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Adult Classes

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    • 01/11/2021
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    • 03/01/2021
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    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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    Join Frank in this 8-week informative and fun class exploring the vast range of possibilities with this versatile medium. We will create expressive paintings using photos as reference starting each class with a short lecture and demonstration. Beginning with sketching in pencil and paint, 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 paintings. This class will be conducted online as a weekly 2-hour Zoom meeting.  Frank will be available online for additional critique time after the weekly meetings.  Students at all levels are welcome. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/11/2021
    • (MST)
    • 03/01/2021
    • (MST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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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! Join Lea online as she works 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. Lea will also be in contact with students via email. We will explore the limitless potential of collage and mixed media. Layering, tearing, and surface development combine with 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.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


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    • 01/11/2021
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    • 03/01/2021
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    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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    Join NewYork artist, Esther Marie, exploring the vast potential of gouache, ink and watercolor as you explore the abstract form in the landscape. Each week, working from her studio in New York, Esther will introduce different techniques from an impressionist view of the landscape. Students will review the principles of art by referring to works by artists throughout history. 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 give 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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    • 01/12/2021
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    • 03/02/2021
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    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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    This class will focus predominantly on earth, skies and water in the landscape. You will learn why the sky is blue, why sunsets orange and yellow, how shadows take on certain hues, how to capture atmospheric perspective, how to paint different types of clouds with an understanding of how they form, and how reflections in water are affected by undulations in the surface of the water. The principles of composition, color temperature, shadows, brush strokes, thickness of paint, edges, philosophies of painting and centers of interest will be incorporated. We will also explore the techniques of alla prima, multi-step painting, realism and impressionism. Join Jeff online as he works from his home studio where he will demonstrate and lecture the first hour and look at student's work offering guidance and critique for the second hour. Jeff will also be in contact with students via email. Instruction will be constructive and positive at the level you are comfortable with whether you are a beginner or a seasoned painter. 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.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/12/2021
    • (MST)
    • 03/02/2021
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    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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    Painters view art history in a different way than traditional academics do, and having actual experience with the materials and the joy and terror of the next blank canvas potentially changes the way the historical information is perceived. Starting around the mid 1800’s up to today, this class will speed through the major art movements, ideas and motivations behind painting and what was and is making it new. After the invention and improvements to the art of photography, painting had to re-assess and was free to change course many times and re-invent itself. Although essentially primitive in it’s application, painting has proven to be flexible and inclusive enough a media to express a huge range of feeling and expression. A lot of information has been compressed into a relatively short 8-week class, but the core of Modernism and what happened after has been kept intact. For painters, art history is like family history, the good, the bad and the beautiful.


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

    • 01/12/2021
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    • 03/02/2021
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    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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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.

    Please sigh up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 01/12/2021
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    • 03/02/2021
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    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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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. Nan will be working from her home studio where she will demonstrate and lecture the first hour and look at student's work offering guidance and critique for the second hour. Nan will also be in contact with students via email. 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. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/13/2021
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    • 03/03/2021
    • (MST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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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. The objective of this class is to acquaint students with traditional and contem-porary 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 andcolor. 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.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/13/2021
    • (MST)
    • 02/17/2021
    • (MST)
    • 6 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
    • 8
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    Love to draw but dreaming about color? Join artist, Susan Rubin, as she uncovers the vast potential of the medium of colored pencil. Susan will be working from her Denver studio where she will demonstrate, lecture, look at student's work offering guidance while you work in the safety of your own home studio. Students will start with pencil drawing techniques to accurately capture botanical forms in line with an emphasis on shape, proportion and perspective. Learn to add depth with light on form in shading and cast shadows. Colored pencil has gained popularity in recent years, but is not just for ‘coloring’. Learn to mix your own colors in layers and how to apply them like a painter for luminous depth and bold hues. From fruit to leaves to flowers, each week we will take on a new botanical challenge from start to finish. By the end of the course you’ll have an impressive collection of your own small botanical artworks!

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

     

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    • 01/13/2021
    • (MST)
    • 03/03/2021
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    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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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.


    Class size is limited, please sign up early.


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    • 01/14/2021
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    • 03/04/2021
    • (MST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 5
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    The classical indirect method makes it possible to paint realistic still life by separating all the different elements of creating into individual steps.  Drawing and composition, capturing correct value, and layering color are broken down separately so the painting evolves in a logical and easy to understand sequence.  Students will explore different methods to create a strong start in painting including Flemish and Venetian technique.  We will practice beginning a painting with an imprimatura, and open and closed grisaille.  Learning about color and the properties of different oil paints, whether transparent or opaque, while applying glazes, velaturas and scumbles will also be covered.  These techniques aid the artist in achieving realistic effects and a luminous depth that cannot be attained in direct painting.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/14/2021
    • (MST)
    • 03/04/2021
    • (MST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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    This class taught by VASILI KATAKIS will explore the different ways pastel color can be used. The unique nature of the pastel medium makes it different from wet media because all of the effects are instantaneous, as there is no waiting for pigment or glazing to dry. This characteristic allows for greater flexibility and a deeper understanding for the methods used in exploring color. The class will apply color on various grounds: textured, sanded and toned. Topics include: color notan, color study, color interaction, local color, broken color, color mixing, finished work, and establishing your own palette. Techniques include: texturing, toning, strokes, feathering, layering, scumbling, shading, blending, and underpainting.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 01/14/2021
    • (MST)
    • 03/04/2021
    • (MST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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    This introduction to oil painting class will focus on both the technical aspects of oil painting and the basics of strong composition, proportion, object placement, value, and aerial perspective. Join Alice as she works from her home studio where she will demonstrate the first hour and look at student's work offering guidance and critique for the second hour. Alice will also be in contact with students via email. 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.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/14/2021
    • (MST)
    • 03/04/2021
    • (MST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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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.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/15/2021
    • (MST)
    • 03/05/2021
    • (MST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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    Don’t miss this rare opportunity to work with award-winning children’s book illustrator, Stacy Innerst. This class will explore illustration as a visual means to tell a story and to create concept-based imagery. Stacy will be working from his studio in Pittsburgh where he will demonstrate, lecture, look at student's work and offer guidance while you work in the comfort of your own studio. Class will cover the process of brainstorming, working with a concept, exploring the audience you might be trying to reach, creating sketches and finally the finished artwork. Most of all, you will have great freedom to explore different techniques and mediums that will be your’s to work with in the future. Students will primarily be painting with watercolor, gouache and ink but Stacy will include demos of acrylics and other popular illustration techniques and media as well. This workshop is open to students at all levels. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/15/2021
    • (MST)
    • 03/05/2021
    • (MST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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    Learn how to draw the figure in charcoal and pastel from observation. Join Peggy online as she works from her home studio where she will demonstrate and lecture the first hour and look at student's work offering guidance and critique for the second hour. Peggy will also be in contact with students via email. Class topics will cover how to measure the figure accurately, create volume in light and shading using vine charcoal and charcoal pencil, and how to create a rich color palette of flesh tones with pastel.Technique and materials usage will be discussed at length, along with a daily demonstration. The goal of this class is to bring to the student a cohesive understanding of the figure with successful results and learning to take control of the medium.  You will learn to make your own pastel primers as well as how to work on different pastel surfaces, achieving a variety of surface effects. Come ready to draw on day one! This will be an energetic, informative class.  

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 01/16/2021
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    • 03/06/2021
    • (MST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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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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    • 01/16/2021
    • (MST)
    • 03/07/2021
    • (MST)
    • 8 sessions
    • Online Zoom Class
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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. Join Alice as she works from her home studio where she will demonstrate the first hour and look at student's work offering guidance and critique for the second hour. Alice will also be in contact with students via email. 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.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.



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