abstract form in painting. Each week, working from her studio in New York, Esther Marie will share an artistic process with you, step by step. Students will be encouraged to jump right in and trust their creative instincts, making each method fun, accessible, and inspiring. While learning about brush strokes, washes, mixes, blending and color theory, students will also explore the combination of these different mediums working wet-on-wet, creating texture, value changes, as well as creating focus and depth.  Esther Marie will demonstrate all techniques while also giving students individual attention through critiques and group discussions fostering their progress. This class will help each student nurture their own signature painting style. Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 02/03/2022
    • 03/24/2022
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
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    In this eight- session online course, we will explore portrait drawing by studying a variety of paintings and drawings from the masters of Western art history. The class will build from the ground up, covering fundamental concepts and strategies that will help us analyze and draw from these masterworks.  Through practice, we will gain insight into how those artists that we admire understood and represented light and form through the language of drawing.  Ultimately, the lessons from this class will translate directly to the practice of drawing from life.  Though some material techniques will be covered, the goal of this class is for us to focus on ideas that will help us grasp the visual experience as it applies to nature and the human form. 



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