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Adult Classes

Upcoming events

    • 01/05/2019
    • 02/23/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 5
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    The most astonishing fact about Chinese brush painting is that each brush stroke is a defining move creating a part of the painting that is neither improved upon nor corrected. 

    Chinese brush painting is meant to be more than a representation of an object; it is also a symbolic expression. Rather than looking at the subject as you paint, you bring it forth from your mind and heart. 

    No sketch is prepared and no model is used; the artist paints with rapid, mentally constructed strokes transporting a 'mind image' to paper. 

    Ming will give step by step instruction and demonstrations using Chinese brush and inks. Each class will cover a new subjects including peony, orchids, pine tree, wisteria, bamboo, lotus blossom, chrysanthemum and plum blossom. 

    All materials will be supplied for the fee of $30 that should be paid to Ming at the first class meeting.  

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


    • 01/05/2019
    • 03/02/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 2
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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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    • 01/07/2019
    • 02/25/2019
    • 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 in 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 sketches/paintings. Students at all levels are welcome. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/07/2019
    • 02/25/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    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.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/07/2019
    • 02/25/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 4
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    If you have every been even a little curious about books arts. . . this class is for you! We will explore this unique medium using traditional books as a framework.

    Once you have these techniques down, you can expand and make more complicated constructions of books based on these simple original forms.

    Each week we will explore a specific structure including a simple section pamphlet stitched book, whirlwind books, accordion books, flag books, scroll books, palm leaf books, tunnel books, etc.

    While making these books we will discuss the use of various materials, different types of glues, and the basic rules of book building. In the second half of the course we will build a portfolio using book board, decorative paper and book cloth that can contain photos and drawings of your work.

    Finally, Mita will guide you as you focus on a project of your own using the structures learned. When you finish this class you will have an extensive working knowledge of the materials, tools and the many types of artist book structures to incorporate into your own future projects.

    A materials fee of $30 should be paid directly to the instructor at the first class meeting.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/08/2019
    • 02/26/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 2
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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 and buildings 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. Students will also learn techniques that are not only fun but helpful in creating a finished painting. 

    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 notebook to practice techniques that are presented. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 

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    • 01/08/2019
    • 02/26/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 0
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    Where do you want to go with your painting? What areas do you need help with and how can you clarify what it is you want to do? You must ask yourself some of these difficult questions when considering working in independent study. 

    The benefits of this type of class includes more one-on-one attention, a focused investigation in an area of painting that truly interests you, as well as an exploration of your goals as an artist. 

    This class will put much of the responsibility on you, because you are essentially creating your own course of study. You will be determining what you paint with guidance from Cynthia. She is there to help guide you by focusing on your strengths and tackling your weaknesses, all the while supplementing and clarifying your thinking, and keeping you on a more focused path. 

    This class requires painting experience as well as a conversation with the instructor prior to registration. Please contact Buffy at the Art League for the instructor’s contact information. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/08/2019
    • 02/26/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    This course provides an introduction to drawing by exploring basic concepts of contour, value, perspective, and composition. We will explore and experiment with a variety of dry and wet media, including but not limited to charcoal, graphite, and ink.

    The projects include one charcoal still life to practice close observational techniques, multiple drawings of zoomed in objects in both contour and full value, and one non-objective drawing to think about abstraction.

    Each student will complete 3 to 6 drawings depending on size and ambition of each project.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/09/2019
    • 02/27/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    The objective of this class is to acquaint students with traditional and contemporary techniques painting, that will give them the solid background needed to develop their individual style. 

    Class will progress to the introduction of traditional 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. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/09/2019
    • 02/27/2019
    • 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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    • 01/09/2019
    • 02/27/2019
    • 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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    • 01/10/2019
    • 02/28/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 1
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    A still life is simply an arrangement of objects, natural or man-made, that are illuminated by a constant light source. Its roots can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians but became a painting genre in the seventeenth century. Caravaggio, Van Gogh, Delacroix, Cezanne, and Diego Rivera all painted the still life. And for good reason—it is the simplest and most comprehensive way for an artist to apply and practice just about everything they would like to learn about painting.

    Together we will arrange a still life to create a dynamic composition. Students will gain an understanding of this classic genre by studying the interplay of light and shadow and how the viewers eye moves around the painting. Topics will include: focal point, luminosity, texture, folds, toning, color, pictorial balance and mood.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/10/2019
    • 02/28/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
    • 4
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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. This class provides 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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    • 01/10/2019
    • 02/28/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    Learn to paint the figure in this intensive, 8-week course! The human figure is a complex subject and can be intimidating to think about painting, but it doesn’t have to be.

    Students will learn both how to paint a one session figure sketch as well as what it takes to create a multiple session painting from life.

    Each session will begin with a demonstration detailing and discussing foundational art practices and ideas that can applied to any subject…including the figure!

    If you want to grow in your artistic practices and in your confidence in approaching figure painting, this course is for you!

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 01/11/2019
    • 03/01/2019
    • 8 sessions
    • Main Studio
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    This eight-session mixed media painting class will give students the opportunity to experiment with a variety of different materials and processes including printmaking, ink resist, woodburning, and collage (with the possibility of utilizing text, personal photos, natural objects, and more). 

    Using oil or acrylic paint as our primary medium, we will create pieces that deal with the interpretation of memory, constructing a visual narrative, and how to effectively communicate our ideas and stories.

    Each session will include a demonstration/hands-on instruction, as well as thoughtful discussions and constructive critiques of finished work. 

    All skill levels are encouraged and welcome in this fun and informative class! 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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