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Adult Classes

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    • 03/24/2020
    • 05/05/2020
    • 7 sessions
    • Main studio
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    Join Nancy Goetz in this 7-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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    • 03/30/2020
    • 05/18/2020
    • 7 sessions
    • Main studio
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    This 7-week class is designed for anyone who wants to learn how to paint in watercolor using multiple transparent layers for ultimate depth in their work. 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, juxtaposition of 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). Painting subjects will be a few small still lifes created first from an actual still life model and then from a photo. We will also explore the fundamentals of composition, contrast of values, the essentials of a good initial drawing, how to achieve perfect chiaroscuro and working from great vs. bad photo references. 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 personal work, using transparent layers.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 03/30/2020
    • 05/18/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    In this highly experimental mixed-media class, participants will delve into an exciting array of collage, acrylic mediums, found objects, beeswax and more. Working with the potential of surface development through organic abstraction, complex patterning and lush textural expression, each student will produce several unique works that will delight and inspire the imagination. All levels welcome.

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    • 03/30/2020
    • 05/18/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
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    Learn how to draw the figure in charcoal and pastel from observation. 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 on how to work from the figure with successful results and learning to take control of the medium. We will be working from live models at each class session.  You will learn to make your own pastel primer. You will learn 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.  


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    • 03/31/2020
    • 05/05/2020
    • 6 sessions
    • Main studio
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    Join Frank in this six-week class exploring methods and materials for urban landscape sketching in watercolor and acrylic. We will begin by learning how to handle water media as a sketching tool while studying value and compositional design. We will practice quick on-site sketching and painting techniques each day as we meet on location (at pre-determined destinations) as well as meeting back at the studio for lectures and demonstrations. Students will be encouraged to complete a series of quickly executed sketches/paintings both on-site and in the studio using photos as reference. Principles of composition, color theory, methods and materials will be discussed. Frank will present options for creating your personalized painting travel kit. Individual instruction will be given to each student.

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    • 03/31/2020
    • 05/19/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
    • 0
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    Take a journey, tell a story and make your paintings more romantic and exciting. Learn simple and effective techniques of how to incorporate a variety of flower forms into your landscapes. We will be exploring the structure, shape and mass of these elements in the landscape and ways to approach them employing the basics of perspective. Be sure to bring any references or photos you may want to use. Class will include daily exercises and demonstrations on initial drawing, placement, as well as examples of related techniques. Emphasis on design, composition and critique will help students advance in  their skill with watercolor. Please bring the materials you have and check the list of supplies posted online, Carol has added a few items.Each student will receive a spiral watercolor note-book to practice techniques that are presented.

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    • 04/01/2020
    • 05/20/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 3
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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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    • 04/01/2020
    • 05/20/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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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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    • 04/01/2020
    • 05/20/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    This painting class will encourage students to look at the world from a different perspective. Exploring color, composition and form in a new and dynamic way, students willdiscover a personal voice using the language of art. Subject matter will be all inclusive as we incorporate alternative materials like stencils, spray paint and different modeling pastes. Plan to explore and expand your creative vocabulary using methods that might challenge traditional boundaries of art making. Bring ideas of subjects and concepts that interest you. Students at all levels are welcome.

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    • 04/02/2020
    • 05/21/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
    • 0
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    Discover why botanicals continue to be the subject for so many artists for hundreds of years. They are ideal for studying the transmission of light, shadow, color and for creating depth and mood. Emphasis will be given in capturing the essence of a blossom and in recognizing abstract forms that we find in nature. The class will focus on painting singular and multiple blossoms. Class will meet in the studio as well as at BioParks’ Sasebo Japanese Garden, the Mediterranean Conservatory. Soft pastel and all other forms of dry media are welcome. All levels of experience can benefit from this class.

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    • 04/02/2020
    • 05/21/2020
    • 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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    • 04/02/2020
    • 05/21/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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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 practice glazing to create glowing, harmonious color in a still life. Learning about color, and the properties of different oil paints, whether transparent or opaque, also aids the artist in achieving realistic effects and a luminous depth that cannot be attained in direct painting. Sarah will share the modern materials and 21st century approach she uses to create paintings using the time- tested indirect method inspired by Flemish and Venetian techniques.

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    • 04/03/2020
    • 05/22/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
    • 0
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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.  You will also learn how to do more than render the landscape and how to catch the viewer's eye.  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. Expect to increase your love of painting.  Plan on producing works you will be proud of.

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    • 04/04/2020
    • 05/23/2020
    • 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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    • 04/04/2020
    • 05/30/2020
    • 8 sessions
    • Main studio
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    Interested in studying art in college or becoming a professional artist one day? Join artist, Alice Webb, 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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