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    • 06/02/2021
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    • 06/23/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
    • 0

    Expand your options in colored pencil. Mylar film provides a perfect surface for smooth, brilliant colored pencil work.  Learn the skills specific to this ground, including pencil application and layering techniques, how to make the back of the surface enhance the front, and how to erase (yes, erase!) colored pencil from Mylar for quick corrections and special effects. See how layering your drawings over other surfaces multiplies the possibilities for your finished work. Guided exercises, tips and tricks and plenty of practice add up to fresh techniques to make lush plant portraits.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 06/03/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 07/08/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
    • 1

    Back by popular demand! Don’t miss your chance to 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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    • 06/06/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 07/18/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
    • 1

    From Rubens, Rembrandt, John Singer Sargent to todays contemporary masters; Juliette Aristides, Clio Newton and Nathan Fowkes, we will be inspired to work from an array of drawing techniques using references from old master copies and from reference photography of the nude or semi-nude figure models. Here we will be using several different drawing mediums, such as pencil, charcoal, pen & ink and pastel. We will be using drawing methods to define form and depict volume. We will be adding pen & ink and pastel ( condensed black charcoal ) to explore contemporary figure drawing techniques. The photo reference materials will be provided by the instructor. Come ready to learn a variety of drawing techniques through different mediums and styles of artists, throughout the ages.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


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    • 06/07/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 07/19/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 6 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
    • 0
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    Back by popular demand! Join Lea this spring to learn new ways to create dynamic, visually exciting art! Discover the secrets of compositional 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.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


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    • 06/14/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 06/18/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 0

    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 basic techniques of painting, drawing, collage, stenciling, photo transfer, wax fusing and surface manipulation. Using magazine images, photo images and found collage materials is much easier and more personal for students just starting out in encaustic. Be inspired to create artwork with a unique surface using melted wax and pigments.  No previous art experience is necessary only an adventurous spirit.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 06/21/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 06/25/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 0
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    This workshop 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. All painting mediums are welcome but Michael has the most experience with oils and acrylics. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 06/28/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 07/11/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Art league Studios
    • 2
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    Get your hands dirty! Learn the basics of hand building while you make multiple decorative ornaments for your gardens, paths, patio, and exterior walls. We will make hanging tree ornaments, garden stones, wall plaques, hide-a-key rocks and even some small dipping and sipping vessels. Our pieces will be decorated with vibrant underglazes and finished with a clear glossy glaze to add sparkle and protection from weather for years to come. Each class will begin with a demo followed by time for students to make pieces of their own. Nancy will give plenty of individual instruction, offering ideas while helping to resolve problems. Your pieces will add splashes of color outside your windows all year long, even in the middle of winter! This class is suitable for beginner to experienced, anyone who wants to enjoy working with their hands in clay to create shapes decorated by fantastical designs with dynamic colors. A good way to re-enter the world after a year of isolation. The class consists of three sessions making objects with wet clay, followed by 10 days off while our clay pieces dry and get bisque fired in a kiln. We will then spend another two sessions applying underglazes and the final coat of clear sealing glaze. All our work will then be fired again, and available for pick up at the Art League after July 31.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 07/06/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 07/09/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    Join artist/printmaker extraordinaire, Maria Lilly, for this fun adventure into the world of printmaking! The relief print is one of the oldest and simplest methods of printmaking and a brilliant way to create multiples of your artwork. This unique medium is very graphic and throughout history, in addition to fine art, has be used to make posters, cards, and book illustrations. Similar to the woodcut, a linocut has no grain which makes cutting and designing much easier. This class will focus on the black and white linocut, concentrating on creating light and shadow with different types of marks and lines. Students will create bold black and white prints which can include lettering if desired. There will be time to make two or three blocks resulting in 2-3 editions, as time permits. Students may add watercolor after the print is dry for extra depth and life, sometimes compared to a stained glass effect. You will be so happy with the results!

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 07/12/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 07/16/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios and On Location
    • 1
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    Let’s paint outside! In this week long workshop we will spend three days at different spots painting in nature.  The fourth day we will work on finishing our paintings in the Art League studio and the last day is reserved for any finishing touches and a critique. The first three days will start with a demo and a short talk by Alice Webb. Information on how to create a dynamic composition, accounting for value, how color theory applies to the landscape and atmospheric perspective will be covered. You will have three hours to paint during which time Webb will work with each artist individually. All mediums are welcome: oils, acrylics, pastels and pan or tube watercolors. Since we will be outside for four hours the first three days you will need to make sure to use sunscreen and wear a hat. If you have a painting umbrella that’s great. Also bring water, a snack and a folding chair if you want to sit during demos and breaks. Restrooms may not be available but trees and bushes will be .

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 07/20/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 07/23/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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      Join Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, Lynn McLain, in this 4-day workshop focussing of the fleeting and beautiful light of the late evening. Lynn strives to impart skills to each student so that they might better understand his painting process and techniques and become more confident in their own use of the watercolor medium. We will study and solve issues that arise when painting lighting effects that occur in the landscape during the late evening sunset. We will all be working on the same subject as we continue through the painting step by step, which includes Lynn’s demonstration of each step, until the paintings are finished. This process serves as an effective teaching tool and  will allow you to receive a maximum amount of interaction and insight into Lynn’s painting knowledge and experience. The goal is for students to gain significant information and tools that they can then apply to their own painting process in the future. 


    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 07/28/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 07/30/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 9
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    Don’t miss this rare opportunity to work with international watercolor realist, Dylan Scott Pierce in this 3-day workshop. Dylan will demonstrate the principles for creating depth and realism while capturing personality, mood, and expression in watercolor. He will cover essential techniques of watercolor including transparent glazing, timing of wetness, warm to cool color theory and negative painting. Using color studies, Dylan will guide students through his process, explaining how to make artistic choices based on the specific message of the painting. Dylan will also explore ideas involving creative design choices including gesture studies, lost and found edges and complementary grays. Students will have plenty of time to paint with one-on-one help as well.  https://www.dylanpierce.com 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited. 


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    • 08/02/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 08/06/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
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    There comes a time when you, as a painter, are ready to move beyond the basics and focus on pushing toward finding your own artistic voice. Join Jeff in an exploration of techniques of alla prima, multi-step painting, realism and impressionism. The principles of composition, color temperature, shadows, brush strokes, thickness of paint, edges, philosophies of painting and centers of interest will also be incorporated. Jeff will demonstrate and lecture while offering guidance and critique for all students as they work. Individual instruction will be constructive and positive while striving to reach a deeper level of knowledge as you progress as a seasoned painter. The goal is for students to produce works to be proud of while enjoying the process.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 08/09/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 08/13/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Art League Studios
    • 2
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    Learn to paint a finished portrait in oil in this intensive, 5 day course! Portrait painting is an exciting tradition that has been practiced by artists for centuries as a vehicle, not only for study and/or commissions, but also as one of the most effective modes of expression and communication. For 5 full days students will learn about the process involved in creating a successful portrait painting including: composition, technical drawing skills, oil paint materials and usage, and much discussion on the many facets of information specific to creating a portrait (e.g. Anatomy, painting/drawing different features, expression, color mixing, etc.). Each student will spend the entire course going through the process of creating 1 finished oil painting from a live model. Each morning Colt will demonstrate, break for lunch, then students will get the afternoon to work on their own piece, supplemented by one-on-one instruction. If you want to grow your skill and understanding as a portrait artist this course is for you! Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 08/12/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 08/14/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Online Zoom Course
    • 3
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    Come in from the garden and pick up your paint brush! Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to work with award winning botanical illustrator and artist, Marjorie Leggitt. Joining you from her studio in Boulder, Marjorie will show you how to capture the gestural lines and transient color of summer flowers whether you're inside or outside! Starting with demos and drawing exercises, discover the simple lines, basic shapes and geometric forms that build the foundation for your sketches. Learn how to capture values and shadows before the light changes and apply simple watercolor layers to create that colorful spark. Have fun as you follow the twists and turns of a flower using expressive line work while developing solid techniques that will make future sketching and painting a breeze. Before you know it, you'll be out in the garden again filling your sketch book with nature's floral bounty.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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    • 08/17/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 08/20/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • On Location
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    Join VASILI KATAKIS in this unique outdoor workshop designed to give you a clearer understanding of how light and shadow interact, thereby bringing a greater sense of depth and dimension to your work. We will be using the largest and most powerful light source on the planet - our sun. Students will apply the methods and techniques to drawing structures and objects found en plein aire, both natural and manmade. The workshop will cover several topics: shadow theory, chiaroscuro, bedbug line, terminator, shadow perspective, notan and quality of light (soft/hard, warm/cool, reflected, diffused, dappled, etc.). Most classes will take place en plein air. All dry media welcome. 

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.

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    • 08/24/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 08/27/2021
    • (MDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Main and South studios
    • 3
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    Art reveals the evidence of our experiences and values. By observing and creating, the artist suggests themes that are essential to his or her character, and perpetuates the making and sharing of experiences. Through art, subjects become significant to us in unique ways, aesthetically and conceptually. Through lecture and demonstration, this workshop will not only reinforce an understanding of composition and form, but will also explore methods to break up and strip down the subject, then reconstruct it in new and surprising ways. Working in oils, we will explore systems of dividing the space within the rectangle, distributing the lines and forms of the subject. Students will participate in discussions regarding the subtleties,variations, lines, textures and colors that enliven our senses and captivate our interest; the way our eyes perceive things and how we make choices regarding their relative importance; the suggestion of the passage of time; the relative states of motion and stillness; how the artist may represent nature in order to reflect on his or her perceptions, experiences and values while also contemplating the important power of content, symbol and abstraction. Douglas demonstrates every day of the workshop. This class is meant for intermediate to advanced painters.

    Please sign up early; class size is limited.


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